This section will show and discuss the progress of the restoration project. Taking what looked like a nice mark 1 Capri, and discovering what was really under it’s skin. To boldly go where previous ‘poor’ restorations have really messed up!
Most of the bodywork has now been sprayed and, apart from the slam panel, it is waiting to harden off a bit before the black sections on the sills, the rear panel and a few internal areas will be completed. The re-build should happen very early in the New Year.
And the paintwork really looks brilliant. An excellent job. Even the lower sections of the rear quarters and the wings are reflective.
The sills are far too good to cover up in the usual black paint so, we’re going to paint these black as per the original Ford sales literature, even if that’s not actually how this cars left the factory.
Obviously the doors, boot and bonnet have been sprayed now as well, on all sides. These are also waiting and drying on one side.
The engine bay has now been painted in Sebring red
And the boot was prepared and painted too. The inside paintwork will never have looked this good ever before.
Next thing will be to put the doors back on and confirm alignment of the door top trims and the rear quarter D trims. Especially where the rear quarter does not quite line up with the door. And also to prepare the holes for the lower door and wing trims.
Zippy has now been rubbed down, prepared for painting and most of it has seen one or two coats of final primer
The front-end has just received it’s second primer coat and the engine bay will be next to be primed. The doors, bonnet and boot have also been prepared and are waiting to be re-fitted
Next thing will be to put the doors back on again and then drill the holes for the lower trims, so they all line up. Also to get the (currently chrome) lower side trims re-coated in the correct black finish, as per a Facelift GT. The Sebring Red paint has also been ordered for the final colour coats too. Then it’ll be up to ‘Jim the Trim’ to re-fit the roof lining and re-fix the vinyl roof
This week we’ve painted the inner wings and welded the outer wings in place and mounted the wing brackets too.
The next step will be to do a final paint in the inner wing again, to cover where the final welds are located and then begin the ‘big rub down’, ready for the final pain of the body.
The rear quarter alignments looks very much like it was poor build tolerance when the car was manufactured 43 years ago.
We are hoping to get the inner wings painted next week and then weld the outer front wings (they have already been painted orange on the inside) on by the weekend.
Once these are on them attention will be on the offside rear quarter where the D profile around the rear window is slightly out to the top of the door. The door fit is perfect so it appears that the quarter may have had a bit of a bash at some point
Good progress on the frontend over the last couple of weeks with effort concentrating on getting the panel joins correct, sorting out the tabs for the headlights, adjusting the from valence and making sure the grill fits straight. It’s beginning to look like a Capri again.
The wings are loosely fitted at the moment to help confirm that the seems against the bonnet and doors are correct. If anything, they are ‘too good’ as it wouldn’t have left he factory this good.
Unfortunately it appears that the offside rear quarter may not be quite true, as we have a small (couple of mm) mis-alignment with the door. This will need a little adjustment but probably not a big deal. Notice (below) the extra mastic around the quarter window (not normal) and the fact the shaped section of the door skin does not quite match the shape on the rear quarter
After a short lull for the summer, work on preparing the rear-end has progressed. Rear arches and the backend have been prepared and given a light coating of epoxy primer. These will be re-primed the same as the bonnet and door skins a little later.
The inner boot area still needs preparing and this will need to be done by hand, but this is in good original condition (original paint) so, should not take too much apparently. In these pictures of the inside of the boot you can see the new rear lower quarter repairs and the new inner arch bins too. These will be tidied
Work on both inner wing top rails has finished now and these are being prepared for painting of the inner wings
All we need to do next is fit the slam panel and fix the headlight bowls, then we should be able to start painting the inner wings and inside of the outer wings. We’ll then be able to weld the wings on
The nearside inner wing rail has now been fitted and the headlight bowls are being lined up ready too.
Once these are done, then it’ll be time to paint the inner wings and the inside of the outer wings too. Once that’s done, then the outer wing will be fitted and painting will move to the engine bay
The first replacement inner wing rail has been made and partially fitted to the Capri. The fit of the wings and bonnet have been checked and all of it lines up really well
The Capri is upside down at the moment so it’s a good chance to see the repairs and condition of the inner wings which, given they are 40 years old, are in pretty good condition
And parked outside is a nice looking Perana too
And the underside still looks pretty good too
Limited progress in the last couple of weeks while we wait for the inner wing top rails to be manufactured
Some plastic lead loaded in to repair the joins round the wheels arches
The back axle is being cleaned up at the moment. All in pretty good condition sonsidering it’s forty years old. And we also took delivery various parts from the Capri Club. This included shock absorbers, wheel bearings, brake cylinders, cables and bushes
Still waiting on the inner wing rails to be produced so work has been concentrating on the front and rear axles. The cross member is being blasted ready for preparation and painting. Decided that we’ll strip down the MacPherson struts, blast, recondition and repaint. New shock absorber inserts will be used from the Capri Club.
Brake disks, back plates etc are all in good condition and will be re-used too.
The underneath of Zippy is looking very good
Some small dents on the bonnet have also been repaired
Limited progress in the last couple of weeks as we are waiting for someone to manufacture some inner wing rails. The top edges to which the outer wings fix. Easy it sounds, but the profile must be perfect to make sure the wings don’t buckle and the bonnet sits and aligns
Now have another shopping list for parts
- Front shocks and springs
- Rear springs and U bolts, eye bushes and shackle rubbers
- Rear shock absorbers
- Real wheel cylinders
- Handbrake cable
- Track control arm rubber seal
- Bushes for the rear springs
And here are the old discarded door skins and old slam panel
For the last two weeks, work has concentrated on the front end of the car, and a lot of progress has been made. And all the panels are lining up pretty well too which is testament to the hard work at Titan Motors. Next week will include fitting of the new headlamp bowls and then lining up the headlights and the front grill, making sure the brackets are in the right place.
The new slam panel, crossmember, radiator brackets, battery tray, and support and the inner wing repairs are all lined up and ready to be fitted properly. And the new valance is in place too.
Wings and bonnet have been loosely fitted again to make sure all the panels line up
The inner wing brackets, to which the bumper brackets are attached are now in place. They were a good find on eBay really.
And the doors and their new door skins are in place too.
The underside has now been sprayed Sebring Red over two layers of stone chip
The inside has had a light washed out coat of Sebring Red. Not too heavy so that it is similar to how it would have left the factory.
The front inner wings still have scar where chunks that been cut out. But the metal work has been cut for these holes now and these’ll be welded in next week
We’re really beginning to make some progress now
And the doors are now in a primer, ready for Sebring Red and a initial trial fit