Jump to content

Korean Cortina - now the hottest Stellar in the UK!


Recommended Posts

Success! I tried it with the pedal rather than the Easybleed, and with a burp/spurt a load of air came out and the pedal is now firm :-)

 

post-5223-0-84194800-1499629690_thumb.jpg

 

Next job was to replace all the ball joint boots on the front suspension. I found a helpful company selling just the boots (www.balljointboots.co.uk) and certainly they feel fine - nice and stretchy. Time will tell whether they last I guess but I figure that somewhere specialising in them is likely to care more about their reputation than the average eBay seller. So I dismantled it all, gave the joints an extra squirt of grease and then put it back together. Quite a satisfying job, although annoying that I have to do it at all!

 

post-5223-0-82447100-1499629659_thumb.jpg

 

I'll have to see if anyone is interested in the Cortina handbrake cable - might as well be used by someone rather than cluttering up the place here.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I got an email yesterday telling me that the handbrake cable I have ob order from Korea will be delivered 3 months early - beginning of March instead of end of May. Oh well, at least I'll have a spare!
 
In my random 'which bit shall I do next?' work methodology I decided to do a little paintwork at the rear. First sanded back to bare metal as much as possible, and treated with phosphoric acid to convert a couple of areas where there was slight pitting.

post-5223-0-66137200-1499629765_thumb.jpg
 
Then gave it a few coats of satin black. You may ask why I'm not doing a proper job and removing the rear lights. It's mainly because I was plagued with water leaks from them when I first got the car, and in a fit of youthful inspiration/stupidity I bonded them on with Sikaflex, and I don't have too much confidence that 30 year old brittle plastic is going to come away in one piece! I do have a set of new replacements, but I'm saving those for when I can afford a full respray.

post-5223-0-78423400-1499629784_thumb.jpg
 

And here is the finished job! I'm in two minds about the number plate - on one hand the font is 'wrong' for the car but on the other hand I actually quite like the current font! I will probably change it though as I'm not 100% sure it suits the car.

post-5223-0-04995400-1499629803_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest keepitreal

A friend of mine has an 89 stellar on struts, in the blandish blue ever!! It drives really well and he has had it for nearly 2 years!! He also has replacement engine and gearbox !! Will post photos wen I next see it !!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Front suspension is now sorted (apart from actually adjusting it) as I've now fitted the bolts I had made to adjust the camber:

 

post-5223-0-90777800-1499629927_thumb.jpg

 

I'd previously just assembled it with standard bolts simply to be able to roll it, so it feels like a step closer to being able to drive it.

 

Next step in my plan to avoid Operation Weldathon was sorting out the wiring loom. The existing insulation had gone brittle in the engine bay, and was falling off in places. So I completely stripped it off and replaced with non-adhesive loom tape:

 

post-5223-0-75077000-1499629941_thumb.jpg

 

So much easier to put on (and remove if needed!) than self amalgamating tape, which I'd used for patch repairs in the past.

Link to post
Share on other sites

This week I removed the rust from the slam panel, and gave it a quick coat of silver. Unfortunately you'll have to imagine that! While the paint was drying I thought I'd better clean up the headlights. They came up pretty well after soaking in degreaser then detergent.

 

post-5223-0-06472200-1499630069_thumb.jpg

 

The wiring wasn't in great condition, and I'd previously hacked into it for some spotlights so I decided to renew it. Keeping the original loom colours because I'm sad like that :oops:

 

Something which had been bugging me was the number plates - I still prefer the narrower modern font slightly (I think the Ds and Bs look neater for example) but it was annoying me on the car as it just looked plain wrong. So I splashed out £17 on a set of new plates to replace the old 'new' ones I put on a couple of weeks back!

 

post-5223-0-91994900-1499630089_thumb.jpg

 

Then I started to put the front end back together. I replaced the old rusty bolts with either stainless or zinc plated depending on what I had, put the headlights and grille back on, and new number plate in place. Bonnet catch still needs adjustment, but I'm waiting for the paint to fully harden before I tighten down the bonnet latch bolts.

 

post-5223-0-36370000-1499630109_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

These are the ones I went for, same as I put on the BX before the NEC:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161006768776

 

Decent quality - I've had some that have just been stuck on the outside of the plate and consequently peeled off within a year! DMB seem to get good mentions too.

 

I've just noticed the terrible headlight alignment in the photo! I'll have to sort that when I can get back to it next week.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice plates. That's who I got the old style plates for my Marea from. Did they send a pair of new style plates also. In the same parcel??? They did with mine.

Link to post
Share on other sites

No real progress to report, just faffing with the gearbox crossmember and rubber mounts. But this arrived in the post today!

.

post-5223-0-13958600-1395098048_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-07440900-1395098141_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-99692100-1395098250_thumb.jpg

 

You may be wondering why on earth I chose such a vehicle for my first car, so I'll explain. Back in the late 90s, those of my mates who had cars went for stuff like Novas, Fiesta Mk2s and the like. Ideally I was after a bigger car, and not being one to follow what was fashionable I decided I wanted something different to the norm. Top of my list was a BX, as my Dad was a keen Citroen fan and most of my late childhood had been spent in the back of one. (When I say most of my childhood, I mean that which was spent in the car...I wasn't locked up in it 24/7 or anything).

But Mk2 BXs were out of my price range, so I sadly ruled those out. Being a fan of French cars I wondered about a 205 (nobody I knew had one), but nothing suitable came forward and I would have to scratch that particular itch later in life.

Then I passed my test and the need for a set of wheels became frantic. As chance would have it, an advert for a Stellar caught my eye. I probably wouldn't have even noticed or considered it, but the family had owned one for a couple of years and while not exactly exciting, not much actually went wrong with it. Plus my Dad, being a hoarder, had quite a collection of spare parts he hadn't got round to clearing out. Insurance was surprising affordable for the size of car, as I suspect they had little data to build a young driver risk assessment on.

So, two days after passing my test I went and bought it - the rest is history!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Gearbox mounting now sorted, so I turned my attention to the fun stuff - wiring. I'd rather be doing that than any other job on the car, although a lot of people don't seem to like it. Several of the relays had suffered in storage, so I decided to replace the lot for (hopefully!) reliability.

 

I prefer clear ones as then you can see the contacts working, and these handily come with an LED inside so you can tell if the coil trigger circuit is working correctly. Makes side of the road fault finding a lot easier.

 

post-5223-0-49790800-1499630277_thumb.jpg

(It looks as though I am powering this solely from my fingers, but there is actually a 9 V battery underneath for the photo!)

 

I put them in...

 

post-5223-0-81043000-1499630291_thumb.jpg

 

...and we have light!

 

post-5223-0-74686200-1499630300_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Bugger. I couldn't put off tackling the sills any longer, and got stuck in today.

 

Front inner wing/footwell

post-5223-0-84660300-1499630620_thumb.jpg

 

Rear wheel arch

 

post-5223-0-74183400-1499630574_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-74516300-1499630597_thumb.jpg

 

Sill cut off

 

post-5223-0-62602800-1499631170_thumb.jpg

 

I've cut off the whole sill as I've got sections from a donor car, but I'll have to do a lot more fabrication and patching than I first thought. The centre section was pretty good though, so in hindsight I might have been better leaving that in place and just welding in smaller sections. Still, what's done is done!

 

I've got tomorrow off work to try and make some progress so will hopefully have some photos of new metal going in.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just stopped for lunch - here are a few photos of the morning's work.

 

This is what happens if you don't cut out the old rust before patching (not by me!), although to be fair to the garage, it lasted more than the expected life of the car.

post-5223-0-39082300-1499631241_thumb.jpg

 

Almost finished cutting out

post-5223-0-10429300-1499630960_thumb.jpg

 

New metal in

post-5223-0-58131700-1499631029_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-31930900-1499631090_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Back home now, and only a couple of photos to show for the afternoon's efforts. A few setbacks - the wire kept sticking on the roll and my spare bottle of gas which I bought last week turned out to be empty! So the best part of an hour was wasted going to fetch that, from the same place I'd gone to this morning to stock up on cutting discs :-(

 

But I welded in repair patches to the rear end of the inner sill, and eventually put the outer sill on. It's only welded along the top edge for now, so tomorrow will be welding it all the way round and hopefully the closing panel in the rear wheel arch.

 

post-5223-0-47348400-1499631329_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-76821800-1499631309_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers for those Trigger :-) Just what I need to improve my mood...that and a large glass of wine.

 

After only waiting an hour at the second hospital they got the speck out with very little drama. How it got in there is a mystery, as I wore well-fiitting goggles at all times, with no vent holes. And kept my eyes closed as much as possible, being paranoid after it happening twice before! The speck had left a bit of rust staining on my eyeball which will hopefully go in time. It's ironic though, I work damned hard to try and eradicate rust on my vehicles and I end up with my own bloody eyes going rusty!

 

Anyway, I managed to get back to it and cut a patch for the end of the sill in the rear wheel arch. I've done it in several pieces to try and tie it into the existing panels for strength.

 

post-5223-0-85587400-1499631457_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-05273100-1499631481_thumb.jpg

 

Then gave it all a quick coat of Zinga, and came home. Tidying up tools can wait until next week!

 

post-5223-0-77940800-1499631496_thumb.jpg

 

post-5223-0-87207900-1499631530_thumb.jpg

 

Oops...this is what the passenger seatbelt looks like now. Will have to see what I can fit in the recess, unless it happens to be shared with more common cars. Seatbelt buckles have a Ford stamp in the mouldings, so hopefully it's a standardish Ford seatbelt.

 

post-5223-0-07619100-1499631512_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • mat_the_cat changed the title to Korean Cortina - now the hottest Stellar in the UK!

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By dome
      This evening I venture forth into hitherto unknown lands (Kirkintilloch) to collect my latest acquisition.

      Which, naturally, has issues.

      I have purchased my first line of defence.



      Which appears to have antigravity properties

      More will follow this evening...
    • By Supernaut
      What does a cheeky bid on eBay get you?
       
       
       
       
      An E36 BMW 316i with two sets of wheels, a DAB radio, an MOT until December, 110k miles on the clocks, a slightly* fucked back box and a bit of grot on the driver's side sill.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      This is co-owned between me and 17-Coffees and our plan is to do a light restoration and just generally piss about with it. It's actually really nice to drive, and is surprisingly brisk for only being a 1.6.
       
      Yes, the alloys are getting sacked off ASAP as it came with the original steel wheels with all-but-new Toyo Proxes on them!
    • By captain_70s
      Hullo,
       
      I'm a masochist from Leeds who is running two rusty, worn out Triumph Dolomites as my only transport in rural Aberdeenshire. You might recognise me from various other forums and Facebook groups. Realistically I need to buy a modern car of some sort, but instead I find myself looking at £300 Citroen BXs and Triumph Acclaims on Gumtree and thinking "yeah, that'd fit right in with the rest of the broken cars I can't afford".
       
      On to the cars, the main attraction being my 1976 1850HL "50 Shades of Yellow" that I bought for £850 and is currently my daily driver, here is a picture of it before I sanded off some surface rust and sprayed it badly in the wrong shade of yellow with rattle cans:
       

       
      Within a month of purchase I managed to plant it in to a steel fence backwards after a botched gear change on a wet roundabout and ruined the N/S rear wing, although judging by the other dent that's packed with filler it looks like somebody had already done the same. I also managed to destroy a halfshaft and one of my Sprint alloys (good for an extra 15hp) in the incident, so now it's sitting on it's original steelies but painted black (good for an extra 5hp).
       
      It's only broken down on me twice. once with some sort of fuel delivery related problem which may or may not have been an empty fuel tank and once when the thermostat jammed shut and it overheated and blew out some O-rings for the cooling system. It has recently developed a taste for coolant and oil which is rather annoying, although it's done 89,300 miles which is about 80,000 more miles than BL engineering is designed to last, I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines... 
      I tried to keep ahead of the rust a bit by rubbing down the arches and re-painting them, but apparently rattle can paint isn't great when you are spraying it at -5C, it also highlighted how although my car might have been Inca Yellow in 1976 it's now more of a "cat piss" sort of shade. So I ended up with the wrong shade of yellow which has rust coming back through after 5 weeks. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      The other car is the first "classic" car I bought, so I can't bear to sell it. It's a '77 Dolomite 1300 and it cost £1400 (about £400 too much) and has been nothing but a pain in the arse:
       

       
      It looks much prettier (from 100 yards) but that's most due to the darker paintwork hiding the rust. It lives a mollycoddled life in my garage, where it somehow still manages to rust, and is utterly rubbish. 0-60 is measured on a calendar, top speed is 80ish but at that point it uses more oil than petrol, it rarely ventures over 50mph and if you encounter an incline of any sort you can kiss that sort of speed goodbye, along with about £20 of 20W50 as it vanishes out of the exhaust in the form of blue smoke.
       
      One of the PO's had clearly never heard of the term "oil change" so it developed into brown sludge that coated everything internally with the next owner(s) blissfully pouring fresh oil on top of it. This lasted until about 600 miles into my ownership when there was muffled "pop" from the engine bay and the car became a 3-cylinder. The cause was catastrophic wear to the top end causing a rocker arm to snap:
       

       
      As this was my first classic car I'd assumed it was supposed to sound like the engine was full of marbles, it wasn't.
       
      I put the engine back together with second hand bits declared it utterly fucked and promptly did another 5000 miles with it. After about 3500 of those miles the oil burning started, valve seals have gone so it's been relegated to my parent's garage as a backup car and something to take to local car shows as the 1850 is now embarrassingly ugly. I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines (deja vu, anybody?) Oh, I also recently reversed it into a parked Ford Fiesta and royally fucked up the rear bumper, rear panel and bootlid. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      There have been two other cars in my life. My first car, a 2008 Toyota Yaris 1.0 an it's replacement a 2012 Corsa 1.4T. I didn't really want either of them, but it's a long story involving my parents and poor life choices. Ask if you want to hear it!
       
      So that's a brief summary of my current shite. If you want more pictures or details of anything do say as I've got photos of almost everything I'd done with the cars.
    • By sickboy
      Since my life has followed a nearly unrelenting course in project, “good-intentions”, “nice ideas” and general chod accumulation ever since I was about 14, I’ve decided I’d concoct all my projects into a haphazard fleet diary, for your amusement and viewing pleasure. My reports are likely to be sporadic, as and when I find time. 
      Coverage predominately will flit around my current stable, but I'll show some past vehicular activity too.
      I'll go into each in turn in the coming days and weeks, but briefly for now my current fleet comprises:
       
      1959 Ford 100e. Bought as a rolling shell in 2015. Built it up myself with all-Ford bits: 2.0 Pinto, type 9, GP4 MK1/2 Escort goodies up front, Bilstein 2.8 Capri struts on coilovers, 105e axle out back, RS turbo Recaros. Looks rough as fuck but it's solid and sorted underneath. Some don't like it because it's old, noisy and smelly. I love because it's old, noisy and smelly. Want to build a fast-road head for this soon really, but skint. Hardly needs to be quicker anyway.
      A lot of work to build, about 3 years, but immense fun to drive. 100% never selling!!!
       

       

      1991 Saab 900 16v Turbo. Bought last Summer, suspiciously cheap with a hot running issue and a heap of paperwork. I did the head gasket and rebuilt the head with new exhaust valves, stem seals, thermostat etc over lockdown. Also fitted new calipers, discs, pads and hoses all round, and replaced the NSF inner wing/driveshaft tunnel back in February.  Embarrassing MOT last month reveals more weldage is needed elsewhere, so that’s next for it and shall be reported in the coming pages


       
       
      1995 Citroen AX Jive. 1.0 4 spd. Hilarious to drive, immensely French, ripe but not rotten, wearing something akin to a peeved expression. Needs a few odds and ends but otherwise a goer. Back-up car in case my existing daily shits itself or something. Anyone spare a boot latch actuating rod and gear knob?

       

       

       
      2005 Clio 182. As close to a daily as I get (cycle to work). Not really Autoshite, or even very “me” frankly, but I’m convinced these are the last proper French hot hatch and soon to be daft-money, so I finally snubbed two years of looking-not-looking at them on eBay and bought this the other week. I'm 27 so many could argue it's a "quarter life crisis". Newest and quickest car I’ve ever owned, so probably not the wisest first choice to exercise modern car ownership.
       

       
      But my current main project, sapping funds and time and social life in equal measure, is my 1963 Ford Falcon 2dr sedan, so I'll post up the progress to date of that in the coming days.
      or now, here's a seller's shot of when I bought it.......
       

    • By danthecapriman
      Thought I'd start a thread about my old Capri since it's now reached it's turn in the que to receive a bit of attention.
       
      I've actually had this since 2001, it's an early mk2, on an M reg 1974. Being an early car it's still got mk1 rear axle and single acting type rear brake set up aswell as a few other minor differences from later cars just to use up remaining mk1 parts.
      It started life here in the Portsmouth area and doesn't seem to have ventured far since.
      Originally a stardust silver 1.6 L poverty model, which means virtually sod all regarding luxuries. Basic 2 pod dash with black 'crackle' finish facia, no radio, no sun roof or vinyl roof, not even a centre console!
      When I got to it unfortunately it had suffered severely from serious rust and latterly a vandal attack, having it's door and rear quarter panel booted in.
       
      Over the next couple of years I got it sorted and a cheap re paint into roman bronze, which was a favourite colour of mine at the time. For the first year or two it seemed fine but since then things have deteriorated.
      The respray wasn't good! It's thin in places and started to micro blister in various places, worst of which is all over the bonnet. The same bodyshop also did a bit of the bodywork I hadn't finished which was also pretty poor in some places.
      It's always been a great driver and never struggles at mot time so I just kept on using it and doing nothing more than collecting parts now and again with a view to sort it one day.
      It's also gained a few non original extras over the years like a higher spec wood effect 2 pod dash facia (which I like more than the original), a short console, brown interior instead of the utterly fucked black original, 'laser' 4 spoke alloys and a few other things.
       
      Anyway, fast forward to last weekend, when I dusted it off after winter and noticed various areas of new rust coming through or older rust that's gotten worse. So the decision was made to go for a professional resto job now before I end up finding something else to distract me (like big american cars with knackered engines!).
       
      1974 Ford Capri BBK244M by Dan Clark, on Flickr
      Here it is as it currently stands. Looks ok from a distance but the reality is very rough around the edges and the paint is so bad in places it's becoming embarrassing!
      IMG_0509 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
      And the interior which I'll be re trimming into black leather at some point after the body works done.
       
      It's been taken to the same place that did my Mercury's engine rebuild, since they did such a good job and they seem a good professional bunch.
      I dropped it off Monday afternoon for a thorough check over to build up a list of work and get a rough quote.
      Today I heard back from them.
      Good news so far, I suppose. It is as solid where it counts as I thought it was. Chassis is fine, original strut tops fine, most of the back end is solid and just needs a few repairs here and there.
      The worst is the bottom of the windscreen surround due to the wrong seal being used and then fitted badly causing leaks. Inner sill to A post bottom corner very scabby, front wings pretty crap, and various paint defects etc.
      The engine is fine, compression all in tolerances. Suspension needs work, and some brake pipes are getting quite rusty. So far so good and no surprises!
      There's still more checking to do over the next few days but it sounds alright so far.
      This work should be made a bit easier by having a lot of panels and parts to fix things already. The big find being a new unused pair of front wings. Very hard to find mk2 items now, though I did have to pay for them!
       
       
      The plan here is to make the car solid, reliable and good looking. I'm not making a show car or going too mad as that stuffs not my thing and if it was I'd start with a better more original car.
      Some of the later add ons will be ditched like the mk3 boot spoiler that I hate! And return it to more standard looking mk2 as it should be. No go faster mods or anything like that.
      The main priority is to get the body sorted and painted properly (engine out job and everything) then maybe a bit of mechanical work as needed.
      The original idea was to re paint back into original stardust silver, but having thought about it I'm leaning more towards another favourite Ford colour of the era, Miami blue metallic, which is a lovely colour! Any opinions?
       
      This will be another expensive project but not one I think I could do at home on the drive and do justice to, so I'd prefer to farm it out and get it right this time. It also means I can carry on working on my Transit and Granada at home without another distraction!
      For anyone whose interested I'll try to update this now and then as things progress. I'll also try to get the old pics of the car from when I got it so you can see how rusty it was! Bear in mind though that I paid £100 for this car in 2001 with MOT and tax! Try doing that now.
      I'm sure this is going to be worth the expense, not that I'm even considering selling it of course but I've had it so long I kind of feel obligated to do right by the car in a weird way!
×
×
  • Create New...