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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/08/12 21:02:04 (permalink)
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Hi Drew,
Good to see that  you've been able to get in and do a bit, maybe with the dash top they expected that you would glue it in place and never touch it again? I got fibreglass repro C pillar trims but they didn't come with mounting lugs, I will have to glass some in to fit them. The shot of your dash is handy, I made up a template to fit my GT gauges into the switch panel in the RS , a bit different than the original in the pic but might change it to the same setup. Cheers, Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/10/01 18:11:21 (permalink)
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Hey Whooligan, not having many problems finding parts for the MK1's in Australia, theres a real underground following (in Perth anyway) I'm turning up to places to find GT's, GT500's and Lotus cars tucked in peoples garages, even saw an early pre airfow A-frame Lotus.
 
I've been wanting to make a start on the engine bay but it was soon apparent I'd have to re-assemble the whole lot and sort a few issues before I break out the welder.
Engine and box went back in and then I started on wiring. The front loom, firewall forward was a mess so I though I'd start again and hide it all. The car came with a couple of spare looms so I salvaged all the wire and used the correct colour/trace on most of the circuits. The whole lot cost me under $200 with the isolator, ripcord, fuses, fusable link, solder, heat shrink etc. It all now runs down the chassis rail and through the crossmember so it's all pretty much invisible. The pic shown is the engine with all of its wires attached, pretty happy with it. The next pic is my 'swiss cheese' inner guards, plenty of plug welding to do.

 
The battery is in the boot and has a nice sealed box so thats where it will stay. For a bit of extra security after adding the fuses I've installed an battery isolator in the back and rip cord within easy reach of the driver. The bracket under the dash will be painted in the interior colour and I might put a decal on it for some bling. Its verge side pick up at the moment so an old bike lost its life to supply the cable guides for the remote shut off.

Thats it for now, I need to get the battery cable cut and some new ends fitted to finish off the isolator then tie up a few loose ends and I'll be ready to test it all. Then pull it all back a part again, haha oh the joys...
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/10/03 22:00:56 (permalink)
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Neat work, Drew.  Bit more of that " re-purposing " stuff going on....  Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/10/04 22:03:42 (permalink)
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Gee Drew, judging by your last photo, your vise sure had had a tough life!

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2017/10/05 20:05:46 (permalink)
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Haha it's waste not want not around here guys. On a budget with this one so making the most of what is around. If only that vice could tell a story, his mate the bench grinder doesn't look much better either

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/07 11:31:13 (permalink)
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G'day all,
I've had the body work blues for a while now so I thought I'd start detailing some parts. In doing this I broke my golden rule "one thing at a time grasshopper" and ended up with a garage full of unfinished items and parts in buckets.
Found a really nice crossmember but the bump stops were shot, lucky enough I found another at an auto jumble, beaten to oblivion but the rubbers were schmick, paid $25 for it so happy with that. Also found a two bolt starter motor, the spring was shot but I managed to swap one out from the three bolt spare I had along with a nice set of brushes, looks like it had been reconditioned by the previous owner. The circlip for the spring was an interesting one to remove without a compressor, I knew screw drivers and fingers working too close were a bad idea and ended up paying the price but hey, it wouldn't be blood sweat and tears without the blood
Parts are back from the platers and powder coaters and together again, generator looks the goods with its plated fan, the rest of the bling came up a treat too.
Found the correct gearbox but it was missing its remote shifter, I remembered a guy that had mentioned he had one so gave him a call (18 months later) and grabbed it. Bonus it came with a bush and collar kit aswell.
Engine out, box swapped and then back in, ready to repair the tunnel now.
Hoping for some steady progress, have a new job on a golf course so with a 12:30pm knockoff the afternoons are mine to spend in the garage...
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/07 13:34:49 (permalink)
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Hey Drew. Looking good. I guess you couldn't resist the lure of getting everything professionally coated after all!

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/08 16:32:37 (permalink)
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Yeah mate I caved. We went to the Mustang nationals over the easter weekend and I got a little drunk on all the shiny stuff on show

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/08 17:35:34 (permalink)
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I have noticed you have an affinity for bling Drew.
Chroming is addictive you know and should be avoided.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/29 13:00:37 (permalink)
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Haha Deano I must have been a magpie in a previous life... I'm attracted to shiny things...
One step forward, one step back this week.
My GT air cleaner assembly arrived thanks to another gumtree wanted ad. Nice and straight with no cracks at the base. Got the carb and manifold out to start detailing them and found a crack in the manifold and that the water fittings have been cut off with an angle grinder, aargh! Heading to the engineering shop for a diagnosis/ feasibility report this week. Otherwise it'll be back to gumtree for another wanted advert.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/30 18:10:03 (permalink)
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Haven't checked in on your build for a while, but its looking great
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/04/30 20:37:25 (permalink)
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hey Drew, have you checked this guy?
 
Home made electroplating, might save you enough on your chroming costs to buy a new house I reckon!
 
Hope the link works: 
 
https://youtu.be/hTupOgImpWo 
 
Gold electroplated calipers,lines, every bolt etc for his 911
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/05/02 17:16:11 (permalink)
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Thanks Tedi, reading the tread again makes me realise how far its come, still alot to go though so just going one step at a time...
Funny you suggest that Deano, I looked into home plating when I was building the Escort and thought "nah to much to set up, I'm only building one car"  Famous last words Finding room is the biggest issue in expanding my operations, that and I'm onto a plater that is pretty reasonably priced, the last batch I pictured, with a heap of nuts and bolts aswell came to $100. Interesting link though, maybe when I get my lotto garage.
Cheers Drew

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/05/15 21:44:37 (permalink)
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/05/17 18:44:21 (permalink)
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Holy moly.....she's a bit steep-a twink! $25k thats BDA territory, id have thought! Or atleast something dry sumped
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