1971 Ford Zodiac Mk IV
We ran this between
1976 and 1985. I bought it as a non-runner - the engine had been
left with plain water and had frozen, blowing out most of the core
including the one behind the flywheel, so it was quite a big job to put
right but luckily there was no other damage. I also repaired all
the minor rust and refurbished the whole car - the photos above were
taken while I was doing the work I liked the Zodiac
despite its reputation as "The Dagenham Dustbin". The body roll
improved by fitting heavy duty dampers and new road springs and struts,
however you still had to negotiate bends about 50 yards before you
them! Other traffic tended to keep well clear of an older vehicle
this size. The Zodiac range was the last all-British Ford and the
largest. After about 9 years it started to get a bit rusty around
its suspension mounts and every MOT meant more work so I traded it in
a very small part of the '82 Cortina.
- All iron V6. 2,994cc. OHV. Essex.
- 140 HP. 100 mph.
- Front independent suspension by Mcpherson Struts.
- Rear independent suspension by cast alloy semi trailing arms and
- Disc brakes all round.
- Masses of room inside.