Still looking for a Mk1 Cortina GT

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Sideways
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Still looking for a Mk1 Cortina GT

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Yes, still on the hunt...I foolishly sold my Cortonda a couple of years back and have had seller's remorse ever since.

But, in the interim I bought a 1991 Lotus Elan and I am NOT allowed too many toys so IDEALLY I need to find some kind soul who has a rust free Mk1, running or not and we would do swapsies with cash as needed going either way.

Even better would be a Mk1 Escort Twin Cam but they tend to be few and far between - and expensive. I doubt she would approve.

What I have...tis a lovely wee thing, only 75Ks, has the V5 chip which provides 200 hp versus the stock 165ish and is stock otherwise.

Summer driven only blah blah blah...c'mon people, I hit 73 this month so I only have so long left on this earth to get back to my roots. :D

I will happily post photos once I have manipulated them into a small enough size to 'fit' into this post.
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Re: Still looking for a Mk1 Cortina GT

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Elan is sold and I will soon be in receipt of the "roller" Mk1 wagon from Mark in Abbotsford, no engine, been sitting for a while so this will need a head to toe going over.

So, drivetrain?

I enjoyed the S2000 drivetrain in my GT but I am thinking of going with a LIGHT V6/V8 in the wagon...and I am open to any/all suggestions but prefer the old school engines with carbs etc.

Not looking for ultimate power as age has made me a little lazy, I may even go automatic trans :shock:

I did mull the idea of going electric but the range is still not there for me, for longer trips so...

Fire away with suggestions.
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I had 2 MK1s with 302 V* and a 5 speed and they were both awesome. You have to recess the bulkhead a bit to get it in and far back enough to not mess with handling. Rumor has it that the builder used a wheelbarrow bucket to achieve that.
Also, we used a Pinto or Mustang 11 axle. It has on offset diff so if concoct one using both short sides of the axle you end up with the correct width. As a bonus the PCD is the same as the Cortina.
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zephyrgary wrote: Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:55 pm I had 2 MK1s with 302 V* and a 5 speed and they were both awesome. You have to recess the bulkhead a bit to get it in and far back enough to not mess with handling. Rumor has it that the builder used a wheelbarrow bucket to achieve that.
Also, we used a Pinto or Mustang 11 axle. It has on offset diff so if concoct one using both short sides of the axle you end up with the correct width. As a bonus the PCD is the same as the Cortina.
Gary in AZ
Thanks Gary, got it...getting the S2000 drivetrain in required a LOT of cutting, including removing the heater bubble so that is fine with me.

Now Hunting for a V8 which looks like it belongs!
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Would love to see pictures, did you say it was a wagon?
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So are you still looking for a MKI?
If not,you might want to start a new thread
(with pictures) about your new purchase.
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Sideways
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angliagt wrote: Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:13 am So are you still looking for a MKI?
If not,you might want to start a new thread
(with pictures) about your new purchase.
Haven't got the hands on the car just yet...will do when it arrives via flatbed.
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Here are some pics of my first one from about 1992/3, I think, showing engine placement.
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zephyrgary wrote: Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:13 pm Here are some pics of my first one from about 1992/3, I think, showing engine placement.cortina engine 1.jpgcortina 1.jpg

Yes, removing the bubble works for me for a number of reasons, fit and weight distribution being a couple.

Ideally I get the poor wee thing next week and I promise I will try to document my madness. :D
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It also gives the engine room to breathe which aids cooling.
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zephyrgary wrote: Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:29 pm It also gives the engine room to breathe which aids cooling.
Gary in AZ
I'm not aiming to make this an HP monster and may even go automatic and/or a V6, not going the Honda route this time probably stick with Ford.

Last time I tried (and rejected) the following drivetrains all of which spent some time in the engine bay before I settled on the S2000.

Miata NC - looked too ugly in there, too much plastic.
2.0L Zetec - very nice but for all the work/dollars needed for the parts I wanted it wasn't giving enough oomph for me
2.0l Pinto engine, very nice but as it had been taken from a dragster based pinto wagon and with the specs it had, just a little peaky for the street.
KA24DE - lowish HP but decent grunt and popping on a supercharger to almost double the power seemed attractive, dunno why I rejected that one
Gen 1 SHO - still love that motor but too many electrical bits reported to be failures and then hard to find parts...heavy bugger as well!

There may have been more but it was a few years back :D this time around I will take more time before actually buying the drivetrain, I'm getting too old for popping these things in and out.

Anyway, new thread when it arrives along with a lot of Mk1 Cortina wagon bits for sale as Mark was telling me there are pretty much 2 interiors.
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What color is the interior? Pre airflow or Airflow?
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Kiwi Cortina wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:03 pm What color is the interior? Pre airflow or Airflow?
Interior is black and being a '66 it is/must be an Airflow.

I started a thread on it here...https://www.enfostuff.com/forum2/viewto ... f=4&t=4176

A bit overwhelming but once I get rid of the excess doors, trim etc should be a little less daunting.
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