1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe

1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe (26)

This car was purchased from Ebay in 2006 and the blog entries show bringing the car back from being a bit rotten to being a clean, fun driving car back on the road in 2016. 

A Complete Car on the road

06 July 2017 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 867

Car passed MOT with flying colours. Just a few shots for now showing the custom stainless 2" exhaust being fabricated at Pro Speed Exhausts in Cardiff, car on the drive, on display at Classic Ford Show 2017 in Santa Pod on the Team Ashton stand. Also shown is a great photo taken on route to Santa Pod by photography-uk.com.

General Cortina Deluxe updates

19 November 2013 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 1281

In order to get the twin throttle cables linked to the carbs I had to modify the existing throttle pedal assembly. The end was cut off which came through the bulkhead and fixed to the carb. A 10mm mild steel rod measured and welded onto the existing pedal to house the cable ends.

A new type LED fuse box hs ven installed. So far the electric fuel pump is using this and if the fuse goes the LED will light up. This has been simulated by taking the fuse out and you can see the LED lights up in the following picture. The feed comes from switched live and is a 6mm cable.

Apart from a zip tie holding the lowered spring in place I have wrapped locking wire in place top and bottom for added strength.

The Radiator was cleaned up, sides primered and then painted with the cooling fins in heat proof radiator paint. Once dried it was installed into the car.

The Cherry bomb rear silencer was positioned and new exit hole cut out in rear valance. Need to order clamps, flexi pipe and straps to link this up to the exhaust system.

Rev counter with build in shift light, manual oil pressure and water temperature gauges wired and plumbed in.

Front Steering Assembly

28 July 2013 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 1643

Lots of "boring" work has been done cleaning lots of nuts, bolts, washers and clips. An example of this can be seen in the gallery below where you can see a before and after picture of one of the steering idler arm bolts. All the steering arms etc. have been cleaned and painted. In the gallery below you will see the drop arm installed with its new superflex drag link bushes fitted (red). Also shown are the spindle arms painted and waiting for installation together with the track control arms will all new superflex bushes installed.

Outer cill and other repair work

11 January 2012 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 1482

(11/01/2012) We know move on to fit the offside outer cill. The first job was to cut out the bad metal from the rear arch and door edge. Three sections were made to repair this part due to the curves and it being in a very awkward position. Welds were dressed back and the cill went on and off at least 50+ times to ensure correct fitment and alignment to the front wing swage line. An end section was fabricated for the rear part of the cill. The inside of the cill was then painted with POR-15 before final fitment to the car.  When happy, with some self tappers holding the top edge and plenty of clamps holding the bottom lip, welding commenced. The top was seam welded (90%) and the bottom was plugged welded. Again, welds dressed back and an initial mix of fibreglass paste laid to bridge the different level from old to new. Fibreglass was sanded back and a thin layer of filler applied to shape and smooth things over. Lastly was to give the panel a sand down and a thin layer of epoxy primer to seal the fresh metalwork and provide a guide for further smoothing of the filled in areas. Pictures below show this work through.

Offside rear inner wheel tub and floor

16 October 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 1193

The next stage is repairing some of the rear floor after the inner cill repair.  Also, after some cleaning around the rear wheel tub one of the previous owners got carried away with mesh and body filler.  This was not expected so more repairs needed.

Offside rear floor section needing repair.After the inner cill repair, part of the rear floor was effected and need to be cut out and repaired.
Offside rear floor section cutout.Affected area cut out and cleaned up ready for new metal.
Offside floor repair section in place.New section fabricated with the return lip to be plug welded to the rear of the inner cill.
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