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It’s an ideal project start-point, so let’s do something other than a 3.0S replica with these two Mk3 Capri project ideas courtesy of Simon Coulson.

We all share a passion for classic Fords, but other factors vary, often through no fault of our own, like time, money, space and skills. For our readers’ projects issue we thought we’d take one car and apply two different build styles, both of which would get you noticed but have very different levels of financial investment, time and effort involved.

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Firstly, we are going all out on engineering as well as pushing your bank account to breaking point. The style is called pro-touring and takes the ethos of pro-street drag-inspired cars with the added ability to go round bends, considered to be the ultimate treatment for muscle cars. The stance has to be racecar low and the rolling stock has to be big, wide and tucked. The bodywork is stock except for some subtle smoothing and the addition of a hood scoop which is there to cover that US-sourced ‘crate’ engine which has to have at least 500 horses held captive inside… 

As for the second one… “It’s 106 miles to Santa Pod, we’ve got a tank full of gas, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!” This one is our ‘quickie’. For the easiest build start with a black Capri, after that it’s just a case of painting the doors and roof and throwing some stickers on. Details like the spotlights, nudgebars and flashing beacon might be slightly harder to source but not budget-busting. Ours is rolling proper police interceptor rims, but black paint on the original steels should do the job nearly as well and save even more precious funds. This is a car that could be built in a weekend for a minimal outlay, but would leave you smiling long after the effort is over.

Whether you’re building your car in a spotless workshop or getting overspray on next door’s Mondeo out in the street (not recommended!), there’s a way to enjoy classic Fords that will suit your needs. Get out there and tinker with your Ford.

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