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This timeline shows the complete history for the rebuild of Zippy based on the regular posts to this website. It starts from the latest update and then goes back through time to the start of the whole project.

Click on any of the items to then go and view the post for that date

  • 19 February 2018

    Zippy was lucky enough to be invited onto the Capri Mk1 Owners Club stand at the London Classic Car Show this year, joining an early ...
  • 14 February 2018

    Zippy safely arrived at the London Classic Car Show today.  Fortunately avoided the worst of the rain and managed to get under cover earlier than ...
  • 25 August 2016

    Zippy attended the Thorrington Village Fair for a few hours on Saturday 8 August.  This was an opportunity to get out and drive him a ...
  • 11 August 2016

    Zippy came out of the garage this afternoon to catch a little sunshine, and for a couple of photographs.  Still familiarising myself with the rebuild. ...
  • 04 August 2016

    After another eventful week Zippy has finally been finished and is back under a new cotton cover and securely locked away in my garage.  Everything ...
  • 29 July 2016

    Zippy successfully passed its MOT this week passing with flying colours.  And the first road test was pretty good.  Brakes were binding a bit so ...
  • 15 July 2016

    The new rear quarter windows have now been installed along with the modified latches.  These look brilliant, and there is no risk of the glass ...
  • 26 June 2016

    After one of the rear quarter windows dropped out last week I've been looking for replacement glass.  I ended up purchasing two NOS glass units ...
  • 22 June 2016

    June 2016Last week one of the rear quarter window glasses became unstuck, slipped out and smashed on the floor.  It was the nearside glass, the side ...
  • 31 May 2016

    Whilst waiting for the electrics to complete, the front seats have now been installed and number plates attached. The drivers seat was largely re-made ...
  • 20 May 2016

    Well, we're almost finished now.  After 2 years 2 months, this huge project is almost over and Zippy will be driving back home pretty soon. ...
  • 06 May 2016

    We're still waiting on the return of the engine bay wiring loom.  However, we've started to put the interior back together including the dashboard. ...
  • 25 April 2016

    Apparently the loom is now ready and will be delivered in the next couple of days.  At which point post of the engine compartment will ...
  • 05 April 2016

    The set of 5.5J Rostyle steel wheels have now been powder coated and I've got the job of hand painting the satin black sections.  One ...
  • 12 March 2016

    The engine bay wiring loom has now gone off to the electrician to be tested and repaired.  Once this comes back, then there will be ...
  • 05 February 2016

    The headlining was fitted into the car this week by Andy Watts, the same chap that repaired the seats.  This is using some old stock ...
  • 23 January 2016

    Some success this week.  Managed to source two courtesy light switches for the door jams which avoids the need to re-use the incorrect mark 2 ...
  • 08 January 2016

    January 2016Lots of progress now.  Suspension has been build and it is sitting (albeit a little high) on it's original wheels.  We will be changing these ...
  • 04 January 2016

    Over Christmas I've been pottering a bit with the wiring loom and the carpets.  The wiring loom, although complete, was covered with insulating tape, underseal and ...
  • 18 December 2015

    December 2015So the process of rebuilding this capri has really got underway.  The black panels have been painted including the ready panel and the sills.  The ...
  • 12 December 2015

    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 ...
  • 13 November 2015

    The engine bay has now been painted in Sebring red And the boot was prepared and painted too.  The inside paintwork will never have ...
  • 06 November 2015

    November 2015Zippy 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 ...
  • 23 October 2015

    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 ...
  • 17 October 2015

    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 ...
  • 23 September 2015

    Work has continued tidying the front valence and the inner wings ready for the front to be completed.  Once this has finished the inner wings ...
  • 11 September 2015

    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 ...
  • 29 August 2015

    Progress has been a little slow due to the Summer months but work on Zippy will begin to pick up in the next few weeks.  ...
  • 01 August 2015

    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 ...
  • 25 July 2015

    There was a brief intermission this week for a very important family wedding. Congratulations to Sam and Verity on the occasion of their wedding. Oh, and there ...
  • 13 June 2015

    Work on both inner wing top rails has finished now and these are being prepared for painting of the inner wings All we need ...
  • 05 June 2015

    The inner wing rails are almost complete now.  They still needed a little adjustment to get the profile spot on though.  This involved cutting some of the edge ...
  • 29 May 2015

    The nearside inner wing rail has now been fitted and the headlight bowls are being lined up ready too. Once these are done, then ...
  • 23 May 2015

    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 ...
  • 15 May 2015

    Limited progress in the last couple of weeks while we wait for the inner wing top rails to be manufactured Some plastic lead loaded ...
  • 02 May 2015

    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 ...
  • 25 April 2015

    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 ...
  • 10 April 2015

    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 ...
  • 28 March 2015

    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 ...
  • 21 March 2015

    The underside, engine bay and the interior (lightly) have all been sand-blasted down to bare metal.  The underside has had two coats of epoxy and ...
  • 07 March 2015

    The nearside A post has been rapaired now with most of the floor too.  One patch remains, using a section cut from a mk 3 ...
  • 07 March 2015

    Got the drivers seat back from Andy Watt (aka Jim the Trim) on Wednesday, and I'm really pleased.  The passenger seat is having a repaired ...
  • 28 February 2015

    Zippy has been removed from the hydraulic ramp and put onto a dolly to allow it to be turned over. This week he is on ...
  • 06 February 2015

    The new scuttle repair panel has arrived from Expressed Steel and is being cut to fit.  The inner section is also being repaired ready for ...
  • 24 January 2015

    We managed to order a new nearside scuttle repair panel from Expressed Steels this week, they had a spare one in stock.  This will help ...
  • 17 January 2015

    January 2015A lot of progress made on the nearside.  The A post was in a bad state so this was completely removed.  The replacement from Expressed ...
  • 06 December 2014

    Work on the nearside A post and sill continues Rear quarter will take a bit of work to rebuild and you can see the ...
  • 27 November 2014

    The nearside A-post, inner sill and some of the rear quarter have need to be removed now.  We'd been hoping to use some of the ...
  • 15 November 2014

    Did a 476 mile round trip today to collect two genuine Ford new old stock (NOS) Mark 1 Capri skins.  Both still have their labels on ...
  • 08 November 2014

    Stripping down of the nearside sill and rear arch has now started, and it is not very pretty really Offside is now ...
  • 01 November 2014

    Work on the offside has progressed well this week with the reay wheel arch taking shape and work on the rear panel for the lower ...
  • 25 October 2014

    The drivers seat went off to "Jim the Trim" (better known as Andy Watt) in Colchester for repair.  He's managed to find some old black ...
  • 18 October 2014

    We've now started to offer up some of the offside sill panels. These are not fixed in place, just checking alignment and working out what ...
  • 11 October 2014

    Zippy has now been jigged up and welded onto a hydraulic platform whilst more panels are removed and cut out. Work is concentrating on the offside ...
  • 19 September 2014

    Today I received confirmation that the new panels are going into manufacture next week.  That means I have a rather large bill for these parts. ...
  • 26 July 2014

    Managed to purchase a couple of inner wing strengthening panels, that help keep the bumper in place, off the internet this week.  They're not particularly ...
  • 20 July 2014

    We're still waiting for the arrival of panels from Expressed Steel Panels. These are now expected mid August, which means we will have waited a ...
  • 13 June 2014

    May 2014No we're at the stage of waiting for the main panels. We'll do a little more cutting and blasting but we really need the wing ...
  • 31 May 2014

    Now we're able to really see what needs to be replaced and what we should try and salvage and repair. The list of replacement parts is ...
  • 24 May 2014

    Scrapping and cleaning has continued for a third week now, with short breaks due to the weather.  The clean has included a wash down in ...
  • 10 May 2014

    The first sill (offside) has now been removed, along with the offside wing.  Now we can begin to see the scale of work required to ...
  • 02 May 2014

    We have now ordered various replacement panels from Expressed Steel, some of which should arrive in a couple of weeks. We've also purchased a couple of ...
  • 27 April 2014

    The worst job of them all has begun. Zippy's now propped on one side so all that black under-seal can be scrapped off the bottom ...
  • 04 April 2014

    The engine and gearbox have now been removed, steamed cleaned and stored away. We'll look at those much later in the project, once the bodywork ...
  • 29 March 2014

    The stripdown has continued another week. Now most of the interior is out along with quite a lot of the exterior trim aswell. Still not quite sure ...
  • 22 March 2014

    The bumpers are now off along with most of the trim, lights and the grill. All of this now needs to be cleaned and polished, ...
  • 17 March 2014

    Delivered Zippy to Titan Motors today, Saturday 15 March, and it's all ready for the project to begin. The fun should start now. I'll be back next ...
  • 09 March 2014

    Spent an hour or two emptying Zippy of all the loose stuff, and making sure the battery was OK and letting the engine tick over ...
  • 03 March 2014

    The Capri (his name is Zippy - thanks to Judy and Sam) will be going off to Titan Motors on Saturday 15 March 2014 to ...