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  • Steve.B
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    I remember many times when I seriously thought about putting a capri 2.8 lump into my cortina, coupled up to a 5 speed gearbox. Sadly i never got around to doing it, though thinking about it it was probably for the best that i didn't. The 2 litre could get 'tail happy' in the wet on roundabouts, so like you say, a 2.8 or 3 litre could have been a bit of nightmare! (Plus of course i would have been changing those darn void bushes every other week!).

    Anyway, out of the later cars i have owned, my beloved 'Mitsi' Galant was my favourite. A real pleasure to drive, and i just loved the 'mean' looking face it had. Sadly i had to sell it last year when my right foot decided it could not push pedals anymore. I was sad to see her go, but pointless keeping her whn i could not drive her.



    So I had to make a hurried purchase from ebay, something i could drive still, namely an automatic. Hence my current car, an auto 2lt Mondeo. 12 years old now, but she's only covered 81k miles, so plenty of life in her yet. Took a bit of getting used to though - driving with my left foot! First couple of brake applications nearly sent me through the windscreen But now it's like i have been driving like this all my life.
    At the moment im saving to buy another second hand Galant, an automatic version though.

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  • SaintsFCFan
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    Absolutely agree with you on that Steve, very solid car I found. I liked it better than my Granada 2.0L. Certainly better on feul. Unlike my Granada 2.8L, around town I couldn't get any better than 16 to the gallon. But then again the car was on it's last legs by then, and was falling apart.
    I would have had a Ford Capri 3.0L S, but my thoughts changed after driving my friends in the wet..... bloooming terrifying. They just wouldn't grip the road when greasy. Or maybe it was the way my friends 3.0L S was set up. Either way it put me off from buying that particular one!

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  • Steve.B
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    Oh the joy of owning a Cortina Paul, just so easy to work on! I also changed a gearbox on mine years ago. Unbolt the exhaust and push it to one side, unbolt the prop shaft and also push that to one side - then the tricky bit that always involved a couple of cuts on your fingers - turning up all those tabs on the locking ring that you had to do inside the car where the gear lever came up through the floor, then just undo the bolts on the bellhousing, hang starter motor by it's leads (), then wiggle gearbox backwards until it drops onto your chest! Fitting new gearbox a simple reverse procedure! Now try doing the same thing in the same time on a modern front wheel drive car!

    I used to love my old Cortina (Mk3 with the twin headlights), same running gear as the mark 4 and 5. Just so easy to work on, loads of space around the Pinto engine - changing a cambelt in an hour?, no problem, water pump?, no problem, everything was easy to get at. The only bug was the fact i was forever changing the void bushes on the rear axle, I used to knacker them every six months - umm, maybe more down to my driving style back then me thinks!

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  • SaintsFCFan
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    Originally posted by Steve.B View Post
    I must agree with you Ralf, the bumper, indicators, grill and front wings all say MK5 Cortina to me. Paul, have you got your photos mixed up?
    'Er..... quite possible. I did have a Gold coloured Cortina just before my Granada. Only thing is I do remember is changing the gearbox on both cars, and putting in another engine on the Cortina. That is... after blowing it up. Ooops!

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  • pakarang
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    My new, and additional, ride... my newly acquired bike.

    Ghost (made in Germany):



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  • Steve.B
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    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    For me this looks more like a Mark 5 Cortina (1979-1983).
    Is this possible?

    I must agree with you Ralf, the bumper, indicators, grill and front wings all say MK5 Cortina to me. Paul, have you got your photos mixed up?

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  • Sterkoder
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    Your description of yourself reminds me of some guys I worked with when driving a truck. They too was so fed up with the job, but they had diesel in their systems, and one of them tried another job for a few months. He couldn't cope and went back to the driving.
    I belive you will too if you change your job You see, I didn't have it in my vanes, and when my daughter was born, I just had to get off the road....

    In Norway we also have 25,25 meters road train, but we don't have the roads to handle that lengths
    Therefore there are only a handful of 25,25's driving around, mainly along E-6 down in southern Norway over to Sweden.
    They use a truck with a semi and a conventional trailer with a singleaxle trolly behind that. Can you ever imagine how it would be possible to handle something like that on small narrow roads in the mountainous country of Norway...? I don't.

    Good luck in your job anyway and drive safe!!!
    Last edited by Sterkoder; June 27th, 2010, 13:18.

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  • janihudi
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    hallo sterkroder

    we also have a limit of 50 tons voor "normal" trucks.
    the lzv, in englisch lhv: long heavy vehicle ma go to 60 ton and max 25,25meters,they may weight more because the extra lenght they weight more.

    that i load more goes good thil the cops see you then i have a bit of a problem.

    but i agreet to that it is stupid that the driver has to do his load and unloading of the truck.
    and with this driven hours at the end of the week you sleep overday and drive al night.

    it is now sofar that i want to quit to drive,but don"t now what to do.
    but stil i have floating diesel thru my vaenes? insteed of blood.
    even so muth ,that i go to the cityhal to got married (with my wife) in the truck,
    is comon here in holland for truckdrivers.

    i stil like the driving ,but hate the rules of today
    Last edited by janihudi; August 28th, 2009, 21:54.

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  • Sterkoder
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    And to be correct..., it's 580 kilometers, which is 58 norwegian miles. But thank you for your claryfing...., I belive we needed it, so many different ways of measuring distances we have...

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    Thanks Ombugge---not that I wasn't confused before, moving between metric and 'English'--now I have to deal with Norwegian Miles......

    But I had thought....60 miles...must be a typo....

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  • ombugge
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    Sterkoder wrote: "between Oslo and Kristiansund...., up and down..., up and down, up and down..., the same 60 miles every other day".

    For the non-Norwegians here on CV; A Norwegian "Mile" = 10 Km., not a statute mile (1,632 m.) That gives it another perspective.

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  • Sterkoder
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    My ride(s) can be seen elsewhere, but I just want to post what was my job-ride for about 11 years ago...., when I as 'janihudi' was a road train driver...
    I see 'janihudi' drives a DAF semi, but I drove a Scania 580 and a Volvo FH12 between Oslo and Kristiansund...., up and down..., up and down, up and down..., the same 60 miles every other day. This was clearly not for me. The rules of work and rest here in Norway are a joke, as the driver load and unload in the daytime and drive at night. Who's going to do the job otherwise...? In between all that, there might be some hours of sleep, but who's able to sleep when the Government tells you to....?




    I know I posted these in the old forum, but since 'janihudi' is new here, and he show us his job ride...., I just thought it would be ok to do this posting

    I see you haul ±60-65 tons. Here in Norway we have a limit of 50 tons. 52 if the road train is 22 meters, (If I remember correct).
    Last edited by Sterkoder; August 27th, 2009, 22:09.

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  • janihudi
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    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    I think the last image, the winter shot, is superb!

    Love the ambience of the winter and the look of your big rig!
    that picture was taken the second easternday,that fall early in 2008, last of march,but yes technical stil in winter.

    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    How many horsepowers do you have at your disposal?
    just 430,not that many for the work i do.

    mostly arount ±60/65 tons,but fortunately, holland is a flat country,
    so i manage it.
    and when i am in germany,belgium or luxembourg then we don't drive with so heavy containers.

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  • pakarang
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    I think the last image, the winter shot, is superb!

    Love the ambience of the winter and the look of your big rig!

    How many horsepowers do you have at your disposal?

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  • janihudi
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    my weekly ride,day after day after day after day.





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