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2016/06/11 18:09:41 (permalink)
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GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling"

After a couple of months of searching I finally found the new project I've been looking for.
Introducing my 1966 Mk1 Cortina GT. Originally metallic silver its now a rough diamond in rattle pack black and rust, so much so we've named it the ugly duckling... Looking past that its not that bad at all, it needs some sills and rear arches. Floor, bulkhead, doors, A, B, & C pillars are all fine. Bonus it's still licenced with its original, low number country plates.
Currently theres a running 4age in the engine bay backed by a five speed. The original engine and box was supplied. This is a sticking point at the moment, not sure which engine to use, plenty of time to work that out though. In the meantime I'm going to put the whole thing back together, make sure it's all there and fits. Theres a mountain of spares, two and three of almost everything. All of the chrome, console, badges and GT stuff are all there, it's just missing front seats and original wheels.
Ironically twenty odd years ago I sold my first GT to buy a set of RS alloys for the Escort, I sold those alloys this week and a GT's come back.
Cheers Drew...

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    deano
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/11 18:57:22 (permalink)
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    congratulations Drew, your patience and hard work have paid off.
    It looks to be a great starting point, and it will be good to follow the build.
     
    Now since your search is over and your a man of leisure, could you find me a Mk2 escort project?
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/11 20:31:19 (permalink)
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    Great project Drew. I vote to retain 4AGE, as bonus is you still have original motor should you ever change your mind down the track.
     
    Will be watching thread for progress.
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/12 13:18:08 (permalink)
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    Congratulations Drew! Keep the 4AGE if at all possible, even if it means putting the fuel injection back on, as it is a terrific engine. If you need seats in the short term, then let me know, as I may be able to help you out.
    post edited by Flighter - 2016/06/12 13:55:23

    WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
     
     
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/12 16:40:04 (permalink)
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    Nice one Drew. The motor looks fantastic in there. What a bonus having the webers
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/13 09:11:25 (permalink)
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    Thanks guys,
    Whooligan, funny you say that the Capri is the only one I haven't owned yet... maybe next time haha...
    In the meantime I've started to set some goals for the project, the body should be pretty straight forward so I'm going to push it a bit and try and go all steel. I learnt alot doing the RS, there was a small amount of filler used in that so its time to hone my metal working skills a bit more.
    Paint will be the original silver, I think the Lotus flash is a little over done so I may go with a white roof and 'le mans' style stripe on the lower door, these will be done in vinyl wrap so it can be reversed in the future.
    Engine is still open to debate, There was no structural mods done to fit it so it's easily changed, I'm just happy the guy had the foresight to store the original.
    Anyway its off to the shed for me, I've got acres of chrome and stainless trim to start buffing.
    Cheers Drew...
    post edited by Drewdog - 2016/06/13 15:02:26

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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/13 16:47:53 (permalink)
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    Keen to check this out sometime Drew! I was going to keep my mk1 original but you saying that the 4age didn't hurt the original body gives me some ideas!
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/17 16:10:49 (permalink)
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    Hi Drew,
    Congratulations on the new project, looks like you have a good solid example to make a start, will be watching thread with interest, mark 1 was first car I ever owned/ drove with hot race crossflow.
    Cheers,
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/19 15:42:30 (permalink)
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    Len, I've got fond memories of a Mk1 I had in my youth too, missed out on buying back a while ago but stoked with this one.
    Ionix, happy to send any pics you may need, engine will be coming out for paint so I can get some detailed ones then.
     
    Great to be back in the garage after a few months off. Starting to go through the bright work, slow going, cut, polish and buff. I'm keeping a tally of man hours this project, 13 hours in and I've done maybe a third of the trim. Working through the mountain of parts aswell. Sold off a couple of diffs, grilles, bumpers, manifolds so far. Got straight back on the net and started ordering parts. With no out of pocket expense I got some new tail light bezels and rubbers, indicator rubbers, windscreen rubbers, rivet clips for the side stripes and some fancy chrome bullet mirrors. Still got a pile of other parts so I'll try to keep this little trick going until they all run out Found a set of original wide steel rims and hub caps too just need to pic them up (three hours drive from here)
    I'll take a break from the buffing mop during the week and start cleaning all the glass.
    Cheers Drew...

     
     
     
     
     

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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/19 16:24:21 (permalink)
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    Looking good.
     
    What buffer wheel and medium are you using to polish?
     
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/19 18:21:10 (permalink)
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    Jeez Drew, you are putting me to shame with all the work you are doing.  At the rate you are going, your new project will be finished before my old one, and I'm already most of the way there!
     

    WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
     
     
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/19 19:07:15 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby escortinadriver 2016/07/16 21:15:41
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    Haha, yeah this one should be easier than the Escort, everythings already there and quite sound...
    I'm using the josco mops on a converted bench grinder, coarse and fine for stainless and separate mops for chrome and acrylic although I find the coarse to harsh for these. Same brand compound sticks, grey/ cutting and white/ fine... It's time consuming but rewarding, the hum of the machine is kind of a soothing sound to me now
    Cheers Drew

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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/06/20 22:13:27 (permalink)
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    Love the Cortina, would pass as a good rat project if the body was left like that.
    The 4AG also came standard in some applications with twin 40mm Solex carbs (I have a set lurking under the house) so it could be the original manifold.
    Good work there those parts look great.
    I find it helps to keep the other half happy as well if I sell off a few bits here and there, just don't keep a tally of the outgoing expenses!
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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/07/16 15:02:25 (permalink)
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    G'day Blue 74, I might have a drama there, the little lady is keeping a book on the car, man hours, ingoings and outgoings etc all good though she's getting involved and it keeps me honest. I have a budget of 10k on the car so no silly ebay bidding wars
    Almost through buffing the trim (42 hours so far I'm told) the grille took a whole day, it's still not perfect but I'm not going to go as far as I did with the Escort in the pursuit of perfection, it ended up getting stressful and we developed a real 'love hate' relationship. The windscreen trims were harrowing, thin, odd shapes that threatened to wrap themselves around the buffer at any second, glad thats done. Reconditioned the rear lights aswell, once again they'll do and I'll save some money.
    Finished sorting through the boxes of parts, I was a bit hesitant about doing an unfinished project, but every things there, well labelled and I've had a few suprises like some nos badges, door handle gaskets, new master and slave cylinders.
    Sold off most of the spares, this is the first project I've had thats got cheaper the further I've gone, lol. Splurged out on some bling with the proceeds with some quarter bumpers, light trims and bullet mirrors arriving this week, Had the original low number country plates remade too.
    Cheers Drew...
     

     

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    Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/07/25 14:08:17 (permalink)
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    Picked up a set of wheels and tyres today, the fit and price was right so that ends the debate on steelies or alloys for the car... they're fairly conservative at 5.5" and 185/ 60's but still should look a treat.
    Cheers Drew...

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