answer: When it's a Japanese Ford of course!
presenting my 1985 Ford Laser TX3 4WD turbo. observant Mazda fans will know it to be virtually identical to the JDM Familia in every way except for parts of the bodywork. It runs the same turbo B6T engine and 4WD drivetrain, and even has "Mazda Motor Corporation" stamps on the firewall, glass etchings, mirrors, and various pieces of trim. even the chassis code is the same, except for an appended "F" at the end (Familia = BFMR, Laser = BFMRF)
Only 965 TX3s were made for the Japanese market in 4WD turbo guise and were sold at special "Autorama" dealerships. This particular example made its way to New Zealand in 1992 when the first massive influx of JDM vehicles arrived on our shores under the new relaxed import laws.
i've owned this car for seven years, and have lightly modified it during my tenure of ownership. Notable upgrades include an IHI VF8/VJ12 hybrid turbo, Galant VR-4 intercooler, alloy-sump GT-Ae block, ported and polished head, upgraded injectors and pump, heavy-duty suspension and swaybars, and a rear GT-Ae LSD differential.
For the last two years my TX3's been undergoing a rather thorough ground-up restoration, as a result of an incredibly stupid incident one rainy day - you can read a nice long summary of the key events that took place during this process here (thanks Mike for the writeup). The last of the bodywork was re-attached this weekend just been, and apart from a few window-dressing items still on their way, the restoration is pretty much finished. I do plan to add an aftermarket ECU to control the upgraded fueling system but this isn't slated to happen until later on in the year - for now the car still starts, runs and drives fine so for all intents and purposes it is done!
actually feels good to have completed one of my many projects
Got a bit snap-happy after washing it for the first time, you can check out the rest of my album here (which includes photos from before the restoration took place)
Thanks for looking