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Author Topic: What did you do to your Capri today?  (Read 70981 times)

BigRedOzzy

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #255 on: July 04, 2017, 02:52:47 PM »

I've now had my Capri for just over one month (June 2nd).  Started with oil/filter change, since it looked like old oil had 10K Miles or more, and was black.  Replaced trunk lift struts.  Next was examination of dropped shifter and linkage.  Linkage had been "fixed" with long sheet metal screw which had pulled out of the top plate.   Replace screw with nut/bolt/washer/Loktite combination.  Installed new bushings in shifter linkage.  Noticed grease leaking out of passenger side CV boot, which was torn.  Replaced axle, but found that tie rod ends and ball joints had torn boots, so I replaced those.  Set preliminary alignment using tape measure and saw guide on Sat July 1st, but was concerned over tie rod ends being different lengths.  Steering wheel was off by some 80 degrees counterclockwise.  Driver side tie rod end was almost all out, while passenger side was almost all in.  Had alignment done yesterday.  Car seems to want to wander a bit, so I'll road test some more.  Today was supposed to be a trip to a friend's lakeside house for 4th of July Party, provided the rain holds off.  My body is cut and bruised from fighting rusty nuts and bolts, so a day of rest is in order.  Was glad to have the Capri buttoned up, since the flex plate on my Focus broke on Friday night (June 30th), and it will be out of commission for a while.
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #256 on: July 04, 2017, 05:05:54 PM »

Wow, that was quite a day.  On your wandering, my recently purchased XR2 pulled to the left cruising down a straight road.  Had it aligned and it didn't change.  They said it might be the tires and we could rotate them and see if there was a difference.  The tires were old and displayed some cracking, so I bought a new set.  Now it pulls to the right, oh well.

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mitch1204

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #257 on: July 04, 2017, 07:01:31 PM »

When I replaced my front end I done a string wheel alignment. I use to use a tape but found this method much easier and more accurate. There are several how to videos on YouTube. I was pleased enough I didn't take it to a shop. If yours is wandering it's either in the worn unevenly tires or the shop messed up.

A couple tricks... put cardboard under the tires to ease toe movement. Tie one end of the string to the front bumper and on the other end of the string tie it to a bungee cord and then hook it to the foglight area. If I remember correctly I left about a 3/32 gap on the backside of the front tires.

I know you had your shop alignment but you can check the mechanic's work. Even the best make mistakes. Bad tires will mess up an alignment too.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 07:03:14 PM by mitch1204 »
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SHOwn

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #258 on: July 04, 2017, 08:00:17 PM »

Got the heat shields buffed and reinstalled after a one year absence and put the catch-can I just received on.






Then I put the XR2 into our annual 4th of July car show at the park 2 blocks from my house. Drew lots of comments and a lot of interest, even though she pales in contrast to all the high dollar investments there. Beautiful day for a car show!

« Last Edit: July 28, 2017, 01:17:40 PM by SHOwn »
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R. Powell
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Casper

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #259 on: July 04, 2017, 09:10:24 PM »

My brakes on my turbo capri are really bad - mushy pedal - no joy in taking it to the mechanic (I have a feeling I have been ripped off last year..!!!).  I have bled them a number of times but cant seem to get the air out fully on front left especially.  Anyway - I had a mobile brake specialist come today and have a look - absolutely brilliant to have an old school guy looking at the problems - nice to see what they are doing and ask questions (not like the shop who will just say it will be $500 thanks).  After testing and isolating each brake line (clamp on each line and release when pushing pedal to check pressure - hadn't seen this done before) to check what  is causing the mushy pedal it seems to be front left caliper in particular - He will be back with rebuilt front calipers...hopefully that will do the trick.....rears seem to be OK.
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #260 on: July 05, 2017, 12:18:29 PM »

Got the heat shields buffed and reinstalled after a one year absence and put the catch-can I just received on.






Then I put the XR2 into our annual 4th of July car show at the park 2 blocks from my house. Drew lots of comments and a lot of interest, even though she pales in contrast to all the high dollar investments there. Beautiful day for a car show!



Nice...inspirational

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Casper

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #261 on: July 06, 2017, 08:39:31 PM »

Caliper rebuild - now I have brakes.......who knew....
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SHOwn

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #262 on: July 06, 2017, 10:16:55 PM »

Nice to have a good pedal again isn't it? I had a rear do that and it also made quite a difference. I imagine a front lost makes for scary stops! Losing a rear only seemed to make the pedal wimpy and make the e-brake fail to hold on sloped driveways.
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R. Powell
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BigRedOzzy

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #263 on: July 12, 2017, 05:12:18 PM »

Had my alignment done last Monday (July 3rd).  I kick myself for not thinking more clearly.  I knew the tie rod ends were somewhat different, since one had zerk grease fitting and one didn't.   On one side, the tie rod end was screwed all the way in, and on the other it was almost all out.  I should have reversed them to see what would happen before taking Ozzy for alignment.

On the issue of tires as the cause of pulling left or right, a simple check is to switch left to right, and see what effect that has.  If it pulls in the other direction, you know the tires are mismatched.
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #264 on: July 17, 2017, 04:28:40 PM »

Changed out a broken turn signal lens and glove box door.  Also ordered a set of Maxxim Maze 15" wheels.

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #265 on: July 17, 2017, 08:32:40 PM »

Installed the K&N panel filter and built a cold air intake to help improve air flow. I cut a 3" round hole in the center of the bottom of the air box, pushed an ABS fitting through it and a 3" diameter 14" thin wall PVC pipe, put a 3" diameter street elbow on it and put some screws in to hold the elbow and pipe to the fitting. Lastly, I put two notches in the street elbow flange at two O'clock and 10 O'clock so that it snaps onto the plastic lower ferring by tipping the top of the pipe to vertical and into the ABS fitting. Some thinner to soften the PVC and flat black spray paint to finish it off..

The intake peeks out just inboard of the sway bar crook and passes straight up into the air box. I kept it no lower than the sway bar crook, you'll see it as the dark half circle protruding from the underside in the center of the picture... I kept the small fender snorkel in place so a deep puddle doesn't suck water from below.
I just went straight down with the pipe because there is nothing below the air box. The only negative is that now you can hear the bypass valve fart just a bit.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2017, 01:20:18 PM by SHOwn »
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R. Powell
'91 XR2, LM 16" Chrome Drifters, White Gauge Faces, Kuhmo 40's, Big Brake UG, 2.5" Mandrel Bent CATback, BMW318 Heated Seats, `94 console, '99 Dodge Neon Spoiler, '94 XR2 Sideskirts Bumpers and taillights, Fresh Basecoat-Clearcoat Cardinal Red (Jul2014), vj11/vj14 hybrid, manual boost CTL.

greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #266 on: July 18, 2017, 08:35:50 AM »

Very timely as I've ordered a K&N filter and was thinking about some cold air.   I'll have to look at your solution, thanks for sharing.

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Jack Byrd

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #267 on: July 31, 2017, 11:40:22 AM »

Today I liberated the turbo from the engine bay with the help of a friend. What a pain. At least now I can get that sent out for a rebuild while we plan the full build that will happen sometime next year.

Also went over the entire car for bits that need replacing, it's quite an extensive list. Turns out letting a car sit in a field for ten years really doesn't do it any favours :P
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #268 on: July 31, 2017, 10:12:32 PM »

Tried to mount my new wheels, 15X6.5 38mm backspace Maxim Maze.  Had to get special lugs, no big deal.  Tried to mount 205/60-15 and they rub the struts.  Going to be using Uniroyal Tiger Paw 195/55-15 in a day or to when they come in.

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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #269 on: August 02, 2017, 10:11:19 AM »

Finally got new tires mounted, now to make custom hub centers with waterfall emblem.  They look great, gonna have to post pics when I get them finished.  Proud of little car.

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