The Story of Build 002
Part 8 - Showtime!
24th August 2012
|Apollo did the repair to the tailgate straight away for me and he is back home already.|
They removed the rear spoiler (that needed refitting properly anyway) and had to
|take out the tailgate glass.|
Below is a series of photos showing the rust and how well they sorted it.
|A bit worse than I first thought||All the rot cut away|
|Fresh metal being welded in||Hole gone!|
|Nice and smooth||For a perfect finish!|
27th August 2012
Bank Holiday Monday and time to get the centre console re-built.
|If you look at a "standard" Tickford Capri without the electric pack|
|option, the centre console normally holds the electric window|
switches, boost gauge and clock.
|Behind a typical centre console|
|Brian Hollins' Build 031 (shown above) is a good example of this.|
|There is an Aluminium panel with the Walnut veneer stuck to the front.|
|The gauges are inset behind the metal panel using a|
|couple of mounting rings - very neat.|
|Using a metal backing plate to support the whole assembly also means that|
the Walnut itself isn't under any strain.
|Now the centre console in Build 002 was a one-off, built to|
match the original Motorshow car as far as possible.
|Early photo of my centre console as it actually left the factory.|
|The electric window switches and electric pack options|
|of rear wiper delay and electric mirrors are fitted|
|up in the main dashboard.|
|Ashtray trimmed in leather to make a storage box.|
|The centre console holds the clock and boost gauge,|
|non-Ford radio cassette player and a pair of|
|Fischer C-boxes for storing cassettes.|
|The way Tickford fitted everything in the centre console was a mess|
|behind the scenes - bent bits of Aluminium, odd tiny screws|
|and about half a gallon of Araldite!|
|Worst of all, there was no metal panel and the Walnut was just bolted straight|
|to the frame of the centre console where it was free to flex and crack!|
|I wish I had taken a few photos before I dismantled it.|
|The factory-fitted Pioneer radio cassette player was long-gone and when|
|I last owned the car, the space for the C-boxes had been occupied|
|by a graphic equaliser and later, a Tickford badge.|
|Now I wanted to put it back to almost original, with the only deviation being a Kenwood|
|radio/CD player in the standard DIN aperture that was already there.|
Took about two seconds to track down a set of C-boxes thanks to good old Ebay.
|The Walnut veneer was badly cracked and chipped so I passed it over|
|to our local cabinet maker, John Hamblin.|
|He did a super job on making some almost-invisible repairs and polishing it.|
|Meanwhile another friend of mine who works for an engineering firm made an|
|Aluminium backing plate for the whole panel - it will never flex again!|
|The repaired Walnut and new backing plate|
The following sequence of photos shows the reconstruction of the centre console today.
|The re-trimmed frame||Rear view|
|Gauges mounted to the veneer using a new||Offering-up the metal backing plate to|
|bracket for the boost gauge (left) and the||check that everything lines up properly|
|original clock bracket (right)||before going any further|
|Countersunk M5 bolts to fix the backing plate||The veneer is attached to the backing plate with|
|to the frame really securely||tiny screws from the rear|
|Now this little bit of leather is typical of the detail Tickford applied to|
|the original trimming of the interior|
|It is sandwiched between the veneer and backing plate|
|And fills the gap where the centre console will meet the main lower dashboard|
|Illumination for the clock and new boost gauge sorted out|
|Back to how it was when it left the factory - gauges set behind|
|the Walnut and C-boxes level with the front|
28th August 2012
|The wood that Ford used for the boot floor wasn't exactly top quality and to raise it|
|so that it cleared the larger pepperpot spare wheel on the 2.8i,|
|they added a chipboard edge about half an inch wide.|
|A narrow strip of chipboard after 30 years of wear tends to crumble ever so slightly!|
|That's much more solid - can't remember the name of the wood, but it's|
|very hard and came from an Amazonian rain forest somewhere|
31st August 2012
Now whoever puts underseal INSIDE a car?
Well someone had, underneath the false boot floor and it took me an age to get it all removed!
|Nice and clean now - I even polished it and gave the jack a good de-greasing|
|Rear washer reservoir cleaned and new plastic hoses, battery terminals protected with petroleum jelly|
|The OptiMate charger lead exits through an existing cut-out in the battery box and will be covered by the carpet|
The boot really does look great - pity it's hidden under a parcel tray most of the time!
|The parcel tray is an after-market one, but at least it's straight and not cracked|
|Close-up of the battery box with the OptiMate lead now out of sight|
|The rear panel is normally left as painted metal, but Protrim even covered this bit in Wilton carpet|
Couldn't put off installing the new interior any longer, so made a start with the rear quarter panels.
|Bare rear quarter panel with just the sound-proofing in place|
|Almost finished - just need to trim around the door frame and put the weather seal back on|
|Job done and the rear seat base fitted|
|Thought the best plan would be to work forwards from there, so next came the|
back half of the centre console.
|Decided to pad the inside of the storage compartment with black felt|
to stop things rattling around on the move.
|Looks nice..........and serves a purpose|
|Making sure the re-trimmed console meets the carpet perfectly|
|Final stage is to add the little pen holder that Tickford made to fill in the gap|
|Close-up of the pen holder showing Tickford's attention to detail!|
|Moving to the front of the centre console, Build 002 is unique because of the way|
|Tickford mounted the electric mirror controls in the main dashboard.|
|They had to cut away part of the lower dashboard panel to clear the terminals|
and there is a little leather cover that hides the gap.
They also completely re-worked the ashtray to make a nice little storage area.
|The cut-out for the mirror controls|
|The cover for the cut-out||NOT an ashtray anymore !|
|The overall effect|
|As you can see, it was dark outside by the time I had finished !|
1st September 2012
|Thought I would amuse myself first of all with removing the flaky|
high-temperature paint on the turbo.
|What hadn't already flaked off was stuck like glue.|
|About half a dozen Dremel wire wheels later, I decided enough was enough|
and it was time to call it a day.
|Ready for surgery.........."Dremel please Nurse" !|
|An hour and the entire stock of Dremel wire wheels in Yeovil later !|
|One of the bolts securing the bracket for the intercooler had previously|
|sheared-off so it was time to drill it out and fit a Riv-nut.|
|I replaced the bolts with stainless steel dome-headed ones that look far nicer|
and I will gradually swap other bolts the same way in due course.
|The bolts look good, but the bracket needs repainting at some point|
Back to the interior and time to get the door cards on at long last.
|The green and brown wires are for the speaker, orange is 12V for the door light|
|The door card aligned really easily and just took a few minutes to secure|
|The new Kenwood speakers look much better with stainless cap-head bolts rather than black screws|
|Driver's door card was just as easy to fit - interior finished !|
|Overall, I am so pleased with how the new interior has turned-out.|
It was a lot of expense and hours of work, but worth every penny.
|Just going to be very careful that nothing tears the leather on the seats,|
|no dirty hands on the steering wheel and "slippers only" on the floor|
|Just as well I bought some floor mats from the Capri Club a while ago.|
|The floor mats will protect the Wilton Carpet and aren't too bad a colour match|
|Whichever way you look, the view is great !|
2nd September 2012
|Haynes Rare Breeds Show|
|I've been to a lot of car shows over the years, both as an exhibitor and visitor.|
|The Rare Breeds Show at Haynes Motor Museum was without doubt,|
|one of the best-organised and friendliest I've ever attended.|
|We arrived at stupid o'clock so that there would be time to get Ticky polished|
|and ended-up being the first there, parking right at the start of the aisle|
|where everybody would be walking past.|
|The event organiser, Caroline Coombes who is a member of Haynes staff,|
|came straight over to meet us and dish out the free goody-bag that|
|is given to each entrant including a nice Perspex commemorative|
|plaque and a large bottle of Autoglym polish.|
|The volunteer marshals came over and chatted too - it all really set the scene|
|for what was to become a very memorable day!|
|Next car to roll up and park beside us was a 1963 Ford Consul Classic,|
|owned by a chap called Ashley from Bristol.|
|Ashley has owned his car for the past thirty six years and it|
|is used as daily transport - fantastic!|
|Polishing done, we headed off with our new friend Ashley for a well-earned|
|exhibitor's bacon roll and coffee in the cafe.|
|While we were busy stuffing our faces, Graham Gillings arrived|
with his stunning Ford Racing Puma.
|The marshals had sensibly allowed Graham to squeeze in beside me, so we|
|returned to see the two Tickfords together and coincidentally,|
|the only three Fords at the show as well.|
|The two Tickfords !|
|The three Fords !|
|If you look closely, you will see a laptop under the bonnet.|
|It's my new engine management system, but it means you have|
|to drive around with the bonnet up!|
|Not really..........it was a 3 minute PowerPoint slide show scrolling the history of the Tickford Capri!|
|A bit flash..........but people seemed to enjoy reading it !|
|Being able to tell the Tickford story that way meant I was free to answer specific|
|questions while others watched the slides.|
|It turned out to be really useful as at one point, Michael Penn who is the museum curator,|
|came over to see what was going on and I was able to have a long chat with him|
|about Tickford and put my case for Haynes taking over organising the|
|now-defunct Yeovil Festival of Transport that used to be the|
|best 3-day car show on the Planet.|
|A400MOD was a big hit with everyone..........Graham..........get your bonnet up mate !|
|The interior received a lot of attention and I was beginning to worry about|
all the camera flashes fading the leather!
|I don't think I am ever going to get bored looking at this !|
|All three of us decided to take part in the afternoon classic car run - a gentle|
|jaunt around some of the local villages, main roads and country lanes.|
|Being started off by the marshals|
|Our little convoy was led by a 1935 BSA|
|followed by Ashley's Consul Classic and Graham's Puma|
|Bringing up the rear was a Volkswagen and we were joined by a mystery MK II Cortina|
|These are the only circumstances when it can be acceptable for a Puma|
|to be driving in front of a Tickford Capri :-)|
|Although Graham's car has a 200bhp Nitrous Oxide kit fitted, so I may not|
|actually have a say in the matter !|
|Haynes had chosen a really fun and picturesque route for us|
|Returning to the show ground - no casualties and we only got lost once !|
|You can always recognise a quality event - after the car run and prize giving ceremony, all the|
|entrants had the opportunity to gorge themselves on a cream tea, laid out in the Haynes VIP|
|Suite - the scones were enormous and only matched in size by the volumes of cream|
|and strawberry jam in the pots - a real credit to the catering staff.|
A field of 70 cars attended the day, with a good range between vintage and modern.
Here are a few photos of our personal favourites.....................
|1928 Studebaker - the last one of its kind and in mint condition|
|An immaculately restored 1948 Lea-Francis|
|A beautiful 1952 Bristol 401|
|At the other end of the age range, a 1992 Toyota Sera that was originally designed as a|
|concept car for the Tokyo Motor Show and based on a Toyota Starlet|
|A stunning little FT Bonito kit car - the only one built in the UK for competition use|
|So overall, Ticky's first outing had been a brilliant success.|
|Not least because we had made two new friends, Ashley and Graham,|
|who we will definitely be seeing at other shows in the future.|
|Also, I had never really given much thought to the Ford Racing Puma, but having|
|had the chance to inspect Graham's - what a fantastic car!|
|Ashley and me beside his 1963 Consul Classic|
|I have a new-found respect for the Ford Racing Puma|