My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:19 pm

andyd wrote:RYA, that was a Taunton area registration.

I grew up about 30 miles from there, and when my Dad bought a new car the first 3 letters would end either YA,YB,YC or YD......
A bit more useless information for you :lol:


Very clever. I have seen in her history she was first registered down there so you are spot on. I bought the car from Melton Mowbray though so she's been around a fair bit.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Paul G » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:55 am

My dad worked in Highbridge near Burnham on Sea (I lived there for a year when I was a kid) most of his cars were YA - YD. His last was a Merc 300SE which was B600VYD. This was exported to Hong Kong after he died.

My first Capri, which dad got from his company, was OFB which is a nearby Bristol registration. (Bryan Brothers of Bristol)

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby andyd » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm

Paul G wrote:My dad worked in Highbridge near Burnham on Sea (I lived there for a year when I was a kid) most of his cars were YA - YD. His last was a Merc 300SE which was B600VYD. This was exported to Hong Kong after he died.

My first Capri, which dad got from his company, was OFB which is a nearby Bristol registration. (Bryan Brothers of Bristol)

I grew up in Midsomer Norton, and would have thought Bristol and Bath would have been the same reg as Taunton....Strange :?

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Paul G » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:53 pm

Bristol had loads of its own identifiers ;- AE EU FB HU HW HY OU TC WS

Nowadays anything registered west of Swindon seems to start with W.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:32 pm

Paul G wrote:Nowadays anything registered west of Swindon seems to start with W.

In England at least! :)
A useful site for anyone who is interested:
http://www.wolfbane.com/vreg.htm

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Mon May 08, 2017 2:12 pm

Upgraded the lights in my Angel Eye rings to LED's finally, no more dull yellow glow now i have a nice bright bluish glow.
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They look way brighter in the pic than they do in real life because my phones camera aperture is open way too far but it isnt far off.

Please excuse the Southampton brand seagull poop.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Not_Anumber » Mon May 08, 2017 6:53 pm

Can you send me the link please to those headlamps, they look superb. Do both sets of light now have high & low beam in ?

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Mon May 08, 2017 8:03 pm

Not_Anumber wrote:Can you send me the link please to those headlamps, they look superb. Do both sets of light now have high & low beam in ?


I cant give you a link to these exact lights as i bought them used off ebay, you can however buy a newer model of the same thing but they are not cheap!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-BMW-5-and-7-Series-E34-E32-Angel-Eye-Headlights-/302281600014?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW%7CPlat_Gen%3AE32&hash=item4661632c0e:g:HKQAAOSwhQhY7qPP

Mine are the ones made by "Depo" so they are basically the same as the ones in the link. Like i said though, i bought mine for £50 used off ebay, if i had to pay new prices i wouldn't have been able to afford them.

Both sets of lights function exactly the same as the original Ford ones, the only difference being the sidelights have been totally replaced by the angel eye rings but they still work off the same switch and everything.
Anyone with a bit of knowledge of electrics shouldn't have much trouble wiring these up, and if you do it properly you can plug your old Ford units back in no problem.

I made a tutorial on how to fit these if you decide to get some. viewtopic.php?f=13&t=50788&p=345259&hilit=angel+eye+conversion#p345259

I know the angel eye rings aren't to everyone's taste, but the benefits of having the upgraded BMW projector lenses are huge in themselves! So much brighter than the normal Ford units.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:44 pm

20th of June 2017.
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Lookin' good in this car park.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Jasonmarie » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:33 pm

Looking good it's a great blue and almost matches the car park . There's a car park that's blue in tunbridge wells your not there are you .

But very nice to see a 2.0S with the right stripes and seats . You have worked hard to get such a fine car .

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:41 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:Looking good it's a great blue and almost matches the car park . There's a car park that's blue in tunbridge wells your not there are you .

But very nice to see a 2.0S with the right stripes and seats . You have worked hard to get such a fine car .


Lol! You know, i didn't even notice the blue car park until you mentioned it! For some reason my brain didn't make that connection, but its kinda funny now i see it.
No i dont live anywhere near there, i reside in the baron wasteland known as Basildon Essex. This is the town centre car park.

Thanks for the compliment!

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:53 pm

Arya2.0S wrote: i reside in the baron wasteland known as Basildon Essex.

Barren....... :whistle:
The car looks great, by the way.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:07 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Arya2.0S wrote: i reside in the baron wasteland known as Basildon Essex.

Barren....... :whistle:
The car looks great, by the way.

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That too. :P

Thanks.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Jasonmarie » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:37 pm

good old Basildon not far from me but can take years to get threw the tunnel . Spent many of my years in Dagenham .

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:56 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:good old Basildon not far from me but can take years to get threw the tunnel . Spent many of my years in Dagenham .


Oh i know, i try to avoid that infernal monstrosity whenever i can. Its an absolute rip off too.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby pbar » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:12 pm

Arya2.0S wrote:20th of June 2017.
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Nice looking garage you have there.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:17 pm

pbar wrote:
Arya2.0S wrote:20th of June 2017.
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Nice looking garage you have there.


Hehe, it is isnt it? ;)

I would give a left bollock for a garage like this! Would have sooooooo many projects!

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:07 pm

So i recently managed to source a MK2 grille. I wasn't expecting to be able to find one as i know how rare they are but asked on the off-chance and somehow the car gods smiled on me and i ended up with this:

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Its in really good condition, all the mounting lugs are present and unmolested and all the honeycomb structure is in perfect condition, it was however very very dusty and the FORD letters need touching up and the whole thing could do with a lick of paint so i started by washing the whole thing in the shower.

Very dusty, looks like its been collecting dust for quite some time:
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All cleaned up:

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Close up of the faded FORD lettering:

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Nothing my years of making scale models and some enamel paint cant handle:

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I realize i need some pipe cleaners to clean in between all the little holes a lot better than i already have so that will be something i do later.

Thats all for now on the grille, but i did manage to fix a long standing niggle ive had with my under dash panels since owning the car thanks to Capri Gear:

Before:

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After:

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My OCD can now rest lol. It doesn't work, never has as the modern radio thats fitted has this function built in, but its better than having a gaping hole on show.

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:13 pm

Hi,
If you really did have OCD, you'd have made sure that the hazard switch was straight! :lol:

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Re: My first capri, A-REG 2.0 S restoration

Postby Arya2.0S » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:45 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:Hi,
If you really did have OCD, you'd have made sure that the hazard switch was straight! :lol:

Andrew.


I know! I've tried getting it straight but then it just twists itself back again. It's got a mind of its own.


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