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    Sky G
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    Hello –

    I’m in the Monterey Bay area in CA, I currently have a modern RV (Itasca Viva) but I’m looking to swap it out for a project, and I’m thinking the Cortez is just the ticket. I have a host of general questions, as I’m in planning/looking phase right now.

    1. I’ve seen mention of a Yahoo group, but I can’t seem to find it. Does it still exist? Link?

    2. I want a manual, and a decent amount of power – so what I’m thinking what would be best is to find a 69-71, and do some light modification to the motor. I’m thinking of converting it to a throttle body injector and electronic ignition, just to get it a little more modern. I’m not going to go overboard, because that will probably just stress the trans and the cooling system. That seems to be the best course of action, vs taking a pre 69 slant 6 and upgrading it, correct?

    3. On the subject of the trans – if it ever has to be rebuilt…..what’s the deal?

    4. Brakes – might be nice to upgrade the fronts to discs – has anyone done this? Is there anything relatively off the shelf that works? I’ve seen mention of this, but haven’t been able to find any concrete information.

    Obviously, the key consideration is to find a chassis/body with a minimum of rust, as I’ll be stripping it down and repainting it. I also plan on taking out the entire interior and upgrading many of the systems, but that kind of stuff is much more in my wheelhouse.

    -Sky

    #670
    Jess Bressi
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    1. The URL to the Yahoo site is: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/cortezmotorhomes/info

    2. Cortez stopped making sticks in 69. Few if any were made in 70. 71’s on were autos with Olds big blocks and turbo 425 trannies.

    3. I don’t know anyone with new parts for rebuilding Clark transaxles so you need to scavenge from old ones.

    4. California Cortez/Gary out of Bakersfield had the last disc brake adapters around that I know of for Clarks but is out of business. Maybe Moose Menke has the rights. They were designed by a guy, Charlie Hill, who was a great Cortezzer but passed away in the late 90’s. Dave Munday acquired the rights but he has passed away as well. Cali Cortez obtained them from Munday but is no longer in business. Some of us in the So Cal Cortez Viajeros club are looking at having an adapter made to run modern calipers based on the Kent factory Hurst/Airheart brake system Cortez used on Kents.

    I know of a nearly rust free Clark with a Chrysler V-8 that is for sale in LA if you are interested.

    Jess

    Jess Bressi, OC CA
    1974 Side Bath/Rear Bedroom
    19.5" Rims/front disc brakes/3.71 Final drive
    Keep on Cortezz'n

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