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#301 OFFLINE   junkyarddog

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:01 PM

A four branch manifold would look a lot better than that lump of cast iron.

 

Planning on fitting one to mine....some day.

 

IWhen I can be arsed,it's gathering dust in the shed.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:24 PM

I'd say they look better.  Paint it though as the paint they come with burns off after 20 miles.  Found out with this one...

 

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:49 AM

Here's a few recentish pics of the Capri's body.

I've got more but have to be careful about showing too much regards to location etc! These ones are 'safe' as there's not much else to see around the car.

Inside, shows new floors, inner sills, heel boards and the general state from inside. Notice the cage bracing built into the shell to stop it twisting.

35771097826_ea52eec56d_o.jpgIMG_0532 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

35811828105_9640c4d194_o.jpgIMG_0533 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Rear quarter and badly bodged arch. This shows the way the arch was changed years ago. They cut off the original, slapped the new one on top and lap jointed it with bird shit welds onto the remains of the quarter panel. The inner arch bowl is actually cut away and missing where it should be spot welded to the outer arch lip.
All this will be going soon. In its place will be new inner arch bowls and full new rear quarters.

35811822255_ae03c2f176_o.jpgIMG_0534 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Inner front wings and A posts.
Lots done here, the A post panels and door hinge areas are all brand new.
Strut tops are the originals and still good as new.

35811814615_c96e4499c0_o.jpgIMG_0535 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Side view. Check out the superb tow car!!

35642391282_5d64c208c1_o.jpgIMG_0536 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Front end. The old valance has been chopped to give access to the front crossmember, which is all new. Also new are both headlamp bowls.

35771071406_1b19880a75_o.jpgIMG_0538 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Other side, front inner wings etc. Same details as other side.

35422986770_6e74aacc09_o.jpgIMG_0539 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

And other side rear end. Again same details as the other one. You can just see the rust damage on the quarter panel from a previous vinyl roof. Water had gotten in under the vinyl and sat behind it rotting the steel. A non original feature that won't be coming back!

35001604673_7c092f847c_o.jpgIMG_0540 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:54 AM

That looks properly positive now chap:)
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 10:05 AM

That looks properly positive now chap:)


Ta! That's as it was when I took it away from the previous place. The works good but way way overpriced and progress very slow. Should be plain sailing now at the new place though! Lots to do still but the structural stuff is done now.

Anyway, here's a quick comparison!

This is the same place both after repair work...

35422986770_6e74aacc09_o.jpgIMG_0539 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

And before...

35240628190_b986f4f60c_o.jpgIMG_0192 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Looks much better and has the structural integrity it should have too.
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 10:50 AM

Nice! That amount of work is what I'd call normal for an unrestored Capri these days.  The A posts are more complex that they look and take a good deal of effort to sort out.  The rest is a matter of unpicking all the spot welds and replacing with new panel work.  Theres also quite a bit of work getting the new panels to fit if they're aftermarket.  I've no idea what the last place charged you but at least the work you paid for has been done well.  

 

Are the doors ok?  Solid ones are quite difficult to get hold of now.


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 12:19 PM

Nice! That amount of work is what I'd call normal for an unrestored Capri these days.  The A posts are more complex that they look and take a good deal of effort to sort out.  The rest is a matter of unpicking all the spot welds and replacing with new panel work.  Theres also quite a bit of work getting the new panels to fit if they're aftermarket.  I've no idea what the last place charged you but at least the work you paid for has been done well.  
 
Are the doors ok?  Solid ones are quite difficult to get hold of now.


Both door skins are pretty poor, ok though as I've got a new pair, one being nos Ford.
The frames, one is fine just needing a few small repairs. The other is worse but still fixable but I've managed to get hold of a very good used spare so I've given them that to use if they want to, just needs the new skin putting on. If any parts come back unused I'll either keep them as spares or sell them on.
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 12:30 PM

I've cleaned up the ally inlet manifold now too. It spent last night soaking in a bucket of degreaser which got rid of all the gunge and oil.

35644803172_052069fcb5_o.jpgIMG_0541 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

The carb has also had a quick scrub with a toothbrush and degreaser. It wasn't too bad though really.
It's a little baby Weber! From a Weber direct replacement kit to replace the fucked original fomoco carb, it's dated 2002, I remember fitting it on a boiling hot day in August, pissing off the old crone next door to my old house with all the smoke etc when setting it up afterwards!
Yes, I could stick a twin choke Weber on instead but I'm sticking to stock spec or as near as dam it.

35644798962_75ab2000b7_o.jpgIMG_0542 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Here's both parts clean and free of filth.
The manifold had some very old black paint on it in places. I've used a dremmel with mini wire brush attachments to gently scrub it all clean and 'shine' it up a bit. Looks ok I think.
Just needs a new gasket and bolting back on to the engine now.

35004102473_f3f3df405a_o.jpgIMG_0543 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:21 PM

It's getting hot outside again, but I've reassembled the inlet side onto the engine.

35646700562_40b1008639_o.jpgIMG_0544 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

35775300926_cb385254b9_o.jpgIMG_0545 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

All went together ok, also cut some new petrol hose (unleaded ethanol compliant) added a new fuel filter and jubilee clips and connected the pump and carb back together.
Just need to paint the remaining exposed bits of the cylinder head black. That can be done later though, too hot now.
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:28 PM

Hope you thoroughly rinsed out that degreasing tray before you put the chicken in the oven today.
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:33 PM

Hope you thoroughly rinsed out that degreasing tray before you put the chicken in the oven today.


Naa, all adds to the flavour!
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:59 PM

This is fucking epic!! Love threads like this, nut and bolt rebuilds!! Itll be like new, concourse when its done. Just mind and actually finish it, too many times ive gotten drawn into a thread like this on other forums and after all the work the car never gets finished!


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 03:13 PM

Very nice.  A coat of high temp lacquer on the inlet manifold will keep it looking like that for much longer.  Same applies for other bare metal parts like thermostat housings, distributors and alternator brackets.


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 03:59 PM

Looking great dan keep it up, maybe when its done the forums capri' s should have a meet and greet
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 04:11 PM

This is fucking epic!! Love threads like this, nut and bolt rebuilds!! Itll be like new, concourse when its done. Just mind and actually finish it, too many times ive gotten drawn into a thread like this on other forums and after all the work the car never gets finished!


Oh it'll get finished alright! This bastard cars almost ruined me at least twice in my ownership of it and I'm this deep in now so nothing (touch wood!) will fuck this up for me now!! Though I was close to bailing on it the most recent time...

I've done shit loads on this car over the years and had it apart once before for quite a big overhaul not long after I bought it but never gone this far into it. It's great to see it in its most bare basic form, then start to see it come back together again. Just doing the engine has given me a bit of a kick, to see it looking as good as it does now.

It'll be coming home well and truly into its retirement phase though when it's done! No more living outdoors, no more use in the wet, no more use as a daily driver, getting it's very own purpose built garage, never again will it feel the kiss of fucking road salt against its nether regions!!
I really can't wait to see it in paint!
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Looking great dan keep it up, maybe when its done the forums capri' s should have a meet and greet


Now there's a plan!
Who else has a Capri? Obviously you and I, Tamworth has one too and Junkyarddog, anyone else?
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 05:08 PM

This will be such a sweet car when done.

 

Any decisions on colour?


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 07:13 PM

This will be such a sweet car when done.
 
Any decisions on colour?


I reckon you all know already...



Miami!
I was talking about this with the new guy and he thinks it's a very good choice, given the cars age and spec. Plus I've already painted the VIN tag in Miami with lacquer and I love it!
Although I must admit Purple Velvet was a close contender right to the end. Just not sure I could live with it long term?
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:57 AM

Looking great dan keep it up, maybe when its done the forums capri' s should have a meet and greet

Great idea!
Unfortunately it's been over 20 years since I last owned a Cappa and nearly 10 since I last drove one. Given the prices asked now for one worth having I can't see that changing anytime soon.

Fortunately I had my share when they were affordable (and still quite rot-free) in the late 80s and early 90s. Would especially love another 3.0S but should the lotto numbers align then it would be a Mk1 Perana.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 03:23 PM

I'm lucky really as I bought this one for £100 in 2001, taxed and MOT'd! Obviously that was before the prices went mad.
I've been a life long Capri lover though. As a school kid everyone else liked Ferraris or Lamborghinis, Astons that sort of stuff. I wanted a Capri! I was laughed at a lot for that as they were seen as old and unfashionable then but they can all do one! I got this one as soon as I possibly could after leaving school when I was 16, spotted it roadside for sale and went straight to the bank and withdrew my savings to buy it. My dad came with me to actually buy it and he drove it home for me as I didn't even have a licence.
Even then though, this car was not short of problems but none the less I was over the moon with it! I'd done well too as not only did I get the car I wanted but I got an early one in superb 70's spec and look. Exactly what I'd wanted.
Now of course £100 wouldn't get you much of a Capri at all let alone one that's road legal.

It's sad in a way that values have gone the way they have. These cars were always the working mans hero. It's what normal people could have and be proud to own. But now it's not those same people generally that can have one. The vast majority of these cars biggest fans are now priced out of the market with them.
The same is true of Cortina's, Granada's, Escort's and loads of other cars, Ford or other makes. I'm just glad I did manage to get one and had the bloody mindedness to keep it despite what people said at the time.
This particular car has a lot of sentimental value to me too so it's always going to be special to me, beyond what most other people would see it as. Not sure everyone would understand tbh, but some things are more important than money, this car being one of them for me.

Anyway, the work has now begun on the body! So watch this space...
From what I've been told progress should be fairly swift now, obviously unless there's any unforeseen issues but I doubt there will be at this point. Everything that needs to be taken into consideration is now fully visible.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:38 PM

^^ In 1994 I sold a mot'd useble X-reg 2.8i which had some early 80s magazine history for £160. ( £ one hundred and sixty). I posted a little bit about that one in the Street Machine thread a couple of weeks ago and Bunglebus kindly looked out the articles and scanned them for me. Fortunately I saved the scanned pics :-) as the recent Photofuckit carry on ripped that thread to bits. I expect the pics will probably be reposted in a relevant thread at a suitable time.

That particular 2.8i, graphite grey-over-stratos silver, was totally standard and a close brother of the first Tickford 2.8 turbo development car.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 05:06 PM

^^ In 1994 I sold a mot'd useble X-reg 2.8i which had some early 80s magazine history for £160. ( £ one hundred and sixty). I posted a little bit about that one in the Street Machine thread a couple of weeks ago and Bunglebus kindly looked out the articles and scanned them for me. Fortunately I saved the scanned pics :-) as the recent Photofuckit carry on ripped that thread to bits. I expect the pics will probably be reposted in a relevant thread at a suitable time.
That particular 2.8i, graphite grey-over-stratos silver, was totally standard and a close brother of the first Tickford 2.8 turbo development car.


I know where there's a blue over silver X reg 2.8i sitting unused on a driveway near here... looks saveable too. I've had my eye on it for a while but I'm out of space and if I come home with another one I'm dead.

It's surprising really that there's still a few of these cars sat around like that.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:49 PM

Not sure everyone would understand tbh,

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:12 PM

Its a conundrum owning a tired example of a desirable car innit. You know its gonna be worth a handsome amount when restored, but restoring it is gonna cost a handsome amount. At least you're not sinking thousands into something that isn't on the rise and never likely to be worth decent coin. Like a Renner 21 or summat :)
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:14 PM

Or a Rover 213................


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

It's funny really. It's not necessarily the cost of sorting the car out so much. If this Capri was something else, say for arguments sake a Rover 213, and I'd wanted one and had the same long term ownership because I loved the car then it's kind of irrelevant to a point. The owner loves the car/has sentimental attachment blah blah whatever the reason so it's done for the love not what the car might or might not be worth. I'd still do it, put it that way!

What does piss me off and turn me off it though is when someone who your using to do a job on said car takes the piss!
The up side to me doing this car is however that it is a now desirable car. Not that it matters because I'll never be selling it. I suppose it doesn't really matter what the car is if it's done for non financial reasons.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:43 PM

More painting done. It's starting to get boring now!

Most of what's left is little bits, brackets and odds and ends.

35987267435_c9c8f916d6_o.jpgIMG_0546 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

The little tank type thing in this pic is the crankcase breather catch tank. It plugs into a hole in the top of the crankcase and any pressure and oily gas/residue is vented up through it and then back into the engines induction system to be burnt. The tank simply catches any solids or oil before it can clog up the induction system. This has also been sitting immersed in degreaser for ages to clean it out.
This had a rubber hose attached to it which was held on by a really really old and rusty hose clamp. I ended up forcing a screwdriver into it to get it off, which didn't work but it did slip off with my full force pushing on it and sliced the palm of my hand open! Not very nice!
The two U shaped channel sections are the rear leaf spring clamps. They've been blasted and now painted in the same chassis paint as the new springs.

35987262625_89ddba3d40_o.jpgIMG_0547 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Also got the ally alternator mount plate cleaned up. I soaked it in degreaser for a week, agitating it with a stiff brush every day. It was absolutely filthy before. Cleaned up using the same method as the inlet manifold.
You'll barely be able to see this once the engines back in the car but that's not the point is it!?

35987258405_7b994cacb9_o.jpgIMG_0548 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Finally for now...

35176922873_f1d1b0f3b9_o.jpgIMG_0549 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Front end fully assembled with that lovely yellow fan the dishwasher did such a good job of cleaning.
I've picked out the fan bolts heads in blue, and also been around the engine touching in any other bolt heads and exposed metal, mostly in black.
It's not actually that far from being finished now.
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:18 AM

Now there's a plan!
Who else has a Capri? Obviously you and I, Tamworth has one too and Junkyarddog, anyone else?


Me but might not be able to make the meet!
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:24 AM

Great idea!
Unfortunately it's been over 20 years since I last owned a Cappa and nearly 10 since I last drove one. Given the prices asked now for one worth having I can't see that changing anytime soon.
Fortunately I had my share when they were affordable (and still quite rot-free) in the late 80s and early 90s. Would especially love another 3.0S but should the lotto numbers align then it would be a Mk1 Perana.
Interesting link -http://www.themotorh...capri-perana-v8


That is lush - thanks for posting up. There are a few Perana's out here. I have seen a pale yellow one with the number plate ZULU and I know another guy who is currently restoring one
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:28 AM

I'm lucky really as I bought this one for £100 in 2001, taxed and MOT'd! Obviously that was before the prices went mad.
I've been a life long Capri lover though. As a school kid everyone else liked Ferraris or Lamborghinis, Astons that sort of stuff. I wanted a Capri! I was laughed at a lot for that as they were seen as old and unfashionable then but they can all do one! I got this one as soon as I possibly could after leaving school when I was 16, spotted it roadside for sale and went straight to the bank and withdrew my savings to buy it. My dad came with me to actually buy it and he drove it home for me as I didn't even have a licence.
Even then though, this car was not short of problems but none the less I was over the moon with it! I'd done well too as not only did I get the car I wanted but I got an early one in superb 70's spec and look. Exactly what I'd wanted.
Now of course £100 wouldn't get you much of a Capri at all let alone one that's road legal.
It's sad in a way that values have gone the way they have. These cars were always the working mans hero. It's what normal people could have and be proud to own. But now it's not those same people generally that can have one. The vast majority of these cars biggest fans are now priced out of the market with them.
The same is true of Cortina's, Granada's, Escort's and loads of other cars, Ford or other makes. I'm just glad I did manage to get one and had the bloody mindedness to keep it despite what people said at the time.
This particular car has a lot of sentimental value to me too so it's always going to be special to me, beyond what most other people would see it as. Not sure everyone would understand tbh, but some things are more important than money, this car being one of them for me.
Anyway, the work has now begun on the body! So watch this space...
From what I've been told progress should be fairly swift now, obviously unless there's any unforeseen issues but I doubt there will be at this point. Everything that needs to be taken into consideration is now fully visible.


A man after my own heart. I have been nuts about Capri's since I was a kid and have had 16 of them at the last count. First was a 1981 2.8i VJS824W. It was the very first 2.8i I saw when I was 11 and ended up being that exact car about 9 years later. Always been my dream car and have pretty much always had one on the go for the last 25 years!
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