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Author Topic: My first Capri, 1991 N/A  (Read 1520 times)

Trackerrrr

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My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:13:58 PM »

I'm gonna post my pics here instead of the general forum as this car's gonna take a fair amount of work to get back on the road. It's a 1991 N/A, Cardinal Red. I picked this pile up for the princely sum of $125 with the assurance that it ran when parked but didn't move very well. Full of trash and dirt. Flat and dry rotted tires. Paint all faded and top was toast too. Battery shot. She's been sitting for at least seven years that I can tell from old registration and the PO's memory. Every panel on this car is either dented or dinged. She's been neglected bad.

Day 1















January 6th 2018

She lives! Pulled the disgustingly cruddy fuel pump out of the tank and gave it a few good whacks and it freed up. Got the car to fire up and it took about 15 minutes of sputtering before she ran fairly smooth. Pics to follow...

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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 08:25:45 PM »

Congratulations!  Running is the first step to recovery!
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 11:00:35 PM »

Alas, the transmission seems to be toast. Filled it with fluid and not only would it not move, fluid was making a quick escape from somewhere in back of the trans. Pffft...

Also did an oil change tonight. Been a while since I've seen oil that thick and dirty come from an engine.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2018, 11:02:54 PM by Trackerrrr »
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 11:48:53 AM »

I gave more for my N\A, but yours is worse....lol.  Good luck on that automatic. Welcome to the gang.

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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 05:27:59 PM »

Doing that oil change seems to have annoyed the car because today when I started it I got clouds of blue smoke from the tailpipe where last night there was no smoke. Probably valve stem seals are needed now. Pulled the headlights to clean and lube the linkage and to repair left side. Used some polishing compound on the paint so she's shiny at least.











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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 02:01:40 PM »

Good job.
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 07:46:51 PM »

amazing what a little spit and shine will do.   looking much better than first post.  good job.
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2018, 07:49:36 PM »

Day 21

Well, I've been slowly tackling little stuff like flushing brakes and fixing lights. I've been starting the car every weekend but it's been running rougher each time so I decided to pull the valve cover and see how clean or dirty the insides are and this is what I found:









So the head is coming off to be cleaned and I'll be pulling the oil pan and cleaning it too. I really hate POs sometimes. I cut the old timing belt off and ditched the old tensioner and idler as the bearings were shot in those too. I really should have power washed the engine first before pulling it apart too...
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2018, 12:48:41 AM »

And the head is off.

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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 01:02:39 AM »

Woooow! I've never seen an engine so sludged up! My dad, a mechanic for more than 50 years said he worked at a Ford dealer in the early 70's for a short time and all they were doing at the time was de-sludging engines because of changes to the thermostats that year. I think they were running them hotter, but I don't remember exactly what he said.

Regardless, that engine is going to need a thurough cleaning.
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R. Powell
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 02:07:57 PM »

I'm with you SHOwn, I've seen worse but it's been a long time.

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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2018, 04:09:33 PM »

The underside of the valve cover was just as bad. I soaked it overnight in Purple Power and that got a lot of crud off but also the paint. Has anyone used kerosene to clean heads before?
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2018, 04:22:19 PM »

You know what worked for me was SeaFoam. It really dissolved the gunk.
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R. Powell
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2018, 11:26:27 PM »

You know what worked for me was SeaFoam. It really dissolved the gunk.

Oooooo, purdy. That's car parts porn right there. Did you use it full strength and soak it or just spray it on and sit?
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Re: My first Capri, 1991 N/A
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 06:21:53 AM »

Awww,  I gotta come clean. That head was hot dipped and decked (milled) just a little. It was pretty clean to start with too, however the valves were still crudded up and the cylinders and intake and exhaust ports still had deposits as well so I poured Sea Foam right on there and used a wire brush dental tools and small screwdrivers where needed. The piston tops soaked in it overnight as well. But I've never seen something dissolve gunk like SeaFoam. Do wear protection on your hands though. Those chemicals probably cause cancer.





You should take the baffle covers off your valve cover as well. Judging but your spark plug wells, every inch of that engine has some kind of hardened coat of oil deposit. I wonder if someone else used a stop leak or snake oil additive on it in an attempt to control leakage or oil burn.

Keep in mind that you should re-seal those baffles properly and use a little thread locker on the screws to keep them from rattling out. Unsealed baffles lead to excessive oil in the intake through the breather tube.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2018, 06:35:57 AM 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.
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