Ben's RS2600 Project

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  1. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi Everyone

    Well this weekend I collected my recently purchased RS2600.

    This is a bit of a dream-come-true for me as this really is the ultimate Capri (in my book anyway!)

    The car is a 1972 pre-facelift car and spent most of it's life in South France/Switzerland

    She landed in her new home in the midlands this weekend, and over the next few years will undergo a full restoration.

    Original colour scheme is "Le Mans Green" with the satin black hood (as you can see by picture under the carpets)

    The car is incredibly solid... so body work will be not too bad... he says.


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  2. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    Looks great in that garage. A nice start...
     
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    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Congrats :)

    Looking forward to the progress.
     
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    mgentry90 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Lucky lad
     
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  5. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

    SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA Registered Capri Power Member

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    How did you find that gem, what's your plan, back to original colour scheme?
     
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  6. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    Very nice indeed..:cool:
    you’ll be getting in touch with Len Pierce then!!
    So - resto back to original colours ??
     
  7. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Yes very lucky and have already been in touch with Len - he actually helped source the car for me. A really great guy I have to say.
     
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  8. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    prefer the White and Blue to the Green, blinding find
     
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  9. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    A couple of teasers...

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    ...............

    My plan here is not to touch the RS2600 until I get my red MK3 sold. (or I'll end up with multiple half finished capris!!!)

    Speaking of my Red MK3 capri....I've decided I will get the welding work done in the footwells, and get her back to the condition she was in prior to going into storage!

    I'll then get it MOT'd and then next summer put it up for sale to help fund the RS2600 resto!

    Lesson learned... if storing your capri, get the carpets and sound proofing pulled/folded back... turns out these had damp in them and over the two years of storage had just rusted out the foot wells! :(
     
  10. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    for the 'new' Mk1 .. if all the tags are intact, and heritage is proved.. get it back to original colours so the tags are correct..
    that model in particular will be worth a fortune in original condition..
    just don't neglect the silver Mk1 - she is a beauty too
     
  11. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    I agree 100%

    So the plan with the RS2600 is to get it back to absolute original

    Thankfully ignoring the dodgy paint job it's all there - original engine, original interior, original running gear, axle, brakes etc.

    VIN plates and chassis plates etc all tie up to show original, and a decent amount of paperwork for it too! (this is why I sought the help and services of Mr Pierce!)

    So plan will be to go all out, strip the car down to it's shell, then get it dipped, do all the body work, then get it dipped (coated this time) with this protective coating (that supposedly gives the bodywork a 50 year life....)

    Then will get it painted back into original colour scheme, have the lovely high compression fuel injected unit overhauled, gear box axle, brakes etc etc done.

    Will be a LONG (and expensive) project, but it's a really special car, and one I will hold onto for a long time.
     
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  12. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    And of course won't neglect my silver MK1.... that's my car to use and enjoy ;)

    The RS2600 will be one for shows in the summer!!!
     
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  13. Lord Flasheart

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    Many congrats on your new find ;)

    Will follow this with interest, best of luck with your plans :)
     
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  14. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well... time for some updates on the restoration of the 1972 RS2600!

    I've had a bit of a hiatus here as my first child was born 7 months ago... and I've also been pretty much rebuilding my new house... so a bit busy!

    Very much looking forwards to getting stuck back into the RS though


    What's been done?

    Full strip down and blasting
    Engine out (part way through rebuild)
    A lot of components (e.g. drivetrain already restored/powdercoated/etc)

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    Cool to see a lot of the original "Le Mans Green" paint too...

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  15. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Body has been sandblasted, and as you can see ... overall it's pretty solid

    But some work DOES need doing

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  16. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    And a few pics of some components!

    Notice the red crossmember (a feature of the RS2600's!)

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    not a lot of work to do to that may be out riggers but no real work at all very solid shell
     
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  18. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

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    Why the change in plan to sand blasting, I'm just curious, and would you recommend it?
     
  19. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hey, so I decided to sandblast as a friend of mine who works in the restoration business said dipping carries with it some issues

    firstly the acid takes with it any seam sealer some of which is impossible to get back in (eg inside sills etc)

    he also said they’ve had issues with cars being painted and months later the acid finds a way out and can be seen on the paint

    so I decided to sandblast for that reason….

    HOWEVER, the people I got to do it I would strongly not recommend as they were not careful at all and sadly they stretched the bonnet and the boot lid (so I need to find replacements now)

    so in short, sandblasting I think is the way to go, but make sure it’s done by good people!
     
  20. benmay100

    benmay100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    yeah it’s a really decent shell to be fair - thanks to living in a good climate most of its life

    A-posts are shot both sides though (I’ve removed the wings now to see the full picture)

    there’s a fair bit of metal work needed, but generally a very good base!
     

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