Rust problem areas

Problem areas on Cortina MK1’s

When looking at purchasing a MK1 Cortina, there are some common areas on the car where you should look for rust. It depends if it’s been garaged/dry stored, but generally cars located in coastal areas are going to be more prone to rust than those located inland.

Here are a few of the more common areas to look for:

Door corners
Inner and outer sills
Spare wheel well
Fuel tank well edges
Rear dog legs
Front floors
Leading edge of bonnet
Bottom of ‘A’ pillars

We have noticed that rust in unrestored cars is much worse than the cars we were looking at even 5-10 years ago and as they age, there are going to be more common points of rust.  But don’t worry, all can be repaired with time and patience. We are lucky here in Australia as we don’t get rust like in the UK.  A light summer restoration would replace inner guards, guards (wings); chassis components and strut top areas, so we get away with things that make the poms envious.  Fortunately, it also means rust repair sections are easy to come by if you have deep enough pockets to import from the UK.

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How we rate rust

We have put a rating on what we consider to be typical, minor to bad rust.

Minor = Appearance of small bubbles. No holes, paint still covering the area. This is typical to what you will find in any unrestored Cortina MK1.  Very repairable even by a novice with some steel replacement or creative use of body filler.

Bad = Larger areas of bubbling – some holes through the steel. Rusty color staining through the paint. Surface very thin and weak.  Steel replacement a must, probably for the slightly more advanced or confident back yarder.

Real bad = Large holes in surface area red rusty thin perforated surface. Places where no steel exists anymore. Probably would want to be a special car to consider fixing.  Major steel areas or replacement panels required – best left to a professional or someone very experienced with extensive restorations.  Not just bad; ‘real bad’.
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