Ford Capri

Capris at Carlisle 2002



Author: Ted Szypulski
Photographers: Joe Bennardo, Ted Szypulski

Hi all,

I got back from the "Capri's at Carlisle" late last night. I must say my daughter and I had a wonderful time! We could only stay one day, but had a lot of fun anyway, this despite the small electrical FIRE in my Capri! I want to publicly thank Bart Manhard, Joe Bennardo, Lee and Toni Shepherd, and Dave Wells for their assistance and patience during this ordeal. My problem was due to a wire falling off my choke preheater and shorting to ground on the exhaust manifold after melting through the connector. This wire is UNFUSED in the Capri design. Once I get the harness cleaned up and sorted, it will be fused.

There were eight Capri's present, 3 MKII's and 5 MKI's. I got to finally meet, in person, Joe Bennardo, Dave and Larry Wells, Norm Murdock and Lee and Toni Shepherd. We will make photos available soon on my web page.

Bart's immaculate '74 2000, 4 speed was a pleasure to see again. What time did you leave my house for New Hampshire this morning, 5 a.m.?

Joe's 2.3 EFI/Turbo project continues. I hope the Merkur guys got you all fixed up! You are a funny man!Thanks Joe, for organizing a fine event!

We met a new Capri owner, Keith, who had a BEAUTIFUL '77 that was totally restored and modified. It was a glossy red with yellow and orange flames on the front fenders. Toni mentioned that after my electrical fire I might want to consider adding flames to my fenders too. Thanks Toni! Anyway, Keith's MKII had a 5.0L engine with automatic and a lot of performance additions along with nicely flared rear wheel wells. His work was impeccable.

We had a nice dinner on Friday evening at the Hanover House restaurant. Norm's presentation on 2.0L performance modifications was informative. I'll leave it to others to mention the "goody" on board Norm's truck. On Saturday evening we had a drawing for door prizes courtesy CCNA, presentations of awards, and a photo shoot, all at the Bonanza Steak House.

My Capri, now with 120,000 miles on it, hummed all the way to Carlisle and back. A total trip of about 700 miles. Bart and I got back to my house at 12:30 a.m. We were both passed multiple times by a large tour bus on I84 in Connecticut. The second time Bart was passed he disappeared from my rear view mirror for a while. Then the bus passed me a final time. Bart called me on the radio to tell me he was delayed because he was dodging a wheel and tire that broke free of the bus! He said it came off the bus when he was along side it, it rolled down the road ahead of him, he slowed to watch it drift across lanes and then finally careen into the guard rail! I didn't even notice it was missing a wheel the second time it passed me. Apparently neither did the driver, who was doing about 80 at the time. All the passengers were enjoying a video on the monitors too. Scary!

Ted Szypulski
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