My 78' Ford Capri Mk3 2.3S

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Caprinut

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My 78' Ford Capri Mk3 2.3S, now with pics from the first Capri meet this year...

Finally I got a Capri again!!!

This was the picture from the selling ad:
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And a few from when I arrived at the yard where the Capri was parked
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Home in Norway...

My first wash today at my mates yard...
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Some new pics of the progress...

New steering wheel
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New gear knob
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And new valve cover gaskets and HT leads
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HT leads fitted
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Want new wheels, first choice is these
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Second
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First being Lenso BSX and the second Rota RB....

Have spoken to a chap who does wheels and stuff, he might get hold of the white ones for me as nobody else can..

Hope for more progress this week as my mate is taking a short vacation from mid week to Sunday, so I have his lift for myself, should be able to work a little then
 
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Caprinut

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Thanx fellas!

Yes all europeean countrys are LHD, exept UK.

You Canadians may have seen one or two before as the was sold in Canada, but only MkI and MkII (69-77').
Mine beeing a Mk3 from the first month of Mk3 production, March 78', so it's a bit rare, not many early Mk3 left....

They sold 500.000 units in US, sold better than the Mustang for a few years, and was also the most sold import at that time...

When sold in US and Canada, they was called Lincoln Mercury Capri...

Great US ad:luxhello:
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First a little how-to
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Want safe/more bright rear lights and for little money?
Then read on
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First open your tailgate and take of your rear light lenses.
Store them in the booth or another safe place.
Take out the bulbs and store them also in a safe place, I used the lenses up side down, I like some order in the mess
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You should now have something like this...
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Undo the screws for the light cluster inside the booth..
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Now mask up the rear clusters, because you are going to spray paint them in a bit...
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Now buy some sort of chrome spray, are many good ones out there...
My first coat of chrom
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Second
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Third coat and my last...
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And before fitting all together again, clean the bodywork around the bodywork for the lights, and also clean the lenses and bulbs, renew the bulbs if nessasary
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Close up of the painted unit
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Refit, and you should have brighter and safer rear lights
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Caprinut

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Next for today was to get it up on my mates lift as he has a short vacation...
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Not too bad underside, have seen far worse, just need a bit welding and clean up here and there...
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And as I had my suspection, the gearbox is of the external gear linkage type..
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And there is too damn much color on this car!!!!!
Red, yellow, white, black and blue... There are a bit of white too somewhere, grrrrr
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The steering rack bushings was completly shot, was very gelo
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Fitted new red poly ones (race).
Now there are steering with just a hint of movment on the steering wheel
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Just needs to clamp those security tabs, I ran out of steam today, my legs was shacking crazy and my eyes was allmost crosseyed, so I had to call it a day
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Brakes are next on my list....


But a big BUMMER was the fact my clutch went ghost when I was to drive the cappa out of the garage...
It has een bad all the time I've had this one, but I hoped it should hold a bit longer...

Good thing with a new clutch and a 5 speed box is that I don't need to take it down for a long time
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generis

Maybe take up knitting.
I'm pretty sure this is my all time favorite car! Congrats on finding a nice one!
 
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RobL

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That is a beautiful car, and in great condition. I've never seen one of those before, really cool. I know it's against your choices, but when everyone seems to have "custom" rims, I can appreciate the slight understatement of the stock wheels.

Either way, you have an absoulutely mint car.
 
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Caprinut

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Thanx fellas:rock:


Those Slot Mags are not stock.
Pictured below is the correct wheels for my car, I don't like them
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Fitted correct Mk3 grill
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My secondhand front indicators needed som repairs at the mounting tabs
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Fixed them with some styrene
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And clear indicator glass fitted
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I also did tidying up some wires under dashboard today, and added some new ones for the extra gauges.
 
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Caprinut

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Did some work on the cappa yesterday, before the heaven open at full gap..

A mate has loaned me some tailgate ball studs until I get mine from Martin.
I had to convert my bolt on tailgate struts to the later ball stud as I got hold of some refilled heavy duty ones..
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My old struts mounting bolt
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I managed to unbolt both front indicators, but left hand side was a bit stuborn.
And fitted the right hand side front indicator with clear glass, but then I had to hurry up and get all the stuff inside as it was pooring down....


Did not get any sleep last night so I have been playing with my instrument pod, getting better light..

First I needed to get a new fuel gauge as my needle broke after beeing bent for long time..
Also fitted my voltage regulator from Martin as well, no pics of that, sorry..

This was my donor cluster for the fuel gauge
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My 6 pod cluster...
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Top half of with the glass...
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Empty cluster
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This is what happens when you are using 5watt bulbs instead of the 3 as you should use.
My PCB is also burnt in a few places, but only a few warning lights is not working, need a new pcb, the donor one was burnt badly..
Just point out that the light is a LED one, much less wattage on these, but still not enough light...
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This LED strip was bought at my local hobby shop for less than 8 pounds, it has 60 smd diodes and can be cut every 3 leds for custom lengths.
I choose green as I like the orginal look, I'm no fan of the red Audi/BMW ***** lights, nor do I like blue either, that belong the emergency rigs..
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Finished cluster
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I like it a lot

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Close up pic

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And roughly how it will look in the car...

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generis

Maybe take up knitting.
That's one of the coolest uses of those strip lights I've ever seen. Very very good! Looks great!
 
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Caprinut

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That's one of the coolest uses of those strip lights I've ever seen. Very very good! Looks great!

Thanx for that fella:biggthumpup:


Got a couple of hours with my Capri today too...

First I mounted my instrument cluster, too bad my camera can't pick up the real color, will try a diffrent cam later
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And fitted my clear indicators, looking much better now[[[
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Works too:laugh:
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I changed my instrument cluster voltage regulator while it was out, and now my fuel gauge works perfectly, and I think the temp gauge will too:luxhello:
Another pluss is the selfpark and intermit on the wipers is now back, so now I can relax a bit during rain while driving
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UNGLEWD

Supporting Member
Really cool car, very unique from what I'm used to over here.
Really great mod on the inst cluster... all of the muscle cars suffer from the same weak bulb stuff. This could be done to many of the clusters and is a neat detail!
I really miss playing with the full size stuff.
 
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Caprinut

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Some info that may interest you Canadian people:biggthumpup:


The only Canadian Capri Club of North America meet was held in Oshawa on May 25, 2002. 14 Capri enthusiasts gathered at The Canadian Automotive Museum in downtown Oshawa.

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Thanx for the good feedback:luxhello:
 
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Caprinut

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A couple of pics from the first Capri meet I attended with my Capri last Sunday...

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At the end of the day a few of us took a trip to down town a meal, Dolly Dimpels this time (pizza)
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The Capri meet was held on the same place as a Amcar meet was held, but everything is welcome there.
I like this show a lot, everything from yank steel, rice racers, HD and euro stuff..
Due bad weather that day there was a lot less cars there then there usually is..

Some highlights of the day..

1105hp 302 V8 with twin turbo engined VW T3 Transporter (Vanagon to you guys)
Engine is placed right in the middle of the car under the back seat..
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Another fave of mine this day
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These are rare here
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I think a few of you would like this gasser style rod :-)
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My mate showed his all steel, 350 Chevy, roof shopped Ford Capri.
Even the rear spoiler is in steel, claimed to hold 200 pounds ++
Tires are 345 wide
Sadly not road legal in Norway
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NVFOCUS

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This is all very interesting, thanks for sharing it with us.

It looks like you had a blast attending the meet, the last car kind of looks like a car from Mad Max.
 
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Caprinut

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Beautiful! I'm guessing you folks don't use salt on the roads during winter? SOOOOO Jealous!

Yes we do, plenty of salt infact:nonono:

This was how my Mondeo Estate (Contour) looked about 6 years ago before I had it welded and painted.....
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As you see we got plenty of rust on the vehicles that is been used during winters...

I hate salt, let them cover the roads with sand, much better!!!!
 

matt c

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"yank metal" Love it. My first car was a '63 cadillac coupe de ville. Car's coming along nicely.
 
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Caprinut

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Had the car for registration last week, only failing on a couple of points..

#Need to fit turn signal on front fenders, must be fitted on cars from 74' and onwards..
#Need to fit orginal steering wheel..

Turn signals are oredred from the bay and one of my mates have a orginal steering wheel I can lend for a few days..


I was also missing 4 technical documents, now ordred via the Ford HQ in Norway..
Cost a bit tho....
500 dollars + VAT


I have been giving new registration test day the 9th August, hopefully I have plates on it a few days later:luxhello:


Lately, the car have had a few problems, most annoying was a water leak that woulden't stop.

Took the water house located on top of the inlet manifoil, where the upper radiator hose is atached to..
Here right of the engine, dirty as hell
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And after a little scrubbings with a wire brush it was evident why it was leaking so badly
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To make a long story short, it was epoxyied as I don't weld, and this is cast alu.
After many atempts with metal epoxy, it is now leak free.
But because it's so thin, I have a replacment coming in, in a few days time..

Besides the little leak it was running a little hot, still after the leak had stopped.
I suspect that is the water pump as I think it's on it's last legs.

Will replace the water pump to, luckly my mate have one spare..

Capri was only fitted with mechanical fan on the engine when new, so to be on the safe side I will be fitting a electric one in front of the radiator to cool the engine down when the orginal fan isen't cooling enough.

I have also managed to get hold of a black upper half of the dashboard, will fit that too soon, as I'm not a fan of the red dashboard.

Next big thing for me is a local Capri party with sleepover a hour away the 11-12th August and the annual Norwegian Capri meet 17-19 August 300 miles away, by that time I should have the made the car reliable with new water pump and electric radiator fan..


Stay tuned for more updates:laugh:
 
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