I have always had a love of cars from a very early age (I have been told my first word was car!) & Fords in particular, For me the Capri was not "the car you always promised yourself", I'd always wanted (& still want) an Escort Cosworth, but I always have loved the older Fords. I had a renewed interest in Capris over recent years. I had to replace my daily driver & since I never buy "normal" everyday runabouts I wanted an old Ford. Escorts were silly money for a daily
runner so after toying with ideas of either buying a Cortina, Zetec-engined 100e or Anglia the Capri won me over. My mates said it had a lot to do with one of my mates owning one but it was all down to the looks & the appeal of owning such an icon.
I found my car on the Pistonheads website in August 2009 & it seemed perfect - overall good condition, original, new exhaust, camshaft, dry stored, original strut tops, lots of recent service history, very little rust, and a rare colour Graphite Grey - it was worth a look, & if I didn't like it then walk away. That first 350 mile round trip to view & a test drive was worth it, and a deal was done to pick the car up at a later date.
6 weeks later (1 week after the Brooklands 40th Anniversary show & me telling my mates I'd bought one) I picked it up. The slight worry of the very low temp gauge concerned me but after getting the car home following a 175 mile journey from a little village near Ipswich I was pleased. The car needed a bit of work to get it to my "standard" but all in good time, it was solid & for a daily car was just right. First thing on the to-do list was to sort the temperature, so I replaced the sender unit & thermostat, flushed
the cooling system out, job done. For the first couple of months I was getting the hang of RWD in such a light car & the snow of Xmas 2009/January 2010 driving to work never seemed so appealing! Those months taught me valuable lessons in car control! Coupled with upgrading the brakes, changing the gearbox & a host of little changes whilst keeping it clean & polished, the car is on it's way to being a very tidy example.
I joined the Surrey Capri Club in December 2009 as a normal member. The club had some very friendly, helpful, warm & welcoming characters, and all team players who help out each other in need.. So 1 year later after a number of great car shows, a small but significant magazine feature with Classic Car Mart (even gaining front cover status) & the opportunity to show my enthusiasm as co-chairman of the club arose I've settled down to hopefully many years of Capri ownership. My Capri long term plan is to restore & replace to as new condition, whilst learning many DIY mechanic skills along the way, which the Capri is an ideal learning tool, Originality is key to owning a classic car of any sort, but as a lot of people do, I have tweaked the original features just to bring the car up to date
There is much more to come with this car, so get ready for the ride.....