Your Projects: The 20-Year Evolution of a 1974 Ford Capri

What drives you to work on a particular project? Is it to build something that no one else has? Or is it about pushing what you have to the absolute limit? What about trying to recapture a car from your younger days?

For forum member therealpinto, it’s the last of those three options that spurred the building of a 1974 Ford Capri.

The story goes that therealpinto was compelled to acquire a Mk III Ford Capri after seeing one for the first time in an alleyway in Prague. Shortly thereafter, therealpinto was the proud owner of a 1980 Ford Capri.

Unfortunately, that car had to scrapped after an accident, though the desire for a Capri never faded. And so, in the late ’90s, therealpinto was once again a Capri owner. This time, though, it was going to be a working project.

Fast-forward some 20 years, and therealpinto is still working to make that Capri the very best version it can be, with a healthy number of upgrades added along the way.

To learn more about therealpinto’s retrospective Ford Capri build, head over the Builds and Project Cars Forum.

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Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) Dork
12/21/20 4:10 p.m.

My college roommate had the US version many years ago. They were everywhere back then. Three in every large parking lot. At least in California. I don't think I have seen one on the road in over 20 years. Where did they all go? 

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
12/21/20 7:37 p.m.

In reply to Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) :

Rusted away to nothingness..........

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) UberDork
12/22/20 12:10 a.m.

Those were a popular V8 swap candidate when I was a lad. Typical crappy 70s build quality, but a good platform to build from. The black one above is a real looker to be sure.

therealpinto
therealpinto Reader
12/22/20 3:08 a.m.

Wow, thanks for the appreciation!

Yeah, the rust has eaten many a Capri. And here in Europe, it seems quite a few are in "storage" waiting for a revival. I am guilty of that myself, I have one more apart from the one in this thread and I have a friend that also has one - after some...let's call it encouragement - from me...

Gustaf

djsilver (Forum Supporter)
djsilver (Forum Supporter) Reader
12/22/20 5:47 a.m.

We had a metal-flake brown one with a 4-cylinder and a 4 speed with a tall first gear that required really slipping the clutch to get it moving!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/22/20 2:10 p.m.

I built a Capri kit as a kid--this one. I still remember that 12PM license plate.

And speaking of Capri models:

 

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) Dork
12/22/20 2:18 p.m.

They called the later version the Capri II, in order to run with the Mustang II, the Bronco II and the LTD II. 

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