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 Post subject: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:32 pm 
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need help. This is my first time on a forum.
Looking to fit pwr Rack & pinion steering into my Mk1 Cortina. i've been told Camira rack will work. I also have a pwr rack from a 1992 Laser which looks about right???
has anyone done this before?
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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:59 pm 
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Hi, i have a MKII cortina with a escort (manual) rack fitted, i would suggest a couple of things:

1 - DONT. its almost impossible to get rack and pinion in an early cortina and engineered for a price that isnt totally insane. if the car is already rego'ed its OK but you will have a harder time selling it.

2 - MK2 escort stuff is an almost match for the early cortina's so look at that gear instead. mid 70's volvo 240 (manual rack) ends will bolt of to an escort rack and rod ends (but are much longer) and escort adjustable TCA's can be used to get the track width right again. use the escort uprights and you get a brake upgrade as well. properly done this should be worlds ahead of the old setup

3 - you can keep the old uprights and most the steering if you can make a camira/daewoo center steer rack fit. BUT the old geometry and bump steer problems will still be present (or possibly worse)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:00 pm 
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hey thanks,
is the escort rack front mounted? if so, what would you do about the steering arms. would you swap side to side??
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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:24 pm 
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escort rack is front mounted, i would suggest using the entire escort front suspension. if you can get near an escort with a tape measure you will see that some of the important dimensions are very close.

if you are keen on keeping the standard struts and drag link stuff a center steer rack like from a camira makes more sense as it will work with the original steering better (like an RRS kit)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:47 pm 
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http://www.turbosport.co.uk/showthread.php?t=81477 is pretty much what i did to my MK2 cortina.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Cortina Rack
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Cool thanks,
Would anyone know the weight of the Cortina 4 Cyl engine & transmission?
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