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  1. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hah! Went back and got the same controller as my other car, with real wiring instructions. Got it wired in under 2 1/2 hours! Test drove it. Success. Hah!
     
  2. Lord Flasheart

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    Now there's a proper Christmas present :)
     
  3. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    result Gaz, i cant test drive any car here after work as there is a camera set up here to catch the registrations of all cars as i live on the backdoor to Wayland HMP where the last Kray was released to die, so test drive will be 50 foot and back as thats my drive
     
  4. Crash & Burn

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    Ah, I've been wondering where I left that camera. But now you've told me, I really don't want to wire it up again. You have my permission to shoot it.
     
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  5. Clockwork Orange

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

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    way to go..
    well done Gaz..
     
  6. Crash & Burn

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    Driving Sista lately, I thought I noticed a vibration. I wouldn't have noticed if I didn't have the other car to compare, but when I played with the rear brakes the other day, I noticed the drum had a slight uneven gap from the backing plate. Wondering if the axle was bent, I went to spares, and had three left with new bearings and lug studs fitted.

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    Out with the old, in with a "new". I could only measure the bend as roughly .74 degree off (3/4 of one degree), but it made an immediate noticeable difference. Next, finish the fan wiring as it's finally adjusted now, and redo front brakes yet again, as the rotors are showing warpage. :oops:
     
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    ebd630x Registered Capri Power Member

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    How do you think the half shaft got bent?
     
  8. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    I think it was bent when I got the car, and I never noticed, except it did improve after I got the prop shaft renewed and the tracking set. What was left was so subtle, I'd gotten accustomed to it. I think in time, I'll get used to it being smoother..:)
     
  9. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Good you spotted that Gary.

    My mate Kai has some wheel spacer on his x-pack BOA powered Capri, and the half shafts are really bent on both sides.
    Those are about to be replaced as soon as he got time, which is a rare thing these days.

    He is running 2" spacers in the rear to space out the wheels so they match the x-pack, not ideal.

    His is severe bent to the point the caliper bracket si bending at each turn of the wheel, driving slowly the brakes actually slows down the car, like the handbrake is on.
    I think the main reason is those spacers, and enthusastic driving on mountain roads with pot holes and heaves does not help either.
    Matter of fact I think one of those heaves is the cause of the bent shafts.

    I have never had any problems on my x-pack cars, but I did either run 8x13 Allycat or 7x15 280 wheels so offset has been like they were supposed to by Ford.
     
  10. Clockwork Orange

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

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    am fairly certain that Gaz' trouble with the half-shafts will have been a previous owners kerb-strike..
    dont get me started on spacers!
     
  11. Crash & Burn

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    It's the other car I drive hard. I've been gentle with this one from the start. Perhaps I should be surprised that I haven't bent one on Hien. :rolleyes:
     
  12. caprinerd

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    i bent one on a Marina i had years back nearly shock the wings off when i drove it but it got me about and got mates back from parties as well
     
  13. Crash & Burn

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    Well, yeah, you want that in a party car. :D
     
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    i was the only one that had a car back then and as i didnt drink it was amazing how many parties i got invited too lol
    Hit a kerb whilst driving early hours and fighting fatigue not good learnt from then not to drive when tired
     
  15. Crash & Burn

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    Packed, & ready to head out for a trip to California again -- Notice gloomy skies from the smoke...

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    The whole trip never found any clearer skies than my favorite picture-taking spot...

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    934 miles round trip, temps over 40c and Sista performed very well. 25.3 mpg. But next trip, other, faster car....
     
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  16. caprinerd

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    nice and looks stunning in that sun Gaz
     
  17. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Lovely pictures my friend!

    934 miles is same distance as Arendal-Trondheim and back, which would take 10 hours each way by the fastest route.
    Max speed limit here is a tad over 68mph (110km/h) so things take a while.
     
  18. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

    SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA Registered Capri Power Member

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    I liked driving through Texas, not as good as the Autobahn, but 85mph is ok and the truckers come past you as though you are doing 50mph, how does that work out ?
     
  19. Crash & Burn

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    I think in Texas they justify it by the road taxes trucker companies pay, and since it sounds patriotic, nobody argues? :)
     
  20. Clockwork Orange

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

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    in 2008 my mate & I had advanced plans, complete with a decent price on a shipping container, to get over and do route66 ..
    so that would have been Rumbly, and 'the General' ... not much later he annonced that he was getting married and that trip never took place..
    there was a whole change in my history after that decision too ..
    Isobel has said, that if we can get Rumbly sorted, she would be willing ..
    and at that point I would LOVE to have Rumbly's photo taken at that bridge ..

    So glad the trip went well Gaz.. 934 miles round trip is no mean feat these days when there are Capri owners out there that wont drive 50 to a show.. !!
    my Euro trips where a blast..
    2008 Amsterdam to near Perpignan, 1000 miles (1600km) each way
    2010 Isobel & went to South of France in Rumbly .. full family stay over - 3500+ miles overall

    The Capri is definitely a good long distance cruiser.. Anyone that says its a hardship should not be allowed to own one!!
     
  21. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    Agreed. After hiring a new Chevy Malibu a week or two ago to drive twice that far, it was actually a relief to drive the Capri, without all the new gadgetry to complicate the day. I noticed how natural and more engaging it is with the Capri, to just concentrate on the driving, and achieve closer to the theoretical "perfect trip". The other difference was that when I was driving the Malibu, I saw other Malibus. :rolleyes:
     
  22. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

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    If anyone has the slightest incline to go to the USA, get off your ass and do something about it, obviously when it is safe to do so, I only wish I had the money 40 years ago as I probably would have relocated, can't wait to plan our next road trip adventure.
     
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  23. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    On a second read, this little passage stood out. I'd propose we add a special counseling section to the forum, so they may be referred there. ;)
     
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    I want to take both my Capri's to Capri as soon as they are road worthy, stuff the expense and the distance, they are mean to be driven.
     
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  25. Crash & Burn

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    On the road again, Sista en route to California, where she'll get new tyres and tracking today.

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    Stopped on the way for a hike through a large gold mine - a loop trail of 2 1/2 miles to see the whole site. It operated from 1850 to 1942. Interesting place, and a miner lucky enough to work there could make $4 a day, American money.
    The head rig was to raise miners and ore from the shaft, over a mile deep, to the tune of 850 tons a day. This was the deepest gold mine in North America.

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    A system of several large wheels lifted the water and tailings 40 - 50 feet to the next flue, to transport material over a hill..

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    An air compressor, rather heavy, from around 1908..

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    love stuff like this
     
  27. Clockwork Orange

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

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    glad the ingersoll-rand compressors are a bit smaller now..
    imagine going into Machine-Mart and .. .. .. .
     
  28. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    think the guy behind the counter would shit a brick lol
     
  29. Lord Flasheart

    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    That bloody bloke in Oregon comes on here with his with tales of driving adventures in one of his herd of Capri's & photos of interesting places & wonderful scenery :p:p

    Jealous, moi ? You bet your last $ I am ;)
     
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