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  1. Thanks and thanks. We have a lot chassis builders in my area, who construct off-road trucks, buggies, and the like for racing down in Baja Mexico. All of their stuff is built from scratch, so I'll bend one of their's ear to fab an inner mount up. Really appreciating the helpful tips, here.
  2. I figured as much. The idea was probably invented over there; we just try to keep up and follow along. Same here with the shenanigans. Ford Mustang owners seem to be taking the brunt of the blame, 🙄 https://tinyurl.com/y6exyw4x
  3. So, this is where we came in... The 1st three photos are in Waco TX before heading home: The Capri loaded up for the trip, my son making sure he can reach the pedals, and him practicing for Cars & Coffee. If you're not familiar or call it something else, over here in the States, there is a thing called, Cars & Coffee, where every weekend, gearheads meet up informally at the local coffee shop with their latest cars, projects, etc. and chat over a cup of joe. I think my son's cup has jelly beans in it, though. The last photo is at home, after a 3,000 miles round trip to bring a Ford Capri back to its home in Southern California. More to follow, as we assess the Capri's condition.
  4. The 1st of 2 Texas owners decides to sell it on, and a 2nd Texan comes in to the picture. He brings it home with the intent to finish up some work and to finally get it on the road. I believe about 6-7 years have passed since the project was started in Arizona. He adds a 2nd engine to the mix, along with some doors, deck lids, and other bits. The 2nd engine, another 2.8L V6, has a story of its own. It's known as the "hot" engine. It was built about 30 years ago, in New York, and was run for a while in a street-legal sports racer called an Ultima. The build also consisted of the aforementioned Usual Suspects: 10:1 forged pistons, a full-race cam (specs unknown, though), machined heads with bigger valves, and an Offenhauser dual-port intake and Holley 390 4bbl (the Mini Muscle in the States). The "hot" engine was only run for a short time, before it was sold on. It has a lot of miles, after being pulled. Travelling from NY to Connecticut to Florida, and finally to Texas. It is partially torn down and is to be inspected. I mentioned my 2nd Capri, a '73 Capri Mk I, earlier. That was about 10 years ago. The story there was that I had gathered up all of the fun bits to convert the '73 into a Group 2 RS2600 clone - the arches (Group 2 flares, uprated suspension, and 2.6L with 10:1 forged pistons...the usual suspects. Well, do to financial difficulties of that time (2008-09), I sold everything off, with a lot of the parts going to Arizona. The Group 2 flares on this one are the same ones I sold 10 years ago. Not soon after picking up this Capri, the 2nd Texan has new baby on the way and decides to sell this Capri. He already has a Ford Mustang that he and his Dad race in a grassroots series called ChampCar Endurance Series, which grew out of another series called, ChumpCar. It is a classier version of The 24 Hours of LeMons. I guess maintaining 2 race cars and a new family was a bit too much.
  5. The Mk I is shaping up into a nice example. The engine is a 2.8L (US spec) V6 with an uprated cam. The specs on the camshaft are not known, though. At this point in the project build, the engine and the Capri have not been in the wild, just trotted out to a local car show for display. And, yes, the diffuser out back is from a Ferrari.
  6. Picking up in Texas, the new owner (actually 1 of 2 in Texas) added some of the new bits to the exterior, interior and engine bay.
  7. A lot of time passed and "discussions" were had, before it was finally delivered to Texas. I never asked for too many details of this time, since it was water under the bridge. A second respray in Texas, I believe, and additional work commenced by the new owner. By the way, the color is orange, but for some reason it shows as red in the following photos.
  8. Paint was applied. And, as I understand it, it was sprayed under the tent shown previously. The results are often called a 10 foot paint job because that how far back you need to be before it starts to look decent. This one is a 20-footer, if you cover one eye and squint like Clint Eastwood. Details are little sketchy, but I believe the car was sprayed on two different occasions. The first time in Arizona.
  9. At some point, the Arizona owner, who had a shop that catered to restoring the Ford Capri, was contacted by gentleman in central Texas. Texas was interested in recreating a Capri of his youth and the project began.
  10. After the trip to Arizona, it sat for a while in the Southwestern sun. Arizona is a good place to source parts because there is virtually no humidity (or rust) and because many retirees go there to, well, die 😆 and their old cars are left behind.
  11. Appreciate the fact there is a forum and support for these old Fords. The Capri was the first car of my youth, with a '76 2.8L (US spec) V6. Recently, I decided to trip down Amnesia Lane and I picked up my 3rd Capri; I previously had another '73 Capri 2.6L V6 about 10 years ago. The third one, also a '73 Mk I, was part of a package that was started about 8 years ago by someone in Arizona. He was prepping it for a buyer in Texas. Along the way, plans were made and additional bits were added to the package before I picked it up 2 months ago. Ironically, the original chassis was found in a coastal city about 30 minutes north of me before it headed for Arizona. We'll start the photos from when it was picked up in Oceanside, CA.
  12. Ride quality is a concern, especially over the long term. Out of curiosity, with the rose joint, did you add any additional bracing or gusseting within the crossmember at the mounting point? The polybushed end, just by the fact that it's wider and fits snuggly in the crossmember, lends additional support. But, the rose joint appears to be floating within the crossmember. And, thanks on the compliment on the car. I had another '73 Mk I about 10 years ago and gathered all of the fun bits (arches, suspension, and engine components) to build the Group 2 RS2600 clone. But, I sold all of it on. The parts changed hands and states (Calif-Arizona-Texas) a few times and were added to this chassis, when it came up for sale. Picked it up and brought it home to Calif to complete it. I'll post my progress and more questions, as I go.
  13. I have a Mk I Capri, here in the US, that I am finishing up and/or fixing past ills of an earlier restoration. The car will be used for occasional track days, spirited driving, etc. and will always be tended to and tuned. One of my tasks is to freshen up and uprate the front suspension. I'm considering the adjustable TCAs with the rose-jointed inner mounts. But, looking at the rod-end and the pinch-type bolt arrangement, it doesn't seem likely that this inner mounting set-up would stand up to rigorous driving. Does anyone have specs or special considerations in setting up the inner mount to the crossmember of the TCAs? Or photos of their set up? Here's a photo of it resting. Thanks for any assistance.
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