4x4 Cortina?

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Q I’ve got a Mk2 Cortina with a Granada 2.8i en­gine, which is good fun but I’d like more. I’m in the process of sourc­ing a Granada Cos­worth for a donor and I was won­der­ing if it’s pos­si­ble to con­vert my car to Sierra 4x4 run­ning gear?

I would like to do as lit­tle fab­ri­ca­tion work as pos­si­ble so was won­der­ing if there was a suit­able back axle that would work with the MT75 front ra­tio? What sort of changes are needed at the front? Is this a vi­able project, as I haven’t seen any 4x4 Corti­nas? Adam Palmer Email

A Of course this is pos­si­ble, but at what cost? For con­ver­sions of this type, a lot of peo­ple use the com­plete Sierra 4x4 floor­pan, cut out from the donor car, and then mod­ify it to fit in place of the ex­ist­ing floor of the project car. It’s a mam­moth task and will stretch the most ex­pe­ri­enced welder and fab­ri­ca­tor’s skills to the limit. Un­less you’ve got the re­quired ex­per­tise, the time and the money, it’s best left alone.

In com­par­i­son, the 24-valve con­ver­sion is rel­a­tively straight­for­ward, es­pe­cially as you al­ready have the Cologne en­gine fit­ted — and it’ll be a lot more fun in a two-wheel-drive car.

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