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NZ Performance Car - - 1970 Ford Cortina -

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.

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