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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2015/07/13 21:15:34 (permalink)
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My Capri had no fan speed resistor in it when it arrived. The fan was wired so no matter which way you put the switch it was full speed. I called in to an auto electrician one Saturday morning and asked him what he could do , he sat down and worked out a resistor that would drop the voltage to around 9 volts(3 ohm 5 watt ceramic coated resistor apparently the watts are more important then the  ohms I think I ended up with 3.2 ohms 5 watts) he told me to go to Jaycar, it cost something like 44 cents it worked for me. I pulled a wreck apart recently and it had the original resistor in it which looked similar.  
 
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2015/07/14 10:28:50 (permalink)
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From Classic Ford Feb 2015:
 
"Many Capri owners will have suffered from a one-speed heater thanks to a knackered resistor. With new ones unobtainable and good, second-hand units hard to find, the news wasn’t good, however, Trev at Quoyloo Garage now has brand-new heater resistors which fit directly into the heater box as per the originals but with modern technology. Good work!"
 
Wombat is exactly right regarding using a 44¢ ceramic resistor instead of £45 worth of "modern technology".  Furthermore, there is no harm in using one with greater wattage; it just means it can handle more heat dissipation (should it need to).

WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
 
 
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2015/10/19 22:50:51 (permalink)
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Woe is Me !! he exclaims.  It's been a couple of years since paint was done on the car and the other day I had to get out grinder and flap disc and attack my paintwork to eliminate some rust bubbles in the lip of the rear passenger side arch. When cleaned back to bare metal found only minor pitting of the steel, hit it with chemical neutraliser and a lick of primer at the moment. Have now got some filler so will rub back and fill and smooth. Will have to get a proper painter  to rub down section and blend for new paint and clear. Just goes to show no matter how much care and prep goes into bodywork it can still come back and bite you. Will chuck up a couple of pics in a couple of days. Len
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2015/10/23 19:57:39 (permalink)
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G'day Len, have you thought about one of those negative impulse rust proofing units? I've heard good things, you can get ones with differing numbers of electrodes depending on car size... Dads been using one on his car for a few years, he's close to the ocean and the couple of scratches he's got are showing no signs of rusting... Worth a look...
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2015/10/23 21:15:59 (permalink)
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Thanks Drew, certainly worth a look. Any recommendations on brand etc ? Also any other forum members got any tips on type/ brand.
Cheers,
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/20 12:59:47 (permalink)
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Hi all,
Haven't done anything for a while, other than a little tuning of the Holley and keeping it clean and polished for car club events and displays. As per my last post went to panel beater to get my bodywork/ paint sorted, when I finally had some dough and time to get it there. Went to visit my son in Mount Isa  and got a text with some pics showing rust was worse than I / they expected - they rubbed back a bigger area than I had so found some more lurking under the paint. Asked if I wanted a quick bog-job or cut out and done properly. Spent a lot of time and money on the beast so spent some more and got it done properly. Went back to the painter who did job originally so got a good paint match, can't see any difference where repair was done.
Next item was stripes- decided to use my own version of late model Falcon GT/ XR8 ones, work in perfectly with the Falcon side repeaters in the front guards.  I covered the side of the car with brown paper and worked out sizing and location, drew it up for the sign guys to use as a template. Same for the stripes for the bonnet bulge.   Also designed custom logo to go with it using elements from 3 different badges to make it up.  Also designed scuff plates for the doors using the same alloy sandwich material used for my badges and weber air intake box. Called on the services of my brother and nephew on 2 Sat mornings to fix in place ( sign guy changed the angles of the stripes from my template to ones from internet ) so a bit of jiggery-pokery involved in finding the sweet spot to make everything fit.  Pics tell the rest  of the story.
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/20 13:10:17 (permalink)
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sorry, cant download previous rust pics , only finished product

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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/20 13:15:20 (permalink)
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stripes, logo, sign board ,bonnet and scuff plates.

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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/20 23:01:07 (permalink)
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Great looking car. I have often considered the repeater in the guard and only just noticed you have done it 👍

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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/21 21:39:20 (permalink)
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Thanks for the encouraging comment. Found this particular one the nicest shape of the ones I had checked out at the wreckers, though these are new ones. The later model Focus has the same style but in orange. My brother-in-law worked at the local Ford dealership so went in and made a cardboard template off a new guard. The other method would be to get the section cut out of a guard at the wreckers and weld it in, but at the time there was nothing decent available.  This was a real " heart in the mouth " moment for me as I took to my guards with an air tool and dremel bits to make the cutout needed. It doesn't sit quite as flush as the original as I wasn't able to make the indentation in the guard. It was easy enough to patch the wiring into the standard loom for the front indicators and it keeps out of sight and harms way behind the inner guard splash panel.
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/22 09:16:24 (permalink)
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True Whooligan, I have always been a big fan of " street machines " mods, hence the bonnet vents, bonnet mounted windscreen washers, deletion of the false fuel cap and some other minor mods, though it doesn't seem to be such a big issue with mechanical upgrades- out of sight, out of mind! Also I just like my cars to be different! Len
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/22 23:05:03 (permalink)
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Nice work Len! I'm really liking the scallops/ stripe work you've done there. Too cool :D
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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/07/23 18:06:42 (permalink)
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Looks good Len, I just read a street machine article about the 90's graphics style cars, spot on there with yours mate...
Cheers Drew...

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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2016/10/12 22:54:00 (permalink)
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Hi All,
have now got some full time work so could afford for my sparky mate to come round and get my electrics sorted ie getting my " new " globe holders sorted.  Got a couple of spare light bodies, made up a cardboard template to reshape the mounting holes, a few minutes work with a die grinder had them done and the holders inserted and glued into place. Attached wiring according to wiring diagram but no joy- lights going on and off all over the place.  Pulled out the back seat and rear bulkhead, kick panels and switch panel to give access to sparky. I had changed the rear loom over during the rebuild so wiring colours were different. After much testing and recording, worked out new earths, switching wire for the reverse on gearbox, and hey presto! Got plugs made up so now one click disconnect.  Connection in the switch panel are crap so got him to wire up another fuse box to use for accessory / ignition feeds to attach set of gauges and other assorted add-ons.  Hooray!!  First test drive on Cruise Night had the cops following me but not pulled up " do you realise , Sir that your taillights are faulty ' as well as no comment from other club members who always tell me!  Worst part is having to put it all back together again!

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Re: RS PROJECT CAR 2017/04/02 22:05:17 (permalink)
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Hi All,
Little project I have been working on to neaten up my boot space which is pretty rough in spots, so boxing it up to hide battery etc. Didn't want to custom- make sheeting for under parcel tray section so a quick trip to the wreckers got me moulded sheet from a Falcon boot. Take some measurements, trim to size, a coat of vinyl spray to change from charcoal to black. Got a bit of alloy mesh spare so cut to shape and make a couple of infill panels and sit a LED lamp in place as a boot light. The holes predrilled in the underside of the parcel shelf lip are too big for push in plugs so bulked up some inserts to take them.  The hardest part will be to put some packing on the underside of the shelf to level it out and give me a flat surface to mount the underside tray to, probably with Velcro. Pics so far. Have just about sorted templates for the side and rear panels.  Plan is to fit some foam to sheeting and cover in vinyl, hold in place with push in plugs or Velcro.  Cyclone Debbie was a non event for me, just took time to prep the house and yard and then put everything back again. Had a day off but couldn't work on the car with the stuff stored in the carport.  Glad I kept my car cover on as I was looking after my daughters dogs, both ditzy small dogs who both decided to jump on the bonnet of the RS to look around . Told my daughter she was lucky to get them back in one piece!!  Len

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