Looks at the photos of his old racing car in that thread nearly brought a tear to my eyes and I'd really like to do something big for him in his later years (he's 84) so I was thinking that if he could drive that old Cortina again he'd be so happy.
We've got a Winnebago motorhome that's for sale and so have some cash .... I'd like to keep the budget to about ten grand if possible though.
I've still got the engine here ..... well about 90% of it ... but nothing else. I had a poke around for Mk1 Cortinas last night and found what I think might be a suitable one within driving distance.
It had a Ford top loader gearbox (close-ratio I think) and a narrowed Ford 9" diff. The rest was hand-made.
From the various stories I've heard about it, the engine was set back as far as possible, to the point where most of the firewall was gone - Not so good for chassis rigidity (he didn't know about that stuff back then) and also made it a tad loud inside the cabin so I'd have to stiffen it up with a cage somehow and fit a proper exhaust to it. The radiator was a big one and sat horizontally in the boot, I guess it'd need a set of fans to keep the air blowing over it when the car is going fast. Though looking at the photos of it, it seems to have a radiator in the front ... ?
He also didn't know much about suspension or care a lot about stopping so it had really crappy suspension and quite poor stoppers. That's largely fixable these days with more modern gear but it'd never handle well with that big lump up the front. It looks like he was running 13" wheels on the front and the same or maybe 14" on the back so huge brakes are out of the question, but it's never going to be seriously raced so whatever brakes fit into a 13" wheel would be enough.
I can tell him that you guys are interested in finding out more about it and so ask him some more details about it so we can piece together how it was made to reproduce it as best I can.
Okay with the engine I've got the block, heads & gear, pistons, rods, cam, inlet manifold & carby, and some other bits & pieces here. They've been sitting around for decades so I don't know how good they are; The pistons should be fine but I think the rods might have too much surface rust to be re-usable and also the bores of the block. They got a protective coating on them many years back but again I think they might need to be bored a touch to clean them up enough to be usable .... this means the existing pistons can't be used so it'd have to be either bore the block and get new pistons or get a good block, dunno which would be cheaper. It's pretty much just a hotted-up road engine that makes about 450 hp or so, so getting parts for it should be pretty easy.
I guess the top loader gearbox should be pretty easy to get?
No idea about the narrowed 9" diff, guess not too difficult either?
It'd need a reasonable cage to tie what's left of the body together.
I'm prepared to put my other projects back in the queue to do this.
So what do you guys reckon?