CAPRI LASER

Want­ing to get stuck into a project, Steve Green swapped a per­fectly good Capri Laser for one need­ing work, and the end re­sult is one even bet­ter than he could have hoped for.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Words and Pho­tos Jon Cass

Home­built Hero Mk3 with ex­tra trim­mings.

“AL­THOUGH THE LASER HAD AN MOT, IT WAS IN A VERY RUN­DOWN STATE AND DES­PER­ATELY NEEDED A MAKEOVER”

T here can’t be many low-mileage Capri Lasers around now, and in­cred­i­bly this 33,000-mile ex­am­ple was be­ing used as a daily driver when Capri fan, Steve Green first got his hands on it! Luck­ily, since then a full metic­u­lous restora­tion has seen its du­ties rel­e­gated to shows and oc­ca­sional rides out though in­evitably that odome­ter is rack­ing the miles up grad­u­ally.

Steve ad­mits to hav­ing gained a pas­sion for Capris, like so many of us, dur­ing the 1980s, a pe­riod when he owned var­i­ous mod­els and they were easy to come by. “When we started a fam­ily, Capris took a step back and I opted for a Cortina, be­ing a more prac­ti­cal fam­ily car,” Steve re­calls. “It would be many years be­fore I de­cided to look for one again!”

Turn the clock for­ward a few decades and Steve had man­aged to find him­self a black 1600 Mk3 Laser with a 2.1 Pinto un­der the bon­net along with a high-lift cam and twin We­bers. “This Laser had al­ready been re­stored by its pre­vi­ous owner and brought the Capri bug back to me straight away,” Steve laughs. “The only down­side was I re­ally fan­cied restor­ing a Capri my­self and ev­ery­thing had al­ready been done on this one.”

Then Steve did the un­think­able and de­cided to part-ex­change his im­mac­u­late black Laser for a bur­gundy 1984 Laser in need of a lot of work. “Al­though this lat­est car had an MoT and was still road le­gal, it was in a very run­down state and des­per­ately needed a makeover,” Steve smiles.

Win­ter warmer

A few week­ends later, Steve made a start by re­mov­ing the en­gine and gear­box in readi­ness for a re­build. “Tack­ling th­ese would be my win­ter project, so once re­moved the rest of the car re­mained un­der cov­ers in my garage,” Steve ex­plains. “I fully stripped the en­gine, in­spected ev­ery­thing and made a list of parts ready to go shop­ping.” The block was blasted and painted, and all an­cil­lar­ies pow­der­coated while the crank­shaft was pol­ished and new main shells fit­ted into place. “I honed the bores, fit­ted new pis­tons, rings and big end shells,” Steve in­forms us. “All the parts were stan­dard-sized as it had never had a re­bore or crank grind prob­a­bly due to the mileage be­ing so low.” A new oil pump

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