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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by RivalRedwing View Post
    I was a regular passenger in a Mk 1 Escort whose headlights went out every time it went around a bend at speed, interesting experience...
    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles Wader View Post
    My first car was a Mini 850 and also used to give up in the rain.
    Those were the days, when you completed a long drive you had a sense of achievement if the car actually got you there without a problem

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles Wader View Post
    My first car was a Mini 850 and also used to give up in the rain.
    We had a Hillman Imp at one point. Could out-run almost anything (for 100 yards) from start. However we also kept a 1CWT bag of sand in the boot (front) to keep the steering steady. In wet weather it got scary without the ballast!

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    There was an easy fix for the Mini/rain problem. The classic design fault was that the distributor and much of the HT wiring was just behind the grill and there was no barrier to the water coming through. Later models had a plastic guard between grill and engine. A rather more serious fault was the brake pipe which curved round the nearside front subframe under the radiator. Any minor coolant leak would drip onto the bend in the pipe with inevitable results. No dual brake circuits in those days!
    Quite a funny story how I know this---------

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles Wader View Post
    There was an easy fix for the Mini/rain problem. The classic design fault was that the distributor and much of the HT wiring was just behind the grill and there was no barrier to the water coming through. Later models had a plastic guard between grill and engine.
    The traditional fix for the earlier ones was to fit a rubber glove over the distributor, with one plug lead coming out each finger and the coil lead coming out the thumb.

    A rather more serious fault was the brake pipe which curved round the nearside front subframe under the radiator. Any minor coolant leak would drip onto the bend in the pipe with inevitable results.
    Designed by the same person who did the Yanmar 1GM10 oil pipes?
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by penberth3 View Post
    The Wolseley 6/110 and Austin Westminster had the BMC 6-cylinder engine (3-litre?). It was the Vanden Plas Princess R that had a Royce engine - that's what the R means. All used the same body, similar to the Austin Cambridge/Morris Oxford but a bit bigger.
    Yep that was it, the Vanden Plas R. It was much bigger than the A/C and M/O (which were very similar as I recall). A really beautiful car, smooth running and built like a tank. It was the first Auto I ever drove and as I approached a T-Junction on my first time out, I realised how hard you actually press the clutch! Lucky nothing was behind me, despite its weight it stopped dead, never did that again....great memories...
    SEALINE F43 - CORAL RAE

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
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    My other old car is a Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible which I have owned since 1985. Currently off the road while I try to work out why it dies whenever I take it uphill or exceed 30mph. Something funny in the fuel supply system, I think …....
    My memory is fading but didn't they have the SU or shallower Stronberg(?) carbs. I recall a similar problem when you take the tops off (use to fill the plunger with oil as I recall) they has a rubber diaphragm which if cracked could be the problem.

    Great to roll the bonnet forward and work on the engine.....
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  7. #47
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Until about 10 years ago my daily driver was a Sunbeam Stiletto in which I did 60 miles a day - I had previously had Minis for about 20 years. The only drawback was the number of times that people came up to me, usually whilst I was putting petrol in, and make some comment about how fast they used to be. It was a fun wee car but fast? 0-60 was something like 16sec I think - and that's slightly faster than the standard Imp.

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Copy of IMG_20160607_103233.jpg
    My (summer) car is a decade older than the boat, and the 13/60 increases in value as that of the Seamaster 815 decreases. Both provide a lot of fun in the warmer months, and lots to do in the colder ones. The problem is that as the 13/60 price inflates, it is worth lavishing more money on it, while the boat expenditure on improvement rather than maintenance is probably money ultimately thrown away.

    PS. Why do old Triumphs show crossed SV flags on the quarter?
    Last edited by escapism; 05-11-18 at 21:43. Reason: PS added

  9. #49
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    So taking account of the comments about old cars... do we bang on about cherishing MAB's?
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    At least the MK2 Cortina looked like a car , not like a cross between a transformer toy and a handbag

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