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    Hi all oldschool Ford friends! To take a little step backwards from the Cortina Savage Racing-thread that I started I´ll go back to the summer of 1985 when this journey with the Blue Oval started... My actual first car was I VW Beetle that I bougt in november 1984 and started to put in pieces immediately when the snow had disappeared in the spring of 1985. But in end of june did I realized that I´ll will get my driving license after only a few weeks and the Beetle is far from finished, not even halfways... (now you can even figure out how old I am...). So, my Dad and I starting to check around to some car companies to get something else instead as long as I will get the Beetle finished. Finally it was three cars that "came on the map", one VW 1600 Tl -70 (my Dads choise), a dark green Cortina 1600 DL -69 with a longhaired red dashboard with four extra gauges, C-cassette stereo player, Wow! And then the last one; when I put me behind the steeringwheel I was sold immediately! Earlies the same spring I had some more contact with a Cortina MK2 that opened my eyes a bit for the Cortina. I did know all the three Cortina models in Finland, it was a common car back then, but not that close... A dark blue Cortina 1600 GT 1970, and the dashboard. I was so sold, all these gauges, rewcounter (that in fakt didn´t work in the beginning), oilpressure, AMP etc. This was the most expensive of all three. My father tried to get some of the other two but I had made my decision. June the second 1985 dad drove this dark metallic blue 1600 GT home. I worked hard and payed allmost half of the cars prize. Dad bargain the prize down from 6000 FMK to 4300 FMK but the we didn´t got any wintertires. This was the time when JJLehto, Salo, Häkkinen and I moved away from the gocart-tracks. Those more famous people, that really could/can drive, went over to Formula Ford 1600 and I to Formula Ford Cortina street versions in many different versions... This is the one of the very few pictures that I have on that first Cortina from -92. The original colour was Saluki Bronze. I hadn´t used it since july -86 in favor fore the next Cortina, a MK1 -64 that became one of the most important one in my Cortinalife. Behind this picture is a funny story that almost ended in tears. Here I have just loaded my selfmade trailer (a school work from the technical institute that I finished a year earlier) and my late father standing beside it, happy get rid of Cortinas and stuff that started to take little too much space my parents garden. I didn´t even clamp the GT in the trailer, only handbrake and turned front wheels was hold it in place. And as the icing on the cake the whole GT, without engine, gearbox and frontwings, was on the backside of the trailer that it didn´t got some pressure on the towbar. After a while when I got little more speed on the highroad, about 75 km/h (46,6 mph) the whole thing started to "wobbling" as... I almost ended up in the ditch before I got down the speed. The red one is a 1500 DL -67 and was one of our every day use car between 1993 -99. My oldest daughter´s first car ride was in that car. But more of that car later. So the first Cortina i used for about a year and it had a quite hard time. I drove all the time shared many stories with me. Once a screw jumped in througt the non original one choke carburettor after that I had tried to modified the airbox.... That would have been enought fix one valve seat and the valve of one inlet valve, but young, inexperienced and stupid as I was I changed the whole engine to a 1300 one that ate oil, but now with a "GT" carb. Then I lifted up the rear end, put some Capri seats in it, even the backseat. But it didn´t fit at all and was loose most of the time but it looked as a 1600E that i had seen the same summer. The loose backseat gave me also a funny reputation: "Charlie with the loose backseat"... but I got 6 people in the back of it. Poor GT, but it had survived and is in same shape today that it is in the picture and waiting to be restored, maybe with a Essex V6... More to come if someone is intrested..
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    Just Curious...does anyone know anything about this Mk4 Cortina Ghia XEX 185S...came originally from Norfolk? Because I just bought it here in the USA :0
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    I've had to reset the carburetor now there''s no air being sucked through the hole. I didn''t expect it to make that much difference, but it was a full turn in on the mixture screw.
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    I guess the seals you can get now are not the identical profile. I have the door seals to do next, I expect they will need a good slam too 🙄
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    That was me though I think it was mentioned in your members cars thread John? Can't remember now. Over the last few nights I've been messing about with fitting a screw in barb to a carb top while the nights are long and the days are short. My barbs were very tight in the carb top and I've left the return outlet alone for now, but bit the bullet and did the deed with the inlet pipe. Here's what's left of the brass fitting after mucho messing about. This is the point of no return, so had to crack on and get the rest of the brass fitting out of the hole. This probably were I am a tad lucky as I have a small tub full of reamers and I managed to get most of the brass fitting out. Then I used a 9mm drill bit to drill the hole for the tap. In the last conversation regarding this topic it was mentioned to use a 9.5mm drill bit but I used a 9 and it tapped pretty well. Bit of removable thread lock and hopefully this should be ok.
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    Okey, Thanks D-FENS! You see my Cortina hobby got wider and my wife wanted an Anglia so the Anglias came into our family in 1998. Then when our fourth kid was born and our Sierras started to to small Transits came into the picture, 2001. Then it rolled on with Zephyr MK3, Escort Mk1, Corsair and an own one, little with Capri and could maybe come a Consul Classic, we will see if the prize will be the right. But allways on the top have the Cortinas been. N.B. NOTE I WILL START A NEW THREAD WITH MORE OF THIS STUFF THAT HAVE BEEN STARTED HERE The new threads name is: "Cortina-life and Racing by Speedgroup" Hope You all will join, read and leave a commment and I left this for Savages-talk Henrik
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    Plug it from the outside in case it works loose.
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    Interesting information about the 1200 engine! In the 1970’s, I spent many hours tuning various 1200 engines for more power on a budget. In those days, 1200s were very cheap, because everyone wanted to fit 1500 and 1600 engines. One 1200 that I modified went very well in my brother’s Anglia, he was a little disappointed when later he fitted a 1500 to find it went considerably slower!
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    Nice to hear Tigdlo It´s was a really "Lucky Luke"-engine. The 1200 was in a halfgood shape that i didn´t want to abuse the original one. I borrowed a 1200 bottom end from a friend and putted it in pieces. An old colleague that had Twin Cam experince, helped me to clean it up and we hone it because it wasn´t so bad in the lines. I used the original STD pistons, only new rings and new bearings for the crankshaft. From the flywheel we turned or milled (what word do you use in english for that?) away about 2-2,5 kg, and from the clutch side about a 1-1,2 mm that the clutch cover will press the plate little harder. Else standard MK1 stuff in the clutch. Camshaft was a used Kent Cam 244 (290 deg. 11,35 (0,4468 inch) lift). I didn´t even adjust the camshaft, just fitted it.. That was the bottom end. The top was from a GT-65 that 38 mm inled valve (original 36 mm) and std exhaust valve. It had been used in the end of the 70th in some "cheaper rallycross class" called "jokamiesluokka" (in swedish varmansklass) a sort of "every mans class" that you have to sell your race car, if someone wanted to buy it, after the race for a prize that always was the same for everyone and every car. Mr Slow, James May, from Topgear drives in that class after Mika Häkkinen had tried to learn him to drive fast on gravel.. Then was the cylinderhead milled down 4-5 mm. I think it had double valvsprings or then was it heavy duty Formula Ford ones. But I did never check the compession ratio. Exhaust was a newbuilt FIA "1200"-exhaust for 1200 Anglias and 1200 Cortinas. They made about 15-20 of them then. It`s like GT but the second and third extractor pipes is on the "inside", not at the outside as the GT has normally. Then I made a 2" exhaust system, one walker racing silencer and the pipe came out just in front of the left rear wheel. I had a pair of Weber 40 DCOE with 30 mm choke rings and old inlet manifold for double Webers. Then I was really careful to get them in "one line" without any edges bouth inlet an exhaust. But it was a challenge to put those both together and hard with some bolts and trays i differnet thicknesses... Those olds inlet manifolds aren´t the easiest to play with. Distributor had some other springs for the weights but else original in good condtion distributor. Original mecanical fuelpump, lines and fuel tank. That funny little stove gave 71,8 hp on the Cortina rear wheels. How much it was in the engine was aproximately 85-90 horses. Quite good fore that type of tuning. It wasn´t even balanced but revsed as a fool. We putted some oil additive, Bardahl, that lowered the inner friction in the engine. It was in a really good shape when I gave the bottom end back to my friend without the camshaft some years later. The cylinderhead is still in use but now little more tuned and is in my race Anglia 1200 Super. So, hopefully you got something out of this explanation...
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    In exatly this place and position this car were built... But don´t exist anymore
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    In 2000 i drove some iceracing with the 1200 Cortina and finished 3 starts and the fourth I got some minor electrical problem that it stopped. But it a good luck for me because the oil cap had flew away. But with standard gear ratios and final gear I had to give it all revs it brings in the second gear before I but in the third and the fourth i didn´t use for the whole day.. In the summer, in july the same year, I drove my secound "normal" race with it. In practice the crank pulley broke an fly away and damaging the fan belt. I raced in two races. I was even faster than one Lotuscortina that had an ovesize engine but else a standard one. The 1200 was suprisingly fast in the corners without difflock, funny, almost original lowered suspension. And the weight wasn´t so bad 781 kg, with innerroof, no plexiwindows, rust protection still left under the floor. Quite a lot of understeer but manageable. Later same year I found the GT63, or better to say, the remains of it from a friend in Sweden. In those days you wasn´t allowed to do replicas, you couldn´t do a GT from a Deluxe. The model had to be the original. I started to build the second race Cortina, a GT. But I had to sacrifice the 1200 for it, and finally I had to use the whole bodyshell for the GT. The end of the 1200 DL. But I have an other 1200 that I have starded to build a few years earlier but int needed more welding than this and when this one came in my way the other 1200 remained standing. More in next chapter if someone is interested.
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    It is interesting to say the least. I grew up in the UK and worked in the repair shop as a light vehicle mechanic for a main Ford dealership (Knutsford Motors in Northwich, Cheshire) from 1976 through 1981. So I am used to these as I worked on them and all other Fords at that time, including PDI for the new cars that were sold. Where did this come from? As far as I can tell, It has been in Norfolk its entire life up until 2006 which is the last tax disc I have for it. When it was brought here, I dont know as there is no V5, but it now has a US title from Missouri which is the equivalent of the UK V5 log book. Why did I buy it? Apart from the nostalgic part of owning a part of the past that I was very familiar with, the condition of this particular car is...quite unreal. I will post pictures of the underside, which I cant quite grasp as being real, but it is. No body rust or damage...it looks like a car that is about 6 months old....exactly as I remember them as I have worked on so many....
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    I want a set of those for ENO! Likey very much
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