Capri 2.0S 1982 - The Substitute

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  1. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    My main Capri project is a 1974 MkII/III hybrid, Pinto turbo and lots of other modifications (in a build thread that I think has disappeared?). That have been off the road since late 2009, the intention was to have it rolling last year...or this year...or...

    This winter I realized that while it may get rolling during 2012 it will not be done in time for the track season, especially if I am to put it together without rushing it. But the last two years with no real car to use on track (we have a local airfield track that I organize events on) has slowly been driving me crazy. Sure, I have used the daily drivers (2002 Mondeo estate and 2005 Focus Estate), and a very nice friend has lent me his BMWs on occasions (for example this E34 540). But it's not like driving a Capri.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I7V2TXWjBE


    I have always tried only to have one project car at a time but late last year I started to think about deviating from that principle. Maybe if I had something simple, basically just turn the key and drive...?

    I looked at different cars and then it struck me. We already have a second Capri! Why not put that into service?

    This car was bought early 1998, I had moved to Skellefteå in the northern parts of Sweden and my girlfriend (now wife) used my old 1979 Taunus automatic (Cortina MkIV to you). Not a bad car all in all but one day I saw an ad for a 1982 Capri 2.0S. I already had the 1974, of course, but 1982 was the last year Capris were imported to Sweden. Would be nice to have and the Taunus was beginning to show some issues. The Capri was advertised with a broken cam belt (stopped on the way to the MOT) and the owner thought cam belt snap = engine out. I knew that wasn't the case of course, and we went to see the car. The cam belt was fine (something I honestly explained to the seller), the car started and looked decent.

    The sort of odd spec raised my interest. It had steel wheels (the "wide" 5,5" ones, all five), a vinyl roof and a nice grey interior. 2.0S were supposed to have alloys as standard fitment (at least in Sweden) and was generally not sold with vinyl roofs. But hey, it looked good so we got the car.

    The ride home was interesting in a snow storm but all went well. My girlfriend ran the Capri as her daily driver, when she moved up north to me. Later we got a 1992 Sierra and I took of the duty of driving the Capri.

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    This is how it looked during that time.

    Winter driving took it's toll, mainly because it had been used in the salt quenched Stockholm roads. Thanks to the inner fender liners the front wings are pretty good though. But still, rust came creeping and around 2000 we did a half-hearted job of sorting the worst bits. It kept the car running a while more. Mostly sideways:

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    But in 2004 our daughter was to be born, and the Capri honestly needed quite some work. Remember that during these years I had my 1974 as a running project, building all kinds of turbo engines. So, the decision was taken to the 1982 2.0S rest for a while. The sideways duties were passed on to a 1988 Sierra XR4x4.

    Since then the white Capri has been stored. Mostly alongside my 1974 in the garage, but taken out on occasions to give room for different jobs. In 2010 it was moved to a friends garage and in November 2011 it was put in winter storage at another friends place.

    The 1974 was sent off to the painters in April 2012 and suddenly I had time (well...) and space to get the white one running. Only one problem - it was stuck in the winter storage! An unknown quantity of Buicks and boats blocked the way. But last Saturday it was my turn...

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    At last it was brought home!

    Storage has not been too nice to it. The rust has not gone away, the brakes are binding, the pedal is long, and the head really is way past it. But it runs, it is rwd and it is a Capri!

    The plans really are simple. I will get it rolling, using stuff I have laying around (mostly), I will concentrate on the mechanical issues and it probably won't get an MOT (I need the trailer when setting up the track anyway). The brakes obviously need freeing and being checked over. I have prepared a head for it (Kent RL34 cam, slight porting) and will be using the extractors and 2" exhaust from the 1974 (before it was turboed). Some new bushes, maybe twin anti-roll bars up front, if need be I also have fresh shocks. I can use the R tyres from the 1974, or maybe my 13" Revolutions with slicks;

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    I hope that I don't have to put more than a week (meaning 3-4 hours a day) into it. Then it's just a matter of having fun!

    Gustaf
     
  2. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    I like the way you're thinking ! :thumbup1:
     
  3. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Great to see another Capri from the Scandinavian :thumbup1:

    Looking forward for more progress mate :thumbup1:
     
  4. chriscapriman

    chriscapriman Registered Capri Power Member

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    looking good sideways gustaf :thumbup1: sounds like its going to be another interesting capri, i'm looking forward to the updates :smokin:
     
  5. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well, interesting or not, lets see about that. The long term plans are interesting, I hope. They mean a complete body resto (Capri-on-a-spit style), new driveline and lots of cool things - but that's later. Perhaps that edition will be ready when my daughter gets to drive (at 18 in Sweden, she's 8 now so...). Right now it's just a substitute though.

    Anyway, I managed to get another hour on the car tonight. New steering rack bushings are always desperately needed on a Capri (or Escort).

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    Then I ran across a bit of a backlash. The right sill, rear half, really needs replacing, especially since most of the floor connecting the sill to the rear chassis rail is very much gone. I do have four sills on the shelf though. More on that in the technical section - I need help choosing what sill to cut up for a temporary fix.

    Regards

    Gustaf
     
  6. Nick

    Nick A human. Being. Staff Member Forum Tech

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    Very cool mate. Keep us update for the progress.


    Your other project thread is on the old forum here mate http://www.capripower.co.uk/boardold/index.php?showtopic=9795
    Probably why you couldnt find it on this one. Took me a while to find but I got it.
     
  7. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Nice, thanks. I will have to move that thread over in due time...

    Lunch break got me a cam belt and some exhaust parts. But spark plugs had to be ordered... Well, I don't need them until I have time to swap the head I guess. Also looking at a deal on some Weber 40 DCOEs with intake. Darned, I feel this is beginning to derail already... :)

    Gustaf
     
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    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    OK, been busy all weekend with other stuff but tonight I got 1,5 hours of quality time.

    Result? Half a sill and a good deal of the floor cut away. Well, I have a plan for getting it together... The car has been repaired in this area before, before we got the car. As usual there are new holes just beside where fresh metal was added.

    Gustaf
     
  9. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    The sill and floor on the right hand side is back together. Not the prettiest of repairs but function is key here - if the repair works for a couple of years it's good enough. The long term plans do include the Capri on a spit and full resto, meaning all new inner and outer sills anyway.

    If all goes well I can start attacking the head swap friday afternoon...

    Gustaf
     
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    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Saturday the Substitute made its debut on track. That's right, change of plans, the head swap will happen next week (I hope).

    With the old head, old wheels and really not much of anything the hopes were not too high. But I had great fun, it has been almost three years since I really drove a Capri, and oh how I miss it. I feel so at home in this car it's almost scary. Through my part-time job at what mostly is equivalent to the Swedish form of IVA (independent vehicle approval) - but made out of car freaks instead of control freaks - I get to drive all sorts of things. Hot Rods, Cobras, Seven/Locosts, you name it. But a Capri is always a Capri :)

    Sure, my time was the slowest on track but it doesn't matter.

    With the new head, some work on the suspension and better wheels I will give the others a run for their money. If only I had an LSD too...

    Gustaf
     
  11. therealpinto

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    Today two hours was spent on removing the old head.

    The start was this, very much a bog standard Capri engine bay:

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    It feels nice to have a note when the cam belt was changed, and when it's due again :)

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    BTW, if someone wonders what the Lokari wing/fender liners mean to a Capri, here's proof:

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    Look at the other pictures to get a grip of the general state of the body...

    Anyway, the Swedish Capris (like all other cars) were heavily emissions controlled from 1976 on. So when you remove the air filter this is what greets you:

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    Do you think it all works as intended after 30 years?

    With the carb off, the bad starts seem to be from some kind of fuel leak - the gasket is soaked in petrol and the intake is all wet:

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    Pintos are known for cracking the exhaust manifold, this one was not exception - on the contrary, the worst I have seen...

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    It gets better!

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    Two-piece manifold anyone? :)

    Soon enough the head was off to reveal four pistons. Wet from oil, a bit of carbon deposits...

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    ...but all in all, the bottom end shows really no signs of wear. These Pinto engines are great, aren't they?

    The head, however...erm...

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    Not the prettiest sight but not a surprise.

    This is where it ended tonight. I have the new head ready to go on, just need to clean up the pistons first. But that's a mission for another night!

    Gustaf
     
  12. chriscapriman

    chriscapriman Registered Capri Power Member

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    perfect excuse for a tubular manifold :)
     
  13. therealpinto

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    Yes, isn't it :)

    I have the manifold on the wall, have sort of been waiting for 10 years to put it on this car...

    Gustaf
     
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    Just noticed, the windscreen washer bottle is bigger than UK SPEC cars.
     
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    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Yes, I guess that is because of the headlight washers, mandatory in Sweden from 1975-ish. It's funny really, Capri people in Sweden hunt MkIII bumpers with no washer jets, I've seen people in the UK do the opposite :)

    BTW, I slapped the new head on yesterday, with a FelPro gasket (to gain a tiny amount of compression ratio, that gasket is thinner than standard).

    Gustaf
     
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    Ok thanks, makes sense.(btw i like the washers on the bumper but cant find any over here ). I've never seen an exhaust manifold crack like that before.It might be more common where you are because of the extreme cold weather.
     
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    Looking good there Gustaf. Keep up the good work mate. your reports are getting me wonting to get back to work on my pinto powered baby.
     
  18. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    I have one decent front bumper with washers, and two that are pretty bad. I'd gladly swap for a washerless bumper (or I'd gladly send a pair of washer jets...).

    Today I have fitted the inlet manifold (ported) and I took of the old exhaust. But I can't find the lambda sensor bungs and plugs I thought I had so work has sort of stopped, need to get one and weld it to the exhaust. I'm going to use my wideband lambda to try and tune the carb :)

    Gustaf
     
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    Last week saw me fitting the exhaust (after welding the lamdba sensor bung to the manifold), and then eventually a short test drive. On Saturday I fitted the Yokos on 15" rims and loaded the car on the trailer.

    Today we have been running a wet track day (airfield track), and I had lots of fun!

    The look:
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    All in all the substitute did well. There are some oil drips from the valve cover, the exhaust hits the floor a bit but what the heck, it works!

    Movie clip including spin:

    http://youtu.be/w_w1mQ8XIlU

    No spin, pretty decent run:

    http://youtu.be/6d62OL0JOKA


    /Gustaf
     
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    Like it mate, the engine sounds in good fettle and looks quick enough too. Also like how there was no messing about after the spin, just stick it in first and off again. Good work Gustaf
     
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    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks! In this wet condition the power was a pretty good match for the chassis. On dry roads it may be a bit under-powered but that's how you learn to drive (I tell myself...).

    It's great fun and that's what it's all about. :)

    Gustaf
     
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    Look how fast it looks from the outside!

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    Gustaf
     
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    looking good mate, those wheels are very nice too :thumbup1:
     
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    It looks great on those wheels mate-what type and size are they? Always nice to see someone who's not afraid to enjoy the fruits of their labour! Old Henry Ford would be proud! :thumbup1:
     
  25. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Yes, the wheels are nice. They are Compomotive CX, 7x15 and ET around 13.

    The story about them is actually quite funny. Before I bought the Capri that is my main project, I got to know another Swedish Capri guy building a turbo Pinto Capri. He later sold his car to a guy on the West coast in Sweden. That person contacted me a year or so later, because he had seen a MkII with MkIII X-pack for sale up here in the north. The price was really good but he was around 1300 kilometres away from the car - I only had about 100 kilometres. Of course I offered to drive even further north and check the car out.

    As usual it was a snow storm that day, but I did see the car, I test drove it and it turned out to be pretty good. So I advised a buy. That X-pack happened to have a nice set of alloys...

    ...but the buyer did not really like them - partly because they are a bit narrow on an X-pack. So when he had gotten the car home, to the West coast, he put the wheel out for sale. And I bought them!

    Would have been much easier to pick them up when I first looked at that X-pack - especially since the car stood on steel rims with studded winter tyres :-D

    Gustaf
     
  26. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    The Swedish summer has been pretty bad but I have done a couple of more track days.

    Yesterday I finally got a dry track on the Yokos, very much fun and the car was actually pretty quick, for what it is at least. Since I fitted the uprated poly bushes in the front suspension it works pretty good. Stiffer springs would help a lot but I'm trying to limit the amount of work...

    The radiator started leaking a bit from the top yesterday, will have to check if it can be repaired. Or, I might just take the rad from the Turbo Capri and get a new one for that...

    Gustaf
     

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