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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/05/19 14:09:48 (permalink)
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Haha that'd be nice Deano, I've been playing with the manifold and having a chuckle at the port size. Not much power to be had out of the old pre-crossflow. I don't remember winning any races in the GT I had in my teens so it looks like the record will stand

So back too it, I got a price on fixing the other manifold but in the meantime found another, better one, for half the price so grabbed it and had it faced.

After that it was into the shed to remove all the casting marks and give it a buff and polish, spent a saturday morning on it and reckon it was time well spent, it'll match the headers when I have them ceramic 'chrome' sprayed.

Doing another batch of powder coating this week, the cars coming along well at the moment.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/05/20 21:46:09 (permalink)
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Ha, Drew- you're really becoming the King of Bling, make sure you invest in a good pair of sunnies when you're done LOL
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/10/09 22:24:35 (permalink)
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Hi Drew,
Got any updates on the Cory, haven't seen anything for a while.
Cheers, Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/10/13 14:13:44 (permalink)
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G'day Len,
Still painting and detailing odds and sods. Haven't touched the body in a while, taking a couple of weeks holiday in the new year so I'll get a good run at it then.
Lifes sort of getting in the way at the moment, the nephews just started karts so I'm getting really involved with that. The bugs bitten me too, been doing a few track days in the TE50.
Made friends with the Escort again after the 'burnout' of building it and am driving the wheels off it every chance I get.
The Cortina's still on the radar though, can't wait to be driving it aswell.
Cheers Drew

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2018/10/13 14:31:56 (permalink)
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Hey Drew, if you're ever down my way in the RS, do drop by!

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/02 16:37:43 (permalink)
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Ok so its been a while but I managed to get some time over christmas and new year. Motorvation has been a bit low but after seeing some progress posts from Spud, Marty and Bonus I dragged my sorry behind out to the garage and commenced the passenger side. I'm kicking myself I didn't take any before or during shots but such was the surge of enthusiasm I just picked up the grinder and welder and went for it.
New lower sill is in, that was an easy one the replacement came with the car.
The rear arch had been rolled, with a sledge hammer I think at some point but I managed to dolly most of it out. Rust wasn't too bad so I just made some patches for the couple of spots.
Next was the wheel well which was completely gone and had been cut out prior to my ownership. It had been thrown in the boot though so I was able to use that as a reference to make one from scratch.
The exhaust cut out had also been badly beaten, for a larger diameter pipe I assume. The shape was still mostly there so I made a buck and hammered the lip back into alignment.
The doors went on alot better than the drivers side with only a couple of holes having to be stretched to get them sitting flush. They where proof coated and board filed and only needed minor dolly'ing on the lips. The gaps were also alot better on this side with no trimming and re-welding needed.
The bonnet(s) where a sticking point, one was straight but with a rusty edge the other was clean but as wavy as a day at sea. Unsure what to do, I didn't want to get left without a bonnet I chased dents around the clean one for an afternoon but in the end bit the bullet and cut the sections I needed and welded them into the other one.
Got into the engine bay today and plug welded the numerous holes from over the years.
Its come along way in a few weeks, hoping to keep the motorvation going and get it into paint soon.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/03 10:39:55 (permalink)
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Hi Drew,
Good to see you getting into it again, motivation can be a big factor when projects drag on and other things intervene.  If you've seen the news its a tad wet up here, so might get in and do a bit more work on my boot install to tidy it up.  Dug some channels in my yard to clear away water and some minor house jobs,need some things top keep me busy. This ,at least, is a job I can do under the house.  We're expecting a few more 100MLS of rain, not sure I will get into work tomorrow, will have to wait and see.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/03 17:49:28 (permalink)
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Heard it was a bit damp up there Len . 
Good luck with it . 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/03 19:43:53 (permalink)
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Hey Len,
I thought of you when I saw that on the news. Hope everythings alright.
Spoke to the painter today, I need to remove engine and finish stripping the engine bay and he'll take it from there... Next couple of weeks it'll be gone. Now the challenge will be to remember its coming back and not fill the spare space in the garage with any other toys
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/04 13:56:33 (permalink)
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what color are you thinking Drew?
 
Yeah good luck Len, maybe keep the budgy smugglers close at hand.
It might be a bit windy also. Best of luck.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/05 22:55:42 (permalink)
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Thanks for the well wishes, Guys.  Fortunately my house is in one of the higher suburbs, so didn't get any flood waters at all when the flood gates were fully opened on Sunday night, but a lot of people have severe damage or have lost everything.  One of my wife's friends had about a metre of water came through her place so will be over to help clean up when I can. Will still be a couple of days before the water goes down, but unfortunately they say there is more coming.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/06 16:24:15 (permalink)
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Good to hear everythings alright at your place Len, feel for the people that aren't as lucky.
Hey Deano, I'm going with the original colour, I'm a bit of a stickler for that sort of thing, that and all the other GT numbers match. Lol I can hear people yawning at that, each to their own I suppose
Colour is sunlit beige, it appeared on the XP Falcon aswell, same code, but is more of a gold. We need to do some samples before committing to a supplier. Heres a couple of pics as an example, the first is correct the second is the XP shade.


 

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/06 17:42:15 (permalink)
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I'd go for the correct shade too - nice -looks like a pale silver in the photo, tho might be a trick of the light ?
Cheers, Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/06 20:35:37 (permalink)
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I like the first color , looks silver / grey and very fresh apart from the door looking a different color.
Not struck on the second color , Jewish racing gold . looks very dated . 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/08 12:45:01 (permalink)
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Hey Drew, you might like to consider painting it yourself. We did our van engine bay recently, and we're really happy with it - frankly, it's better than the job I paid a pro to do on the other car! Car's not on the on the road yet, but you're welcome to come by to check it out and have a chat about it any time.

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