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davemdixon

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davemdixon says:

Fond memories of the Ford Cortina

now Fifty years old. My first bike was delivered to me in the boot of one all in bits but not a piece missing!

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zmike

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zmike says:

Don't cry for me Argentina

"Don't cry for my old Cortina,

The truth is I never left you"

:wacko:

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firemac

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firemac says:

Good Fords

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.......

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norris

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norris says:

Had

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 :unsure:

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Mickly

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Mickly says:

Sorry BeeLady

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.

Mickly

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Ford Cortina

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 :hmmm:

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bimmerman

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bimmerman says:

FORD

Fix Or Repair Daily :winkie:

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Ride4Fun

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Ride4Fun says:

FORD

bimmerman, contrary to your little joke, a well maintained Ford was a pretty reliable car, unlike lots of other cars of the era.  :tongue:

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.  :lol:

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norris

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norris says:

Ride4fun

Till you got to a corner.:laugh:. 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.

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DrFutura

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DrFutura says:

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.

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babyrocket

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babyrocket says:

yip crap crap

 and more crap, void bushes,cam belts cam rattling, oil burning heaps of shite.

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