BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR

New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents -

Mark Lewis pur­chased this 1968 Ford MKII Cortina three years ago as a project car to re­build with his son An­thony. It was last reg­is­tered in 2000, and was in need of a to­tal restora­tion.

Af­ter strip­ping the car down to a bare shell, they found rust in all the usual places, along with some fairly shoddy re­pair work by pre­vi­ous own­ers — in­clud­ing rolled-up news­pa­per cov­ered with body filler. The body­work was re­paired, in­clud­ing new rear in­ner wheel wells im­ported from the UK, along with front A pil­lars and head­light sur­rounds, which also re­quired at­ten­tion — thanks to Keith and the team at Berry Panel­beat­ers in Auck­land.

The Ford 1600 Cross­flow en­gine was fully stripped apart and re­built, in­clud­ing new pis­tons, valves, camshaft, and a We­ber sid­e­draught car­bu­ret­tor, while Ford T9 five-speed gear­box com­pletes the ma­jor driv­e­train com­po­nen­try.

Mark and An­thony have in­stalled Cortina GT sus­pen­sion and brakes for ad­di­tional han­dling and per­for­mance. In keep­ing with the GT theme, a GTE Cortina dash will per­fectly com­ple­ment the in­te­rior, and the pur­ple ex­te­rior paint scheme is sure to turn heads.

As­sem­bly is now in progress, and we look for­ward to see­ing this fa­ther and son project once it’s com­plete.

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