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well-handling, economical vehicle. car. To us this is accomplishing a tutes a driveable package (those
We happened to have one of the goal, as we like to create excitement things tend to be so subjective), let's
first Capri II "S" cars in the area, so which could easily cause someone consider that the upgraded "S" sus-
immediately grew accustomed to else to get an idea and do-it-to-it. pension package can be improved
questions from passers-by, but it's upon. The Europeans don't bother
nothing compared to taking the car themselves with such worries as Fed-
out now, even on a normal little Although your basic Capri II "S" is eral bumper standards, so they are
shopping spree. The combination of a neat automobile, there are improve- capable of sorting out suspension
the UOP-type paint, molded-in road- ments, both mechanical and cosmet- systems that are statically low and
race fender flares, louvered rear win- ic, that can add to its overall driving dynamically flat. We happen to have
dow and the beautiful BBS pleasure. And without getting into a just such a suspension on our car,
magnesium/aluminum racing wheels serious discussion over what consti- and it basically consists of a front
with Pirelli fat-guy tires, is strange and rear anti-roll bar, higher spring
enough as a street combination that rate coils, with less free length, and
onlookers really freak out over the stiffer rear leaf springs. The shocks
themselves are also different, but we
retained the McPherson strut front
shock assemblies and replaced the
rears with adjustable Konis.

Black/gold Capri Interior Is finished

nicely with Racemark wheel, Radio Shack
CB and Panasonlc radio.
The Panasonlc multiple cassette player
and radio took some work to Install, but
gives stock look. "
The Realistic One-Hander makes CBlng
easy, the Super Snooper evens 'em up,
and the Racemark mirror. well ....

Our stock Capri II "S" before the 'glass addition was a "looking good" piece.
Here Jeff Scozzaro (left) and assistant hold up our disguise pieces, and the effort was worth It.

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Probably the single most notice- tires and some of the little conven- The Capri "S" interior is one of
able suspension change, one that ience items we felt we needed for the best we've seen in quite a while.
made a drastic difference in the han- taking long trips. The vinyl-trimmed corduroy seats
dling characteristics of the car, was have adjustable backs and are very
the tire/wheel combination. Initially, For our trek across country, we comfortable. The rest of the all-black
the BBS road racing wheels were were careful to plan out the interior interior is finished very nicely, and
considered because of their Europe- appointments. The first installation we especially like the individual fold-
an road-race flair and great-looking was a Panasonic FM/AM/FM stereo ing rear seats. About the only com-
appearance. However, after talking with cassette tape. The model we plaint we had was with the steering
first with Ed Austin of Wesco Track & used is the CQ-742EU, but it is not a wheel. We just didn't like it, and it
Tire (he is something of a Southern drop-in installation. We liked this par- doesn't go with the image of the car,
California distributor for BBS wheels ticular unit, so we removed the vinyl but Bob Bailey's custom Racemark
and those trick Pirelli Cinturato radi- dash face, trimmed a metal dash wheel does. Another thing it does is
als), we were convinced this was the support, and plopped the unit in move the wheel away from you a lit-
way to go. Our initial call to Paul place. The interior of the Capri is very tle, thus giving you even more of a
Harsanyi of Intermag (Box 2, Berkeley, well done and very compact, so it true race car feeling. About the only
California 94701), a U.S. importer for doesn't leave a lot of room to just thing necessary to mount the flat-
BBS wheels and Pirelli tires, was kind hang things. This makes a CB instal- black aluminum wheel was to bend
of comical. We were questioning him lation somewhat difficult, if not im- the turn indicator/high beam/horn
on the technical aspects and availa- practical. What we did was go with control toward the dash a little.
bility of the BBS wheels, when we the new Radio Shack 21-161 trans-
got to the subject of what size tires ceiver that has all the controls lo- HARD ROAD
would be right for the car. We, of cated in the hand-held mike. The Before we head out for parts east,
course, wished to fill the wheelwells power unit itself was mounted under- we promise to give you the full tech-
but did not want to bog the engine dash and out of the way. The only nical, how-to rundown next month.
down with too much tire. In his great visible giveaway, other than the We also promise, the Lord willin',
gentlemanly manner, Paul's reaction Breaker, Thomas Jefferson, gutter- that if you attend any of the events
to our initial tire selections went mount antennas, is the dash-mount- mentioned, you'll get to see the car
something like, ..... well, do you ed mike. The one-hand operation is in person. And although these pic-
want the car to just look pretty or rather nice, and you have the option tures do the car justice, thanks to
would you also like it to handle?" Of of using the power unit speaker, ex- Kenny Youngblood's color layout
course we wanted it to handle, so we ternal speaker or the little speaker treatment, it just ain't like seeing the
went with the Pirelli Cinturato CN36, mounted in the mike head. real thing.
235/60 VR 13 size. These steel-belt- Added insurance was our installa- We're not done with the car either.
ed radials are nearly nine inches tion of Autotronics' new Super Plans are to install a peppy little Ford
wide, and at Paul's suggestion, 'We Snooper radar detector. For our 302, along with a 4- or 5-speed trans.
mounted them on 9-inch-wide BBS needs, tt)e unit works well. It is rath- We also intend to drop the car in the
wheels, using 5%-inch outer and 3%- er large in overall size and so does dirt a little further, and add a few
inch inner wheel rim halves. not complement the compact interior, touches like smaller bumpers, rectan-
We obtained the European fiber- but Autotronics must have figured gular headlights, driving lights, wire
glass parts from the L&M engineering that not everyone would want the de- mesh grille, race-type oil cooler,
department, and they consisted of a tector in operation all of the time, so blacked-out windows ... the devil is
front spoiler, four fender flares and a they very conveniently equipped the making us do this; think we better
rubber-tipped rear spoiler. The win- unit with a cigarette lighter connector. stop now. ••
dow shade we used is Chastain's
Shadow assembly, which by the way,
is a snap to install. Because of our
desire to have a well-finished, as well
as a racy appearance, we did not
Now after all this work It would be
want the fiberglass panels riveted on; heartbreaking to allow some evil per-
we wanted them blended into the son to walk off with a part or all of this
body. This takes a batch of man- little car. So what we did was Install a
hours and a lot of labor to do cor- Page Alert security system that Is rath-
rectly, but that's what we wanted. er unique. Basically, It's a coded radio
frequency transmitter and receiver. It
Jeff Scozzaro (his car was featured works to within a 1500-foot radius, op-
on our May '76 cover) of Jeff's Place erates off the original 12-volt battery
in Anaheim, California, executed all and is easily Installed. The receiver is
a small rectangular box that can be
of the bodywork, inner wheelwell carried In your pocket or clipped to
modifications, and applied the rib- your belt and Is triggered If someone
bons of color and a gallon and a half opens the doors, hood or trunk of your
of black lacquer. car. Its beep Is ear-piercing and
consequently can be heard In any
ALL IN THE NAME room of the house or office If you
set It down. The triggering mech-
OF ROCK AND ROLL anisms are micro switches such as
those that operate dome lights, Ignition
We didn't just build this car for the key reminders, etc. It's a great idea,
sake of doing it and then giving it the unit really works, and If nothing
back to Ford for someone to stick in were to ever happen, It at least gives
a corner. We bought the car, paid for you a sense of security. ••
the bodywork and paint, wheel and
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Aside from turbocharging, one of the nose to accept a C-4 U-Joint assembly,
few practical ways to increase the bolted In a '74 Capri shift selector
power of a Capri Is to upgrade the which only required a 3-inch extension
powerplant. In essence, this V8 Capri added to one shift rod, then added a
swap does Just that, by replacing the trans cooler, increased the capacity of
V6/4-speed with a small-block Ford V8 the stock V6 radiator, attached a short-
and C-4 trans. Modifications to the '76 ened water pump, and then finished it
Capri were minimal. Dave Bowling, all off with a set of over-the-counter
whose action emporium at 14846 Ac- headers. The entire Installation is
ton Drive In San Jose, California, turns straightforward and simple enough to
out everything from rear-motored do, but if you feel not quite qualified to
sprinters to V8 Caprls, merely fitted tackle something like this, Dave will
the V8 with a Bronco 011 pan and pick- either do the work or supply the actual
up, fabricated steel plate front and rear conversion kit. This swap took a week
motor mounts, altered the driveshaft and a half to complete and $2000 ••

The small-block Ford V8 nestles In the

Capri engine compartment nicely. It
looks like this is the place it was
meant to be and it Is.

Fabricated rear trans mount bolts up In The stock drlveshaft was retained but Bronco oil pan, along with the
the stock location. It's made from modified to accept the C-4 universal. necessary pickup, was Installed to
'I.-inch plate. With the rear insulator It The only mod to the shift linkage was clear the rack and pinion and the front
looks nearly stock. to add 3 Inches. crossmember.

Have you any idea what comes from which means that in addition to the on kits directly from Roger and, on a
lincoln-Mercury dealerships, looks a above features you will get a front air Saturday afternoon, assemble your
little devilish and a lot freaky? Well, dam, full-flared front and rear fenders, own sinister-looking pseudo road rac-
It's the Capri S/3, and It's based on rear spoiler, body tape, "gate-shift" er. The components are available In
the Capri II "S". All those bulbous center console, Shadow rear window Capri "S" white or black, so if you
flares, spoilers and such are the hand- louver, 7-lnch wire-mag wheels and have any other color, you will need to
iwork of Roger Chastain & Associates, B.F. Goodrich TA 50 tires. The com- have the components painted before
the Shadow window louver people, and plete deal, less dealer prep, destina- assembly. There are two less expen-
they are building these cars for L&M tion charges, tax and license, but In- sive kits available: an S/1, which In-
dealers. To get one, you simply bUy a cluding the "S" package and above- cludes a Shadow rear window louver
base Capri with the $241 "S" package, mentioned options, will list out for and hood, trunk and side body stripes
with a 4-speed, V6 engine, power $6848, and for that you get to turn the ($149); and there's an SI2, which In-
steering, tinted glass and the flip-out key and drive it away. cludes the rear window louver, all
rear quarter windows. For an addition- Those of you who already have a body stripes, front air dam and rear
al $1950, you can have a finished S/3, Capri II can purchase blind-rivet, pop- spoiler ($287). ••




THE FEELING The Chastain & Associates (Shadow)
pop-on parts differ drastically from the
derwent many hours of Intense consid-
eration before finalizing shapes, at-
Some people don't go In for engine European Ford components. Of course tachment method and overall design.
swaps; they'd rather retain the stock the Ford pieces were designed specifi- For your edification, we present this
powerplant and try to get it to perform cally for one thing-racing. The S/3 kit striking comparison, as it tells you
was engineered for the street and un· what Roger had on his mind. __
so people will think It's something it
really isn't. The Capri V6 is a popular -.....u~_....,.,. ....
engine and it's doubtful that many die- """" tH lIl,A....
hard Capri lovers would ever agree to ...... _tt:
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parf with one. Jerry Kugel had one
such customer-a va was out and a
carefully prepared V6 was in. The ba-
sic rebuild consisted of a blueprint
that brought all specs down to the mini-
mum and clearances to a max. The
heads were cut to give an overall com-
pression ratio of 9.0:1, and a complete
three-angle valve job added. The clear-
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and an Isky No. 450465 cam Installed.

Offenhauser produces probably the
most efficient two-piece manifold avail·
able for a V6, so It and a Holley 390-
cfm carb made up the induction sys-
tem. The stock Ignition curve was
quickened to produce more "low-end"
and was tailored In conjunction with
Clifford Research headers. Although
all this added up to one mighty im-
pressive yet drlveable package, It
would be necessary, at least in Call·
fornla, to have the engine tested for
emission levels. After all, this Is a '5G4.It..P"f'VC.eD UIo14 .<10
Ane..oM1NIt. Auo 'Mpc..ot.Ies
whole bunch of changin' as far as the ~",H"'iJM ,... ,,,,*,-. . . folMl. ~\"' R.DW
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Black is beautiful but it's difficult to keep clean. What we did was order a Custom Fit
Car Cover from Beverly Hills Motor Parts. It was made for our car, constructed of 100%
green cotton drill, is water-repellant and soft enough not to scratch our shiny black
lacquer. Price is $45 to $55, depending on size.

ast month we introduced what body panels and spoilers. Roger

L we feel is an exciting vehicle,

one which looks very similar to
a present-day road racer and one
Chastain has set a precedent with his
"pop-on" blind rivet panels, as they
can be installed without expensive
WE'RE SORRY, BUT ... It seems that
somewhere In our production depart-
ment we inadvertently left out a short
paragraph In our Initial Devil In Dis-
which could quite possibly be easily bodywork. And although they are guise article. The paragraph dealt with
lost if compared to tomorrow's street currently available only for Capri lis, our intentions of having our Capri on
hand at the NSRA Street Machine Na-
freaks. A slow-moving trend is begin- it's just a matter of time before these tionals and the NHRA Indy Nationals.
ning to take shape, and that shape types of parts are made for other We made reference to this In the story,
will be bold, very bold. popular vehicles. Of course that day but you would be hard-pressed to figure
Without resorting to tea leaf read- hasn't come yet, which means that it all out, since there was no mention
of the events we Intended to make. Our
ing or fortune telling cards, it's a we either have to modify existing sincere apologies for the mistake ... I
safe assumption to guess that you pieces or make our own. guess the Devil made us do It.-JD
will be seeing more and more freaky Fiberglass is a wonderful thing and

Stock fenders were trimmed to

accommodate larger tires. Sheetmetal Fiberglass panels were held In place and The fender alignment mark was used as a
removal was done by drilling holes and aligned so that the straight body seams guide so that the metal could be ground
tearing away the material with a chisel complemented those on the doors. Once with a body grinder. This Is to make
and punch. Lip was then turned under located correctly, the steel fenders were preparation for the fiberglass bonding and
with pliers. marked with white grease pencil. to ensure proper adhesion.



is not really difficult to work with, but sophisticated race car applications,
in all fairness to those of you who so there's not a lot of attention paid
are interested in purchasing race- to paint-ready surfaces. This, of
type 'glass for street use, be ready cou rse, means that once the parts
for a considerable amount of hand- are installed, it takes a capable body-
finishing. For one thing, most of man to spot-fill and sand the high
these components are designed for and low spots to achieve a smooth,

Once the fenders were ground down to

bare metal, resin-soaked fiberglass mat
was applied to those areas where the
fiberglass panel lips would be attached.

With the fenders secured by a few rivets, After the fiberglass resin cured completely,
the attaching lips were drilled at 2-lnch a body grinder was used to make a smooth
centers and blind-riveted to the fender. transition from the 'glass panel to the
The rivets close most large gaps. steel body, but the rivet heads were left.

Final step was application of body filler to After each application of filler material;
cover and blend all attachment areas. the puttylike material was grated and
This was done In steps so filler wasn't sanded to arrive at a nice-looking
applied too thickly in any area. contour. This simplified final blocking.

waveless body panel. A word to the truding rivet heads, and the second
Devil In Disguise
wise here: Select a light-color paint is to rivet them on, blending the pan-
and carefully placed accent stripes. els with fiberglass mat and body fil-
We went just the opposite and se- ler. The second alternative gives a
..Jcted black, which shows any and more custom appearance but is far
all body flaws. Our Capri body is re- more costly. While the simple riveted Part 1:
ally straight, but that's only because panels can be done in your backyard
Jeff Scozzaro outdid himself and with very little hassle, if you're inter-
block-sanded the body until his fin- ested in a smoother approach, we Hot Rod Magazine
gers were raw. suggest that you carefully look over
This type of fiberglass panels can the accompanying how-to photos.
be installed and finished in basically They should give you a detailed idea July, 1976
two ways: One is simply to blind-rivet of what is really involved in clothing
them in place and paint over the pro- a Devil. ••

Part 2:

Hot Rod Magazine

August, 1976

With the panels in place and contoured to

the fenders, the entire car was
block-sanded. Careful attention was paid
to all modified areas so that the end
result looked more custom than it did

For More
on English
Three colors of stripes were used, with no The only clear on the car was applied to
and European
color separation between them. This gives the multi-color stripes and white. The
the paint scheme a striking appearance black was not cleared. Jeff Scozzaro
but makes removing masking tape a
tedious job. When removing, pull back,
hand-rubbed the black and finished it with
glaze. He feels It's easier repaired later
Fords Visit
not up. on.

The basic car received 1'!2 gallons of

black lacquer, and the entire body, Ed Herling of Kim & Ed's In Fullerton,
Including the rear window slats, wl!s Calif., plnstrlped the car. He mixed a
color-sanded. This, along with body metallic sliver/gray paint that accents the
preparation, Is the basic difference stripes Just enough. Anything more gaudy
between a good and a bad Job. would take away from the overall effect.