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Some of you will be familiar with this resto as I've been updating various  Facebook pages. 

 

For those who aren't on FB, here's a thread intended  catalogue the resto we've done over the past year or 2. 

 

We are almost finished now. 

 

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The car arrived as a shell, no engine but with a 5 speed refurnished gearbox. A conversion from Auto to Manual had already been made at some stage. 

 

Shell was stripped, rot removed and panels or repairs made and fitted. Our fabricator made the panels we couldn't purchase. 

 

Someone had made a head start on the running gear, partial poly bushed and some work was already done to the brakes. We finished the poly bushing (whole car) and replaced or refurbed all the braking components, pipes etc, etc. 

 

Then onto body prep...... 

 

 

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I bare metalled the doors and tailgate ready for the Painters. 

 

We used our rotary stripping tool, which made light work of that job. I can highly recommend getting one if you do regular resto. 

 

We found very little in the way of surprises. Each door was very solid and only one had excessive filler on the bottom panel. Probably bumped at some stage? 

 

All were very solid, with no rust.... Amazing for an almost 40 year old car 

 

 

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Back from paint and starting to rebuild.

 

Refurbed the wheels by hand after they'd been blasted clean. Took forever and a day to source parts. Because the car was just a shell with running gear and boxes of bits we didn't realise just how much was missing!

 

Had some brilliant help along the way and certain people have been so generous. I can't thank Reinoud Brands enough, he's been absolutely amazing and without his help and generosity I'd really have struggled to get this finished.

 

 

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Lashings of Dinotrol into the cavities and underside has sealed it up and made it more resistent to the dreaded rust. 

 

Probably much better finished than the day it left the factory. I have to say having used this product on my father's restoration I can highly recommend it, we have nothing really to speak of and it's still as good as it was 6 years ago. Given I use the saloon in all weather's and all year round that isn't bad going  

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Inside as well as outsides been given some love. 

 

Interior was stripped, repaired or restored. To be fair it was in incredibly good condition overall and has taken very little effort to get looking really good. 

 

My friend had a few pinto engines in his lockup which we rescued and rebuilt a 205 block and head. It's been lovingly stripped, engineered and rebuilt and is running as smooth as anything. 32/36 DFAV weber fitted (opted for a new one but we did also refurb one, but decided no half measures) 

 

This car has literally been stripped and rebuilt and we couldn't be prouder that almost everything barring paint and a bit of more complex fabrication we have done ourselves. 

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Now we are onto the closing stages and most of the work is complete. We've had a brand new windscreen fitted last week and we are just in the process of cleaning things up now. 

 

Just the stripe kit to add (which we have waiting) and a good shake down and tighten of everything then ready for an MOT. 

 

Will post final pics once we have the golden ticket. 😁

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You've done a great job. Looks fantastic

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That looks lovely :thumbsup:

 

Will you tow with it?

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1 hour ago, John Mack said:

That looks lovely :thumbsup:

 

Will you tow with it?

Who knows, maybe!

 

We have a small traiiler that we might fill with Cortina parts to auto jumble. I just saw it for sale, but was brand new Ford item so thought we'd  fit it as an extra. 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, CortinaLover1971 said:

Who knows, maybe!

 

We have a small traiiler that we might fill with Cortina parts to auto jumble. I just saw it for sale, but was brand new Ford item so thought we'd  fit it as an extra. 

I think it's a nice accessory to have on an estate, looks like it's meant to be there.   I've seen some with unsightly bracketry which bolts behind the bumper, your Ford one looks tidy, very nice car indeed.

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Top job 

always love looking at resto pics all in one go start till 98 %
always one or two jobs to do 

injoy the summer 

 

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Good work on the repairs,car looks great :thumbsup:

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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!

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On 4/6/2021 at 7:58 AM, John Mack said:

That looks lovely :thumbsup:

 

Will you tow with it?

Who knows, maybe!

 

We have a small traiiler that we might fill with Cortina parts to auto jumble. I just saw it for sale, but was brand new Ford item so thought we'd  fit it as an extra. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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