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Post by andy vaisey » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:25 am

Opa-Opa wrote:Twitchy as F... on the back end...
Yup! My uncle used to have one and used to spin it out all the time; something to do with all the weight being at the front?
bosher wrote:didnt del boy have a lime coloured ford capri??
Yup also! A Ford Cap-ri Ghia... :lol:

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Post by woody.cool » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:40 pm

andy vaisey wrote:
Opa-Opa wrote:Twitchy as F... on the back end...
Yup! My uncle used to have one and used to spin it out all the time; something to do with all the weight being at the front?
bosher wrote:didnt del boy have a lime coloured ford capri??
Yup also! A Ford Cap-ri Ghia... :lol:
... or as Rodney called it 'The Prat Mobile'

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Post by station » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:59 pm

andy vaisey wrote:Yup! My uncle used to have one and used to spin it out all the time; something to do with all the weight being at the front?
Something to do with it being a Ford rear wheel drive. I had a Ford Escort mk1 and mk2 in the late nineties, and by god that back end!! I thought I'd bought a flying saucer!

I genuinely loved the Capri when I was about 8 at the time (when the mk3 was newish). I had the toy cars, was totally obsessed with it. My cousin had a red one, and it is very vivid in my mind when my dad borrowed it for the weekend to take us to blackpool. Loved it to death.

Was then nearly run over by a 'retro' boy racer, who got out of the car and then gave me a seriously aggressive aural assault with plenty of swear words in. Went off them after that!

They are fetching good money now. Decent ones get 3k+. The Escorts fetch near 10k for a really nice one. They are really spiralling upwards.

Best ones:

Capri Brooklands:
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Capri Tickford (as in Aston Martin of Tickford)
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and for pure aggression, the V6 beast!

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Post by korean*** » Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:33 am

i love the capri. my old man used to have a red one. shame it's tagged with chavs. i'd have one any day of the week.

my dad reckoned that ford sent out a warning to owners telling them to place heavy objects, like bricks, in the boot when driving in winter cos of the drifting thing. still haven't worked out wether he's been pulling my leg :)

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Post by station » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:11 pm

Putting bricks in the back would've helped with traction (ie making the wheels stick to the road when pulling away, for instance), but it would've made things worse going round corners. Imagine the pendulum effect. ;)

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Post by korean*** » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:27 am

i don't drive. i dunno about this 'penumdulam effect'... :Day of

indeed, when i said 'drifting' i may have said/meant something that was completely wrong... :)

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Post by SexyWayne » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:39 pm

more weight in the back would help going round corners, the reason a lot of rwd cars lose the backend is simply because there's no weight at the back end, especially with the higher powered models such as the 2.8i. the proper term is called oversteer, when you lose the front end it's understeer.

a mate of mine had a race prepared 280 brooklands with a limited slip diff, now that was fun :D , you haven't driven unless you've had a brown trouser moment in a capri :twisted:

btw, he kept 4 or 5 concrete slabs in the boot, without them it was uncontrollable even in dry conditions

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Post by Katzkatz » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:56 pm

Sounds like what you had to do with the morris Minor and the BMW CSL. I remember my old CSL was as titchy as anything. In wet weather and coming to a mini roundabout you had to be so careful. I put a couple of sacks of potatoes in the boot to help out, and forgot they were in there, made a right stink.

The Ford Capri is a great car. Difficult to get a good one nowadays. I was thinking of getting a 70's type car. I was thinking of getting a Triumph Dolomite Sprint.

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Post by Opa-Opa » Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:22 pm

Bag of cement in the back of the 28i really helped it....

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Post by djcarlos » Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:23 am

OK it's not a Capri, but look at this!

DeLorean could be coming back!

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Post by 1500graham » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:26 pm

I used to have a black 1.6 Capri back in the late eighties & it was a fuel guzzling heavy piece of crap. Mind you it got me to the girlfriend's (now the missus) & was better than catching the bus. A friend of mine had the 3.0 litre Capri, silver & faster than a greased whippet.

I aways preffered the MK1/2 Escort, but my dream car was the RS2000.
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Post by Sega2006 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:11 pm

The old drop snoot aint too bad, I prefer the Mexico myself. Im hoping to get a 1.3 MK2 escort, and maybe a Capri when Im a little older

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Post by Bub&Bob » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:01 am

The Master wrote:Nah, they're for people with small willies.
Nah, people who say sports / fast cars are for people with small willies are people who can't afford a decent car :wink:

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