I wish I didn't have so many irons in the fire at the moment, (eating every spare dollar I can scrounge up),,,,because I think I have the perfect car for this kind of project.
...actually it is my daughter's "first car", which she started on with me, but then college,jobs, and boyfriend got in the way.
It is unique, sporty, has good lines and a tom of potential.
It's a late 70's, 1977 or 78 German built Ford Capri. My daughter is the second owner and it is a rust free california car.
I don't know if you guys remember these, but they were a really sporty looking car back in the day. These were incredibly popular in the UK, and are sometimes thought of as the "mustang" for Europe.
My daughter removed the tired old V6 and has a 302 for it from a ford pick up.
She already has the V8 engine mounts, an oversized front sway bar, adjustable F&R konis, comp leaf springs, and big brakes for it.
Her "truck" 302 has a chrome fox body oil pan & valve covers, an aluminum intake, and a pair of fox body BBK headers.
She's already installed the new rear leafs, rebuilt the rear brakes, and removed the torn up seats/carpet from the car.
Then, "life happened" and she has no time for it right now. I guess it's kind of a good thing at the moment because she was doing the work (I helped a little) and I was the one buying the parts.
Most of the parts I have were "leftover" from other projects. I think to date we still have less than 3,500 in the car and our "original goal" was to complete it ourselves for under 10k & have a respectable cruiser she could take to cruise nights and the occaisonal autocross.
We were planning on putting a T5 on the back of the mild 302 with maybe a gilmer belt drive (which we already have) to make some cool noise.
Maybe use 17 inch ford cobra R mustang wheels in 4 lug, since they are cheap and will bolt right up. (Stock on the capri was 13 x6 wheels!)
Probably do some mild fender flares & run like a 245/40/17 on all 4 corners?
Some fresh carpet and a custom gauge panel with some nice gauges, and maybe some cheapie recaro knock offs.
I already have a mold and three front spoilers for the car, and a rear spoiler. Maybe make a fiberglass cowl hood for it with a large air filter.
Keep the paint simple, like white, with flat black hood and spoilers. Keep it low and level, sort of like a 70s Trans-Am car.
ughhh, now I'm getting depressed. So many projects, and so little time/money...
Well, hopefully she will regain interest in the car someday.
Here's a pic of the body style from a British poster