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I was lucky enough to have my 24- valve Cossie- pow­ered Mk1 Capri fea­tured in the May 2017 is­sue of the great­est car mag­a­zine on the planet. It was a fresh build un­der the Home­built He­roes ban­ner en­ti­tled, Mod­ern Times. I fea­tured a whole host of mod­ern touches to make my clas­sic Ford more suited to 21st Cen­tury driv­ing, such as touch- screen nav, Blue­tooth phone and mu­sic, re­vers­ing cam­era, elec­tric win­dows, re­mote lock­ing, ABS... you get the pic­ture.

The jour­nal­ist, Jon Cass made the com­ment in the ar­ti­cle that I had built the car so it could be used ev­ery day, and other than in the depths of win­ter when there is salt on the roads, I have tried to do just that. I have clocked over 5000 miles since putting it back on the road, and I have en­joyed ev­ery sin­gle one of them.

Granted, I have had a few near misses where the ABS has earned its money, and I had an al­ter­ca­tion with Veni­son that re­quired some front spoiler re­pairs, but it could have been much, much worse. A rea­son not to drive it? Maybe. Me­chan­i­cally things have been much more straight­for­ward. I’ve suf­fered a cou­ple of oil leaks, one from the en­gine which turned out to be a split seal, and a rear wheel bear­ing seal leak­ing, but on the whole things have been pretty re­li­able.

I think it could be a good ad­di­tion to the mag­a­zine if you ran a fol­low- up ar­ti­cle on some of your fea­tured cars

just so read­ers could see how things were pro­gress­ing and what is­sues — if any — there have been. What do you reckon? Ian Coul­son Email

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