The Beginning

04 July 2011 The Begining 1902

I will briefly give the history and development of the car and pictures throughout the build up. My objective is to have a Mk2 Ford Cortina which will look externally as close as possible to original except wheels and a bit of the engine peeping out of the bonnet. It will have a Jaguar IRS, Cortina Mk4/5 IFS, slightly modified Mopar 318 cubic inch - 5.2 litre V8 engine estimating around 300+ bhp, 3"x2" box section chassis, alloy wheels, painted yellow underneath together with suspension, Body to be painted two tone, bottom part yellow and top blue. This car will be build with new parts only where necessary as a tight budget is all that is available - sob sob. That's about it in a nutshell - will it happen? who knows - scroll down, enjoy and find out.

This was what it looked like in original form when I picked it up in July 1987.This was what it looked like in original form when I picked it up in July 1987 - Side shot.
This was what it looked like in original form when I picked it up in July 1987.This was what it looked like in original form when I picked it up in July 1987 - Rear shot.
My 1969 Plymouth Barracuda.This is my 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. This is were the engine and gearbox has come from. It is a shame, but that's life.
This was what it looked like in original form when I picked it up in July 1987.I drove this home from Fishguard in South Wales approx. 25 miles. Hand painted with a huge!! 1300cc engine.
It was some years later that my garage was built so for the first few years I collected parts like, Jaguar IFS, new front wings, inner and outer sills, 4 pot caliper brakes etc. Also many, many hours looking at the car and deciding what was going to go where and how.

A few months after picking up the car I was lucky enough to win a set of alloy wheels of my choice from a competition in Street Machine magazine (their 10th anniversary).

New alloy wheels bolted on to see what she looks like.Here are the new alloy wheels placed into position just to see what it looked like and was the stance right?