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Old 07-01-2003, 01:52   #1 (permalink)
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Capri GT3000

I'm just about to buy a Capri GT3000 and i was wondering how good the V6 is in it? What is the best way to get some more hp out of it? Any information on it would be great.
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Old 07-01-2003, 03:50   #2 (permalink)
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The V6 in the capri is a fantastic engine, brilliant acceleration, up to 100kmph they're a hard little car to catch. came out factory with high lift cam, and extractors. Put a 350/500 holley on it, and this will make a big difference.
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Old 07-01-2003, 03:57   #3 (permalink)
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Capri GT3000? Sounds like a ripoff of a Mitsu 3000GT, but i could have my historical dates wrong.
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the v6 capri motors are great, do 2 things and you will scare alot of v8 drivers at the lights till about 120 kmph.

first, give speco thomas a call, they are in st kilda and get them to grind the cam for you, i will try and find the grind number for you

and secondly, what i did was cut the top of the intake off, and weld in a 4 barrel adaptor plate, and bolt on a big holley carb, or i also used a 4 barrel rochester off a holden and didnt this thing rev

oh yeah, expect it to rev to at least 7000 rpm after these 2 mods :s6:

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Re: Capri GT3000

That V6 was a heap of crap in the bigger Zodiac at the time. Suffered all sorts of problems from piston slap, oil pump shaft breaking, timing gear failure.But strange enough it wasn't a bad engine in the Capri mainly I guess the radiator was better possitioned as top of engine run low on coolant in the bigger car.Essex engine was crap but the latter 2.8 German V6 was much much better..
The 3000 Gt [Mitsi twin turbo V6] was made in the 90's where the Capri early 70's was push rod and had combustion chamber in piston much like the 1600 Kent engine..If it has std cast exhaust manifolds, then a good set of extractors makes heaps of differance as std don't flo..There used to be a manifold that was able to fit three ida webbers..There would be more V8 Capri's than V6's IMO...
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I've heard little good about the V6.

Parts are expensive as most have to come from the UK. It's REALLY heavy, not especially reliable, but fairly squirty so I hear with a little work.

If you've got one, go for broke, but I wouldn't go to extreme trouble to get one from what I've heard.
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Re: Capri GT3000

Hey,

From what I understand, the V6 isn't a bad thing, but a V8 is a better option. Especially a Windsor. Parts, Tuning - all cheaper and better known in this country.

I may be wrong, but the V6 in the Capri might be related to the Savage Cortina V6 (MkI-II). It would be worth checking out anyhoo.

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Re: Capri GT3000

Hey,

Just a thought, but didn't one of the British Ford V6 engines have compressed fiber for timing gears? Cannot remember if it was Essex or Cologne, or even a completely different V6. But I seem to remember seeing replacement steel gears in Classic Ford for one of those two...

Something else to investigate I suppose.

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Yep Prud, that was the V6 Capri, reploace it with a steel timing gear OR don't rev it past 6,000 OR live wth the bang. The later engines are much harder to get power from after 200hp, they start off stronger out of the box (leter version, injection etc) but hit a brick wall at 200 ish. The essex is a heavy lump, about the same as a 289 but being more compact, it doesn't have 2 cylinders hanging over the front axel line like the V8. There are a few popping their heads up in Group C again, it was the first car Glen Seton raced at Bathurst with his Dad, Bo, and, Mr Fairlane, I have heaps of their old race stuff if it would help you get your project going, we haveput Bo's old Bathurst motor into a customer car and just fitted tripple webbers, mildish cam and 168hp at the rear wheels. PM if you like.
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Re: Capri GT3000

My v6 capri died a painfull death when i pulled it apart the crank came out in 3 pieces the corner of the block fell off as well.

It also damaged the shaft on my celica 5 speed i had in it but it was a qik little car all i had done to mine was heads redone which were new valves that cost me $900 cos valves had to come from s.a. and qld.
i took it to calder and did a 15.4.

Now its just waiting for a windsor to be back on the road again:)
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