Right, dragster provisionally sold, so back on the Capri
Ordered a new long water pump, pulley set, alternator mount and chrome single wire alternator. All in bolted up and sorted. Managed to cobble up a heater hose arrangement. not happy with it but it'll do.
Next big job was making new exhaust downpipes from the block huggers. I decided to do them in stainless, but with hindsight maybe shouldn't have bothered. Lots of work tig welding them, when they could have been mocked up and mig'd in the same day. I worked out there 7ft of welding in those two pipes !
they still need a straight section to tie into the existing system, as well as a "H" balance pipe, and there's one left to finish weld. Thanks to my Wild Bunch pal Goz for the stainless bends
Few small jobs to sort, notably throttle cable / bracket / spring, dizzy shimming, plug leads and other wiring then it's time to fire it up.
In parallel I'm building up a Ford 9" axle for it. I made a template from technical drawing dimensions to centre the pinion and cut the housing down to length
I had a touch buying the axle I did off Carl Harris, four stud mustang 8in shafts in a 9in housing, which assemble to 56 5/8, only 3mm off a standard Atlas Capri axle and no PCD change
I need to cut the housing to size, fab spring saddles and make brackets to take Scorpio rear calipers. Question for anybody still reading. Ford 9" has a 2.5" brake offset. Does anybody know the measurements of a Scorpio caliper from the centreline of the disc to carrier mounting face ? I'd prefer to bolt them onto the housing flange but need this dimension to spec the depth of the rear disc ?
back to the worlds slowest build....
My 9” has been narrowed courtesy of Chevy2, (cheers Gary). bought a nice Summit branded T5 short shifter
Ford 9” center section was built up by Paul @ Southern Axles, very reasonably priced and a good job.
Started on the wiring, unpicked all the ****ty wrapped loom and found all manner of ****e, chaffed wires, exposed lives buried in the loom, grounds disconnected, hidden/ no fuses, scotchlocks, melted wiring, you get the picture.
Wiring up the twin fans, my pal Dean drew up a trick relay set up which uses a stock Intermotor dual thermistor, but instead of powering one fan on low temp and both on high, they’re wired with 5 pin relays so they both come on at half speed at low temp, both on a full temp at higher temp, which gives more even cooling and wear on the fans, plus they’ll be quieter at low speed. Need some tidying.
Pressing on with all the little bits, throttle cable done, alternator sorted, exhaust wrapped, dizzy shimmed, static timed, coil mounted and wired, temp sensor, heater plumbing etc
Still plenty to do, wiring under dash needs completely going through. 9” is built ready to go under, just waiting on caliper brackets to take cossie rear calipers and discs. Focus will be to get the motor fired and cam broken in soon.
Swap meet was productive, picked up throttle springs, wheel nuts, alternator plug, some nice chrome center bolt valve covers, a mint late sbc sump, Autometer electric temp gauge and a Petronix coil as a spare. If anyone has or knows of a temp sender to suit an Autometer gauge please let me know. Real Steel want nearly £40 for one....
Some progress being made
Never liked the clearance between the rack and sump so throught I better do something about it now
all welded up, no leak and a shot of satin black
Seeing as I had the front end apart, I re-did all the bushes and balljoints, this is supposed to be a poly bush to "tighen" en up the handling, aka ****ed cheap rubbish
Took the opportunity to brace up the steering rack mounts
Managed to crack my vice pressing in wheels studs with it, ****ed off as it was my late dads, probably 50 years in the family...anyway, spotted a refurbed one on ebay, not cheap but I was lost without it
Still going through wiring, had to rip out and re-install a CAT 1 alarm which does the craziest ****, very cleaver stuff, drops certain voltages etc Found the car already had an inertia switch fitted for the ignition and pump which was a clever of them. Exhausd has been wrapped, wired in alternator, reverse light, temp gauge, all takes time
we did have an attempt to fire the motor but we were rushing it as I had to go out for dinner for the Mrs birthday. it cough and backfired through the car, we need to static time it properly, plug some ports and more importantly prime the engine properly. When I swapped the new chrome valve covers on, the right hand bank was dry as a bone so we obviously need to prime it for longer and at higher pressure to get the oil up to the rockers, so we calle dit a day and I'll tidy other bits until we can get a free day on it again
Started making plug wires to the correct length and used the opportunity to put right angled boots on instead. I had black or grey (MSD) ones so being a snob I used the MSD ones but was one short. A quick shout on Facebook and somebodies got a spare they can part with so I'll have them all matching, which is nice.
Next up, we fire the motor and assuming that's all good, it's headlong into fitting the 9in axle, rear disc conversion and Brembo big brake conversion on the front. I want the car on the road for this summer, and specifically for the Capri 50th anniversary at Brooklands in Sept.
You're making some good progress there mate
need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.
yep, but writing down what you've done and reading it back to yourself makes you realise just how much you actually did . it doesn't seem a lot until you list it all and then feel much better
need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.
A little more progress
Got my caliper brackets laser cut, painted and new wheel bearings installed. Used the trusty scaffolding tube to knock them on, taking car to have an old race protecting the next and masking up the bearing so all the rust from inside the tube don’t fall in the bearing. I estimate i’ll need. 2mm spacer to centralise the caliper but will make these once the axles installed.
Sticking with the axle i needed to fab newsaddles incorporating shock mounts. Made these from 50mm box and in order to get the holesaw located had to tack a bracket on to pilot the holesaw. Lots of work getting these perfectly matched.
Also made up new u bolt retaining plates in 6mm plate. Lots of time marking it all out accurately and cutting, scoring bends for welding. I ran out of gas for my mig and it would have been too much time tig welding them, so i’ll buzz them up when i get more gas. With hindsight i should have had these laser cut, cutting 6mm plate is laborious with 1mm cutting discs
U bolts i had to order from Jegs, i got them delivered via GDN on Ebay for half the price of bolts in the UK. Little trick, find what you want on Jegs or Summit, search the PT No on ebay, select it from their ebay store and add to basket, now leave it. Ebay/ Jegs systems notice you haven’t checked out and will discount it after a few days. Done this twice now. They’re a funny size as my axle is essentially 8” small bearing tubes on 9” centre.
Also did an impeller gasket swap on a brand new Summit ally water pump which was annoying but at least now sorted.
Must fire the motor next weekend, will make a remote starter switch as i’m on my own trying to break in a new cam.
Nice tip on the ebay trick.
Got a few hours over the weekend fannying about trying to get it fired. Had an intermittent fault where both fuel pump and coil main feed would drop out. Traced it to a connection block which I cut out and soldered up. Three heavier gauge wires all up under the dash, proper c**t job but sorted now.
Next up I primed the motor. I've got the moroso priming tool, dropped in in and span it up. Had 50psi on the gauge, but top end of the motor was dry. Ran the primer for ages but the right bank wasn't getting oil. The priming tool locates in the block where the dizzy goes. In this area an oil gallery crosses over and feeds the dizzy gear and the right hand bank. The priming tool has multiple positions, so moving the locating bush down a notch, allowed the oil to flow. It took ages to get oil up to the top of the pushrods, but after about 10mins we had oil at each rocker.
Made a remote starter, took heavy gauge wire from solenoid and B+ feed from back of the alternator, which meant I can bump it over to TDC remotely. With my thumb over the No1 plug hole, I bump the starter under I can feel compression and then bring it up to TDC by hand. The dizzy is dropped in being conscious to engage the oil pump drive. Plug leads fitted to the cap referencing the rotor position.
Carb idle setting set to 1.5 turns out. Float height set so dribbling out the sight plug. Lots of cranking, a cough a ****, back fire through carb and eventually flooded the motor. Ran out of time, battery was feeling the pain and I was late for dinner at my mums so had to call it a day.
Will have another crack tonight, I think plug gaps need opening up to 0.035, float height needs to go down a touch and the timing needs to be set by the light. With the ignition on, I'll connect a test light to the coil negative and ground the other end, with the crank on 10BTDC I'll rotate the dizzy until the test light just lights when passing No1 plug lead. If this doesn't work I've got other issues, but I am getting a spark (of unknown strength) and plenty of fuel.
Realising I may not have this on the road this year, I've started looking for another road worthy project. I've seen another Capri for sale locally, so will be going to look at that tonight. My mums moving house and will have a garage in a block, so I can have another car without incurring the wrath of wife and withdrawal of sexual privileges.
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