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  1. 1st Motion in Letchworth did mine. Cant give you an exact price for normal reconditioning, as I had a long first gear set fitted and a heavy duty layshaft bearing conversion as well. Thats was over a grand. Cant fault the work though.
  2. As i understand it the RX box top/6th gear isn't that much different to the 5th on a type 9 either. All you are gaining is a (currently cheaper) stronger box with an extra gear in between. Dunno exactly what diff /engine combo you are running, but I run a T9 in my Zetec Corsair with a 3.7 diff and I can sit at 70 /80 all day long and still get between 35/40 to the gallon and it doesn't sound busy at all, I dont think anyway.
  3. You must have HID for sure because the normal Mazda 6 estate 2009 I had until recently it was like it had cataracts. Common problem which the manufacturer refused to deal with along with several other known faults. So i splashed out on some PIAA bulbs, bloomin expensive but improved the original poor lighting on that. I recently sold my Mazda as another issue with that of the power steering getting a mind of its own. Again another dangerous common fault the makers didn't want to admit too...but thats for another forum. Just recently I've bought some rather "jolly bright" bulbs for my Corsair, not been out at night as yet but they do appear much brighter than the original H4 halogen. I've recently seen one or two Classic Fords with the expensive 7" LED lamps, but tbh they really do look out of place on a classic. I'd just try different bulbs- the various bright white versions, or PIAA that sort of thing or as already mentioned the cough cough illegal wattage ones.
  4. Just fit one of those period spotlights on the rear like the rally boys did. I used to use my Anglia Van as a daily and it never had any reversing light on it. But i had so many near misses with people walking behind the van, even though it was moving mind, they used to shout out your reversing light aint working!! I did reply to one doris once with like your friggin eyesight. She wasn't impressed. I fitted a small period Lucas light in the end, I'd already fitted a 2000e box so fitting the switch wasn't an issue.
  5. Idiot/telltale light on the dashboard. I forgot to mention bit irrelevant now but some, but not all, very early mk2 before they went to single rail may also had reverse light hole too.
  6. Stock MK1 Cortinas with the 3 rail GB didn't have a switch hole unfortunately, so you will have to rig up either a manual switch/micro switch somehow. The only 3 rail boxes that had switch holes were the 2000e Corsair and I think some 3 rail Mexico's had them, but obviously quite rare. It is possible to modify the box to take one, but its a box out and take apart job. Have done it once but it was coming out anyway.
  7. Not put you off have I ?? sorry if i have.
  8. Yes check body work very carefully. Panels are scarce especially the front panel, wings and rear valance. These two in attached pic are mine. The blue one all the panels i got from Ireland at the time. I couldn't find a thing here in the UK apart from one sill. Some I got from Expressed- again expensive. The green one I've just bought some lower panels for too as this one is a rolling resto. Mechanically more or less identical to the Mk1 Cortina with a few subtle differences. As for value, they are on the up and decent ones are starting to fetch strong money. I would expect to pay at least 4k for for the one in OP pic, but like the others spotted, there does appear to be something going on with the drivers door bottom and the sill below it so check that out carefully. Not sure what is going on with the front left strut top cap cover either, is that starting to push through? cant quite make it out. Check inner wing strut areas very carefully. Check boot lid bottom edge too, hard to find decent boot lids. Another important area is the fuel tank. Prone to rotting out at the top where the boot mat sits, as water gets in the boot is soaked up by the mat and just rots the top out.
  9. Unless it was registered before 1st Jan 1968.
  10. Kenbex522

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    Back on topic, A lot of the records were removed in the late 80's early 90's, ie untaxed reported scrap vehicles etc because their rubbish computer system of the time couldn't cope. So to free up space a lot of records were transferred to microfiche at central base Swansea. I know this because my missus worked in a DVLA local office until they closed. Sometimes it would take weeks to get info from them in these situations. I wouldn't imagine the process has speeded up any these days lol.
  11. Kenbex522

    tax

    In the words of the remaining Chuckle Brother...oh dear oh dear... ?
  12. Kenbex522

    tax

    In the words of the remaining Chuckle Brother...oh dear oh dear... ?
  13. Insurance mainly if you stay with the same company. There is no reason to be notifying anyone else. Just make sure everything is done properly with the proper parts and any old redundant holes are welded and cleaned up
  14. I saw on an importers website couple of weeks back that if the car is eligible for no MoT ie 40 years old, it no longer needs an MoT for first registration.
  15. Kenbex522

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    Yes I know all that but the company they use doesn't do them for free do they, thats my point. It costs DVLA for each visit they do. So they only do them where they need to or suspect when something aint right. They're not going to do thousands of visits on hunch of someone ticking box on a website, because even SGS dont have that amount of staff.
  16. Kenbex522

    tax

    I doubt DVLA have enough cash spare to pay for thousands of inspections just through people taxing cars. They don't need to. They just wait for the people to send in applications for log books for cars that have sat in barns for years and then ask for photo evidence, or wait for people to transfer cherished number plates. I'd imagine that keeps them plenty busy.
  17. Kenbex522

    tax

    Well i taxed my 64 Corsair the other week, as it already had an mot it didn't ask me nothing. Quite disappointed really lol You dont half spout some tosh.
  18. Kenbex522

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    What did it ask before then?
  19. On my Corsair which is basically the same as cortina, i originally used a 2.8 spring. You can see in the first pic the pin is in the same place as the old spring. My axle used to sit forward in the arch. I changed them for a mk1 Escort single leaf which sits the axle further back. The pin is in a different position. I still used a 1" lowering block even though the springs were de cambered 2"(3" drop total) but had to change the locating pin diameter as it didn't fit in the lowering block. I also had to use Capri/Escort shackles as the rear bush is much bigger and as said can hit the chassis on full bump.
  20. Well its phases isn't it. Remember the 70's of customised cars? the jack up kits furry interiors etc bloody hideous if you ask me, but that was the rage. 80's was the era of fitting bodykits and wide wheels. 90's was hit by the recession so I don't recall a big scene as much of anything then as I do the previous periods. 2000 onwards has seen the era of 60's retro modifieds, zetecs pintos Vauxhalls red tops finding there way into everything. More recently has seen the transformation into putting huge modern wheels on old 60's cars which personally I think look gash, but its each to their own. Increasingly I'm now seeing high power Jap engines some with turbo's finding there way into 80/90's cars. I blame the Fast and Furious films for all that.
  21. Just told you the gearboxes are the same length. So it dont make any difference.
  22. Pic of my T9 in a Corsair but same floor plan as your Mk1. But it does come down to where the engine is bolted in ie custom or standard install. Mine is bolted to a Zetec, but essentially the tail end of the box is in the same place as the original 1500 box. The type 9 is more or less the same length as the original box anyway.
  23. Here's another my lad didn't get. Going here to find work pre internet....
  24. Imperial spanners. Try getting that one across to my 15 year old lad who wants to be a car mechanic..sorry technician.
  25. Maybe we're fortunate where I live. We have two very good ones nearby. I dont take my number one classic, but I do take number two classic occasionally, the paint is shite anyway. But even on the dailys they do cracking jobs. Both are often packed. For £5 not worth the bother of getting my own cleaning stuff out. Luck of the draw i guess as there are a couple of others in the area I wouldn't bother with for similar reasons the OP posted.
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