Ford Capri

Mike Kimble

Year/Engine - 1974 / 2800 V6

I had a Capri as a young man in my early 20's. When I got married I sold it, and did the family car thing (that was in 1982). Then about 1986 I found another Capri and bought it for a $100.00. All I needed to do was change the points and rotor and we were off and running. I drove it about a year then the automatic transmission blew out. I could not find parts for it, so I decided to set it up and I would get to it later.

Well later did come, in about 15 years or so. So in 2001 I pulled her out and started to see how bad she was. I figured it would take a ton of money and many many years to restore her. This brings us to today.

I found my newest one on the net, the man was kind enough to send a video and I booked my flight that night. The car is in near mint, the only problem is that the hood has small damage on it and the right door has been ding once to often. The inside is class "A" no rips, cracks not even torn. Every thing works on the car. It only had 78,000 miles on it and it even has the original spare tire from Germany in the trunk. The car was kept in a garage for the last 28 years and that is where she is now. She stays in a two-car garage that my sons and I have redone as a Ford garage, from the blue floor to the posters on the wall.

The brown Capri was bought in San Fransico with 68,000 miles on it. The car was bought for my middle son who liked mine so much I found this one and had it shipped home to New Orleans. The engine did not work, so we had to get it up and running.

Halfway into this project a terrible thing happened. As I was driving on Interstate I-10 a car crossed the median and hit me head on at 70 mph. The sad thing is I was driving my red Capri. The good news is, with the way the Capri is built, it absorbed the impact and I walked away with just a sprained wrist where I bent the steering wheel.

We salvaged parts of the red Capri and the engine and put them into my son's Capri. Here are a few pictures to show just how strong a Capri is. If I had been in any other car you would not be hearing from me. This I know because as I laid in the hospital waiting to go home I heard the police ask the doctor what time did the driver of the red car die.



Mike Kimble
Norco, LA

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