Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Try here if you want something specific
Forum rules
If you are not a regular forum member, please introduce yourself in the Indroduce yourself/Welcome to new members section. Tell who you are, where you are from and some background details. Your advertisements will be deleted if you don't.
User avatar
mahleu
Posts: 519
Joined: Thu 27 Aug 2009, 19:23
Location: Durban. SA.
Contact:

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by mahleu » Mon 06 Dec 2010, 12:37

You may want to advertise in Classic and Performance Car Africa and maybe contact the big circuits to see if you get an advert on their notice boards/mailing lists.
That's how I roll. Down the hill 'cause the car won't start and the brakes don't work.

Tony69
Posts: 1798
Joined: Thu 24 Sep 2009, 04:02
Location: Northcliff, JHB

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by Tony69 » Mon 06 Dec 2010, 12:55

I'm interested to know what mods are required for a standard 2dr Firenza\Capri body to accept a V8.
I always had this idea that the CanAm hood is a lil longer than the Firenza, what differences are there in the body?

As a kid, I would hear bed-time stories of a tiny but vicious zebra-like monster that devoured everything that opposed it, even big 455-powered Pontiacs. I don't know much about this mystical beast, but I have a great respect for it.

User avatar
CanAm17
Posts: 271
Joined: Fri 12 Sep 2008, 13:27
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by CanAm17 » Mon 06 Dec 2010, 18:44

The CanAm's were based on the standard 2,5 SL Firenza two door shells. Same length bonnet, just a fibre glass version with two air scoops / vents. No other changes to the body, besides the aluminium American Racing aerofoil on the boot lid. Opel GT seats with velour inserts, Rev counter with higher red line (6800) Personal Steering Wheel and Personal Rims (Very rare now). Other minor interior changes re switchgear and padded sun visors (for safety in those days!!)
SBC 302 Z28 block, forged, 4 bolt mains crank, 10.5:1 domed pistons,pink nitrided rods and last made in 1969, running up to 8500 rpm in race trim. Muncie M21 Rock Crusher box (some with M22, identical except for gearing) Borg Warner LS diff. Minor suspension and brake upgrade, but nothing spectacular. 1st gear good for 110Kph. Retail price in 1973 - R4 500.00. Same price then as the Audi 100 RS. Chassis Number Tag inside left door frame and under passenger seat for identification.
Only 100 road cars made, only in a particular slightly off-white colour, with satin black bonnet and pinstriping under the window and running up around the C-pillar. Unsubstantiated rumour that the last three had 327 c.i.d engines rather than 302's as they had run out of the 302's brought in from GM in the USA.
So if you want to create a genuine replica, you have your work cut out. Good luck.
1967 MGB GT V8
1973 Chev Firenza Can Am
1978 Ferrari 308 GTB
2010 Mini Cooper JCW

User avatar
zahistorics
Posts: 4762
Joined: Sun 12 Aug 2007, 13:53
Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Contact:

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by zahistorics » Mon 06 Dec 2010, 19:01

Capri Perana: Front cross member cut away to clear radiator. Extra exhaust cut out on rear valance. That's it for sheet metal changes.

Other changes:
Custom engine cross member, rack moved to back, upside down LHD rack, struts swapped left to right.

Custom rear axle - hybrid of Falcon LSD centre and Capri tubes and hubs.

Gear selectors were a hybrid of Mustang and Cortina (auto) or Capri (manual) parts.

Engine and gearbox was basically a '69/70 mustang unit without smog kit. Some, or all, were locally fitted with Ritchie Jute made camshafts.

Manuals had a hydraulic clutch release with custom master cyl - hybrid of Landrover and Escort RS parts.

Modified speedo.

Custom BG made steering wheel.

Custom prop shaft.

Amazingly, almost all parts came from the Ford parts bin - very few custom BG Perana only parts. The genius was in dicovering which parts could be made to fit and where.

Quite a bit easier to replicate than a Can Am - simply because of parts availability.

User avatar
zahistorics
Posts: 4762
Joined: Sun 12 Aug 2007, 13:53
Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Contact:

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by zahistorics » Mon 06 Dec 2010, 19:03

Another nugget of interesting information - both the Firenza 2 door shell, and the Capri 3 litre XL shell used to build these monsters were unique, in detail, to South Africa.

User avatar
Burnthosetyres
Posts: 2812
Joined: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 15:58
Location: Durban (Home of Sharks rugby) RSA

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by Burnthosetyres » Tue 07 Dec 2010, 11:25

Where? Are you referring to the political rumblings of a F1 GP circuit near the New Airport?
'A Camaro is a little animal that eats Mustangs!'

User avatar
mahleu
Posts: 519
Joined: Thu 27 Aug 2009, 19:23
Location: Durban. SA.
Contact:

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by mahleu » Tue 07 Dec 2010, 12:02

Near Port Shepstone...

I'll get some more details but it seems like the people involved are quite serious and have the wallets to make it happen.
That's how I roll. Down the hill 'cause the car won't start and the brakes don't work.

UGLYDUCKLIN
Posts: 235
Joined: Wed 03 Jun 2009, 16:59

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by UGLYDUCKLIN » Mon 20 Dec 2010, 17:28

Now that's new worth having....what kind of track or are you referring to the new airport possible developments.
Please fill us in if you can.
Regards
Denny
Denny Poovan
1966 MK1 Cortina 2 door 3.2 ltr V6
1968 MK1 Escort 2 ltr Turbo ...sold
1969 MK1 Capri 302 ...sold
1973 MK3 Cortina 2 door Euro spec
2015 Audi S3 Sedan
2012 Harley 883 Sportster
2013 Z4 2.8 M Sport
1970 Mustang Grande 351

UGLYDUCKLIN
Posts: 235
Joined: Wed 03 Jun 2009, 16:59

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by UGLYDUCKLIN » Mon 20 Dec 2010, 17:31

ooops sorry.....for the bad writing,just so excited....there were some rumblings that Des G was laying on a track for circuit...would be great if that materialises.
Regards
Denny Poovan
1966 MK1 Cortina 2 door 3.2 ltr V6
1968 MK1 Escort 2 ltr Turbo ...sold
1969 MK1 Capri 302 ...sold
1973 MK3 Cortina 2 door Euro spec
2015 Audi S3 Sedan
2012 Harley 883 Sportster
2013 Z4 2.8 M Sport
1970 Mustang Grande 351

User avatar
Shaughn
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon 19 Dec 2016, 00:29

Re: Genuine Capri perana and Chevrolet firenza can am - genuine

Post by Shaughn » Sun 02 Jul 2017, 22:14

Dezzi Raceway is in Shelly Beach / Port Shepstone now.

http://www.dezzi.co.za/dezzi-raceway/

Post Reply

Social Media

     

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests