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trigger last won the day on October 31 2022

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  1. I am also a vanity plate wanker, it was bought for me as a surprise by my family for my 30th 12 years ago and has been on a number of cars since, T is for Trigger, 80 for the year I was born and the last 3 being my initials.
  2. I'm debating on fitting electronic on the Capri but there's so many horror stories about crap ones on the market now, the Accuspark kits are meant to be toilet, i certainly had a lot of issues when i fitted one to my old Rover SD1, apparently the Lumenition Magnetronic kits are meant to be good though but they are quite expensive at £100.
  3. I've been a bit crap at updating this but stuff has been going on with it, a dropped the car off with the welder i use who kindly patched in a new strut top plate i bought from the Capri club, my dad took the photos with his potato cam. It's hard to tell from the photos but he done a really neat job of it and charged me £50 which i thought was very fair, I didn't take many photos of the finishing but i needed the smallest bit of filler on the welds and with a lick of paint it looks much more presentable, and stronger! Compare before and after and it's much better! Unfortunately the drive home from the garage didn't go without fault, it was missing and spluttering all the way down the A12 until i got to a slight incline and struggled to get above 50mph up it so i pulled into a garage about 2 minutes from my house where it just died and wouldn't start. 😒 I just couldn't get it to idle without dying straight away again, so good old dad got a call for a tow home, we was certain it was fuel related so checked all the obvious things like pump, flow, pipes and then stripped the new carb down finding a load of brass filings inside thinking they had blocked it. but it was to no avail, the guy who welded it said to try the condenser as that can give the same symptoms and though i'd already replaced it with a brand new one i ordered another intermotor one for £7 and would you believe it, it only fixed it straight away! 2nd times this year i've broken down on the A12 with a cheap ignition part! It was also featured in this months Retro Ford magazine, although they got the colour wrong!
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    FOTU 2023

    Radwood is also £27 but it certainly sounds more appealing, those prices are just a joke now and will put alot of people off I feel.
  5. Don't fear, it will be cut out and stitched in properly, the idea of removing the plate in the first place was to fix it correctly.
  6. Today I pulled the diff cover off, the old one was a nice pin hole though it. And got that back together, afterwards me and my dad tackled the ugly strut plate under the bonnet. 😕 Ekk... So that looks like a winter job for my tamed welder then...
  7. I timed it too 8 BTDC as recommended in the Haynes book of lies in the supplement section for post 1979 engines, it possibly needs backing off a bit? I need to get some more miles on it ideally really but can't do anything until I've replaced this axle cover.
  8. Cheers, it's running a brand new Weber 32/36 with a auto choke and we did set up the timing with the gun but who's to say it's right? I'm currently running some cheap 20w50 oil as I want to get about 50 miles on it and then I'm going to drop it out and run some Castrol 15w40, is suspect that's probably part of the issue really, the oil is a bit thick really. Once I've fixed this axle plate and done a few miles in it I'm hoping it will liven up a bit!
  9. It's hard to say really but I like it, it just feels like a Cortina but with a longer bonnet really! One thing I do think is that it's not very quick, it doesn't pull very hard, my old Mk3 Cortina with the same engine, Type 9 box and Atlas axle felt much quicker? I'm hoping a bit more use will start to free it up a bit maybe? Even my Dolly 1850 feels more responsive?
  10. I've still been pretty busy on this, last weekend dad came over and helped me change the valve stem seals, they were absolutely shot, it took most the day using the compressor route with the head on but it worked and now there's no smoke at all. I also fitted a new electric aerial which was a faff as a fuse had blown behind the ignition column that I didn't know about, eventually sussed it out and now works, the rear orginial speakers were rotted out too so swapped them out for some new ones. Then today it was MOT day! I won't lie, I was proper anxious about this as I hadn't even driven it before! I need not have worried though. It was a new garage about 10 miles away down the A12 but they were a great pair of lads who own old Fords and were very understandable with the old cars which is what I like, it flew threw though, just a verbal to sort the welding probably on the strut top. The only fatality was the rear axle cover sprung a big leak which is apparent common with them, £65 for a new one with a gasket and bolts so not the end of the world. So all in all a pretty good result I'd say!
  11. Yeah there's still quite a few jobs to do, the bolster is one, ideally I'd like to find a better seat but I don't think that will happen and I need to get the welding on the strut top sorted plus a few dents and scrapes on the wheel arches to sort so plenty to do still. Everyone thought that washer jet was a hole!
  12. I'm not sure yet but dad seems to think option C is the best bet?! Compressed air in the spark plug, I've never done one before myself so i haven't a clue!
  13. More progress on this, lots of jobs have been getting done over the last week, mostly painting the alloys and getting new Nexen tyres fitted And I had a new front plate from Retro Plates arrive to match the rear. Yesterday dad came round for the day and we really cracked on with the brakes, they've all been replaced now, had to replace some of the lines but that's to be expected, the oil pump seal then decided to pour out so we quickly swapped that out with a new one I'd bought Also finished setting the carb back up and it's now running really nicely! unsurprisingly i think the valve stem seals are toast as it's chucking out blue smoke on start up and when you rev it after idling for a few minutes which is a pain, i doubt it will pass the mot like that so that will be the next job to do.
  14. Good to see yolu too yesterday Nigel, It was a great turn out, think we had 320ish cars in the end which is possibly our biggest all day meet yet, I didn't take any photos but here's some taken from our FB page. This thing was mega, definitely the biggest vehicle we've had on the field, the noises it made were just insane, apparently it does 4mpg! We had motorbikes too We had cakes and sausage rolls for our birthday! @Spottedlaurel making a entrance Familar! and lastly this Riva on air!
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