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    the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    hello everyone , i've been here long enough now and well the time has come where i think i should start my own thread on my car, i've been building it now for a few months so i'm gonna try and remember as much as i can, i'll also explain the name, everyone who has ever saw it has said it is mint, but believe me, most of the extensive work has not been done because its "mint" but quite the opposite, believe me when i say this but paint can hide alot! i'll start off by telling you the boring bit of of the car and then i'll try and get some pictures loaded up and show you my progress so far, it may take me a couple of evenings as thiers a fair bit to talk about

    i bought the car in february 09 off ebay, the pictures where small and crap and a start price of 900quid, i wasn't even looking for a car, i was just having a brouse but my brother bought a new car of ebay and well i fancied a new car myself after that the only reason i bought the car is that it had been recently resprayed, waxoiled its entire life and something called ziburted either way i bought it, a mint shell dont cost far off 900 quid so i cant really loose, with a complete car.

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    unfortuanately after my spontanious buy, i then had i deap heart reanching thought i didn't have 900 quid, i didn't have towing facilities, the car was 120 miles away but most importantly i might get negative feedback

    so i rang in a few favours and luckerly the man selling was very paitient and after 3 weeks i managed to get down and bloody hell the pictures did it no justice! and just like everyong else i said, "wow, that capris mint" it didn't have and bumpers and when it was started up i noticed it was only on 3 cylinders, (it proberly didn't help it hadn't been on the road for 5 years!) but either way, it had a new intierer, hardly any rust in sight and it soon got towed home and many toots and waves where sent our way on the journey back

    this is what it looked like when i got it home













    and then it got left outside under a cover for 16 months
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    16 months later of june this year my gray capri had to really come off the road after fudging it through too many mot's but i will fix it one day

    so i went down to get the car only to find the carb has seized, si thought while i was at it i might aswell rebuild the top end, unfortunately i dont have any pictures of the head but i had an old big valve head kicking about and a brand new fr30 cam which i never used, the heads porting was pretty poor so i went about more porting on the exhaust side of life and got the short bend of the port smoother and went and got it cc'd at ctm to see what compression its sitting at and got abit of advice off charlie on what the porting looked like, to which he seemed rather happy with, i felt quite proud , turned out it was 10.25 compression with a standard gasket which was exactly what i wanted, i then put the camshaft in it and spent a good bit of time on it and in the end i got all the lifts spot on

    so only the usually head swap now, thought i would bring my misses along as i like the companny and tea, and she got a few pictures too, plus i had someone to give me some sypathy after the cronic knee pain everyone suffers with while working on a capri for too long







    i also ported my inlet manifold by getting a real nice smooth side at the top of the manifold, this a pain in the arse and can leave horrible steps which are a right bugger to get out but i was quite impressed with the end result i also modified the carb, thinned down the throttle spindles, opened the chokes a little bit and polished it and thinned down one of the aux vent legs while giving it a good service. amazingly though even after 16months the battery was still fully charged certinally amazed me, and after a clearance check and the adding of fluids i began cranking the engine, and cranked some more, and a little more and a little bit more after that, then bang!!! fuck my old boots!! what has happend, i checked everything over, turned it by hand, everything seemed fine so i turned it over again, this time only after 5 seconds another bang! checked everything again and the misses kindly pointed out, "is fire ment to blow out of that thing?" while pointing to the carburettor turns out i had the leads the wrong way , i put them the right way and straight away she fired up and purrred beautifully

    so out she came



    and got flat bedded home where i can comence work
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    nice little story so far

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    A 2.8i was my first Ford, so I always have a soft spot for a good Capri. Keep the updates coming, great work and beautiful car!!

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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    Looks like a good buy does that

    Get your missus to buy you a half decent camera for xmas though ffs
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    thank you everyone for your kind words i didn't expect so much interest so quickly and i do apologise about the picture quality, problem is i have to make it a gif picture for it to work which seems to destroy the quality i'll get some more updates going tomorrow for everyone
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    very good read so far

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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    spiffingly good idea me lad takes abit longer but the quality is much better doesn't look so cartoony

    anywho, back to the thread, the first job on my list was to give it some eyes, after writing off the gray capri and rebuilding it, i nicked the headlights out the red one rather than buying new but now the red one ended up with no eyes, i thought i would take a trip to specsavers though and give it some top of the range dog doo daddys e30 headlights i hurd this was a good upgrade so i thought i would give it a stab.

    i went on the bay and turns out they're not much dearer than capri lights. i bought myself a pair of e30 lights for 30 quid and found a link on what i think what was passion ford on how to modify the frames to hold the bigger lights. basically the bmw headlights have a much bigger diameter so your'll need to get yourself a wepon of choice for cutting throught metal, easiest way i found was to use a 4 inch angle grinder, (unfortunatly i didn't have any 4 inch disks but had loads of 7 inch disks, only problem i found with using them is the disks get a little bit close to your fingers ) , your gonna need to take out a fair amount of material and also a little section at the top for the side light bulb



    but basically thats all you need to do to fit the e30 lights to the fames

    looks good dunnit





    you dont need to use the e30 main beam, i actually connected both to a battery to see if they were better and not only do the capris ones fit straight away but i also reckon it gave off a little more light

    next part is slightly more technical, so grab yourself a tea have a good and get the soldering iron out, the main beams can remain as they are obviously so just cut the end of the plug off the headlights and first just twiddle the wires together so you know what goes where, weld it all together a hey presto, one pair of snazzy new lights





    or so i would lead you to believe .............. this is always the problem with ebay buys, one of the lights had no sidelight bulb holder, i just thought no problem, i could prob pick one up for 2 quid .... yeah right!

    i had a look on the bay but they didn't have one, thought it was a little odd, i mean i can buy a piece of britney spears hair but not a bulb holder anywho i went to my motor spares shop down the road, now i've been going to them for years and no mater what i ask for they always come back with a dusty old box of exactly what i need, but when it comes to bmw sidelights, "nope sorry, we couldn't even order that part in" fair play i thought, they noramally do ford items so i'll go to a breakers yard, first yard, "nah sorry no bmws, try this yard", 10 miles later, "sorry mate dont have any of them" so i tried a 3rd yard and even a 4th, not one breakers yard had any getting a little frustrated i remember a place in dagenham my brother told be about called german, swidish and french, excelent, a german specalist, they're bound to have it i worked my way through the traffic and found it, but because of its age it was an obsolute part starting to reach the end of my teather now i worked my way back to my motor spares shop and said, do you have anything that holds a bulb with 2 spade connecters at the back, 2 minutes later he comes back with a sidelight buld holder for an 89 fiesta, i also got it for free as it wasn't on thier system anymore , stuck it in the grinder and made it as thin as i could and it fitted , with the bezals back on, it works a treat and you would never know



    morol of the story though, make sure stuff is complete or your end up spending 20 quid on diesel trying to find the right part
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    well i whipped the wheels off next to sort the brakes out even though they felt good but didn't fill requirements i have for brakes in they way that it didn't stop the car! so after jacking it up the wheels was extremly difficult to turn, impossible to turn the brake disk without the wheel on it, i suppose thats what you get after so many years of sitting thier

    i spent bloody hours bashing away at every nut to get the calipers and lower suspension arms off, had to give the calipers a wack with a wooden mallet aswell as they were rusted on to the disks, although the shell was mint, all the nuts and bolts had rusted themselves on, its amazing how shit all the main running gear can get by just doing nothing. unfortunatly on removing the caliper the shitty old brakes lines just fell apart in my fingers, an while i was at it i removed the flexies so i can fit some braided jobbies to it

    splitting the calipers are fairly simple its getting the pistons out which are a bastard dont use a vice or pullys or a bar or anything along them lines, chances are your'll just damage the piston. luckerly though i have the use of a 180psi air line but be bloody carefull using this method, i used an old pair of jeans to rap round the piston and caliper coz if you dont, chances are the piston will make a nice little round hole in your cieling.

    i put it all together with the spacer kit off the bay and put some ebc pads in thier, some people slate them but i've used them before and always found they were fine for me.

    all ready for the car now



    i also got some new lower suspension arms with some red poly bushes, also a bastard to fit, i hate doing them, some people drop the arb and say its easy then but eh, when you cant be arsed you cant be arsed so i just throw a rachet stap round it and give it a belt then it normally works out nicely

    thanks to this website i met a loverly fella on here called joegsm who is called joe and owns gsm who knocked me up some brake lines to replaces the snapped bastards, i like nice new and shinney, looks the tits so i threw it all together as the haynes would explain and the wheels turns beautifully now



    i also treated abit of rust i found under the car while i was thier with a wire wheel on a drill, put some worm poison it which makes your skin go a lover puple colour put some black hamerite on it and them some undersill, dont even notice it now



    (btw the pictures are before the undersill, looks much better undersilled )
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    update time

    well while i was at joes sorting some braklines, he had a pair of adjustable capri billies sitting in the corner after some texting we agreed a value and off i went to collect i gave it a quick spray of red to match the car and it looks proper job



    only problem is now i have to undo all my hard work again to fit em but atleast i know wont spend 3 evenings bashing off rusty nuts , everything came of a treat and the adjustable hight makes more so much ease when putting back on, thier 200lb spring which should be spot on in a fully trimed capri as they are cirtainly not as light as a fiberglassed escort!

    i gave the steering arms a clean and a paint with new bolts as it just doesn't seem right bolting old rust back on in my opinion



    some pics of the new arms with poly bushes



    and some pics of the assembely







    once fitted though i barely had any thred pocking through the top mount so i got the top plate of the springs and ground the top lip off



    and i can now bolt up the shock through the top mount quite comfortably

    and everything fits a treat, not a bad way to spend the evening if you ask me



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    pics alot better
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    not too bad for a 0.3 mega pixal camera
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    well shortly, after doing one side of my suspension, it came to the point of turning the car around in the drive so that i can do the suspension on the other side of the car.

    now i still haven't bled the brakes yet so was using the hand brake, i have turned the car around proberly 4 or 5 times already with no brakes but this day was not a day to be proud of, it must be the most stupid most rediculas moment in my driving history.

    for some unkown reason to me i completly forgot all about the fact i had no brakes and apon turning it around i slowly and every so carfully, rolled into the garge door infront now baring in mind the garage door is inch thick oak with 3 1 inch box section horizontal locking bolts and 2 solid steel 3/4 inch vertical locking bolts my poor little capper didn't stand a chance even at the walking pace it rolled into it









    now i would tackle this myself is it was not for that crease about 2 or 3 inches up the wing, this happened about a month ago now and i am still looking for a good body shop near or in essex than can sort this so if anyone knows of anyone that can do it, please let my know, i know a man that can paint it, i just need a man to pull it out with a slide hammer or something, luckerly it a new wing and not the orginal so it is of a thinner metal, but like i say if anyone know who can sort out this wing, please pm me as its stopping me from putting my headlight back in and i dont want to do any more damage to it trying the get the lights back in.
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    well to cheer myself up after the damage i decided to do something with the indicators, the car never came with bumpers and i quite like the de bumpered look so i needed to find myself a place for the indicators.

    alot of people somehow modifiy the old indicator to fit in the front vanlance but i dont want any gripfill or nonsence holding this car together so i decided to wire in some sort of bulb to the main beam headlights.

    i bought myself a pair of bulb holders of the bay



    and drilled a hole in the main beam, (i practiced on an old smashed headlight to get the nack of it first )



    also had to take a small nick out of the headlight holder frame thingys





    and all i did to the wiring was lop the bulb off and put a couple of spade connectors on



    and jobs a gooden



    or so i would think, problem with doing this is i was using a much lower wattage bulb, having the effect you get on the indicator speed as if a bulb was blown and it blinks much faster than normall. this is due to the relay having a bio metalic strip which messures resistance apperantly, thats beyond me but thats what i got told

    now the obvious answer would be to put some higher wattage bulbs in but you cannot get 21 watt in this size unfortunately so i used my new knowledge of bio metalic strips and thought some sort of resistor in the wireing would copensate for this, so i spent 2 min on ebay and came across this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12v-LOAD-BALLA...item4aa5f78844 this explains the problem and solution in beautifull simple words and while i was at it i also bought a couple of amber leds to go with it http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/W5W-501-5-SMD-...item3caf03f0d8

    when they came through, i got my wire and cut it about an inch and a half from the plug



    and wired in the resistor into the loom



    now apparently these can become very hot during use so you need to find a suitable location for them and put it in a safe place where it wont melt or cause any fires. i drilled 2 little holes and put mine here



    and put a couple of self tapers in to hold it in place



    the lights work a treat now, they blink at the correct speed and almost looks like it could be a factory fit

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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    Good work mate

    Shame about the little bump, but these things happen I suppose.
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    thanking you fella

    well i've been doing little odds and sods to the motor, i bought some eccentric/concentic top mounts, the one where its non adjustable.



    anywho i'm really starting to fall in love with adjustable suspension, all i had to do was lower the hight and i didn't need to undo anything else, made changing the top mounts so easy

    the little bush that goes over the shock was too small



    but i threw it in the lathe and its all good now

    i also bought myself a sportex system exhaust off ebay and fitted that, the clamps used are 2 1/4 inch so the system is proberly a little over sized but it dont enargh sound nice and it looks a damn sight nicer than the old pea shooter that was out the back before hand





    i used my old ashely tubualr manifold to fit and upon inspecting it, i'm sure it doesn't flow very well, it looks quite restrictive where it bolts up to the head where the tubular bits weld onto the plates that bolt to the head, the welds pertrude the holes in the plates, if that makes sense, i tried grinding them down a little but my porting tools didn't really even scratch it, only rounded the weld a little, i have a demonstrasion drawing which is fantastic



    so at somepoint i'll pull it off again and properly grind it down.
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    TBH i doubt the blobs of weld will make any power difference at the sort of engine spec you have

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    i know what your saying and i know your right but god knows why the manifold is made like that plus i stick by the tesco policy of every little helps, i'll see if i ever do get round to doing it, proberly wont once its on the road. plus with the future plans it would make the manifold surplus to requirements
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    well most of the mechanical stuff was done so i turned my attention too the intierer.

    the arieal in the car never worked and after i gave it a tug it came straight out coz it led to well nothing
    so i went down to my motor spares shop and got an in car booster arieal and fitted it under the glove box.



    its the little things in life you dont notice that makes it nice i think

    also my radio lights up red and gave me an idea, i should make the intierer lights red also

    i was never happy with how bright they were, so i bought some led bubs from hong kong off ebay and many many many moons and many many many starts later they finaly arrived.

    i pulled the clocks of, took out the old bulbs out and slowly undid each clock so that i could pop the filters off which make the backlights green and dark and gloomy









    and grabed my new led bulbs and bung them in the fittings





    i have noticed though that these type of bulb only work one way unlike a normall bulb where it doesn't mater where the possitive or negative goes, so if it dont work first off try flipping the bulb, but it works the tits now, so much brighter like a modern car, dimer switch now rendered useless but its not stupidly bright, dunno how good this picture will show it.



    and the capri is starting to look a little messy now



    still aslong as it dont end up like my poor old shed







    oh and i also bought abit of bling to look at whist in traffic, it arrived gray but i spent a whole evening polishing with brasso and it soon came up like this



    well worth elbow ach in my opinion, plus that stuff smells great
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    i have another update

    i had to fix the heater matrix as the fan wasn't turning, it is such a pig of a job but once out i pluged the new one in and it didn't work it span freely but wouldn't spin, i was scratching my head for quite some time and checked the fuse to find one missing

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    i replaced with a suitably sized *cough* bolt *cough* just to see if i got electricity and it worked , i do hope i didn't waste my time changing the motor but the old motor was very stiff to turn so i dont think i did.

    i also wanted to fit an electricall fan, i cant stand electrickary coz you cant see it, it creates fires and can bloody hurt but i'd like to free up abit more power and i dont like over heating in traffic, sometimes its quite nice sitting in traffic on a hot day without the heater on to stop the engine from overheating

    so i removed the old mechanical fan and had to thin down one of my spanners in the grinder to make it fit coz i don't have on thin enough i bought a fan off my mate which he had kicking about, i wanted a blower but got a sucker but apparently they work better then fans infront of the rad.

    i fitted it with some cable tie looking thingys of ebay which holds fans on radiatiors http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/KitCar-Slim-Ra...item588b0555f3 i thought they were pretty really so i slung a big industriall cable tie round it when i was at it.

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    then i needed to wire it all in, i like to hard wire it straight in purely coz its so much easier than tapping it into the ignition if you ask me and just have a switch inside.

    i bought a few toggle switchs of ebay and i'm really getting carried away with this red theme now (considing i was thinking of changing the colour but starting to like it now )

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    i needed somewhere to mount it now and thiers a bloke of ebay that sells 3 x 9 inch saturn ally plate for 3 quid so i bought that.

    i measured up a few marks and drilled some holes and came up with this

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    i felt bloody pleased with it as it goes i know you can buy panel switchs but they all seem to have starter buttons which i dont like.

    only problem now is i didn't think where to mount it but i must of got out the right side of the bed today coz the bit of plastic dash under the ash tray above the clock is exactly 9 inchs across lol

    abit of cutting later with abit of jigary pokary and i've impressed myself, i'm not normally to good and delicate things

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    dont know what to do with the other 3 switches yet but i'm sure i'll find a use

    i also took the quick shift out of my other capri and bolted it in so i dont have that mega travel you get with type 9's

    and now i think you are up to date with everything, the car is now basically ready for the road all that needs fixing is the dent on the wing which i wanted done before christmas but no one seems to recommend or know of any good pannel beaters (HINT HINT)
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    well i found a pannel beater near me and his work seems pretty good quality so i'm currently penciled in on the 20th of december and should hopefully have it back just before christmas, so now i have to have the car ready for the road for the 20th, december is going to be a seriously expensive month for me i still have to get 2 new tyres for it yet, an mot, 6 months tax (to try and save a little bit of money) and pay my insurance and also buy christmass stuff let alone pay for pannel beating i really didn't have the money for and is more expensive then i first thougt, i'm gonna be seriously broke by new years i reacon unless i pay my insurance monthly which i hate doing.

    anywho i'll let you know what happens with the pannel beating and i got a new phone, the pictures are of a far better quality, looks much better

    on the car i havn't done much, i tinkered with throtle linkage as i had to fit a new cable and it has never felt right since, the peddle felt very steppy and crap, i came to the conclution that thier was too much spring involved and was getting coil bound so i lopped a little off.





    the pedal does feel alot smoother and no longer stepy but it doesn't feel like its opening fully so i'm gonna have to get someone to press the pedal for me while i look, how would i adjust the the cable if i find out its not opening both barrels completly? any ideas?
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    to take paly out the throttle cable simply unscrew the hexagonal bit which is under the hose in your pics

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    thats the thing, thier is no play, the throttle begins to open the second the pedal is touched but it almost as if i dont have enough travel on the pedal, the pedal hits the floor before i think the barrel is completly open.
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    ok if that the case and you dont get full throttle its prob time to bend the pedal!

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    i'm glad i'm not the only one thinking this lol i shall give that a go
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    fair play mate ur making some good progress on this now and it does look good red.
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    thank you fella, kind of you to say the paint is pretty shit in some areas though, i want to load up some pictures of the areas but i cant get any good pictures due to weather, i'll try and get some this weekend.
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    Yer alex looking good mate, makes a good read!. Shame about that knock =[ but like the other guy said it does happen.
    Keep it up cant wait to see it on the road!

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    cheers dave well hopefully once the bodyshop is done it should be on the road in jan so i can pop by, i'm just currently sorting tyres at the moment, i nicked a couple of tyres off the gray capri and gonna buy some falkens for the front off camskill, would be nice if i had them pepper pots already
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    hi mate, its a while back, but can you remember running up santa pod strip at classic ford show in june, against a ruff red capri wi black wings? if ya can, it was me like, and must say, the new cars dead smart, good thread too.,.. keep up the good work..

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    cheers fella, corse i remember you, one of my best pictures involves your motor



    glad you had a read up mate, still more to come yet and i better see you next year
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    haha..u sure will, should be there in one of the bleedin escorts if i can pull my finger out!!! cars lookin sweet, and thanks for the pic.. awesome day, made my weekend that thrash up the strip...

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    your not wrong! i drove like a tart for a week after, was so relaxed after canning the bollocks out of it all day lol, have you got a thread of the escort, i'll have a read up if you do
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    i have matey, but im not sure how to post you a link? if you look for my subscribed threads u shud be able t find it..

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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    oooooo i like this a lot! your going along similar paths to me actually, i'm going to be checking in on this regularly from now on

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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    cheers capri18

    well i have a slight update, the car went into the body shop yesterday to get the wing sort, i almost didn't think it was going to get thier as when i was loading it up i found out i only had one ramp to the flat bed but on the way back i found it at the side of the road glad it didn't hit anything, so after going threw half a set of tyres trying to drive it up the ramp due to the ice and struggled like hell strapping it on coz the ratched straps were frozen solid it got thier in the end

    i also fitted some new wheels which are black peper pots and they really suit it thanks to my mate DavidRS on here and fitted some new rubber to it i'll get some pics when she gets back from her bodyshop surgay (and dave, pick up your f**king tyres, they're taking up my shed )

    apparently its gonna be abit of a pain in the arse to match the paint on the capper as it a 3 stage paint or something or other apparently first they throw the red on, then some milky type paint thing on it, (i think the word incandesant was used ) and then it has to be laqured, but like i say the paint is pretty shite in some areas and quite a rew chemical reactions going on in some places so could prob do with a colour change in the new year, also secret out, i also wanted to cossie it in the new year but i reckon i only have enough money for one or the other so we'll see how it pans out.

    i also found out a fixed why the throttle wasn't opening fully



    this little doodad that the spring sits one was too long and stopping the throttle from fully opening, so i took out a hack saw and whipped 3 mm off it, threw an old cylinder head on the throttle pedal looked down the barrel and now i get full throttle its always nice to have such a prevalige

    i have been having a little bit of engine trouble though lately in the way that the exhaust starts to glow red hot, i thought this was maybe due to it running lean, so i've tempererarly (spelling issue thier ) thrown a 155 main in it on the primary, which has helped a little but its still slightly apparent, it has recently been brought to my attentin that it could be my valve timing is out, now the valve timing is set up in a way that it works, i have no idea if its too advance or too retarded, i know i have a higher compression to usuall at 10.25 - 1 but i don't know what way swinging the valve timing will do and what effects it will cause, i.e running hotter or colder ..... who knows

    either way i shall update again when the car comes back from the body shop hopefully it all goes well
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    its ya ignition timing matey, i always set my pintos up the same, start the engine and get it warm... then loosen the dizzy, and turn the dizzy till it starts to pick up the engine revs, then back it of a tiny bit, this shud make it reliable and safe to run around till you can get it to a rolling road...:xmas:

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    cant be my ignition timing, its all set up a treatat idle, unless the vacume advance is advancing it by too much, i'll try the same experiment again with the vacume advance disconnected, might swing the valve timing about abit too, see what happens and hope for the best really
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    Re: the mint capri, thats not actually that mint, but hopefully will be mint

    well i hope everyone had a good christmas only 360 odd days then its christmas again

    anywho, back to bussiness and moving on, i got my car back on the 23rd just haven't had time to update, but i must say i was well impressed with what i saw, he wasn't the cheapest but i went with him mainly because he seemed like the friendliest of the bunch, his work looked very good, and he done a capri last year, only a stones throw away also

    i'm sure you can all remember what it did look like after the accident but just to refresh the memory i have some before and after pictures.

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    as i'm sure everyone would agree its spot on, it is absolutly impossible to spot, the only thing different is the paint is slightly darker, but i knew from the start it was going to be damn near impossible to match, its not really noticable outside in the sun, i might just polish that bit with t-cut a few times just to see if it will lighten up abit though it really isn't that noticable, i really would recommend him, and obviously his in essex, not to far from the a13 so if anyone needs his number let me know

    i've also taken a picture of the car with its new wheels on, they look massively better, 100x better in my opinion, just need to put abit of back to black on the tyres to get rid of the paste, dunno whether to paint the writing on the tyres white or not, they can look good sometimes



    another also i mentioned a while back about some of the blemashes on the paint where its had some sort of wierd and not so wonderfull chemical reaction, its mainly on the bonnet, infact i think it is only the bonnet with the exception of 2 maybe 3 50pence piece sized bits in odd place but its more than likely a little rust kicking up, who knows anywho i got some pics of the paint while it was dry and bright(ish) to show the extent of it, i think i really am gonna go for a respray this year, but keep it the same colour, i've grown fond of it now plus it needs to match the intierer lights now fitted









    hope this brings it onto page 2, its starting to take an age to load now
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