Project Carla 820

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Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:00 am

So after 15 years of messing about and dithering around, I have decided it's time for Capri 2.8i Special 820, that was made on 19/12/84, to have some restoration. This is the 1st time in 34 years, since it left the Cologne factory, that it has had anything substantial done. Only the front wings were replaced in 1997 with some work to the inner wings. That's it. And a god-awful RGA bodykit that was introduced to the car in 1988 - that will be removed!

Please don't think that this will be as full or as elaborate as some of your motors' restorations. I have had a look through some of the builds on here and they are immense. Well done you folk who are doing these. I can only admire.

Having owned the car 31 years (my parents car, but I have looked after for the last 15), I would like to treat it to a fairly substantial. What I won't be able to do is get the car to concours, without £10000's being spent and this is not my aim. It will just look like an honest, good condition 90k mile 34 yr old motor when I am done - better than some, worse than quite a few (from what I see on here).


OK, so this is the restoration of the Capri 2.8i that I am about to embark on.

Nothing significant has happened yet. In October, I did have some welding done on the floor which when I am under the car next time, I'll show. Nothing really much there. But I have some other plans under the car which will be combined in that set of pics or footage, dependent on how I show that. In Jan 2019, the seats will be refurbished.

As you may have seen, I am also speaking with a company who might entertain refurbishing the dashboards as, like all Ford models of this period, the sun / heat / light / cold has made the dashboard brittle and they all crack where there are weak points, typically near the speaker grill area. If I get this company to make a business of restoring these, there will be Ford models of this era starting to show some (at least) nicer dashboards.

So true to my usual form, I have done a Youtube clip. Apologies for my drawl on here - I need to go a long way before I become a voice over / actor, therefore, I don't even try. The long road to Carla 820 restoration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDYB3J ... tEm1NMI_MN
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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Jasonmarie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:23 am

Just watch your great you tube video , yes looks like you have a little bit of work to do , I did see them take a body kit of a Capri back in the 90s and OMG it’s a right water trap , Seats look good to me but would be interested where your getting them done . Hope the heater motor was a easy fix , and all the best in getting her up to spec .
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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby andyd » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:10 am

Looks like a nice project :)
The rear 'Tailblazer' that were very popular in the 80s as was the bodykit, but not so sure now :?
Exhausts look good :cool:

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:49 am

I agreed with the others, it looks like a terrific car with only a few small areas that need attention.
It's great to see you cracking on with what needs doing, I look forward to more updates as the work progresses.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:48 pm

Thanks chaps. Yes, it's quite tidy on the outside. But as Martin at Caprigear said, it could be a bit of a mess on the "inside".

We'll see when it is stripped.

Anyway some easy stuff today. A spot of carpet cleaning and other stuff.

So first out, I needed to place some diamond white on the weld marks on the interior floor. This one is the driver's side but there were marks on the passenger side.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:02 pm

Now into the carpet cleaning. This is halfway through the job. What a mess. Just years of grime!

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Still some way to go.

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Now coming along

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Quite happy with this. Still needs another go. (ooohh you'll see that the heater motor / box is back in - thanks to Martin Caprigear for restoring - all works perfectly)

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Driver's side rear carpet - started on this whilst the paint was drying under the pedals where the weld marks were.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:13 pm

OK, so the seat runners have made a mess of the carpet, particularly the driver's side and the one on the outside.

This is why.

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So it's marked the carpet due to years of damp weather getting in that side, I guess, from the door opening. I decided i would have a tidy up. Not quite the right colour. But frankly, it sits under the seat. I'll paint the other side runner to match.

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Driver kick panel has come up well as well.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Jasonmarie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:56 pm

Looks like you have been very busy , so will she be ready for the big Brooklands event nextyear ?
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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:18 am

I hope so Jason.

It won't have the outer restored but all of the interior up to scratch by then. The issue with the outer is that I don't know what level of work, therefore time, is required on it. So what I might do (which was not the original intention) is set about the outside after all of the events next year. Otherwise there is a threat that the events all turn up and my Capri is in the bodyshop still.

Hmmmm....I have had a change of heart. Think I'll get the right colour for that runner. It was just some charcoal colour I had kicking about but sleeping on it, the colour should be like a slate grey. I'll get some to do it properly. I thought I would get away with the runner being a different colour but there may be too much on show for my liking.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Jasonmarie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:06 pm

Mine are black not grey , they must have always been grey and I never new that . Also where are you getting your seats redone ? As I have been looking myself .
And your only up the road I think ? From me .
Yes good thinking about leaving the body work as restoring always take longer then you think .
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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Daz-RSK » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:12 am

Yes, I am not sure why some runners are black, some are grey, Jason. As you say, maybe yours have been repainted. Is yours a black carpet, incidentally ? Just thinking, Ford may have colour keyed the runners to the carpet colour ?

Yes, I am in Essex. I am going to a guy in Maldon. I have seen his work before on a Mk1 Cortina and asked the owner of that Mk1 who did this amazing interior. This chap passed me this trimmer's details. I was meant to have the seats re-trimmed 5 yrs ago when I first saw him but life got in the way and here I am now, having set up the seats to be done in Jan.

He works on classic Fords and knew all of the Ford trims.

What I'll do - let me just vet how good he is and then report back. I am sure he is still brilliant. But I don't want to go spreading a name if the work isn't as good as it should be. I am not expecting that because as I said, that Mk1 Cortina was unbelievable. I like the fact also that he tends to work on Ford models and knows all his trimming stuff for Fords. He even has that Recaro badge for me - the one in the video above that spins on the driver seat. Apparently he has one going spare.

I'll let you know Jason.

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Re: Project Carla 820

Postby Jasonmarie » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:40 pm

Cheers for that yes my carpet is grey perhaps ford changed after a few years but thinking all my runners have been black form my Mk1 Escort ? So has anybody else got grey runners ?

Yes let me know , Young Andrew near me who has a very Mint show Capri had he done round the corner from me so I will check them out nextyear .

All the best

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