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  1. PenelopesMaster

    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi all, after such a warm welcome to the club and so much help I felt it about time to get a bit more info up about the car.
    To start, I will correct my initial new member posting, Penelope is a 1970 mk1 Capri which unfortunately has had most of the mk1 interior and engine replaced with MK2 and various other bits. The engine is a 2.8 from a mk2. So the project as it stands is to put some parts back to mk1 and tidy up the small amount of rust on her. Here's some pics and a few bits done so far.

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    Original Dash
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    Horrific Wiring with connection to cd player directly wired to car harness.
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    Paper dials that looked like they were printed on someones printer at home and stuck on with glue.
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    Plenty of hair drier action and patience later.
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    Dash lights replaced with some nice blue LEDs and then a lot of contact cleaner later to actually make them work!
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    CD player wiring returned to some sort of standard, car loom relocated into glove box and soldered onto other half of connector and heat shrunk.
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    Facia replaced and going back together. Can also see the Alfa Romeo seats.
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    Finished Dash
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    Next task was the seats. Got very lucky and picked up some seats on ebay for £100 in not too bad condition but had a few tears. Nice day trip with my daughter to Canvey Island to collect and then took them down to a specialist and had all of that sorted and in they go.
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    Doors also looked a bit tatty once door cads came off.
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    Lots of rubbing, gringind, etch primer and white stonechip later.
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    The metal is a bit pitted in places but no holes so a bit of a relief for me. Both sides done and protected

    Coming up is the work on the front wing which needs come attention.
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    There are also a few holes in the floor left from the alfa front seats which will need sorting.

    Other plans are to find some good mk1 door cards, possibly the re-made ones that have been recommended on here and a new carpet. Would love to know peoples opinions on what to do next and see if it tallies up with what I'm thinking.

    Cheers all.

    Dave
     
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  2. mick

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    nice car,it doesn't look in bad condition, nice to see your progress. the door cards are expensive, but it will be nice to see what you do. the funny thing is your putting original seats in, and i'm putting Alfa seats in. nice one keep up the good work :thumbup1:
     
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    As above. Looks like you've been busy with great progress.

    If your going to replace that awful dial kit, Give me a shout as I do the ones made from vinyl. Also can do custom ones too. If your interested,just SHOUT.

    Ian :thumbup1:
     
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    Looking good mate, I got my door cards from Aldridge trim. The quality was excellent, but they were a nightmare to fit because quite a few of the trim clip mountings did not line up with the holes in the doors. Herbcapri rang and spoke to them and they said that they used a mk1 door to measure everything up. I suspect that like with many things classic ford that over the years slight differences and little changes to the manufacturing process have occurred so that not all facelift mk1 doors have the holes in exactly the same place. No issues with Aldridge they are a quality item but just a potential problem to be aware of.

    Once on they do look really good though and have transformed the interior, my last cards were quite badly water damaged.
     
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    Giving it good care ! Do you think that's 105982 miles, 205982 or a few more? :rolleyes: Looks like it's got plenty left in it for a good any more years. :thumbup1:
     
  6. Stuinboro

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    Looking good! Nothing more satisfying than seeing progress with a car.

    Keep the pics coming please :)
     
  7. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    I like your Capri :thumbup1:

    If it was up to me I would kept the Alfa seats, I'm a sucker for Recaro type seats, and don't sit very well in other type of seats.
    I do have a back injury, might be the cause why my back don't like std seats.

    White is a good color :banana:
    Don't know if you have seen the white one with black stripes on the sill area?
    That look fantastic :rolleyes:


    What is the rest of the plans?

    Btw: Think Clockwork Orange do like how you fixed the wiring loom, so do I :lol:
    (he is the electric guru on here, ask him anything electric stuff in Capris, and he know everything there is to know and some :D )
     
  8. drev

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    I saw this on ebay and if i didn't have another project on the go would've gone for it.
    I do like a pre facelift mk1.
    Only thing is it has a mk3 dash board not the original.
    Not a problem for me but if your taking her to original you'll have to change the lot(i'd keep it)
    Lovely car though with some slight 70's touches :thumbup1:
     
  9. PenelopesMaster

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    Hi guys, thanks for all your comments, will try and reply to as many as I can.
    I didn't realise Alfa seats were commonly put in Capris. The set I took out are in really good condition so let me know if your after them. Happy to do a deal.
    thanks for the info on the door card, will save a few choice words when I come to fit if it's more difficult than expected.
    mileage is an interesting question, I have no ideas on the shell or the replacement engine. I know it was laid up for over 10 years before being restored for the previous owners weekend car so might not be too bad.
    Haven't seen the white with black stripes, would be good to see. Always nice to get a few ideas from other cars.
    I won't be changing the dash as I don't think it looks out of place. The bit I'm not to keen on is the steering wheel as I think it looks out of place. Any ideas on a good replacement?
     
  10. Clockwork Orange

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    I like this Mk1, a pre-Facelift with a twist ..
    the Mk2/3 dash works OK, its the same detail really as a Facelift .. but with late Mk2 3stalk configuration ... looking at your wiring in the dash, it looks to be late model wiring 77on, so I am intrigued as how it transfers thru to the engine compartment ..
    pre-Facelifts don't have a good fuse arrangement, and the loom usually passes thru in 2 plugs, 1 each side of the bellhousing, the fuse box on the inner wing is purely for the lights, and no headlamp relay ...
    from mid72 the Facelifts had the fusebox and the 2 loom connectors thru the bulkhead above the accelerator pedal, 1 indicator stalk, and wiper & light switches in the rib on the dashboard ..
    The next change when the wiring changed to the 3stalk layout was around 77 with the Mk2s, carried over into the facelift of 78
    I wouldn't mind seeing under the hood, just to see how the wiring is arranged - with the H4 headlamps, I'm guessing that if there is a headlamp relay it will be a 74 mk2 type ...
     
  11. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Here is the white Mk1 I was thinking of :thumbup1:

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  12. PenelopesMaster

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    I am loving that black stripe, were these ever fitted or is this someones addition?
    After seeing the hacked together wires behind the dash I'm pretty worried about the rest of the wiring. I will get some under bonnet pics next time I do anything on the car. I don't have that much car electrics experience but used to have to do a fair bit of soldering so don't mind patching things up that are already in place.
     
  13. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Those are custom ones, no Capri came with stripes like that.

    May been Mustang stripes cut to fit as old GT350 etc had similar ones...
     
  14. drev

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    I do like the later dash in yours anyway :thumbup1:
    As for a wheel how about a replica springalex wheel from rally design?
    As used in early 70's escorts and capri's
    Is it a injection 2.8 or carb'd?
     
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    Nice progress, lovely car
     
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    Based on the bodges you have found so far you are probably going to find a lot more as you go along, if they are willing to do that to the wirring and clocks imagine what they will do to the metal work. However don't let that deter you, you have a mk1 and that alone is fantastic! It's a beautiful car Keep it up!
     
  17. PenelopesMaster

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    You picked the right time to tell me that they are mustang decals as I was out with a friend who owns a mustang last night and he located a seller straight away so I will pick some up and see what they are like in person.
    the 2.8 is the Bosch mechanical injection type.
    The body work done was photographed and documented and seems to be done to a good standard, I think wiring is definitely what may cause more concern. I will get pics so you guys can advise.
    I had a look at the springalex looks pretty nice although I prefer the smaller dish ones. Any other ideas?
     
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    Maybe a old mountney steering wheel?
    A few pop up new old stock on ebay
     
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    Nice car mate I've got an astrali wheel. Got a bit of dish but not too much in my opinion. I purchased it off eBay cheaply then refreshed the fastenings and gave it a lick of paint to freshen it up.

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    Cheers

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  20. PenelopesMaster

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    Thanks for the wheel suggestions all, still have no idea what to do. Really like the astrali, then saw the rs 4 spoke wheels and wanted one of them. Now looks like fitting / boss availability may well rule it out as seems to be rare.
    I haven't forgotten the engine pic promised, will get that hopefully this weekend.
    managed to get a blast out last weekend to remind me how awesome it feels to just drive rather than scavenge for parts. Much needed :)

    Cheers
    Dave
     
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    I used a mountney m1026x boss for my 4 spoke rs. The bolts 90% lines up, just had to widen a few holes so all the bolts could fit into boss. But then that meant I had to very slightly alter the wheel (holes)
     
  22. PenelopesMaster

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    Thanks for the info on the Boss mgentry, do you have any pictures of yours fitted?

    Finally taken the pictures for you clockwork, should make everything wiring wise clear :)/>

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    Is that pretty standard for phase 1 or 2 or just the way it has been done on this conversion?

    Cheers

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    Hi Dave
    it looks like the full 28i loom has been used, and for the bits I can see, has been arranged with the main bulkhead plugs and fusebox where they would be on a facelift ...
    there is probably a loom section coming out near your steering column if that's been fitted as per 28i, or it may have been re-routed slightly to pass thru the firewall where the
    drivers side pre-Facelift bulkhead plug would be..

    one problem I do see is the battery retained in its prefacelift position, means the 28i loom has probably been cut and lengthened to get there ... 28i batteries are on the drivers
    side, and the washer bottle would normally be on the passenger side firewall in front of the glovebox ... this would allow the fuel injection to sit as it should, where your battery is
    ... I can only guess its a tight area to work in on that side of the bay !!!!...
    also note that the plumbing has been done without the usual expansion bottle, so also wonder if you have got the oil cooler 'bit' on the engine where the filter is (drivers side) rear of the block ...
     
  24. PenelopesMaster

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    Another productive weekend on Penelope. Friday was off to a bad start, got her out of the garage to check all was good before the 120 mile trip back to Somerset, pulled on to the drive and found a nice flow of liquid running down the drive. To cut a long story short turned out that the bottom rad hose jubilee had come lose and was flowing out nicely from there. Nipped it up and all seemed well.
    Left for Minehead at 6:15 in the morning with my 2 girls so that we could get back and start work by 10AM. Stripped down the front end for the first time as it wasn't looking all that fresh.
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    The the chrome strip came off the boot, Thanks Nail and Alan for the advise
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    and the grinder action begun on the bubbling and revealed this lovely hole, all back to clean metal and rust treated.

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    I stuck to dismantling while my man done the hard work.
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    Boot was given a similar treatment and after a she load of rubbing down was rolled into the booth
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    Quick pic with the mustang while work carried on to prep for paint
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    Painted and baked, masking being removed
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    Happy with the wing repair
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    And we pretty much left it there for the day other than rubbing down all the grill and light surrounds and painting satin black.

    Sunday was re-assembly in the morning and back to Hampshire in the pouring rain in the afternoon. Heres how she rolled out, in desperate need of a clean and the odd alignment tweak.
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    We are pretty used to working through this stuff reasonably quick together now after the amount of work on my other car we have done together. Plan now is to go back in a month or so and do the Bonnet doors and scuttle + flat and polish wings and front end that was done this time and then finally a 3rd session for the rear quarter and roof. The boot will also get a bit more attention as we dropped the line a little above the boot lock in the middle of the boot but at least the rust is gone.

    Next up for me before all this is re-wiring the headlights as currently all connections are made with spade and bullet connectors, a little disappointing to say the least. If anyone has the standard connector from mk2 headlights going spare that I can solder up to my wiring please let me know.

    Cheers!
     
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    nice bit of work, looking good :thumbup1:
     
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    Nice work indeed :thumbup1:

    Oh, and just have to tell I'm love with that front spoiler lolol
     
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    Slick, very slick! Looking gooooooooood :thumbup1:
     
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    Thanks guys, seems the front spoiler is a bit of a love hate thing. Personally I love it so I'm glad you guys do too.
    Alan, saviour as usual, thanks for that info on the connector! That's exactly what I need.
    I better re-check the loom connectors as the connectors that I saw might be the fog light ones. Just been over the Haynes manual so know what I will be looking at this time. If the whole headlamp connectors have been cut out then I will get both sides.

    Cheers
     
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    Been a long time since this was updated, hope I can remember some of what has happened since the last update and get pics up soon.
    Headlight wiring was replaced and now all neat and tidy.
    Rear door cards also replaced with some lovely condition original Ford pre facelift ones. Absolute bargain on eBay, very unusual! Still on the look out for fronts though.
    Respray has been completed! So happy with how it has come out now it's all been done and ties in. There was some work needed on one of the rear arches and I tackled my first bit of welding on the Capri to sort this area out which went quite well.
    One of the remanufactured chrome boot strips brought and fitted and also some nice new pressed plates to replace the old plastic crap.
    Now on the look out for mk1 facelift instrument cluster for a bit more period correctness and if a centre console from a mk1 ever comes up I will go for that too.
    The 2.8 cologne has now been setup by a retro Ford specialist in Southampton and is running amazing, much better idle and warm up so all in all I'm too happy and something must be about to go wrong. Pics to follow in next few days.

    Cheers all
     
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    Hi guys, been a long time since I updated but wanted to put something up in the current battle against Facebook and keeping activity going here.
    I have been rebuilding the passenger side floor pan edge and inner sills, rear arch, a panel etc, was not ready for how bad it was under everything as just tackling at home in my garage but slowly getting there. Now 90% ready for outer sill, done it in sections as to not strip to much strength out of the car at once using the strengthening plate and seat belt backing as natural break points and then joining it all together. I have not previously done much welding on thin sheet, lots of 6mm at college, looking back on the pics I could have made it so much easier on myself while still butt welding everything. Anyway pics

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    Not all pretty but feels good and strong
     
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    That looks pretty damn good to me - nice work. It can be quite horrible welding up in wheel arches - I've got the scars to prove it!
     
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    Thanks Paul, appreciate the feedback from someone else who has had the same fun of these jobs.
    Just realised the picture 5 up probably isn't too obvious what it is, the bottom of the wing was in tatters so I cut it before the bend round to where it attaches at the bottom and tried to recreate it and weld on from the top down so I only had the bottom of the welds to grind off.
    Will get some more pics up soon.
     
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    Hi all, about time I updated this. Since the last update i have completed all the welding on the sill and surrounding areas where rust was found. Blended in the sill to the rear quarter as I could never get a fit up that was truly perfect and the other side is blended in and I don't need to tackle that yet. She has been in for MOT and passed with only 2 advisories which I will come on to shortly and is now being driven again for the rest of summer.
    To my surprise the car feels much safer and more planted when cornering, I did wonder how anyone ran any power in a Capri before as it just felt so dangerous but turns out that was probably because the passenger side was pretty much floating. Anyway let's give you all some pictures. All paint was done in my garage and I'm not a painter so I am really happy how it's blended in.

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    Looks pretty damn good to me. That's one job that won't need doing again for decades hopefully.
     
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    Hopefully Paul, filled the sill and rear quarters with bilt hamber dynax S60 so I'm hoping that lasts as long as I have the car.
     
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    So with the MOT done and a good routine of working on the car in the morning it was time to do some more different jobs.
    Advisory on the MOT was for split bottom rad hose, it was coming out fast so no cruise after MOT, straight home. Rad hose removed to find out size required and 32mm id silicon hose ordered. Every other cooling system house other than this one was already silicon so fitted to complete the set and cooling system bled again, didn't seem to cause any trouble and I set out for some short cruises. Running like a dream.

    The habit of working on the car seems like a bug so I decided to clean up and fit the mk1 facelift clocks that I got for an absolute steal on eBay.

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    It was a toss up between the 2 facias but with no other wood effect on the car the black one was cleaned up and fitted. Since made a blanking plate for the stereo.

    This week back to a little bit of welding, hopefully update shortly.

    Cheers
     
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    That is a really nice body repair work going there!
    As for the clusters I like the version with the red dials. It looks to me little bit more old-school. However I wish they had graphically made fonts on speed-o more similar to tach-o. and also the black fascia looks better to me ;)
     
  41. PenelopesMaster

    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    It's funny looking back on this thread at September 2017 when I think it will be a while until I do the sill on the driver's side after doing the passenger. There's some people who just can't help themselves. It started with this on the wing on drivers side.

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    This tiny bubble soon escalated.

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    And after seeing this within days this happened.

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    The scary thing is I only slit this down the middle, the join to floor pan was just dust and underseal and fell off.

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    Here we go again then. I will try and gradually update with the repairs. There is no happy ending at this moment though as work is still going on.
     
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    So to start tackling this I done the same as on the other side. Cut the inner sill back to good metal above the floor pan for a good section of car. Being a bit paranoid I done this in sections to keep as much strength in the car as possible. I started near the back.
    Once the inner sill was back it was time to see if there was any floor pan left I could weld too.

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    It was right at the top but result, a decent bit of metal I could get some ok welds on.
    Feeling confident that I was smashing through the work I finished welding the floor pan edge, tidied up the inner sill and got a section done.
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    On to the next bit of floor pan and then I found what everyone dreads. The previous bodges and things got difficult.
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    I was back well in to the floor pan and needed to remove this mess of patches and welds going onto the inner sill.

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    This was deemed a starting point.
     
  43. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

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    Very tidy repairs, take plenty of pics and measurements, front spring hanger repairs are a nightmare, how are yours?
     
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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks sideways! They seem ok, it just seems to be the edges which are bad. Only where there have been bad repairs does the rot seem to move in towards the centre.
    The highly flammable thick tarry underseal which hid these issues does seem to have helped more further in. Glad it's good for something as it's a pain to get off!
     
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    Nice repairs and welding, looks like you have done that before!
    WIll be worth the effort in the end.
     
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    Caught up to this - sorry to see so many pics lost but encouraged to see the progress and energy are ongoing. It's become a very good build thread and testament to your work.
     
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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks for the kind words guys, its very motivating when trying to get through the last bit of this after letting it drag on far too long.

    So still back in November here and time to fill the big hole in the floor before moving up on to the next section. Sheet metal clamped to the workbench and hit with a hammer a bit IMG_20171111_095054177.jpg
    The rough markings of where to cut are already on the metal but cutting and shaping this correctly was a frustrating job that couldn't be captured in pictures. Still time to get welding, the bit I enjoy :)

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    I realise it looks fairly scabby but its nice and solid just needs a good clean up.
    Some satisfaction coming from seeing the transformation now.

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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    So I don't want to bore you with too many pics of little bits of welding spread over loads of posts so I will move this on a bit but still try to give enough for people who might be about to tackle this for the first time also.
    The area that caused the biggest problem was behind the wing. I spoke to my painter friend and he advised to leave the wing on and just make strong repairs behind it due to the wing being flushed in at the front and that part of the car having be resprayed in the last few years. Easier said than done but some of this area is accessible and fixable in the car so this combined with the wing being free to move when only held on at the top rail I started the longest most tedious slog on the car. I just couldn't make sense of what was happening behind here, the cut out of rust on the wing also proved invaluable little window here.

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    So I started picking back to the same place as usual, where's the floor pan, where's the inner sill. The first horror was that the bits of metal acting as the sill end was a piece of aluminium, that was smashed around the rust and screwed in to the remains with self tappers. Only noticed when cutting through the middle as above and there was no sparks. So off that came and I found something to work with.
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    So I started with the floor pan edge.

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    This ended up going a bit higher than I wanted and unfortunately back in to the floor pan again

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    These rough cuts show the extent of the problem if you can make sense of it and I gave up for a bit. Time to concentrate on the R5 and have some fun while the weather was good. Pictures dry up a bit from this point but once I came back I stopped being so gentle and got a bit more happy with the angle grinder and started cut further to get back past previous repairs.

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    Poly wheel was my friend for cleaning all this up before paint back to some good shiny metal and then a coating of electrox.
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    About ready for an outer sill! I have left some excess to ensure I'm not short on metal for the bottom of the outer sill which I will tidy up after that is fitted.

    Time to get the drill out and get busy on the new outer sill.
     
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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Not updated this as much as I should. The work on Penelope is now finished up and I got her out for a good jet wash and clean on the weekend. One thing that was very noticeable was a whining sound from the power steering. Any advice list of things to check?
    Will get some pics on next outing.
    Cheers
     
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    You have done very well with this. You now have a nice original looking Mk1 with an excellent powerplant. Do you have any recent under bonnet photos ?
     
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    I don't have any recent under bonnet pics but I will grab some for you if you are interested. To get things up to date here is the rest of the work done.

    Bit more of the repairs underway at the bac of the car.
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    Test fit of the outer sill, seemed a lot easier to get in line than the other side.

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    The wing had previously been welded to the old sill as you can see so these were ground back before final fitting.

    Same thing as the other side, replace the contact points that had all rotted away or thinned out.

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    Get that sill welded on. Big Cheer!!!

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    New sill end welded up to the sill. Nice feeling knowing things are strong again.
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    The wing bottom had to be cut off and replaced
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    Probably time to get that big hole in the wing done too. This bit I was not looking forward too as it was quite clear this would do anything it could to distort with any heat so I tacked much closer together than on structural bits so that the runs were shorter. Tacking opposite sides all the time and allowing to cool to prevent heat build up. It didn't really distort but it did suck in a bit

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    This was ground back and pushed back out as best as possible before finishing with a skim of filler. Anyone that can do it and not need filler full credit to you!

    With most of the interesting work done it was time to grind back and get some paint on etc.

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    The last welds that were needed completed.
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    Bit of a picture over load there, almost up to date now!
     

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    good work, glad you have got your mojo back, looks like you ran into most of the same repairs i had to do, looking good now though keep at it :)
     
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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Got some under bonnet pics for you not a number. Unfortunately I have to resize them down so my upload just failed Will sort that soon
    Thanks trev, hope to see yours around, looks like a work of art!
    All is painted now and baring the power steering leak we are ready for the road. Must get some pics next time its out of the garage.
     
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    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well painting is finished and insurance is sorted and with yesterday being such a nice day I couldnt resist taking her out for a bit for the first time in over a year. Topped the power steering fluid right up and loaded up the family.
    Started out very gently, nervous first stop at the petrol station, no more issues needed! Started back up like a car begging to have its legs stretched and who could resist.
    Best drive I have ever had in her, everything felt good and solid and I just couldn't stop driving. Followed a ferrari 348 around for a bit just to keep driving.
    So, only bad bits are the steering rack means I should probably tuck her back away until I have that sorted and I now realise I have no indicators so I better look for that issue. Hopefully just a fuse.
    Anyway, some pics!
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    Think I needed the reminder how worth the effort it is to do all the work. Now I just need to power on to get her finished!
     

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