My 78' Ford Capri Mk3 2.3S

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Caprinut

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Has been out in the garage the last few days...

My water pump needed to be replaced, engine was running too hot sometimes, despite new Ford (Motorcraft) thermostat...
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New one in, of course one stubborn bolt broke, haven't time to fix it properly now, so for time being I will leave it like that, missing one bolt
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This bad water house on the inlet manifoil need replacing as well...
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Painted the radiator since it looked a bit tired, need replacing that as well in the future..
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New water house from a fellow Capri owner in Finland
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Fitted a 14" universal electric fan today, perfect fit, nearly as it was ment to be there
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Not wired yet
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Also mounted a stock 2.8I steering wheel as my traffic station diden't like my JDM item.
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During warm up today, one of the small upper water hoses split right after one of the jublee clips, so need to fix that on Monday..

Tomorrow I gonna fit a stock black upper part of my dashboard, will look much better I thinkevil

And in a few days I'll get the 4 papers I need to register my Capri, was a bit expensive tho, well over 600 dollars
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But that soon forgotten when the plates are on my car
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Caprinut

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Another update:biggthumpup:

The red dashboard needed to go, so out it went
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And fitted, it looks so much better:luxhello::luxhello::biggthumpup:
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Caprinut

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Fitted side turn signals as well..

For MOT they are must be fitted on cars from 74' or later.
Mine is a x German car, and they diden't fit those before in the 80s sometime..

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UNGLEWD

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Not sad to see that red dash go... probably especially nice to reduce the reflection.
Neat to watch you pick away at all the little details
 
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Caprinut

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Not sad to see that red dash go... probably especially nice to reduce the reflection.
Neat to watch you pick away at all the little details

Thanx very much:biggthumpup:

My car got registred today, woohooooo:luxhello:

Got the registration book (aka pink slip), my plates had to be ordred from the license plate makers, and they arrive tomorrow or the next day[[[

Some pics at the traffic centre to get it registred
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From the drive home
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And some shots in front of the Ford dealer in my hometown
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And this weekend my mate held a Capri party, as he and his wife does every time the last 3 years or so..
First time there with my own Capri
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Had some proper reading stuff with me
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Took the rear bumper of today, two tone bumpers don't do it for me
Loos a bit naked
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Painted
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Can't wait to drive it legaly
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Have to sort out a few things before the Capri meet next weekend, such as fitting poly bushes, rewire my cooling fan, adjust the steering angles etc..
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
Man, If you didn't need the rear bumper for MOT to be happy, I'd say shave it off completely! Would look amazing! The black works well too. Your black dash is a massive improvement! Funny how much the dash looks like my 1978 mustang dash!
 
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Caprinut

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For 73' or newer cars bumpers are requried here for MOT.
I myself don't like the shaven look of Capri's.

Thanx very much, I indeed agree, dash looks 1000 times better!:biggthumpup:

Dash are similar to the Mustang II dash in layout yes, but never found a model that look nearly the same, may be some 70s jap car of some sort if they does...
Most similar are 77' Toyota Celica as I know of...



I have made my journey to the annual Ford Capri meet, 500km from home.
The trip went without issue, just the engine got a little hot in steep hills, but cooled down when driving on flat surface for 5-10 minutes.

Here a pre-wiew from the trip:biggthumpup:
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Caprinut

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And finally my highlight of the year was this weekend, the annual Norwegian Capri meet!

My car diden't miss a beat once in the nearly 600 miles I did this weekend.

Here are a few pics form the trip to the Capri meet

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Purple wash anyone?
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Our cabin for the weekend
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Will post up the show pics in a seperate thread..


From the journey home

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Large part of the trip to the show there was heavy rain, wipers had to be in fast speed to get rid of the water....
Had only one stop to fix something, as water was entering the cabin from the glovebox area..
Turned out the water followed the atenna cable and into the cabin as the hole was 4" lower than the atenna itself.
Easy fix, just pulled out some more cable from the cabin and then fasten a zip tie arond the cable, making the cable lower than the hole in the body, thus making the water following the lowerst point..

Got a little hot in steep hills, but it got back to normal after 5-10 min on flat surface, my radiator needs replacing, therefore I bought a spare radiator at the Capri meet

Has a lot of work done the last couple of weeks on the Capri.

Wired the stereo, fitted new radio atenna, fitted poly bushes to the front and rear ARB, adjusted the tracking, fitted my JDM steering wheel and many small jobs...


The Capri weekend was awesome!!!!!
 
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Caprinut

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Thanx very much:biggthumpup:


Got the front spoiler painted, was sick of seeing the flaked paint...

During some sanding
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Caprinut

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Winter has come, time to do some work on the Capri..

First I had to fix the garage port, was letting water in, uneven floor at port, and to make it worse it leaned inwards for the 6 foot or so...

As you see they have tried to fix it by fitting a wedge of wood, not working att all as there was a big puddle inside..
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My solution?
Fit a strip of rubber and nail it on both sides of port to make a big U
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And garage needed a clean up big time
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Fitted a new workbench as well
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And last week there was -15C , so I bought myself a 30kw diesel heater:rock:
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Works real good too
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And since both my buddy and me was hungery, we ordered a pizza
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First I took of all the doorcards, later to be colored from white to black.
And my mate was there too:laughing:
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This is the first job on the rebuild, next I will take out the whole interior to sound proof it with Fatman sound deadener.

And since they have forecasted 6 foot of snow next weekend and storm, the skirts taking of job has to wait a while...

During the winter I'm gonna install a 2.9 12v EFI, basicly the same as in Bronco, minus the injection stuff, different to the europeean item.
Gearbox will be MT75 I think..

This items has allready been bought:

Coilovers for the front suspension.
Caliper adapter kit to fit bigger brakes.
Full poly bush kit.
Single leafs for the rear.


Will try to post the progress along as I go..
 
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Caprinut

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Another day in the garage

So far I have used 10 litres of diesel with the heater, but it's nice to have it warm inside the garage

Yesterday I removed the seats, center console and the carpet.
And I'm happy to report that it's solid as it looks

Some pics...

















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Rear strengtning xmember looks really good, these rust on bad cars




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The weatherman forecasted 70cm of snow, but luckly it just came 20cm, but it soaking wet and bloddy heavy, and it will rain on top of this for the next 4 days or so, so I can't bother to travel to the garage who are located in the end of a gravel road and a steep hill(Located 3km from my house).

Will wait for a few days to see how fast the slush melts before I carry on with the Capri...
 

Ikaros

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That's a nice Capri, and surely is a good Buy!. Looks indeed pretty solid!
I've once had AN manta A, but when i took that apart, I realized it was raedy to be scrapped!
 
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Caprinut

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That's a nice Capri, and surely is a good Buy!. Looks indeed pretty solid!
I've once had AN manta A, but when i took that apart, I realized it was raedy to be scrapped!

Thanx very much!

There is more rust than I first thought, but still solid for it's age/milage..

Haven't driven a Manta A, but I have driven many Ascona and Manta B ones, several of my mates had these, good cars..
One thing I diden't like with them was the limited engine sizes, Capri had from 1300 to 3100:rock:




Really a time for an update....

Trying to do a couple of days a week as my body is not co-operating too well some times.....

I begun to investigate the floor pans, not rust free but could be worse..
Left side rear footwell
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Right rear
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That dosen't look smart at all
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Same sloopy repair at drivers area
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As you can see, it's not spot welded in every hole and the end of the repair panel open.
Rust between floor and inner rocker panels as well
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Just surface rust in spare wheel well
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Starting to chipping off the aweful paint and filler from tailgate and spoiler
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Look at that thickness of filler
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Most of it came undone with ease
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I guess there was 10 Ibs of filler on that thing
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Yes we do have snow here
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I wanted to know how much there was in the floor so I started removing the sound deadener stuff, floor looks good under there
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Front driver side..
The repair panel don't look too clever
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It has to go!!!!!!!!
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Front corner of inner rocker panel is badly repaired, and don't like that slap of gum gum either
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Think there is rust under that!!
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Most seat mounts is cracked from previous work, some nuts for the seat bolts are also missing
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Yep, there was rust to be found, and front of inner sill was filled with foam-WTF??
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Badly repair on the right in picture, on the left there was a rubber thingy just to glued to the floor..
Wonder how many badly repaired cars there is out there on the road??
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But most of the floor look rust free where the sound deadener was
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Rear right side
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Even removed the sound deadener under the rear seat as will Fatmat the whole interior when the rust is taken care of
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Caprinut

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Rear bumper removed
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Then I started to remove the bodykit as I hate side and rear skirts on any car..
Looks ok here, left front fender
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Left rocker
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Something going on here, yep that new wheel arch on top of the old one and the seam between rocker and lower 1/4 is partly covered...
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Yep that will be doubble wheel archers then
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Horror, left rear corner.
There are to panels coming down from the boot that meet at the bottom, inner and outer panel, the inner partly gone, the outer, well beyond help
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Rear valance not to bad actually, but I will replace this
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Right corner not much better than left
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Double wheel archers here too
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Right rocker
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Right fender
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UNGLEWD

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If you shed all of that fillerfrom the car, performance and gas mileage should almost double!!!!
 
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Caprinut

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Then I started to dismantle the front end..
Some grinding on rust bubbles to see what we got
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Was a lot of filler between front fender and valance under the light bucket
Seems to had a hit with something in the past
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Started to remove the spot welder from the right front fender, but soon saw the wing rails was a bit rusted...
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Looking into the kick panel area, yep hole
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Took the door off
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The rear edge where the fender meet the A post was a bit thin and needs to be replaced, so I just cut it
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Cut the wing rail off and removed the fender
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Front of rocker is completly gone, was made up from foam covered by filler and paint to look ok, and when I attack it with a angle grinder it looked like this afterwards
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Look ok but it isen't
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Upper corner of A post where it meets the window is heavly pitted, so will replace this
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Front corner of A post is heavly corroded
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One day I wanted to do something other than rust, so now the bottom of the rear spoiler is 98% free of paint and filler...
This is genuine Ford Motorsport spoiler in rubber, and in good shape these goes for 1000 bucks..
Bloody germans and their filler
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Looks a bit naked without the spoiler
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Looks much better allready, I like the sharp look, not blended in
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Got a big parcel from UK today from a Capri specialist
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Just a few of the items inside the box
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And here is where I'm currently at
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