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On 7/10/2017 at 7:15 PM, LagoonBlue said:

If you did not think i was nuts before you will after this (and would not be wrong) :lol:

I have been wanting to try this out for sometime now so on we go;

 

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Object of desire, Heavy duty shell strut support panel from my parts car. Mine did not come with these originally but since i have it apart i might as well put some on. Almost good enough to use but heavily pitted on the other side and too complex to make by hand.

 

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having missed most of your topic over the last years, i spend my lunchtime getting up to date. hats off to your welding skills and how you fabricate things, i m really impressed! keep up the excellent work and the piccies coming plz!

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3 hours ago, consul315 said:

having missed most of your topic over the last years, i spend my lunchtime getting up to date. hats off to your welding skills and how you fabricate things, i m really impressed! keep up the excellent work and the piccies coming plz!

I second that it's nice to see some quality work going. No goober welds on this one!

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18 hours ago, nascar66 said:

I second that it's nice to see some quality work going. No goober welds on this one!

 

21 hours ago, consul315 said:

having missed most of your topic over the last years, i spend my lunchtime getting up to date. hats off to your welding skills and how you fabricate things, i m really impressed! keep up the excellent work and the piccies coming plz!

 

Thank you!  Well, the key word here is "years":blush: I really hope to get more done this year.

 

I just remembered that my block is 2737E (says so on the side) and without checking i suspect that my spare block would then be 681. Both have the narrow lobed cams but any later cam will merrily fit the earlier blocks according to the interwebs. Followers are also narrower on these earlier blocks.

I think i will remove the cam on my spare block and thoroughly inspect it, if there's any damage i will get a new one.

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Sorry for dropping off the radar again, been all kinds of busy on non Cortina related stuff and sadly will be for a while:sad:

 

In the little time that i could spare i did start tin work on the spare wing.

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Antenna hole being patched.

 

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Ehh, not my best work but will do. This is trickier spot to work on than would seem at first, despite being very careful with heat the panel distorted in various ways. Maybe due to stresses from stamping releasing:headscratch: Goal here is to do as much work as possible before cutting either this or my original and make one good from the lot as neither is perfect. Will be quite a puzzle.

 

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Filler panel from the spare wing. This is fairly solid but had been man handled when the wing was removed. I had to cut out a small section (new patch ready to go in) so that i can get all the wrinkles out. Luckily i have couple rotten but straight spares to compare against.

 

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And as a small side job i cleaned the PCV valve housing and valve. This was absolutely full with gunk. Soaking on petrol was the only thing that could get it clean.

Will need a quick sand blast and respray the next time i'm doing a bigger lot. 

 

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You can still see the "tidemark" on the PCV valve shaft. I suspect that i was the first person to clean it:blink:

For the PCV valve body i tried a new (to me) method of surface treatment. First the part was thoroughly cleaned and brushed , then i heated it with a butane torch to about 300°C and quenched it in clean motor oil. Looks as new.

 

Having been stranded on the first real test drive on my bike when it's regulator conked out i now have a plan ready for the charging system on Cortina. I will keep the Lucas C.40 Dynamo but will replace the regulator with DVR3N-12-22A ( http://edsltd.ddns.net/products.html) hidden inside the original regulator housing. Despite Lucas RB340 being pretty much the penultimate in mechanical regulators it's still not as reliable nor efficient as a good electronic one.

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And suddenly it's summer:cool: Managed to squeeze in couple days worth of work on the car.

 

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Another bunch of bits primed. I did not paint the PCV valve housing stem as per original since it's a quite tight fit to the block.

 

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For the top coat i decided to give one of those new 2K in a (multi use) rattle can a try. Not cheap but for the small stuff it's quite a chore to mix the paint and clean the gun after use.

 

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Colour as advertised. Was still little tacky the next day after spraying, i will give a week or so for these to cure and will see how tough the paint really is.

 

As a general observation i find it peculiar that it took me less time to make a logging trailer for my mini tractor (about a day) than it took me to fix up these bits.

Good/cheap/fast, pick two i guess....

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That vintage coupler is made in England:thumbsup:

 

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And here it is in use.

 

Okay, back to Cortina;

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I stripped bare all my LH wings to better see what i have to work with. Well, the parts that were not totally past it anyway.

 

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And here are the first two joined together. Aligned them the best i could, not great but decent. Since i was not happy with my previous antenna hole patch i took the opportunity and remade it with original metal. Back end is rotten on all of these but that i have made from scratch before to the other side, lots of work but certainly doable.

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Great work as always 👍

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Added benefit is, you will be able to make your wing a better fit than Ford ever intended, and you will save yourself a lot money in the process.

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You could always buy a badly fitting brand new wing from express panels for £1000,😱Outrageous prices

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Yes, I think yours will be the best option, having seen your previous repair skills, I was extremely lucky, I purchased 2 brand new wings 10 years ago for an unbelievable small amount of money, they probably won't fit and they are NOS!!!

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On 6/1/2020 at 9:38 PM, 68 Cortina said:

You could always buy a badly fitting brand new wing from express panels for £1000,😱Outrageous prices

 

On 6/1/2020 at 9:56 PM, GhiaMk4/5 said:

Yes, I think yours will be the best option, having seen your previous repair skills, I was extremely lucky, I purchased 2 brand new wings 10 years ago for an unbelievable small amount of money, they probably won't fit and they are NOS!!!

Thank you! :thumbsup:

Some of their smaller panels are tempting but when factoring in overseas shipping costs it's way out of my budget. At least gives me a reason to hone my skills with the mig.

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How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time..

 

More work on the wing;

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Valance joining edge and front part of the arch lip restored.

 

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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.

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Don't see too many of these Corsairs in here parts of the world. 

 

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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:sad:

 

So slim pickings these days as expected but i did not have to come back empty handed;

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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:glare:) 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:headscratch:

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.

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Stalled restoration but too good to break, i hope that it gets fixed before it's too far gone.

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Excellent work on that wing.

The junkyard doesn't look very safe by today's standards but I'd love to have a wander around there.

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2 hours ago, nascar66 said:

Excellent work on that wing.

The junkyard doesn't look very safe by today's standards but I'd love to have a wander around there.

 

Heh, i remember climbing all over the metal pile at the council dump as a child. Certainly would be frowned upon these days, back then we still had a sense of self accountability:rolleyes:

If i were not being eaten alive by the mosquitoes i would of had a good long peruse at the yard, who knows what treasures are still hidden there.

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The Corsair looks saveable, especially as it's a 2 door, we don't have such scrap yards anymore in the UK, all modern junk, shame, good places to visit for treasure.

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