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Project Capri. Blue is the colour! Underside pics 16 May 18. pg.26.

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#751 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:30 PM

Well what a frigging awful night that was!
Went out to start work at about 21:30 didn’t get back until 06:00! Awful job in an awful place at an unholy time! Glad it’s done, glad I’ve got my overtime but I’m absolutely knackered.

The day became much more pleasurable this afternoon though as I got to see my work of art!
It’s close to being done now, really close. Just the last odd bits.

I got down there and the cars up on the ramp having the gearbox X member fettled. Made getting beauty pics a bit difficult. However instead I’ve managed to get a few naughty pics of the Capri’s nether regions which might actually be a bit more interesting as it’s something you won’t often see. And I guarantee you won’t see a Capri’s undercarriage quite as clean and fresh as this one!


Firstly is the engine sitting in it’s beautiful blue bay. The pics a bit dark unfortunately but it looks bloody brilliant!
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Going up...
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Underside of the engine and gearbox area. With all the front lower suspension bits, X member etc.
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View of the underside from the back axle.
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It looks absolutely stunning underneath!
The finish is exactly how I wanted it done, very very close to a factory finish, but with better protection.
I think the blue paintwork against the satin black of the running gear looks superb too, really smart and professional.

There’s a few odd finishing bits to be done. Mainly the refitting of the D window external trims now I’ve seen it and ok’d how they fit. Basically it is just as I remember it, with the slight gap between glass and trim. I think things like this are a bit of a hangover to the cars pedigree! It is ‘just’ a Ford so in places you need to expect a bit of half arsed-ness on the original finish with some things and this gap is one of those I think. Instead of filling the gap with a seal or something they’ve simply ignored it on the non opening window cars and left it.
We’ve had a look at it and decided to use some strips of rubber seal off cuts, which conveniently fit exactly in the gap, these will be glued to the back of the window trim and when fitted should fill and seal the unsightly gap. I think this is a much better finish than leaving it tbh.
Other than that there’s a few nuts and bolts that need a dab of paint now they’re tight and on the car, the rear spring U bolts need trimming as the excess threaded sections are rather long! Possibly intended for cars with lowering blocks fitted but of course mine doesn’t so there’s a lot of excess thread sticking down. Just odd bits and bobs really.

I can’t wait to get it back home now.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:35 PM

Have they fitted the wiring loom yet, or is that for you to do?

Cos I reckon it's past due- judging by that build.

Does look good, Dan.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:14 PM

Have they fitted the wiring loom yet, or is that for you to do?
Cos I reckon it's past due- judging by that build.
Does look good, Dan.


That’s still in a box at home. I think the loom on these is actually two or three looms that join together with big old connections. It’s a bit grubby and most of the old loom tape is old and crispy so at the very least it’ll need cleaning, checking and re-taping.
I need to get it out and stretch it right out on a flat clean floor somewhere really and decide what to do with it, repair and reuse or just replace it.
Everything seemed ok electrically before it came off the road though it will need a few new connectors to replace some shitty old ones etc.
That’s most likely going to be one of the first things to go back into the shell once it’s home though so I should probably think about having a look at it sooner rather than later.

Cavity waxing will be job number 1... joy!!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:16 PM

Get a new one made up, much easier & safer.

From memory, Autosparks can supply ' off shelf'. Tell them of any extras you want included, and they'll bespoke one.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:20 PM

Thats looking fab Dan.You must be chuffed with it


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

Get a new one made up, much easier & safer.
From memory, Autosparks can supply ' off shelf'. Tell them of any extras you want included, and they'll bespoke one.


I might do just that tbh. Wiring of that age is most likely gone hard and brittle after this long. Plus whatever damage I find after stripping back the old tape.

Is Autosparks the name of the company?


Thats looking fab Dan.You must be chuffed with it


Ta! I couldn’t be more pleased tbh!

I won’t say anything, unless anyone really really wants to know, but the final bill for this is definitely most agreeable too!
I can’t recommend these guys highly enough. The works top notch and they’re a great bunch of guys too! Normal down to earth and realistic. Just what you want really.
If anyone needs any similar work doing I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:03 PM

What fantastic progress Dan!

 

Plenty to be happy about now at last  :bouncesmile:

 

So pleased to see it all working out for the better.

 

Looks absolutely stunning!

 

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:07 PM

Love this, its stunning. Looks just like my 75 underneath  :-P  :shock:  :mrgreen:


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:13 PM

Sending virtual pints Dan, This is amazing, remarkable stuff   :grinning-smiley-043:


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:17 PM

Love this, its stunning. Looks just like my 75 underneath  :-P  :shock:  :mrgreen:


Trick is going to be trying to keep it looking like that now!
We were looking at (and caressing!) the inner wings and under bonnet areas when I took the pics! The paint in the bay is just as good as the outside bodywork, it’s gorgeous but it now means cleaning and polishing the engine and engine bay will be necessary from now on.

Dear god, what have I become!
I’ll be sitting next to it on a deckchair in a field with a knotted hanky on my head before long!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:22 PM

Looks fantastic. Go nuts with those Bilt Hamber products though - it’ll be doing its damndest to grow ginger bits when you’re not looking!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:23 PM

Looks excellent Dan, it'll almost be a shame to drive it & it get dirty!


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:50 PM

Oh, I forgot. Another thing yet to be fitted are the new front inner wing splash shields.

I forgot I even had those until they came up today.
They’re not OE, these cars never had anything from new so all the mud, water and shite got flung off the front wheels straight up onto the A post and inner wing/sill end area rusting it to buggery.
They should stop the worst of it at least. All they are is a shaped steel panel with a rubber seal against the inside of the outer wing and just bolt on. Not factory but a worthy mod I’d say!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:33 PM

Looking good.  Splash shields should stop the worst of the mud and moisture getting stuck on the bulge at the base of the A post.  I think they were only fitted to 2.8i Capri's but I could be wrong.

 

As far as wiring goes you don't have much choice...

 

The loom on these is not currently available new due to the unique rubberised connectors used at the time.  Same applies to Escort, Cortina and Granada.  I've overhauled a few of these and provided you replace damaged sections, clean all the connectors and replace any bad spades or eyelits you shouldn't have any trouble.   Its in two parts with a joint through the bulkhead via a red and black/grey rubber multi pin connector.  Another two grey connectors attach to the base of the fuse box inside the car.  

 

Reconnecting them properly is a bastard, get somebody to help if you can. 

 

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Fitting up the engine bay will present a bit more of a challenge now the engine is in but you should be fine.  

 

I'll leave these here in case you need reference photos.  Its a Mk3 but things like brake line and loom routing should be very similar for a Mk2 as is basically the same shell.  I have more photos if you need them.

 

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Enjoy the build!


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:37 PM

Oh I forgot.  Ford hid the gap between the rear windows and trim by painting that area black so you didn't notice.    


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:53 PM

Superb, Dan.   It really doesn't seem 5 minutes ago that I saw this in guide coats!   I can second the recommendation of the bodyshop - they are getting my Minor in a few weeks time.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:58 PM

That looks magic, a job done right!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:58 PM

Oh I forgot.  Ford hid the gap between the rear windows and trim by painting that area black so you didn't notice.


Those pics should come in handy Rich, cheers for that.

That would make sense if they painted that pillar black. When the car was bronze and silver/blue before that I can’t say I noticed that gap at all. It was there but didn’t stand out so you didn’t really notice. Now the cars in quite a vibrant blue you can see it very easily from certain angles!

I’m looking forward to getting it home and getting stuck into it for the rebuild. There’s going to be a lot of new stuff to buy though. New fuel piping, brake lines, screws and fixings, there’s all sorts of bits you need but don’t think about until this stage. I’ll be getting the various bits chromed at some point too, bumpers, wheel nuts etc etc. Then the interior wants retrimming which I’ve already started enquiries for... apparently full interior retrims are not cheap!
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:09 PM

That colour is Sooooo Lush Dan :wub:

Thats the thing with paint though,you do the paint then you have to do everything because the paint then makes ok stuff look not as good :-(

But it will be Amazebobs when its finished!

You have had that car soo long its part of you and deserves all the lovin your giving it :mrgreen:

Mine is away at the mo, I need the break to be honest but that said im missing the little shit already!

You will be glad to get yours back but yours well its just Lushtastic whereas mines just Shite :rolleyes:

Related but as the Meercats said

Two Very Different Things............................................

 


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