A lot of the time it’s only the minor things done to a car that make all the difference. The staple diet of almost any vehicle is a healthy amount of lowering to improve road holding abilities as well as the right wheel and tire selection appropriate for the vehicle.
Someone who has got that bang on is a friend of mine from the Otago region of New Zealand, his name is Josh and this Mark I Cortina wagon belongs to him;
Paint left as found, lowered to a point of ridiculousness, paired with some wide steel wheels. As those who can’t pronounce things properly would say… “Poifekt!” Of course, Josh didn’t buy the wagon in such form (though not far from it) it came to him looking far more standard though still well used…
As you can see, it didn’t really need much done if you like that patina look. Which Josh most certainly does. He has done the regular treatments on it as well as a few other bits and bobs to make sure it’s not an eyesore or isn’t about to die a horrible death.
Damage to the left hand rear quarter has been fixed rust along with many interior and exterior fix-ups that are a breeze when you’re a talented panel man such as Josh is.
If you’re keen to see a few more pictures of it, you can do so by checking out his build thread on oldschool.co.nz. Here’s a few videos for the road;