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. 

Rust, what rust!!

30 June 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 639

Here you will see some of the areas that require rust treatment. These areas will need sorting before MOT day which is all that stands before getting this car on the open road.

nearside enginebayOctober 2006 - Nearside inner wing showing a few holly areas.
offside enginebayOffside inner wing looking for attention.
front footwellOffside (for a change!!) footwell doing a Flintstone impersonation!!


30 June 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 649

To add to the car handling a set of wider alloy wheels have been commissioned. Sourced these from my very kind brother-in-law (thank you Peter). The fronts will be 6"x15" with 195/50/15 tyres and the rears will be 7"x15" with 205/50/15 tyres. The outer rim will be cleaned up and polished with the centers painted in Satin Black.

rearwheel priortocleanOctober 2006 - You can see here the alloy is looking worse for wear. Also, the paint in the center is not too good, a bit bubbly!!
rearwheel somecleaningWas not sure how to tackle this job so I popped over to see my friend Graham who owns a Car Bodyshop. As you can see from the picture above, a couple of minutes latter things were looking a lot better. I will reveal his tips very soon... in the meantime it's back off to the Motor Factors!!
rostyleOriginal Rostyle wheel looking sorry for itself. These have been relegated into the garage for now.

Lowering the rear end

30 June 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 654

To get the car handling a little bit better, it is going to get some treatment in the form of:

  • lowered 2" on the rear using lightweight aluminium lowering blocks
  • new leaf springs
  • new rear shackle bushes
  • some necessary repair welding

axle ls locatorSeptember / October - The axle has been cleaned and coated with Kurust (see above) before getting a couple of coats of Black Smoothrite. The picture shows the locating hole for the leaf spring and just above this was a hole which has been welded with 2mm steel plate.
lowering blockHere we have the 2" lowering block. Unfortunately, the raised piece does not fit perfectly in the axle locating hole. In comes the die grinder to just take a small amount of the aluminium away to get a good fit.
spring labelSticker on the new Duraflex rear springs before being fitted.

Freshening up the rear axle

30 June 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 689

Inspection under the rear of the car found a leaky pinion seal, so it was decided to remove the entire axle, give it a good clean, paint it, fit new pinion seal and give it some fresh diff oil.

rear axleSeptember / October 2006 - The axle has been removed and placed on the bench to get sorted out.
rear axle bearingSome Loctite bearing sealer was placed on the two surfaces shown in the diagram above prior to re-fitting.
rear backplatesThe back plates were thoroughly cleaned by my son Christopher (excellent job) and seen here with a coat of Kurust prior to two coats of Black Smoothrite.

Collection Day

29 June 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 717

Saturday soon came and the collection day was about to begin. My son and I set off at 8:00am to fill up with fuel and pick up the car trailer from CLH Trailers. With the trailer in tow, we set off for our long journey to Ipswich. We arrived and found the location with ease (with the aid of Sat Nav).

collection cortina1May 2006 - The owner and his brother assist in guiding the car onto the trailer while I frantically wind up the winch handle (cleverly out of shot).
collection cortina2My new TOY!!! is loaded onto the trailer ready for strapping down.

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