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#21 Nos

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:08 AM

I did a bit of hill climbing in the 70s, I had a Mini fitted an MG1300 engine in it, kept gearing the same, would only do about 60mph, but could get the front losing traction in third gear. Progressed on then, in the 80s I put a Daimler Dart V8 engine into my Mazda 929 Estate, took it around a few of the custom car shows. As for the Ferguson rally Capri, it was Harry Ferguson of tractor fame that developed the 4x4 system used at that time, some vans Transit, Bedford were available with this system, the most famous and desirable, for me anyhow, was the Jensen Interceptor FF, got very close to buying one, metallic purple, white vinyl roof, the mpg, put me off. Nos

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:37 AM

Should you not have put the Mazda engine in the Dart ;)

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:47 AM

View Postjsharris, on 16 April 2016 - 09:30 PM, said:

That engine (a 998cc Hartwell, with no head gasket, Wills rings, an R22 cam and twin 40 Dellorto's) never leaked oil, barely needed any work between events and always ran as smooth as a sewing machine. It was just clutches, gearboxes and drive shafts that never lasted long.

I had a Ginetta G15 with a 998cc and R17 for road use. After I blew the head gasket a couple of times I fitted Wills rings which was the best modification I made. I always fancied having it taken out to 1220cc but never did. The doughnut driveshaft couplings never lasted very long, even the hard ones.

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:29 AM

This is one of the Welsh lads, Gumpy's Capri with a 12a rotary engine in:

https://www.youtube....h?v=ddy6kaYAz_w

Shortly after this he had the police/council around after the neighbours complained about the noise!

The reaction at about 0.30 just near the end says it all! :lol:

All sorts of engines going in them now; Vauxhall red tops, BMW, Nissan CA18DET etc. One of the guys in Croatia is doing a hybrid drive train but then he is a bit special. The guy is a God! Nothing he can't do from CAD to body work, wiring and leather work.....and he's VERY good. Real custom stuff way beyond normal resto skills:

https://www.flickr.c...in/photostream/

#25 jsharris

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:31 AM

View PostPeterStarck, on 17 April 2016 - 08:47 AM, said:

I had a Ginetta G15 with a 998cc and R17 for road use. After I blew the head gasket a couple of times I fitted Wills rings which was the best modification I made. I always fancied having it taken out to 1220cc but never did. The doughnut driveshaft couplings never lasted very long, even the hard ones.

Those couplings were never good. I switched to using Lotus Elan couplings, which were a bit stiffer, but even they would let go before long. The gearbox was sorted eventually by fitting a straight cut Jack Knight transaxle, but that was incredibly noisy when used on the road. The clutch was fixed by using a sintered plate and the strongest springs available, but that did turn it into a bit of an on/off switch!

I bought the engine complete from Hartwell as a crated and assembled unit, having blown the head gasket on the original 998cc Imp Sport engine the Clan came with several times. As you say, fitting Wills rings was the answer, if the Imp had been so fitted from new then there would never have been the reliability problems that caused its demise. The engine itself was a beautifully made thing, light, well-balanced and very smooth running. Even with that race cam, that really had very little power below about 6,000 rpm, it was well behaved, with barely any of the usual nastiness from fitting a high overlap cam, like spitting back from the carbs.

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:35 AM

Nice find :)

I always wanted a capri back in the day, but struggled on with a string of dolomites!

Indeed, i seem to remember most of the local youth driving escorts and Capris going out of an evening with the ladies. My mate and i sadly, usually spent said evening fixing broken/defective/rusty dolomites!

in particular a guy with what was then a not very old brooklands green one which was pretty much permanently sideways.

Stupidly, i actually bought back my old Dolomite sprint last year. It has joined the queue!

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:42 AM

I had a Sprint, spent all weekend getting it working to get me to work the next week.

This is an old Top Gear about the Crapi



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:51 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 17 April 2016 - 09:42 AM, said:

I had a Sprint, spent all weekend getting it working to get me to work the next week.



I know that feeling all to well! I still remember sorting out the clutch fork for the umpteenth time lying on my back in the gutter while it rained on a sunday evening!!

Those were the days...........................................................

#29 jsharris

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:56 AM

I used to race with a friend who owned a very nice Dolly Sprint, although he was in a higher capacity class than me, so we never directly competed against each other. IIRC the engine in the Sprint was half of a Stag engine, the more reliable half I think...............

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 11:16 AM

My Mum had gone back to Ireland for a bit leaving her Dolomite at home. I was about to take my driving test and she said if I passed I could drive it. Second day after I passed I had a head on with a Toyota Corolla on a blind bend. Managed to slew the car at the last minute so it took out the o/s front corner, wing and pushed the drivers door back over the B post. I got it home and put it on the drive "good side" out.....I even washed it.

She got out of the cab and pretty much the first words were "What have you done? I can tell by the look on your face.....". When she walked around the car and saw it she said I was banned from driving it. Dad looked and said "You might as well let him, it's f***** anyway!". :lol:

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 02:19 PM

http://bringatrailer...twini-cooper-s/

I think I may have to get this out of my system by one day building one.
That link was the John Cooper brainchild but a few people have gone twin or single rear-mounted motorcycle engined psychopath machines which is what I fancy.
Single Hyabusa with a turbo seems popular, but I do like the twin 600cc CBR conversion, just unsure on how the twin gear linkage will prove for reliability.
Quite fancy a 5-600bhp mini. I'll get one when Onoff finishes his bathroom most prob :wacko:
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Posted 17 April 2016 - 03:43 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 17 April 2016 - 02:19 PM, said:

http://bringatrailer...twini-cooper-s/

I think I may have to get this out of my system by one day building one.
That link was the John Cooper brainchild but a few people have gone twin or single rear-mounted motorcycle engined psychopath machines which is what I fancy.
Single Hyabusa with a turbo seems popular, but I do like the twin 600cc CBR conversion, just unsure on how the twin gear linkage will prove for reliability.
Quite fancy a 5-600bhp mini. I'll get one when Onoff finishes his bathroom most prob :wacko:
:)

Ha! Watch this space ye of little faith.....then watch some more.....and wait! :lol:

Just back to finishing the wall studding out now.....SO boring, so stopped for a break!

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 06:12 PM

View PostOnoff, on 17 April 2016 - 11:16 AM, said:

I was banned from driving it.
I crashed my Father's new car in 1981, he never forgave me, not ever, he only died 2 years ago, still holding a grudge about it. :)

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 06:23 PM

View PostSteamyTea, on 17 April 2016 - 06:12 PM, said:

I crashed my Father's new car in 1981, he never forgave me, not ever, he only died 2 years ago, still holding a grudge about it. :)

Luckily my Mum now forgets what she did 5 minutes ago!

Lets hope it's not hereditary! :lol:

Luckily my Mum now forgets what she did 5 minutes ago!

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 07:57 PM

Who said that :o

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:20 PM

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View PostSteamyTea, on 17 April 2016 - 07:57 PM, said:

Who said that :o

I said to my boy the other day "If I get like Grandma, shoot me!".

His response "It's not going to be that easy is it Dad, I'm mean it's not easy to get guns here like it is in America!"

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:18 PM

Tell him to stop making excuses. The guns here are the same as they are in America. :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:02 AM

Driving the kids home from school the other day one of them asked me what the 0-60 time was for our car. I hadn't a clue so on one of the back roads I gave it a go. Managed just under 12 seconds which I didn't think was too bad for a 10 year old Diesel powered Ford Galaxy with three people on board and all the seats fitted! Is a Capri faster :-)

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:12 AM

With 80BHP, probably similar.
But an old one will have lost a few ponies along the way so may well be about 14s.

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:59 AM

Capri engines nominal BHP figures:

1.3 Kent - 57
1.6 Kent - 66
1.6 Pinto - 88
2.0 V4 - 93
2.0 Pinto - 98
3.0 Essex V6- 138
2.8i Cologne V6 - 160

Then there's the rarely seen "exotics" that Ford put in outside the UK like the 1.5 / 1.7 / 2.3 / 3.1 etc. The 2.0 Pinto is considered by many to be the best all rounder in terms of everyday use. Drop in a modern 2.0 Zetec and you're laughing!