Mk3 V8 build

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V8boss
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Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:06 am

mgentry90 wrote:looking great, been waiting for an update on this one! 2k for x pack? surely there is a cheaper way for you to get it done. get a fabricator to make a set up? just an idea, dont know how likely it is to happen.



Yeah, unfortunately thats the trouble with living in the best country in the world, you are a long way away from parts you want. Heres how it works out. Kit = $525 pounds, exchange rate is currently 50 cents NZ to 1 pound, so that makes the kit $1050 NZD. Freight is $350 pounds, so $700 NZD, plus GST (same as VAT) of 15% = $2012. And undoubtdly there will be some other customs charge in there that I've forgotten about. Have thought about getting a fibreglasser to knock one up, but you could spend the same amount of money paying someone to create such a kit, but it still wouldnt be the same as a genuine one, and you have paid the same amount of money.

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:30 am

Little bit more progress, have been playing with brakes lately. If you cant be bothered reading back, I have installed a Mazda RX7 front subframe in my capri. A mate of mine who a similar setup in his capri found that you can install Mitsi Evo 9 Brembos with a minimum fuss, so I decided to give it a go! So here is the standard disc and caliper, still reasonable size with 4 pot calipers.

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And here is the new Brembo caliper beside the old Mazda one. Bigger IS better!

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And the discs.....

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So the easiest brake conversion in the world goes like this. The outside of the disc needs to be machined down by about 3 mm, and the inside of the disc needs to be machined out by 2.8mm. Then the stub needs to have the threaded holes that the caliper bolts to drilled out with a 12mm drill.

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Then install the discs (same stud pattern as Mazda, so they slip straight on), then bolt the calipers to the stub axle. Brembos have the threads in the calipers.
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And finally, wheels back on with the cool calipers peeking through the spokes.

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Overall costs were pretty good too, discs were $35 bucks each, calipers were $400 for the set. Brake pads are yet to buy, but they wont be too cheap, I want to install Endless pads, they were at least $300 for a set. Only took about an hour to do both sides, so pretty easy overall.

hessu75
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Car(s): Ford Capri Mk3 2.9EFI daily summer drive project
2.9EFI turbo engine project for the Capri
Location: Finland

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby hessu75 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:01 am

Nice work mate.

Good to see this project is going forward.

Cheers from Finland

-HEssu-

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:57 pm

Progress is slow but steady, X pack kit has arrived from the uk, currently being installed, new front valance is all mounted up, dash is being flocked, spraypainter lined up ready to go. Have stuck a whole heap more steel into the rollcage, especially in the front strut area, welded up all the holes in the engine bay, plus a heap more.

hessu75
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Car(s): Ford Capri Mk3 2.9EFI daily summer drive project
2.9EFI turbo engine project for the Capri
Location: Finland

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby hessu75 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:39 am

Good to hear you are still at it.

Drive safe, when you get this beast rolling.

Cheers

-Hessu-

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Hot_Protein
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Car(s): I have a rusty shell. Made some patches. Now the welding.
Location: Devon

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Hot_Protein » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:52 am

This build is the reason I got another Capri. Didn't realise it was on here that I saw it. Thanks for the inspiration. Good work!

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:49 am

Thanks guys, its good to get feedback! To be honest, I'd kinda given up on the thread as it didnt seem anyone was looking at it, and I've been doing all my posting on an Aussie forum thats a bit closer to home. Have a look here if youre interested. http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11369921
I'll throw some stuff up here as well though, if people are into it.

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Latest progress, X pack kit on, engine in, more roll cage toobs, front valance mounted, wheel spacers on, BBS rims on, 9 inch wide at rear, 8 at the front.

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:51 am

hessu75 wrote:Good to hear you are still at it.

Drive safe, when you get this beast rolling.

Cheers

-Hessu-

Thanks Hessu, it will be a bit tricky, will be steering it on the throttle I think!

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Toecutter
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Car(s): Mk1 (Facelift) Capri

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Toecutter » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:37 pm

Just read through your build, that's a hardcore project, it's gonna be different kinda animal on the road :drive: , great stuff.

Fredden2014
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Car(s): Ford Taunus Cologne, 20m Hardtop 1966

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Fredden2014 » Sun May 11, 2014 7:51 am

Hello!
I have a question about the front suspension.
What is the distance between the original attach points for the front engine mount member? How wide is it between those?
I am looking into same possibilities on my old :ford: 20M...

Best regards
Fredden

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Mon May 12, 2014 8:18 am

I cut into the subframe, and welded a piece of angle iron at the same width as the chassis rails into it. I then cut into the chassis to make a straight line for the angle iron to mount up to. Then I welded crush tubes into the chassis rail vertically, and drilled holes for the subframe to mount to the chassis. Hope that helps.

Fredden2014
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Car(s): Ford Taunus Cologne, 20m Hardtop 1966

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Fredden2014 » Thu May 15, 2014 3:34 pm

Well, actually I am looking into putting a Capri crossmember on my old Cologne machine, so thats why I need the width of the Capri front, to compare.

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:03 am

Well best you get busy with a tape measure then.

Latest progress is slow but steady. The kit is all fitted, but have got a problem with the r/f guard. Will report on the solution to that one once it has been rectified......
Made up some new 4mm plates for the floor that the rear subframe mounts to today, and stitch welded them into place. Also plug welded them so should be pretty strong now. I've started to make the box to hold the jaz fuel cell into place, it also houses the fuel pump and filters. As it is in the cabin space, it has to be air tight so no fumes come into the car. Bottom half is made, top half and bracketry yet to be sorted. I've ordered the hub adaptors for the front wheels, they should be here sometime this week, that will get the BBS rims out to the outside of the guards and away from the struts. they were a bit close, and I havent fitted the big tyres yet, so wanted a bit more clearance. Photos to come tomorrow.

Harvz
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Car(s): Ford Capri 1.6 laser (restoration project)
Location: stourbridge

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Harvz » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:48 pm

Any more progress on this?? :D love it
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Restoration progress http://s1368.photobucket.com/user/hharvz98/library/1985%20capri%20project
:) :) :)

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:51 am

Not much progress, a new baby and another project car, along with an increase work has slowed/halted progress to a stop. I got a refund from smith and dekin for the right hand guard, there's had very little bulge in it, and didn't even cover the wheel. He's not going to fix his moulds either, so I guess he will stop selling the kit. Says he's in his 70s now, so would never get the investment back on it. I'm thinking about mothballing the car for a while until we buy a new house with a garage, so then I can continue building it at home, I just can't seem to get the time during the day nowadays.

GavinDR
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Car(s): 1972 Capri 2.6 V6
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby GavinDR » Sat May 30, 2015 6:40 pm

Keep going, enjoying this build!

V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:01 am

Been a very long while, but have an update coming later this week.....

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rshyndy
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Ford Capri 2.0 laser MK3 resto project

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby rshyndy » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:09 pm

Where's the update mate. I was glued to this thread back along
:goodluck:
I KNOW MY CAR IS OLDER THAN ME......WHATS YOUR POINT???
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V8boss
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Car(s): Mk3 Capri with Boss 302, Tremec, IRS, RX7 front suspension
2x Mk2s donor cars
XY falcon, 351 V8, 4 speed AOD box and 9 inch
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby V8boss » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:00 pm

Fair call, I've got some photos to upload, but since Photobucket did their "no more freebies" thing, I dont know how to add them. CAn anyone give me a pointer, and Ill show you where I'm up to.....

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Re: Mk3 V8 build

Postby Admin » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:26 pm

V8boss wrote:Fair call, I've got some photos to upload, but since Photobucket did their "no more freebies" thing, I dont know how to add them. CAn anyone give me a pointer, and Ill show you where I'm up to.....


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