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so heres the Capri arriving yesterday. Idea was to get it in the garage and sort it out.

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Problem! Doesn't quite fit, so I spent ages yesterday on the phone/computer/at post office getting all the stuff sorted so I could park it on the street, including a parking permit from local council, Not a great start.


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With the cover on, and cold and wet weather, I didnt expect any progress today....

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Here is an example of the state is had got into. Plenty of green stuff growing in various places

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I managed to clean up the engine bay

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...and the outside.


Looks better for it already.
 

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Blimey O'Reilly!!! That's very kool :cool:
And that's one short garage ya got!!
 

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This was owned by a mate, who bought it about 13 years ago, then replaced a couple of panels over the course of some years. At the HRD a few of us suggested that we all get together and get the Capri painted over one weekend. I recall welding in a new piece of metal somewhere and generally helping out that weekend. Well this was some years ago, but the car never got put back together. A new radiator had been fitted and some work on the head I believe but never properly running or driving.
Now its my turn to get it together.
Ive fitted a new battery (still need to modify clamping bracketry) and she turns over, but only starts momentarily if I squirt some carb cleaner down the carb.
I put in a fresh gallon of fuel into the tank, replaced fuel filters ( very dirty dark brown colour) but she still didn't run. Fuel pump, is not pumping, fuel is coming from tank ok by gravity (Capri has tank mounted high).
I rigged up a temporary fuel feed and she started and ran.
Ive now ordered an electric fuel pump which will have her driving.

One of the rear side glass windows fell out on way to my place on transporter.
I phoned one of those autoglass places today, they said £480 plus vat to supply and fit.
So naturally I'm checking other options!

Main things are to overhaul the brakes, they were sticking on last time it drove apparently.
I think the paint will come up pretty good with some G7 on a mop.
Lots of trim etc to refit. I don't know where to source the clips.

Once she is moving under her own power I'm going to try and get it in my garage sideways, this will be a challenge cos the little Austin Ruby will have go in too.
But I will be able to make much better progress once she is inside.
 

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I remember the engine got masked up and the under bonnet area all sprayed on that weekend blitz.
 

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You need a garage door like a diesel mk1 transit bonnet!
A few years back I knew someone who cut a square hole in a garage door and riveted a sheet of rubber in to accommodate the tow ball on his car! Seeing as decent old Fords are escalating in value I’d do everything possible to get it off the road.

The garage door seems to be inset into the brickwork, could it be modified to bring it forward, flush with the external brickwork?
 

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Really like these MK1s. A nice project. Remember a pre facelift with the escort rear lights in that amethyst purple, on my list... Worth silly money now, good luck!
 

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I had a mk1 in the late 70s, 30L GTXLR Monza blue . Had to rebuild it when I got it but could still get original panels then so it had new wings, front panel and sills. Engine rebuild with fast road cam , pistons and rods weight matched and it was smooth.Love a mk1
 

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That seems like extortion for a piece of glass! I think you're more than capable of fitting it yourself.
Good luck, Ron.
 

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The side glass looks flat in which case any vehicle or plant glazing place will cut you a piece of laminated vehicle glass , or if your feeling brave buy a piece from them and cut it yourself. cut it both sides put meths in the crack and light it to melt the plastic in the laminated glass

Nice project
 

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Thanks for all the nice comments and helpful suggestions. The glass is in fact curved, although I reckon a flat piece cut to shape would work. No worries cos I got one from ebay.
This week I've been busy, but Friday the new fuel pump arrived so I wired it in temporary style which allowed me to drive the Capri into the garage.
Then, with wheel skates me and a mate got it sideways across the garage.
That just left getting the Austin Ruby back in with the limited space. After a couple of hours struggling we made it!
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This good news, I can now work on it inside.
 

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Previous owner mentioned brakes binding.
I pressed the brake pedal Sunday, on Monday the fronts were not budging but the rears turned ok. So I'm starting with the calipers. I've got them off the car but cannot budge the pistons at all, shame cos buying new calipers is expensive and rare. I found a pair for £110 but they are out of stock. Only other one is £175! or someone selling RHS only.

This made me think I should try harder to rebuild what I've got. So far, the old air compressor trick is doing nothing, I've tried soaking around the edge of the piston with WD40. I'm going to try heating up the caliper to see if that might release it.
Any other suggestions?
 

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Fit a grease nipple and pump it with grease , only works with a strong grease gun but have done this before and it works. or Big Red at Worcester for a rebuild .
 

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Fit a grease nipple and pump it with grease , only works with a strong grease gun but have done this before and it works. or Big Red at Worcester for a rebuild .
Exactly what I would say as well. Grease is much safer than compressed air, once the piston moves, all the energy has gone. With air, once it moves the piston becomes a missile!
 

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Thank you Budetta.
I refitted it to the car without pads and used the brake hydraulics to push the pistons out..
I've just ordered a rebuild kit at £39, much more affordable.

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Once the pistons are this far out I was able to tap them the rest of the way with hammer and screwdriver.

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Above is what I saw when removing the wheel for the 1st time.
 

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Had a go at polishing bodywork in a couple of places, I reckon it's gonna come up good
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Back brakes seem fine, just needed to drill out a broken screw and retap thread.
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Rear part of exhaust was missing, I'm guessing it was a back box, but it's so quiet I just made good with stainless tube

You can also see in this photo a hole in the spare wheel well, there are 2 or 3 like this, will weld in new metal at some point

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I refitted the back bumper, all bolts were seized and needed drilling out and new threads tapping. There's an over rider missing, must try and find one.
 
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