d.p.n.s 1983 mk5 cortina Ghia..........yip pinthoe

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hi all.

thought i would start a thread on my mk5 it is kinds daily driver/fixer upper as i go.

as title states its a 83 mk5 ghia with 2.0 pinto power house..

its wof reg and all in all it drives pretty nice and starts 1st time.....

when i bought it it had 15x7 JBW minilite replica kinda wheels and flairs(very well made) but all thats not my thing......


the inside and engine bay are pretty clean and the body work is ok....ish has a few dents and marks and a lot of surface rust the worst part would be the

left front valance where it meets the guard.



so 1st thing was to remove the wheels and flairs and get them sold and go back to some form of standard wheels.



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thanks to Karl a nice set of v6 ghia wheels fit perfectly



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well had so much planned for this week both working on my mk5 and karls (i500gt) mk4 but man flu had differant ideas and i died from it........all week.

so having not been out side this week and it pissed down for the first 3 days i had a look at the mk5 yesterday and found some good news and bad news.

bad news ....it leaks.....alot.  (kinda think its worse because its sitting higher at the front) . (and not sure where its leaking in the boot.)

good news . judging but the amount of water sitting in the car (a good 2") the floors dont have rust holes.

now with having water leaks and the carpet all wet the 1st thank that came to mind .......fix the sounds

so i fitted a new kenwood stereo some old  Carrozzeria TS-X350 speakers .some of these bad boys ...been sitting in the garage for atleast 7 years


an amp and an electric guard mounted aerial.......for the wank factor.

must admit the speakers sound awesome and no holes were made in the parcel shelf.

then its time for some winter maintenance.

so drained the water (no anti freeze in site.) ..pulled the thermostat and it was ugly.


after cleaning up all the faces and boiling the new thermostat and fully flushing the system including the heater.it was time to go back together.

the thermostat housing is slowly corroding away (should last till i build a new motor/slap something jappa in the hole)


  also cleaned out the overflow bottle and it was thick mud

so all cleaned now....added some antifreeze and ran up to temp without leaks.

heater makes a fucking noise so had a look and half the screws holding the fucker in are missing (makes me think if water is coming in from under it now)

thats all for now..

water leaks will be next on my list.....oh and bearing whine.


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also thinking of taking the fan off and fitting a electric fan and thermo switch...

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