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Project Capri. Prep, primer etc done, pics as of 27 Nov 17 pg16


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#421 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

Not anything exciting to update with, although it won't be long now, but today has been a reasonably decent day weather wise so I've taken the opportunity to clear out and rearrange the garage in anticipation of most of the big heavy stuff going back to the car to make it rolling again soonish.

As luck would have it, all the big heavy stuff was at the back of the garage! A bit of poor forward planning on my part really but of course what I need is all this stuff up at the front next to the double doors.
So I've emptied everything out of the garage, shoved the engine along some old decking strips while it's still sat on its metal drip tray (much easier than lifting the twat!) and I've got the axle etc etc all sitting on an old pallet next to it. The idea being that when it needs to go back to the car I can back my van up to the garage doors and simply lift them all straight in. That's the plan but the engine lift will be a right bastard, though I do have a cunning plan up my sleeve for this!

Next job was to sort through all the boxes and get anything suspension or wheel related sorted into boxes ready to go too.
It's amazing how much shit comes off a car when you strip it down like this, and this is a very basic car. I can only imagine how much would come off something as complex as my dad's modern Mondeo Titanium X for example!
I've managed to put everything I think will be needed in its own boxes, labelled each box and made an inventory list for each box! Any nuts, bolts, washers and clips are in sealable bags and all labelled for what they are for so in theory it should be as easy as possible for the reassembly.
It's not a job I was looking forward to tbh but it needed doing and now it's done so job well done.


In other news I've stripped back the gearbox crossmember, sanded it down and painted it in black enamel to match everything else. I've got a new gearbox mount with it too.
Also, for some bizarre reason I'm having a job and a half getting hold of a clutch kit that fits properly! So far the two non OE ones I've had are a terrible fit and frankly not good enough so I've sent them back for refund. Cheap jap shit!
Instead I've looked around and found an ideal solution. The place I've had loads of bits from in the past list the correct part but it appears to be a reconditioned original item done on exchange basis. It's more expensive than pattern parts but unlike them it will fit properly, plus I'll get a bit of cash back returning my old one. It should be here in a few days time so we'll see.


It's been a while now since I've payed an instalment, but the next one is the final payment on the bodywork. Which means it's currently having the seam sealing done, then the flexible underseal/stonechip coat underneath. Followed up by filler and primer, then paint, lacquer and polishing up.
Can't be long now before I get the call to pay up!
Once that's done the car goes back to the workshop to have the axles, suspension, hubs, wheels, engine and box reinstalled along with the headlining and glass. Then it'll be the last payment and it'll be coming back home for me to drool over and rebuild the remaining items into the shell.
I really can't wait to start doing that bit! I was looking at what's left in the garage after all the running gear bits go to be fitted and there isn't really all that much left. With any luck I'll have it back on the road for next summer!
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

Here's a few pics of the pile of shite in the garage.

36952790802_ff06f2cf68_o.jpgIMG_0687 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

36952787982_c93282a4a9_o.jpgIMG_0688 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

36726461900_82f3d0d918_o.jpgIMG_0689 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

36726457310_91a1636426_o.jpgIMG_0690 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Should start to empty out a bit soon!
Also found a few bits a bobs I'll not be needing again too, like the old spoiler fixings and alloy wheel nut set. There's a spare mk2 grill I found too.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:58 AM

It's like opening an Airfix model car kit on Christmas Day just to have a quick look at the wheels and all the other bits. :-)
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

New clutch is here from Germany.

It's not a cheapo one and guess what? It fits this time!

New clutch assembled, lined up and bolted on.
36423203414_aedf13ea39_o.jpgIMG_0691 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

New bearing installed onto the clutch arm.
37089007412_67c002edbf_o.jpgIMG_0692 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
Good job I changed this. The old clutch itself wasn't too bad really but the bearing sounded rough as arse holes when I removed it and spun it. If it was left unchanged I don't think it'd have been long before it became noisy and needed the box taking out again.

Old bits,

37089003702_92a07963fb_o.jpgIMG_0693 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

36423194194_f07aba3f5d_o.jpgIMG_0694 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Not in terrible condition really and would likely have been ok for a good while longer in this car, bearing excluded, but makes best sense to do stuff like this while it's in bits.

I'm running out of stuff to do on this now. The engines finished, pretty much everything else has been cleaned repaired or replaced and painted. I just need the shell back now!
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:23 PM

Went to see the Capri today.
Main reason was to drop off the new door seals I'd been asked for a while back. They need them later to fully align the doors once the paints done.

Works well underway. The doors etc are both all finished and hung back in place. They align well now but obviously will need to come off again shortly for the paint to be done.
Most of what's being done now is flatting off, filler work, knocking small dents and imperfections out etc before the big change to shiny blue paint!
There's lots of really small indents and tiny dings in a lot of the new panels. The guy showed me some on the new front wing tops, you can't see them at all but if you gently run your fingers over the panel they are there and they'd look awful if you just painted over the top of them. I guess it's these little bits and bobs that are the time consuming part of the job. Plus, many of the new non genuine panels have had to be fettled a bit to fit and most of the panel folds and lines had to be fettled to make them 'square' and sharp whereas before they're quite undefined and rounded. It's great that he's bothering to do this stuff though.
One example, the passenger door skin was genuine Ford. That one sat straight onto the repaired door frame and fitted perfectly first time.
The drivers door skin however was non genuine, so needed carefull adjustment and the panels creases and fold lines better defined before it could be permanently fitted.
Not much you can do about it though unless you get genuine panels only and that's either impossible now or takes a long time waiting for them to come up and cost £shitloads.


It's not a big update but rest assured progress is being made and I'm told it'll be a couple of weeks before the paintings done.
It's looking really really good now though and it's just wearing primer at the moment. It's the best this cars looked in about two years, aswell as the most complete!

I'm getting really excited now as we're so close to the most dramatic part of any restoration project! I just can't wait to see it in that beautiful metallic blue. Just the way it should look as an early mk2.
It's actually put me on a bit of a high now after seeing it again! Don't know what I'm going to with myself until then as I can't wait!!
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:27 PM

Went to see the Capri today.
Main reason was to drop off the new door seals I'd been asked for a while back. They need them later to fully align the doors once the paints done.

Works well underway. The doors etc are both all finished and hung back in place. They align well now but obviously will need to come off again shortly for the paint to be done.
Most of what's being done now is flatting off, filler work, knocking small dents and imperfections out etc before the big change to shiny blue paint!
There's lots of really small indents and tiny dings in a lot of the new panels. The guy showed me some on the new front wing tops, you can't see them at all but if you gently run your fingers over the panel they are there and they'd look awful if you just painted over the top of them. I guess it's these little bits and bobs that are the time consuming part of the job. Plus, many of the new non genuine panels have had to be fettled a bit to fit and most of the panel folds and lines had to be fettled to make them 'square' and sharp whereas before they're quite undefined and rounded. It's great that he's bothering to do this stuff though.
One example, the passenger door skin was genuine Ford. That one sat straight onto the repaired door frame and fitted perfectly first time.
The drivers door skin however was non genuine, so needed carefull adjustment and the panels creases and fold lines better defined before it could be permanently fitted.
Not much you can do about it though unless you get genuine panels only and that's either impossible now or takes a long time waiting for them to come up and cost £shitloads.


It's not a big update but rest assured progress is being made and I'm told it'll be a couple of weeks before the paintings done.
It's looking really really good now though and it's just wearing primer at the moment. It's the best this cars looked in about two years, aswell as the most complete!

I'm getting really excited now as we're so close to the most dramatic part of any restoration project! I just can't wait to see it in that beautiful metallic blue. Just the way it should look as an early mk2.
It's actually put me on a bit of a high now after seeing it again! Don't know what I'm going to with myself until then as I can't wait!!

Wot no pix Dan?

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 03:34 PM

Just had a little result, of sorts on eBay.

To go with my refurbished steel wheels I need a set of the matching centre caps. The later versions of this wheel design used a grey or black plastic centre cap. These are fine, for later cars but mine being early I want to use the much much nicer looking early stainless steel centre caps.

I kept my old ones from this cars original wheels luckily so I do have a set of 4 already. However, one of them, the steel clips on the back have rusted and snapped off. It still clips to the wheel ok but how securely I don't know.

These are the ones I've already got.
23699649728_28d9f5b24e_o.jpgIMG_0704 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

So, for ages I've kept an eye on eBay for some better ones.
I spotted a brand new unused pair yesterday and lobbed a bid in shortly before they ended this afternoon and won them.

Great little find as they're hard to find now, so I'll use the best two original ones (cleaned up) and the two new ones. Then the best of the other two can go on the spare wheel leaving the rusted one as a backup!
Not cheap though! £64 + p+p! Not much point moaning about the price though because scene tax and the fact I needed them.
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 03:49 PM

Good to hear about Capri progress, Dan - I will hopefully see for myself next month when the Cowley goes in....


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:13 PM

someone say roman bronze mk2  this is mine  original unrestored 1600S

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:44 PM

someone say roman bronze mk2  this is mine  original unrestored 1600S



Oh my!! Drool!

That is bloody nice. And rare too.
You got any more pics and details? I'd be interested to know more about it...
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 10:39 PM

Chrome bumpers on an S are RONG THO.

 

If it's a Halewood built car, the lack of a front spoiler is KORECT THO


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:00 PM

Little update. For now!

These turned up in the post.

37000837993_788c7784f5_o.jpgIMG_0710 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Brand spankin new never fitted stainless wheel centres.
I've already got 4 old ones but two have crusty clips so I'll replace those with the new ones. The two dodgy ones can be spares.
These are seemingly very hard to get hold of now, even used. God knows why!


Also, got a call this morning for a payment. So next week I'll go and pay up and see the car again. And, yes, I'll take the camera!
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:27 PM

New Forest apparently.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:54 PM

3000GT, unused since 1985. Clearly scrap but worth many coins in parts - engine, box, rear axle plus any other odds.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 10:28 PM

New Forest apparently.
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Jesus!! That looks rather, erm, fucked I believe the word is!
Shame it's been left outside like that for so long. Desirable car in a desirable spec now.


Not as awesome as a 1.6L though is it!?!



Progress is happening on this, honest! It's just not the sort of progress that's particularly interesting at the moment. Think - watching layers of primers etc etc going on and drying!
Necessary and important but not really what you'd call interesting.
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 08:20 AM

3000GT, unused since 1985. Clearly scrap but worth many coins in parts - engine, box, rear axle plus any other odds.


Vin tags....
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 09:33 AM

Vin tags....


I might nip over there and get them on eBay!
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 09:54 AM

Just sell them with "collection from: New Forest"
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 02:21 PM

I might nip over there and get them on eBay!


Sell them as Memorabilia
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:02 PM

Where's the primer pictures got to :? ?



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:17 AM

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:14 AM

This is ace, I'm enjoying the progress.

 

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:20 AM

I have seen the Capri!   Looked like it was in guide coats yesterday which showed off nicely how straight that shell is.... 


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:41 AM

I love anything that involves paint! So demand pictures.
I think it's the best bit of a project, clear signs of moving forward, it makes everything uniform and clean.
Maybe it's the ex painter in me talking!!! Lol
Keep the updates flowing, this is an awesome project.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

Ta guys! I've not been to see it for a while tbh. I've been busy with work lately.
The last pics I had I've lost! I took them on my work phone which I had to return for a new Samsung Galaxy something or other and forgot to download the photo album first. Bit of a bitch and stupid on my part.

I'll try to go see it and get some more soon though...

What I'll also do, when this comes back the guy doing the work has been taking lots of photos as he's gone along. He showed me a few, but he's going to put them on a memory stick for me at the end. Once I've got it all back I'll stick the entire back story up on here which will show everything from cutting out the rot and damage, replacement panels going back in and right through the primers and finally paint.

I have seen the Capri!   Looked like it was in guide coats yesterday which showed off nicely how straight that shell is....


Excellent! You've seen it much more recently than I have then! I take it you dropped your Morris down there? It's in good hands with Steve.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:11 PM

Yes, Dan....Capri was moved near the double doors instead of to the left.   Cowley dropped off and should be back mid-December.   Miss it already, had a good run down on a cracking day - always hard to hand over the keys when its like that!   


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:29 PM

Yes, Dan....Capri was moved near the double doors instead of to the left.   Cowley dropped off and should be back mid-December.   Miss it already, had a good run down on a cracking day - always hard to hand over the keys when its like that!


I know! It's getting on for two years now since I last had my Capri! I hate not having it.
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 02:36 PM

Right....

Got a call yesterday, all the prep and primer etc is done. There was a slight issue which made things rather irritating and more difficult, it's obviously cost a bit more in time and labour but it's critical that it was done right and well.
Basically, whoever blasted the car in the first place has completely fucked up the cars roof skin.
It's been blasted way too hard for too long (excessive heat build up on the thin steel panel) which has warped it!
It's by no means beyond help but it just meant much more time was needed to fix it than we thought. It's now done though after many many hours of straightening and carefull filler work.
The ripples weren't immediately obvious when the car was in etch primer but now it's perfectly flat and smooth if any paint had gone on it with any ripples it would have looked awful! The paint and light reflections would have really shown them up.
The bonnet also had similar issues, though not as bad.

So far then the entire car has been checked for any imperfections, these have either been tapped out and smoothed off or on any tiny marks filler used.
Even on brand new panels you'd be surprised how many little dings and marks there are!
Then the car was given 3 or 4 coats of a weird black epoxy primer. I've never seen this stuff before but apparently it's much more protective than normal primer alone. Not being a bodywork guru myself I'm no expert, but more layers = better surely!
That was left to thoroughly dry then the guide coats and primers went on top. The whole lot was then left to stand and fully harden for a couple of weeks just in case of any shrinkage in the primer.

I'm told it's absolutely stunning even in primer! Perfectly smooth and flat all over.
The guy doing the job wants me to come see it asap before painting starts so I can just 'ok' it all before it goes beyond any sort of opportunity to change anything.
He says there's a couple of bits of sealing up left to do but painting body colour should be starting within days!

I was going to go see it today, but I feel like shit with a nasty cold so I'll go Monday now. I'll get some pics while I'm at it. I've also got to pay the last bill.
In total it's gone over budget a little bit, but given the extent of the work and the unexpected issues with the roof I'm still more than happy with it. Tbh I did expect that as it's a very big job on a very old car.

The only other thing that's still being done is the under seal.
Choices were using that rubbery undershield stonechip stuff modern cars use in either:

Heavily applied and thick form, gives obviously better protection but can look a bit rough.
Or
Thinner 'factory' look in same material.

Given this car will live in a garage, not come out in rain or be used in winter I decided to go for the factory look. It'll look much better like this I think.
Of course once thats on it will be overpainted in the same body colour so it'll look as good underneath as it does on top!

So, watch this space on Monday for a pictorial update!
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#449 OFFLINE   The Reverend Bluejeans

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 03:06 PM

Given that this will be a 10 grand+ car finished (and rising) , it's money well spent really.

 

It's a 1600XL isn't it?

 

The original steels and no coachlines is a great look. make sure you get some correct pressed alloy plates for it though. A mate can do you all the under bonnet stickers and a proper rear window dealer sticker as well.

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 03:14 PM

Cheers Rev, I might give you a shout about the stickers once it's back. They make really good finishing touches.

It's a 1600 L btw.

The plates that came off the car were the ally plates with riveted plastic digits. I might reuse them as they're still in good condition.
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