1974 Ford Cortina X.L 351 V8
V8 Cortina, that's what I'm talking about, say no more
Since fitting the V8 I am constantly finding myself replacing diffs after party's.
For some reason rear tires require replacement more often than front.
I had slight over heating problems to begin with, problem solved with a Chev Camaro radiator and after market oil cooler.
The car had major rust issue when I got it, since its been patched and repainted.
The door handles are consistently breaking.
This car is total madness. The 351 is a big step up from the 250 automatic.
Handling leaves a lot to be desired.
The transformation from the 6 pack to V8 is well worth the money and time, I recommend it to anyone with a old Cortina.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2004
22nd Jun 2004, 22:16
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23rd Aug 2004, 07:36
Hi, I am in the process of debate. I owned a 2V 250 TC Cortina, and loved it.
I now have another TC Cortina, which I would really like install a Boss 302 in. My problem is the law. I am in Perth, have you had any trouble with this? As far as I am concerned, the Cortina should have come with a V8 as standard, but the law is the law. Are you able to shed any light on the subject?
I really don't want to get rid of the TC, but I feel I may have no option. If this is the case, you will be seeing a very silly XT Ute on W.A. roads very shortly.
5th Aug 2007, 07:56
In regards to registration on your TC after a V8 transplant.
I live in SA, and you can just about register an old boot with a jet engine in it here, as long as there is 10% tread left on it.
The art of getting the transplant through registration is to go into consultation with your local department, and advise them of what you intend to do; ask them for advice, and if they can forward you any or all information that will be required.
If your modifications fall within the guide lines they have given you, then they can't knock you back.
Make sure that you keep the info, and present it at the time of inspection.
I have a friend that is running a worked 351 in a Datsun Sunny ute that is street legal. (WOW what a ride)
A Cortina is a lot easier. Be it a 4 or a 6 to start with, there is very little structural work "If any" to be done, so I say give it a go. Just remember to keep it all looking clean and tidy. That part is a must.