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    Default New old project, 79 turbo RS

    Years ago I owned this car, and did a lot of work to it. Mainly a 5 lug conversion, and wheels. Lots of cleaning and maintenance fixing all kinds of little things that had gone bad over the years.
    Life got in the way, as it usually does and this car sat. And sat, and sat. The fuel pump went bad... again. Battery went dead... again. A wheel decided to blow out the entire stem, and a tire went flat with no way to air it up. The final straw was when a tree branch fell in an ice storm and cracked the windshield. I had enough. I'm sure a lot of you know the feeling when you are just absolutely frustrated with something.
    After a few very strong beers, and In a pathetic show of emotions I traded the turbo RS and my turbo coupe for a 85 GT.
    It didnt take long to realize I had made a mistake. I missed the Capri. The new owner had some big plans with a twin turbo 351W.
    Only that never happened either. I'm actually glad it didnt.
    Earlier this year after even more beer I made a deal and the Capri was slated to come back to me.
    Then well, everybody knows what happened next. The whole world went **** up.
    It took from February until now to actually take delivery of the Capri. But, its here signed sealed and delivered once again.
    Delivered Friday 9-18-20. Started up and moved under its own power yesterday 9-19-20.

    New plans on this one. I'm leaving the draw through turbo setup on it. It's complete. It runs. Its cool. There is always going to be a faster car than you out there. If I can get this one stable and repainted with a few upgrades then I will be happy.

    In the deal I got a built 8.8 rearend with new gears, axles, and a locker. Drilled slotted rotors, and pads. I'm putting that in next week, along with the T5 I bought a decade ago.

    It looks a little worse for the wear, but it actually runs better!!

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    Being delivered

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    Notice my right foot is not on the gas!!

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    Very cool car! Looks like you're in NC? What part? I was there last week...Wilmington area.
    79 Pace Car - 331, t5
    79 Cobra - working on 351w, t5
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    Very cool project and glad you got it back!

    I know the 79 Capri wasn't available with a rear spoiler, but I always thought the 3 piece should have been installed from day one. Personally never liked the Aero GT spoiler on the Foxes. The 93 Cobra rear wing looks good on 85/86 GT's, but I prefer the 3 piece on the Capris. Sorry! Unsolicited opinion. Your RS and your choice. I do like the black with the I assume Chamois (Carmel) interior. Sweet Combo! Good Luck!
    ​Trey

    "I Don't build it hoping for your approval! I built it because it meets mine!"

    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
    1969 Mach 1
    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Ongoing RestoModification
    1984 SVO Awaiting Restoration
    1986 GT Wrecked by PO, but still want to save!

    Current Capris:
    1981 Capri Roller
    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Underway
    1984 Capri RS T-top Roller
    1983-84 Gloy Racing Trans Am/IMSA Body Parts

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    Thanks Wraith. I agree totally on the rear spoiler. It was on there when I got it. And I cant stand it! I have a 3 piece, and its going on when I do the body work! Ditto for the rear louvers. Gone. It has rear wiper option and to me thats cooler than louvers.
    And yes. Chamois interior.

    Broncojunkie, Thanks. I'm just out of Greensboro. Wilmington is one of my favorite areas, I go down as much as I can! If you see a black magic capri, black RS, or red bubble back there it might just be me!!

    Oh and I forgot the other part.. While dropping off the RS the guy asks me if I want to buy another Capri! A 86. I'm sure you all know my answer....
    Its getting delivered next month haha! Just a roller, but nice body. So much for downsizing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capri-Magic View Post
    Thanks Wraith. I agree totally on the rear spoiler. It was on there when I got it. And I cant stand it! I have a 3 piece, and its going on when I do the body work! Ditto for the rear louvers. Gone. It has rear wiper option and to me thats cooler than louvers.
    And yes. Chamois interior.

    Broncojunkie, Thanks. I'm just out of Greensboro. Wilmington is one of my favorite areas, I go down as much as I can! If you see a black magic capri, black RS, or red bubble back there it might just be me!!

    Oh and I forgot the other part.. While dropping off the RS the guy asks me if I want to buy another Capri! A 86. I'm sure you all know my answer....
    Its getting delivered next month haha! Just a roller, but nice body. So much for downsizing!
    That's awesome. I assumed the previous owner probably put it on the Capri, but after I typed it I thought that was kind of a d#$% comment to make.

    I would really like to have the time to get back to Texas and wrap up my 82 RS rebuild, but not sure if that is going to happen this year or not. Oh well, I do have the 84 RS here I could play with too. . . . FOCUS TREY FOCUS!!! Good Luck!
    ​Trey

    "I Don't build it hoping for your approval! I built it because it meets mine!"

    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
    1969 Mach 1
    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Ongoing RestoModification
    1984 SVO Awaiting Restoration
    1986 GT Wrecked by PO, but still want to save!

    Current Capris:
    1981 Capri Roller
    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Underway
    1984 Capri RS T-top Roller
    1983-84 Gloy Racing Trans Am/IMSA Body Parts

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    I love it and I love the story as well. I couldn't help but modify that but who cares what I think? I wouldn't put a V8 in it, I just mean I would have to modify the turbo setup and turn up the heat. Those Lima 2.3 motors are pretty dang tough. Good Luck with the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Very cool project and glad you got it back!

    I know the 79 Capri wasn't available with a rear spoiler, but I always thought the 3 piece should have been installed from day one.!
    You just taught me that. I assumed all hatch cars could get the 3 piece spoiler.
    Mike

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    New windshield is in.. trim repainted. Cowl glued back together sanded and repainted. Hope it holds.. if not I'll have to dig up a 79 COWL SOMEWHERE. For now though it looks a lot better. First bath since its mine again.

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    Nice!

    Can't wait to see more....

    JT
    1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang 302 / 5spd
    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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