I have a Mk2 Cortina with Rover V8, backed up by a matching five-speed manual ’box. I have removed the original English axle, springs and dampers, and I have got a Mk1 3-litre Capri back axle with a 3.09 diff which I believe needs 2 inches cut from it and new halfshafts made to fit the Cortina.
Do you agree this is the best way to go? If so who would you recommend to do the work bearing in mind I can only take the axles, not the car. What adjustable dampers would you recommend? This project is to produce a car for its looks, its lovely V8 soundtrack and a nice drive — it’s not for the quarter-mile dash!
Kevin Greenwood Email
“THE ATLAS AXLE IS NOT NEEDED FOR ROAD USE”
For a standard-power Rover that’s going to be used on the road, the stronger Atlas axle is not really needed, so we would recommend saving the money you’d spend on having the Atlas casing shortened and new shafts, and refit the original English assembly. An open diff running the 3.54:1 crownwheel and pinion is perfect for cruising, and some decent, uprated dampers (GAZ Shocks, Bilstein, Avo and so on) along with a radius arm kit (from the likes of Team Deville) to limit sideways axle movement is all you really need.