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Today I bought another Dutton. This one has a 3.1 litre Essex V6. It's MOT has lapsed and it has a number of issues, the biggest one being that it has had a front end shunt which has upset the suspension geometry, and the bonnet fit, and the steering. The last 6 inches of the main rail is crumpled, moving the ARB. Finding a good reference to work from to restore the geometry looks to be an interesting puzzle. In this picture you can see that the nearside wheel has a different camber to the offside. It was the nearside that was hit.

I will do some investigation over the weekend and post some pictures of the damage. It was dark by the time I got home, and I was worn out. The journey was 400 miles in total, all but a handful were motorway : M5, M42, A42, M1. The car was about 15 miles south of Sheffield.

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Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 12, 2016 at 0:27

James I'm just quoting what is on that webpage which is somewhat surprising

Comment by James Doulton on September 12, 2016 at 0:23

I still think it is a misprint, one site probably copied the other. 3.889 would be a 35 teeth crown wheel and a 9 tooth pinion, which gives 3.8888888... This is the same as the common Escort ratio, which is normally expressed as 3.89. It is only suitable for cars with a top speed of 90mph or so (90 would be 5300rpm). So my money is on it being an error. 

Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 11, 2016 at 22:00

To be honest BV  I thought it was a misprint  but I also found it on another site  so it cant be, must have been bloody greedy on fuel

Comment by Big Vern on September 11, 2016 at 21:28

Interesting how much more power the Australians were getting from the engine vs here in Europe/Uk. If that really was the ratio they were using in Aus then that would have made for a tiring drive but would certainly been quick off the line :-)  Still prefer the South African version (they had 1.1l and a 5l V8 lol)

Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 11, 2016 at 16:58

You best EAT your words BV   cos there's something else you don't know

Ford Capri Mk1 3000 GT

The Capri 3000GT was released into Australia in 25th February, 1970, and then only as a 4-speed manual. Although a little pricey, it was an immediate success, selling 1,502 units to the end of 1970. The 3-speed Borg Warner 35 automatic version was released later in the year and sold some 167 units before years end. "The new shape of power for the '70s" was how the official Ford brochure described the 3000GT! Click the sports shift a few sweet inches, press the pedal and inside ten seconds, the white line is slipping by at a mile a minute. Under that long, black panelled bonnet a 3-litre V6 engine is answering the call of highway or track with a pulse-quickening 144 horsepower. (Then measured in gross bhp, not net as is the case now)

And like all fine pieces of precision machinery, Capri GT/V6 is designed, built and equipped to handle the muscle: Sports suspension, Wide track, Wide, safety-rim wheels shod with road-gripping radials, Servo-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes, Sports console housing a fast all-synchro, close-ratio manual shift, or T-Bar automatic.

As for the inside story, you've got everything an international-class, high performance GT should have. Everything for the ultimate in personal comfort and to put sheer joy back into driving.

Ford Australia sold a total of just over 3,000 V6 Capri's of which nearly 5 out of every 6 sold were manuals. So, although automatics are more scarce than manuals, it's the manuals that everyone seems to want.














General Engine Data
Engine Type
Bore and Stroke
Displacement
Compression Ratio
Power
Torque
Firing Order
Location of 1R Cylinder
Spark Plugs
• Type
• Gap
Engine Idle Speed (rpm)
Oil Pressure (lb./sq. in)

2994cc 6 cylinder. O.H.V. 60 Degree V
3.6876 x 2.851
2994cc (182.7ci)
9.0:1
106kw (144 bhp) at 4750rpm
261nm (192.5 lb/ft) at 3000rpm
1R - 4L - 2R - 5L - 3R - 6L
Next to Radiator (Right hand Side)

AG32
0.023”
580 - 620
57 - 67

Engine Dimensions
Length (fan to flywheel)
Width (to clear)
Height
Weight
(less Clutch, Oil and Mountings)

637mm (25.07 in)
635mm (25.01 in)
686mm (27.00 in)
184kg (405lbs)

Brakes
Type
Front
Disc Diameter and Thickness
Rear
Drum Diameter and Width
Hydraulic Dual-Line Servo-Assisted
Disc Type
9.625” x 0.5”
Internal Expanding Shoe Drum Type
9” x 2.25”

Fluid Capacities
Engine Crankcase (inc filter)
      Specifications
Transmission - Manual
      Specifications
Rear Axle
      Specifications
Cooling System
      With Heater
      Without Heater
Steering Box
      Specifications
Brake / Clutch Master Cylinders
Fuel Tank (gallons)
Suspension Shock Strut
      Specifications

8.5 imp pints
ESE-M2C-101B (20W-40)
3.04 imp pints
ESW-M2C-83A (SAE 80 EP)
1.9 imp pints
ES2-M2C-108A (SAE 90 HYPOID)

20.5 imp pints
19.1 imp pints
.25 imp pints
ME-568D (SAE 90 EP)
Ford Specification ESW-FM-6C2
13.5 imp pints
326cc
M-100502-E
Clutch
Type
Diameter

Cable operated single dry plate diaphragm
9.5 Ins

Steering Box
Type
Ratio

Rack and Pinion
17.7:1

Rear Axle
Type
Ratio

Semi-floating Hypoid
3.889:1

Carburettor
Type

Weber 40 DFAV - Dual Choke

Fuel Pump
Type
Static Pressure

Mechanical
3.5 - 5 lb/sq in.

Coolant System
Radiator Cap Pressure
Thermostat
      Type
      Starts opening
      Fully open
Fan
      Type
Fan belt tension
      Used
      New

13 lbs/sq in.

Wax
178o - 199oF
203o - 223oF

10 blade plastic

35 - 45 lbs.
40 - 50 lbs.

Electrical System
Battery
Capacity
Alternator

12 volt (Negative Earth)
55 amp/hr
35 amp

Wheel Alignment Figures
Castor
Camber
Toe-In

King Pin Inclination
Front Lock setting angle
(with back lock set at 20o
+ 0o30' to + 1o30'
+ 0o19' to + 1o19'
0.06" to 0.25". (nominal fraction = 5/32")

6o41' to 7o41'

18o30' to + 20o0'

Weights and Dimensions
Wheel Base
Track
• Front
• Rear
Overall Length
Overall Width
Overall Height
Curb Weight
Ground Clearance
Turning Circle

2560mm (100.8 in)

1346mm (53 in)
1321mm (52 in)
4262mm (167.8 in)
1646mm (64.8 in)
1293mm (50.9 in)
1079kg (2380 lbs)
127mm (5 in)
10.3m (34 ft)

Wheels and Tyres
Standard

5-inch wide wheels with 165/13 radial ply tyres.

Gear Ratios
4 Speed Manual
3 Speed Auto
1st - 3.54:1, 2nd - 2.39:1, 3rd - 1.41:1, 4th - 1.00:1, Reverse - 3.96:1
1st - 2.393:1, 2nd - 1.450:1, 3rd - 1.00:1, Reverse - 2.094:1 (Borg Warner 35)
Production Numbers (Australia)
Model

3000GT Manual
3000GT Auto

Total
1969

-
-

-
1970

1,502
167

1,669
1971

495
225

720
1972

462
163

625
Total

2,459
555

3,014
Price List
Model

3000 GT Manual



3000 GT Auto

Month Year

June, 1970
March 1971
June 1972

March 1971
June 1972
New Price

$3,230 aud
$3,286 aud
$3,490 aud

$3,546 aud
$3,750 aud


Accessories

Long Range Radio
Sports Wheels
Sports Steering Wheel
Laminated Windscreen


March, 1971
March, 1971
March, 1971
March, 1971


$94 aud
$92 aud
$26 aud
$51 aud
Comment by Big Vern on September 11, 2016 at 12:53

@Daryl  LOL you make me laugh  3.889 is an english ratio used in the one point three litre Capri. MK1 Capri 3.0L pre face lift and MK1 and MK2, 3.0L auto used 3.22:1  4HA Mk1 facelift and all MK2 used 3.09:1 Anything lower would see the engine vomit its rods at motorway speeds.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 11, 2016 at 12:33

BV is probably right then , The site I was on  was the Capri club ,they stated 3.889.1 

Comment by James Doulton on September 11, 2016 at 11:37

Vern: that was why I was a bit surprised that the ebay shop listed the same axle ratio - I'd have thought that the engines had very different characters.

Daryl: I found a Swiss Capri site that says that the early 3000 (with the 128bhp engine) had a 3.22. All of the other 3000's had 3.09.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 11, 2016 at 10:47

According to the Capri club the early 3000's rear axle ratio was 3.889.1

Comment by Daryl Heasman on September 11, 2016 at 10:34

Was that 3.22 then BV

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