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PostPosted: Thu 29 Apr 2010 16:38 pm 
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Here's a kit I got off E-Bay recently. The Airfix 1.32 Ford Capri

The kit probably dates from the 1980's as it was then sold as the customised Capri 'Krackle Kat' http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... ic1288.php

I took a gamble as it was built, poorly painted and incomplete. It was brush painted gold mettalic and all the black was gloss. It only had one wheel and all of the suspension except the front springs were missing. The bonnet also had a big hole so the silly rodded engine could poke through.

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So all in all not in great shape! But was it worth the £15 or so I paid? I think it was as the original unmolested Airfix Capris normally go for £50+ as I am a builder not a hoader I think £15 with a bit of work was a pretty good deal.

For all the missing bits I'll use and adapt parts from the Airfix Ford Escort kit. Some parts will need to be built from scratch.


The first thing to do was take it all to bits. As the glue was old it fell apart with the tweak of a scalpel blade except the daft rear spoiler. That was a nightmare to remove and I did damage the boot lid a little. Luckiest of all was the clear parts had no glue, finger marks or scratches. That would have been the hardest thing to fix.

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After a few days in a bath of brake fluid I used an old toothbrush to get rid of the old paint. I was surprised that the metallic paint was the hardest to remove. Eventually it all did come off.

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The next thing to do was to fill the hole in the bonnet. I placed the bonnet on some scrap plasticard and drew around the hole. Then I cut out the piece to fill the gap.

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The plug fitted well and it just needed a skim of filler. It was then primed to check all was okay.

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Now I turned my attention to the front panel. The lower front panel was one of the many things missing from the kit so I used the Ford Escort front panel cut in half. Another problem is the front part of the wheel arches were also missing. Again I used the donor car to extend the arches.

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The front panel and wing extensions are in place and some scrap plastic was used to join the front panel to the wings -the Escort isn't as wide as the Capri. It was then filled.

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After a couple of rub downs it was re filled then I sprayed it (Humbrol rattlecan 69 Gloss Yellow)

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Came out better than I'd hoped!

The bodyshell has now been painted.

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Nice recovery, Brian. As to what it's worth, well, someone else bid almost as much as you. It's worth what you can sell it for, and I think it will be worth much more after you finish it off than what it was when you got it.

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The seats have been glued back in.

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The assembly was primed then the chassis rails were sprayed to match the body.

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The seats have been done with H85 Satin Black and the carpet and parcel shelf with H33 Matt Black. Before the matt black was dry I stippled it to make it look grainy.

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Finally the dash has been repainted with a fake wood effect around the instrument cluster.

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Nice work, that's a rather bilious shade of yellow though!

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The engine, gearbox and subframe are done. For now I've left off the air filter as I'm not 100% sure the bonnet will close so I'll wait and see. All of these parts are from the Escort kit as the Capri's were all missing. I'm not sure if the Escort engine is meant to be a 1100 or a 1300 but my guess they probably looked about the same and this Capri will be just the basic one.


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The completely unmarked (yippee!) window piece is now fitted. What is most unusual with this part is the front lower edge of the windshield pokes out of the bodyshell and rests just behind the scuttle panel. The scuttle panel has half of the wiper arms molded and the windshield has the other half and wiper blades molded on it. The clear part was such a good fit I didn't need to glue it which is handy if it ever needs to come out again. The headlining was painted H28 light grey.

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Just before the windows went in I painted around the apartures with some matt black and around each window so when installed it should look a bit like the window rubber seals.

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Here's the bits and pieces so far, all ready for closing up.

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Wow!  8-)

I'm not sure I'd have shelled out £15 for that one as it was, but you sure have made a great job of restoring it.....I'm really impressed with the way you managed to make the almost all black interior so pleasing to the eye.  :thumb:

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Nice restoration, BAC. I love what you managed to do with the interior carpeting. This looks like it was quite a nice kit before the hot rodders got hold of it!

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First Class :thumb:
I too like what you've done with the interior, especially the dashboard and carpets.

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The floor pan has been fitted to the bodyshell. It was easier to put the dash in first rather than glue the dash to the floor pan bulkhead then put in the whole lot. There wasn't alot of room as it's a very snug fit.

Once the floor was in then I could start to add the suspension, engine and propshaft. Amazingly the front subframe and engine assembly just slotted straight into the lugs, even the original Capri front springs matched up.
The rear suspension was nearly as good. The Escort rear springs went into the holes in the floor without any fuss. The back axle also went in a dream but the rear shocks were about 1mm too short. A little blob of superglue gel soon filled the missing portion.
Finally the propshaft was also a tiny bit short. All I did was to cut thepropshaft with a little bit of extra sprue. It was then trimmed to size and superglued in. Again, a little superglue gel was used to complete the fitment.

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I did turn up the brightness on the above photos as they were a bit too dark to see the detail -the yellow body isn't really that bright!!

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It looks a good shade of H.154 or RLM04.

Great work, Brian.

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Great restoration job Brian, the yellow paintwork is very '70s. Considering the Airfix Escort is still in production its worth using the parts from one to revive the Capri as there can't be many around these days.

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The Escort wheels went on without any problems but maybe the rear ones could have been packed out a tiny bit as they are a little narrow. The original lights and rear bumper were refitted and painted. The front bumper was the Escorts rear bumper with the ends trimmed slightly and door handles from the Escort were added.
The Escort's exhaust 'bolted' straight on but I did need to cut and re glue it where it goes over the rear axle.
It was then a matter of 'adding' the trim and badges -just a bit of 'Chrome' paint that I got from Wilkinson. Wilkinson does a range of Plasti-Kote enamels and their metallic range seems to be much smoother than Humbrol or Revells which are more grainy.

So Scrapyard Challenge is all done!

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Brilliant work, Brian. If you hadn't mentioned the tyre width, I might not have noticed.

Bravo!

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Sweeeet. Loved the Capri, and this is a (literally) brilliant restoration. :thumb:

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Great save Brian  :Clapping:

I was half expecting a black vinyl roof  :joker:

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Nice save! :thumb:
Personalised plate to be added perhaps?

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That looks great.....Especially considering what you hacked it out of!  :D

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Great restoration job. :thumb:

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Great work on the restoration.


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Wow! What a transformation

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Super rescue job  on this old classic. It must have been most satisfying to do.


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My brother had the Gold color capri with a black vinyl roof covering, (such a trend back then) and as such really enjoyed what you did to this especially the dash which had the 'wood grain' effect on the real vehicle. Great save and nice restoration ...

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Just browsing the all the automotive restoration threads. I just love what You have done here. It was nice to learn that the Escort could submit such many replacementparts. Lucky me have two complete unbuilt Capries, but I have another that have been started by someone. I still had to buy it, as it was in the same Airfixbox as the first modelkit I ever got, back in the early, mid '70s.

I have the MPC kit, as well as the Krackle series one. The latter is casted in a beige styrene.

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