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1 hour ago, Tickman said:

Have you booked the MOT yet?

It is coming along well, nice that it is nearly done.

Unfortunately I have a crazy fortnight at work coming up so probably won’t touch it during that But am off after that. A couple of hours more would have it MoT ready so will do that and book it in at my local friendly MoT man. So possibly two weeks Tuesday or Wednesday could be on the road!

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Went out for petrol and the gauge still isn’t moving. The arm is moving well, the resistance is as expected, wire repaired. Not really sure what the issue is but will investigate further when I get a chance.

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No pics as a pita morning. The internal door handles/ arm rests proved to be an utter ballache, mostly down to having a slightly different type of clip to the original. Then the lights started playing up (Volvo blew a bulb today as well, odd). Got that sorted, sorted the fuel gauge. So everything ready now for the MoT. Only slight concern is I am not sure if it’s coming off the autochoke or not which would fuck up the emissions. It has been in the past but today it still seemed high after a few minutes. Imagination or paranoia perhaps?

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Good luck with your MOT! I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Btw, I found 4 new grill screws and the little plastic clip things they thread into spare from mine. They’re new leftovers I didn’t use, for some reason the pack I bought seemed to have loads in!? Your welcome to them if you want them.

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1 hour ago, danthecapriman said:

Good luck with your MOT! I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Btw, I found 4 new grill screws and the little plastic clip things they thread into spare from mine. They’re new leftovers I didn’t use, for some reason the pack I bought seemed to have loads in!? Your welcome to them if you want them.

Thanks mate, I bought a few as needed some other bits but thanks for the offer. The Volvo is in for its MoT this afternoon so that will determine when the Capri goes for its MoT, could even be this week!

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1 minute ago, danthecapriman said:

Fingers crossed!🤞

How long has it been since it was driven anywhere?

5 years! I will take a roundabout route to get to the testing station to properly warm it up. I have only driven it a mile and it was in lethal state at that point with dodgy brakes, suspension bushes knackered and running on 3 cylinders.

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On 6/22/2020 at 8:40 AM, Tamworthbay said:

I have just had a look and there seem to be two distinct types, but they don’t seem to be age specific. The problem, as you say, is knowing what is original and what is aftermarket. I can find pics of both Mk2s and Mk3s with both types so I guess it doesn’t really matter too much.

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I am.pretty certain they stopped painting black sections of the wheels in 1981

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And forgot that I also tracked down a dodgy earth that was causing the lights to vary in intensity and go out occasionally. I was fiddling about with the headlamp adjusters when I saw a spark from a crimped connector on the bonnet stay mount. Tightened it up and Bob’s your Aunties live in lover. That could have been a ballache to trace.

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2 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

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All done! Lined up the headlights as best I can, checked the steering angles, fitted the new HT leads, put the last few trim screws in and gave it a clean down. Still stuff to do bit it’s ready for the MoT on Tuesday.

That looks absolutely gorgeous! Lovely colour.

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Just now, danthecapriman said:

That looks absolutely gorgeous! Lovely colour.

Thanks mate, it’s not 10% of the standard yours is but will do for now. Total cost of respray was £127 when I totalled it all up and about a gazillion hours.......... I did have a load of the sanding stuff though so that would have cost a few quid.

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You’ve done a bloody good job of it by the looks of it. It’s hard enough painting a single panel at home with cans, let alone the amount you’ve done.

I think the last panel I did was a mk2 Granada bonnet, looked ok afterwards but it’s hard to do. The paint doesn’t stay wet enough for long enough and the coverage can be patchy. Did the job though!

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40 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

You’ve done a bloody good job of it by the looks of it. It’s hard enough painting a single panel at home with cans, let alone the amount you’ve done.

I think the last panel I did was a mk2 Granada bonnet, looked ok afterwards but it’s hard to do. The paint doesn’t stay wet enough for long enough and the coverage can be patchy. Did the job though!

It’s ok at ten foot, less good close up. I still need to cut it back and polish it but desperate to get it on the road so that can wait.

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On 8/2/2020 at 8:18 PM, Tamworthbay said:

And I forgot one great addition I was unaware of. Cleaning the car revealed a nice cock drawn on the passenger rear window by a previous occupant. Sadly I couldn’t catch this piece of ‘artwork’ on my camera.

Partridge owned your Capri...? 😉

GLWTMOT, Clive!

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