Let me first introduce myself; I am Gerard Nieborg a webdeveloper from the Netherlands. A couple of years ago I bought my first car: a Ford Capri from 1979. Last summer I did a lot of work to the car to make it pass APK (MOT), it was mostly welding, fillier, sanding and painting. The car passed, without problems.
So this is my car:
Before I start to complain I must say: I really love this piece of rust! There are some problems with it: it's always been noisy, runs on 3 cilinders, leaks oil everywhere (probably too much for the next APK) and sometimes doesn't want to shift gears.
It's been noisy since the day I got the car. Last year I bought a 5 speed gearbox (T9) from a Ford Sierra. At that moment I was convinced the car would be a more quiet with a 5 speed gearbox. I wanted to put that gearbox in my car. Eventually came to the conclusion that the 1.6 Liter engine isn't strong enough for a 5 speed gearbox, so left it in my garage.
So I came up with another plan: I was going to put in a 2 Liter Ford OHC engine: It will bolt in straight away and it's not too hard too make it street legal. The biggest problem was finding an engine (at least one I could afford), a 2 Liter engine will set you back around € 400 - €500, some are cheaper but have to be completely rebuild. The injection version can set you back even more, around € 500 - 800.
I have been searching for quite a long time and couldn't find anything within the Netherlands. So constantly I checked sites like Ebay, Autoscout24 and Marktplaats. Eventually I found a cheap Ford Scorpio 2 Liter on "Ebay Kleinanzeigen" in Germany, near Osnabrück. So a couple of weeks ago I went there to check the car out (3 hour trip
). The car looked like it was exactly what I was looking for. It only had one small problem: the engine doesn't run
. So a week later we went to germany with a towtruck to pick up the Ford Scorpio. The Scorpio was just € 300 and it's a complete car with all the parts still on it.
This is where I am at right now:
- I have a badly running Ford Capri
- A loose Ford T9 Gearbox
- A none running Ford Scorpio
So: what am I going to do this winter:
- Find out what's street legal and what's not. (Done)
- Take the Scorpio home (Done)
- Make the Scorpio run
- Take the Scorpio apart (maybe sell some parts)
- Clean / (Rebuild) the 2 Liter OHC
- Take out the Capri drivetrain
- Try to make the Scorpio steeringrack work in the Capri
- Put the Scorpio engine with Sierra gearbox in the Capri
I hope you guys thinks this is interesting, I plan on keeping the updated as I get more stuff done on the car. Truth be told: I have never done anything like this before.