A Big Dilemma - Help Needed!

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  1. robt100

    robt100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well, where do i start...............

    Two years ago is probably a good place, when I took my Capri over to a relatives house to start dismantling ready for a BOA conversion. Things went quite well; engine out, wiring (mainly) in. Parts sourced.....
    Then my time I had available got less and less, and Ive not been able to make progress on it for around 9 or 10 months, I haven't even had time to go to see it in that time!

    So I've decided I'm going to have to get someone else to do the work to get it on the road. (paid of course!)

    The current sticking point is that the car is originally a 2.0 laser, and I'm fitting the BOA without PAS, so its going to need custom mounts or a 2.3 V6 cross-member. Which nobody seems keen on doing/helping with, and nobody is ever to keen to take on a half finished project! So here is where the dilemma comes in:

    I can't do any work on the car myself, nobody seems keen on doing the conversion for me. Should I just go back to a pinto engine as it is a simple 'Bolt in and go' solution that someone would be more happy to take on? Or do I find somewhere/someone who will make up the mounts etc and at least keep the conversion moving forward. I have 99% of the parts needed to complete, its just mounts and exhausts that need making up, the injection tank fitting, and the final bit of wiring connecting once the engine is in (a brief overview of course, there's always a few little jobs!). But if I sold all the parts, would I be better off using the funds to fit a mild pinto? Would I be happy with having "just" 100-150bhp? And who would fit that?!
    My relatives (who had originally said they would help with the conversion:DeadHorse:/>) have now asked me to get the car/project off their property as its taking up room they need. So I need to find a solution fast. But with no engine in the car its a logistical nightmare to transport it anywhere. All I want is my capri back on the road!

    Has anyone got any advice on what I can do? Or suggestions for someone who would do the work? The stress of trying to get it all sorted is starting to take its toll, but I can't see an easy solution.

    So, Capripower members, solve my Dilemma, and i'll owe you all one!

    Your stressed Capri owner
    Rob:stunned:/>
     
  2. steads

    steads Steadspeed Restorations Staff Member Moderator Trader

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    Well............

    If your really serious about having BOA power which having done a few and driving a few they really are worth it!!

    Yes I would take it on! Pm me if ya interested in me helping you out

    Trev
     
  3. trevster mk 2

    trevster mk 2 Registered Capri Power Member

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    sound like a good offer to me, couldn,t really do much better as trevs reputation speaks for its self[​IMG]
     
  4. mk3laserboy

    mk3laserboy Registered Capri Power Member

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    Take it from me Rob, take it to the master :thumbup1:/>
     
  5. BigJ

    BigJ Registered Capri Power Member

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    Dilemma sorted, next please! :lol:
     
  6. Vernon240

    Vernon240 Registered Capri Power Member

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    If Trev can get the car and all the bits picked up and the sums being talked about are agreeable to everyone, let 'Trev'llfix it' err fix it. I hear every car he does now has a 'Trev fixed it for me' sticker!
     
  7. resto2.8i

    resto2.8i Registered Capri Power Member

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    Speak to Alan dent of Alachi57 as he does custom rebuilds, projects, engine and body repairs welding, cages, space frames etc, contact him on 01508 528577 and tell him Scott with the mk1 told you about him, please feel free to come over to my house to look at his work if you like prior to seeing or calling him, he has done this conversion on things like 100e.s before he also has a large van and trailer so will collect the motor from yours, call me on 07943715073 if you need any help, I'm often over near Thetford also if you need a chat, Scott. Oops just realised Trev has offered to sort it, yep go down the Orkney wizards route if I were you!!!
     
  8. DarrenM

    DarrenM Registered Capri Power Member

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    Why not get the 2.8 crossmember and fit power steering? It would be a much nicer drive with it!
     
  9. clicon357

    clicon357 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Didn't Jimmy Savile have an RS3100? :lol:
     
  10. Doyle 4-5

    Doyle 4-5 Registered Capri Power Member

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    You could leave the crossmember as is and fit electric power steering from a Corsa. I think it may of been Nick who has gone with this option over hydraulic PAS.
     
  11. andyonthejob

    andyonthejob Registered Capri Power Member

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    IMHO I'd go with the healthy pinto option. You'll spend loads doin the conversion and it's not something you'll sell on easily as to most potential buyers it's an unknown quantity and very much non standard. Besides....a well tuned pinto (especially with a 3.7 diff) will give a V6 Capri an embarrassingly good run for it's money up to 80 over a quarter mile run. It'll corner better and stop better with less weight too.
    Your choice buddy :)
     
  12. Vernon240

    Vernon240 Registered Capri Power Member

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    He did. A few years ago, people wouldn't mind...and would probably highlight the fact.

    Now? Err maybe not.
     
  13. CMF

    CMF Registered Capri Power Member

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    I have done this conversion on a 2.0l Ghia.
    You dont need the 2.3 crossmember. I have used the 2.8i crossmember and rack, just havent plumed the PAS in. Drives perfectly well. The 2.8i rack was a standard rack converted to PAS by ford, so its not stupidly stiff. You will need to drill 2 holes in the chasis legs to get the V6 crossmember in, but they are already marked out from factory.

    The wiring isnt as hard as you think, if you can get your head around it. I ended up stripping my loom back to individual wires, taking out what I didnt want and shortening it to suit. If your on a budget a Type 9 gearbox will do the job, for a while. Only issue ive had with converting a 2.0l is the diff isnt strong enough for "enthusiastic" driving. So my axle is out at the moment, and I have an LSD to fit.

    If you could get the car transported down to Worthing, Sussex, my friend owns Super 7 Autos, who specialise in modified cars, and I would be able to give him all the relevent info for this conversion
     
  14. clicon357

    clicon357 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Bet they'd be less happy with Peter Sutcliffe's lime green GT Capri! :lol:
     
  15. robt100

    robt100 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks guys for the advice and offers of help. A few of you should Have PM's now, sent them out two days a go (Check your inbox trev, Si! and others ;) ) So hope to tell you guys all a solution soon! :)
     

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