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  1. 6 points
    A little photo shoot today, the estate will be featured soon in a well known classic car magazine. I couldn't help but sneak my saloon into the mix. Given she's now 6 years old since restoration, she's holding up well against the out of the box shiny new estate. Very lucky to have these 2 beauties. Now, should we find another Cortina challenge!!! 😉😁😜
  2. 5 points
    Quality, cars back from the paint shop , thanks to Andy and Craig at Amington accident repair
  3. 5 points
    Shake down run yesterday. I previously had a problem with the nodiz, with sync loss, and it cutting out at high revs. I had looked into this when first on the road 18 months ago, and changed the crank sensor , made sure it was close enough to the trigger wheel ect. When I stripped it for paint , I found the earth battery terminal loose at the body, so thought I'd fixed the cut out fault. But I hadn't , as it's still doing the cut out for a few seconds , then back on with a big bang of unburnt fuel in the exhaust. Pretty much .ed off, and down hearted now. I've emailed ME , to see if they can shed any light. Anyway to cheer me up , here's a picture as it is now ☹️
  4. 5 points
    Well underway with painting. Original factory Dragoon Red. Will be finished in a couple of weeks and then start putting it all back together again
  5. 5 points
    Not done anything for a while,i pushed the car out a few weeks ago to get my trailer into the yard & had a clear up. Have now removed the nearside inner wing. New inner wing screwed into place.
  6. 5 points
    If I'm lucky I can drive for approximately another 20 years ( my mother died when only 3 years older than I am now & my father 8 both from forms of cancer), rumour has it, It will be approximately 10 years be for new ic vehicles cease production with another ten for the supply of fossil fuel to end. This is only for non commercial vehicles as lorries & diesel electric trains especially can't carry the loads or cover the distance expected of them now due to the size/amount of batteries required. Bring on the washing machine powered wonders I say, leaves more petrol for me. The motor industry was recently reported to be running scared re failing sales (profits) of electric vehicles especially fleet/lcv segment as customer grants are dropping & people are becoming savvy to the real world costs/limitations. I know people who work in the back rooms of this technology & they report that the technology can't meet the customer & environmental demands now let alone for the "deadline" & that the tree huggers are siding more & more with people like us who keep older not just classic vehicles in use, as whatever fuel source a vehicle uses the carbon footprint of building & in many cases shipping them halfway round the planet ( cause its "better " for the profit margin ,err I meen planet) is no different wether ic or electric & takes over 10 years to be offset. More & more research is swinging towards hydrogen fuel cells than electric to enable a match to present customer usage demands. Call me Greta's worse nightmare but personally I don't give a ., 3 of mine already run on lpg & the rest are easily converted, which by the way is a byproduct & better for the environment! The planet won't die the human race will & that's what scares the rich & powerful. I think that before global warming wipes us out it will more likely be one meglamaniac with beliefs that differ from another or another Corona type virus that will bring the cockroaches to the top of the food chain. & The last thing the oil companies & middle Eastern countries want is an end to the ic engine. Anyway don't worry as according to news reports E10 will have forced all the old cars of the road by the end of the month like E5,unleaded,locusts & pestilence was going to before that. Long live the V8 !!!!!
  7. 5 points
  8. 5 points
    So it's finally finished, she passed the MOT earlier this week. Got to say I'm really proud of what we've managed to achieve. All done ourselves bar the harder welding and putting on the paint. Photo shoot for a well known magazine feature on Sunday, weather permitting!!!! Thanks for all the great comments, it's nice that people appreciate the hard work it takes. Keep it Cortina folks!!!!
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    So it seems i'm finally there after 5 long years - August 16 2015 i started this thread, 5 years later i'm almost done, wheels from Image, VRT and sunvisors are the only things left to be done. They have been 5 years where many times i wondered why the heck am i doing this, a lots of downs and some ups along the way.Had to redo things along the way due to unfortunate circumstances hitting panels during assembly,glue from headliner oversprayed on the luggage boot and it burnt through paint ,,,list is endless. They were HARD times! Still are as i planned a VRT on Saturday and i am stuck here on obligatory quarantine till Monday. Restoring a car is an upward struggle in my opinion both mentally and financially but all in all i'm a happy man with a car i have practically all done by myself except for upholstery. A BIG thanks goes to everyone here at BSC especially one who is no longer active here Pete C and many others who helped in giving support and needed parts. Dave Baglow's rear bumper(now rechromed as seen in pic) @TIB3300 and @sheffieldcortinacentre for washer bottle and recently @RichardJ for providing a baggage of info on Image wheels. Thanks to all and sorry if i forgot someone. When i have the car VRT'd and with the new wheels on will take the obligatory pic in front of car as Tibbs said i should do :).In the meantime this is the latest i have done,front and rear bumpers. Cheers take care stay safe.
  11. 5 points
    made some panels to covers... the firewall recess
  12. 4 points
    I was out on a charity run today and on the way back stopped at the last vestige of Cork's Ford plant. This is the offices of Henry Ford and Son, seems to be in decline to my mind.
  13. 4 points
    Still no call from the body shop, so more engine time, new core plugs fitted, and finally managed to get the wood ruff key out of the crank, with heat, drill, n some MC hammer time. Painted in Porsche Riviera blue, this is the left over paint I was going to paint the Cortina in
  14. 4 points
    Body shop lads gave me keys to sort a few niggles on the body, final top coats this week, timed to perfection, followed by 2 weeks off work .......nice 😁
  15. 4 points
    Base coats on, think it was four, it's taking paint and time to build the colour up, flatting back tomorrow, final top coats later this week VID_20220617_172520.mp4 VID_20220617_172520.mp4 VID_20220617_172520.mp4
  16. 4 points
    Back to how I like it. 4-spokes and 205/60’s
  17. 4 points
  18. 4 points
    We have been for our MOT in the RAIN today and passed with no advisories. Great news. Only did 600 ish miles last year but we really had no where to go. But shouls be better this year I hav entry applictions in for Moffat and another show in the Scottish Borders near Jedburgh. Lets hope for some good weather this summer.
  19. 4 points
    Front panel given a fresh lick o’ paint and new bumper fitted today
  20. 4 points
    Oh thanks D-FENS! The meeting when i finally got my camera (or was it my late parents one..?) I took some pictures of those cars that hadn´t left. This is a -68 Lotuscortina LHD and with twin brake servos because from 1968 all Cortinas in Finland and Sweden had dual brakesystems. The owner have a MK1 or two and with one he had won the FIA European Historic Touringcar Championship. Here is another MK2 Lotus -70 but the TC wasn´t ready yet so it had only a 1600 GT engine at this moment. In the background an untuched 1500 GT -67 and a 1600E 2D -70. And some Ford Taunus or 17M, 20M or 26M, P3, P5 and P7 in the background. The 2 door 1600E had still same owner for two-three years ago. I remeber when he did some uppgrades on the 1600E and widened the rims to 7", putted twin weber 40 DCOE:s, better exhaust manifold and a pointerless distributor and got 105 horses from the original 88 engine spec. Okey, the wheels didn´t affect on the power... But it became really cool with it. Another nice original 1600E 4D 1970... A few GT:s. They put my "Lotus style" -64 with the GT:s because the organizers didn´t really know what it was: A tuned 1600 Xflow with two DCOE-Webers, MK2 brakeservo, Lotus style dashboard etc. The last one was a GT but changed to a Lotus with TC engine, dashboard and all Lotus stuff. All GT:s, exept for GT-63, has crome list on the sides that are sold new outside of UK. Super have the too but they have little different shape or profile. This was the first ever GT-64 I have seen. In Finland Ford sold at first only 1200 DeLuxe 2 or 4 D and some -64 estates. A few -64 GT come here too but when the facelift came Ford took more GT:s, 1500 DeLuxe and 1200 Standard and from late -65 15 LotusCortinas mk1 and 3 MK2 -67. Rest of the Finnish LotusCortinas are privately imported about 10-15 overall over the years. Ford Finland had an own rallydivision here in Finland 1964 with 3 GT-64 that later was changed to facelift ones with different chassiesnumber but with same registration numbers. Some of them became even Lotus and competed with in rally and racing in the -60:th. Weather was really brittish, cold and rainy, and the guy in the foreground with the umbrella came all the way from Switerland. I thought we will win the prize for longest run but not this time, He and his girlfriend had twice as long trip that we had. He was little unhappy because somewhere just before he arrived the bonnet flew up and became bent. It was the dark green MK1 with lighter green "Lotus stripe" on the side, a really god looking car. This was my first Cortina meeting ever and the following day we went to a castle with some of these Cortina friends. More will come because the trip home didn´t go quite as on rails...
  21. 4 points
    It will be 2Tone. Rio Brown over champagne gold. No filler required and no welding. I'm looking for a new front left indicator. Must be genuine Ford. Mike. VID-20210306-WA0000.mp4
  22. 4 points
    I popped along with my car to a little gathering of classics for the residents of a care home today, even the sun came out!
  23. 4 points
    one day i need to buy a scanner, hope you can read it:
  24. 4 points
    Out for a spin yesterday, car will be sorn’d this week so thought I’d better take advantage of the good weather.
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    Bought this a few weeks back, Motd and quite pleased to be driving one of these again. Ive managed to fluke one picture over with Mrs help, by resizing it but only one it seems. Still hopefully I will find working under the bonnet of these easier than uploading photos.
  27. 4 points
    I have most of them. But many of the in-progress photos were posted at the time then discarded. Work on PAL rarely stops... here is the last 12 months or so: Engine rebuild after losing the water pump belt (and having a truck behind me so couldn't stop): Complete gearbox rebuild with tasty rally ratios: Replaced the Tex mirrors with genuine Mk4 door mirrors: I abandoned the Wellers as I struggled to get them balanced well enough, especially when towing. I went back my Superlite replicas, powder coated white: Having cooked on hot days a couple of times, the polycarb rally windows were replaced with original door drop glass: Fitted a genuine South African bonnet as the fibreglass Aussie one warped: After the "Minder" Capri caught fire, MarkyMark came to help and we finally finished the engine bay fire extinguisher system: The millboard door cards got kind of saggy, so I made these custom door cards from checker-plate alloy:
  28. 4 points
    So stripes have been fitted today. Can't thank Tony enough for taking the time to come and template and replica the rear wing sections to complete the estate template kit. (these are available to buy from him via Ebay in your exact cour combination for your car colour) Colours are vibrant and exact and really make the paintwork pop. So chuffed with the finished article. Can't wait to get out to a few shows later this summer. Just a few last minute bits to sort now and off for MOT very soon.
  29. 4 points
    A post & forward panel finished,bonnet hinge mounting screwed into place,can't weld on until inner wing is repaired. Repaired the hole in the bulkhead.
  30. 4 points
    Thanks Mr One year nine months and it moves under V8 power
  31. 4 points
    Crusader stripes on.
  32. 4 points
    After 5 long years of spending thousands of money its officially over. Had the image wheels arrive and wrapped them today with toyo195 50 15.Thanks To RichardJ for the valuable information and help you provided. Thanks to all for the help provided throught this journey. Will post my progress on the bike carbs i have just fitted.
  33. 4 points
    I use to have a girl friend that breathed heavy, I thought I was doing a good job, turned out she had asthma !!!! I know above is completely irrelevant and I hope it doesn't offend anyone with asthma.
  34. 4 points
    Well it was tight,but i managed to turn the Cortina around in my back garden. Now a few pics before it goes back into the garage.
  35. 4 points
    Not quite invention of the century but here's something I came up with to aid insertion and removal of fuel tank senders. Bought an elcrappo brand 86mm hole saw on Ebay for a fiver, ground all the teeth flat leaving four bits sticking up corresponding with the segments on the perimeter of the sender, cut an oval shaped hole to allow the pipes through. Bit more professional than tapping the sender round with a hammer and chisel which is what I used to do before.
  36. 4 points
    Must admit i do like the yellow tinge the old school bulbs give off when lit, though probably not much use in to-days modern "in your face" society. Modern cars with their HID's are seriously fooking with my retinas.
  37. 4 points
    ticked another thing off the list......fuel pump. i went with falcon BA turbo intank setup....reasons being they are cheap second hand (this one $40) as they have a tenancy to stop working.......the main reason for that is they rise and sink with fuel level and tend to full with crap ....rise and not sink back down so they suffer from starvation .. they supply more than enough fuel for my needs and new or second hand readily available. it will be fine for me as i will mount it at full compression so no need to rise and sink....i just needed to make a mounting plate then i had to cut a hole in my brand new tank weld it in add some riv nuts all done
  38. 4 points
    The car is still not home yet, when I went to look at it last week there were a few little bits that needed finishing so hopefully it should be coming home this week sometime. The screen looks like its in but it isn't so still need to sort this out when its back home.
  39. 4 points
    Well its been a while now, but not idle Am on with the painting of the engine bay " not that interesting!" But in other news I have converted the original cortina hubs to mustang 5 stud, Firstly welding them up, turned them down the milled out the Mustang PCD Which means just simply changing the hubs to ether fit 4 or 5 stud wheels
  40. 3 points
    I have studied the parts list and other cars to find the correct parts and managed to get it all correct. Try to spot some in the pictures that you dont find normal and it is probably an early special.
  41. 3 points
    The trouble is that a lot of these studies are very blinkered and looks as far as their sponsors allow them too, sometimes you have to use common sense. It's always difficult to believe scientist when they change their minds so often, you've only got to look at what they said about diesels initially then complete change their minds, in the 80's we where heading into the next ice age, then global warming, now climate change so it covers all bases. It's all politics. The problem we are facing is nothing to do with cattle, carbon, climate change etc, the largest problem we have today is over population of humans, we are a parasite on the planet and until we keep the numbers from increasing then it doesn't matter whether we eat veg or meat, use ICE car or electric, etc, etc, the end point will be the same.
  42. 3 points
    Gym, work, power nap, Cortina..... getting close to final prep on most the panels
  43. 3 points
    Two and a half years ago I decided to build a Dodge V8 powered MK3 Cortina. This weekend I got to enjoy it on the road for the first time and when and I press the loud!! pedal. I actually laugh out loud 😃
  44. 3 points
    Been a while since last posting,but it always appears to be one step forward,and two steps back!still waiting on p arts to be restored
  45. 3 points
    my neighbour she valets cars for a living did my interior what a difference carpets come up like new,seats look brill sticker in back window and ready to go am going to start useing old girl get rid off boot spoiler got another boot get repainted
  46. 3 points
    I have mentioned a couple of times about the two mk2 Cortina clubs becoming one . I think I brought it up on here and was told by one chairman type that this was not the place for discussing this type of thing . This is exactly the type of place to discuss things like this . As it is becoming harder to get people to take on club committee positions if the two clubs joined there would be at least two people doing the same role . Things like the club spares could be jointly run by the current people as this might well be one of the busier roles . I don't suppose anyone will take a blind bit of notice of any suggestions on here though .
  47. 3 points
    Washed a year of garage dust off . Hopefully I can get a maiden voyage in this weekend 😁
  48. 3 points
    How nice is this weather! Main welding done, on the n/s anyway, still getting my flow, so not the prettiest of welds, but getting good penetration oooh errrr, and getting better as i go along, still lots to grind, and re weld, the rear arches are nice and solid now, i will use a skim of P40 fibreglass, before filling and blending, then etch primer, when i eventually get it back to my house i can throw on coats of filler primer, the rear quarter panel was starting to show signs of pitting, every so slightly, so glad i got my hands on the Cortina when i did, sill gaps pretty good, i did fit some good second hand hinges, though they have made the door gap larger on the B post, maybe down to the lack of steel, or may need spacing to close up the gap, worse case is to add some steel to the door, but its all in hand either way,
  49. 3 points
    The interior is all most done now I just have a few things left to sort out.
  50. 3 points
    Well after a 600 mile shakedown of the car, it went great. A little clutch ajustment, wobbling from the steering over 55mph and a dodgy alternator all safe back home. After doing cortina day in wales and then the MK3 nats in Dent , I found the boot leaks and the screen. But after not being on the road since 1996 I figgure that was fine. My new paint job' stick wheel arches and wheel selecton didnt go down too well with everyone, but this was just part of a bigger plan. I arrived back home yesterday to find a spanking new V5 / logbook in the porch let the build commence
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