Eriks First - The £50 Capri

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  1. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    A friend of mine has been looking for a project car for the latest couple of months, ideally he wanted an American muscle car but funds would not allow that. We have had some Granadas and Taunuses lined up but a couple of weeks ago he was made aware of a really cheap Capri. I of course had tried to influence him a bit too :)

    Some investigation showed that I probably had been in contact with this car some 8-9 years ago. I sort of recognized the description and it turned out to be just so. The story is that a colleague of mine back in 2004 had a 14 year old son, who desperately wanted a car to work on for his 18th birthday. My colleague wanted to encourage him to improve his mechanical skills and they found a cheap Capri. Knowing about my Capri disease they asked me if I thought it was a good project. Of course I said yes.

    The car they bought had some front end damage from a bonnet that flew up, some rust and was not really complete. But a good base for a 14 year old and nothing too costly if he would loose interest. I helped them find some parts and I briefly looked at the car a couple of times. But then the son went to university and stuff happened. I thought the car had been sold or scrapped years ago. But fear not.

    It turns out that the son moved the car to a friend (a common friend at that), last year. This common friend is a solid petrolhead, he has two MkI Escorts, two Taunuses (1973 XL, 1975 GXL coupé), a couple of Sierras (one in Grp H rally trim) and an unknown number of old Volvos laid up. It was left outside waiting for a better destiny.

    This is where we come in, yesterday we loaded up the Kuga with some tools (you never know) and connected the trailer.

    The car did look a bit sorry for itself as it sat next to a Sierra with a smashed windshield and a Volvo 140 filled with parts. Upon inspection though, it seems my memory of the car is a bit dull. My inner vision was a pretty bad Capri, with lots of rust. From what we saw yesterday, it's not that bad. It does need some holes in the floor patched, the leading edge of the wings are bad, some parts of the sills, some spots on the inner wings and the right hand side rear arch is gone. But strut tops are solid, doors and tailgate are reasonably solid and the chassis members seem OK.

    It's a 1975 1600 XL, but now a 2.0 Pinto is resting in the engine bay. The rear axle was swapped (probably a 2.0 axle), there is a 6 dial dash and Ghia console in the car.

    The seller has a black interior (Ghia, as I recall) stored in another spot, along with some wheels.

    All in all, I think we did a good deal. Price? The princely sum och SEK 500 (about £50).

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    We'll see what happens next, it's Eriks first real project car and progress may be a bit slow. But it's a Capri! :banana:

    Gustaf
     
  2. markske67

    markske67 Registered Capri Power Member

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    nice project !! Would have been a shame not to buy it, as it was cheap !!
     
  3. mick

    mick Registered Capri Power Member

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    nice buy, cant go wrong there :thumbup1:
     
  4. Crash & Burn

    Crash & Burn Registered Capri Power Member

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    Perfect! This is one to look back at after it's done. No matter how long it takes, it will provide a life's worth of memory and lessons. And perhaps we'll get a new member from the deal? :thumbup1: :thumbup1:
     
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    cologne2792 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Bargain !
     
  6. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well, not much work on the car itself has been done. Most of the time has been spent trying to get the tractor garage we have the car in up to working order. Still a bit left to do there.

    Erik has picked up some more parts. A complete, decent black Ghia interior (some tears, speaker holes in the door cards but generally quite OK) and also lights, a rear bumper and all sorts of parts you generally quite randomly remove from a car :)

    He also got a decent (but not perfect) MkII bonnet, meaning we now have 2 bad ones, 1 decent and a pretty good (but with air vent holes) MkIII bonnet to choose from.

    The bonnet hinges are bent though, and they seem to be riveted on this 1975 MkII. I think my other Capris have bolts attaching them to the body?

    Regards

    Gustaf
     
  7. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    The winter here has been a bit strange, not as cold as it usually is. That's pretty good because we have been able to get moving some on the £ 50 Capri. The rust holes in the floor and sills are slowly being replaced by more sound metal. We have also struck a deal on MkIII headlights with trim.

    Still looking for a MkII "S" front spoiler, a GRP replica is perfectly fine if I only could find one...

    Gustaf
     
  8. peteferg

    peteferg Registered Capri Power Member

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    Nice one, glad to hear that it's coming along. Once it's solid it will start to fly together then.
    Did you manage to sort the bonnet hinges?
     
  9. therealpinto

    therealpinto Registered Capri Power Member

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    We haven't really started on the cosmetics yet, so the hinges are un-sorted. The panel in front of the windscreen is quite dented from the bonnet incident and we might just cut it open, to access the rivets for the hinges.

    Gustaf
     
  10. mick

    mick Registered Capri Power Member

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    its good that you are getting on with this. its all about enjoying experience.
     

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