: Capri Time


427Capri
01-17-2016, 11:52 AM
The introduction

I'm putting this here because the car is a Capri built by Ford and sold by Mercury dealers in the US. It's not a Mercury as is often called, it's a Capri and that's the make as listed on the title. It doesn't matter but I thought I'd point that out from the beginning.

Next since it was re-built by me back in the early nineties it has always been Chevrolet powered or as the Capri nuts call it a brand x engine. I basically got bounced off of the Capri mailing list because I put a Chevy engine in it. Phuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

Anyway I would suppose some have seen it before because I have posted some pictures of it. Owning one of these neat little cars doesn't make you gay either it makes you smart. Monocoque chassis, super rigid and light weight, disc brakes with dual piston calipers up front, strut suspension with manual rack and a wide open engine bay to fit pretty much any engine you desire within reason. A big block Chevy fits perfectly with a lot of room for tinkering when needed. When finished this car will weigh right at 2700lbs with no driver in full street trim full tank of fuel and full exhaust system.

My goals are a pump gas car for cruising around in. I'm old school so I want it radical, big engine, big cam, big gummy tires, it all equals fun to me. I've been sick as a motherphucker with heart problems so things have gone tremendously slow. I was worried I'd buy this huge pile of parts and my wife would have to end up dealing with it. Not what I wanted to happen. It seems like I'm getting better so off I go with it. This won't be a comprehensive essay of what I'm doing to it more like a here and there of it as I go and have a chance to take pictures and post stuff.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/DSCF1754_zps1655fe76.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/DSCF1754_zps1655fe76.jpg.html)

Oh and the car has perfect body lines the hood is mis-aligned because when the engine was taken out no one (me) bothered to line it back up.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 12:18 PM
One of the things I'm doing is putting different heads, intake and cam on/in the engine. It's a 582. I bought the shortblock from ohio crankshaft and originally put it in my truck. Then it had Dart 325s with a rmre shelf cam and an holley tunnel ram with dual 750s. It's a flat top piston engine and then it has right at 10.25 to 1 compression.

Upgrades are Dart 355cnc milled to 110cc, about the same cam as before with 6 more degrees duration and a widened lsa. It still a 740 lift, now with 276/286 @ .050" and a 110 lsa. No real science in it for me to select a cam I like cams like this and they always work well. The engine has flat tops and .005 deck with a .039" gasket and is right at 10.5 to 1. This has proven to be very pump gas friendly over the years so that's where I'm going with it. I'd like to see around 850/900 hp with this set up and a couple of 1050 dominators.

Today I'm going to put the heads together. All Manley and K-Motion valves, springs and hardware. Comp guide plates cut and fitted to line up with the valves and it will have Manton 7/16X.120" pushrods. Valve springs will be set up at 300lbs on the seat with a height of 1.955". It will have Comp pro magnum stainless roller rockers and Comp endurex lifterss.

When it's done I will drive this car pretty much every day and this stuff has proven itself to be bullet proof to me.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/Capri%20Time/P1010355_zps9wrb4d3b.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/Capri%20Time/P1010355_zps9wrb4d3b.jpg.html)

427Capri
01-17-2016, 12:37 PM
The bottom end. It was in my truck for around 2500 miles give or take (no speedo). Fourteen months of daily usage for pretty much everything I needed to do.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/Capri%20Time/P1010358_zpsxan6rvhu.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/Capri%20Time/P1010358_zpsxan6rvhu.jpg.html)

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/Capri%20Time/P1010362_zpsfpfw0bjh.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/Capri%20Time/P1010362_zpsfpfw0bjh.jpg.html)

moosedk
01-17-2016, 12:50 PM
Let's just hope it will be enough to stay in front of that LUV truck!!:rolleyes:
...Moose.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 01:56 PM
Let's just hope it will be enough to stay in front of that LUV truck!!:rolleyes:
...Moose.



Yeah, no shit. I hope I can at least keep up with him when I'm done.:smt082:smt082:smt082

dfuelman
01-17-2016, 02:18 PM
I has come to my attention that there are a BUNCH of old car fart's in and around Winchester that I am sure would be willing to help out a fellow old fart with his project. Good luck and keep at it.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 02:28 PM
I has come to my attention that there are a BUNCH of old car fart's in and around Winchester that I am sure would be willing to help out a fellow old fart with his project. Good luck and keep at it.

Thanks man. I'm chuggin' along and several friends have offered to help when I'm ready for some help. Right now I'm gonna set this engine up and I kind of like doing this stuff by my lonesome. Less bullsh*tin' more workin', if you know what I mean. Seems I did forget how difficult it can be to put a set of pretty heavy (to me anyway) valve springs on.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 02:45 PM
Puttin' valve springs on. Damn what a pain in the ass it is too. Got one on, fifteen to go.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/Capri%20Time/P1010367_zps3ivgiidk.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/Capri%20Time/P1010367_zps3ivgiidk.jpg.html)

dfuelman
01-17-2016, 02:48 PM
Just try to get one thing done everyday. Walk away before you get tired or aggravated. It will happen. Hell, I'll only about 3 1/2 hrs south if you are in a real bind.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 02:59 PM
Just try to get one thing done everyday. Walk away before you get tired or aggravated. It will happen. Hell, I'll only about 3 1/2 hrs south if you are in a real bind.



I think I got it. I did get all the springs on one head so forward motion on the project has begun. I appreciate the offer, maybe instead we can meet up somewhere in between a go for a blast in it when it's done. I'm doing exactly what you're sayin' too. Today's goal was to get the heads assembled. mock up the engine with them to see where I need to clearance them for the 7/16" pushrods. They touched the heads in several places with the 325s on it so I expect it will be the same with these heads.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 03:00 PM
I love doin' this stuff.

427Capri
01-17-2016, 04:42 PM
Comps Endurex Lifters, tall to clear the lifter bosses in the aftermarket block. I'm sure I'll hear some crap about these but I've used them and never had a problem with them. A lot of street time idling and stuff never a problem. So in goes another set. I always wash the assembly lube out with lacquer thinner and soak them in 20w50 before installing them. That's why they're in the cup gettin' ready for a lacquer thinner bath.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/Capri%20Time/P1010371_zpsax4jvwv8.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/Capri%20Time/P1010371_zpsax4jvwv8.jpg.html)

427Capri
01-18-2016, 09:58 AM
Here's a screen cap of it at the track a while ago. It had been on the street for a while by then and was gettin' pretty beat drivetrain wise. Ran a 6.90 eighth with a ten to one 427 smoking the right tire all the way through first and second because of a worn out posi. It had a horrible 60ft of 1.79 on hoosier quick time tires. It's got a spool now and is going to get a set of quick time pro's this time around.


http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/capture0002_0004.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/capture0002_0004.jpg.html)


Damn I'm getting old that was almost 20 years ago. :-damnit

427Capri
01-18-2016, 10:03 AM
This is how it sits right now. The rear housing had a couple of cracks where I welded the ladder bars to it. More than likely I got it too hot back then and it had seen a rough life on the street. I've got a housing to narrow and all the parts, brackets, back brace and stuff are coming from s&w. Plenty of dirt on that rear.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/427capri/P1010063_zpskajlk6uh.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/427capri/media/P1010063_zpskajlk6uh.jpg.html)

kickedafordlately?Yes!
01-18-2016, 10:37 AM
Glad that you are feeling better.

Subscribing.

68roadrunner
01-18-2016, 11:18 AM
Love that car, superb, I didn't know it had a stock interior.
This is one build thread that really interests me.

dfuelman
01-18-2016, 01:28 PM
I think I got it. I did get all the springs on one head so forward motion on the project has begun. I appreciate the offer, maybe instead we can meet up somewhere in between a go for a blast in it when it's done. I'm doing exactly what you're sayin' too. Today's goal was to get the heads assembled. mock up the engine with them to see where I need to clearance them for the 7/16" pushrods. They touched the heads in several places with the 325s on it so I expect it will be the same with these heads.

I will hold you to the offer of a blast when completed. This thing should be quite a weapon when complete. You might want to consider M/T pro street radials, Your gonna need all the bite you can get.

Please continue to post and keep at it a little at a time. I have learned that doing it this way, it turns out better and seems to be much easier than anticipated.

Remember: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

outahand
01-18-2016, 01:58 PM
Love the Capri!

Had a few back in the day. Mid to late 80's. My highlight was a 73 sunroof car with a 66 289 and a toploader. Stock rearend actually lasted other than a few wheel bearings. Had a blast with that thing.