Ground up

New Zealand Classic Car - - PRICE ON -

This Ford Cortina MKI two-door is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing a full groundup restoration at R3 Fabri­ca­tions in Auck­land. Greg Wells and his team com­pletely stripped the car apart be­fore the body was acid dipped, and have since fit­ted new in­ner and outer sills as well as B-pil­lars with up­graded seat­belt pickup points. Many other new and se­cond-hand pan­els sourced lo­cally and from the UK have also been fit­ted.

The main fo­cus to date has been to re­move all the seam rust and carry out solid re­pairs to form a strong plat­form for the owner’s fu­ture plans.

The next phase will be to com­plete the fit-up and choose an ap­pro­pri­ate en­gine and gear­box pack­age. At this stage, the owner is un­cer­tain about re­tain­ing the orig­i­nal en­gine and may opt for a Ja­panese driv­e­train.

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