Every spring I call Dennis at the County Fairgrounds to arrange to take my little beauty out of mothballs. My fear face is apparent to Dennis when I show up given my total lack of mechanical ability. My fright heightens and my sphincter tightens!! "Will it start"? "Will this be the spring I cry and grovel on the gravel garage floor begging for help getting my precious started?"
Even if I get it going, then what? Due to Mercury's lack of buyers for this series, new parts are hard to come by. Will this be the year that the "whatzamgigger" under the hood next to that "dooda" conks out and I have it towed 100 miles to my mechanic Blacky Carbon? Blacky is a smug Frenchman who goes under the business name of Monsieur Carboone's House of Citroen Repair. Rather than using his real last name in the business he pronounces it as Car-boooone, which he is convinced has certain sex appeal with the European crowd.
I worry what would happen to my Capri if I weren't there to protect it. My angst spiked recently seeing what had been done to a fallen brethren Capri near Anna Maria Island, Florida. At a distance, I thought I had come upon a rare seaworthy '60's Amphicar. As I got closer, my excitement changed to bitterness realizing it was an abandoned modified Capri with large shark tail fins, indicating it may have been once been used as a dragster.
In showing the picture of the beached Capri to officials at the "Big Daddy" Garlits Drag Racing Museum in Ocala on the way back to the Twin Cities, I was told by some guffawing smart ass docent in a flame retardant suit, "nope, even with better fins the frame of a Capri would never had made it down the quarter mile. You might want to check with Marineland in Clearwater to see if they know what species of fish it might be."
Paranoid about my car? Yes, maybe. I love my little car. It's not only a classic, but a survivor.
On a beautiful summer day, I can cruise the shoreline roads around Lake Minnetonka in the draft of the big dogs - Ferraris, 'Vettes, Porsches. I know my place in line and accept the fact that the view and the foul air (methane or motor oil) of the lead sled dog never changes?????
"You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try so hard you find sometimes you get what you need"!
1)MERCURY CAPRI (89-94) WAS MANUFACTURED IN 2 SERIES. EARLY ON THEY WERE COMPARED TO THE MAZDA MIATA. TWO SERIES WERE MANUFACTURED : RX2 WHICH WAS RATED AS TO HAVE 132 HP; THE MORE COMMON BASIC HAD 100 HP. ACCORDING TO SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA SOURCES, NEITHER CAPRI WERE PLACED IN A RACING CLASS AT THAT TIME, BUT ARE CURRENTLY IN F PRODUCTION AND/OR TOURING A.
2)HENRY FORD MUSEUM IN DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HAS ONLY 2 MERCURY'S ON DISPLAY; SURPRISINGLY THE CAPRI HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED.
3)SEA HAGG IS LOCATED IN CORTEZ ON 684 JUST BEFORE THE BRIDGE TO ANA MARIA ISLAND. YOU CAN'T MISS SEEING IT AS THE TRAFFIC CRAWLS ONTO AMI.
4)THANKS TO P.A.V FOR REMINDING ME OF MY "ROOTS" NEAR UNION GROVE.