New Shiny bits being created & made for the Capri

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Daz-RSK
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New Shiny bits being created & made for the Capri

Postby Daz-RSK » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:11 pm

OK folks - in my continued quest to try to get component manufacturers to build new stuff or refurbish what we have for our Capri's (you would have seen the dashboard thread and this process is coming along with the company I am working with), I am seeking out another couple of companies to build new stuff for our cars.

Give me until spring 2019, and I'll have Ford build us new Capri's again. :lol:

So I now have a bit of headway with a company who will make us these clips - these go under the door weatherstrip, where the door seam / sill seam meet and welded. They are cable retainers effectively. They also rust away from where they are positioned. There is no supplier of these currently.

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So an argument could be why don't I buy used clips that have come off salvage motors as my source for these ? Simples really. When I want new, I go for new. It's not a used condition that is the issue today. It will be in 5/10/20 years time because none of the good used parts will be plentiful in that time. So why not buy brand new manufactured components if they become available.

There is a company that is wiling to start up manufacture of these clips. I am just checking to make sure that their processes to get these started is not going to be uneconomical to them. It could that i am their only customer. That would not work for them. Nor would it work for me if on 10 clips, I have to pay for some of their process.


Seat bolts people - M8 20mm flanged 10mm spanner head seat bolts. You have 8 on each front seat of these bolts, if yours is a Mk3 (maybe even the Mk2 owners as well). You have 4 within the seat runners on each chair and 4 that hold the seat runners to the base of the chair.


The reason these are difficult to get, unless anyone comes back to state that they aren't and there is a stock pile "here" - M8 bolts have a 13mm spanner head and the flange is over 18mm. The seat runners will only allow 16mm flange within the groove. Therefore the spanner head needs to be smaller.

Ebay has people who sell them - like this one.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-capri-c ... :rk:4:pf:0

But £10 for 4 used bolts when I am working with a company that is looking at 70p per bolt, maybe £1 each - new.

I am sure there are the other Capri stockists here and other places that have them. But are they new ? Well please let me know. I am working with a company who might be able to do something for us.

My quest continues to get people to build stuff for us as new.

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Re: New Shiny bits being created & made for the Capri

Postby pbar » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:45 am

Respect for your efforts in getting new Capri parts made Daz. The more the merrier I say.

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Re: New Shiny bits being created & made for the Capri

Postby Daz-RSK » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:43 pm

Thanks for your comments.

The effort is there, for sure. I'll pile in lots of effort to ensure we can still run these motors way into the future. As I come across parts that are obsolete or difficult to get as new, I'll ask some questions and knock on some doors.

But the measure is getting these things made by these companies. It still all has time to fall over. :D

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Re: New Shiny bits being created & made for the Capri

Postby Lord Flasheart » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:19 am

Fair play to you for trying to source stuff. I have had stuff made at work, purely as foreigners to help folks out before now, made some front spot / fog lamp brackets for MK1's from stainless steel & also had a batch of spring steel clips that fit on the bottom of the gear stick linkages, for 4 speed boxes operated by rods, no more sloppy gear sticks ;)

Its good to just be able to help folks out with hard / impossible to find bits where you can, so long as costs are covered jobs a good un. I listen to what Martin at Capri Gear says about how even he struggles to find some things & then getting batches of stuff made needs to be viable for manufacturers to take on.

Good luck with your clips mate ;)