now Fifty years old. My first bike was delivered to me in the boot of one all in bits but not a piece missing!
Fond memories of the Ford Cortina
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Whos been listening to radio 2?..lol
My dad got through a few of those!
He had a mkII and a couple of mkIII's. Not long after I passed my test, he got a mkIV 2.0 sport (bright yellow with black vinyl roof). I used to use it to go to college!
Years later, I had a Sierra with the 2 tea-trays! It was known as the 'does that'.
The window fell down inside the door - "yep, does that" (etc).
If it ain't fun, don't do it
prefered the Mk1 Lotus myself seem to have more character.
Used an old Rover P5 3500S as a donor to fit into a mark 5 now that was a very interesting conversion.
assumption is the mother of all f*** ups.
**my dad **
had a MkIV estate.. 2L... it was mostly a flatted back crappy brown in the areas that werent covered with squares of 'davids P38' think it stayed that way till it died.....
not bad for a guy that was a panel beater and sprayer!!!! lmao
I hate the Mk3
it was one of those that crushed my leg in 1976. I've been scared of them ever since. Still can't avoid the things.There's always one or two at classic car do's
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. (Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A.Milne)
Like most old Fords. Had a 1600E many years back, chassis/body fell apart with rust.
**I had a **
65 Cortina 1500 deluxe four door from Sept 1981 to August 1986. Went through three engines two gearboxes (strangely no clutches) and could do any repairs myself apart from a bit of welding. I loved that car. I learnt everything I know about cars from that. sadly modern cars are filled with components that go wrong and cannot be fettled by someone with a few spanners, a set of feelers, and a screwdriver. If cars were still like this I would be happy.
Never had a cortina (too young)
But did have many happy hours drifting a 2.8 capri with a 4 speed gearbox . Used to go hunting for xr2/3 and pug gti owners just for fun..... 90 mph in third and Gun in the tape player !!!!!!!
Brings a tear to the eye
Don't cry for me Argentina
"Don't cry for my old Cortina,
The truth is I never left you"
I've only got good memories of all my Fords:
2 Mk2's, 1 x 1600E, a Mk3 1600 GXL, a Mk 3 2000E, a 1.3 Capri (which was actually a lot better than you'd think) and an RS2000 which was a brilliant car to drive but the engineering was crap, especially the electrics.
I agree that they were a lot more fun than the modern stuff -it has zero character - a bit like my lap-top.
Better days, I reckon.......
A 3.0S Capri in 83. What a barge. But prior I'd been spoilt by a Lancia Beta Coupe, never had a car that handled like that, and the engine revved like a bike engine. Contrary to popular belief, it never suffered from Italianitis. Big mistake swopping it for a Capri, but the power of TV and Bodie and Doyle
I had a mk3 cortina (it wan't me that hit you though) it was custard yellow with a black vinyl roof, after years of previous use of Mini's it felt like a barge, used to oversteer like fook but loads of room in the back seat for 'courting' and like all my cars in those days I was the last owner before the scrap man, wasn't sorry to see it go.
Possibly the only car to get a mention from the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman......
I had one of the last ones, YRF 75Y, originally registered to a company in Stoke. It was a 1.6L in a nice non-metallic terracotta shade
Fix Or Repair Daily
bimmerman, contrary to your little joke, a well maintained Ford was a pretty reliable car, unlike lots of other cars of the era. " />
My dad had a thing for Cortinas...a white MK3 1600 L, a beige with brown vinyl roof MK4 2.0 GL, and then a gold with brown vinyl roof (it was the fashion) 2.0 Ghia...whoo! They were quite a nice family car, as far as I remember, although the dreaded rot would get the better of them, but the mechanics were always good.
Once I got my licence, I got myself a black 2.0S Capri. The brakes got upgraded with grooved Tarox discs and drums, andI fitted the engine with a Kent cam, timing pulley, K&N filter and a full Janspeed 4-2-1 manifold and exhaust system. Still not quick enough for me, though, so I had a specially built 2.2 litre engine, coupled to a Cosworth 'box, with twin Weber side draughts and a full large bore exhaust system...that churned out about 200bhp and caused a Sierra Cosworth to blow its turbo trying to get away from me.
Till you got to a corner.. The 30's I had was scary, tried braking from speed and with all the weight over the front it'd just fishtail. There were much better cars. The Lancia I had used to handle as if on rails, faster you went round a corner the more it squat down and held the road. 4 discs compared to the Capri's rear drums, and a modern economical engine rather than a 50's throwback.
Only thing the Capri had going for it was the V6 burble.
Cortinas were crap really
but because all the bits were in the scrapyard and the new bits (points, plugs, condensors, and rotor arms usually) were dirt cheap and they were really simple to fix, they were useable. I know people had a problem with reliability, but that was if you did not do any servicing. DIY made the old heaps last.
I made the mistake of buying a Sierra. What a bag of crap that was! It was actually a step backwards in technology from the Cortina, and issued in the era of tendered components wherein component suppliers tender to produce the cheapest, crappiest, nastiest components that will do the job for the length of the warranty and no longer. Beware anyone buying a crappy Ford older than three years.
yip crap crap
and more crap, void bushes,cam belts cam rattling, oil burning heaps of shite.