1974 Capri completely restored and upgraded

1974 Mercury Capri

Condition: Used
Make: Mercury
Model: Capri
Type: Coupe
Year: 1974
Mileage: 12,800
VIN: GAECPU08165
Color: Yellow
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: North Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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Description for Mercury Capri 1974

1974 Capri for sale. These are difficult to find in any condition, but next to impossible to find in this condition fully-restored. Completely restored professionally, many new original stock parts including most of the interior.

Converted to V-8 5-speed. Interior and exterior almost entirely stock.

See dozens and photos and three videos at my blog www.74capri.com. There you will also see an extensive list of the work done, parts used, upgrades, etc. (also summarized below)

Major upgrades include the V-8, 5-speed transmission, air conditioning, sound system, and suspension.

Three years after having completed the restoration, and after continuing to improve and fine-tune things since then, I have decided to move on to my next project. I have put less than 2,000 miles on the car since the restoration. Well over $30K invested in this car - a labor of love.

The car runs strong, all gauges work, everything works (except the clock and the map-light), it drives straight without a shimmy, it brakes well without pulling, and shifts up and down smoothly through all five gears. It does not need any work and could be a daily-driver, or just used for joy rides and car shows. Cruises nicely at freeway speeds. Car is fast but not built as a racer - its bark is somewhat worse than its bite; for a 40+ year old car, the ride is fairly refined.

I have owned two Porsche 911’s – this car is just as fun and I get way more comments, thumbs-up, and smiles when driving. At the few car shows I have taken it to, there are lots of surprised looks and almost everyone (over the age of 50) knows someone that owned a Capri or has a Capri experience.

* Body was soda blasted, treated, rust-proofed and sealed, prior to 2-stage paint-job. Underside also sealed and painted. Zero rust, body and frame straight.

* Reconditioned Ford 1972 302 V8 engine, rebuilt heads, hardened valve seats, new valve covers, all new belts, new oil pump, new chrome oil pan, new 390 cfm 4-barrel carburetor with aluminum intake manifold, mustang headers, new harmonic balancer, new electronic distributor, new water pump, all new hoses, new aluminum radiator, new electric 6-blade fan with adjustable thermo-switch, new fan shroud, new throttle cable, new stainless steel fuel line. New 80-amp alternator, new timing set, spark plugs, coil, wire harness, fuses, battery and all new wiring. T5 manual five-speed transmission, quick-shift shifter. New automatic choke. Drive shaft reconditioned and re-balanced.

* New Vintage Air (after-market) air conditioning and lines. Medium ceramic window-tinting.

* Reconditioned stock brakes, new brake lines, bearings and pads.

* Most of interior is new original stock including new dashboard, door panels with extended armrests, new carpet, new headliner, new seat covers front and back, all new window and door rubber seals, custom kick panels with speakers, custom rear package shelf with speakers. Sound-deadening material inside cab and trunk.

* Custom stereo with amplifier mounted in trunk, wired to driver's seat for ipod and standard output jack and volume control. Stock AM radio mounted in dash works through the dash speaker.

* New front suspension with coil over struts and coupler shafts, roller bearing top mounts, reconditioned stock rear suspension and rear end, new tie rods.

* Rebuilt clutch with new flywheel.

* New stock tires, repainted rims.