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  1. Do you need these bits because you need them, or strategically acquiring parts? alternators should still be available through a good motor factor and old ones repairable by someone who knows how to do it properly if you need an air filter top there's a couple of Capri breakers who probably have some kicking around. I know I said I'd ask at the factors about the rear lamps, will try and remember tomorrow (they have all sorts on the top shelves, Nova radiators, Escort headlamps...)
  2. Bit of cleaning up of the gearbox done. I think the muck is a combination of oil, underseal, and general grime. It's quite an unpleasant goo which has come off with a quantity of unleaded and quite a bit of brake cleaner, some wire brushes and small toothbrushes from the pound shop. I hadn't intended on repainting the gearbox or engine, but by the looks of it after some brushing to get the shit off, the bellhousing may need it. Not planning on making it look beautiful, mainly for protection.
  3. Gearbox and engine split up. Now possible to actually move them any distance without risking pulling something. Lots of brake cleaner and a rinse with unleaded later, I've removed most of the accumulated fluff and crap from inside the bell housing. That's the black puddle that it's sitting on. Clutch looks in good order, but I've a replacement to hand. The old one can go in a box on the shelf as a part used but known good one.
  4. It's a fantastic car, really enjoying this thread. Maybe could invest in one of those one-man bleeders? I bought one as it got very boring trying to arrange for a friend or neighbour to pop down to help with bleeding bakes.
  5. Another long trip in the Mondeo completed without issue. Kept a close eye on the coolant and oil levels, but not required. 1000 miles done. Complete with shite petrol pump on the way. back in town and I'm taking advantage of the space in the garage while the car is being sprayed. New fuel pump fitted, the old one was absolutely fine but it is worth doing whilst the opportunity is there. The rubber mounting was fine, although the gaskets themselves had disintegrated. New fixings cut to size and used. Next job is the cambelt. Other jobs whilst the engine is out, not that they are really needed, include a new water pump, clutch kit, core plugs and thermostat. A shiny package has arrived from Tickover including a large quantity of parts (shiny new manifold next to grotty old manifold) Not to be outdone, the rear section - in good condition but some surface rust - had a session with the wire brush. after which it almost looks as good I also relocated the "sink" in my lockup. It's now near the entrance, nearer where the batteries powering the 12v pump are, and a little more convenient hopefully. It's quite handy being able to wash your hands and/or wash small parts with flowing water.
  6. Likewise if you look up "STD Hull" wanting to know the code (01482) - your answer will involve lots of special clinics!
  7. To be superbly pedantic, when we moved from 0171/0181 it was to 020 - the 7 or 8 was added to the phone number. If I want to call London Underground, instead of ringing 020-7222 1234, I can just ring 7222 1234, despite the fact that I have an "0208" number - it's actually an 020 number that happens to start with an 8.
  8. I meant the habit of using area names instead of the codes, oops tired. Although there were some exchange names which lasted in dialling parlance *after* the introduction of STD (Subscriber Trunk Dialling) until 1967 when AFD (all figure dialling) was introduced. These were in the "director" areas - London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Exchange names were dialled by means of the letters by each number on the dial - so for example if you had to phone Archway 1234, which would be written as ARC 1234, you would dial 272 1234. (A-2, R-7, C-2). This changed in 1967 when the link between the letters and numbers was abandoned, since the number of exchanges exceeded the names available.
  9. The plates it had when I got it were Dinnages, but they deteriorated and I had new ones made up. Your sticker matches the logo on some paperwork I have from them dated 2006.
  10. There was definitely a time when STD codes were omitted in favour of exchange names, probably still is in some places. I suspect that the one I've got is actually from the 80s.
  11. I won't leave a car with central locking running with all the doors and windows shut (even if to get out to check lights/tyres, chuck something in the bin, or when sitting on the drive washing it) unless i have a spare key in my pocket. If I don't then I wind a window down. This is despite never ever getting caught out by automatically locking doors.
  12. I was going to say that maybe a cross brace or two to the fence and shed wouldn't go amiss - may prolong the life of the structure if it isn't allowed to flex so much? IANAJoiner, though.
  13. When taking the exhaust off I was utterly stuck separating the manifold and centre section, which needed separated to come out. The manifold was in worse nick with some corrosion in quite a few places so I decided to sacrifice that and the angle grinder made light (ish) work of it. This left the centre section with about 2" of manifold jammed in it. Picture was after the flanges(?) on the centre section had been opened up, and the whole thing liberally sprayed with penetrating oil. It was not for budging. I got a small flathead screwdriver hammered down the side a few times to allow more penetrating oil to be sprayed in. I carefully cut grooves in the stuck section so that a claw hammer could get some grip and eventually allow some lateral movement. I was then able to use the claw hammer to "scoop" it up slightly (very slowly). Some quite significant time and swearing later. Centre section "flares" left slightly enlarged for now. Back section needs rubbing down and a repaint, manifold to be in the next (final? hm not sure) parts order. I also updated my sad interesting little spreadsheet - 169.5 hours of my time spent on the car since I started stripping it - not counting planning and ordering, discussing jobs, etc.
  14. Things are moving forward! Following a few days of local trundling, I decided to test the Mondeo on the motorway. I figured that a gentle run at 50-60mph would be wise first, so I popped up to Stevenage, then full speed on the return. Suitable period signage deployed. Arrangements had been made for the car transporter to pick up the Capri, so time to get things ready. The car was pulled out into daylight... ...giving space, whilst waiting for the transporter, for a good wash of the garage floor with de-greaser. The engine, previously having been down the side, has been moved into the middle (note - moving a pinto with gearbox attached, on your own, is not recommended). Scuse the terrible picture, but it was taken quite late in the day! Now wait to see what the painter thinks of it. In the mean time, there are parts to order...
  15. Also, in honour of the fact I chose to put the money and time into it, rather than any other option, I decided to splash out on a dealer sticker for the rear window. This wasn't the original supplying dealer, but they re-sold it in the early noughties, and Haywards Heath is where I bought it from @garycox four years ago, so it seemed appropriate.
  16. For various reasons, mainly being swamped with work, I haven't updated this thread in ages. Mondeo is back on the road. I am afraid to say I chucked most of the work to the garage in the end. Mainly through working long days for most of the last month, and having a deadline of needing the car again. The head was taken off, skimmed, then had new core plugs fitted, reassemble with new cambelt. On re starting, a misfire was found and sorted. I've had it on a few local journeys and probably done about 30 odd miles, it takes a while to build up oil pressure - I'm not sure if they chucked 10W40 in it when reassembling, but that's easily changed. I have a trip to Scotland in a weeks time, followed by another one a month after that - I'll do a couple of longer round trips this weekend to identify any issues... including a nice long motorway run which is the acid test. Focus has been in use for absolutely everything, but will now rest a bit! Finally some Capri progress. It's being picked up and taken to the painter on Monday. Everything has been arranged and at long last things can move forward! I have a period over the next 6 weeks when I'm pretty busy with work and other non-work things, but hopefully it'll come back just as things calm down. And in the meantime I have a few bits to do - the garage needs a good clean and tidy, there's a number of parts to get ordered and picked up and so forth.
  17. However, in the example of the FAQ section, the record is as useful for future people reading the forum as it is in the moment for the OP. And how often have there been useful further discussions or things added to, by somebody who's stumbled upon a question that might already have been answered, but can add some context/further advice/an amusing anecdote...
  18. Enfield Pageant! The last few years it's been on a weekend I can't make, and that includes this year, but hopefully next year.. Old nuts and bolts are always useful and should never be thrown away. Any odd misfits here go into a shortbread tin in the garage (including if I took something out a set, didn't use it, and can't be bothered to work out where it came from)
  19. and/or penetrating fluid (WD40, plusgas or similar) on fixings burning off?
  20. I'm a firm believer that a car that's been laid up for a while can only be improved by going out for a decent drive and sorting out these niggles. Love this car and the thread has inspired me to push forwards on the Capri, as nothing better on a Sunday than a drive out on country roads for no specific purpose.
  21. I know a fairly common fault on Capris is that one of the voltage regulators goes faulty on the fuel gauge, which causes the wild variations displayed, it's a dash out job. If it's that it may be quicker and easier to keep the tank topped up!
  22. Have you got any of those fancy photostat machines that can do duplex printing? Looks lovely!
  23. The margins on fuel sales are wafer thin as it is, with very little money to be made. I can believe easily that any issue or need to upgrade would lead an independent operator to go "sod it, I'll stop doing it and concentrate on the garage" quite easily. There's the annual costs of maintenance, testing/certification etc. I think I read that a Gilbarco SK700 - two pumps, two nozzles on each - came in at £16-20k installed? So if a filling station that was plodding along with a couple of Highlines had an issue requiring them to be replaced, it would be very easy to throw the towel in.
  24. Reading through this thread I've been impressed at how much you've achieved in the time, recommissioning and restoring the car. Anything that's been laid up or seldom used for a time will come with 'shakedown' issues for which the packing of basic tools is definitely sensible. Get the engine nice and warm, blow off the cobwebs, and see what happens. It's natural for there to be something that will need attention. And if something comes up during the test drive - it'll just form the next page of this thread!
  25. It's a little galling, since the limit on the other side is higher IIRC, you come off a roundabout, I hadn't noticed the 40mph sign, so accelerated... and got snapped just before the derestriction. Oh well, nothing to be done about it now - have to take it on the chin really!
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