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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

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 04:46 PM

Fucking aces, it’s bloody well done!!


Just had an email from the guys doing the work and they’re about finished. I’ve just got to sort the invoice out and pay the last bit then they’re going to deliver the car to me on a flatbed transporter truck. Saves me pissing about hiring a trailer.
Two years and three months since it left here! Lots of unpleasant bollocks along the way but it’s now done and coming back home again so it’s worked out well in the end.
I need to empty the garage now and make some room for it... there’s shit everywhere at the moment!

I can’t wait to get it back!!
Pics and updates in due course.


Once it’s back and I’m sorted I’ll run through it all and do a proper write up of what’s what. I can do costs aswell if anyone’s bothered about that? Might help if anyone’s considering doing similar!
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:06 PM

That's great news Dan.
Will be a boost working on it over the summer, just taking your time to get things right.

Did you finish the Mk2 Transit?
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:21 PM

I would love to have a car from my past, that I really had a connection with, delivered to my drive in fresh paint, awaiting a rebuild, at my leisure.

It may not have felt like it at times and I'm well aware you have paid, handsomely, for this privilege but I wish I were you right now man!
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:25 PM

That's great news Dan.
Will be a boost working on it over the summer, just taking your time to get things right.
Did you finish the Mk2 Transit?


Yeah I can’t wait to have it home and get into the refit of everything. Plus, when it’s here that also means it’s not somewhere else hemorrhaging money left right and centre!

The Transit is just about done. The logbook now reads ‘motor caravan’ so the hard works over. Just got a few odd finishing bits to do. It’s usable now though.
I might try to get it out to the New Forrest soon, just for a weekend or something to see how well it works. It’s local so if anything is a problem I’m only a few miles away from home.

I’ve also got in touch with a trimmer about total retrim of the Capri interior!
Have to see what he says but it’s in hand.
I’ve got two complete interiors to play with, one poor one pretty good. I’m going to try not to use the decent brown interior though... it’s still nice and still original so I don’t want to chop it about really unless I have to. Someone else might be able to use it.
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:34 PM

I would love to have a car from my past, that I really had a connection with, delivered to my drive in fresh paint, awaiting a rebuild, at my leisure.
It may not have felt like it at times and I'm well aware you have paid, handsomely, for this privilege but I wish I were you right now man!


Cheers.
I’ve been pretty shitty recently but this is a great pick up!
I’m so glad I persevered with it now. I was going to just give up and get rid when it all went wrong but that would have been the worst thing to do really. The money invested would have been hard to walk from but I value this car much much more than money. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that and earn the money back again but I couldn’t have ever replaced this car.
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:07 PM

Excellent news! Absolutely can’t wait for pictures of this arriving home - although nothing compared with how excited you must be.
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 10:32 AM

Brilliant news. Love this, can wait to see it finished.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:13 PM

Its coming up to three weeks since mine was home,dont know how you have coped Dan! Excellent News!

Bt you cant wait to get your hands on it again ;)


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:46 PM

 

I really like that shade of blue.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:27 PM

Its coming up to three weeks since mine was home,dont know how you have coped Dan! Excellent News!
Bt you cant wait to get your hands on it again ;)


I know! I’ve had this car for my entire adult life, almost the second I left school I bought it! It’s never been away from me for that long until this time. The drive still looks like something is missing, that familiar Capri shape.
And yes, I can’t wait to get my paws on it again!
There’s still a long way to go before I can drive it again but just to have it back home again will be good enough for now.


I really like that shade of blue.


Thanks. I love Miami blue. It’s such a lovely vibrant colour but not too ‘in your face’ or vulgar. Suits 70’s cars I think. Although it’s a Ford colour from the Capri paint pallet for 74 I think it’s a nice enough colour for anything tbh. It wouldn’t look out of place on any other car I don’t think.



Anyway, bill has just been paid by online banking. Transport is being arranged so hopefully it’ll be home soon.
Once it’s back I’ll have it on the drive so I’ll get some photos of it in daylight, get them on here. Fingers crossed it’ll be a nice day!
Then it’ll be wrapped up snug in its purpose built garage ready for rebuilding.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 02:48 PM

While I’m waiting for the car to be delivered I’ve been contemplating the next big item in need of some attention, the interior.

I’ve got two complete interiors for this.
The cars original and now very fucked black one and a much better though not perfect brown one.
The brown one is pretty nice really. The only seat with damage is a split seam and worn through section on the drivers seat. Door cards aren’t terrible but have had speakers cut into them unfortunately and are starting to warp and crinkle a bit.

Here’s the brown:

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I would reuse this interior but...
First, it’s not the colour I want! It’s nice enough but I want to put it back to original inside. I know I’ve colour changed the outside but I really like the black and think it’d look better with the blue paint.
Second, the brown interior is full vinyl. No big deal but in summer it can get seriously hot and makes your back sweaty! The cloth centres in the black seats stop this happening.

Now the cars original black interior.

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As you can see the black one is in a bad bad way!

I’m discussing a full interior retrim with a local trimmer but I’m in two minds what to do for the best.
If I’m going to do the full retrim, then in theory it makes no difference if the black one is fucked as all the foam and covers etc etc will be replaced anyway.
But on the other hand the brown interior is miles better so might be better to start with instead?
But, the brown interior is still all original and still pretty nice. I don’t want to cut it up and replace it if I can help it! It’d be a shame in my opinion. Even if I don’t use it someone else might?
I’ve sent some photos of what I have to the trimmers and see what they think.

Either way though these interiors aren’t particularly easy to come by anymore, especially in any sort of decent condition. And to make things worse there’s lots of colours and variations in style too so getting a match won’t be easy. The only real option is to retrim them all together if you want a top notch interior, which I now have got to do! Anything less wouldn’t do the car justice!
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