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02 November 2014 - 02:48 PM

Hi, I recently bought a MK3 Cortina (1973) which has been fitted with a 3.1 L essex V6. Although the tachometer works it is showing the wrong revs ( ie about 300 revs at idle ) I think this is because the tachometer was originally for a 4 cylinder engine.


Do anyone know if this can be sorted by a switch setting on the back of the Tach or if not what I can do to fix it. ( I havent got round to removing the instrument panel yet ).


Cheers, John

Essex V6

13 October 2014 - 10:05 PM



I have just bought a MK 3 cortina fitted with the Essex V6 bored out to 3.1 lts. The bodywork is excellent but the engine runs like a bag of nails. The plugs, cap, rotor arm and leads have been renewed. Before I strip down the twin choke Weber I want to check the timing is spot on and here lies the problem.


When trying to use the strobe light, which is about 20 years old now, i cannot see any notch on the pulley next to the  W mark although the strobe is pulsing light. Maybe the timing is way off or the firing order is wrong.  Im sure the correct order is  1  4  2  5  3  6   but im not sure of how each cylinder is numbered.


I think it should be        FRONT      1    2   3

                                                        4    5   6


but checking online some diagrams  show the order  as           FRONT     1   2   3

                                                                                                                     6   5   4


Also the car has electronic ignition and not points so I dont think I can check the timing static.


Can anyone give me any ideas on this. Thanks in advance, John.



6 Disc Cd Player Faulty

20 September 2014 - 03:48 PM


 I have a 1999 1.2 Fiesta fitted with the 6 disc ford radio unit. Recently  the 4th disc refused to play, all that could be heard was a whirring sound. It was not possible to eject any discs. I then removed the unit and took off the cover. After removing a few screws I was able to remove the plastic disc holders and extract all the CD s. I then reassembled the unit and tried to play the discs. Now , only disc 1 would play. I then repeated above to remove the discs.


The car is not worth a new CD player. Do anyone know the proper procedure to check, and reassemble the disc holders or have any ideas what could be wrong.


Thanks,  John