|Buyers Guide - What to look out for
Like most Ford's, rust is the biggest enemy to Cortina's. The lack of spray guards and
inadequate rust protection (even paint in some areas!) doesn't help matters. Cars which were
Waxoiled or Zieberted from new tend to fair a lot better.
Not really a huge problem area. Stone chipping can cause this area to pepper. Rust often creeps
between the front wing and valence seam
Front Jacking Points
Common area - most will have been welded here or need it unless you find an exceptional example.
Start corroding in the door shuts so lift the door seals. Also check the inner
panel around the seat belt mountings.
These generally don't rust too badly. If the drain holes clog up bottoms will rot out.
Moisture can collect behind the side moldings and top trim sections (GL & up models).
Rear Jacking Point
Another common area for them to go. The floor raises at the final 8" of the sill around the rear
jacking point. Will crumble if someone attempts to jack the car and the back of the sill
disintegrates. Visable rust means there will probably be a good amount more unseen in the sill.
Usual old Ford area, which is easily spotted from the outside or by running your hand behind the lip.
The seam between the arch and the body is suseptable to rust, which can be seen when the rear doors are opened.
Rear Lower Quarter
Mud collects behind the rear wheel and leads to bubbling.
My thanks go to the following people for supply some of the images used here.
Smiler for the front valance and rear jacking points
FunkyFordCortina from the Kenet forums for the sills
Tim for the bulkhead rust pictures
If I have mistakenly used any pictures without your prior permission please let me know and I will remove them.
Rusts between the seams but is more likely to be a victim of parking dings.
Very bad area especially around the filler neck. The chassis rails below are NOT painted so
have no rust protection! Water also collects in spare wheel tub causing the boot floor to fall out.
More hassle than it's worth! The sunroof itself
goes crusty around the edges between the seal. Water also gets trapped before getting down the drain holes as
there is a lip of 0.5cm. The mechanism needs to be kept well oiled to stop seizing up.
The drainage channels that lead from the sunroof can cause problems if they become clogged up.
They should exit to the road and not the chassis rails, which rot out
as a consequence. Either that or they clog higher up and leak water down onto the floor.
Perished window rubbers cause the scuttle to rust and can lead to damp floors. This will be
visable around the corner of the windscreen.
Both front and rear screens suffer from this problem.
A lack of plastic guards mean mud and water collect in the top rear corners. This causes rotting on the top
face and wing top rails.
Front Wings/Inner Flitch
The wings bolt on and aren't the main problem. The panels
behind are. Check the inner flitch, especially the bonnet hinges as these are tricky to access.
The seam between the tray and the inner wing rots out helping to corrode the inner wing.
Rust occurs especially on the passenger side below the battery. Water combined with
battery leaks mean the bulkhead to floor seams rot. Look out for wet carpets.
Part 2 - Interior >