Hello...lost laser making a comeback

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Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:34 am

Morning all,

Found my way here eventually, I usually sneaked in occasionally to look for information so I thought I’d better join in.

Brief history: I had my laser for a couple of years but around the late 90s it was getting towards the end of its suitable daily driver life. It was becoming very crusty, required constant servicing and increasing journey length to work meant it was time to get a newer car. I just about managed to keep it road worth as a 2nd car for a bit but it was deteriorating and as a young man, finances meant it was time to put it out of it misery :(

But then I found a pal had a bit of space undercover. And there like super ted, it was left, in a cold dark store room. Spool on 15+ years....

Pal needed his space back and a recovery attempt was mounted. The space had been damp, part of the roof had failed and the poor thing was looking even more unhappy than it was when I put it to bed. But it was still there and hadn’t been crushed into bean cans. It was rescued to my newly purchased house, garaged, covered and left whilst I fixed the house with the intention I would get to work once I got chance...Spool on 5 more years..

I found myself somewhat unoccupied due to a global pandemic. I pulled off the dust sheet, broke open the tool box, and queued the music.....

There’s a years worth of photos of gaping rust caverns, utterly ruined components and anguish to cover its recovery. It’s nearly done (hahahahhahhahhahahhahhhahahha keep telling yourself that fink :lol: ) there some things it needs that will probably never be replaced (side trims, removed by previous owner to me, and a drivers seat/cover that is ruined) and it really really needs paint. But it’s completely solid now, the electrics all work, the engine starts ok (aside from petrol and a regap/free off of the rusty points it started after 20 years with nary a problem!) and valve stems are on the to do list. Finally it needs some new tyres (which now appear to be tricky to get hold of!?) but other than that (and looking like a tatty ratbag) I think Mr MoT man can have his wicked way with it.

So, erm, hi. Sorry it took me a while to get her here. I didn’t mean to put it away for so long but she was resting. :sorry:

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by D366Y » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:53 am

Sounds like a great project - would love to see some pictures if you have any??
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:44 am

Hundreds. Mostly with it in ruins. :xd:

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Post by Lord Flasheart » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:04 pm

Excellent story, welcome aboard & good luck with the old girl 8-)

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by D366Y » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:31 pm

[email protected] wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:44 am
Hundreds. Mostly with it in ruins. :xd:
They're the best kind! :lol:
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by pbar » Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:01 pm

[email protected] wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:34 am
Finally it needs some new tyres (which now appear to be tricky to get hold of!?)
Evergreen tyres still make/supply them at the orginal size if that's what you are wanting. I've used them for years on my Capri, they seem excellent, I think most tyre places can get hold of them or you can most likely buy yourself too.

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by stevemarl » Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:38 pm

[email protected] wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:34 am
needs some new tyres (which now appear to be tricky to get hold of!?)
Oh, I don`t know, you can get these repro. 1970s Michelins, a bargain:
https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop ... p=R-222452

There are others, Uniroyal`s the only big brand still making them (for £50 anyway) free postage
https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop ... L&weiter=0

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:08 am

It’s the speed rating that’s the problem. I want H rated tyres (or faster). Several manufacturers make T rated which I guess are still made as trailer or caravan tyres but that’s too slow (not that a 1.6 will ever really trouble the upper end of a T rated tyre for long). There are a couple of manufacturers of H but big brand are, as you point out, either a millionty pounds a corner (and I need a full 5 in one go :| ) or simply not covered anymore. I guess I’ll just have to get some from a company I’m less familiar with (I’m sure the hi fly tyres a couple of sites list will be fine) as I can’t see me testing the dynamic limits in quite the same way as I used to as a younger driver....

In better news all the brand new headlights, bulbs and whatnot was all installed yesterday and everything works lovely. So I will once again be nearly able to see where I’m going once darkness falls.

Just have to convince the MoT tester to point them correctly at test time since everything has been moved about to free it all up and make it work. They will get greasy fingers though...there’s about an inch thick on the threads.....it won’t seize again :lol:

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by stevemarl » Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:02 pm

[email protected] wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:08 am
Several manufacturers make T rated which I guess are still made as trailer or caravan tyres
Im surprised TBH: when you said trailer, I assumed `T` rating was 80 or something, like remoulds? I`d have thought 118mph was pretty `adequate`?
Fair play to you though! ;)

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by pbar » Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:02 pm

stevemarl wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:38 pm
There are others, Uniroyal`s the only big brand still making them (for £50 anyway)
Evergreen make them also, mine were much cheaper than £50 each, I last bought them a few years ago though, but they still supply them. I got someone who works at a local garage to get them for me.

https://www.evergreentyres.co.uk/tyres/ ... d-rating=t

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by D366Y » Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:22 pm

I think you've got more chance of being shot back to 1985 before you reach 118mph in a Laser particularly a 1.6 :lol:

You must be planning some serious upgrades to be getting close to that??
I've thrown plenty of upgrades at mine and dont think its managed to get over 110
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:55 pm

You never know with a sturdy tailwind... :xd: those 72 rampant horses will propel that tonne of pig iron to terrifying velocities :o

I’m not overly concerned that the tyres will fling themselves to pieces, but it was hatched with H rated 185, 70, 13’s and if that’s what uncle Henry said it should have, then that’s mostly what I’d like to it have. Who am I to argue with uncle Henry?

Rest of the front end grilles, bumper and indicators went on today and it looks like a Capri again. Just the rest of the lights and bumpers and a quick squirt of paint from a rattle can to keep the new metal from deciding the old steel had the right idea and the orange powdery Swiss cheese look is where it’s at. Then hopefully the outsidey stuff is done.

If I can transfer some photos from the phone I’ll upload and show you some of the horrors I discovered during my year of fun....

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Post by stevemarl » Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:13 pm

I `think` the classifications have changed, there used to be an `S` between T & H. If you look at the back of the Capri handbook/leaflet it lists the tyres as 185/70 Sr13 and 185/70 Hr13. At that time S was 112, T 118, H 130
There`s a link to all the (obsolete) codes at bottom of page here: https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/
Edit:
Checked and It DOES say in the brochure SR for 1.6, HR for 2.0
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:59 am

Thanks for that, very interesting. Certainly in all the years I’ve known the car (including previous owners) it has had the faster rated tyres (currently on some goodyears which are perished to death) and every tyre site I plug the reg into it spits out a H rated tyre before happily telling me they don’t have any. Perhaps I can get away with a lower speed after all, opens up more options if nothing else!

I think claiming the alloy wheels were light in the brochure was somewhat tongue in cheek, I have an old steel wheel of the same size and it feels about the same to me, if anything possibly lighter ;)

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:57 am

D366Y wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:53 am
Sounds like a great project - would love to see some pictures if you have any??
how would one upload images to this forum? Hitting stuff with spanners...easy. Working the mysterious inner gubbins of the t'internet forum notice boards....wellllllll :?

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:55 am

It's always good to hear of a Capri making a comeback!
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how would one upload images to this forum? Hitting stuff with spanners...easy. Working the mysterious inner gubbins of the t'internet forum notice boards....wellllllll :?
If they are small (ish) files, they can be uploaded directly to the forum. Click on the attachments tab at the bottom of the page, then click on add files.

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For larger files, you'll have to upload them to a photo hosting website first, then paste the link to the image into your post. Postimages.org is easy to use.
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Post by stevemarl » Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:58 am

Yes, postimges is really easy to use.
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Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:59 am
very tyre site I plug the reg into it spits out a H rated tyre before happily telling me they don’t have any. Perhaps I can get away with a lower speed after all, opens up more options if nothing else!
I checked my original fitment Goodyear Grand Prix S (it was the unused spare when I changed all 5 so I kept it) and it is SR, so only 112, if that reassures you further.
I was looking at some archived stuff and I found a screenshot from decades ago when I muswt have been researching prices (I say decades because of the prices - Pirelli £35?) and all the ones that came up were T rated, certainly the Contis I got were. Only thinking that, as you say, it would give you more options. Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli - those were the days!
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by ian_s » Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:10 am

Welcome [email protected] having read this I am really looking forward to seeing this. I love pic heavy threads. I also love the fact that the car has stayed with you over the years. Great to see another car making it's way back onto the road.
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:18 pm

ok I shall try a resized small one just to get started. This is 11 months ago. It had stood 15 yrs in storage and another few covered in the garage at this point and is in a shocking state compared to how it looked when I put it away :cry: . Brakes were completely seized on and I couldn't move it or get round it to free them off (problematic!) Fortunately the Audi A8 has a rather powerful engine and despite all 4 wheels not actually rotating on the Capri it pulled it from its hidey hole without me really being able to tell it was attached :lol:

The wings are obviously gonners and the valance might need a little work... easy fix...right? right? I mean....I've taxed worse!

more to follow.....
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by pbar » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:48 pm

Another option, and the one I prefer personally, to add pics -

This assumes you have a pic on your computer (for example on your desktop) already -

1. Go to https://postimages.org/ (you do not have to be a member or login)
2. Click Choose Images
3. Browse to the pic you wish to use and double click it (or click once and click Open)
4. Copy the Direct Link in the list (i.e. click the symbol on the right or highlight it and press Control-c)
5. Open up a new message window on here (as if to type your reply/new message, or whatever, as you normally would)
6. Type your message and when done click the Img button and then press Control-v (this will paste the link you previously copied in step 4)
7. Press Preview to see how it will look or Submit, and you're done.

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