1967 Mk2 Ford Cortina V8

1967 Mk2 Ford Cortina V8 (32)

This car is being built primarily for the drag strip but will also be able to drive on the road. It has taken a few twist and turns during the build but we are back on track to get it compleded in 2019 (at long last). Due to the time this car is taking it has been called ETERNITY and will be sponsored by SRT Designs Limited - October 2018.

Exhaust

31 December 2011 Engine & Transmission 965

Starting up is a set of Patriot Tight Tuck Headers from Pertronix.  These were cleaned up and given a coat of black heat proof exhaust paint. The next part is just pure artwork! The car was taken to Pro Speed Exhausts (Cardiff) where the owner Charlie and his team fabricated the 2.5" stainless exhaust system.  It incorporates a cross over pipe and polished silencers.  The exhaust took them 10 hours to fabricate and all done in one day due to the travelling I had to get the car to them. 

Dashboard

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Here I will show you what I plan for the dashboard on the Cortina. The plan is to put a Series II wooden 1600E dashboard which houses those 4 lovely dials in the middle - I love those.

Standard original dash - boring. This picture shows the original dashboard or dash panel. The vents on each side have already been removed together with the glove-box lid.
Standard original dash - boring. More of the same but a closer look at the original dials and switches.

Steering

31 December 2011 Suspension 970

The steering is a rack and pinion off a Ford Cortina Mk4/5 which was collected with the front IFS. The steering arm will need positioning with relevant brackets fabricated to make sure it is aligned and sturdy. To top this off I have my trusted 11" Mountney steering wheel which was bought and used on my first ever car (many years ago!).

The gaps in the existing bracket had to be filled in.  This was carried out using small pieces of steel welded in and ground flush. A small piece of 2"x1" was used to provide the distance from the bracket to the underside f the dash. The ends were capped and ground flush. Two holes drilled to enable the bolts to go through the steering bracket and the just made spacer and bolted to the underside of the dash.

Handbrake

29 December 2011 Brakes 888

The handbrake is again going to be challenging. I have started off by purchasing a new Jaguar handbrake cable as this will fit the calipers and then see where we go from there.

Handbrake fitted to rear calipers. Started at the easy end. Handbrake cable fitted to both rear calipers. There will be a long arc for the cable to travel. It is proposed to arc to the rear and come back through the middle of the rear cross member moving forward to the handbrake lever.
Handbrake cable bracket. First bracket tacked into place under the rear cross member - left hand side.
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