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Fire Fly – Ford Escort RS

27 July 2011 6 Comments
Neville Varney’s orange little Ford Escort needs no introduction to the Cape Town “Car Show” scene. It went under many transformations to what it is today. He recently had some alterations done to his house by adding another room, all this for his “Show and Shine” trophy collection!
Being a panel- beater by trade, he always wanted to build a show car to advertise his business. When he received an invite from Zabby to showcase his work at one of the first “Streetmod Custom” shows, he decided to build what you see here in front of you. He got hold of a 1984 Ford XR3 and being an avid Ford supporter, the decision was to go for that UK Escort RS look. In a period of 3 weeks he created one of Cape Town’s hottest show stoppers. He wanted to customize the car without compromising originality. The colour of choice is based on the Lamborghini orange, something that was sprayed on with precision. While doing the photo shoot I can now see where the name Fire Fly resides from as the car just lids up in the sun! He used a front bumper, bonnet and fenders from the Ford Bantam 1 to create that Euro look while the headlamps and clear tail lamps are original RS Cosworth imports. The front bumper was later customized with vents and spoilers, also with a wide space to showcase the front mounted intercooler. The bonnet was fitted with Jetta 3 vents for more cooling and finishing off the hood is an orange colour coded Ford badge. Opel Astra side sills were slightly modified to fit while the rear bumper was sourced from a Ford Sierra with a custom made diffuser. On the tailgate sits an aluminium wing also covered in the same shade of orange. VR6 ventilated discs up front snuggles nicely behind the 17 inch Lenso 7 wheels.
On the inside of this little cabin, sits a list of alterations and modifications. The original dash was colour coded and houses the oil, water, vacuum and boosts gauges.  The original seats, well, the rear ones were replaced with the front ones while the front ones were replaced with reclinable bucket seats. The seats along with the panels were retrimmed in orange and black vinyl. Steering the car is a Momo wheel-somehow this is a cop magnet! Other accessories include a mix of chrome bits and pieces like the Nexon handbrake lever, chrome gear knob and sports pedals. Another cool modification is the Jaguar door handles and Mercedes window winders.
What is a Cape Town show car without an audio visual sound setup? This car has what I call one “HELL” of a sound system setup that was built by the man himself. The door cards were modified with custom pods, shaped like flames, which houses 3 sets of Pioneer splits. The rear passenger panel cards houses a set of 8 inch Jensen limpids in custom fiber glass enclosures. Bass waves comes via two 12 Pioneer Champion series, also in a custom fiber glass install, powered by a 3000w Targa monoblock. The whole system is controlled by a Jebson DVD player with a 7 inch motorized screen that also sends signal to a 7 inch screen, located in the centre console, and two 8 inch roof mount screens.
 
So you think that what you see upfront in the bumper is an interfooler? Well, don’t be fooled! A turbo setup has been long in the pipe line but instead of doing a conversion on the 1600 motor, Neville opted for an import Turbo charged SAMCOR 1500 motor. It’s capable of 120+ kW and believe me, I saw this car moving. Being a show car and a daily driver, Neville decided not to do any other modifications to the engine besides the addition of an aftermarket dump valve and braided hoses. The whole engine bay was polished up and colour coded using standard colours. All nuts and bolts were replaced with some newer ones, even the radiator cap is an original RS import piece.
Specifications:
Engine:
Turbo charged SAMCOR 1500 motor; SAMCOR 1500 gearbox; front mounted intercooler; 50mm performance exhaust system with two split boxes at the back; performance: 120+ kW
Exterior:
Finished in Lamborghini burnt orange; Bantam 1 front bumper, bonnet, fenders and Opel Astra side sills; original RS Cosworth headlamps and tail lamps. Jetta 3 vents on the bonnet; orange Ford badge; Ford Sierra rear bumper with a custom made diffuser; aluminium wing
Road holding:
17 inch Lenso 7; VR6 ventilated discs; 40 mm Koenic lowering springs
Interior:
Colour coded dash; oil, water, vacuum and boosts gauges;  retrimmed reclinable bucket seats and door cards; Momo steering wheel; Nexon handbrake lever and chrome gear knob and sports pedals; Jaguar door handles and Mercedes window winders.
 
Sound setup:
50 x 4 a Jebson DVD player with 7 inch motorized screen; 3 sets of Pioneer splits. 8 inch Jensen limpids; two 12 Pioneer Champion; 3000w Targa monoblock; 2000w 4ch Targa amp for splits. 1 x 7 inch screen and two 8 inch roof mount screens.
More pictures of Fire Fly:
Neville would like to thank his wife, Mercia, for supporting him, not forgetting his family and friends! Now that ladies and gentlemen concludes Cape Town’s hottest Ford Escort XR3 RS! Thanks Neville for sharing your ride with AM! Until then…God Bless!
JK

6 Comments »

  • GRANT said:

    WELL WITH ALL DUE RESPECT , NEVILLE DESERVES A TAP ON THE SHOULDER AS ALL HIS EEFORTS HAS PAID OFF. HIS VEHICLE IS TRULY KNOWN AS 1 OF CAPE TOWN’S TOP REPRESENTED VEHICLES AND NEVILLE BEING THE OWNER , I CALL HIM ONE OF THE ”SHOW & SHINE LEGENDS” OF THE PETROL KOPPENOSIES IN CAPE TOWN.WE CAN ALSO SAY THAT IT DRAWS AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF ATTRACTION TO ALL PEOPLE AT VARIOUS CAR SHOW EVENTS. LOTS OF TIME , EFFORT AND MOOLA HAS BEEN SPENT TO BRING NEVILLE’S ”FIREFLY” UP TO THIS STANDARD GUYS. SO WELL DONE NEVILLE….THAT’S HOW WE ROLL!!!

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    Joe Klein Reply:

    So true Grant. Guys like him that keeps the Cape Town shows going.He’s an inspiration to the youth!

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  • JAEN VARNEY said:

    THATS MA DADDY LOL…DNT EVENS MENTION DAT I DID HELP OUT…

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    Joe Klein Reply:

    lol, hey Jaen why don’t I see you at shows anymore?

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  • Garry said:

    Hi i like what Neville has created. How can i get a hold of him
    i have a VW Golf Caddy 1 that i want done up

    Please get back to me

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    Joe Klein Reply:

    Hey Garry, depends where you from. He is always at Cape Town car shows.

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