Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Intake Manifold Design

Here's something I'm cooking up for the Webers from the previous post. What do you guys think?

I've not decided on the length of the runners yet, but I know it isn't supposed to be too long. Might tilt the runners upwards a few degrees. We'll see in due time.

On another note, getting an aftermarket 4-1 exhaust manifold made which should arrive this Friday or Saturday. I doubt it'll benefit from a performance point of view, but it should look a lot better than a rusted and weathered factory standard exhaust manifold eh?

Friday, July 10, 2009

DCOE Top 40

My my my, has it been a very long while.

After much swearing and shouting matches (not to mention money NOT well spent). the project has been resurrected, for lack of better words.

To get the rest of you up to speed, the cortina has been lying dormant on my cold, hard and weathered cement patio for the past 6 months or so getting fired up to make sure the ol' heart still beats with the occasional reverse and 1st gear drives to make sure the differential hasn't locked itself into a no-wheel drive vehicle.

Why have I gone back to throwing money at this car again you may ask? Well, it's not the fact that a lot of money has already been burnt here but about a month ago I fired it up and took it for a spin and realized that if I didn't complete what I'd started almost 3 years ago, I would have not failed my grand dad (who's still alive btw albeit funky in the head) but failed myself.

Enough blabber as this isn't some fucking high-school reunion where get all emotional and what not, it's time to be a man and do the right thing which is to give the car the grunt that it deserves.

Say hello to my DCOE 40s. :)




Next thing to get done is to get a manifold made for it as I currently have the Proton Iswara manifold (any takers?). More engineering work to be done, among other things still pending.

Hopefully I can get this car up and running to get it into the next autocross just for the heck of it. Running with cut springs (another story all together, which will be posted at a later date) and wide wheels, I guess I'll be thrown into the open class AGAIN. :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Please Wait To Be Seated.

after many moons, dad and myself decided to plunge into buying a seat for the cortina. it was a frantic time searching through the galleries of cyberspace in particular zerotohundred where we found these old pair of seats taken from an AE82 i'm told.

although they don't match colour-wise, but the design is old-school and matches the back somewhat with the bumps and all.


old generation seats in this picture not in chronological order. AE82 (early 80s), Cortina MK3 (early 70s) and the Bluebird (late 70s to mid 80s) in the background.

so fellow readers, should i reupholster the front to match the back (shame though, as the seat's in good condition!) or match the back to the front (both material and colour) or re-wrap both in some sort of faux black leather? comments always appreciated.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Burton Power!

i arrived home to be greeted by the Burton Power 2008 catalogue!

browsing through it now to see what goodies they have inside. it's a good piece of literature regarding cam timing and fitting, just some of the technical babble most people leave to mechanics.

Friday, October 24, 2008


For record keeping purposes, I'll just post about the wiring. It was sent on tuesday apparently and should be done in about a weeks time.

Then it'll be off to the body shop (again) for some touch ups that the previous welder did not close which is how water keeps coming in. the hole in question is located on the extreme right hand corner of the firewall hidden from view by the massive fenders.

Also, I'm in the progress of designing my wheel adapters to suit 114.3 PCD wheels since those fucking 108 PCDs are a thwat to obtain here in Malaysia.

TADA! had some idle time so I whipped up a mock wheel assy. the adapter is to the correct dimensions as of this writing but is subject to change when I get the cortina back for proper dimensioning, just to be sure.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

In New Light.

It's almost two years now. Come december it will be. Celebrated my grandad's birthday yesterday. Unfortunately i did not have the cortina ready. It's almost done, and i know i've been saying this to a lot of people pre-graduation but the car IS almost done.

the engine is in and running (alternator needs to be replaced though, wrong one was used donkeys years ago), painting is 90% done, needs to be touched up after the windscreens and wiring has been settled.

disappointments have arise in the form of rust. Front passenger door has built up rust beneath the layer of paint thus causing it to crack. oh well, like i said, the paint needs to be touched up in several places. orange peel developed on the surface of the boot lid among other things.

another worrisome issue is the mounting points for the front seats. as previously there were holes with weld nuts on the inner side of the plate to mount the seats which are non existent now since those parts were where new sheet metal was fabricated WITHOUT accounting for those weld nuts. so now i'm getting a headache over engineering a solution for this using non-evasive methods preferably.

anyway, found these seats and will be checking them out tomorrow, what do you think? will they suit the overall look of the car?

if i do get them, i'll probably wrap the rear seats to match the material. looks like it's velvety. at least if i park under the hot sun, it won't burn my girlfriend's butt (she said it, not me).

finally, blogs would be so empty without pictures, so here's some of the cortina with 11-ish a.m. lighting at harvinder's place.

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good to see the engine in there eh? all ford/smurf blue and all.

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front end needs sorting out still.

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looking good here.

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the left tail light needs to be binned. asked harvinder to source for a pair of new ones.

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logos on and looking good.

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free center console thrown in by harvinder. do all cortinas and escorts have a similar center console? seen a few pics of escorts with something similar.

there you have it. the car sitting there waiting for the windscreen rubbers to arrive so that the screens can be fitted and the wiring sorted. all after hari raya obviously.

fingers, toes, cats and dogs crossed that the windscreen rubber arrives on time AND that the wiring chap does a fantastic job.

estimated completion of harvinder's scope of works is end of October 2008. then it's on to me to complete the interior and wheels.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Dum Dum DUUUUUUM!!!!!!

sorry for not updating frequently. cause the painting took soooo long, i didn't want to keep posting the same pics of the car in a pretty dismal state.

but anyway, after much perseverance, it's finally done and its now sitting under harvinder's front porch.

so without further ado, i will showcase highlights of the car's painting stages just to get all you readers up to speed.

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Use your imagination at this point. :)
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must keep you guys in suspense at least till the chrome bits and windscreen are all up. actually, its because i haven't been able to take a good picture of it with lighting from the sun. my trusty k750i is not a dSLR you know.

a last pic which i think needs no explanation.

at the moment, i'm leaving the rocker and timing chain cover in its original shabby form as it won't hamper performance or what not...it'll just be draining money to paint it. i'll do it at a later time at my own accord.

hope you like it so far. :)