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Updated on Mar 24, 2013
This 1984 Capri has been in the family since 1992. Dad handed it down to me for a graduation (High School) gift. I didn't need it as a daily driver since I had my trusty Merkur Scorpio, so I yanked out his 302 engine, gave it to my little sister as a temporary engine (she also drives a trusty Merkur Scorpio), and built my own engine from the block up. I built my 302 to specs that should yield better than 400 hp on pump gas! As it turns out, 391 hp is the best I could squeeze from my motor so far. That is pretty close to target but a little disappointing since I had hoped to exceed expectations.
My sister got her license in 2006 and has been an avid motorhead ever since. She had a Capri she ran on the track in '06, and since it proved to be a consistent runner, she painted it up. Turns out she is very good at painting also. I threw in a couple of her car pics too since she has no interest in having her own Cardomain page.
*UPDATE 2009: Not much new to add except I am through driving this car on the race track. It has held up very well these past three years, but I want it to be around for a long time in streetable condition.
Mikki's car on the other hand was not as nice from the outset. We are currently building a stroker 547 (385 based) motor for it with a C6. It seems no amount is too much when it comes to horsepower and torque! She may be forced to give up the street tires for good.
I hope to post an update on that project before next summer.
*UPDATE June 2010: Mikki decided against sacrificing her Capri for the "Big Block Project", so she used our shared parts car. I will keep some of the pics I took of her progress at the bottom of my page here for a little while until she creates her own page.
*UPDATE August 2011: Man, what a rough year! So far two floods and a severe hail storm. It has left us with lots of damage to repair. Fortunately, only the newer cars were caught outdoors and suffered damage. Just the same, property clean-up and repair has kept our little group from focusing on improving our rides. Some new BIG BLOCK PROJECT pics from 2011 are at the bottom of this page. All the other cars have been untouched (as in ZERO miles) since last fall.
*UPDATE February 2013: It's peculiar how our interests and focus tends to change over time. Late last year my sister and I sold our Capris to our Dad because I needed money for my new car, and Mikki bought a new motorcycle. Dad don't want to keep all these cars plus his own, so they are up for sale.
Be sure to check out my CUSTOM MERKUR SCORPIO too!
My new medium rise intake forced me to add a hood scoop (very recent pic showing Red's current condition)(large file picture, click on box below to view):
Interior in very nice condition. Needs minor tweaking A local machine shop did some excellent work on my engine block. Tolerances are so close I don't need no stinking piston rings. But I'll install some just in case... My vanity plate is not meant as a challenge, but it is quite clever. Few people get it right away. Each letter must be pronounced separately. (ANNIHILATOR) Ohhh she sounds sooo good! Somewhat lopey idle, you can hear each cylinder fire in turn.
My sister went down the track with my old engine before deciding she would like to have the motor for her car
You've seen my Scorpio. These are my sister's cars -Capri & Scorpio
Yeah. This is work done by a 17-year-old. Not professional quality, but very nice.
THE BIG BLOCK PROJECT
Dad did some extreme porting on the heads and intake for this (NOT stroked) 473. Using her trusty old-school torque wrench, Mikki will achieve 144 lb. ft. on head studs -no wonder she has monster arms.
I degreed the 305 racing cam for the project motor.
Next Mikki has to re-build the stripped-out suspension, steering, and chassis. It now has manual steering and shaft joints, sub-frame connectors, battle box reinforcement, solid lift bars, adjustable struts and shocks, launch springs and air bags, etc, etc.
Nothing left but to put it on the track.That saves us from beating our street drivers to death with severe launches and other abuses.
*UPDATE* March 2011 -Time to get these boys out of storage and wash off the dust.
By the way, we just dropped in the STROKER motor we have been building. After a dyno check by a very competent outfit, we are ready for the track!
So far Mikki has only driven once this season. She got some good passes that showed up some tranny problems we will need to address.
This car has real potential!!
We have a Barry Grant 1150 (Dominator style) carb and tunnel ram we may swap onto the motor, but that would necessitate a different hood. Our aim is to keep this car streetable at 10.5 seconds. The ram intake might be too over-the-top. I will probably just sell that stuff, so if there is any interest in buying these parts, let me know. (2012-08-23 parts have been sold)
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What brand louvers do you have on the red capri? I've been looking for a set for my bubble back.
Those louvers have been there since 1992. They have a "Hammond" label on them -but man, that was so long ago!
Wow!! What a cool and unique ride.... but don't sell it, SHOW it!! (The Merkurs are nice too!)
Very nice capri !
Very nice ride!! 5 stars!!
Nice ride man 5 stars
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