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    The car formally known as 'mint'

    Thought it was about time I started a proper 'resto' thread about my car.

    I'll start by saying it is jynxed and if it will go wrong...it will, both Rich and Grant can vouch for that.

    It was originally a 1.1 L and after a succession of 1.3 crossflows and 2 shite Pinto's it now has a freshly build 2.1 pinto under the bonnet.

    I have plans for the whole car, but at the moment it's at Terry's (PanelBasher) workshop having it's MOT repairs done (see pics below).

    When I get it back I plan to drive it lots and just enjoy it.

    Plans over the next few months and when funds and time allows includes Anti-dive kit for the front end, anti-tramp bars, fit rear billies and maybe some sort of new front suspension set up.

    Here are my rusty MOT pics



    Above is the initial hole that was an MOT failure (apart from the other few bits which were simply down to neglect )



    Where the car's been living for the past couple of weeks.



    New rust holes which after a few more pokes got worse

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Happens to them all in the end mate
    Still best to get on top off it now
    More pics please

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    get on with it u pussie hehehe

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Who's the nice looking lady by the 4 poster
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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    I picked the car up this evening from Terry's place (Plough Lane Coachworks ) and I'm very impressed

    Here are some pictures of the work in progress and I hope to get some pictures of the finished article tomorrow...







    Well pleased and am gonna drive her as much as I can

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Nice one matt and Terry

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    well done boysim sure it will be "mint" again soon
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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Well many weeks/months ago I promised a picture of the finished work, I even went outside at the time to take a pic (in the dark) but due to the death of my laptop, the picture never got posted... so now the laptop's back, here is that singular pic




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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    good as new

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Wow Matt you have put some much hard work into this epic restoration.... git

    She's built like a Steakhouse, but handles like a Bistro

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    I know, the hard work is only just starting

    Next job, the 'damaged' thread on one of the billies I got...here is a pic...



    The silver bit is the bit which has almost no thread...so I'll look into re-threading (I believe it's known as tapping) them tomorrow...and by saying that I mean I'll take them to the garage and leave them there

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    FYI .. tapping is for holes, threading is for rods bar etc. Not gonna get much thread if it's gone already. Looks like the important part below it is ok.
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    Cheers for the info

    Yeah the shocks themselves seem fine it's just the thread on the top of one of them.

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Swapped my number plates over today for the plastic ones I took off a couple of weeks ago and fitted my new window winder today Not much but they are little jobs that need doing.

    Also got a slightly better picture of the damaged thread on the billies. What do you recommend? File it down/lathe it and re-tap?


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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Quote Originally Posted by NRspeed View Post
    FYI .. tapping is for holes, threading is for rods bar etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mk2Matt View Post
    Also got a slightly better picture of the damaged thread on the billies. What do you recommend? File it down/lathe it and re-tap?
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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    looking good batti boy i wudnt bother with it dude buy sum new inserts or second hand ones dude

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Bugger bollocks, I meant thread I even went back to read it and thought "Don't write tap, don't write tap" I was clearly thinking it so much I wrote "tap"

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Right, having given suspension a thought, I've decided to give up on the billies and go for Gaz Shocks all round.

    I've managed to get hold of a set of Capri front legs to send off to Gaz, however, I'm still in need of the removable steering arms to go with them, so if you have any please let me know.

    As well as this, after dad driving the Mk2 back from Wheels Day and describing its handling as "Dangerous and fookin' scary" I've also decided to turn my attention to the brakes. I'm currently thinking on of the nice shiny Wilwood set ups should do the trick, but finances won't allow that this month so will have to wait for now. Going to dig out my brake servo tomorrow as well and see if it's worth fitting that too to try and make the car stop better

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    i wouldn't bother with a servo matt tbh mate. were the capri legs bare? or with hubs/discs etc? 2.8 capri are the common budget upgrade & plenty of people seem to run them with no probs on a road car

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    They are just standard Capri ones from Grant's 1.6 Capri because they are getting the Gaz Shocks treatment so I think I only need the stub axles.

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Right, I thought it was about time I updated this thread...

    ...recently my wing mirror fell off, so I fitted a new one. Simple as that. Here are the pics


    Here is the stump


    So it's off with the door cards etc.


    Undo nuts...


    Two minutes later...new mirror on.

    Think that's enough work for now

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    After my last epic update, I thought I'd follow it up with another!

    No pictures with this one because I couldn't be bothered to keep cleaning hands to use the camera. Besides, if you know what a Pinto head looks like there is no need for them.

    To Do List at beginning of the day:
    1) Clean car for insurance photos - DONE
    2) Adjust appets to remove tapping

    So I took the rocker cover off and started on the tappets...and after doing them all, none of them at all were loose, if anything they were too tight! So put them to where they should be and was pleased with the days work.

    Then put the rocker cover back on and started bolting it up...until one snapped

    So I now have a snapped bolt in the head and the car is oily again

    Off to the motor factors in the week to get something to remove it again.

    Pissed off doesn't cover it!

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    fook the motor factors mate. I`m sure we can help you out

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Right another min-update...

    Terry very kindly came over this evening to help remove the stuck thread...but with no luck

    I must have really over tightened it because it won't be freed!



    Guess I'd better ring Sutton Rebore and see what can be on

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Put a rag around it and drill the old bolt out. Then you can retap the thread

    Or just do all the other bolts up and let it be

    She's built like a Steakhouse, but handles like a Bistro

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Looking good mate, shame about the head. Can you drill it out at all?

    Good luck

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    You want to encourage matt the bolt snapper near it with a drill are you guys mad.....hes done enough damage for the cost of a head set and a few hours to pull it apart id rather see it gone to sutton rebore

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    You want to encourage matt the bolt snapper near it with a drill are you guys mad.....hes done enough damage for the cost of a head set and a few hours to pull it apart id rather see it gone to sutton rebore
    I already have a new head set in stock...and I have time...so yes, I expect it will go to Sutton Rebore

    Also...Jono...taking advice on drilling a head from you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk2Matt View Post

    Also...Jono...taking advice on drilling a head from you...
    I remember back in the day with my orange mk2, I tightened up the temp sender too tight and wrecked the engine getting it out.

    So yeh, if you want to borrow my drill !!!

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    The car is going to Sutton Rebore on Thursday

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    All fixed

    Great service from Sutton Rebore Even let me hang around and chat while the fella talked me through the admittedly simple process of fitting a helicoil

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Glad to hear it.
    Shame, I could have butchered your car for you for FREE man! Bargain. :-/

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    Well I hope there won't be a next time...but next time, you'll certainly be the top of my list of people to call...assuming I don't need help with the car

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    Thanks, love you too!

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Well, time for an update

    As some of you know I have recently been to Gaz Shocks for my new suspension (I have to say as well their service so far has been spot on and I would recommend them 100%). Since I dropped my Capri legs to them myself I was able to pick up the rear shocks to save waiting for them while the front legs are being built.

    Here they are:



    Here are a couple of pictures of the car before I changed anything (I like a good before and after shot! )







    Then it was off with the wheels, not essential I know, but makes everything easier to get to.



    Then with the undoing of two nuts the old shocks were out, here is the old next to the new



    The new shocks were fastened into place and looking good.





    Finally the wheels were put on and the car lowered back to the ground. The car sits about half an inch higher than it used to which isn't too bad. Once I get the fronts on I'll decide if it needs lowering any more.





    Only took an hour or so (with plenty of tea breaks and one phone call to Matt because I was being a tit )

    Took it for a test drive after and all of a sudden the roads round here aren't as smooth as they used to be

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    that's the easy end done

    well done matt

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    nice one matt
    And soften them up a bit too Hard isnt always the way forward

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    Yeah don't worry, Im gonna soften them tomorrow, only wound them up to see what it was like

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    Re: The car formally known as 'mint'

    Nice one Matt.i have been looking at sets of those and this has convinced me
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