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  2. 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 A BIG thanks goes to everyone here at BSC especially one who is no longer active here Pete C and many others who helped in giving support and needed parts.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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 3 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.
  6. 3 points
    Mine have towbars & I love the reaction when I answer the do you tow stuff with it?? Yes whatever needs towing trailer,caravan, broken moderns!
  7. 3 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.
  8. 3 points
    Thanks Mr One year nine months and it moves under V8 power
  9. 3 points
    Crusader stripes on.
  10. 3 points
    Finally got back onto my Cortina,repaired the edges of the bulkhead & inner A post panel,trial fitted the A post,forward panel,bonnet hinge mounting,door & wing,then finally fitted the A post.
  11. 3 points
    Epoxy primed a tad more I bare metal then a heavy coat of rust eater then a few days later I use a soft nylon round wheel in a drill and clean up metal again brings in up very clean you can see fitst pic where I’ve started , I then put a rust proofer on a scotch bright do it goes on smooth like the picture above
  12. 3 points
    ahhhhh the other mk3... as some of you know i bought a parts car for my 4.1 mk3 im building ...this one when i got it. i stripped every part i needed from that car done to the loom ,nuts and bolts and even the pre facelift dash... i did put the facelift dash back into it tho. i then added some seats i had sitting around and some random wheels and sold it off to a mate as he just had to have it......it meant that i got most of the parts for my 4.1 build for nothingin the end. as it sat when i sold it. (minus lights and grill....at best it was a good rolling shell) and i did get the bonnet for it as well.. so some weeks later my mate asked if i knew any one that would buy as he just couldn't be arsed having a car around that didn't run....i knew it was a good car and just needed a facelift mk3 or a mk4 or a mk5 parts car and it could be put on the road pretty easily....as reg on hold.......(origanal black plates) registered with the mighty 1300 xflow tho......not the big block pinto....bugger... i had sold my mk2 to another mate so i bought it back.....and put it in storage and kept an eye out for a parts car..... now i had seen a few around but they had been parts cars for others and i didnt want to have to find screws ,missing nuts and bolts ect ect....i wanted something complete that had never been pulled a part..........so i could pull it apart and then i found it on trademe the almost perfect parts car for my parts car ...i say almost because it doesnt have a 1300 and manual box......its an auto pinto.. so i won the auction and the car was in invercargill i had 20 days to collect...and we did that yesterday... a mate bought a fwd fiat ducato (ex ambulance) converted to transporter on tuesday and we decided to drive it to invercargill on Saturday....so we loaded up a vc valiant to take done for his mate got up at 5am and hit the road....the lights died just after asburton ...fixed that. the auto played up going into dunedin.....fixed that (kinda) .got to invercargill and droipped the vc off....drove back out of invercargill to pick up the cortina that was 3 feilds deep off the road in a barn....no tracks just knee lengh grass and massive mud holes where the 2 hedges we had to pass were.( the guy had a tractor but it was broken down next to the cortina we only just got the fiat in there we had to gun it threw the mud full on duke of hazard style ...he showed us where it was and asked us to shut the gate and buggered off.....justb then it started .ing down we tried to air up the tyre and only got 3.....winched it onto the truck and then backed the truck under cover to strap it down....had to strap the bonnet down as well and the rear door..as well as the passenger sided doors.....then we tried to leave....but wet grass,.ing down rain,fiat fwd ,,,,no lsd or locker just the 1 tyre fryer ...took us and hour to get threw the 1st feild and didnt stop till we hit the road....broke a head light,,ripped the sump guard off .....shut the gate and headed home.the auto was having a fit....by the time we got to gay old gore we had it sussed flick it into neutraland back into drive and it would select the next gear......down shift worked ok ish.. so after 1200 ks 17.5 hours door to door its back at my mates place and here is the little sweet heart. 1 careful lady owner ..never been raced or rallied rolled bowled or arseholed...has been on the road since 84 i think i know right ...what a wee darling .but its all there on the inside and what all i need....even put a battery on and all the lights work the motor turned over but wouldnt fire....sorry about the long read but cheers
  13. 3 points
    Started on the nearside A post forward panel. Removed the corroded panel & the corroded part of the bonnet hinge panel. Made repair section for the bonnet hinge panel. Repaired the edge of wheel arch that attaches to panel. Trial fitted A post panel. Repaired bonnet hinge mounting. Cut corroded flange away from scuttle panel. A couple more small repair sections to make,then it can go back together.
  14. 3 points
    Is quite easy to tear the modern vinyl it's not as good as the original Ford stuff it's tough as old boots ! . I found my Aldridge trimming covers to be a bit tight fitting on the front seats so had to use cable ties not hog rings to allow a bit of adjustment. Much happier with the fit of the rear covers they were spot on👍. On the front backrest covers the clips that hook onto the frame had been sewn on too short ..so again cable ties came to the rescue!. Finished up de rusting the old wires that go in the cover pockets in acid and painting them as i could only get 2mm piano wire in 1m lengths. Can't help thinking the job was a bit rushed and they could have taken a bit more care getting the measurements right ..but admire the skill involved.
  15. 3 points
    Washed a year of garage dust off . Hopefully I can get a maiden voyage in this weekend 😁
  16. 3 points
    Yes i always preferred my old suction Devlibiss gun, to the gravity ones, once youve tickled it and set it up you can really throw the paint on, i always used to mix the paint to thick, once i added 10-20% thinners the paint would flow lovely, i have got really cheeky before now and sprayed a final coat of nearly all thinners, dangerous but did look like glass, off the gun. My old Mini was the last car i painted .....
  17. 3 points
    …...and used the above as an excuse to go for a wee hurl/road test to the shops.
  18. 3 points
    Hot weather? painting weather !, had the wings back from Enviro strip £100, strip n etch prime, hes quoted me £150 to do the same to the boot and bonnet, so pretty much cleaned, gravitexed, base coated and clear coated, two days graft ........
  19. 3 points
    I’m a bit late telling you ,but the summer 2020 custom car magazine has feature our cars,it’s still available as it’s a two month run,usually need it ordered in or from smiths or even order it direct from the publishers a pound cheaper and free delivery !!!! (See link) https://shop.kelsey.co.uk/issue/CCA I’m not only really pleased with the 8 page !! Feature ,but also to have all the cars together in the CC 50th anniversary issue along with the iconic ‘Al’s Gasser’ Pop. here is a taster
  20. 3 points
    Been out in mine today.
  21. 3 points
    The question is, oh . I forgot, when are you too old, (that's a dimentia joke) I still think I'm young, but my body tells me otherwise, a man around the corner from me was restoring a Citroen in his 80s, but it did look like he had applied the filler with a catapult at 20 feet away!!!
  22. 3 points
    I had someone do that to me, I still put his name phone number and address on every piece of junk mail and sex toy advertising I see. I did put his phone number on the back of toilet doors sometimes, for a good time call ohh! it was his land line number
  23. 3 points
    Got the front half of the nearside rear arch done now,i think i'm ready for the wing to go on now.
  24. 3 points
    Pulled out the old gearknob to see if i could make it look okay. not perfect but happy enough with the result, the split isn't too visible but positioned it at the front so should never be seen. Not much else been done apart from painting a few odd bits. Painted the diff with por15, and given the gearbox a good clean. just need to get some oil and change that. hopefully next week nz drops to lvl 2 and the body shop opens so i can send the shell off for sandblasting and rust removing. thanks to a few members off here have managed to sort a few elusive parts, including a set of GT bumper trim :)
  25. 3 points
    think i have post some in past cris....its been a while since ive been on here..... need to load up the clean up pics im doing on the van....and drag up my old post.... not gonna poach your thread chris.... love what yr doing......iv just looked back on ya mk3...nice to see people who like a challenge... keep it up cris
  26. 3 points
    Cheers for replys, lots more done, and still lots to weld up, im really looking forward to the filling and blending, but its nice hearing a solid clunk when i close the doors, the sills were a bit of a mare to line up, whats made it easier for me is ive got to replace the lower doors with new steel so i can adjust a little to make the sill gap nice and level to the doors, but not looking to shabby!
  27. 3 points
    Cheears Chaps Been busy with the gearbox crossmember, but todays job was the sump. After much measuring , I cut out a section so it fits nice away from the engine crossmember. First picture is how it was!!
  28. 3 points
    Few more off my phone now ive got it fixed. Lack of gas stops work. although I am nearing the end of it now.
  29. 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,
  30. 3 points
    No worries I will keep it updated then
  31. 2 points
    Cheers Chaps And trial fitted covers and air filter
  32. 2 points
    Got the forward A post panel fitted,still got a few bits left to finish it.
  33. 2 points
    Finally got the Yamaha R1 bike carbs on after 5 long years in storage i had bought from the states when i bought my MK3. They run like a dream and quite easy to set up after you get the hang of it(as in silicone hoses and other stuff). Still running on the original mechanical fuel pump. The throttle response is instant much way better than my weber 32/36 . I highly recommend them, thanks to the great help i received from Danst Engineering with their advice.
  34. 2 points
    Now out of paint and starting to refit
  35. 2 points
    just a small update. the motor that is in the car at the moment is just for mocking things up ...but will eventually be the motor built for the car...it came from the rusty old wagon and has been sat since 194 and looks to have been never opened so hopefully its standard bore and standard bearings. so i dragged another motor out from under the bench to go in it and hopefully last till a build a better one...i have run this motor in my old mk5 and it went ok just had some leaks and a tappity up top.. so for the sake of $100 odd bucks ill put a full gasket and seal kit threw it....so i pulled it down to a block with crank and rods and head with complete head. i did fid the sump full off thick crappy looking oil and the pick up was pretty badly blocked so i pulled the pick up and pump off and cleaned them out.....and then cleaned the cam spray bar as well.. i cleand the gasket areas and gave it a paint (have decided not to go the normal black or ford blue as i allways do.)...painted the block in aluminum sliver.....might even paint some other bits in a anodized purple ive had sitting around for a while..
  36. 2 points
    Scuttle panel repaired & A post removed.
  37. 2 points
    New engine mounts made fitted and painted
  38. 2 points
    On with hydrollic clutch
  39. 2 points
    Reluctantly I'm selling my Dad's Mk4 1600L Estate, 56.,650 miles. It needs a home where it can be used and enjoyed. First reg December 1978, my father bought it in March 1981 with about 15,000 miles. He owned it until he died in 1995, and I inherited it shortly afterwards. It was on the road until about 2005 as my son and I intended to restore it. The usual factors intervened and the project was shelved until about 2013-4. I decided to have it professionally restored and BSC members recommended Steve Taylor. He did the work, stripping back to bare shell, repairing all rust etc. and refurbishing mechanicals as required. I had the seats re-trimmed and fitted new carpet in floor and load compartment. The car looks beautiful and drives nicely. I have submitted an ad to ClassicCarsforSale website, and you can see it there or contact me for fuller details. Loads of history from original used car sales invoice, MOT's, bills, original user handbook. Hundreds of photos of restoration project available on a CD for the lucky buyer. Now tax exempt
  40. 2 points
    Thank you! Let's hope it's not an oncoming train Thanks! After offering up the LH wing it became apparent that the headlight bucket was ~10mm too far forward. Must have warped when i welded it ages ago. Not too big of a job to fix, after drilling out couple plug welds i gently pulled it back to it's correct position and welded it back on. This time with careful measurements before AND after. Timing belt came handy again for strapping the come along to A-pillar. After that i prepped the wings. More on later why i did it at this stage. Paint was removed with poly strip wheel, surface rust and pits sand blasted, same areas treated with phosphoric acid (dark blotches), everything roughed all over with coarse scotch-brite, cleaned with silicone remover and.. shot with 2 pack epoxy primer. Note the fourth ceiling on my tent, this time around i invested on a proper PVC tarp with 5 year warranty. Back wall i will sort before winter (probably). So why paint the wings now even before they are banged back in to shape? In part to shield them from rust, and because i will have prep & paint done by a pro. I am rubbish when it comes to block sanding etc. but that's ok, a man's gotta know his limitations. And there is fair amount to be done; but certainly doable. Since wings and some other places will need a little bit of massaging with hammer and dolly and most likely doors and wings welding to get the gaps right (wings are now temporarily in place with sheet metal screws) any old paint shop will not do. I have couple good referrals lined up with local guys that are well regarded and willing to take it on. This being a big job it will happen around fall at earliest but that's fine by me, no need to rush. Of course everything will be put on writing with time tables and rough budget agreed before any work starts. And hey, no more rot
  41. 2 points
    Not done much on the Cortina recently,a little bit of welding on the inside,but now i need to get to the nearside front. There isn't enough space to work that end of my garage,so i'll need to turn the body shell around. I have made this frame to put the body shell onto,so i can get it out of the garage & turn it around.
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  44. 2 points
    Thanks all for the positive comments. This weekend should be the moment of truth and the test drive. if all goes well I will service it and use it as it is. Through the winter I want to correct the welding and get it resprayed in time for YAT 2021. 2020 has not been a good year so far for me so if i can get a little bit of pleasure from it before the weather changes ill be pleased.
  45. 2 points
    Got engine in red one hidden all the ecu and bits behind glove box tidied up loam made new engine mounts ect got all the satin black handles /mirrors bumpers to go on aswell
  46. 2 points
    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.. More work on the wing; Valance joining edge and front part of the arch lip restored. Center of the arch patched. Lower back edge patched with a not so good bit of metal. It was easier to install the whole patch to get proper alignment and then work on fixing the rot at the rear edge. Also started on removing majority of the warping from welding. Piece by piece getting there. I needed a break from all the patching and went parts hunting on couple (non-official) junk yards close by. Don't see too many of these Corsairs in here parts of the world. Empty shell of a 4 door series 2. Has had a good wallop on the side. Anything but the boot or bonnet are either rotten or bent So slim pickings these days as expected but i did not have to come back empty handed; Three boxes to harvest parts for mine. I do not know for sure but #1&2 are most likely from MK1/escort. #1 was attached to a pre-crossflow at the yard. I did some cursory inspection on these today. #1 is in the best condition but has been rebuilt at some point. Not necessarily a bad thing though. #2 is the closest match to mine but worst of the lot. It was half full of water (all of these were out in the open) Maaaybe i can salvage a synchro or two. #3 had some water in it also but most of the gears looked ok. Box looks weird as it's has a bulge on it's side so parts might not fit. Might be an Anglia box actually 100€ for the lot, but even if i can salvage couple gears (hopefully a mainsaft too) they will have paid themselves. And could not resist on snapping a pic of my MZ next to this Series 2. Stalled restoration but too good to break, i hope that it gets fixed before it's too far gone.
  47. 2 points
    Cheers lads, yes the flywheels been attacked, like Craig said maybe the wrong starter gear, bit more done today, finished a little welding on the quarter, then little skim of P40 over the welds, then the filling/blending task which i quite enjoy, its going to be hard to get the wheel arch flare right, im pretty sure the rears dont flare out as much as the fronts. Trial fitted the secondhand new wing, fits a treat, im leaving it on as its inspiring me to keep pushing on
  48. 2 points
    Cheers for the pikkis But I dont think its needed, the book says 4 quarts, which is 8 pints. This is with 8 pints of water in it. There will be a pint in the filter and resting in the engine
  49. 2 points
    Today I took off the Radyot spot lights and fitted these Ford ones. The way the brackets are on the Radyot ones meant they sat quite high in relation to the headlights which I didn't like too much. The Ford ones sit lower......have had these for a while and one has a crack but thought I'd stick them on. I did try mounting the radyot lens in the Ford casing but it didn't quite fit.
  50. 2 points
    5 hours on the Cortina this afternoon, mainly cause i was going insane stuck in the house, bare metaled the body used only three of those fibre discs that fit on a 4.5 inch grinder, there really good and leave the body super smooth,( for those that havent used em), ive only found a few pins holes, doors, bonnet, boot,and wings, are eventually going to be dropped off at the chemical/strip place local to me, if you drop them off late evening, they do a cash in hand strip, oooh errrr. Im not sure it would have lasted much longer parked up, doing this has really made it look like its turned a corner from its garage park up in 1991
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