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My latest purchase - a 1994 1.6 Mistral!

Bought for little more than scrap money.

It has MOT until the end of May and needs a little TLC - namely, the bottom of the front wings and a patch at the back end of the sills.

When I viewed it, it look as though the roof had been opened and been used as a skip (Ive never seen so much rubbish in a car), but ran as sweet as. Its currently on a set of Wolfrace alloys, but owner also chucked in the original alloys.

 

After getting it home and going through the paperwork, I found receipts for the fitment of a 33k mile engine, new cam belt, water pump & ECU in May 2017 and 12 months before, a full cat back stainless exhaust.

 

As purchased

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As purchased by previous owner Sept 2017

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Those 17s are coming off as soon as possible. I doubt I would of bought the car if the original wheels had been missing.

 

Ive only just noticed my Capri in the background.

 

Its a 2.0 GL in Dove Grey - believed to be the only one left in that colour. Its done 45k. Purchased new by my Grandad and passed ownership to me 17 years ago. Ill dig out some pics.

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Good to save another ,one day prices will start to rise.

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very nice :>)

looks in better condition than the blue mk6 ive got :biggrin:

love the capri had a couple in my youth

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I prefer the original alloys love the look of the Capri in the back ground would be nice to see some pictures of it

 

A few pics of my Capri as requested.

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very nice :>)

looks in better condition than the blue mk6 ive got :biggrin:

love the capri had a couple in my youth

 

The photos are flattering. It's certainly the filthiest car I've every purchased. Once it's stopped raining I'll get some more pics.

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FAO Admin:

Is it possible to edit posts? I've stupidly killed the link to the pics in the first post. I can repair the link if edit is available. Cheers.

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Love the Capri pictures thanx for putting them up

 

Thanks. It's certainly well loved and will never leave me.

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FAO Admin:

Is it possible to edit posts? I've stupidly killed the link to the pics in the first post. I can repair the link if edit is available. Cheers.

Don't worry. Fixed it.

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I started stripping the Mistral down today to see what I've got to work with and if it's worth saving.

I knew when I bought it that the bottom of the front wings have gone and there were blisters on each of the sills.

Someone has carried out a pretty poor repair on the sills. Basically a patch barely welded and held in place with filler. Removed it all with my hand. Looking through the hole it left, the inners look ok.

Stripped the disgustingly filthy interior and removed the soggy carpets to get a look at the floors and inner sills. These are thankfully solid and surprisingly clean. Hopefully the soggy carpets are the result of some numpty running additional stereo cabling from the engine bay around the outside of the A pillars and under the door seals.

 

The engine bay is clean and battery tray are ok. On the whole, I think it can be turned around.

 

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If I get a chance over the weekend, the carpet is getting jet washed. It's only been sat in my garage for a few days and it's already making the place smell like an ashtray! :sad:

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Hi mate, nice to see another one getting done. Looks good in the pic with those Ghia wheels. I think the MK5a and B and Mk6 are looking good now. Will be watching. 

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Love the pic of the Capri - the interior brings back loads of memory's

is that an up to date pic of the Capri?

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12 hours ago, RScab said:

Love the pic of the Capri - the interior brings back loads of memory's

is that an up to date pic of the Capri?

Those pics are about 4 years old, but it looks no different now.

It's only cover 45k miles and is unrestored.

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I've come across some odd things on cars or done to cars over the years, but todays discovery tops the lot.

 

The washer pump on my Si has packed up and it's in for it's MOT next week, so decided to nick the pump off the Mistral.

Removed the pump from the Mistral and placed a bowl under the car to catch the fluid.

Fitted the pump to the Si. Walked back into the garage to be greeting by a strong smell of Petrol. Looked around the back of the Escort and my Capri for leaks - nothing.

Went to the front of the Escort, and low and behold..... some clown has filled the washer bottle with Petrol. Not a little bit either - nearly full!!

 

I'm so pleased I noticed this after  I have been grinding and welding in close proximity! :mad:

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Nah, definitely the washer pump........ Located at the back and filled via the big round flappy thing on the side of the car?? :wink:

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I had to stop the misses toppin up the Brake fluid reservoir with water once

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Bizarre ,why would you do that, that’s like a time bomb !

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The only explanation I can come up with is, it had a replacement engine last year and someone has used as a temporary fuel tank whilst testing.

I can't think of any other reason why......

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8 hours ago, Ian71 said:

Bizarre ,why would you do that, that’s like a time bomb !

Hope you never had heated washer jets lol

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