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iv been working on this for a couple of mounth's now so thought id start a biuld thread, iv had it for about 3 years and was using it as a daily for a while, i took it of the road about 2 years ago as it was in need of some repair's and was taking me away from finishing my chevy suburban, iv finished the burb now so i can do the capri properly as aposed to quick fixeses to keep it on the road, it looks fairly good in the photo's untill you dig a bit deeper:tdown: it was held together with filler and mastic, at 1 point i was going to get another 1, but the wife decided she wants this 1 as it has sentermental value :shake:




it does look fairly nice there but as you will see looks can be deciving, i new when i bought it that needed work so was'nt that suprised at what i found, there's not a lot of capri's to choose from and this one was mostly complete, had a old ford services escort front crossmember, steering rack etc, it ran well and was easy to put on the road,
 

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we stripped the car down to a shell and decided id start at the back mainly because im looking for an engine and box but had most of the rear end bits, i thought that i would be able to fix the floor and the chassis rails, but found that after years of shit repairs and patch over patch i decided to cut the lot out and start again, unfortunatly it was some time before i could find anything to weld too, to say it was rotten is an understatment :tdown







after we found solid metal i made this patch which was welded to the inner sill, then i made a cross member with clearence for the prop, this goes from one sill to the other and is datem point, the mail rails attach to here as dose the rear leaf springs, iv put a cross member in front of the rear valnce which will add some much needed strenth,






a friend and i are making some rear wheels from some dodge rims and citreon centre's, the centre's nedd turning down in a lathe which should be done next week, we can the use a home made jig and weld them up, iv given them a deep inset, there about 8'' wide, these will be painted and have 41 ford hub caps which i think will look very cool:D ill put some pics up when i get them back, the axle is now 105e as this gave us the option of using these wheels,the leaf and shocks are mounted, i will make my own lowering blocks when we get it back on its wheels,





i bought a new rear valance from a mate so weld that in today, had to repair the rear quater before i could fit the valance, iv started to make the new boot floor, im looking for some wheel arch's which i would liked to have fitted first so i can fit the tub's and finish the boot, i would like to thank the tuesday gang for there contiued help, piss taking and usless idea's:incheek: thanks boy's:tup: i will post more when i have it thanks steve
 

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I know the feeling of trying to find somewhere to weld to only too well . Looking forward to the build.
 

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blimey good skills there and mammoth heart to tear the car to bits completely and as i have said before that rust looks 10 times worse underneath than is displayed :)
 

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Wow haven't seen that for a while! a mate of mine owned that about 20 years ago, it was red and he did it peppermint green it was full of filler back then! good to see your doing it justice, if you need any bits let me know as iv broken a few of these up in the past!
 

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Steve, you sure it's Julie that thinks it's got sentimental value and not you crying about all the moths that died when you got your wallet out? :D

Looking good though.
 

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Another long time (33 years ) Consul Capri man here and as Kev says all looks quite familiar, the one I have had the longest had only been on the road for 4 years before the owner passed away then it sat in a big farm shed until I got it,still got crud in the usual areas though.
Looking forward to this build
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Yet another ex Capri/Classic owner here and yes, I'm also all too familiar as to how these stunning cars rot out. My own Capri wasn't quite as rotten, but it still took months of dedicated welding to piece it back together again. At the end of the day though, I think these cars are worth the effort.
Best of luck with the rebuild matey:bigsmile:
 

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thanks for the nice comments, my wife gose on face book consul capri club, i looked at some of the pics on there not sure weather they were being rebuilt but some on there made mine look like a new car :lol: there,s a nice consul capri featured in retro ford,:tup:
 

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my plan for this weekend was to get an xtra cross member in, the fuel tank, the spare wheel carrier, all the boot and the back seat area made and welded in, we all no how plans go, and i didnt plan on running out of welding gas satarday dinner time :sniff: i decided to carry on and make every thing ready to weld in when i get some gas, i prefer to weld as i go as its a pain in the arse trying to clamp thing so you can make the next panel, if its spot weleded it makes all the diffrence,:tup:


these are the wheel's iv made using citreon centre's and dodge rims, they measure about 8.5 x14, you dont seem to be able to get tall tyres in 13'' so iv gone to 14,s, i'd like to thank jon and bob for there help with maching and use of their jig, cheers lad's:tup:, the hub caps we bought at long beach there stainless 41 ford, i might use trim rings as well but not sure if there be to little painted area left, what do you think :?:
this is the stock tank which i want to re'use, i think i might put some brackets directly welded to the tank as oposed to the orginal straps that used to be there, i think i will have to modify the tank as i intend using efi,







im pleased with the floor, once it's welded in properly, seem sealed and painted i think it will look good, pity you wont see it unless your mot'ing it,as i will carpet all the boot to match the interior, i was going to use a space saver tyre but decided to use what i'd got plus it will be the same size as he front, iv decided to do the tub's after iv repaired the rear arch's, :bigsmile:
 

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Looks good Steve and is coming along nicely, some nice bead rolling there too, who done that for ya? :incheek:
 

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Absolutely superb workmanship, I will have a go at anything, but the state that was in, I would have had to seriously consider giving up. I salute your dedication and most of all your immense talent.
 

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To use with efi, I either make a small cannister to add to the bottom , or build in a swirl tank, basically to stop the fuel flowing away when cornering. The take off wants opening right up, it's 12mm I think and I then use a small Rover 200 series inline fuel filer as soon as it leaves the tank which forms another baffled reservoir.
 

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Absolutely superb workmanship, I will have a go at anything, but the state that was in, I would have had to seriously consider giving up. I salute your dedication and most of all your immense talent.
What Tony said as well , been there (several times )and don't want to do it again.
 

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thanks guys, i had a chat with ian armstrong as his mk3 cortina is efi, he's used a seprate pump to feed the swirl pot then the swirl pot feds the engine pump, im looking for a sierra/granada twin cam with auto box but not had much luck finding one for right money, i would have tried the donar car tank if id found one, perhaps you could put an articale up in tech?
 

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Looking good steve, especially to the last time i was over. I like the wheels without trim rings myself. Best of luck with the rear arches! :tup:
 
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