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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/12 17:50:17 (permalink)
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Back onto the doors today, started the tedious job of getting them all straight and gapped. I refitted the latches, catchers strikers etc and put on the top line of stainless trim. Then it was a matter of adjust, check, repeat for a couple of hours. I had to stretch out a couple of mounting holes to get them to sit hard against the lower sill and shave down an  edge to get one of the gaps even. Otherwise it was just alot of fine tuning.
Next step is to proof coat the gaps and make sure they're all straight and not bowing into each other, if all goes well they should just need a light hammer and dolly, to the best of my ability and maybe a coat of polyester/ highfill to finish, but thats on the list for tommorrow...
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/12 18:12:55 (permalink)
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Great work, and the pace at which you are doing it is putting me to shame!

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/12 21:58:13 (permalink)
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Great fix on the door gaps there mate. .. I end up getting drunk when fitting up doors lol.
Cortina rear axles always seem way forward in the arch. My mate drilled the pin holes a good 50mm further back in the main leaf further back so the axle sat back more in the arch it looked much better.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/13 14:24:54 (permalink)
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Looking good, Drew.  I should get you to come over and help me get my D/ S door to fit better.  Couple of guys have had a go but still not what I would like. Pity you're on the opposite side of the country lol
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/13 17:46:57 (permalink)
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Haha now that I'm back to work it seems like its taking forever...
The wheel placement bothers me too Marty, what where they thinking?
Back into it today, hammered most of the edges flat then built them up with polyester, proof coated and sanded then finished off in epoxy. It took a couple of goes but it's dead straight now, very happy I took the time to do it. Theres a few more odds and sods to finish but I should be able to turn it around and start on the other side soon.
So now its time for that beer... You never know Len, once this cars done I'm out of room and am going to need something to do... I may take you up on a working holiday

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/13 19:20:58 (permalink)
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Hey Drew, would you mind giving us an idea of the products you are using so far?
I'm interested in the époxy' (etch primer/sealer?)you are using, as it looks like you are working semi undercover, and stuff looks pretty good.
 
 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/13 19:54:15 (permalink)
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Haha now that I'm back to work it seems like its taking forever...

Yeah, that's my problem too. Just had my Christmas leave knocked back too. Still, inspired by your progress, I got out there today and put in a decent effort. The alternator is back together and installed, the brakes have been bled (horrible job, especially when you forget to tighten the pipes to the proportioning valve like I did - what a mess), and the radiator is installed. Just spent two hours looking for some old seat covers that were washed a while back and then promptly disappeared....

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/14 11:48:12 (permalink)
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Its those small jobs that seem to bog down isn't it... I've got that to look forward to yet.
Hey Deano, I've been getting a fair bit of guidance from my local paint supplier, using a single pack epoxy thats said to be safe to use with other products in the future, two pack, acrylic etc. Spent a bit of time tuning the spray gun, pressure, nozzle and feed rates so I don't get too much misting or overspray. The polyester, essentially a spray on bog/ putty was a different story, it was like spaying on custard and needed building up slowly. Yeah working in the open at the moment although three corners of the carport are sealed in, we're getting a quote on a roller door this week to turn it into a proper garage. Yay more space to collect crap
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2016/11/14 21:06:00 (permalink)
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I've been getting a fair bit of guidance from my local paint supplier, using a single pack epoxy thats said to be safe to use with other products in the future, two pack, acrylic etc. Spent a bit of time tuning the spray gun, pressure, nozzle and feed rates so I don't get too much misting or overspray. The polyester, essentially a spray on bog/ putty was a different story, it was like spaying on custard and needed building up slowly.

I'm going to have to pay you a visit and gets some tips, as the van is going to be a home paint job.

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/04/02 21:08:09 (permalink)
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Hey Drew,
How's the Cory going, haven't had an update in a while, getting a bit snowed under with jobs?  Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/04/03 09:34:09 (permalink)
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G'day Len,
Yeah its been a while, summers always busy at work. Festival season is over now and the weathers cooling so its about time to get back into it. The heat gets to me the older I get. I usually have a melt down or two over summer and swear next year I'll get an inside job, haha nah never...
The rest of the fleets been keeping me busy too, still tinkering with tune on the RS, few shows in the TD, just been through the underside with lanolin ready to put it away for winter and the TE50 has been to a track day and a couple of boofhead powercruise/ roll race events.
In between I found a local Mk1 guru with a shed load of parts, picked up a few odds and sods like the correct bucket seats (others were mk2) trim bits and the one piece of chrome trim I was missing. The posties been busy too delivering rubbers and the like. Hopefully there will be some progress on the actual car in the coming weeks.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/04/03 19:32:42 (permalink)
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I haven't forgotten about our chat about painting Drew; just haven't done any painting yet because some dumb $#!t decided to ram the back of the van while it was stopped at an intersection (must have been a real important text message he was reading/sending). The clown tried to buy us off with a $200 payment to keep it out of the hands of the insurers; like that was ever going to happen given labour rates today. He even had the nerve to say he was being generous, and accused us of trying to take advantage of the situation! So no painting until we get that fixed, which is at least a month or so away. In the meantime, hang in there and try and get some well deserved rest between all those other projects you are running.

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/04/04 18:55:29 (permalink)
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Bummer mate not the news I wanted to hear. Hold your ground and get it fixed properly at they're expense.
Plenty of time before I paint it and decide whether I'm going to do it myself but still keen to see how you guys do it and get a few tips.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/04/05 19:52:09 (permalink)
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And to add insult to injury, another idiot side-swiped the missus last night. Got the whole thing on camera, but the cops won't lay charges. So not only is there never a cop around when you need one, but they aren't interested in charging people who break the road rules and cause extensive damage even when the evidence is handed to them on the proverbial silver platter. Oh, and after refusing his offer to "fix" the car himself (as the whole side has been wiped out), he tried to get us to say it was his other (insured) vehicle he was driving. Nothing like a little fraud to make the day more interesting.
 
Sorry Drew; I went a little off topic there!

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/08/12 13:06:13 (permalink)
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Still plugging away at the car... Haven't done much to the body of late, been wet and cold so I've been inside prepping parts and ordering goodies.
Found a radio, set about cleaning it up and fitting it. Bonus it works too From my reference photo the facia should have been painted silver, in prepping I stripped the old paint with thinners to found that its chrome underneath and in pretty good condition so just gave it a buff and its getting left that way. Got some knobs for it that a very close to the missing originals so happy with that. Found a picture of an un-molested dash so made the bits and welded it all back together. Took a fair bit of plug welding and grinding, I think who ever fitted the CD player was blind and did it with a blunt axe.

 
The heater box had to come out to fit the radio so the cores been tested and the louvres have been re foamed. Gauges had to come out too, the temp gauge whilst a Smiths unit was the wrong one so I dug the original out of a box of bits. It tested up ok with the multimeter so not sure why it was changed, keeping the other one just in case.
 
Busy collecting parts too, finally got the opening quarter window rubbers, found a good steering wheel then a centre. GT side badges came from Yesterford, rear has been polished and painted.

Repro dash top came from Team Deville in the uk. Its a fibre glass knock off but after a test fit you'd never know and its half the price of having one redone . Only one problem though, it has no mounting bolts, not a problem to epoxy some on but wtf? how'd they forget that?


Ordering some door trims and seat covers from Aldridge at the moment so there should be a big parcel arriving soon...
Cheers Drew

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