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Q When I look for my next project I want to do a Mk3 Capri with a V8. I have about £5000 to spend — do I buy an expensive Ford V8 and gearbox, or go for a cheap Rover engine and gearbox?
If you have done any of these mods can you give me some advice — what to watch out for, what was good, and more importantly, what not to do?
Geoff Banks Email
A The Rover option can no longer be considered cheap, and the Ford route isn’t really any more expensive — we’ve previously put a 302 cu.in small-block Ford V8 in a Mk1 Capri and it was pretty easy and costeffective. We used a Mustang T5 ‘box and Fox-body double-hump sump and the combination went straight in with no cutting. The engine mounts lined up, which we fabricated, although the exhaust manifolds we hadn’t sorted — you could adapt some Mustang ‘shorty’ ones or Team Blitz in the States do them for this swap off-the-shelf — albeit for left-hand-drive cars.