Ians GTC rebuild. And now with MOT

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Post by Steve_S » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:41 pm

GTC Ian wrote:
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Its in. Engine went in without any major problems.I did help from my neighbour who I think enjoyed it.In fact it lined up a bit too easy.....Im worried. With the car lift giving me plenty of clearance it made light work of it. Couldnt have done it without the lift. Proving money well spent. It means now I can get stuck in and get it finished.
Thought my garage was narrow !
Ian Whats the lift you have got make cost etc
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Post by GTC Ian » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:25 pm

https://www.garageequipment.co.uk/Vehic ... t---27-Ton
This the one Ive got. Ordered it at the NEC Classic Car Show and it was delivered 3 weeks later. I have never regretted buying it. It has save so much time jacking the cars up.
Be warned it is heavy. I have wheeled it out onto the drive some times so Barbara can clean under her SS1 and it takes some effort .
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Post by GTC Ian » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:33 pm

Had a day off yesterday at the Restoration show, getting those essential bits that were needed( Im sure Barbara will argue that point, but I needed that 1/4" drive torque wrench and that smart timing light) So today got stuck in and had quite a productive day.
Battery on next and crank the engine over to get the oil around the block and check to see if I have oil pressure.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:04 am

Looking shiny, Ian. Are you after Tony Carr's crown? :D


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Post by GTC Ian » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:09 am

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Looking shiny, Ian. Are you after Tony Carr's crown? :D
Just couldnt miss the opportunity to give everything a good clean while it was in bits.


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Post by GTC Ian » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:37 pm

Quick update. Im empting boxes at a great rate. New uprated fan from QRG fitted as the old one didnt take too kindly being cleaned... the end plate had corroded away. Radiator & fan connected up (and running the right way) along with a trial fit of the new silicone hoses, now its time to turn to the wiring loom. I have found a lot of cracked and hardened wires so slowly going through them and replacing them along with any dodgey connectors.The inhibitor wiring is proving the biggest problem as the insulation is best described as crispy. I am doing away with the ignition module and fitting a powerspark system reputed to be "plug and play" so those redundant wires will be removed. Peter Freemans coloured wiring diagram is proving invaluable. Makes things a lot easier to follow. Once the wiring is sorted its then onto the interior over easter( thats the plan anyway).


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Post by GTC Ian » Mon May 06, 2019 6:09 pm

Now after spending over 3 weeks working on the wiring loom things are looking better. Managed to get the interior started over easter but now the weather has changed I didnt want to risk getting the car out of the garage in case it got wet.So put that on the back burner for now and decided to do the jobs I could do in the garage.
Found plenty of problems with the wiring. After cutting out broken and brittle wires, it is now finished ( I hope) up at the front end. Gearbox inhibitor now works, all new wiring to the starter motor from the starter relay. Complete new ignition fitted and wired in. New distributor from Powerspark with leads ,coil and ballast resistor fitted. Sorted out the heater blowers and they now both work together. Fitted new headlights and bowls with LED lights. New indicators and fogs were the last things fitted. And all are working.
Cranked the engine over on the key and getting oil pressure and a spark. Whether the spark is at the right time, on the right piston we will have to wait and see.
Barbara has been working hard on the trim inside, so at least the interior should be good. Exhausts next and then going for the big one.... get the engine running, weather permitting
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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon May 06, 2019 8:21 pm

You're making good progress - starting the engine will certainly be a big step :)


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Post by MikeyBikey » Mon May 06, 2019 9:18 pm

looking great. The engine bay is very lovely


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Post by GTC Ian » Tue May 07, 2019 7:40 am

Thanks Mikey. The only thing letting it down is the header tank. We have tried everything to get it clean, but it is badly stained. Will just have to live with it and hope I can find one in better condition


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Post by GTC Ian » Tue May 07, 2019 7:44 am

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You're making good progress - starting the engine will certainly be a big step :)
Im out in the garage every spare moment, but only when I feel like it. Just want to start the engine so I can tick that off the list. So fingers crossed for this week-end weather (and Barbara) permitting


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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue May 07, 2019 9:15 am

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Thanks Mikey. The only thing letting it down is the header tank. We have tried everything to get it clean, but it is badly stained. Will just have to live with it and hope I can find one in better condition
You'll be lucky! I think that they are Mk1 Transit. If you are not too concerned with originality, one of the VW Golf tanks fits just nicely.


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Post by GTC Ian » Tue May 07, 2019 9:27 am

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Thanks Mikey. The only thing letting it down is the header tank. We have tried everything to get it clean, but it is badly stained. Will just have to live with it and hope I can find one in better condition
You'll be lucky! I think that they are Mk1 Transit. If you are not too concerned with originality, one of the VW Golf tanks fits just nicely.
Yes I know they are as rare as hens teeth. But you never know a better one may turn up


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Post by scimitargtc » Tue May 07, 2019 11:33 am

Ian’s lift is very similar to the 1 the wife bought me from BHRepairs a little less money inc delivery. My 6a is on it at the mo to allow installation of fuel pump and it’s great.. I have 2 sets of hydraulic ramps bought from C J Autos I’ve used maybe 6 times on my MG before my stroke which will be up for sale in the next couple of weeks


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Post by scimrick » Tue May 07, 2019 12:45 pm

Looks really great Ian - well done. Look forward to seeing it on the road, suspect next week's Norfolk Noggin (at Stradsett in the west of Norfolk in lieu of our default location) may be pushing you a bit too hard!!
Like you I was after a replacement header tank, and I followed Andy (AJL) thread and replaced with VW one - see Slice 286 pages 86 and 87 for my write up. However it's only any use if you want to maintain originality.
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