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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/02/08 13:12:03 (permalink)
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I'm exactly with Bonus's summation.Silver and minilights would look the bee's guts.
If this is the color though, I'd definitely be paying a pro to do the final spray.
 
Metallic, plus being silver plus clearcoat would be the combination from hell in terms of getting all of the panels to match to what I think is your level of perfection Drew, and whilst I have never sprayed it myself, I have learnt from others how difficult it can be. Maybe do most of the pre and undercoat if you can, and then hand the car over?
 
Even in the pic above, as Bonus pointed out, there's a noticeable variation between the rear door and body.
Perhaps some more wise painters than my inexperienced self can chip in.
 
I've had 2 cars that are metallic silver, a late model MX5 (Starlight Silver), and my better halfs Territory is silver also.
Both have have had 'professional' panel repaints (not my fault honestly), but a keen eye could pick up the differences.
Maybe the newer paints are more forgiving.
 
Having said all of the above, I have a 1lt of the original metallic Spruce color to put on the Mk 2 Escort if I get a chance.
 
 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/17 14:11:59 (permalink)
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The cars in the  shop at the moment, this is my least favourite part of a project, its out of my hands and a just need to be patient. I stopped in for a look during the week and it is making progress, he's being particular with it, so far, so good. Agreed Deano, glad I'm having it painted by a pro, I'd love to have a go but was stressing a bit on the finish I'd get.
 
In the meantime I've been preparing the engine and box. The last owner said the engine had about 10 000km since a rebuild and I'm inclined to believe that, at some point it's had a new gasket set, core plugs and head gasket. Its had a paint now, parts powdercoated, engine mounts, thermo housing, nut and bolt kit etc.

Gearbox is unknown but the oil was clean with no bits of metal and the gaskets and seals look like they've been done too. Didn't take much to clean it up and I put alloy top cover on the buffing wheel for good measure for good measure.

 I've joined the Mk1 Cortina club in the UK so I now have access to there "parts department" Wow! its amazing how much stuff they have reproduced and how cheap it is. $16aus for a new speedo cable, $10 for a GT air filter... I wasn't going to go this far with the car but it's really stepping up the build. I'm going to have to powdercoat and replate all of the underside of the car now to match the top haha. The tyre shop also had a good special on bridgestone 185/13's so I put new rubber on the superlights for a bit over $200. Stoked with that.
Got a roofling in the correct 'loadstar' material and ordered an interior from Aldridge, new door cards, seat cover set, front and rear parcel shelves. Got a pretty close match to the original material and the whole lot will be done from the same roll so it should all match up nicely. I wasn't a fan of the palamino coloured inerior to start with but after seeing this picture I think it'll be a nice place to sit once it done.

Well thats it for now, just playing the waiting game now. Cheers Drew.
 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/17 18:36:59 (permalink)
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Damn Drew - sounds impressive! Can't wait to come see it in person.

WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
 
 
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/18 18:12:58 (permalink)
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I'll let you know as soon as its back mate. The anticipation is building at my end

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/23 00:16:15 (permalink)
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Hi Drew,
If you get an interior finish as good as the one in the pic - very nice. Though I must admit it would be a bit of an unusual colour combination with a silver exterior.  Does the gearbox have the short shift extension to go with it? Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/23 15:16:30 (permalink)
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Hi Len,
I think 'palamino' was available with a few of the exterior colour options but haven't seen one it the flesh yet. It's grown on me and I think it'll be a nice change from the black interiors my other cars have.
I've got the extension and linkage rod but it was missing the stick so I got the bush kit and made one myself. Still need to build a couple of mm's of weld on the bottom so that it gets the reverse lockout tab a bit better. Worst case you can buy them but they're not cheap.
Cheers Drew

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/03/24 23:11:29 (permalink)
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Drew, Give us a yell if you get stuck, I think my brother might still have one.  Have you got the console as well ?  Cheers, Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/04/25 15:20:38 (permalink)
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Cheers Len Pm sent.
Had a look at the car on monday, he's giving it a final block down and paint will be flowing, as we speak probably...
The postmans been busy too. The Aldridge interior arrived, door trims are fantastic as well as the front and rear parcel shelves and kick panels. There was a difference in the pattern of their seat cover sets so I had material from the same roll as the door trims sent over and I'll have them done locally.
Got the carpet too, the original was chocolate brown but I went for a lighter shade called caffeine that almost matches the vinyl.
Also picked up an original style (not rubber) boot matt and had a heap more powder coating done.
The headers for the engine should be here any day now and they'll go straight back out for ceramic coating.
So bar a few hardware items that should be most of the car ready to put together, I know I'll have forgotten something though, I guess we'll find out soon haha.

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/04/25 21:29:22 (permalink)
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Hi Drew,
Interior will come up a treat, looking forward to seeing the paint job!  Will try to chase up those bits for you, my bro is hard to get hold of at times.  Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/04/29 10:03:20 (permalink)
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The "Ugly Duckling " is maturing well! 
I like your choice of interior color, It's nice to see you have stepped away from the norm of black, it will look great when installed.
Looking forward to the next update.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/04/29 23:25:01 (permalink)
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The interior looks great!
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/05/02 17:56:38 (permalink)
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Thanks Blue, not quite a beautiful swan yet but getting there...
So the car came back today, I was a Bit upset that it hadn't been buffed and compounded but after a chat with the painter he owned up to having had a mild stroke a week back and that he was having problems with one of his arms. Being a tough old schooler and fearing loosing his licence (he also has a tow truck) he thought he'd suck it and see but has had to seek help.
So we'll see how he is in a few weeks and if he can't do it he'll oversee me compounding and buffing it.
All in all its not come up too bad, we went to a lot of effort to match the original Sunlit Beige colour and its growing on me. It's quite gold in full sun, as you move down the side it lightens up a fair bit and in the shade the metal flake gives it a dusty silver appearance.
The superlites went on for the first time today aswell.
I'm holding off putting the exterior back together for now but theres plenty of painting to do on the underside floors and I'll also have the suspension etc powdercoated and zinc plated while I'm waiting for the final work on the body.
Cheers Drew

 

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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/05/02 21:17:04 (permalink)
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Drew,That will polish up a treat, very nice. Finally got hold of my bro the other day, no sign of the gearshift and the console very ratty, condition has obviously deteriorated since I last saw it. Sorry, mate! Len
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/05/03 16:35:22 (permalink)
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This build thread is making me want a mk1 cortina so bad, i should just sneak some money out of the accounts and hope the misses doesnt notice.
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Re: GT Cortina Project "The Ugly Duckling" 2019/05/03 18:03:43 (permalink)
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No longer an ugly duckling Drew - quite a transformation from your first post!

WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
 
 
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