The Ford Capri

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  1. bluethrunthru

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    nowt wrong with a Dyane - I had one I painted in desert cam - UVR 330 K - great paint job but floor made of rust and glass fibre lol. Just watching van der Valk on YouTube - remember the DAF 33/44 variomatic ? Interesting car - as fast in reverse as going forwards ! Funny the lead actor drives a DAF but when it comes to a chase he suddenly appears in a Cortina .... otherwise he would never catch the FIAT 124 he was chasing ha ha
     
  2. Mozzer

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    I had a 1600 GT with a power bulge. Great car, I'd put a photo up if I could do.
     
  3. west didsblue

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    I had an M reg purple and grey Mk1.5 1.6 litre Capri in the mid 80s with a black vinyl roof. It got nicked about three times and always ended up being found in Miles Platting for some reason. Sold it for £50 to the milk man.
     
  4. bluethrunthru

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    Now you see Watson/Holmes ( insert sidekick name here ) - my guess would be that all the clues point to the thief being a resident of Miles Platting............the foil milk bottle tops left inside the car make me think he is probably a milk man...............
     
  5. Mike N

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    Regarding Miles Planting, I worked on the council house refurbishment scheme there from 85 - 90. It must have been the car theft capital of Manchester. We regularly, weekly, had to report cars burnt out or cars dumped in the Rochdale canal. The kids, as young as 10, used to do doughnuts up and down the road in the day time. And the stolen bus by a 13 year old was one to remember!

    I had a crappy mini metro that never got stolen! Loved working there, happy days!
     
  6. Ancient Citizen

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    Yeah, the DAF Variomatic, a strange thing for sure, wasn't everything driven by one big fuck off belt
    that had a tendency to snap? My dad had a small body repair shop and had one in for some job or other, I had a flirt
    about in it, it was actually quite smooth, but there was this sense of foreboding about it, as if it couldn't possibly
    keep up that slowly increasing seamless speed increase without something going bang.
    Which, apparently happened regularly.
     
  7. bluethrunthru

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    Two belts I think - constantly variable cones that expanded and shrank to keep the engine in the right point on the power curve for what you were doing. I think they were good for 30 - 40k before changing was needed as part of routine maintenance - course as a cheap often 2nd car this didn't get done and by about 10 years old and 56-60k they would snap on some poor bugger which was the same as the gear box going in a conventional car.

    It was further developed in the 80's by van Doorne in Holland I think and became the CVT gearbox which had metal "belts" and got good write ups - it was adopted as the auto box in Fiesta's, Uno's, and Panda's amongst others
     
  8. Ancient Citizen

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    Did you ever see one of these in anything other than yellow? Every one I remember, back in the 70's was always
    yellow. Interesting about the two belts, and the gearboxes, I didn't know they were the catalyst for CVT boxes.
     
  9. west didsblue

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    It never got burnt out. It was so easy to steal (any key would unlock and start it) that people just used to nick it to drive home from town as it was cheaper than a taxi. The dashboard got removed by one thief but it still started.
     
  10. dave_blue12

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    Great days !

    I had a 3 litre Ghia which was such fun on roundabouts. Sideways was the order of the day if the surface was just a little damp.
     

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