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 Post subject: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:22 am 
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These things still exist. Just rescued a 73 TC XLE cortina. It's one owner with log books, 250, toploader and low miles. It was literally owned by a little old lady and hasn't been driven since 1986. It's complete and all that could be seen of it from the road is a bit of the boot lid. Aside from the surface rust, there is a small amount of rust in one of the back quarters. She was nice enough to keep the rego current too. Don't know what I'll do with it yet, but couldn't leave it there!!
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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:03 am 
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Good find!! Tell me now, you're going to keep it original I hope :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:29 am 
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I had one of those.... 250ci six and a lite a$$ car... they go like the clappers dead stock.. do some work to it and it will dust off most NA cars. we shocked allot of V8 commodore owners back in the day in the TC tina...

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:19 am 
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I had a similar car back in the 80's - TC XLE 250 Toploader,but mine was copper bronze metallic with the bone vinyl roof. I put a 2V head on it with a Waggot cam, 350 Holley & extractors,Even with the standard ratio 2.77 diff it would accelerate like hell & still get good fuel economy.
The reason the rear guards rust out is because they filled the guards with foam to reduce road noise & dust,But moisture would get trapped there & would rust from the inside out - Mine suffered the same fate.

Yes, They were great cars.It's a shame more of them didn't survive.
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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:00 am 
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I f**k love this model, dead sexy!

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:24 am 
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hasn't been driven since '86 and she kept paying rego.. thats awesome lol
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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:01 pm 
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My dad had one of those. It was pumpkin orange with a very dark chocolate padded-vinyl roof (didn't look as bad as it sounds -- I'll dig up a pic and post it one day lol). The C pillars had little gold crests on the vinyl roof like the LTDs got.

The XLEs were/are very plush inside and I recall with the 250 cubic inch 6, it went like the clappers if you put your foot down. They had a power bulge bonnet too.

Funny thing was, in the mid 1970s with the "energy crisis" dad downscaled from his Starlight Blue ZC Fairlane 500 with the 302 engine, to the Cortina, but I don't think it used much less fuel!
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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:52 pm 
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xpvanman wrote:
I had a similar car back in the 80's - TC XLE 250 Toploader,but mine was copper bronze metallic with the bone vinyl roof.

Same here, though mine never had any rust, but that was a few years ago now.....accelerate.....would smoke the tyres 1st, 2nd and third for a bit....

Prolly doesnt matter what you do with it, it will only worth what someone would be willing to pay for it. Do it up a bit, and sell it to some "P" plater, that wants a bit of go. Otherwise put a 347 in it and enjoy....

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:48 pm 
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Not saying that I would, but anyone got anything interesting to swap?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:33 pm 
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She kept the rego on it and didn't drive since the 80's?? wow.

Anyway, keep it stock but slam it with white walls, OH YEAH

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:05 pm 
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Shum's EL wrote:
hasn't been driven since '86 and she kept paying rego.. thats awesome lol


:D...too lazy to get RWC ;) she's a smart one hahaha

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:15 pm 
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hhmm.... sleeper anyone??? just rebuild the 250... and freshen her up abit.. keep her original looking...

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:55 pm 
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hmmm, wonder what that hump would like grafted onto the bonnet of an E Series falcon......
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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:56 am 
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What condition is the interior in?

If interiors immaculate it would be worth rebuilding standard but if tatty then might as well use to build tough streeter

 

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 Post subject: Re: Cortina barn find
Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:48 am 
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drop a 2v head on it and triple 45 webers for the go and get a south african v6 bonnet for twice the bulge.
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