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    Default '83 RS build **UPDATED**

    This is my first car, and have had it since '99. I drove the car year round for about 5 years before parking it. After looking for another daily driver a couple years ago, I decided to put the capri back on the road so I added 5 lug disks off a '95 GT, swapped it over to EFI with a complete harness out of an '86, GT-40P heads, Cobra intake, and a TFS cam. The car needed a passenger quarter and doors, but wasnt too bad to the naked eye. Well a couple months ago the it was it by an elderly gentleman which prompted me to give it the attention it needed.











    So, after being sandblasted, an NOS right frame assembly and radiator support is going on, replacing the cowl, I'm headed to the junkyard at the end of the week for a roof skin, and the right quarter is being replaced (which was known before being sandblasted). The plan is to add an HO Fiber Trends 2.5" cowl hood, cervini's saleen side skirts and rear valance (all of which I have), and paint it Ford's Ingot Silver.
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    cant wait to see how this one turns out, looks pretty nice in the first photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvr2low View Post
    cant wait to see how this one turns out, looks pretty nice in the first photo.
    Same here! I'm getting the itch for another Capri
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    Very nice. Some of the damage looks familiar ;-)
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    thanks guys. yea the car looked pretty nice...definitely a 15 footer though.
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    I can honestly say I have never seen so many holes in the hatch area before.
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    I was just as suprised as you. Its wierd, its not like it sat with moss and dirt caked in there. But between those holes and the rot over the passanger side front lead joint, its easier to replace the entire roof skin.
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    I am tempted to tear my '83GT down like this, but am PETRIFIED I wouldn't be able to put it all back together!! lol

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    Nice Job... can't wait to see how this turns out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    I am tempted to tear my '83GT down like this, but am PETRIFIED I wouldn't be able to put it all back together!! lol
    Its all about bagging, tagging, and lots of pictures.
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    This just makes me want a Capri that much more!
    putting together a little something special......stay tuned!

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    wow!! nice work.

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    *UPDATED*

    So after about 50 hours of work, here is where the car stands. The right quarter, roof skin, and cowl have been cut out and replaced. The old right frame rail and radiator support came out today and the new pieces were tacked in.















    Hopefully the frame and radiator will be fully welded in tomorrow then we can focus on repairing the couple other rot holes, then on to body work.
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    Nice job
    putting together a little something special......stay tuned!

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    WOW...This is a Shelby-type restoration!

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    Incredible!
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    the shot of the frame rail stub with no fenderwell REALLY shows how these cars were just tacked together..

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    Great work, always interesting to see these major surgery restorations.
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    WOW oh Wow oh wow!
    You are my hero - just what i need to do to my stang.
    Document this well for the questions will be coming

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    I was just wondering why the replacement quarter panel was cut and joined lower that the factory seam at the roof... was the replacement quarter panel cut too low from the donor Capri.
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    Looks real good. Keep the pics coming....
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    Quote Originally Posted by K PONY View Post
    I was just wondering why the replacement quarter panel was cut and joined lower that the factory seam at the roof... was the replacement quarter panel cut too low from the donor Capri.
    Dont know. The buddy of mine that is doing the body work has replaced 3 or 4 capri quarters and has done each one this way and they all come out looking perfect. He was at my house when I cut the car up and that is where he told me to cut it. That section has now been filled, there is very little filler and it is dead nuts straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K PONY View Post
    I was just wondering why the replacement quarter panel was cut and joined lower that the factory seam at the roof... was the replacement quarter panel cut too low from the donor Capri.
    I was going to ask the same question. Especially with you replacing the roof panel. Seemed like more work to do it that way.

    Either way great work! Looks like it will be one sweet RS once its finished.

    I know its correct to put the bubble hatch back on it and most here agree, but I actually like the 79-82 hatch better myself.

    Either way very nice RS. Really makes me want to get my Capri up here so I can put it together.

    Best of luck!

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    Well, when the replacement quarter was cut, it wasnt known that the roof needed to be replaced. That little surprise came after the car was sandblasted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    WOW...This is a Shelby-type restoration!
    I agree

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