Cortina axle

Classic Ford - - CF TECH -

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.

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