Rs3100 Restoration Begins

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  1. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    Almost like reading a textbook, one can tell from this thread just how nice the car will be when done, and almost how many years of service it will give before there's another problem with the car. Built Ford tough, and then some! :thumbup1:
     
  2. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Thanks for the update :thumbup1:

    Really like to look at those pics, we do like pictures :lol:
     
  3. north28

    north28 Registered Capri Power Member

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    really enjoying reading thru up dates , looking great :thumbup1:
     
  4. brian c

    brian c Registered Capri Power Member

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    Great stuff :thumbup1: going through the same process with my essex engine at the moment.
     
  5. trevster mk 2

    trevster mk 2 Registered Capri Power Member

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    fantastic work Vernon, i'm following with great interest , as in future i,m planning a bit more from my essex[​IMG]
     
  6. Vernon240

    Vernon240 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks Guys, I'll keep this up to date with the build progress, plus keep tabs on the cost. So far it's just over 3K, but that 'should' be everything I need to build the engine, so clutch, seals, gaskets etc. The cost has gone up significantly since I last built one of these! :cursing:
     
  7. Stuinboro

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    Stunning work Vernon, this car will be an absolute credit to you!
    Keep the pics coming please, I love seeing your progress :thumbup1:
     
  8. Vernon240

    Vernon240 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well, finally started to get some enthusiasm for time in the garage, so been doing a few things on the old girl.

    Firstly, I had ordered a new screen from Pilkington, so before that goes in, need the headlining in. It's the original and apart from some repairs to the stitched seams, it was in great condition, so in it went.

    But, before that happens, the fuel tank has to go in as there is a vent arrangement that goes into the C pillar, under the headlining...so in that goes, along with some new vent hoses that Gareth Beynon kindly sourced from the US of A

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    Onto the headlining, one of the issues I had was that some of the rods that support the headlining had oxidised and so did not allow the headlining to slide/rotate on them, leading to some unevenness of how the seams going across the headlining settled. This involved quite a lot in and out / up and down action until I was satisfied, so I can see how people dread his job. It can be very time consuming, but overall, happy with how it's come out.

    Being a black headlining, not so easy to photograph...

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    Attaching the grab handles in the roof also helped tighten things up.

    I purchased my screen seals from Australia, but also compared these with one I bough from COH Baines. While the Baines one would have fitted, the corner angle was 90 degrees, so not quite as goo as the more like 120 degrees of the Australian version, which also matched the chromed corner pieces for the screen.

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    The tool kit I bought from COH Baines was very helpful in putting the screen in and the chrome infill. At £16.50 plus VAT made the whole job possible

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    while I used cord to string the screens in once I'd used the Bains tools to get things started. I've used much thicker before, but since I had this lying around, I tried it out and seemed to work well:

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    so finally, screens in:

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    I then started to look at brake lines, as I really wanted my lines to be nice and neat. The whole process is very time consuming, and even using the lines on the car as patterns, mine still needed some tweaking to improve the fit or just fall in line with my ideas of neatness...involving in some cases several iterations of some sections....or I would make a whole section up and screw it up at the last curve!

    My tools of choice:

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    and for bigger curves:
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    really for much larger pipe, but with a little ingenuity, worked well. I had this on a vice, on a work bench outside, as my first curve in one pipe was to be at the end of approximately 2M section, so not enough room in the workshop to swing around such a length of pipe!

    The pipe straightener was a great tool though:
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    This is great for straightening pipe off the coil, but it won't completely straighten pipes once you have put bends in...they still look a little uneven and I'm guessing will probably never straighten out fully again.....ask me how I know..

    Here is my 'previously enjoyed' sykes pickavant flaring tool. Very easy to use, but the one negative here is that the length of the dies means that you have to flare your ends and get your fitting in place before you put in beds that are close to the fitting...which was the case in most of my pipe runs.

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    But all the dies can be bought separately, as one of mine had a nasty dink in it that would have effected the flare.

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    The Mk 1 capri uses a single line system, so you have a line running from the master cylinder to a 4 way piece on the passenger side, and then then three lines go to the two fronts and the rear, so some fairly long runs of line required, and all had to line up at the rear of the engine bay.

    so drivers and passenger side done, but once the drivers side was done, was not so happy with the passenger side, so decided to remake that to more match the drivers side. Probably way too neat for what was done originally, but I like my lines like this:
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    drivers side:
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    passenger side now matches:
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    all the engine bay lines now done, just need to clip them in place along the bulkhead and the brakets at each corner of the engine bay

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    and the third line now going to the tunnel for connection to the rear
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    I still have enough pipe to do the rear axle line, but not a single long enough length to do the front to rear section, so more pipe required, while my pile of twisted, wasted pipe gets bigger. Still pretty happy with these.

    the master cylinder doesn't have the correct angle of reservoir, but a new one will be going on.

    Hopefully more regular updates now!
     
  9. mick

    mick Registered Capri Power Member

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    nice job being done there, Its interesting to see the old repairs, that roof must of been done when it was pretty new. but it looks like they did a good job on it.
    love the spray job, looks great
     
  10. Clockwork Orange

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

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    absolutely stunning ...
    this is going to be a jaw-dropper when completed, my hat is off to you Vernon, wonderful work going on ...

    Q? for your brake lines and fittings, I assume its Kunifer pipe, but are the fittings stainless? and are you retaining the imperial threads or changing to metric at all the joins and extremities...
    I just love the way you have formed the pipes around the engine bay ... the ends & bends are just great
     
  11. Vernon240

    Vernon240 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks guys, it's looking good. The bodywork has been done a while now, but yes, the paint is superb.

    Yep, wibbly wobbly brake lines are one of my pet hates. You see stunning restorations and it's like 'whoa, what happened with the brake lines? Did you even try to do it neatly?'.....so while not 100% original, it's close and the way I want it. It's probably too neat to be honest, but hey.

    Yes Alan, kunifer. The fittings are imperial and are steel plated. They are as close as possible copies of the fittings used in the period. A company called stage 1 Motorsport are reproducing a lot of this stuf for the AVO escorts. The only metric fittings are those that go to the calipers, as they are very specific ATE calipers. I know upgrading is an option, but I'm going to try to get the absolute best out of the standard system, so one concession I have made is black good ridge hoses with stainless fittings. Wheras I have free reign on the mk2, this one is being done as close to original as possible, so enjoying the challenge of originality.....but improving things to my taste in the name of longevity.


    More as it happens! :thumbup1:
     
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  12. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Awesomeness level 20 :thumbup1:
     
  13. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    :thumbup1: Champion! :thumbup1:
     
  14. Clockwork Orange

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

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    6 years since a wee update..
    now that big Vern is back on... perchance an update S'il vous plaît .. pretty please even !!
     

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