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O/T Photo's from Laguna Seca

May 6 2011 at 2:58 PM

John Butruce  (Login 64squire)
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(Sorry, meant to post this in the photo section)

All Fords, but no FE's in this group of cars. Here is the Cortina and English Ford gathering I attended last weekend at Laguna Seca.
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vanscooter
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Like the Cortinas

May 6 2011, 3:43 PM 

Don't the white ones with the green stripe have the Lotus motor swap in them ? Or am I mixing things up. Neat cars.

 
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John Butruce
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Yes, those are Lotus Cortina's

May 6 2011, 4:10 PM 

Ford did almost the same thing with Colin Chapman and The Cortina as with
Shelby and the Mustang. They sent them to the Lotus factory where they improved the suspension and developed an aluminum twin cam cylinder head for the Ford pre-crossflow Kent OHV engine.

 
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Mike Basford
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Lotus Cortina

May 6 2011, 4:57 PM 

I watched Jim Clark race his Cortina at Brands Hatch in the 60's. It was great to see the battles between these cars, and their nearest competition, the "new" 65 Mustangs. I always dreamed of dropping one of these motors into a Ford Anglia of the same era. I currently have a Japanese (Toyota) clone of that Lotus engine. It's a 2.2lt twin overhead cam, aluminum hemi head modification of a standard Toyota engine, complete with two twin Webber clones. It was from a race car from Japan, and goes like stink. I'm building a copy of the English Morgan 4+4 for it, using fibreglass body parts I made from molds I took off a friend's Morgan, when he asked me to look after it for a weekend while he was away !

 
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Marty Haynes
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Cool, John! Thanks for posting...that is a terrific track!

May 6 2011, 3:53 PM 

Been around it a few times myself in my BMW2002...but it's been a while. Great track, for sure. I wanted a Cortina so bad...I had no idea there would be a club for them now.

 
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Evan d.
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My college car's racing history, thanks!

May 6 2011, 8:08 PM 

My car in college was a Ford Fiesta with a 1.6L "Cortina" 4 cylinder that I took great pride in that motor's racing history and benefited from all the high performance parts for my motor from England. Thanks for the great photos, I also enjoyed seeing the Capri.

 
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qikBBstang
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I see that Mercury Capri hiding back there! or is that English also?

May 6 2011, 8:17 PM 



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John Butruce
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Yeah, It is a German Capri

May 6 2011, 8:46 PM 

The English Capri's were not sold over here.They were only known as Mercury's in the US.

 
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Tom P
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English Capri

May 6 2011, 9:34 PM 

There were a few English Capri's here. I am actually looking at getting one right now. I need an extra project car like a hole in the head but these very seldom come around for sale. Looks like a minature 60 Starliner. Plan is to put an FE in it!

 
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Dan V
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Re: English Capri

May 7 2011, 2:55 AM 

Those Capris are quite big over here in Australia currently, with everything being swapped into them from small block Fords right up to big block Chevs. Every drag meeting will at least see a few of them competing, plus the ones you see around on the road or at car shows.

 
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Tom P
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Big block,,, what?

May 7 2011, 11:52 AM 

You mean people bugger those cars up with the awful orange lumps? What a travesty.

I'm not sure what is available for resto parts for them and the one around here is a project. It is partly cut up (to put a horrible Chev in!) so i'd have to make the firewall and floor. Maybe it was only the Commonwealth countries that imported them? I've never seen one in person before.

 
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Wes Adams Ford428CJ
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Evan, those 1.6L are Kent Engines~

May 7 2011, 7:08 AM 

I was BIG into Fiesta's and moded mine out big time. Heres a few cool web sites that I use to order parts from!

http://www.batinc.net/main.htm

https://www.burtonpower.com/

"The Poor Mans 427"
http://www.fordification.com/poormans427.htm

"The F.E. Wiki Home"
http://fordfe.wetpaint.com/

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Wes Adams FORD428CJ
Built Ford Tuff With Good Ford Stuff
03 F-250 Crew Cab 4x4 6.0 and 35's
64 Falcon 428FE
55 FORD Truck 4-link Rides on air with 428FE
2000 Yamaha V-MAX VMOA#4277
2000 Yamaha 700 Mountain Max
2001 Polaris 600 Edge X
2001 Polaris 500 SP

 
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Wes Adams Ford428CJ
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Here is some more info on those CrossFlow Kents~

May 7 2011, 7:15 AM 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Kent_engine

http://www.thekentlives.com/thekentengine.htm

http://www.insideline.com/ford/kent-engines-coming-back-for-formula-ford.html



"The Poor Mans 427"
http://www.fordification.com/poormans427.htm

"The F.E. Wiki Home"
http://fordfe.wetpaint.com/

[linked image]
Wes Adams FORD428CJ
Built Ford Tuff With Good Ford Stuff
03 F-250 Crew Cab 4x4 6.0 and 35's
64 Falcon 428FE
55 FORD Truck 4-link Rides on air with 428FE
2000 Yamaha V-MAX VMOA#4277
2000 Yamaha 700 Mountain Max
2001 Polaris 600 Edge X
2001 Polaris 500 SP

 
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Evan D.
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Re: Evan, those 1.6L are Kent Engines~

May 8 2011, 6:22 AM 

Wes, I knew about BAT and installed some of their parts, but was not aware of the other vendors. The photos are great and brought back some fond memories. It is good to know those companies are still in business. One of the best parts about the Fiestas was how well they did in the snow. My 16 year old now drives a 2011 red Fiesta, it has also turned out to be a great car. Thanks Evan!

 
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Wes Adams Ford428CJ
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I too, have spent a ton of money on BAT~

May 8 2011, 8:38 AM 

Big Valve head, header, 34/36 DVG, Ported intake and so on. Then when the internet became big, I found Burton and bought parts for them too!

As for the Fiesta, Awesome little car! They do great in the snow. I have to agree with you on that! Great to see them back in the states again. Wish I had one again....

"The Poor Mans 427"
http://www.fordification.com/poormans427.htm

"The F.E. Wiki Home"
http://fordfe.wetpaint.com/

[linked image]
Wes Adams FORD428CJ
Built Ford Tuff With Good Ford Stuff
03 F-250 Crew Cab 4x4 6.0 and 35's
64 Falcon 428FE
55 FORD Truck 4-link Rides on air with 428FE
2000 Yamaha V-MAX VMOA#4277
2000 Yamaha 700 Mountain Max
2001 Polaris 600 Edge X
2001 Polaris 500 SP

 
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Jim
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Would not have guessed we have Cortina people here

May 7 2011, 3:18 AM 

I have a '65 RHD Lotus Cortina, sold my Lotus Super Seven vintage racer though. Great engines in these cars.

Jim

 
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Neville
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Heres my favorite MK1 Cortina..

May 7 2011, 6:18 AM 

Blown injected SOHC
Used to watch it race in the early 80's over here in Oz
ran somewhere in the 8's from memory, beautifully presented & consistant car (still around today!)
Second link has a 2x4 SOHC on engine stand in foreground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dKS3FXZSUU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09J_tSqK-vc

 
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Bob
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Has anyone put a Cosworth...

May 7 2011, 8:06 AM 

DFV or DFY F-1 V-8 into one? Always though this would be the coolest engine swap but not cheap.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosworth

 
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John Butruce
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Speaking of Cosworth

May 7 2011, 9:29 AM 

They were there showing off some goodies. Two of the guys who own Cortina's work at Cosworth.
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Mike Basford
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Here's the Japanese clone of the Lotus TOHC engine of the 60's

May 7 2011, 12:58 PM 

it's been sitting carefully stored for a couple of decades now !

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