Gave my son s Capri a going over today for it s first Car Show.

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    My son bought this Capri a year or so ago . He s known the car for over 20 years as it used to belong to a very good friend of his who tragically died in a motorcycle accident a few years back . , it had sat in a barn for about 18 years and my son s deceased friend had always intended a full rebuild when time and funds permitted A few months after Johnny s tragic death my son was contacted and asked he d like to buy the car ,so he bought the car from Johnny s widow rather than see it sold for parts .
    I can remember coming home from offshore 20 odd years ago to find three Capri s parked outside the house , my son s one ,and the other two belonging to his mates , this was one of those Capris so we knew the car well , a 1600 GL with a Single Twin Choke Weber .

    This is what he started with ]
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    Not a pretty sight , and no, that s not me .


    After lots of welding , especially the floor and sills etc they did a respray and ended up with this . This is a Vauxhall Red of the same era, and these are pics after I d detailed it for him .



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    Now this car was re sprayed in a plastic tent and has not been oven baked , nor does it have any Clearcoat Lacquer on it , it s a work in progress and there is still lots of little things to do, but my son had been invited to show the car at the Fraserburgh Classic Car Show and as his own garage is a single , with a rebuilt 2Ltr Pinto ready to slot in ,in the middle of it , it had started pouring rain, he was panicking , so it was dad to the rescue.........as usual .
    Was apprehensive about using the DA on the car so soon after a respray , especially so with not being oven baked so settled on a quick decontaminate , coat of Autoglym SRP , topped off with two coats of Collinite Marque De Elegance to finish off, all by hand ( I gave him the interior to do );), to keep him out of the way.
    Turned out not too bad after all .
    PS he s a bit OCD about keeping his vehicles clean , this is what he drives for work and he keeps it spotless.


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    Very nice. Is this going to be a daily driver?
     
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    No , not a daily driver , he s got a 1 year old Astra GTC for that , more of an ongoing project with a hint of re-living his youth I think . The Capri will be garaged ( In His garage ;)) and worked on again over the winter with the 2 ltr Pinto being fitted , I ve advised him that Twin Webers might be a good idea for that engine , it will just be a summer car . The Capri is also a wee bit of a tribute to his deceased friend as well I think . My son is a bit of a petrol head like his father , but much worse .
     
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    Great car, Capri's always bring back happy 1980's memories, always felt like Bodie in my 1.6 Laser with Simple Minds and Dire Straits on the cassette player.
    Happy Days.

    Kindest Regards
    Carl.
     
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    @Verbarthe Nice work, Murray - the Capri looks spot on. (y)
     
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    Very good, coincidentally was behind a Red D reg capri yesterday in Leeds. Was a Laser model.

    Having grown up with my old man having a MK2 3.0 GXL, have a big soft spot for Capris.

    - Notice the white writing on the tyre wall, I used to do that on my blue MK2 Escort - with either tippex or white gloss paint. :D very effective with white wheels.
     
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    Nice one, looks good!
     
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    That looks really well, I like all the period touches, a nice clean looking car with a good period continuity to it. I much prefer that method of modifying classic cars, rather than trying to modernise their appearance as so many people do - defeats the point in my view. (y)
     
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    Funnily enough he wants rid of the white lettering on the tyres but can t get it off as the lettering is impregnated through the rubber .
     
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    Yes , no silly spoilers , stickers etc , have advised him to just keep it period , clean and simple and let the car present itself , as it will do , less is more .
     
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    Looks great - my mate used to have one albeit it thrashed everytime he got in it...... Think it eventually became too costly to repair.... How many miles has it done?
     
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    Think it s about 88k but not sure? There s a fully rebuilt 2ltr Pinto going in this winter so that ll help it along the road a wee bit better.
     
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    This looks awesome, my Dad had a few Capri's over the years, he had a white D reg one, my older brother had Brooklands 280 that he recently sold. I've always had a hankering for an old Ford, like a Capri or a Mark 1 Escort but I doubt I'll ever have the funds to justify it...
     
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    Is it your son? :)
     
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    No , it s my sons mate :)
     
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    That looks a cracking car, allbeit surprisingly solid, they do bring back memories (brother went to buy one in Cordiners on Great Western Road aka Block of flats now,) He still loves the Stella Artois!

    Is the wheels true ?
    Were / are they not period Reliant wheels from a Scimitar ?
     
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    I had a Mk1 1600, a Mk 2.0 and a Mk3 3.0.

    Wish I'd kept some pictures. Maybe there are some in the loft.

    Nice to see one in such good nick.
     
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    Yeah its a bit 80's. Shame its not gloss paint, that came off regularly. Didnt realise real ones where impregnated into the rubber but makes sense.
     
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    I'll see if i can dig out some pics of my old mans too, both when it was White, and later when he had it painted brown ( i kid you not)
     

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