Post by spottedlaurel on Jan 17, 2008 17:29:57 GMT
At the request of RetroMat, here’s this week’s offering. I decided to go for the saloon as it’s even more rarely seen nowadays and – as Hirst pointed out – like many similar hatch-based offerings it is slightly oddly-proportioned.
Note the option of stowing the spare wheel upright to increase the boot depth. Don’t know about pre-facelift models but certainly the facelift saloon was offered as a GT.
More to come later tonight including hatchbacks from UK and Holland, Ford Lasers and JDM versions.
Ah, thanks for posting those, that's cleared up something that's been puzzling me for some time! I've never been sure of the difference between early and late ones until now. I wasn't sure if the clear indicators and lights was just a regional market variation until now.
aust 323 has a solid pillar.if i remember i get a photo of the car at the farm. these are full imports as is the laser station wagon.and parts are not always standard. ford laser was also sold in japan. the ford aust engine was from tiawan and has a better crank shaft than the mazda-and pourus pistons.the sedan is a ford meteor.twin carb wasnt popular after efi was offered. i havnt see one recently.
[most aust car use 2 letter model codes]
KA- is straight locally built mazda with tighter suspension-KB has local imput parts and design.called the disposable car-there are many still on the road in good condition-my friend was advised not to store parts as these would be scrap metal after 10 years.he still sells new crash parts for these.lots of ghia models on the road.
KC/KE same deal-this is refered to as bubble back laser.lots of fashion specials.
KF/KH last of australian laser-factory shipped to americas.many base models around. at work we see a few a week in for checkups.
laser is now full import replaced recently with the crappy south african focus
the ford was built in homebush[sydney]. driving west down parramatta road you could look in a see the cars being built though the glass windows.when i worked for landrover the other production line workers did job interviews and tours-one experienced mechanic was ofered a job as a toe-in adjuster.when the factory was running lots of press stories ran in news papers of how the workers redesigned the car to improve quality.silly ideas that are common use now,used by 1960,s workers forgoten by the 80's computor generation.like removing adjusted swinging pannels using quick release hinge pins after painting.