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Tim's 1966 Cortina GT 2 Door

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Busy over the next day or so getting all the bits together to drop out to Greg for the trial fit up. Lights, Grille, Bonnet and hardware, Door hardware and NOS door skins, windscreen panel grill, front cross member. Bit the bullet and bought a new 3.77 CWP from Burton’s as well. I bought an alloy diff head hosing ages ago and a rebuild kit with all the bearings seals and collapsible spacer so will have a crack at setting it up myself. I mean what can go wrong haha

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Starting to get the guards and front panel all ready for the final fit off and welding. Good to see a grille on the front again! I have sourced a NOS rear light panel so that should turn up in a couple of weeks and the last bit of the puzzle is the lower rear valence which is proving pretty elusive.

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Went to have a look at the Cortina today and more good progress. Front end all fitted off ready for final gapping and welding. Rear quarters removed for dipping and the whole lot very clean underneath so well impressed. RHS boot floor needs a replacement section and then it’s  mount the body on the rotisserie for blasting before final rear panel fit off. 

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Found these pics of the Cortina just after it arrived from Christchurch after buying it. An old Barry had owned it therefore the rags over the carb. He also had adapted an HQ Holden air cleaner to fit which I should have taken a pic of and was the first thing I threw in the skip followed closely by the mudflaps and door mirrors.

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More progress with the boot floor being removed which showed up some rust in the rear chassi rails. One side has been repaired and the other well on its way.

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Boot floor going back in. Once finished off on to the rotisserie for blasting before final weld off. Both rear quarters have been file finished and loo superb.

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Going to have a crack at setting up the diff myself. Quaife ATB, 3.77 gears, alloy head which weighs bugger all. What can possibly go wrong lol.

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Shell is back from the blasters and ready for the final weld off. Rear quarters been dipped and already to go back on. A.l going well it should be in the paint shop by Xmas.... 

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Doors taken apart with skins removed and hinge plates. Frames off to the dippers. 

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