'Stardust'

Discussion in 'Members Capris' started by ADB, 21 February 2019.

  1. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi all,

    I've been quiet of late, had a little project to get on with, Cora is well after her make over in 2014, no change with her ;)

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    Hope your sitting comfortably.

    I have a little story Id like to share, and it involves a 1974 MkII Capri 1.6cc XL GMH 8O8N :);)


    Like a lot of car enthusiasts I never thought I would come across a ‘barn find’ (dry garage to be exact).

    In late Feb 2017 a family friend told me of an ‘old wreck' in the 'old man’s garage’ that had to ‘dealt’ with along with his estate/house etc after he had passed away in the November of 2016.

    As far as they were concerned it was just an ‘old Ford’ that their dad had loved once but had stood unused since 1978 and needed moving to the scrap yard ASAP.
    I was the only person they knew who had any interest or knowledge of Capris, so I agreed to drive down to Bristol on a cold Thursday in early March 2017.

    On arriving and after a few handshakes and an offer of a coffee I was lead to the 1970’s designed double garage at the rear of the property, I was expecting a mess in the house, garden and surrounding area as I’d been told he was a loner and had passed away aged 95. But was pleasantly surprised to see weeded boarders, mowed lawns, a very tidy house and garage area all still furnished as if it were still 1976.

    'Odd' thought I.

    The side door was unlocked and we stepped into a slightly dark garage, and there in the far corner was the unmistakable Capri shape.

    The main door was opened and leaves blew into the garage to reveal a 1.6 Lt 1974 MkII Capri XL in Stardust Silver (I was later to discover it was built at the Halewood plant in 1974).
    And this showed in the level of poor quality in many things on the car, paint condition being one of the bad areas, basically paint straight onto metal!

    My first reaction was Wow, a perfect vinyl roof! One look at the tyres, all original and in good condition.

    The key (two keys, one unused) were passed to me and I unlocked the driver’s door, it was stiff but opened perfectly, no drop, I peered inside, the smell of 35 years of standing hit me, then I peered at the clock, 18,230 miles !

    I stood back and started asking questions through my now tepid cup of coffee.

    Seems GMH8O8N was bought new by Tom in October 1974 from Reynolds Ilford Ford dealership for £1701.63

    It was bought for his wife as a present.
    It was duly registered in her name and for the next 4 years it pottered between home, her work place and the shops. It was serviced twice by Reynolds the main dealer and went through one MOT with no advisories (naturally), plus had a new clutch fitted as it was slipping (or so the paper work says).

    Tom was a meticulous person, his attention to detail is evident in his record keeping of the car, its maintenance records, his little hand written notes in both his Haynes manual, the ford workshop manuals he acquired, his notes are all annotated with, dates, costs, mileages in neatly hand written pen, plus notes on all of the service part boxes he bought as spares, even after he had removed items, these included charge times, dates and ‘ampage’ before and after charging the battery.

    Sadly in 1978, Toms wife, who he must have adored passed away suddenly, it would seem that his life was then frozen in time, the car was covered up, just as she had left it, her driving ‘pumps’ left on the transmission tunnel in front of the gear stick, her ‘brolley’ on the back seat, her cigarette stubs in the ash tray with lip stick still visible, her sun glasses and a 1970’s windscreen de-icer can still in the glove box. The house was the same, her hand bag still on the kitchen counter, time froze for Tom, the house he and his wife had bought brand new and GMH 8O8N.

    And that’s what I found when I opened the car up, everything exactly as she had left it, as if she had just climbed out of it the day before, a very odd feeling.

    So with Toms 70 yr. old daughter stood in front of me asking what I thought and whether I could shift it asap as she wanted to call the scrap man in, I just said, I’ll have it !

    Discussions then went into finances and I offered them a good fair price, they were over the moon.

    I then jacked the car up and clambered all around it, couldn’t find any nasty surprises at all, well for 18,230 miles what was there to be found??

    I ‘popped’ the bonnet and there was a pristine 1.6 pinto, an engine I know so well, I removed the plugs and dropped my ¾"AF spanner on the crank bolt and turned the engine over, it moved straight away. Sold thought I!

    I then cranked up my compressor and blew the slightly low tyres up, only a few PSI needed as the car had been on blocks, whilst it was up in the air I crawled underneath and with my torch in hand searched in vain for any signs of corrosion on the floor pans, brake lines etc, all had been ‘Ziebarted’ in November 1974 at Reynolds Motors Dagenham Essex at an extra price of £49 on the purchase price of £1701.63 inc VAT.

    I then rolled her out into the sunshine for the first time since Oct 1978.
    I stood back and took in the sight! WOW !!

    Only damage was from 'Garage scares' catching the wall at some time, and a rear quarter dent that something must have hit, nothing serious

    Next issue was to get her back to Nottinghamshire where I live, a few calls later and Id got the use of a trailer for beer tokens and a mate who was willing to tow it her back, yet again for the standard 'coinage' of beer and food.

    So the last Saturday in April dawned and we set off for Bristol, no problems, well none until one of the four trailer tyres blew out!
    You try finding a supplier of trailer tyres in rural Somerset on a Saturday afternoon when your stuck in a service station on the M5 !" Not easy, but none the less an adventure.

    We got her loaded up and headed off up north and home by the early evening.

    I then spent the next 4 months recommissioning her, nothing was seized, nothing was corroded, all went to plan, bit by bit, first the engine, and fuel system was sorted and being very simple that took no time at all.

    Then rear and front brakes over haul new cylinders at the rear and new seals and pistons on the front.

    The day came when I was happy enough to start her, a few dry runs and then I fitted the rota arm and after a few turns she fired up and idled no trouble!

    Next was try the gears, the gear lever then came off in my hand, the plastic bush had disintegrated! A new stick was found and fitted, then straight into gear, I’ve since restored the original gear stick and reinstated it.

    All the electrics amazed me, all worked, even the heater motor and horn! Side light bulbs were still working but both side light bulbs had dropped out of the back of the head light bowls as the grommets had perished, easy fix !
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    Once I had sorted everything mechanically including restoring the wheels I needed to put her through an MOT, I booked her into a local garage for a Friday afternoon, insured her and very gingerly drove her the four miles, she drove perfectly.

    I wasn’t expecting her to pass first time, but all that they found was a leaking master cylinder, (which wasn't there when I left) a steering rack bush had disintegrated and the rear brakes were binding!
    That’s all!"

    That was the 26th August 2017 and after fixing the failures one week later I took her back for a free retest, and she flew through!

    I drove home with a big daft smile on my face

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  2. ADB

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    18,230 miles ! :)
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    Exactly how Toms wife left it in 1978

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    Lovely Roof ;)

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    Move day, April 2017
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    Leaving her home of the last 43 years

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    Wheels

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    And MOT day

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    Yes !! :)

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    September 2017, took her to Newark Auto Jumble and a local evening car meet just at the end of the season

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    Next instalment soon ;)
     
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  3. mgentry90

    mgentry90 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Nice story and a superb find
     
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  4. Crash & Burn

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    Great story ! Of all the Capris owned by forum members, I think it highly possible that stories like this will be repeated a few times in the future, and some of their lucky finders haven't been born yet. Must have been in the stars for this one to find you.
    Fly low, mate.
     
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  5. Clockwork Orange

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

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    wonderful, a nice single stalk early Mk2 ..
    amazing rescue, and really appreciate your care and explanation of the former owners - good work, lovely story..
     
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  6. Lord Flasheart

    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    Love the story, well done for rescuing her ;)
     
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  7. CapriGear

    CapriGear Capri Gear Trader

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    Love this car, it's in good hands.
     
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  8. Clockwork Orange

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

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    that's a great endorsement ..
     
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  9. tazla

    tazla Registered Capri Power Member

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    Lovely car .great story .enjoy
     
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  10. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Morning all,
    Thanks for the comments, much appreciated ;)
     
  11. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    So where were we ?
    Arh yes.......

    September 2017

    I drove her around the local area during September covering about 100 trouble free miles, took her to a couple of late year classic car meets at local pubs, she was very well received even in her scabby state.
    I decided that the best way forward for her considering her poor paint work (Ford Halewood quality seemed to be pretty shocking) that I would have to have her taken back to bare metal and repainted properly, so made it my mission to drive her around to quite a few local restoration/body shops just to get a feel for cost involved in the cosmetic side of bringing her back to life, to be honest I wasn't impressed with the reaction I got from most 'experts'. I had so many widely differing opinions and prices even when I explained exactly what I wanted.
    In the end it came down to a chance meeting with a local body shop, as I drove past their premises one afternoon whilst out driving her. And as per usual in life these things are mainly based on two people seeing eye to eye, and luckily with the guy I found that was just the case, he 'spoke my language. A price was agreed and a scope of work I wanted him to do, noting to serious, as I would do most of it.


    And so in early October I began the strip down, working towards a late January 2018 date for my body shop guys to come and collect her. The collection date moved ever further back until end of June 2018, as my body shop were very busy (a good sign) and I did say 'no rush'
    In that time I systematically stripped everything off her, bagged and tagged every single item that is going to be reused and resorted, 99% of the original parts.


    The chrome had suffered whilst stood in a dry garage for 40 years, so I went looking into rechroming, neither easy nor inexpensive especially the bumper as the size is very prohibitive, in my searching I came across two brand new front and rear bumpers, still in their Ford Bags, perfect !
    The other items such as handles went off for rechroming and polishing.
    Whilst doing all of this I did however find a local guy who took the original bumpers and for cash and over a number of months bring them back to a beautiful shine. (They are going to be used on the car and the new ones stored)


    The Ally parts, again after some searching I came across a polishers I could trust and all were polished to a statin look.
    Every single screws bolts washers etc, all bead blasted (by me) and reanodized in the correct shade of yellowy/gold. at a very old fashioned Derby based plating place (Nuns St platers) A Brilliant place !

    Alternator, brake servo/master cylinder and starter all restored my good self along with a myriad of sundry items that needed some TLC.

    I built an engine lift frame and bought a hoist and the engine came out in early November, on a F****** cold that day !

    It was then stripped and rebuilt over the December 17/Jan/Feb 18 period, very enjoyable for saddos like me.
    I decided I wanted the engine bay to look like new to match the exterior paint work so it had to be 'de' Ziebarted.
    And a 3 weekend period followed of ‘De’ Ziebarting the engine bay, which involved 3 gallons of petrol, a scrapper a few tooth brushes and a pair of trainers (petrol eats trainers, I found out lol ) !

    The interior came out over the Xmas break, well what else would you do with Xmas? Apart from clean the interior parts from a 1974 Ford Capri in your front room whilst listening to music (not Xmas music!)

    All came up like new, Im so pleased with the results, all then stored upstairs.

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    Started at the front end (not sure why)

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    Just some of the 'bits' left behind under carpets and inside panels that the Halewood lads dropped

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    Ally trim (some of it)

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  12. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    And hundreds of 'things'

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    Engine bay clean up

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  13. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Loom de Ziebarted

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    Seats and trim Dec 2017

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    Next instalment soon :)
     
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  14. Lord Flasheart

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    Excellent sir, I know exactly how your doing, reminds me of when I did mine during 2015-16 :) ……. fantastic job, keep the story coming please ;)
     
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    Love the car and love the story so far, no doubt one of the best mk2s when finished!
     
  16. ADB

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    Glad Im rekindling memories, :) Will do ;)
     
  17. ADB

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    Thanks, here's hoping, as long as I keep focused :)
     
  18. barnfind

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    Thanks for sharing this story so far, it's great to see this capri saved by an enthusiast
     
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    great work there
     
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  20. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Next instalment

    I had a long wait for the call to come in from the paint shop, there was no rush, I was raising money for the works and they were very busy, as 'classics' aren't their bread and butter.
    Whilst waiting I spent months going through every single item Id stripped off her, cleaning, painting, re anodising, etc, etc.
    She was finally collected on a roasting hot end of June evening.

    I visited her many times during the prep and paint process and came back in September 2018, I then began the job of cleaning her underside, everything off, cleaned and repainted.

    Waiting..................

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    Off she goes, end of June 2018

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  21. ADB

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  22. Lord Flasheart

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    Looking fab mate :)
     
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  23. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    The story continues................

    In Mid December 2018, after finishing the detailing of the underside, I rolled her inside the garage, as I was going to be working aboard all of Jan 2019.

    Pushed her inside and the eclectic lights showed up a paint defect I had just not noticed whilst outside :(:(:(

    Micro blistering, 3 very tiny areas on the horizontal surfaces, in different areas of the car, odd..... so work stopped , called the body shop and organized with them that she would be coming back to them in early February.

    So once back from aboard I got fixed hitch and asked the old man to tow me the 5 miles to the shop on a freezing cold Saturday morning.
    The rework took two weeks, one of those weeks was waiting for a new windscreen seal to arrive :mad:
    She finally came back home (again) in late Feb for me to start the rebuild process (again)

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    Arrhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, nooooooooo ! :(

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    A cold Saturday morning

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    And back home (again)

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    First interior panel in, see if you can spot the deliberate mistake somewhere on that panel

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    I wasn't happy with the surface finish of the bodywork under the fuel flap, so rubbed it all back, filler primed, wet and dried smooth, re sprayed with my trusty modelling airbrush ;)

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    And found a classic built of Ford Halewood quality (again)

    Rear off side quarter light, not fully sealed, they must have gone out on strike during sealing it and banged it back in afterwards

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    Resealed

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    And that bring the story up to date.

    Whilst taking the underside to bits I found out that the exhaust was the original Ford fitted unit, so decided to reuse it as it had flown through the MOT in Sept 17.

    Ground back the crap, bead blasted, and only found two small holes !
    Then patched it with a S/S shim, spot welded in place and sealed it, then a few coats of high temp paint and baked in one of the large ovens at work (don't tell the boss)

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    More updates to follow as I go along :)
     
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  24. WimC

    WimC Registered Capri Power Member

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    Waw! This is really amazing! Once finished it will be concours worthy!
    I hope I can get mine in an equal state as yours.
     
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  25. Clockwork Orange

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

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    what a wonderful job ..
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  26. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks WimC
    I doubt it, its not at that level, its just at my level :)

    Time and Patience and you will ;)
     
  27. ADB

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    Ta mate :)
     
  28. ADB

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    Steady couple of weeks since I last posted.
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    can you elaborate on the way the rubbers are fitted to the bumper?
    your pics look like some kind of rivet, but on mine its like an M6 thread on the rubber strip, so I used number plate nylon nuts to retain it on my bumpers..

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    Sorry for the delay in answering

    I reused the M6 studs that are attached to the rubber bum strip and fixed them on with S/S nilocks, then greased them and put heat shrink around each one just to tidy them up

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    ah right ... thank you for the reply ..
    lots of effort going in to your re-fettle ... well done
     
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    Steady few week since the last update,

    Fitted out the rear door, not got round to fitting the FORD Capri XL lettering yet

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    Excellent work there sir, your doing the old girl proud :)
     
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    honestly for me, one of best threads ever! And also the story behind the car is great, it worths more than a car!
     
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    Have you managed to fit the gutter trims ok in the end ? When we did my Mk3, it was the biggest pain in the arse of the whole restoration, used the black East Kent Trims & like you, have the factory vinyl roof, getting that last piece around the extended gutter rail used on the factory vinyl roof models was a proper ball ache :mad:
     
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    Hi,

    No not yet, Im concentrating on other stuff first, but I made a fixture to form it, and Im having ally ends wire eroded and CNC profiled at work when the lads and the machines are free, just so I don't have to rely on that crappy plastic thing !

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    Steady weekend, fitting all the 'bits' in the engine bay, might not look like much, but a lot of detailed careful fitting has gone on ;)

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    I know that last photo well, it was good a good feeling to be emptying bags & boxes :)

    Good luck with those gutter trims ;)
     
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    Busy couple of weekends on the MkII.

    One leak on both the water pump and elbow off the Carb which was very badly corroded when I refitted it last December, but putting water in the system soon found the holes, so I delved into my 1990s stock and found a new bagged one. The water pump dripped, so Francis came to the rescue with an original from his stock. Thanks mate.

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    Both doors now built up and retrimmed, Pleased with the results.


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    Ive had new trim ends made by the lads in our machine shop, I reversed engineered the shape using the works CMM machine which plotted the shape of the old plastic one and then sent the file to wire eroder, which then carved out the shape, and we then used the wire eroder to slice 8 of them, then abit of filing and bobs your uncle !

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    Great work especially on those trims. If you can't buy them, make them!
     
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    Absolutely spot on, you had the added issue of that tick shaped bit too, there was no way on my MK3 we could find that the East Kent trims would go right the way round the extended C shape of the gutter for those that have the vinyl roof, top work mate, a credit to you :)
     
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    Thanks mate,
    I was determined to get them as close to the originals as possible. Never expected to get the first one right first time around, it just seemed to work out just about right, the passenger side will probably be a total night mare lol
     
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    Just be as patient as you have been & you will get there ;)
     
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    'Patience' Its my middle name ;)

    Spent the evening last night forming the passenger side, no problems :)

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    Excellent plan mate ;)
     
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    Always a rewarding part of any restoration, the badges :)

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    Few video clips I've taken over the 2 year period of the restoration,
    June 2017, after some TLC and a service, I started her for the first time in 39 years



    And Friday 17th May, first run after rebuild



    And after a starter relay, starter motor change and a set up of timing she runs nicely

     
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    Finishing touches began last Saturday, Im working toward having her on show at Wollaton park (Nottingham) show on June 9th with the Mansfield Capri club lads

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    If your going to the Wonderland show I'll make a point of tracking you & the car down mate, really great car & story ;)
     
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    Hi mate, unfortunately Im not at Wonderland this year, my good lady has booked a holiday over that weekend !

    Cant call her too many names, she's has been very understanding over the last two years of this project.

    I plan, however to be at Wollaton Park show in Nottingham on Sunday 9th June with both her and Cora and Loughborough town classic day on Fathers day June 16th.
    Silverstone at the end of July and the Lanc do in August ;)
     
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    A lot of progress last weekend
    Passenger side gutter trim formed and fitted, including my trim ends

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    Its the small things like you are doing that count toward a good and outstanding car in the end. Looking neat.
    I like your to do list, it's getting shorter, mine just keeps on growing.
     
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    Thanks Blue74, I have to get the details correct, as the OCD kicks in :)
     
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    Busy evening yesterday, 3/6/19

    Windscreen seal trim fitted, without scratching anything !
    Corner finishers to fit next, Im making some news ones, the new trim profile is slightly different to the original and the corner things don't fit quite right.

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    Looking awesome really nice build congratulations on you workmanship
     
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    That's coming together really well!
     
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    Thanks, Im loving the detail and the ease of the last 2 years
     
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    Yes Im liking the progress, thanks :)
     
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    Almost a shame to finish, use when you're getting so good at it all. Exemplary build, a car I wouldn't kick out of bed. :D
     
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    Lovely job.lovely car .it makes me want to strip mine back down and re do it all .keep up the good work .
     
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    Blimey, thanks ;)
     
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    Never seen a MK2 as beautifull as this one!
     
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    wonderful work, excellent attention to detail ..
    so nice to see the wish to preserve a car to its proper glory ..

    wouldn't even blink if you were doing a proper wee Mini ..
    Your work on this Capri is just exemplary ..
     
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    A slightly emotional evening on Wednesday

    Had a Tx from the husband and wife who I bought stardust from back in 2017

    They were up visiting family and could they pop in to see progress on her mother’s old car
    ‘Yes’ said I
    I didn’t get any photos as Lorraine was visibly emotional about it all, as it was her mothers car and it had some long past memories for her, her mother passed away in 1978, the year the car was 'put away' by her father.

    They were both so pleased with how she looks now

    Amazing what a car can do eh

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    Oh thanks for that :)
     
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    As I have said, along with your exceptional efforts, its the story as a whole that makes this so special.

    I know what you mean about the emotional side, the chap I bought Biscuit off had lost his wife during his ownership of the car & had stopped using it, such that it hadn't moved for 18 months when I bought it. At the NEC show in 2016, Biscuit & I were very fortunate to be invited onto the Meguiars stand that year, I contacted the previous owner to let them know, to my surprise, the chap turned up with his son & grandkids on the Saturday, he was emotional enough seeing the car, having him sit in it just made the tears flow, but in a good way.

    Its all about the memories ;) .... well done mate :)
     
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    Thanks mate, yeah very odd feeling, having someone shed a tear.
     
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    Well that was quite a weekend, I was determined to get her through an MOT prior to Sundays Wollaton Hall classic show, so braved the rain on Saturday morning, gave the honour of driving her there and back to my father, which he loved.
    And Im glad to say she passed with flying colours :)

    Gave her a really good clean Saturday afternoon, ready for the off at 9.30 Sunday morning with Cora (driven by my father with my mother) in convoy.
    The Mansfield Capri club lads welcomed us and she was shown all day, lovely weather, never missed a beat !

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    I am in awe of this project, as many others are. It's not just the car, its the story, the presentation, the family, the thought, the consideration, the craftsmanship, the end product. It's a unique read and one that makes me think differently - It's deep. It made me understand the meaning of `Tribute'.
    Thank You :)
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, it is a tribute, it is great story, but its also me, I go to these lengths with anything mechanical, its kinda in my blood, having OCD ! :)

    Thanks again

    I will keep the thread updated over the season on where we get and the adventures we have ;)
     
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    I left her finished in the garage for 48hrs, come home from a long day at work and she's already a storage shelf !!
    FFS !
    I wonder sometimes :rolleyes:

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    Very well said. I'm feeling tributious now, too. I think I'll build a mobile shelf like that.
     
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    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    :cool: . . . could be a dirty protest by the other half, meaning you are grounded for the short term.
     
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  81. mgentry90

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    Looks the opposite to me, it's cushioning to stop anything falling on it lol
     
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  82. SIDEWAYS 3.0 GHIA

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    Great build, a very good friend owned a Mk2 from new and he thoroughly enjoyed his Capri days.
    This is just a query, are your headlights in the wrong way round, they just look awkward, the way they are aligned, and no, am not a spot weld counter, before anyone asks.
     
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  83. ADB

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    Thanks
    Yes they are, I fitted them the wrong way around, but refitted them using the photos I took of them prior to strip down, even checked the photos of her when I puled out of her 40 year hibernation, lights in the wrong way around !
    So it would appear that Ford fitted them wrongly at Halewood in 1974 (very possible considering all the other gaffs I've found) or that the young apprentice (must have been an apprentice job back in the day) that was given the unenviable task of Ziebarting her prior to collection by her one owner took the headlights out to spray around the headlight bowls and didn't refit them properly.
    Its the only thing I can think off ??

    Look closely at the photo below, rolled out for the first time in 40 years, lights in wrong way around

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    Lovely evening last night so took her out to a local pub meet, she was well received

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    Abit different to September 2017, when I first took to the same event her prior to restoration

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    looks awesome and so much better with out the scatter cushions as well
     
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  86. Lord Flasheart

    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    Finally got to see Stardust yesterday at Warley, she really is beautiful :):)

    A credit to you Andy, hope to see you again at the bomber run ;)
     
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  87. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    i take it she is as good in life as on the pics then
     
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  88. Clockwork Orange

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

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    am thinking - if you got to see Stardust, she will look better than a picture deposited on here ..

    I always am happy to see other folks comments and pics of Capris compared to the owners postings.. perspective and all
    Stardust wins on that count..
    ADB done some job
     
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  89. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well im hoping to see it doing the rounds Al and will post an honest view of it but im sure i want have a bad thing to say after seeing the build of this Angel, and to the purists out there see its not just the modded capris i go for so thats shut you up, and you know im talking about you by the quote "only modded capris" after all thats what you wrote:p
     
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  90. Lord Flasheart

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    For me personally, more often its the story behind the car, how it found its current owner, tales of its previous owners, whatever it might be, doesn't matter if its modded to buggery, standard or all parts in between, there is a place for them all. We invariably put our own twist or flavour on them, whether its with parts, colours or details.

    Stardust is a lovely car, I say that as someone who isn't keen on the front end looks of a mk2, my favorite has always been a mk3 but in going to shows over the last 5 years & have grown to really like the Mk1's, but in talking to the owner Andy at Warley & having previously read his story of finding the car, that's the attraction for me. He showed me how after revitalising most outside of the car & engine bay, something made him leave a bit of the original patina on the back of the headlights, which you can see when the bonnets open, they are rusty. You would think that with his efforts on the rest he would have refurbed them, but he wanted to keep something of a reminder of how it came to him ….. fair play I reckon.
     
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  92. ADB

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    Thanks all for the comments
    Great to met you Lord and lady Flasheart
     
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    2019 has been a good one so far.
    Taken Stardust to plenty of events, and she's been well received

    Photos cover; Warley, Gaydon, Ilkeston town centre show, East Kirkby and Thorseby Hall
    Around 900 miles covered and not one issue !

    In Convoy on the A1M with laser, Francis and Claire, A very enjoyable trip

    I think this 300 mile round trip was her longest single drive ever.

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    Gaydon, she finally clocked 19,000 miles on the way there after 39 years stuck at 18,230 miles !


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    My 21 year old daughter and her boyfriend showed up, she thought it was 'cool', he thought is was f****** amazing (his words)

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    Abit different to 20 years ago playing driving in Cora, time flys eh !

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    That does it, now I'm persuaded, that someday, I'll do something right. :)
     
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  95. ADB

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    Not done much the MkII recently, but with the NEC classic car show looming (thanks to Kev from the MkII Register she's been invited to attend).

    So to that end I finally got round to making a press tool to create the stainless windscreen trim corner pieces (I didn't want to pay the £12 +PP each from East Kent trims) and my hand made versions were never perfect
    Im pleased with the results.

    My original hand made versions, they' did' for time being.
    The square one above mine is the original form, east Kent trim only supply the rounded forms

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    Also got the original wheels and tyres out of my loft (I resorted them in 2017 as the wheels were corroded but I never fitted them, as the tyres are old and I liked the Ghia wheels)
    As she's going to be under the bright lights of the NEC classic car show in November so thought she would look better with her original wheels and tyres fitted.

    The hub caps were removed back in 1978 and wrapped in newspaper, when I unwrapped them they just needed a little polish 'up'

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    Also found these little gems in the box with the hub caps, 'period' 1977 de-icer from Woollies and a little Chief road atlas, with no M25 !!

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    Hope to see some of you at the NEC
     
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  96. WimC

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    Nice! How did you get or create the press tool?
     
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  97. ADB

    ADB Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi WimC
    Thanks
    I work within a company that has a whole manner of machine tools and all are at my disposal
     
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    WimC Registered Capri Power Member

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    Aha! You're at the source of all things!
     
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    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    Nice work mate ;)
     
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    I try;):)
     

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