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cortina last won the day on September 3 2016

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  1. Had similar on mine, cutting out after 5 minutes at idle and more recently cutting out and bogging down on a restart after a run, the idle always seemed to be slightly lumpy no matter how I adjusted the carb. I fitted a complete electronic ignition kit, distributor, leads, NGK plugs, a new carb and adjusted the valve clearances. Last week, I fitted a new fuel pump and ignition coil, which seems to have now sorted it and it doesn't take as much cranking on the starter motor to get it started after a day or two.
  2. It's keeping me going at the moment, with optimism, I've already booked a travel lodge at Monmouth for 3 nights for me and the cars next keeper and I'll be at the Ace on the 6th May.
  3. In 2014 after 5 years without a Cortina and a bit of cash in the bank, my search started. I specifically wanted a 2.0 litre Crusader or Ghia MK5 with manual transmission. I first saw this car quite some years ago: Scouring the Internet I came across this, a 0 previous owner 2.0 Crusader manual in red/silver with just under 38,000 genuine miles on the clock. It had been customised from new with a rear spoiler, driving lamps, a wooden steering wheel & gear knob, a glass sun roof, a dummy roof aerial, a set of chrome wheels, copious amounts of stick on chrome trim, bright screen inserts, the clear glass replaced with tinted glass, a lovely set of door sill protectors, K&N air filter and various chrome/painted/polished bits in the engine bay. The advert pictures: After a 200 mile drive in my trusty Sierra 1.8, we arrived at the sellers address one very wet Sunday morning, armed with a fistful of cash and the expectation that it would be a wrench for him to part with it after 32 years of ownership. It was parked under a car port and it looked very clean, I knew that I had to have it, I had a brief test drive and negotiated a deal over tea and biscuits, which included some original items from the car and some new and used spares. I was even offered the opportunity to jack the car up and have a look underneath - which I declined. I taxed the car on line and already had the insurance in place. The drive home was very wet, this was the first time that the car had been out in that sort of weather, there were some very big puddles on the roads. The drive was disappointing, the car felt vague, floaty, a bit down on performance, a steering wheel wobble at 40mph and the brakes pulled to one side and then the other - this was when I had a 'what on earth have I done? moment'. What's done, is done - the car is now mine, and there can't be much fundamentally wrong with such a low mileage genuine car. A program of work started, jobs done over the last two years: De-blinging Wheels replaced with Capri Laser Alloys and more recently by a set of powder coated Ford Sports - all new tyres on all 10 wheels upgraded from 165 to 185 width. Sticky chrome removed, chrome exhaust tip removed and tail pipe polished, bumpers, screen trims, driving lamp surrounds and bulk head panels all wrapped in vinyl. Interior Steering wheel replaced with the original item that was supplied with the car, gear knob replaced with a Sierra 4 speed one, steering wheel cover fitted, rev counter dash and console fitted, electric aerial, radio replaced with a modern item, 4 blown speakers replaced, heated drivers seat kit fitted, driving lamps wired correctly and a remote central locking kit was fitted to operate on the front doors only - I didn't want to drill the rear doors and B post for wiring. Electrical. Old Selmar alarm removed, wiring made good, wiper motor linkage adjusted so that they park correctly, extra interior lights removed. Engine Given a good service including all the belts, new water pump, a good coolant flush (it was very rusty, now the heater is red hot), head removed for an unleaded conversion, electronic ignition fitted, original air filter fitted, new carburettor, engine bay wiring loom re-wrapped, exhaust manifold painted, inlet manifold replaced and a bit of cleaning and some metal parts polished. Suspension Bushes replaced with poly ones at the rear arm to axle mounts, front anti roll bar poly bushed along with the steering rack and tie bars, front wheel alignment checked/adjusted, upper rear arm to body bushes replaced with standard items. Dampers replaced with a set of Gaz adjustables. Brakes A full brake inspection, clean up, adjustment, fluid change, new front pads and brake discs skimmed. Body Rear spoiler water ingress sorted, colour stripes replaced, black boot badges, rear mud flaps removed, period registration plates fitted and a general clean up. Recent pictures: During a visit to the Ford Heritage Collection in Dagenham last week: That's the main points of the work which I have done, along with the general cleaning and the dead ends/problems that you meet on the way, it takes a fair bit of time. The result is now that I have a car that drives as good as it looks, the engine pulls well and once warm it loves to reach the upper end of the rev counter. The registration is interesting, the car was on a private plate from new, when the number was transferred to his next car the Cortina did not have an original number to revert back to, so EPV 48Y was issued to it. Coincidentally PV is an Ipswich number - which is where I live, but it was never issued on a Y suffix here, another Cortina that I know of has had a similar thing happen, it got issued EPV 49Y. The number of people who I speak to who categorically insist that this is a local car and don't seem to believe me when I tell them that it is not. Todays project is to make some trim for the interior boot cross panel. The future for the car, it's certain that I'll never ever sell it, in fact I'll be doing the opposite. Having recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness which carries a short life expectancy, I'll be leaving it to my best friend of 40 odd years for him to enjoy.
  4. 27mm is the size of spanner/socket that you need.
  5. I've got a new MK4 speedometer face with Econolights fitted.
  6. You should take a look here: http://apps.hagerty.com/ukvaluation/index.html?showBacklink=1
  7. The Sierra is way ahead of the Cortina in how it drives, rides and stops.
  8. Vehicle Registration Number GWC86T Model CORTINA GHIA VIN (Chassis) BABFWE34777 First Registration Date 25/05/1979
  9. If you're into books about working in car factories, this one is very good: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rivethead-Ben-Hamper/dp/0446394009 It's quite an insight into what car manufacturers will do to motivate their workers, Howie Makem - the Quality Cat.
  10. I was there earlier this year, I did recognise it as your old car, as I had seen it on your web site.
  11. 'Concourse' - that's a walk way. Cortinas should be driven, overtaking modern stuff in the outside lane.
  12. Self centering is down to the caster angle, which is adjustable on the MK5. There is a way of checking it to get it roughly correct by measuring the wheel base on each side and adjusting it to to 101.5 inches.
  13. I've always used the cork gaskets. The key to getting a good seal is to ensure that there is no distortion on the cover around the bolt holes, tighten the cover from the back towards the front and don't over tighten it, and give the gasket a light coat of grease, which allows it to be reused a few times.
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