Thanks Irish, it's not everyone's cup of tea but it's my van and I prefer the bullnose front. I never changed out of nesessity for a bigger engine, the zetec would fit with the flat front. I just like the look more.
It's hard to tell at the moment but I think a good paint job will really change the van completely, I'm thinking of a deep burgundy red with old white panels, maybe the old creamy lotus cortina white. What do you lot reckon?
Have a look through what colours were available to the general public through Fords at the time if you want it to look period, colour change on log book is simply a matter of filling in the logbook and sending it back (taking a copy for when they loose it) I suspect if you knew the right people at Ford you could probably get any colour you wanted as a special vehicle order...
I've been struggling with the paint choices for those reasons, period or not? It's hard for me to see it the same way some of you do, my van was 12 years old before I was even born. I have no memories of how they used to be and only have pictures and other vans to go by. I have looked in to it a bit now and it turns out the original colours were not very expansive, the only red I could find was Monaco red and looks very much like a fire van or post office red. That's just not to my liking, I like British racing green but I've seen one like mine with those colours with a duratorque engine. My van has been so messed about with in its life that original has to be taken with a pinch of salt, it was a van and then a camper. Now it's back to a van with a diesel front and it's going to have a modern engine. If I had a period vehicle with matching numbers in good shape then I'd be more concerned about originality than I am with this one. I'm also not a fan of cellulose paint, it has its advantages to people spraying themselves but mines in a body shop. Cellulose is not as resilient/protective as modern paints be it two pack or water based and that's another decision I've gotta make.
The vans getting a bit of prep now under the bonnet, the new mounting for the power steering box has worked out really well. No need to cut the bulkhead at all and the UJ is nice and inline for smooth rotation.
Thanks, summer shows might be a dream too far with the amount of work left to do and the time approaching so fast.
The colours not a ford original spec but I think it's suitable, the guys have had to re-weld the entire bulkhead; all the seams were coming apart. The've used the base colour to seal up the work and it gives a good sense of what it should look like with a clear coat it gives it a nice depth and warmth.
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cortinae: Long shot aiming at my painting friends Got my screen out my MK 2 transit and for the love of god can not find the paint code for the metal part of the dashboard any ideas , went to paint shop and all the young guy kept saying can you not bring it in no it
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soapysmith: Hi all, a friend of mine, whose husband died last year, has dropped in a cd with pictures of some MK1 bits. I see she has a diesel bonnet and grille assy. I also spotted a front axle with disc brakes. Anybody interested in anything?I am away for a few days
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aussiebob: Hi Conrod all the best for 2019 the strips look the part please let me know when you have sorted out the final details with them and i will arrange payment for a set. Regards
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