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Hmm... I couldn´t add some pictures now and the are smaller than 153,6 kb together...:sad:

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Yeee, here is two of the 1200 DL. Those are my oldest daughter and youngest son behind our Sierra 2,0 DOCH carb version playing with cars..

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I like those Sierra twincam engs very underrated I've supercharged ( from BMW mini cooper ) one done over 6000 miles in it & turbocharged ( from a  Volvo T5 circa 2002) done around 500 miles damn COVID cut that sort both otherwise STD efi,brain etc.

 

Both great fun!

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I have had that one and a IS fastback with 2.0 DOCH. My oldest boy use a 30 year old Scorpio STW 2,0 DOCH for every day use at this moment. Hi got bored of his fronwheel drive GHIA Focus..

I liked those engines because they wasn´t so thirsty and nice to drive.

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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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In exatly this place and position this car were built... But don´t exist anymore

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Very interesting! What modifications to the 1200 engine?

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Nice to hear Tigdlo:thumbsup:

 

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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Great story tell us more

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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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quite an interesting read and i see you have quite a selection of old Fords. maybe you can post up pics of your other 60ies Fords as well, please!

 

ps: in my country (Austria) it was the same, unfortunately they stopped importing (most) British Fords by mid seventies!

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Yep, I can tell a lot more and have many pictures too but should I open a different thread with that? This was a "Savage" -idea from the begining... or should I go on with this? You all knew this forum better than me how to continue, so tell me, please!

 

Henrik

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Henrik you could put them on this post as it comes under Ford Cortina Discussion  . Or you could start a new post in the section called Members Cars  .

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Anyone's first hand experience and knowledge is invaluable, as you have done it, been there and got the t shirt, keep posting.

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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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