"Dont stuff up a classic by cannibalizing / Frankensteining an original!"
First off this was our JamJar rally car for 3 years and it suffered! I started off by redoing the bodywork and then shaving the front and rear bumpers, lowering the suspension (BADLY) and re-doing the interior. this was all done about 3 od years ago and turned the cortina into a real stunner.
As my weekend fun car it was great but a few things were bothering me. The 3L V6 was running well but had issues, Head gasket issue, starting to use oil and heavy on fuel as well as only having a 4 speed box. After looking at all options regarding engine redo new box etc etc and then still finding a way to satisfy my need for more power I made the SHOCK HORROR decision to go the Lexus V8 route. I Know I know SKANDE! but i couldn't see a more cost-effective way to get reliability comfort better consumption and POWER any other way. This is not a Build and sell project, this is the car ill own for life and as such I want it to be the best car posible. To go along with the near 300hp V8 I will be upgrading the running gear. So far it looks like we will go with the BMW E36 front and E90 rear suspension, this will give better suspension, brakes and power steering as well as make future tuning/upgrading easy. There are a lot of plans and the work has already started so I will be posting details here as we go.
Again sorry to the fuddies that will hate the bastardisation of this classic but Im making her the best she could possibly be!
Here is a quick video to show some details