Welcome to the journey through time for the not so newest addition to my car collection, my 1969 Ford Capri
The story so far.
After moving to Australia from the home of the All Blacks, in 1998, and selling my 1974 Capri 1600ohc to
my Father, I was without a classic car for the first time in my car owning life. I always browsed the classifieds for Capri
cars and parts, and kept the phone numbers for future reference, but finally I saw a deal, I had to check out, just around
the corner from my Western Sydney home. It was in grey acrylic primer, and had been bought from a police auction, and I assume
It was a dumped car after being stolen or paddock bashed. It's description by the Police disposal notice, was a 1972 3000GT
V6. It was a pre facelift Australian assembled model. When I got it home it took me an hour to remove the seats, as they were
rusted solid to the floor. The seats themselves were totally collapsed, the passengers window had been broken, and water had
rotted the car from inside out, meaning the car had no rust in the usual places, but weird places like inner arches, and internal
corners, not usually exposed to weather had rusted extremely badly. If I had known what I was in for I wouldn't have even
considered buying it.
The panels were rusted beneath the 2 or more mm of filler (not much, but enough to cover a multitude of sins).
Some areas looked as thought they were OK, so I didn't strip them. That came back to bit me on the behind big time. After
removing one wing, and repairing rust in all the places I could find, I began the body work. The body appeared to be bashed
about allot, not easy for someone with no panel beating experience at all. A block of wood, and a claw hammer did well for
I'm sure I've used more filler than a professional would recommend, but it is pretty good now, except for
the rear quarters which were never quite the right shape, so I'm stripping them, and reshaping them, as you can read about
in the captions below the pictures. Recently I enquired about the history of the car with Ford Australia, in Melbourne, They
confirmed with me that the car is in fact a VERY RARE 1969 3000gt. These cars were only made from September 1969, so to find
a 1960's V6 Capri is very good. Almost makes the work worthwhile! If anyone in Australia recognises the Rego Plate number,
a car you recognise, or owned, please let me know. The car looks like a facelift now with smaller side vents, different headlights
and tail lights. I'd be very happy to know any of the history of the car.