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Newest edition to the family

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:39 pm

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Got offered this for a bargain price, 2.8i. Always wanted one and this isn't in too bad a shape! Has some sill rot, but everywhere else seems solid! It even runs!


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:46 pm

Ooh - a Scimitar that rusts and can't corner :-)

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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:28 pm

StewB has a near mint one, hes owned for years but just recommissioned iirc

the issue I foresee is that of the fashion clanger you've just dropped. 'Double denim' is frowned upon these days, a real faux pas-- very 80s, but a GTE and a Capri?? how will you get on requiring double chest wig, double medallion and double sheepskin pub landlord coat?? youll sweat your goolies off if 'Er Indoors hasn't removed them with a blunt instrument after the latest purchase :lol:


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:29 pm

oh and stop buying more old tat and find yourself a sprint car! ;-)

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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by MarkHawkins » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:52 pm

Is it a Special with 5 Speed, LSD and leather? I remember seeing a 2.8i as a new car in the local shopping centre - pepper pot alloys, two tone blue paint and 'injection' written down the side - very appealing to a 12 year old. Now the same shopping centre has Kias and MG 3's on display.


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:07 pm

If those wheels are original to the car, then I think it ought to be a Special, as the change from pepperpots to spokes was one of the things that denoted the Special. My brother still has his Special, (owned since '85 from memory), tucked away in the garage in very much "barn find" original condition, under piles of boxes, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers etc., waiting to be exhumed and recommissioned :D


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:47 pm

The car is a special i believe, however the wheels are in fact Brooklands and arent sold with the car. Will sort some alternatives out.

The complete (non ripped) brooklands leather Recaro interior will be left in the car though! Happy days. Looks really smart.

I'll find out a bit more about it when I get it delivered in a week or two.

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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by shedtune » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:17 pm

Odd since owning my SE6a I've had unexplained urges to buy a capri...could I also be suffering "Double Denim" syndrome? in which case what would you recommend by way of a cure?


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by philhoward » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:02 pm

1) Try going round a corner in one
2) See how much they sell for - then look at how many equivalent condition Scimitars you can buy..


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by MarkHawkins » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:39 pm

I think many peoples experiences of Capri driving may be like mine - I had an 11 year old 2.0 Laser (£400 with full MoT) - all odd tyres and a curious dent in the rear chassis. It didn't corner well and it's stability at speed was not the the best. Back then it was a cheap 'shopping' car that hadn't been cared for - a 2.8i with good dampers, springs and bushes would be quite a different thing.


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by philhoward » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:45 pm

Even a good one isn't as planted round corners as a GTE..although I've only tried a MK1 1.6, Mk3 2.0 and 3.0 auto.


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by toolmanchris » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:47 pm

Very wobbly at the rear end from what I remember. My Mk3 Cortina was the same ;-)


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by philhoward » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:48 pm

..and not too clever on the front either from what I remember!

Maybe they got it right with the last of the line 2.8i - or better at least.


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by toolmanchris » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:57 pm

It was those leaf springs at the back. At least the scimitar has a decent live axle set up with radius arms, watts linkage and coilover shocks to hold it in place.


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Re: Newest edition to the family

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:03 pm

Nowhere near as wobbly at the rear as a mk3 Cortina, in my experience (and Koni dampers sorted the Cortina :) ) mind you, if you accelerate hard round a corner, you'll discover the superiority of the Scimitar rear end with all those additional links to control the rear axle.

What size are the wheels Luke? It may just be an illusion, but to my eyes they don't look big enough to be Brooklands ones?


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