Buying a Ford Capri 2.8 injection.

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Hope this might help,just a few tips about this iconic car and what to look out for when buying.I'm not an expert,just an enthusiast,please bear this in mind! The Capri 2.8i first appeared in 1982(X reg)and continued through to 1988(F reg).However,the last ever Capri left the line on Dec 19th 1986 so any that were registered as E or F reg will have been in the dealer for several months.As long as you're aware of this then you'll not be duped!

Models: Basically as follows: Capri 2.8 injection,X reg '82 to B reg '84(Sept) then 2.8 injection Special,Oct '84 to Aug '88 and 280 (AKA Brooklands) Jan '87 to Aug '88.The final 1038 models were made in to the 280,the very last car made now lives in Ford's museum in Germany.Other notable limited versions are the turbo's,converted by Turbo Technics to either 180 or 230 bhp,also the Tickford which was VERY exclusive and horrendously expensive and rarely offered for sale these days.

Specifications: The Capri was always kept simple,so the 2.8 is no different.Standard stuff included manual sunroof,alloy wheels,Recaro interior,manual door mirrors,radio/cassette and power steering.Ford never offered electric windows,mirrors,sunroofs,ABS,central locking etc but these can be retro fitted as there are,and always have been,aftermarket kits available.Early versions had a four speed gearbox,replaced by the five speed in '83.Automatics were available if you mithered your local dealer!

Trim: Three types were offered,all by Recaro.In the injection this was in velour cloth,with two main colour schemes:light grey outer bolsters and darker grey inner panels or light grey bolsters with a two tone tartan style grey inner.In the Special the bolsters were pale grey leather with a dark grey almost black inner section.Full leather was an option,again you has to mither the dealer to supply it,and this was all pale grey.In the 280 a bespoke interior was offered and this was in black leather.All interior seats wear on the outer bolsters,you have to brush past them to get in so they suffer,however back seats tend to be Ok as they don't get much use.

Engines: Pretty tough if looked after,these suffer from two main problems both to do with poor maintenance.Firstly,lack of oil changes can cause havoc with the oil pick up tube in the sump.This has a strainer which can get partly blocked with soldified oil deposits,the pump will then strain to get enough oil up and it's possible for the crankshaft to have intermittant oil supply causing premature wear. A low grumbling sound indicates this is evident.Secondly the top end can be very clattery.If you're told that it just needs the tappets setting ,walk away!The rocker shafts and rockers are lubricated by oil forced up through the block and cylinder head under pressure from the pump,the galleries this oil comes up through are very small.If regular oil changes haven't been done its possible for these galleries to block up and oil can't get to the rockers/shaft-these will dry out and begin to grind against each other hence the clattery noise.If you're not sure,get an expert in to advise or walk away!

Gearboxes/axles:Strangely the four speed box is the strongest,the five speed that Ford used was Ok if looked after but can wear quickly and become noisy.Axles are pretty good but please note: the Special had an LSD fitted and these MUST HAVE THE CORRECT OIL IN THEM!! Ordinary gear oil is no good,it excellerates wear.A worn LSD might not make a noise but it won't function correctly,test it by driving in a tight circle both ways.A whining noise indicates wear,a specialist rebuild will be required.Auto boxes are either three speed from the Granada Mk2 or the four speed from the Granada Mk 3,both will rack up huge mileages if the fluid has been changed regularly.

Wheels: Three types of alloys here as follows.Early cars up to Sept '84 had a flat dish type with small holes around the edge(pepperpots),Oct 84 on (Special)had a seven spoke RS type and the 280 also had this seven spoke but with different dimensions(5" wide intead of 6" and 15" diameter instead of 14").All seem to survive fairly well,age will make them porous though and slow punctures can occur.

Body: As these were all built in Germany they survive very well.Rot can occur though and it's worth knowing where to look.Mainly in the sills,floors where they join the sills,rear suspension mountings,front suspension tops(inner wings under bonnet) and sometimes front chassis legs.Most of them though will have been cared for by enthusiasts and this means that finding a really rotten one takes somes doing!!

All service parts are still easy to get,some trim parts though are hard to find.Buy one that's complete and you'll be OK,take on a basket case and you'll spend ages finding the bits you need.Nothing is impossible to find though,I'd suggest you join a club if you do buy one as they are an invaluable source of parts and advice. Remember: ALL of the Capri's mechanical parts are used in other Fords so if you need an engine then you can use a Sierra or Granada one as they're the same,same with gearboxes etc.The axle though is Capri only but these can be rebuilt quite easily.

Well there you are,hopefully some of this makes sense and will help you with your purchase.Take care and you'll have a lot of fun,these can get to 60 in under 8 seconds and will easily do 135mph so beware!!

Thanks for reading,Gary.

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