These pages serve as a repository for my Capri-related stuff, namely the list of repairs to be carried out and hopefully completed on my Ford Capri, purchased in February 2024.

[I'm still faffing with the layout of this page - please forgive me.]



A good start to the month...
3rd March 2024

 - blowing exhaust?
 - damp points?

A few days ago I drove the 100-mile round-trip to visit my brother. In all it was a good drive, even though it was yet another grey day. On the way home though I stated to think that the exhaust was blowing. During its checkup at the garage the previous month I had noticed a somewhat suspect joint in the exhaust with a fair amount of exhaust paste visible. Now it appeared to be blowing here. Today I had to visit a client so I planned to call in at the exhaust place near there, but the car wouldn't start.

Read more... Initially it seemed the battery was struggling to turn the engine over, so I assumed it was (only) a flat battery. Having a few spare batteries knocking about I tried doubling them up with my jump-leads, but that was no use and now the starter motor was just clicking. A problematic starter motor too?

My neighbour was on his way out and offered some words of advice, namely that these cars are notorious for suffering from cold and damp points, and that it was likely flooded with fuel (ah, I'm reminded of the good-old days again!) [he also suggested fitting electronic ignition...] I consulted the Haynes Manual and beyond considering the car might actually be out of fuel (since I don't know how accurate the gauge is) it then went on to mention the points, so I focused on that in my next step [acknowledging the statement "Don't overlook the obvious", but we'll get back to that...].

I removed the distributor cap, noting its orientation. Things weren't exactly pristine in there so I gave it a dose of contact cleaner, got the cap back on and tried again. Things sounded more promising now and with some coaxing I got her to start, although she was quite unhappy for a few minutes until she warmed up - it was very similar to how she was on the drive home from picking her up.

Perhaps the battery wasn't really the main issue after-all, but I have swapped it with the one from my previous car which is barely a year old and a higher spec...

The next day, when I had more time, I removed the distributor cap again to give things a more thorough clean. My other neighbour came over for a chat and at some point I got distracted by the battery contacts. I think I was commenting on how I "knew" the battery contacts were something I had checked and "couldn't be an issue" because I had swapped the battery... but I came to notice that there was indeed a loose contact where there is a hand-tightened quick release thing. I gave this a good twist to tighten it down and tried the car a try again... It turned over with far more vigour, just as I had been familiar with, and with a bit of persuasion it started and ran.

Later on I decided to look online for electronic ignition kits and discovered... my car already has it! Not being so familiar with distributors and not really knowing what I was looking at I realised from pictures that the part is fitted within where the distributor cap covers with the leads running out to various locations. Some time ago I'd watched Youtube videos where such kits were more bulky boxes mounted elsewhere in the engine bay. So then why was my car being difficult to start when the electronic ignition modification was supposed to improve this? Perhaps it was all down to that loose battery terminal, and this may have come loose on my previous day's drive, which I clobbered over a speed bump I had not noticed in time.

Now just for that exhaust issue...


February 2024:
- Introduction
- The drive home
- Indicators, Hazard Lights and Instruments
 - The Checkup





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