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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:36 am

Good explanation, Kev.

As for S/130 cars, they don't use the earlier system of black plastic buckets pop-riveted onto the lower valance fiberglass. Presumably the factory felt these plastic buckets were not capable of supporting the weight of the square 8 lamps so needed a (pretty heavy) metal bracket. The S/130 cars have a one piece valance with molded in fog/driving lamp buckets, and I guess the glass is sufficient to support the lamps (along with large washers).

Nice. Thanks for that info on the S/130s . . . :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:56 am

Could someone indicate an image of an original "lipped" rear bumper, so I will be able to tell the difference? (I assume the lip is underneath?)

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:30 am

Not a replacement rear bumper but what the b'stard chromers did to the lip...

standard-and-ground-bumper.jpg and


standard-and-ground-bumper2.jpg and




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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:34 pm

I've heard this before about losing the lip at the chromers. Why does this happen? Do they take a grinder to them before they chrome them or something? I'm getting my bumpers re-chromed next month and I'm a little concerned.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:21 pm

They have to remove " things " back to the metal....the "polisher " was a little heavy handed ...when I got it back it weighed considerably less and was " floppy " my heart sank as my anger rose.

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:54 pm

In order to get some experience I went to Paul Matty today to have a look at this :-

http://www.paulmattysportscars.co.uk/sh ... px?id=3897

It was a bit of a shock at first but mostly went well. It even got approved by Mrs R, which is always a plus!
It ticked a lot of boxes.

Only major problem was / is a very heavy clutch along with, what I considered, was stiff and sticky gear change.
Hardly what I had expected from the much vaunted 2000E. I've driven other cars with the same box without a problem.

So i'm wondering if the 2 issues are linked. When the engine and box were rebuilt I would think it likely that the clutch was renewed as a matter of course. Could it be wrong / a heavy competition unit / not freeing properly.
Maybe I was partly to blame for not shoving it right to the floor?

No matter. It was good experience, confirmed that a +2 is the way to go, and that it should preferable be a later S type.

The search begins in ernest. (Or Bromsgrove in this case!)

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As an aside, I was a student Engineer at FoMoCo in the late 60's, drove scores of new Fords, and the Corsair 2000E was a firm favourite. Much nicer that the flimsy Cortina and immeasurably preferable to that obese, flabby lump the Zephyr / Zodiac Mark IV.
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