1965 Lotus Cortina MK1

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$ 89,000.00
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May be the best cortina available. No expense spared on this total preparation. 0 hour engine by Jay Ivey. Major restoration by Nick Slade. Right hand drive. reach bill@kargesfineart.com for more info. Asking $89,000.


• Ivey Engines 1600 Lotus Twin Cam Engine - New Block and Cylinder Head
Complete new build - all new parts. Removable cartridge type water pump
with new front cover
• Rebuilt carburetors
• Repaint engine bay
• New cooling system swirl pot and radiator hoses
• Repair strut mounts and weld in new front strut top plates
• All new steering tie rods and boots
• New Lotus Cortina steering arms
• New brake and clutch master cylinders
• All new hard lines for front and rear brakes
• New Gaz front and rear shocks
• New front and rear wheel bearings and seals
• Powder coated wheels
• New bushing kits for control arms, drag link, sway bar
• New shift lever housing
• Rebuilt steering box
• Fly wheel
• New roll cage
• New oil pressure, water temp and oil temp gauges
• New oil cooler and lines
• Rewired car
• New battery cables
• Fit new muffler
• New rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders.
• New ring and pinion fitted into differential — 4.7:1
• Repair/weld in gusset on Lotus A-frame differential
• Complete chassis set up - set up on pads, set caster, cambers, toes, ride heights, corner weights

List of items found wrong with the Lotus Cortina after purchase that have been corrected - items replaced or repaired:

• Steering column mount bolts incorrect size for clamp and one bolt falling out
• No corrosion inhibitor in coolant
• Heavy rust in cooling system
• Steering arm boots gone or hard and breaking apart
• Differential leaking (housing cracked at weld)
• Bearing cones in steering box damaged
• Right front strut heavily damaged seal surface (grinding marks)
• Right front wheel bearing damaged (had been dropped and installed)
• Tail housing seal leaking (gearbox)
• Oil leak in engine oil pressure sender
• Oil system plumbed backwards through oil filter and back to engine, requiring two hoses
to be made
• Radiator hose split almost through hose with hose clamps (clamped too tight)
• All cooling system hoses were split, dry and hard (all require replacing)
• Carburetor had been on fire and melted fuel supply hose and distributor cap (required
rebuild, o-rings and gaskets needed replacing)
• Swirl pot hose diameter incorrect
• Swirl pot inlet pipe cracked (requires new swirl pot with correct inlet and outlet hose
• Driveshaft bolts grade 3 with no shoulder (driveshafts require bolts with correct grip
length before thread)
• Leaking wheel cylinders (both sides)
• Shoes very wet with both diff oil and brake fluid because of leaking wheel cylinder and
section of o-ring missing in drive flange
• Trailing arm mount cracked on chassis
• Strut tower (RH) cracked (required welding)
• Brace missing from brake master cylinders causing excessive movement in bulkhead
(made brace to support master cylinders)
• Extension welded to brake pedal with very little penetration in weld - dangerous! Required
new pedal pad to be made and welded
• Brake bias bar did not have jam nut on bar to stop bias bar from moving and changing
brake bias (dangerous situation - bar could have moved over and picked up throttle pedal
or clutch pedal if it had vibrated and wound out)
• Jam nut loose on brake clevis to brake cylinder
• Lower front control arm bent
• Ring gear on fly wheel required replacing (teeth heavily damaged)

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