Hi Jim doing a nice job there. I just picked this up before the lockdown here in Cologne, it was built in Oct 65 and registered in April 1966 Mk1 4 Door Deluxe LHD 1200 that has come from the Check Republic where spent all its driving life, it needs some work as they all do, it somehow ended up about 20 miles from my home as the previous owner who had started to rebuild it passed away. I went to the dealership to purchase an oilfilter and ended up buying 2 cars. Tip from me, do not go to a dealer with an empty trailer and some cash as I had just sold a car and some parts. I purchased a lot of parts in the UK but actually found 4 rust free doors locally. So I have some thing to do in the garage
This is why my wife goes to classic car shows with me!
The cortina looks solid though and woyh being April 66 its a month newer than mine! What was the other car did you buy? Itll be good to see it back on the road.
I finally received enough bits to start the gearbox, I had ordered stuff form various places but given the situation the delivery has been sporadic. Never mind that thought because the gearing was fully stripped down and cleaned.
The build wasn't as fidly as I found it years ago when I had to fix the syncros in the old box when the cortina was on the road.
Its a long one but if you're interested in taking a gearbox on there's some useful information.
I finally managed to get the loom working correctly on the board so I thought I'd start migrating it back on to the cortina, as the weather has been lovely i figured why not make the most of it.
With any luck I should have it buttoned up tomorrow and that way I can get back on with the gearbox.
It's taken longer than I expected but it's not as though I'm going anywhere! I had been struggling to find a few parts for the gearbox such as detent springs and a new cup for the selector (I'll come onto that). The gearbox went together much quicker and easier than it had the 1st time I did one of these - that layshaft fitting is truly stressful and designed by a sadist!
Fortunately the Record made for a good casing stand - I love that vice...
Within a couple of hours - tea breaks and helping Mrs. Jim in the garden the box was completed and tested using the floppy old shifter
A couple of days later the missing parts were delivered and I could motor on and get the shifter stripped and rebuilt.
You can see how shot these bushes were and the spring cup damaged added to the throw! I found out these parts are the same on the Elan so made it much easier to source - the aluminium cup was chosen over plastic for longevity for the little extra in cost, it needs a little bit of adjustment still but the feel is vastly improved and feels more like how I remember it being when the Cortina was on the road.
Of course this was all being filmed and for anyone who is undertaking this work there are some useful tips.
now that the gearbox was finished I figured I'd do a few little jobs as I couldn't go to my parents to get the engine stand, I'd scotchbrited the cill kick plates and used this meguiars polish which gives a great shine and smells rather fruity (not a sponsor).
I have been having a visitor recently as I leave the door open - she is ours and loves to climb things! If only she would decide if she's black or ginger!
The week before we went into lockdown I took Mrs. Jim to the Emma Bridgewater factory for her birthday where we toured the pottery factory, had a fancy lunch and then had the opportunity to decorate out own piece of pottery so naturally I chose a mug because I love tea! My artistic side is clearly something that needs working on but we had a great day out and is something you all need to consider if you want to score some brownie points at home!
I got my inspiration from the Cortina - the GT badge and Lotus stripe for the handle!
This is meant to be an empty sign and not a 1 armed robot with a knife!
With us now being able to visit people but not go inside I managed to get the engine side by proxy from my parents garage, this week I have put it on the stand to get a few jobs done before it goes into the bay.
The engine needed to be cleaned up, despite being perfectly functional it was looking sorry for itself as I'd had it in the garage whilst the body work was being done - its my fault entirely but we'll gloss over that...
The sump needed a fresh gasket as I didn't do a great job of it - it dropped as much oil as BP!
After some prep time of sorting the loose paint and overspray I ended up with this:
Then i could crack on with the British racing green- as close as i could get to the Ford version without getting it mixed.
The pulleys and rocker cover were painted black, i had an original pressed pulley and a smaller performance pulley I found cheap on ebay years ago
The clutch went together nicely after my brainhad gone into neutral the other day and fortunately the gearbox skid straight on.
Gratuitous shots I know but its not had a functional drive train since 2006!
With rules changing my dad came over to help me drive the crane and get it in. It was straight forward getting it in the bay but we had a struggle to get the mounts lined up exactly. It was fine though and good to see him properly and not on a video chat!
I have a lot of work to do till i can get it running but I'm very happy with what we achieved.