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Dave's doing well! He and his wife did the heavy lifting for the run yesterday. He still had the Birkin as of a couple of years ago, not sure about now.

 

 

In other news, my car has sprung a leak. I went out to the garage this morning and found about a quart of oil on the floor under the car. I hit something in the road yesterday so that could be the cause; I came around a sharp turn and whomp! Never even saw it. I'm lucky to have made it home.

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Color me frustrated. I'm ready to put together a dry sump kit and the vendors don't seem to want to talk to me. I contacted 3, one of which is on holiday until March and the other 2 of which don't seem to want my business because they can't be bothered to reply. Suggestions welcome.

 

In the meantime I need to make this confounded engine runnable again because I need to have an easy way to move it hither and thither because I need my lift and other cars in the garage and the garage is only so big and the driveway has a slight downhill slope which makes pushing the confounded thing just a wee tad too difficult which makes me have to get hoists and ropes and whatnot out and strap them hither and thither so I can manipulate the confounded thing on/off the lift and into/outta other bays. 

 

If reading that run-on sentence frustrated you, welcome to my world!

 

I'd settle for a rear sump oil pan for a Kent engine but those seem to be unobtanium as well. Unless I want a monstrous aluminum thing, which I don't. Just a bent piece of steel please, thanks.

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Wdb,

Been there, done that. I had to put longer and stiffer springs in the front of my car to make it road worthy. The rear sump oil pan for a Crossflow is a 70's Mercury Capri. Motomobile in Germany has a bunch of pans on their website. You could also try Norm at Team Blitz (vintage Capri parts supplier) or the Capri II FB pages. I have a really nice rear hand made sump on mine that I got from a USA Seven member. It came with some parts along with his Seven. I have seen others that were clearly made by the same person or shop, but nobody seems to know who that was. 

Best of luck,

 

Vin

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12 hours ago, IamScotticus said:

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Those oil pans won't fit my engine, although the wheels do look like they'd be a handy addition! :classic_laugh:

 

The car rolls very easily. The issue is getting it on the lift. The sloped driveway makes it so that I don't quite have the horsepower to push it up the ramps. I get it up to them and then have to winch it on.

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9 hours ago, Vinman1 said:

Wdb,

Been there, done that. I had to put longer and stiffer springs in the front of my car to make it road worthy. The rear sump oil pan for a Crossflow is a 70's Mercury Capri. Motomobile in Germany has a bunch of pans on their website. You could also try Norm at Team Blitz (vintage Capri parts supplier) or the Capri II FB pages. I have a really nice rear hand made sump on mine that I got from a USA Seven member. It came with some parts along with his Seven. I have seen others that were clearly made by the same person or shop, but nobody seems to know who that was. 

Best of luck,

 

Vin

 

Thanks Vin, I'll check out those sources. The current sump on my car is one of those fabricated units. It's made of thick-but-soft mild steel. My current plan is to pull it off and see about getting it fixed. I might use as an excuse to set myself up with a welder in the garage.

 

As for suspension, I do need new shocks and was planning on height adjustable units. That would help with ground clearance. Even so I plan to hang a guard of some kind down there. I'm tired of this.

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On 1/11/2024 at 9:52 AM, wdb said:

 

Thanks Vin, I'll check out those sources. The current sump on my car is one of those fabricated units. It's made of thick-but-soft mild steel. My current plan is to pull it off and see about getting it fixed. I might use as an excuse to set myself up with a welder in the garage.

 

As for suspension, I do need new shocks and was planning on height adjustable units. That would help with ground clearance. Even so I plan to hang a guard of some kind down there. I'm tired of this.

You can also grab anything from a MK2 Cortina. Burton Power may have something as well. Locally, only places that may have are FF Builders (Ivey?) And Dave Bean. There was a dude hoarding MK2 Cortina parts on CL in the SF Bay area, not sure if he's still posting his parts stash.

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The springs on mine are from QA-1 and are 250 lb/in 1.9" diameter on Spax adjustable shocks. I gained 1.25- to 1.5" from the pan bottom to the ground.

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