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. 

Engine re-build continues....

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The engine is nearing completion and a new addition arrives!!

dellorto carbsJune 2008 - Oh yes!! Latest addition to the engine rebuild, a pair of Twin Dellorto 40 carbs on crossflow manifold with Pipercross socks.
carb mountingkitNew Misab gaskets and mounting kit from Burton Power.
sump replacedJuly 2008 - Sump fitted and all bolts tightened down in sequence.

Engine re-build continues...

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The rebuild is coming to an end. Here we have the camshaft getting timed in.

timing camshaftApril 2008 - Dial gauge being used to find true TDC and to time the camshaft.
head gasketPayen gasket placed on the block ready for the head to be fitted. The new water pump was fitted together with the front cover. This was getting ahead of myself as the camshaft had not been timed in. Ah well!! off they had to come.
head fittedHere we have the head fitted and bolts torqued down in the correct sequence. Starting to look like a whole engine again.

Engine re-build continues..

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The rebuild continues with parts starting to get fitted back into the block and head.

gt underviewofblockApril 2007 - New pistons fitted into block like a treat. ARP bolts torqued as per manufacturers recommendations. You can just see the Kent 244 camshaft in the picture. Plenty of cam lube used.
valves enlargedHere we see the valve seats have been recut and the exhausts opened out to race spec. You can just see the bronze valve guides machined into place on the exhaust side.
head valves fittedValves and seats lapped for a good seal before being fitted into head. Valve oil seals would not fit so the head had to be taken back to Hargreaves Engineering to get the top of the guides machined to ensure correct clearance when installing double valve springs.

Engine re-build

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After the engine cleanup the re-build will commence.

productsOctober 2006 - Here we have some of the POR-15 products used. Metal Ready and the Ford Red Engine Enamel.
maskThis picture shows the 3M Organic Vapour/Particulate Respirator. It is well worth spending out on one of these as some of these products especially modern paints are no good for your health - remember, keep yourself safe. This mask is comfortable and when I painted the engine I did not at any time smell any of he paint fumes. Also, make sure there is plenty of ventilation while painting.
engine degreasedNovember 2006 - The engine block has been degreased (a few times), wire brushed to ensure it is completed clean of any dirt, grease etc. and no rusty.

Engine and gearbox

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The engine and gearbox are removed to enable bodywork to be repaired. The plan is to tidy up all the wires etc. in the engine bay and give it all a lick of paint as I dislike messy engine bays. The engine will get totally stripped with all parts checked over for any abnormal wear. Any new parts required will be sourced, all new gasket and seals will be fitted on the re-build. We must not forget to mention that the engine will get cleaned and painted Ford Red for that finishing touch. The engine will remain as standard as possible (for now!!) to keep the initial costs down.

blockOctober 2006 - The remaining bare block now ready for cleaning.
engine numberThe engine number 691M 6015BA is stamped on the block. This tells you this is a 1969/1970 1600 crossflow unit.
engine2Nearside view of the engine on stand. Plans are to clean this all up and paint it Ford Red.

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