Time to make a move

Got to put all the bits back together in the morning and get the car running before I lose the internet connection (just in case the Haynes “book of incomprehensible photos” lets me down). Then it’s off down the road to the new gaff, tuck it away in the new garage and spend the next three days shifting boxes  Pictures to follow when I get back to work on Monday 

Be careful what you breathe in

Seems like weeks since I’ve done anything on the car … and after looking at the thread it turns out it is  The house move’s now on for a couple of weeks away, so I’m trying to box everything up whenever I’ve got a free minute.  To show that I’m not totally slacking on the project and give you an idea how tedious it can be debugging a customer’s web application…

He’s only gone and used the welder…

On a sad note, I heard that the old boy I got this car from passed away on Christmas Eve  Hopefully he’ll have approved of what I’m up to. R.I.P. fella… OK, I actually feel guilty for not doing anything of late  The last few weeks have been filled with visiting friends and family, and trying to get the house purchase sorted out – pretty difficult when everyone takes 3 weeks off…

Not so rusty bowls

Headlamp bowls now dealt with, for the moment, at least until I’ve got better access when I replace the front wings (did anyone say “scope creep” ??? ). Cleaned them out with a variety of brass cups and flap wheels in the drill (gotta admit I basically just got one of everything and kept trying each one to see what happened) …   … then applied the magic rust killer ……

Rusty bowls

Rather annoyingly, I’m getting home from work too late at the moment to start cutting up bits of metal to practice with the welding … especially as the garage shares a wall with next door’s lounge  To not lose momentum, last night I started to take apart the front end of the car to gauge how much work was needed here. The bolts on the outer bumper brackets didn’t want…

How hard can it be to weld, eh?

Well, today didn’t turn out quite how I expected, which seems to be par for the course at the moment  Yesterday’s viewing of a house with a “detatched double garage” turned out to be a pokey workshop where the front wall was made of breezeblocks with fake doors screwed on the outside  Started off with some general beads to get a feel for the welder and playing about with the wire…

Roll out the MIG welder

Next on the list should have been a weekend of working on the car, but I ended up spending it driving a Transit to Newcastle twice and filling it up with house bits  When I get the chance though, the next thing on the list will involve playing with a Mig welder  I learnt to gas weld years ago, but that was always on the understanding that the student’s would…

Engines prefer fuel with no bits in

It’s nice when there’s stuff in the post that’s not bills, Sky TV offers or yet another ransom note for the ex-girlfriend … One Filter King (a combined fuel filter and pressure regulator) and a couple of metres of 8mm braided fuel hose.  After jacking the front end of the car to give me good access all round, I decided on the rear of the inner wing for mounting the filter, based…

Finishing the basics

Well, to follow up from my last post first, after chatting to a chappy from the Capri Club International at the Classic Motorshow this weekend, it turns out that later Mk3’s were fitted with front arch panels to stop the wing filling up with debris … and conveniently CCI sell a repro for 42 quid for the pair. Looks like I’ll be getting a set, unless anyone knows of a cheaper source…

Gotta get my hands dirty sometime…

Well, it’s always the way – get a new toy, spend more time at work instead of playing with the toy  Anyways, to catch up on what’s happened since last time, I’ve; discovered that the local motor factors are useless – wrong rotor arm, condenser and rocker seal gunked the engine – will need another couple of go’s I think changed the oil, filter, plugs, etc. flushed out the coolant…

Back to the test station

        Woohoo, it’s passed second time round  Mr MOT had a look at the welding and said “Oh, that’s nice to see, that is. Proper old-timer’s welding – you don’t see much of that nowadays.” It was nice to be able to tell him that the chap who’d done it was (at most) half his age.  Next task for this weekend is clean up the engine bay, try and keep…

Let’s fix that sill

Well, to answer one of my own questions, the discs are the drain plugs for the wheel well, which, for reasons best known to Ford are metal. Quite why you’d put a metal plug in a metal hole in a bath of water and then expect your customer to remember to pull the plug out just once in 26 years …  Alex The Welder came round this afternoon and patched…

Introducing the Ford Capri project

Welcome to my Mk3 , a 1980 2.0GL with 51k on the clock… Having picked up this little beauty last weekend as a spare car plaything, I’ve built up a small list of goals that I want to achieve with it; Get an M.O.T. Give it a full service and learn what all the oily bits are for Fix essentials, such as brakes, suspension, rear wiper Stop the rust that’s…