STRUTS: (F) Shortened Monroe GT shocks, custom Koni coilovers with King Springs; (R) reset leaf springs and Monroe GT shocks BRAKES: (F) Nissan R33 four-pot calipers, TRW pads, R33 GTS25-T discs, custom caliper mounts, and five stud hubs; (R) Nissan S14 rear calipers, TRW pads, A32 Cefiro discs, custom caliper mounts OTHER: Nolathane and Whiteline bushes throughout, Factory Cortina sway bar near future. It will have an estimated power output of 300kW at the wheels.
When you’ve got an old vehicle that can be quite a handful, it’s essential that you have comfortable yet supportive seating. Factory WRX items fit the bill perfectly, and have been re-trimmed and repaired by another family member — Mike’s uncle, Trevor Barber. The factory rear seats received a similar treatment. However, they were reshaped to provide a little more support. New hood lining, new carpet, and a new rear parcel tray completed the one-of-a-kind interior.
Mike likes to drive the Cortina a lot, so he knew he had to install a decent sound system for entertainment on those long road trips from Invercargill to Nelson or wherever the road might take him and his mates. A four-channel amp powers six- inch JVC rear speakers and 6.5-inch Pioneer components with tweeters up front. A Pioneer two-channel amp provides the required RMS to have the twin 12-inch Pioneer subs thumping — with looks to match, thanks to a custom carpeted and vinyl enclosure.
As Mike has two other projects on the go — a 1984 Nissan Z31 turbo and a 1989 Nissan Skyline R31 with an RB25DET engine — he sure does have his work cut out for him. However, with the family connections he has down in Invercargill and the mechanical talent he possesses, we’re dead certain that some more high- quality all-round showstoppers built by Mike and those close to him will grace these pages in the future.