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1  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: March 03, 2016, 06:44:52 AM
Don, sorry to hear that. Next year we will have to compare 2.3's on the dyno.


I got my son to come over yesterday afternoon and we pulled it.  I must have made a mistake putting the gasket in the oil pan.  It extruded out from under the rear main.

We did not drain engine oil before pulling the engine.  I was shocked when we made the pull and oil started POURING out of the bellhousing as we tilted the engine to miss the front apron.

Gasket is on order for delivery Monday.  I guess I'll take some time now to redo the engine compartment and seriously try to clear up that wiring nightmare you commented about.
2  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: March 02, 2016, 12:54:58 PM
I hate to do this but I'm going to have to drop out.  My MGB has developed a massive oil leak between engine and bellhousing.  About a qt every 50 miles.

Engine is going to have to come out as I can't remove the transmission separately.  I doubt seriously I will have it back together in time.

Please give my slot to someone else.

Don Haulsee
3  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: January 31, 2016, 07:46:19 PM
I plan on being there.  Last year I brought my Ford/Volvo DOHC turbo in a 76 Capri II.  It's apart right now from complications related to cam upgrades.

This year I plan to bring my 79 MGB powered by another of the Folvo 16V DOHC turbo engines.  It runs lower boost so I'm only expecting about 210 hp.
4  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 08, 2015, 07:57:24 PM

I don't have cables that will attach to the FOX rear drum parking brake arrangement so it's not something I can cobble together cheaply.  I need the FOX drum cables and then I could probably do something to attach to the Capri pull.  Those cables are not compatible with the rear disk calipers.

I know I don't need a competition style dual MC setup for Street Modified.  The issue with the MC is that the dual piston, single bore MC I currently have (as you described) isn't going to work when I go to rear disk brakes.  I will need a different MC bore at that point.   The plan has always been for me to go to a competition style dual MC balance bar when I went to rear disk.  I have the MC's and the balance bar on the shelf.  The mounting parts are out at a laser cutter now.  The Capri MC is an odd thing and I'll have to do almost as much fabrication for a dual MC as to put a commonly available single bore, dual piston MC in.

5  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 08, 2015, 04:19:05 PM
I've been reviewing the rules.  I found this to be useful if it is accurate.

I only see one problem right now.

Section 16.1 Item C

proportioning valves, etc., are unrestricted. Brake rotor/drum friction surfaces must be 100% ferrous metallic. Carbon or ceramic composite brake components (except pads) are expressly prohibited. Standard parts, per Section 12.4, are exempt from this restriction. A functional, redundant emergency (parking) brake must be present.

I don't have an emergency brake right now.  The emergency brake is a short term problem.  I will have to fabricate parts to connect the Fox ebrake to the Capri handle mechanism.  I put that off as I've always planned to go from the current drum brakes to rear disk and the parking brake cables are different.  It's $150 in cables I only want to buy once.

I have all the rear axle parts to go to Mustang SVO rear disk brakes.  Unfortunately the SVO calipers are missing the parking brake actuator arm.  I'm looking for that now.

The master cylinder(s) is a real issue as I run manual brakes.  I've always planned to move to a racing style double MC arrangement with a balance bar when I go to rear disk.  Drawings are actually at a laser cutting house now for all the MC mounting parts.  I expect delivery in about 2 weeks.

So, it's not going to make the first autocross.
6  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 07, 2015, 01:07:30 PM
where you want to end up is in S/M. 
The question here is whether the Volvo head can be used in S/M. A quick read of the rules say that only the block needs to be considered and you are using the original Ford block.  You should be good.

Gene Cooley

Thanks Gene.  I had not even considered S/M.  I've read through the S/M rules quickly now and it seems a good fit.  I read the rules like you that it seems its the block that has to remain.  Everything else seems OK also.  I'll spend some time with the S/M rules to read everything carefully.
7  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 05, 2015, 03:26:11 PM
Thanks Paul.  I suspect it will be E-Modified but I'm not sure.
8  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 04, 2015, 07:20:36 PM
I'm a newbie.  I took my Capri to the Dyno day and at this point I'm planning on Autocrossing this year.  I haven't a clue what class it will be in although I'm sure it will not be competitive wherever it goes.

The problem is its not exactly stock.

A stock 1976 Capri would have a 2.3 liter Ford LIMA 4 cylinder SOHC with 88 hp, 13"x 5.5"  wheels with 185/70 x 13 tires.

This car has:
2.3 4 cylinder Ford LIMA block (0.020" over bore) mated to a Volvo B234 DOHC cylinder head, Turbocharged and fuel injected (MegaSquirt), 5 speed transmission, 15 x 7 wheels running 225/45 x 15 tires, 20 mm front ARB, Bilstein front gas shocks, stiffer front coil springs, Fox Mustang 8.8 Traction Lok differential, stiffer rear springs, Koni red rear shocks, Tickford rear arb kit.  Track is unchanged.  No flares or modified bodywork.

I know it will be in some higher class but which one?  Classing won't upset me as I know its a really odd thing.
9  Events / Other Events / Re: Dyno Day 2015 on: February 15, 2015, 06:00:21 PM
1976 Mercury Capri, Factory 2.3 liter 4 cylinder.  Retrofitted to a Volvo B234 DOHC 16v head on teh Ford 2.3 block, EFI, turbocharged and megasquirted.  

Go here for a zip file of the pull.

This was not its best dyno event.  I put a timing light on it when I got home and found out static ignition timing was set a zero, not 10 degrees BTDC.  I'll be autocrossing just for fun this year as I know it will be in some wild modified class and totally non-competitive.  I need better brake feel first as there isn't room for boosted brakes.

Oh, the cams are out of time as the pulleys are not adjustable.  Adjustable pulleys and performance cams are on order now.
The car

Here's a picture of the engine compartment

 and the dyno sheet

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