Saw a 74 Capri today. Did they ever come w/a v8? Would a 289/302 fit it!?!?!?!?!? I always liked these cars. I live in TN and this car is virtually rust free (surface rust) and only 500.00 smacks! It's a loaded model, buckets, REAL guages, tach.
70 Camaro SS // 87 Mustang GT Conv - 119k
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Man, I'd love to have another. My first car was a '74 Capri with the 2000 Pinto engine. I bought it off the original owner and it was in great condition. Just one - of the many - cars I kick myself for getting rid of.:( I don't even have a picture of it, and it was wrecked not long after I sold it.:fmad:
Not sure how hard it would be to fit a 302 in one. Aside from the 2000 4-cylinder, the 2.8 V-6 was also available. They didn't come with a V-8. It's been about 16 years since I sold mine, but I don't recall it having a lot of room under the hood. The 2.8 is a fairly narrow engine so it fit fine. But hey, I've seen V-8 Pintos, so anything is possible.:D
In such a small car, even the 2000 was fairly quick, and you can build them pretty inexpensively. The 2.8 is also a great engine - my parents had a '76 Cobra II with the 2.8 and it ran good, even when stock. Of course, building it up with 9.5 compression, cam, ported and polished heads, headers, and a 390 CFM 4-bbl really made it scream.:D:D:D
I currently own a 1970 gt capri, in Australia they came out in 4cyl and 3.0 v6, The V6 was quite a fast car. I have now converted the V6 to a 302 windsor,C4,9 inch,which a common kit was offered for a number of years in Australia,and there still are a number of these conversions getting around today.As a matter of interest there was a factory V8 capri released in South Africa, these models were named Piranahs,and were very quick around a race track.
I am not sure if the capri's in the US, are the same style as in OZ, but the windsor fits in the engine bay with quite a bit of room.A friend has fitted the updated 5.0 motor,and had to slightly modify the bonnet crossmember because it touched the top of the throttlebody,when closing the bonnet.The only problem i had was finding extractors that fitted,because of them running close to the steering arm being right hand drive in OZ.The motor i have in the capri at the moment is close to 300 rwhp,which makes for a good power to weight ratio.
IIRC the South African V8 Capri was a 302 and it was called the Perana. It was not an official Ford Product.
That aside, there is supposed to be plenty of room under the hood of a Capri for a V8. You should join the Capri email list at eGroups, excuse me, YahooGroups. The list is quite active with members from all over the world, including me. Most of them are not bulletin board kinds of people, thus they stick to the email list.
If you're interested in stuffing a V8 under the hood I would recommend talking to Dave Williams or Norm Murdock.
Only $500? Buy it just for kicks. Even if it has the 2000 motor you can find some nice performance parts for it. The 2800 is actually harder to get nice parts for. I know, I have one.
I don't really have a place to put it either. I have a '93 Probe, the S.O.'s '99 Neon, her sister's '90 Probe GL (used to be mine), and the pickup truck her father just gave us here at the house. I have two '76 Capri parts cars in storage units and my project Capri at the mechanic's place.
Is that enough?
Still, for $500.... Maybe someone on the Capri list would like it. You should post there.
I had a 72 Capri, it had a 2.6 in it. Beautiful little car in British Racing Green. If I could find another one, I'd buy it. I put headers and true duals on it, swapped for an Offenhauser intake with a small Holley 4 barrel. It ran like a champ. When I first got it, it had bias ply tires on it and rode kind of rough. I swapped rims off a Mustang II Cobra and put radials on it and it was a different car. The only problem I ever had with it over maybe 50,000 miles was the transmission. I blew the rear seal in the 4 speed and drained most of the fluid out of it on a long trip, and a couple of bearings galled the main shaft. Took forever to find parts to fix it.
Well, you could join the Capri mailing list and see if someone has one to sell. Somewhere on my site there is a link to the Capri Club of Chicago site. It's an extensive site and includes a for sale section. Their monthly newsletter (I'm a club member) includes stuff for sale too. I know of a sweet Mk II for sale for 8 or 10k, but that one is the exception to the rule.
BTW my site is at http://www.geocities.com/adria-amber/index.html and when you get to the main page look for the links button and on that page find the drop down menu for Capri stuff. Alternatively I could try to find the latest newsletter in my pile of bills and look for something for sale for you.
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