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Re: tyga's TD Cortina project
« Reply #60 on: January 25, 2017, 10:40:24 PM »

No updates on the Cortina due to fairly recently getting a 1978 ZH fairlane Marquis with 351 Cleveland, FMX auto and 9inch LSD.

The Cortina isn't getting any love, because the fairlane is registered and I'm currently spending all my spare time and spare money getting it road worthy. I'm rebuilding the engine and pretty much ready for the reassembly, and currently have the entire front suspension out ready for new bushes, ball joints, shocks, springs and bearings. Might even replace the rotors.

Happy Straya day.  :beer
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Re: tyga's TD Cortina project
« Reply #61 on: January 27, 2017, 12:19:10 PM »

i know that feeling well. i used to look at ppl who had more than 1 project on the go as weird. i used to think just get one and finish it, then move onto the next. now i have 4 and not really sure how that happened. right now they're all missing the love.

i got a fairlane as well but a zf which im putting a 532 big block in.
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Re: tyga's TD Cortina project
« Reply #62 on: July 26, 2018, 05:11:06 PM »

Jesus, it's been ages since I updated this thread. Time flies.

I finished the ZH Fairlane a little while ago. Only thing left to do is give it a re-spray. I rebuilt the engine and replaced pretty much every component on the car that was replaceable. I reckon I came in well under 5 grand though over all. All new bushes, ball joints, bearings, disk pads, hoses, master cylinder, brake booster, radiator, hoses, carpet, and heater core. New wheels, 15 x 8 on the rear with 255's and 15 x 7 on the front with 235's. The original wheels were 14 x 6 with 205's, so a really nice improvement.

The car runs great, except the bloody thermoquad, which is a bitch to tune.

I put in a 2 inch dual system because the engine is more or less stock, with stock exhaust manifolds, except for a better than stock cam. The original exhaust was a 2 1/2 inch single exhaust. So I figured 2 x 2 inch was going to be an adequate improvement on a single 2 1/2 inch. I didn't expect it sound all that good, but I was pleasantly surprised by the note, sounds pretty good actually. It's loud but not so loud that the Mrs hates it. Win Win.

I'm planning on getting back to work on the Cortina soon, as soon as the weather starts getting a bit nicer. I'm hanging out to get the Cortina on the road. She'll only have a 250 crossflow with cast iron head, but I reckon she'll be quicker than the Fairlane. A Little car with a big engine is a whole lot of fun.

I'm also happy to make some modifications to the Cortina which I couldn't do to the Fairlane, as the Fairlane is going to be more or less stock.

Cheers,

Dave
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