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eBay GTC Restoration (now with added MOT)

Post by Corky » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:26 am

All the photos from this restoration can be found here http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/uu29 ... rk/GTC404/

Hi all, this is my latest GTC as waffled about in Slice. (The last one I did can be seen HERE)

This is no.404, built in 1984 it has a galvanised chassis (standard from around no. 372), a leather interior, 4 speaker radiogram, factory electric mirrors and a 2.8 Cologne engine fed by a Weber 38 DGAS (the previous owner did the decent thing and binned the Pierburg). Underneath looks very good indeed, all thanks to the galvanising. A nice little bonus was the tubular headers and SS exhausts. And just 72,000 miles from new (allegedly).

It needs a good service, an MOT, new paint, new hood, new carpets, re-upholstering, new PAS rack and various other little bits of fettling. The plan is to put a new hood on and get it MOT'd before the end of May, run it for the summer and get it painted and re-upholstered over the Winter. This plan could change (most of mine usually do :roll: ), but I'm in this to completion, all fired up and ready to go.

I should mention that I bought the car completely unseen (in the flesh) on the back of some grainy photos and a very limited description :oops:

Today I have ordered a hood from http://www.donhoods.com/, these are made to order so I thought I'd better crack on.

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I Just love the comedy service history ! :lol:
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Post by demonbluedays » Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:39 pm

cor blimey that car looks rough, but oh so nice! :D


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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:57 pm

demonbluedays wrote:cor blimey that car looks rough, but oh so nice! :D
It's exactly what I was looking for after I sold the last one. Galv Chassis Manual O/D needing light restoration. This is just perfect ! If the paint was better it wouldn't matter as it'll resprayed anyway, if the interior was better it was always going to be retrimmed, so why start with a cosmetically better car !

The engine is sweet as a nut !

I'll be on the phone to coverdale in the morning to order the carpets, and then off to see the man at the bodyshop to book it in for later in the year. I want to sort all the fibreglass myself before I send it for paint (I'm thinking dark metallic grey or cherry red metallic)

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Post by ScimitarMatt » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:43 pm

Whats wrong with that hood then? Nothing a bit of gaffa tape and some white stripes couldn't fix :lol:

I might see about popping over to Cork Towers this week Steve to see the fleet before the Sabre goes off to a new victim (oops, owner)

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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:34 pm

No problem Matt, I'm about all day Tues/Weds.


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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:00 pm

I'll be ordering some new shocks and springs in the morning. I was going to order them direct from Gaz but the chap on the phone said they only dealt with trade ! On his advice I've found a re-seller so all I need to do is choose whether I want adjustable spring pans and decide on the spring rates.

My initial thoughts are that I don't want adjustable spring pans (I can't see the point on a road going GTC), so I'm looking at GS6-2200 (front) and GS6-2314 (rear) for the dampers.

The springs are another issue, I haven't a clue what to go for. Can anyone offer any advice ? I don't want to lose my fillings when I go over a pot hole, but neither do I want it to be soft. I seem to recall someone suggesting 250 front and 225 rear, does this sound right ?

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Post by philhoward » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:31 pm

Silly question...but don't the traders sell GAZ?


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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:36 pm

philhoward wrote:Silly question...but don't the traders sell GAZ?
I think GW have done, but last time I asked they only had Spax. QRG are advertising AVO's, so I haven't asked Nigel. Unless you know of anywhere else ?


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Post by philhoward » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:39 pm

I was thinking Nigel, TBH...


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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:47 pm

IIRC the price difference between height adjustable and not, is pretty small, so I'd say go for the height adjustable ones as it gives you the ability to fine-tune the height to compensate for any differences.

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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Coupe Racing » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:04 pm

scimitarcars.org.uk wrote:I'll be ordering some new shocks and springs in the morning. I was going to order them direct from Gaz but the chap on the phone said they only dealt with trade !
My initial thoughts are that I don't want adjustable spring pans (I can't see the point on a road going GTC), so I'm looking at GS6-2200 (front) and GS6-2314 (rear) for the dampers.
Hi Steve -

Call Gaz and ask for Mark.

He spent ages on the phone with me 2 weeks ago - sorted out a pair of custom damper - delivered in 24 hours and at cost price.

Feel free to mention I recommended you

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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:28 pm

Thanks Steve, I will have another go.

Does 250 front 225 rear sound OK to you ?

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Post by Coupe Racing » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:34 pm

I could not possibly comment on a road going car

However I do have a selection of springs to play with - but would only be suitable with adjustable platforms

Feel free to drop me line if you get adjustable spring pans

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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:49 pm

Thanks for the advice guys, I've just ordered a full set of Gaz with adjustable spring seats and a full set of springs (275lb front and 250lb rear). Ordered them direct from Gaz having spoken to Mark as Steve (coupe racing) has recommended.

The price......................drum roll......................just £366.60 all in delivered inc. Vat The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but this is very cheap when compared with the prices I have been quoted.


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Re: eBay GTC Restoration

Post by Corky » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:29 pm

The quotes are now in for the paint. So I'm going to throw caution to the wind and get it painted before I think about MOT's etc. I may be able to get it into the paint shop by the end of May, so it may even get to see some use towards the end of the Summer if I can find the time to finish it.

I'm thinking of going for one of these colours but I'm not sure which would look best on a GTC with a black hood :-

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I don't think I was bold enough with the last GTC I did. This is BMW Mini Electric Blue.

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