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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mark Bond, 7 April 2020.

  1. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Ladies & Gentlemen,

    Thank you for the invitation & the opportunity to join this forum. Currently I own a 1975 MKII 2.0 GT which is on the road & recently bought a 1971 3.0 GT waiting on Ford UK to confirm the exact build from the chassis number as the tags are missing. The MK1 is a long term project as I still have a bit of work to do to the MKII.

    MK1 front view.jpg MK1 RHS view.jpg Capri Whanganui.jpg Capri Cronwell (2).jpeg
     
  2. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

    SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA Registered Capri Power Member

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    Welcome, nice pair you have. Is it earily quiet over in NZ ?
     
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  3. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Thanks, yep on lock down but still allowed to walk the dog
     
  4. Clockwork Orange

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

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    Nice one Mark .. and Welcome
    if you have the chassis number as stamped the date code will be in it -- BBEC NR 44905 - NR is the date - 1973 June …
     
  5. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Thanks I have deciphered that, it has been registered as a 71 3000 GT it's actually 1970 build but by the time it got to New Zealand it was 1971. Through a strange turn of events I have been in contact with a previous owner who owned it in 1975 & he told me that it was Maize yellow with a mat black bonnet & had XLR badges on the front guards. So I am very keen on Ford confirming this for me.

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  6. Clockwork Orange

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

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    nice - KR = 1970 October …
    How does it work for you in NZ if the plates are missing, DVLA can get right stroppy over here ..
     
  7. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    It's still in the system so it's all good. I'm talking about the name plate & paint plate. I have both number plates & as I say the registration is on hold so the car is live in the system
     
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    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    Welcome Mark good to see you got in ok , look forward to seeing the build of your MK1 and would like to say love your MK2 wheels set it of just nice
    Rog
     
  9. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Thanks Rog
     
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    SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA Registered Capri Power Member

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    Would you return it to it's it's original colour scheme?
    My first Capri was that colour, but a few years into its life was painted black with triple red pinstripes, my mates was black with gold pinstripes, to say we got into trouble is an understatement, everywhere flat out, my mates did let loose big time and then he went on to V12 Jags!!!
     
  11. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Yes I will restore it back to factory especially if it turns out to be an XLR. I remember back in the day the Walkinshaw Jags coming over here and racing on street circuits
     
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    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    A very happy birthday to you as well
     
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    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Thanks
     
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    Hi Welcome to the forum. I'm in Lower Hutt, have a '73 3000GTR that hopefully will be on the road again soon (been saying that for a while!) On the Mk1, are the tyres 205/60/13? Do they clear everything OK? I have 6" Hustlers (with 185/70s) on mine but would like some 7" with 205/60s - mainly because from the rear the 185s just look too skinny! Just need to find some 13x7 Hotwires that have not been slotted, bent etc.
     
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    Wow, that's a super rare Capri, would love to see some photo's. With regard to the wheels it depends on the offset of the wheel. I will be selling the 13 x 7" hotwires on my MK1 & putting the original rims back on. You can email me markbond408@gmail.com
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    Hi and welcome aboard. All you you need now is a MK3 and you've got the complete collection!!.
     
  17. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Need somewhere to put it first, however if the opportunity came up I would like a 2.8i special
     
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    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    Are there many 2.8i specials in NZ?
    They arent a model everyone likes (im one) i myself prefer the 3.0 engine as i feel its better engine, but thats my opinion and alot will disagree with me and some will agree
     
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    The 2.8i just doesn't sound right, whereas an Essex V6 sounds glorious, l own both engines and before World War 3 breaks out, it is just my opinion, and l do suffer from permanent tinnitus, so what do l know!!
     
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    have to agree with the sound side also i think the essex is far better to tune up the cologne is liited to what you can do where as the essex your limited to how deep your pockets go
     
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    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    I am a long time fan of the Essex, 3ltr it's just a work-horse, originally designed as a high-torque light commercial power plant, bit of care and it will rev
    it delivers low-down pull, its compact, and providing you look after the timing gear and the valve-springs, it can be quite bomb-proof ..
    Something you have to watch with the Kolner 28.. its OK as a block, good and strong, and some strong early links in the 23 & 26 ... but then its all heads and tuning bits ..
    Little bit of a bore (tiny) you then have the 2.4/2.9 with its own 6-port heads .. really strong engine ..
    then you're onto 4-valve heads and Cosworth for the BOA/BOB .. but that's now money, and inherent weaknesses in the timing chains and management bits..
    go back to the 70s on a 28 with Weslake & Kugelfisher
    federal 28's with their 6-port heads are probably the best to play with, its a carburated, and its all solid .. just need to watch the cam .. and lose the smog gear..
     
  22. Mark Bond

    Mark Bond Member Capri Power Member

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    Not many
     

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