Having owned this 1966 Mk1 Ford Cortina estate for over 20 years now — with the car having spent 10 of those parked up in the shed without a motor in the hole — owner Stephen Kensington has recently decided on a heart that will power it.
Undoubtedly influenced by his Toyota-nut son, Nick, a first-generation 4A-GZE has been selected for the task and will undergo a freshen-up rebuild in preparation for its new home. To be backed by a six-speed J160 Altezza gearbox, Stephen sought a package to cruise in comfortably but still deliver enough power to get the old estate peeling off down the road when required. With a T-series Toyota Corona diff now in the rear, so as to be able to run Nick’s old set of 14x7- (+6) and 14x7-inch (-6) Hayashi Street Fins in 4x114.3. Naturally, to fit the new power train, a serious amount of cutting and fabrication has had, and will have, to be undertaken to finish up this mix of English and Japanese automotive goodness, especially as there are plans to run a full aftermarket adjustable suspension and steering package in the front end. Plans are to eventually respray it back to the factory green once the hard-slog work has been done.