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. 

Parts get ready for paint

15 October 2011 1968 Mk2 Ford Cortina Deluxe 572

Here we will be getting parts cleaned up and painted making use of the paint materials in the gun whilst preparing the engine bay for paint.  This saves materials and cleaning the spray guns.

Front strut ready for dismantling.Front strut on the bench ready to be dismantled. Next stage is to get cleaned ready for paint.
Front struts have been Epoxy coated.Both front struts have been cleaned and covered with a couple of coats of Epoxy sealer. These will get primered when the engine bay gets done to save on wasted paint and cleaning.
Rocker cover epoxy coated.Whilst the epoxy was in the gun the rocker cover was coated as it was already cleaned up.

Offside inner cill repairs

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The offside inner cill was in need of some repair.  The front, rear and all of the lower part had to be fabricated using 1.2mm gauge steel. 

No offside cill.Just a reminder of the condition I had to start with.
Offside inner cill marked up ready for repair.July 2011: Marking out where I am going to cut starts, but it will be carried out in sections so not to loose any dimensions. 
Offside inner cill repair required.

July 2011: Removing some of the rotten inner cill shows some of the floor section. A new flange will need to be fabricated on the curved part.

Nearside wing and front panel repairs

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The nearside wing requires a wing mirror hole to be filled in and a badly repaired section to be re-done. It will then require rubbing down, primed and painted with the front of the car.

Nearside wing gets ready for primer.June 2009: The picture shows the front of the wing rubbed down ready for a coat of primer. On top of the wing has had a small piece of metal welded in to fill in the hole left by removing the wing mirror.
Previous repair showing signs of poor workmanship.June 2009: Previous repair not looking its best. This was sanded right back and re-done.
Nearside wing gets ready for primer.June 2009: The back end of the wing ready for some primer. The wing had a badly filled repair which has been re-done to a better standard. You can see this on top of the wing.


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Now it is time for some other body work to be carried out. To start with is the preparing and fitting of the offside wing.

Inside of wing is cleaned and painted before fitment.Inside of wing after being sanded down, metal ready applied and two coats of POR-15 painted on. Wing is now ready to be welded on.
Offside wing welded on.Wing came on and off about 20 times before every thing fitted correctly. It was worth it in the end.

A-post and chassis repairs continue..

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A-post and chassis repairs are slowly coming to an end.

New floor section welded in place.New floor section welded in and to ensure maximum protection 2 coats of POR15 have been painted where the front chassis member is going to be fitted.
Front chassis section and footwell welded in place.Measurements taken from the nearside of the car as there is a new floor section and no guides available. Front chassis member welded in as well as the footwell section.
With the chassis sections now welded in place the main chassis rail now requires new sheet metal to bridge the gap.
Here I used 1.6mm sheet metal as this needed to be strong. The shape cut out and welded in place. You might just make out three plug welds which were made to the underside section.
Offside chassis rail repair.Offside chassis repair and footwell completed. Two coats of POR-15 have been applied to protect the metalwork.
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