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    DH, youre the best. May your back get a repreave now , and your 14 year old know his 11 year quest has yeilded the best prize of all. I love your work done together.

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    An incredible journey, and an awesome result. Congratulations!

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    Thanks for all the support guys. Tons of memories here and with my son on this journey. This year we'll make more with many local outings and back road drives. He's turning 15 next week and is all over the map with what car to buy so I'm sure a new project is on the horizon.

    Next up brakes, get the rear speakers talking with the Kenwood and some more fiddling on small stuff. Maybe in the next year or so I'll contemplate getting the body and paint back in shape but I'm dreading the thought of leaving it somewhere else other than my garage.
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    Congrats on working the kinks out. Amazing car. How bad is the paint? Original? If so, maybe some paint correction and touch-ups here and there to preserve its originality.

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    Oh so that's what that sound was on Easter leaving the local C&C show!


    Some thrashing to get it back together temporarily to make the GoodGuys show on Sunday. All as it left the factory...

    I haven't touched drum brakes since my Capri over 25 years so took me a while to orient myself again. Had to replace the adjuster spring and lever as well as the parking brake link spring but the aftermarket lever is either off or something else is wonky (cable hook stretched or red spring installed wrong? I could not for the life of me get the adjuster wheel to sit with the lever correctly. Manual adjustment still worked OK thankfully.


    A full end to end brake rebuild with all new is on the list for summer but we made it to the show and the brakes worked surprisingly well

    Met a bunch of cool people including Canaan from @basinmotorsports and member here who came by and said hi. He has an awesome 4-eye widebody notch but my phone died so here's a swiped pic...
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    1980 M81 McLaren Carb Turbo 2.3T #003P ... IT'S ALIVE after a 22 year slumber thread!

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    1986 Capri GS 5.0- very missed but in goods hands
    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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    I was able to grab a couple photos of the M81 when I went back. You had left, but I got some video of it also for my YouTube channel. It's included in the Good Guys video. Nice to meet you, even though we didn't get to chat too long. The M81 is great and I was happy to see it in person.

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    nice pictures. I almost made it out to the good guys show but flights and other garbage got messed up and I got out to CA just in time to leave for the most part. Not the adventure I had wanted to have with my dad, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erratic50 View Post
    nice pictures. I almost made it out to the good guys show but flights and other garbage got messed up and I got out to CA just in time to leave for the most part. Not the adventure I had wanted to have with my dad, that's for sure.
    That would have been great too bad you had what my family calls an "adventure day". Basically when nothing seems to go your way! Maybe some other time.
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    1980 M81 McLaren Carb Turbo 2.3T #003P ... IT'S ALIVE after a 22 year slumber thread!

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    1986 Capri GS 5.0- very missed but in goods hands
    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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    Oh man that Durango parked by the Autocross was awesome I always liked those! Did not see it run but I bet it did well...
    photo courtesy of GGuys website as my phone died.
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    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by m81mclaren View Post
    Oh man that Durango parked by the Autocross was awesome I always liked those! Did not see it run but I bet it did well...
    The Durango belongs to Martin Pond, who has a Fairmont also. I was able to talk to him a little before the runs on Saturday. It's IRS equipped in the back with a 347 under the hood. It was fast, and I think he came in 2nd for the weekend.

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    Adventure ..... yes, that’s what it was. An Adventure. Lol.

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    There is a small paragraph and picture in the July 2019 Good Guys magazine on the M81. Page 43 on the bottom left.

    http://cdn.coverstand.com/54239/5933...89bd4614.3.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basin Motorsports View Post
    There is a small paragraph and picture in the July 2019 Good Guys magazine on the M81. Page 43 on the bottom left.

    http://cdn.coverstand.com/54239/5933...89bd4614.3.pdf
    Awesome thanks this pic is from the March show. I just got the gazette in the mail yesterday and sure enough there it is! Andrew is going to flip out! The pinto in the background belongs to my friend Mike. He’s the one who helped me source the head rebuild and torque it down. It has an SVO swap in it and posts great autocross times! That was an epic day that I was not sure would ever really happen.
    Current FEP:
    1980 M81 McLaren Carb Turbo 2.3T #003P ... IT'S ALIVE after a 22 year slumber thread!

    Past FEP:
    1986 Capri GS 5.0- very missed but in goods hands
    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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