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Thread: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.

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    RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.

    During the last forum crash, i lost my username, and all of my old threads. The mods couldnt explain what hapened, so i started a new acount.

    This thread is to replace my rx5 build thread, but with not as much photos and some pics of the new project.



    This is the rx5, which was to be thrown to scrap metal. I saved the car, gave it a quick tidy up and put it back on the road. It was sitting in the weather for 10 years.


















    The engine was smokey from the start, but after having it on the road for 8 months, i decided to pull it out, rebuild it and bridge port it.











    Ive had the rx5 on the road for over a year now, runs and drives nice. still a few little things to do, like put the sill moulds on. i also wrecked this 121 for the original dash facia a couple of months ago, stil yet to be put in the car...




    New project.

    In the early 1980s, our family car was a series 4 capella. This is the only photo my dad had of the car.



    I spotted the car 20 years later on my way to work one morning, still with the original number plates on it for sale at a local wreckers.

    I bought the car, repainted it, and put a 12a and 5 speed in it.







    Finished...










    It was finished and on the road for two weeks, then brutally murderd by a bus that went through a stop sign.











    the engine was pushed into the fire wall, the roof was kinked, it wasnt worth fixing. the car was stripped of the running gear and some other good parts, and thrown to scrap.

    I have always wanted to do a replica of this car, and now after about ten years its going to hapen!



    I recently aquired this capella, form the orginal owner who purchased it new in 1975.

    This is Judy , with her pride and joy the day i picked it up..





    It has rust here and there, but has only done 120,000 km and drives like new.














    Ive bought a few parts over the last few weeks, including some new whitewall tyres. i will start the project very soon, and upload some pics.

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    I was just scrolling through your post and thinking how good it must of felt to find your family car and be able to purchase it, wishing I could someday find my folks old rx2 coupe and do the same.. then when i saw what that bus did and my jaw nearly hit the keyboard :shock:

    nice find on the new cap, look forward to seeing the restoration :tu:

    cheers

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    I got tear in my eye when i saw smashed car moment

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    Eagerly watching what you do with the new pella Dave!

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    Noticed your account when missing. I really like those 121 Landaus too.

    Such a shame about the family car. I know the feeling.

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    yeah i think my jaw dropped when seeing how nice the family car looked once restored and then the crashed pics i almost cried ( well not quite)

    man good luck with the new project and your work is always top quality and will reflect in this new build

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    Welcome back Dave we missed you

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    Looking forward to this one!

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    Glad you started a new thread restoremaz i loved reading through your builds and getting the motivation up to work on my own :lol: your old brown Capella was a gorgeous car! Such a shame to see it mangled like that do you recall what spring/shock combo you used in it? Would love my S4 to sit the same.

    Great pickup on the white S4 as well! I assume the plan is to go the same colour etc as your previous one? If you decide to part with the dashmat and weathershield please shoot me a PM i'd love to buy them off you

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    Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.

    yes i will be doing it exactly the same as the brown one. ive bought a lot of parts for it, ill put some pics up soon.

    the springs were just standards, re set 2 inches. shocks were standard also.

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