My Capri Project

  1. cdsmith15

    cdsmith15 Member

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    Hi guys,

    I have a 1.6LS MKIII Capri. I am determined to have this ready for the Summer shows. I have sadly neglected it for a number of years.
    But I have been working on it recently and have kept a log of it on Tumblr, so what I will do over the coming days is bring across the posts from there to show you what I have done so far. It has been the simple things so far and no new welding has taken place.
    Although my Dad did do a fair amount of welding about 6 or so years ago, these will need redone as they no longer meet the MOT requirements.
    I am no expert and have been pretty much learning as I go, so I am always open to advice.
    Cheers.
     
  2. cdsmith15

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    An Introduction and the Re-beginning (Post from Tumblr)

    An introduction to my project and why it is a re-beginning.

    I have had the Capri for 7+ years but it has been in a friends garage for about 6 of those years. I now have the Capri back and my motivation has been reinvigorated. My determination to get this done right and ready for the 2017 show season. I also have a willing 4 year old helper. I am more mature, less naive and certainly far more knowledgeable than I was 6 years ago. The downside, of course, is that prices have increased considerably.

    I have called this the re-beginning because when I first got the Capri I did do some work to it including rear brakes including wheel cylinders, rear suspension leaf springs and, with the help of my Dad some minor welding.

    It then failed an MOT and life took over and a friends garage to store it came up and the old ‘out of sight, out of mind’ came into play.

    From now I plan to check what welding needs done and replace full body panels that require it, electronic ignition conversion, work required to get the MOT. Once that is achieved I will be preparing the Capri for a full respray.

    Look out for future posts that will chart the progress and my ‘spend so far’

    I am open to questions, advice and help from anyone regarding this project, so feel free to get in touch.
     
  3. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Along with some others, will be reading with interest, make sure there are plenty of pictures
     
  4. Tigman

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    Yeah give us a look see !
     
  5. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    I scrapped my 3.0 mk3, I parked it up in a garage still mot'd in 1995 and scrapped it somewhere around 2008 I had fully intended to restore it, I had already had the engine re-bored and the crank reground, it had less then 400 miles added after the engine re-furb and regret getting rid sometimes but whats done is done, I also had a Mk1 and scrapped that as well, well most of it I gave parts away first to a mate that was going to restore a Mk1 V4 2ltr don't know if it ever made it onto the road as he moved away to be with a woman
     
  6. fixedfixer Member

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    Will be keeping an eye on this thread. Should be good. Always wanted a Capri but only managed a mk3 1.1 escort
     
  7. cdsmith15

    cdsmith15 Member

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    That's gutting. Hope your mate put those parts to good use, especially since they're MK1 parts! If only we could predict future classics and had space and time. It's probably as well I don't or my place would be littered with half done up cars.
    My first car was a Peugeot 205. Loved that thing but got rid of too quickly for a 306. Really wished I kept the 205 and would pick one up now if I had space for it!
     
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  8. cdsmith15

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    Seats and Carpet

    First job on the Capri project was to take out the seats and carpet to check the extent of any repairs that needed done. Also, of course the rust that plagues cars of a certain vintage!

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    Pictures are the before and after.

    The back seat bench involved taking out two screws and the brackets and it just comes out. The front seats are 4 bolts on each seat. Relatively straight forward, however they do go through the floor and open to the elements underneath. But this was achieved and by only snapping 2 bolts.

    The carpet is slightly more involved as everything screwed and bolted onto the carpet must come off. So off came the seat belt anchor points and clips. The centre console which means the clock needs to be removed to gain access to 2 screws underneath.it. I think there is 2 screws at either side of the gear lever but they were missing on mine. The gear lever knob needs removed by simply unscrewing it to allow the gator to come off. The hand brake cover unscrewed but this is enough to get the carpet over the handbrake lever. There is also the plastic door sill trims to unscrew and remove. Once all that is done be sure to unclip the carpet from the metal grips by the foot pedals. Be careful with the clock wires and the carpet should remove with minimum fuss.

    Of course the extent of the work is then shown in all it’s glory.

    Next job is removing the fuel tank. I suspect snapped bolts here.

    Total Spend so far: £0

    (Has the pictures be done right because I just copied and pasted over)
     
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  9. fixedfixer Member

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    Pictures look fine. A thread is worth nothing without lots of pictures :clapping:
     
  10. Mark E Making it harder than it needs to be.

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    This is a cool car that I always liked. And white! Brilliant! Will you respray it the same colour?

    More pics! Subscribed! And good luck! I really hope you do it by summer.

    Will enjoy seeing your progress.
     
  11. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    I made new fuel tank straps they are straight forward things
     
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  12. rikrobson

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    Mine's been in bits for 7 years.
     
  13. cdsmith15

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    Thanks. Yeah, keeping it white. Going to try and keep it as original as possible.

    I suspect I will need new fuel tank straps. As long as the fuel tank is fine though!

    Same. But it's outside the front of the house now. So can't avoid it. Threads like this and friends and neighbours will make sure I'm always 'on it'.
     
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  14. cdsmith15

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    It Has Begun

    The shopping has started. Admittedly I have been putting it off as I put a plan together and try and work out priorities.

    I have decided that I need to get an MOT for the Capri. Once that has been achieved I can get on with preparing the Capri for the full respray.

    The first thing I bought was Tailgate Gas Struts. I know, not an MOT requirement but I am going to end up knocking the bit of wood over and banging my head and the boot is heavy.

    I followed this up with an Electronic Ignition Conversion Kit.

    I will, obviously, keep you up-to-date with the work and spend so far as I do the work.
     
  15. cdsmith15

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    Boot Gas Struts

    Small but important job.

    I had already taken the old ones off before I took a picture. The old ones had wires attached for the rear wiper motor and rear heated screen.

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    The pictures show both sides separately.

    It is a straight forward job. I unscrewed the bolt and changed them over once they were off the car then bolted the new ones on. However, the issue with the new struts is that I cannot use them to wire up the rear window heater or rear wiper, so I will have to think up a solution for that.

    At least now I don’t have to worry about getting a concussion.

    Spend so far:

    Tailgate Gas Struts x 2 £56.94 SGS Engineering

    Running Total: £56.94

    As you can read at the bottom of that original post, the new struts cannot be used to wire up the window heaters, so I would be keen to hear any ideas on wiring up the window heaters.
    Cheers.
     
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  16. cdsmith15

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    So far it has been tiny jobs on the Capri. The New Year will bring new progress. In the meantime, here is another post from Tumblr.

    Cosmetic Purchase

    So, much much earlier than planned. I mean this isn’t even something that was on my radar till way down the line. But you know how it is when you see something.

    I spotted a Gear Gaiter with Blue Stitching. Knowing that this was something that I definitely needed as my original one is ripped beyond repair. I thought I’d keep it in mind till nearer the time. That is until I saw the matching Handbrake Gaiter with Blue Stitching and knew I had to have them. So I bought them.

    These are not going to be fitted till almost the end of the project but here they are;

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    Spend so far:

    Tailgate Gas Struts x 2 £56.94 SGS Engineering

    Gear and Handbrake Gaiter £29.92 eBay- j-f-customs

    Running Total: £86.86

    I have found pictures on my phone from 7 or 8 years ago to some of the original repairs made to the Capri before it failed it's MOT and went into hiding for roughly 5 years. I will get them onto my laptop and onto here.

    Cheers.
     
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  17. james butler

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    allways loved the mk3 capri and wanted since before i can remember, but seeing so many go to the scrapheap often rotten put me off, so i think ownership will remain a dream.
    i hope the resto goes well:thumbup: and keep bringing the pictures and updates as i for one thoroughly enjoy reading up resto threads
     
  18. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    why not ? remove strut from the ball, unscrew the ball and fit the electrical terminal, drill the terminal hole bigger if too small
     
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  19. octo0072000

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    used to work with a lad had mk1 capri 2.0 litre he bent the front end run into the back of a van towed it back to work, in the yard was a scrap mk1 escort rear ended we looked at capri then escort cut front end damage of capri still sawed about a foot off the front end then offered up the escort front end and grafted on the escort front panel wing ends bonnet end etc, to a shortened capri it worked looked OK and cost us just time all parts free from the yard we worked at in the mid 70s
     
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  20. cdsmith15

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    I have full respect for people who can look at a rotten car and see a minter. Unfortunately as time goes on the become more rotten, more scarce and parts become really expensive. So I'd better crack on!

    The problem is the struts don't conduct the power needed like the old ones did. So will need to somehow bypass the struts altogether.

    And to think most folk would've just made a trailer. Sounds cool looking!
     
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