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Ford Cortinas - and Getting Them to the States

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The Salford Jets – Gina

A pleasant little ditty – but this video has more than just Mr. Sweeney and boys – it is actually a wonderful little documentary!

Mike Sweeney

© Men and Motors – One Media iP 2016. Originally aired on Men and Motors TV channel in 2003

Some Detail on Cargo Insurance

International shipping, with the various options for transport as well as multiple passes through customs agencies, takes careful planning and a measure of trust. However even when the most prudent and comprehensive arrangements have been made there is no absolute guarantee that your cargo will arrive undamaged or even at all.

Please consult a cargo insurance specialist and do not consider this blog post as legal advice.

As they say – that is what insurance is for. Loss or damage can occur while the ship is in port, while the goods are in transit to the warehouse, or even while at the warehouse itself as well as while in transit on the ship. Insurance is big business and there are many types of policies and options available. There are a number of risks involved, such as fire, but you will want to make sure the policy you purchase covers the risks appropriate to your chosen transport method. Additionally as with most insurance types there are exclusions – certain conditions or events where the policy becomes basically inapplicable. You should think about these and be certain you are comfortable with them.

Universal Cargo has prepared a document Cargo Insurance Basics which is available from their blog post here.

Briefly – Roy Brown Jr., Car Designer

Designing and engineering vehicles for Ford in the States, Mr. Brown had been transferred to Ford’s British arm from Dearborn shortly after designing the Edsel. Yes, Roy Brown Jr. designed the Mk 1 Cortina – then moved back to the States where he eventually spent just shy of 40 years in retirement. There is a ton more to this story – from the life and times of an automotive designer in 1950s America to the drama around the fall of the Edsel to the artistic resurgence in England and the success there. What a phenomenal career. From a design perspective the Edsel was a triumph – from a marketing perspective the Cortina was as well.

1958 Edsel Pacer 2-Door hardtop © Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden. Licensed under Creative Commons Licence 3.0.

There certainly is a radical difference in design language used between the Edsel and the Cortina – but if you look at the other cars Mr. Brown designed it is clear he was versatile with form and function. It seems he drove an Edsel late in life; I wonder if he had a Cortina.

Briefly – The Ford Kent Engine

Born with the Anglia 105E in 1959, the 997cc Ford Kent engine (using contemporary designations) was an overhead-valve (OHV) inline 4-cylinder – with 2 valves per cylinder and 3 main bearings – cast in iron. Originally the cylinder head was fitted with both the intake and exhaust manifolds on the same side (intake and exhaust ports next to each other), which was declining in use at the time, however is important to the classification of the Kent engine. Kent is the name of an English county across the river Thames from the Ford Dagenham plant (east of London) where many Cortinas were built. This first “Kent” was utilized in 5 different Ford models (39-78 bhp) as well as in a few specialty vehicles; even in it’s initial guise the Kent provided an excellent base for motorsports applications.

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After a redesign of the engine in 1967, which placed the intake and exhaust ports on opposite sides of the head, the Kent became alternatively known as the Ford Crossflow. The Crossflow also offered a sturdier block with 5 main bearings which delighted the racing teams who expanded their competition engine programmes with much success. This engine lived on for many years in both production and motorsports and as of 2016 the Kent block was still being manufactured by Ford for speciality applications.

So the Cortina was powered initially by the pre-Crossflow Kent or in the case of the Lotus Cortina the pre-Crossflow block, modified and transformed into the Lotus Twincam engine. The Mark 2 then debuted the Crossflow but also offered the pre-Crossflow Kent as well as the Lotus Twincam. When the Mark 3 debuted the pre-Crossflow was no longer available however the Pinto single overhead-cam (SOHC) engine appeared alongside the Crossflow. The Ford Crossflow (aka Ford Kent) engine was available in the Cortina for the remainder of its production.

What Wikipedia Says

From time to time we go back and take a look at the Cortina article on wikipedia. When we notice any changes we will post and discuss – ya know – just for fun!

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