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Author Topic: What did you do to your Capri today?  (Read 70967 times)

Rocketman

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #165 on: June 29, 2015, 12:21:13 AM »

RTV is necessary when doing the valvecover. The gaskets do not seal properly in the corners near the cam & distributor caps. Just a small dab is all that is needed
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NomakeWan

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #166 on: June 29, 2015, 01:21:39 AM »



Look ma, no more oil around the valve cover! Got to drive the car around pretty hard and not come home to the smell of burning oil, which was great. Ended up skipping the distributor cap, rotor and fuel filter for now just to get the car back on the road. The battery needs to be replaced soonish so as soon as I do that, so goes those parts (the distributor cap screws are pretty much impossible to get to with the battery in place).

Of course, once I was deep into the work I found out a good reason why the valve cover was leaking. The bolts were all loose! I could actually loosen almost all the bolts save for the three in the spark plug well by hand. I wanted to just hit myself, but it was a good time to wash the valve cover and put a new gasket on anyway. You can be sure those bolts are on properly now!
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Grimsleeper

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #167 on: July 05, 2015, 07:51:51 PM »

Spent the weekend working on the audio mostly.  I did send it over to my buddy to have the front engine mount replaced.  The OEM unit had given up the ghost.  I'm getting her ready to make the trip up to Crete for the MACG.  Looking forward to that drive.
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blueamber

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #168 on: July 05, 2015, 10:16:08 PM »

Went to a junkyard in Jacksonville today, 1/2 price sale at Ace Junkyard.  They had a red 93 xr2 that had not been severely picked over.  Rusting apart, looked like was driven until it got to be unsafe.  When they picked it up to put on the wheel stands, the front struts just fell out of the mounts.  Scored a like new soft top, tri-spoke wheel covers, driver window regulator.  I tested the turbo, there was NO play in the shaft, I ran out of steam (100 degrees in the shade), so it is still there if someone is near.
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Merlin

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #169 on: July 31, 2015, 12:54:08 PM »

My name is Nick and I am new to the forum.  I have been reading it for a little while, but just became a member.  I am working on replacing the water pump, timing belt, pulleys, hoses, radiator and thermostat on my 91 N/A capri.  I figured while I am in there i might as well clean as much as I can also.  I have changed timing belts on a lot of cars, but never a front wheel drive.  Wow, big difference.  No place for hands or tools.  While putting everything back together, one of my water pump bolts broke in the block.  I used the quart of blood technique to get it out.  That is I tore up my knuckles and pinched my fingers with pliers for 2 1/2 hours until I finally got it out.  Dodged a bullet there, as this is my every day driver. 

The next thing I will be working on is the brakes, and the control arm bushings.

Over the last 6 months or so I have done a lot to my capri, here is a list.
Fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, front and rear struts, front hubs and bearings, front and rear rotors (I have a question about the front rotors but I'll post it on the technical page), rear calipers, rear bearings, throttle position sensor, front trans mount, new convertible top, CV axles both sides, ignition coil, spark plug wires, ball joints and outer tie rods. 

I have to get it running safely before I can start doing any mods, she sat for a long time before she got forced back into action not to long ago.  She has been through 2 long hibernations and has fired back up when needed both times.  Gotta lover her.

 
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #170 on: August 01, 2015, 09:52:28 AM »

Mounted  a cool lighthouse guardian license plate.

Jack Byrd
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mitch1204

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #171 on: August 06, 2015, 03:37:18 AM »

After buying this jewel for $500 two months ago and many obstacles in between I finally made the trip to NC and picked up my 94 Capri NA automatic. Between that and the Magenta color makes this a one of kind.

It has 75,000 miles by the time I got home. The man was unsure why it wouldn't start. Its been sitting a year. I dropped a new battery in and after the fuel pump primed the system it fired right off and purred like a kitten.

The only issues is the wheels sounded rusty and I lost most of the brake pedal. The funny thing was the next morning I had a full pedal. After a few hours I lost the pedal again. I figure the master cylinder so I'll do a full brake job on her. Other than that it needs the trunk strong arms. Body and interior are in great condition. The top has a couple years left. It hasn't been rained on in 11 years that I know of. It has always been maintained by his local Ford dealership. He gave me a shop manual, the dealer ordered hardtop and stand, and a nice car cover as a bonus. The spoiler is even dealer added. I am the third owner.

She's dirty from sitting but I'll have her looking good in no time

« Last Edit: August 06, 2015, 03:58:53 AM by mitch1204 »
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Capri-guy

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #172 on: August 06, 2015, 09:13:44 AM »

yesterday evening i replaced my MY94 back light units by pre-94 units. the Capri failed the annual test on those, because there was a difference in brightness. both units were somewhat melted (do i mention something new? ;-) ). i now only need the black plate between the units, but that will be no reason to fail the test again. other things on the Capri that need(ed) replacing: washer pump had broken down (and has been replaced). now i only have to replace the LH lower ball joint. hopefully that's not a major job to do.

no pics yet, will do asap.
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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #173 on: August 06, 2015, 11:11:32 AM »

After buying this jewel for $500 two months ago and many obstacles in between I finally made the trip to NC and picked up my 94 Capri NA automatic. Between that and the Magenta color makes this a one of kind.

It has 75,000 miles by the time I got home. The man was unsure why it wouldn't start. Its been sitting a year. I dropped a new battery in and after the fuel pump primed the system it fired right off and purred like a kitten.

The only issues is the wheels sounded rusty and I lost most of the brake pedal. The funny thing was the next morning I had a full pedal. After a few hours I lost the pedal again. I figure the master cylinder so I'll do a full brake job on her. Other than that it needs the trunk strong arms. Body and interior are in great condition. The top has a couple years left. It hasn't been rained on in 11 years that I know of. It has always been maintained by his local Ford dealership. He gave me a shop manual, the dealer ordered hardtop and stand, and a nice car cover as a bonus. The spoiler is even dealer added. I am the third owner.

She's dirty from sitting but I'll have her looking good in no time



Fantastic deal, if it was a manual, you'd had a fight over it and I'm closer.

Jack Bryd
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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #174 on: August 07, 2015, 08:50:20 PM »

swapped the transmission on my xr2 the other day, old one blew the diff straight out the back of the case, i got a used one with 97k on it for 250$ :)
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mitch1204

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #175 on: August 09, 2015, 05:05:23 AM »

Working the bugs out of the 94. Replaced the brake master cylinder and bled the system out with new fluid. I also replaced the trunk strong arms that were wore out. I'm currently replacing the leaking flange gasket on the back of the catalytic converter. The nuts are rusted away. I got one off and the second one is so distorted I'll have to resort to their means today. Put new wiper blades on and stole the antenna trim piece off my 91. :)

That'll about wrap it up for this car. The only other things it needs is new tires and I see the strut bumpers are disintegrating. It's ashame it has new tires on it but they are dry rotting.

This car is 10x better performing and more fun than my 91. It makes me want to find a 94 turbo.

The trunk has never been touched on this car. I'll take a picture of the jack area today and post it. It looks spotless down there.
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mitch1204

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #176 on: August 16, 2015, 02:52:11 AM »

Driving around in my 91 I noticed my volt meter dropping and an occasional belt squeal. I pulled over to inspect and found the bottom alternator bolt backed out and the head was rubbing against the belt, lol. I guess I didn't tighten that bolt a year and a half ago. The belt was down to a string. I saw online Advance had one in stock so I made the 9 mile dash for it hoping the battery would hold up. The car quit pulling into the parking lot. I coasted into the first spot. I bought a brand new Dayco and 30 minutes later plus a jump I was back in business. :)

I made sure this time both bolts were tight. I left it idling the two hours while I was in Wal-Mart buying a whole bunch of nothing and drueling over the few hot women. Now I'll carry a spare V-belt with me.

The 94 the headliner is dropping so I bought some spray headliner glue. The 91 I noticed the right drive axle clicking in turns so I bought that part as well. I used my Advance discount and Speed Perks and got them parts at half price. I think the new axle was $35. Not bad. I'm debating whether to buy bearings and seals or just go for the quick fix. Anyways I have a couple projects in the near future. Oh yeah, the 94 is getting new rubber very soon because the old new tires on it are dry rotted. I'm pleased with the Douglas Performance GTs I bought at Wally World last time so that's what'll she get. I'm amazed how much better the 94 runs compared to the 91 so I'll break down and buy the injectors I've been needing. That's another story.
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SHOwn

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #177 on: September 20, 2015, 10:09:26 PM »






Took my spare valve cover and wetsanded and buffed the ribs and flats. I worked them from 120 grit to 3000 dual action, then finished off with metal polish. Next I taped off the polished top surfaces and hit it with high temp ceramic engine paint, and a little red caliper paint for the lettering. Then into a 200 degree oven to flash.









Throw on a $5 Rock Auto Fel-Pro gasket and bargain priced NGK Iridium IX plugs, Napa Premium 7mm wires  and a new cap and rotor and no more embarrassment when we open the hood.
 
I think they should have been made this way originally, since this is how the valve cover on my 1986 Escort GT looked, not to mention all those Cobra valve covers for Mustangs, etc...
« Last Edit: February 03, 2018, 09:28:46 PM by SHOwn »
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mitch1204

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #178 on: September 21, 2015, 04:28:27 AM »

Lookin' 👓👀 good! The valve cover was a fun job.
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Pappy T

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #179 on: September 21, 2015, 12:17:37 PM »

That does look really good !   Had mine sandblasted, 2 coats of hi temp clear Imron, red caliper paint in 1 upper and 1 lower rib as well as lettering. Looks like it was powdercoated ! 
 Since I couldn't get my exhaust shield off, bolts rounded, I sanded it down and brushed  it with hi temp bbq grill paint , 3 coats. Not flat and not quite satin-e finish, doesn't stand out like a sore thumb in there and detract from the better looking stuff in there !  Does take a couple days to totally burn off the paint smell, but well worth it !
I don't have turbo but if I did I would paint ( or polish) the tube too. Saw a couple pics out there and it really is good looking.
Again, good job !
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