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Coyote swapped Ford Capri at Ford Fest 2019

November 4, 2019

Most people come up to the pits and the first
question is, what is that? You know. My name is James Meridith, I’m from San Antonio,
Texas, this is a 1973 Capri, there aren’t a lot of them floating around and people think
that Capris are Mustangs, but that was later. In 1973, Capri was a European car that was
imported by Ford as a Ford Capri, it never had a Mercury nameplate on it, it was sold
by Mercury dealers because they didn’t want Ford dealers selling it and cutting into Pinto
sales. I’ve had the car for about a year and a half. What actually happened was I was running NMRA
factory stock in a yellow Mustang, it’s up on top of my awning here, you’ll see a picture
of it, and this motor, I used this and another motor and kind of switched back and forth
between them and we found the gray area and took advantage of it with this particular
motor and NMRA figured out what gray area we had and decided to make this motor illegal
so we won a lot of races, won 2 races in 2014, won all 6 in 2015, and then after that they
decided to make the thing illegal so I had this motor leftover and a friend of mine,
Mike, who actually has that blue Maverick behind us, that’s got a Coyote in it, and
he and I, he is from Pennsylvania and he and I pit together all the time, he’s got powerhouse
automotive up there. And I had this motor and an extra transmission
and I said well, let’s build a car and so that was kind of the story behind it. I didn’t have any particular affinity to the
Capris, there is a lot of guys that love them, I didn’t even think of one to tell you the
truth, I was going to put this motor in, my first thought was a BMW Z3 would be a lot
of fun to put it in, but Mike said, don’t put that Ford motor in a BMW, put it in a
Ford! Well, I said there is no such thing as a small
lightweight Ford, rear-wheel-drive Ford, and he said I’ve got a Capri out behind the shop
and my first thought was like everybody else, the foxbody Capri that came later and I said
well I don’t want to put it in a foxbody, everybody is putting Coyotes in foxbodys and
he said no this isn’t a foxbody, this is a real Capri, an imported Capri, so I said,
oh, that might have some promise. So anyway, we built the car, of course, we
put Holley EFI system in it, put that motor in it. We’ve done a few things to the motor since
then since I no longer had to meet class rules with it anymore. Yeah, I supported the pistons and done a few
things. Right now I’m running mod muscle, which is
the index class, so I can pretty much do anything I want to do. Go as fast as you want. Yep. The engine looks like it belongs. It fit pretty well, people think, well that
probably was a tough job fitting it in there, but it wasn’t a tough job for me, I just wrote
the checks. Really we didn’t have to cut anything out
of the engine compartment, that’s still the stock engine compartment. Those Capris just had a lot of room in them
basically. It looks pretty stock-ish and it usually surprises
people, especially if we go out to like an NHRA event or something where everybody is
running small-block Chevys, I launch at higher RPMs than most of those guys ever see. So can you tell me a little bit about the
Holley EFI, did you do some actual tuning on that? Oh yeah, we tune it all the time, we switch
back and forth. When Mike built the car it was on E85 and
last year another friend of mine, Daniel from Triangle Speed Shop was trying to win the
championship in NMRA Coyote Modified, they were having small car counts and they were
having odd. He needed to go after the gal that was leading
it, she ultimately ended up winning it, we didn’t get her, but we needed to get an even
number of cars so he could try to hit her in the first round and take her out, so I
actually put nitrous on the car, it was legal for that class, it wasn’t fast enough for
that class but it was legal for it, so we put nitrous on the car and I ended up running
a few races last year in Coyote modified just to try to help him out. To run that we had to put C16 fuel in it so
we’ve run C16, we’ve run E85, I’m back on E85 now, so yeah, obviously the flexibility
of tuning the Holley system has been pretty important in that, we use the Holley to control
the nitrous as well, the nitrous on it now, it’s just got a little 50 shot on it right
now, but you can see, my little sleeper nitrous going into the air filter there. It’s just a dry shot because with the Holley
we don’t have to mess around with a wet shot, you know, we just throw the nitrous on it
wherever we want to and let the Holley enrich the fuel through the injectors. Right now with E85, we are just about out
of injector but we can modify a few fuel system components and run a bigger shot on it if
I wanted to. I ran a 9.61 yesterday on motor, I’ve run
as fast a 9.45 on motor, and then on nitrous, a 9.14 or something is the fastest. You got an automatic? Yeah, it’s got a C4 automatic. I come here for the NMRA and then having the
Intergalactic Ford Fest, I wanted to see who was here from other galaxies, you know I was
curious, I haven’t seen any of them yet that I know of but I’ve seen a few people here
that might be aliens around here, I’m not sure.


  • Reply Kiwi Boosted Garage October 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    That’s a tight fit I wonder how he got on with the headers

  • Reply sterling Wilkey October 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    That's a bad ass little car I'd drive the hell out of it. Awesome job

  • Reply GMAN S October 31, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    What'a great build… Simple, Effective, Adjustable! What was his choice? Who built the C4 Trans?

  • Reply Peter. Hatch October 31, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Great car is it for sale

  • Reply Doug's custom car garage October 31, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I just love my 71 and 74 ford capri's

  • Reply Michael Hall October 31, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    sweet ride! keeping the blue oval. love it! 👌

  • Reply Chevyrunner October 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    It would only be cool if it had an Ls in it….

  • Reply Q .Wheatley October 31, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Euro Fords need more love here in the states, I still want a 92 escort cosworth.

  • Reply William CRAZY LACY Furmage November 1, 2019 at 12:57 am

    I alway thought these were fugly, I like the pinto look way better.

  • Reply Marcus Puzio November 1, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Wow …just love it .. I remember as a kid growing up in the 70s my dad had the same one …and also an Opal too … I wish i could find me an old 70 Opal and LS Sawp it or Coyote swap it .. Shit even a hemi anything V8 with a supercharger makes my blood pump

  • Reply francis palmer November 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Nice, i had 3 MK1 capri`s` back in the Eighties all had V6 engines, they were a 3ltr GXL manual, 3ltr GXL auto and a 3000 E. all great fun and not as much traffic on the roads here in the UK so you could thrash them about now and then.

  • Reply Stretchahead Limousines November 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    My Dad Bought Repairs and Sold these cars in UK back in the 70s and 80s some had 1.6 2.0 and 3.0v6 Engines
    So Grew up with these Cars but to see the Motor that this has Got its on a new Level .Awsome

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