1977 Ford Capri

Started on March 20 by RossD

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I bought this car from a guy in Green Bay and he said it came from an auction. (1976 Capri 2.3 Liter Lima w/4 speed Type F). He thought it came from Cali, and I found a LA Times from '92, I guess he wasn't lying. All the right spots are rust free and the interior is pretty sad but I'm working on that; the car didn't run and the tires and brakes were shot when the guy dropped it off. I've been bitten by the Lotus/Locost Seven but, let see how long this car will stay with me...

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Oct. 18

Its for sale!


Sept. 08

Ridin' Dirty

So the front suspension is back together, and the brakes are freshed as needed. I bought a simple weber carb filter assembly from webercarbsdirect.com or something and it fits nicely. I've been taking it for little cruises around the block ...

May 06

Loosey Goosey

The front end was wandering when I brought it back from my parents garage, so I ordered new lower control arms and outer tie rod ends but I noticed that they were in pretty good shape after the fact. Oh ...

March 06

Its time to get back at it.

I drove my lovely Capri back to my house from its winter vacation at my parents garage several miles down the road. I think it started the third time after sitting for months without starting or fuel stabilizer. Driving it ...

Nov. 13

Winter Slumber

I drove to my parents house down some back roads so I could store it in their garage for the winter. Dreams of DOHC four cylinders fill my weary head. Stupid Jamaican trip coming up; using up all of my ...

Sept. 21


I had to raise the idle to keep it from stalling but now It idles pretty fast (2krpm). I was able to take it for a quick drive around the block, and all the gauges seem to work and looked ...

Sept. 16

It's alive!-wait, no it isnt.

It was almost alive. I've started it a number of times and apparently one to many. My dad came over and we put the windshild back into the car and bled the brakes. I mounted the 14" mustang rims with ...

Sept. 15

The Ol' Rusty Porthole...

I finally cleaned up some of the surface rust around the lip of the windshield opening. I used Naval Jelly and it seemed to work okay. I probably should have left it on a little bit longer but its already ...

Aug. 26

Rubber and glass

I purchased some HTR200 195/60R14 from tire rack and had them shipped to my house. Ordered them Wednesday night and received them Friday after noon. Went over to have them mounted at a larger tire shop and they wanted almost ...

Aug. 04

Brakes, still.

I've got the front brakes almost back together with new rotors, pads, repacked wheel bearings and new wheel bearing seals. I ripped one of the little rubber dust shield on one of the pistons so I'll have to order a ...

July 20

I drove down to Madison and picked up a tranny.

More accurately, a Ford Type E 4 speed to replace my Type F with a sloppy shifter. It was cheaper to buy this transmission than to buy a universal shifter for the external linkaged transmission.

July 06

Brakes and Tires and....

It seems like I've stalled a little on my Capri. I am debating trying to replace the rear axle for one from a mustang or ranger (ford 8.8 probably) and try to get disc brakes and a limited slip diff. ...

June 10

Check your Bearing

I was about to buy some new tires and mount them on my old 'stang 14" rims, but decided to go for the brakes first. When removing the rotor, the hub must also be removed. Then there were the bearings ...

June 02

Seating for Two

I finally got the two mercury tracer seats mounted up. It almost looks like they match the door panels.

April 06

Some pics

My dad fab-ed up some seat brackets for me. He's awesome. Well we still have the driver's side to do but...the passenger's is done. I have to plug the holes from the EGR valve and the PCV valve appears to ...

March 27

I'm gonna choke ya!

The choke on the carb was all hosed up and the linkage to electric module was missing. (How'd I miss that before?) But luckily I bought a used carb from a Mini Stock guy and used some parts off of ...

March 24

Parts is Parts

I am trying to find a newer header or intake manifold. Or a turbo setup. Or just a newer 2.3 SOHC and T-5. But the apple of my eye (right now) is a 2.3 Duratec and Q4R bellhousing and T-5 ...

March 21

New Tires

Any ideas for replacement tires? I'm thinking about tires for both street and to start out autocrossing. The original tires are P185/70 R13.

March 21


Well I got the car around 9:30 this morning. My plan right now is to get it cleaned up and go through the parts that are laying inside. I was happy to find out that the tires didnt fragment apart ...

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Mar 20, 2009 8:29 p.m.
looks like a good place to start, keep us post'ed
Mar 20, 2009 11:17 p.m.
Nice find!
Mar 22, 2009 3:15 p.m.
My father had a hard on for those cars back in the 80's. You could still get parts for them at the stealership, the local parts store, even JC Whitney. All the interior parts, seals, mechanical bits and pieces. The junkyards were still full of them. But that doesnt help you does it? The car is dead nuts simple, most of the ones we played with had the 2.0 engine. I just gleaned all the car stuff from his shop to put in mine and will go thru it and see if I have anything interior wise. If the rear fender wells are rust free you have a real gem there. I would like to have another someday.
Mar 22, 2009 7:11 p.m.
There is only a couple rust spots and most of them are low on the rear fender. The under side is pretty clean along with the shock towers and leaf spring mounts. We found a LA Times newspaper in the trunk dated 1994. I bought it in Green Bay.
Mar 26, 2009 7:42 p.m.
pres589 (djronnebaum):
On my '73 Capri I ended up with mid-80's Mustang wheels from the 4 cylinder model, there's about 8 spokes on the face, and if you actually push on them you'll discover they're made of some sort of rubber. In any case, they were a good swap, getting me a 14" wheel. From there I ran Bridgestone Potenza RE910's, 195/60/14's which just fit the front and gave plenty of room out back. I would imagine you could do the same sort of sizing and get into some decent tires. If you want to stick with a 13" wheel, Sumitomo HTR's are probably a good way to go, but I have no experience with them myself. For street use I think I'd go to a 14" because of what's available. If you're taking it to the track you may want to look into something else.
Apr 6, 2009 7:43 p.m.
Jul 16, 2009 9:23 a.m.
I just had a look at your pictures. From what I can see your Capri is black and looks like gold colored trim. Could possibly be a JPS- JohnPlayerSpecial , which had the same color scheme as the JPS F-1 team back in the 70's. I have been worikng on British Fords for over 40 years- you can see my Cortina GT on this site.
Jul 20, 2009 8:35 a.m.
Unfortunately, its a flat black paint/primer on top of a sweet 70s orange. If you take a peek at the photos again you'll see the original color under the hood. It looks like the rims were painted by someone with that gold color.
Aug 5, 2009 5:09 p.m.
The 2.3 Turbo is a great idea here. There are several completed examples in the US. I put a 5.0 in my Mk1 Capri, but you already have the engine mounts ready to go for the 2.3 T.
Oct 21, 2009 8:36 p.m.
My current time wasting activity is looking at Zetec DOHC 4 cylinders to slap in there. Should bolt right up... "should" being the key word.
Oct 30, 2009 1:41 p.m.
Thanks for keeping us up on your project. This would be a nice reference for someone else (me). Stan
Nov 13, 2009 10:05 a.m.
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) (Forum Supporter):
Nice ride. Can't loose with either the Ztec or the 2.3 turbo. Lots of ceiling with the turbo... Maybe a wrecked turbo coupe parts car? Merkur? SVO may even be doable.
Mar 7, 2010 4:12 a.m.
I saw this car's twin at a dealer lot recently. Despite the shabby interior and savage rust, it was still awesome. Good luck with yours!
Aug 15, 2010 10:55 a.m.
I have a 2.3 in a 96 Ranger that runs like a raped ape. I would love to have another Capri to put the engine in. I dont know if the 5 speed would fit in it though. A turbo T-Bird engine would be great also. Look forward to updates.
Aug 16, 2010 9:39 a.m.
I've been a little short on money lately and havent done much on the car. I'm pretty confident that the zetec will bolt right up to the trans now. I just dont want to pull the engine out without having a megasquirt to run the zetec. I still need to get a title. :( I might also try to get two new bellhousing bolt holes drilled into the block to use a SR4 trans from the mustang II I tore apart (just to prove it can be done).
Sep 14, 2010 2:18 p.m.
Nice car! Parts can be tricky to find. I know some folks - let me know if you need help sourcing things. I'm restoring a '72 Capri right now. Good to see another one!
Mar 5, 2014 9:49 p.m.
I have owned 5 different Capris and I even did a Turbo 2.3L T5 that I didn't finish and sold. IF I was going to do another one I would go with a 5.0L Ford V8. Yes you can do a one of the Chevy LS engines but a good old fuel injected 302 V8 just fits the car. Going with Alum. heads and you end up no heavier then a 2.8L V6. Instant go and still good MPG and simple and cheap.

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