Saturday, July 6, 2013

B3R Garage: The Capri nears the Finish line

My 1984 Mercury Capri has seen a little neglect on the site in the past two months, but its progress continues. Unfortunately, I had a little transmission problems. As it turns out the current header setup requires that the entire engine and transmission be pulled every time the transmission needs to be removed. So, over the past two months the Capri has been completely dissected once again. The radiator, motor, headers, and all were once again removed in order to get to the tightly packed in transmission. The transmission was taken down to a local transmission repair shop to be completely rebuilt.

After just under two weeks the transmission was returned. However, after shifting it through the gears while it was in the car; it appears as though the shift kit was put in wrong! Go figure. On the plus side, I was able to gather enough hardware to put the cars interior trim back in, install the door panels, and even the glove box. I won’t lie, it is kind of nice being able to put my arm on the arm rest once again.

Tasks still at hand include fixing a minor power-steering leak, tune the carb, check the timing (yes again!), sand down the front bumper – primer it – paint it, and finally install it. As it turns out Orland Indiana has started having a car show in town ever third Tuesday of the month. I would like to get the car up and ready to go before the following week, but it may not happen. The Mad Scientist’s 1970 Maverick will likely be making the event. So, if you are interested in checking it out make sure you are in the area. If my Capri makes the deadline you are sure to hear B3R cars long before you see them. Hope to see you there.  


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