Laser 1600

Use this forum to post threads of ongoing Capri projects and restorations.
Cosmicbike
Posts: 221
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:47 pm
Car(s): Ford Capri 1.6 Laser Resto Project
Location: Egham, Surrey

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:40 pm

Things are moving on, well sort of, she's out of the garage!
Today was all about bolts. It took an hour to remove 2 bolts from the Volvo, one of which ended up with a drill out and re-tap. Next up, removing the bonnet catch from Debs. The securing screws were soaked in WD40 a month ago, and with a bit of effort both came out cleanly. Bonnet latch cleaned and re-fitted, it's the little things...
On to the bonnet trim next, in theory very easy with only 4 small screws....First 2 no bother, number 3 took some effort, the 4th and final needed drilling out. All that effort to see just how back the corrosion is on the leading edge of the bonnet. It's gonna need some new metal.
Since I pay tax monthly, and like others I've just been given a pay cut, she's getting SORN'd at the end of the month. No opportunities for a nice drive in the country, so I'll have to make do with giving her a run to work and back on Saturday night, last hurrah before the work starts. Quite looking forward to it.

Cosmicbike
Posts: 221
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:47 pm
Car(s): Ford Capri 1.6 Laser Resto Project
Location: Egham, Surrey

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Wed May 06, 2020 7:01 pm

After a great run to work and home again, faultless of course, she has now been SORN'd. After removing the bumper and lights etc, I had a session with the grinder, suitably donned with an 80 grip flap disc, and made a start on the drivers wing.
Paint and filler stripped from the front piece, it's not too bad, honest, and I'll probably put repairs into the original wing rather than fight to get the pattern parts to fit.
Wing 1.jpg
Wing 2.jpg
Wing 3.jpg

User avatar
Jasonmarie
Donator
Donator
Posts: 3985
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 am
Car(s): Ford Capri 2.0 Laser Mercury Grey 1987 hobby .
Mercedes Vito tourer 2.1 Big Bus Daily Driver
Location: Kent

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Jasonmarie » Wed May 06, 2020 9:57 pm

That tin worm has been eating again , I agree with patching then new pattern wing .
Ford Capri 2.0 Laser 1987 Mercury Grey ....... :beer:

Cosmicbike
Posts: 221
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:47 pm
Car(s): Ford Capri 1.6 Laser Resto Project
Location: Egham, Surrey

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Fri May 15, 2020 7:51 pm

Dash out, door off today. Welds at the rear of the wing ground off, just 4 spot welds left back there to drill out. Its had a bit if filler at the bottom, and behind that, rust!!
Capri FEF.jpg

Cosmicbike
Posts: 221
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:47 pm
Car(s): Ford Capri 1.6 Laser Resto Project
Location: Egham, Surrey

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Sun May 24, 2020 8:14 pm

Had a couple of goes at this to get the wing off, no big issues just lack of time due to prepping a new garage door and work. I managed to drill out all the spot welds along the wing rail and A post by using a 7mm socket on a 1/4" extension to extend the length of the spot weld cutter.
Not looking too bad, the A post is pretty decent, and the scuttle end seems solid..
Drivers Wing Off.jpg
The sill end will need replacing, along with another bit of patching just above
Drivers Sill End.jpg
The headlight bowl is largely shot, shame as they are quite pricey to replace. The valance isn't too bad, and I have a reasonably decent one in the loft, so another patch repair here.
Drivers HL Bowl and Valance.jpg
And finally, the strut looks OK. Cable is the indicator repeater.
Drivers Side Strut.jpg
I managed to get the old wing off with no damage, other than a few holes of course!

Next step will be stripping all the underseal, can't wait....

User avatar
Brooksy
Donator
Donator
Posts: 336
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Car(s): 1987 2.0 laser (fair weather car)

Re: Laser 1600

Post by Brooksy » Sun May 24, 2020 8:33 pm

Cosmicbike wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:14 pm
Had a couple of goes at this to get the wing off, no big issues just lack of time due to prepping a new garage door and work. I managed to drill out all the spot welds along the wing rail and A post by using a 7mm socket on a 1/4" extension to extend the length of the spot weld cutter.
Not looking too bad, the A post is pretty decent, and the scuttle end seems solid..
Drivers Wing Off.jpg

The sill end will need replacing, along with another bit of patching just above
Drivers Sill End.jpg

The headlight bowl is largely shot, shame as they are quite pricey to replace. The valance isn't too bad, and I have a reasonably decent one in the loft, so another patch repair here.
Drivers HL Bowl and Valance.jpg

And finally, the strut looks OK. Cable is the indicator repeater.
Drivers Side Strut.jpg

I managed to get the old wing off with no damage, other than a few holes of course!

Next step will be stripping all the underseal, can't wait....
Great progress, :cool:
Nige Image

Post Reply