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    V8 2 door mk3 cortina wagon

    last July i quoted this about my mk3 estate
    the bodywork is going to need doing over the winter this year me thinks as there's a few small bits that have been appearing over the last year or so





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    Yeah, just a quick freshen up over winter, nothing serious.

    Right?......

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    at the time it was just going to be a little tidy up of the odd bits that needed doing and not a major project BUT due to a change of plans with my other project cortina and the estates axle letting go on the way back from the pod in October i pulled the estate off the road for some changes.
    on measuring the axle up i decided that it wasn't going to fit with 10x17's unless i did some major mods to the car so this is how it current guise started









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    started off by scraping off the years tire wear ;D



    then cut some bits off some old panels . bottom of the rear door was used to repair the rust on the 2 door rear quarter

    and the front wheel arch from one of the vans front wings was used for the new rear arch as the front arches are deeper than the rears on the mk3's



    the amount of cars i've done it still feels odd cutting off a perfectly good wheel arch ;D

    needed to add a little bit to the top of the B post as the roof of the estate is higher at that point than the 2 door saloon










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    I decided to use the doors from the van as finding a decent set is turning out to be hard work only problem with using the vans doors is the fact I want handles on this one ;D : so the old rotten doors will be donating the handle backings drivers door is now done but the passenger door is still to be done








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    I noticed a small crack at the bottom of the passenger rear arch a few months ago so new it was hiding some filler what o found was a bit of a surprise the car was owned by a friend of mine before I got it and he got it from the original owner who was the same guy who had hand painted it . all the time I've worked on the car I've found funny little bits the guy had done to keep it on the road from a wooden bottom to one of the rear doors when I first got it to strange putty type substance he had put under the arches to eliminate water traps the latter being on of the reasons the car has lasted so well but what I didn't expect was the repair he had done to the arch using

    yup a bit of copper tube :o ;D . there was no sign of rot infact the cut out part in the first pic is how he had cut the arch for the repair . ithink it had only cracked due its more energetic lifestyle it now has ;D

    anyway with that little gem investigated I carried on with repairs and mods
    Mrs Nightmaresracing also helped out with her favorite job paint stripping relieving a lot less repair work than I was expecting to find on the drivers side rear quarter.
    didn't realise evilged had taken this pic till it was to late ;D cheer's ged. he also helped out with a bit of the paint stripping much to the annoyance of mrs nightmaresracing











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    the inner rear valence and the bumper mount were both very rotten on the passenger side so I set about making new bits up and fabricating new exhaust cutouts in the new valence as I want to tuck the exhaust up and just have the tail pipes through the valence rather than poking out under it








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    I decided to start on some of the little detail jobs on of which was more down to it bugging me , the door sills have a little recess for a tiny little ford badge but due to the car being meant for 4 doors the recess was to far forward so I cut out that recess plus the square recess next to it and swapped them over moving the badge recess to the center of the door . now probably nobody will ever see it but it stops it bugging me ;D



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    new long motor for the car started off with fitting the new 347ci stroker pistons rods and crank .
    the pistons are very different from the previous ones the new ones are much shorter forged skirtless domed pistons upping the compression ratio considerably also the rods are an H beam forged type rod so much stronger than the I beam one that were fitted and the crank is an eagle 4340 forged steel crank coupled together with a full ARP stud and bolt pack for the engine and bottom end stud girdle should see some nice reliable performance with some very good power figures from its new 5.7 ltr capacity 8-)


    the pics: new rods crank and pistons fitted along with the bottom end stud girdle


    engine looking a little like a porcupine with the new ARP head stud kit fitted

    still running steel timing gears but the quieter variety this time question is how much quieter are they

    the new bumpy pistons for that bigger squish ;D 8-)

    crane cams roller lifters refitted

    and a fresh pair of felpro gaskets

    the old trickflow heads were sold to help pay for the new victor series heads topped off with some nice new valve covers 8-)




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    the joins in between where the old rear door frames meet the 2 door rear quarters
    how they looked before:

    and how they look now :





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