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Author Topic: What did you do to your Capri today?  (Read 83565 times)

94daves

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2014, 10:50:26 AM »

I also recently took out the little rubber bumper on the clutch pedal.  The clicking noise was driving me crazy.  I didn't replace it.  Instead, I taped a penny to it to close off the hole.  I think I pulled a back muscle trying to contort my body into position to fix it. 

I haven't tried the cruise control since I taped the penny over the hole but I think (hope) it will now work.
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #46 on: November 12, 2014, 05:23:14 PM »

I didn't even try to get in there without removing the seat.  I also installed a wire to the heat flapper so I could have heat in the up coming cold snap.  Today I installed shifter bushings in the transmission end of the shift rod.  It was a PITA, but having seen it apart now, I think it would be a relatively quick and easy job should I ever need to do it again.  The next job may be an a quick shifter.  Has anyone ever extended the lower end of the shifter to decrease the throw?  Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.
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Jack Byrd

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2014, 10:34:09 PM »

So it has finally turned cold here in the great state of Texas.  My 170 degree thermostat was too cool for the cold weather.  So this morning I changed the thermostat back to the the stock 190 degree unit.  Drove it 200 miles this afternoon and actually had heat and the engine warmed up enough to get off the high idle circuit.
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Greg_B

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #48 on: November 17, 2014, 08:32:21 AM »

Had to put the Hardtop on the 93 yesterday.  Winter is finally here in Central PA
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Greg

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #49 on: November 18, 2014, 07:57:16 AM »

Has anyone done the 5th gear conversion from Roo-Sport?  I have the kit and I'm thinking about making that the weekend project.  Any advice out there?  Is there a gasket on the tranny end cap?
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2014, 10:02:02 AM »

Has anyone done the 5th gear conversion from Roo-Sport?  I have the kit and I'm thinking about making that the weekend project.  Any advice out there?  Is there a gasket on the tranny end cap?

Showing my ignorance again, what's the Roo-Sport 5th gear conversion?

Thanks, Jack Byrd
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Jack Byrd

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #51 on: November 18, 2014, 10:13:06 AM »

Well it's not exclusive to Roo-sport, but that's by far the easiest way to get the gears.

It only works on the XR2 manual transmission. It's a slightly different gear ratio : .717 vs .795

This results in a roughly 500rpm drop at highway speeds.


Grim - I had those exact same experiences with a 180 degree thermostat. I highly recommend stock for everyone. It just works.
Did you get an instructions printout with your gearset? If not ask for them. I used gear-oil rated silicone RTV to seal the 5th gear cover back on. They make it for RWD diff covers, it works perfect
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #52 on: November 18, 2014, 10:21:12 AM »

Well it's not exclusive to Roo-sport, but that's by far the easiest way to get the gears.

It only works on the XR2 manual transmission. It's a slightly different gear ratio : .717 vs .795

This results in a roughly 500rpm drop at highway speeds.


Grim - I had those exact same experiences with a 180 degree thermostat. I highly recommend stock for everyone. It just works.
Did you get an instructions printout with your gearset? If not ask for them. I used gear-oil rated silicone RTV to seal the 5th gear cover back on. They make it for RWD diff covers, it works perfect

Thank you very much, Jack
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Jack Byrd

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #53 on: November 18, 2014, 09:47:00 PM »

Thanks Matt.  I did get the installation printout.  I was just wondering if there was a factory gasket there.  I used the 170 degree thermostat here in the 100+ degree heat here in Texas.  The 190 therm was letting it get just a bit too warm for my taste.
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #54 on: November 26, 2014, 09:49:26 PM »

Replaced leaking heater hose and the 90* elbow hose under the distributor.  There was also a small (1/4") 90* hose that was also listed for the cooling system, but can't for the life of me find a place to put it.  Any suggestions?  Got the heater flap wired down so I've got heat now, and ordered an aluminum arm from Russ to make the repair.  Also took advantage of his pre-Black Friday sale and ordered another $100 worth of stuff.  I'm gonna be styling in the red Capri tee.

Jack Byrd

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #55 on: December 01, 2014, 05:05:07 PM »

Removed my IAC and blew out some crud in the water line.  Then I discovered the entire lower water hose coming from the bottom of the block is clogged with mud.  I guess that will have to wait for another day.  I'm wondering how much mud is in the bottom of the block and how to clean it out.

Jack Byrd
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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #56 on: December 15, 2014, 06:47:31 PM »

Worked on the IAC again today.  Replaced the lower hose and spent 45 minutes drilling (literally) the crud out of the lower (manifold) hose barb.  It was packed with black crud as the old hose had been.  I expect the problem was some kind of stop leak.  After letting the engine warm up, the hose was still cold, so I still may not have any circulation though the IAC.  If this doesn't cure the problem, any ideas on what should be done best?  Maybe drain the radiator again and blow air though both hose to insure that they are open?

I also was going to install the new sway bar bushings I got from Russ, but they didn't fit.  I'm going to measure them and give him a call and see what the problem is.

Jack Byrd
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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #57 on: December 18, 2014, 10:51:09 AM »

Had an interesting chat with Russ yesterday.  I had ordered rear sway bar bushings and they didn't fit.  Apparently early cars (like mine) had a 14mm sway bar and later cars had a 17mm which is the size of available bushings.  I found a thread on sway bars that was started by a member whose car also had a 14mm bar.  Check your bar size prior to ordering.  I'm going to be looking for a larger bar or smaller bushings and will report on my findings.

Jack Byrd
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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #58 on: December 24, 2014, 12:50:17 PM »

Gasoline no ethanol

I have a 93 N/A Capri

Starting with 96,459mi. I have recorded MPG, using E10 87 octane gasoline

30.3 MPG for 2,416mi.

The last 2 tanks I have used non-ethanol (E0) 87 octane

Seat-of-pant, feels more "zippy"

30.7 MPG for 492mi.

In El Dorado, KS. it is .18 cents more

I will continue using E0 because of drivability

Anyone else have any comments or experience?

Thank You. david.sirota
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greywolf27030

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Re: What did you do to your Capri today?
« Reply #59 on: December 27, 2014, 04:50:17 PM »

Changed the trans-axle lubricant.  I used Pennzoil Syncromesh, it really does shift better.  I'm guessing it hadn't been changed in 145K, I'll bet that there was a gorilla installing the drain plug and speedo drive.  I also tore back into the coolant piping for the IAC.  The manifold nipple was stopped up again.  I went to the other end (at the heater hose and it was stopped up also.  Cleared both and found out the throttle body is also stopped up.  That'll come another day.

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