My midlife GTC

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My midlife GTC

Post by guybetts » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:35 pm

After 28 years of Scimitar ownership, and 23 years since I had more than one at a time, a midlife crisis has hit me head on and I'm now the owner of a 1981 Carmen Red GTC. The plan is to keep this one going as a regular (not quite daily) driver, so I can at least turn up at the Berks noggin in a Scimitar :shock:

The car has been cherished in the past, and has not been modified to any significant degree. A large file of receipts show it spent quite some time in the north west, and was a regular at GW's before coming south about 12 years ago. What I know of its more recent past is that it was purchased as a 60th birthday present, but little used, being sorned in 2009. It was laid up outside and not used for the past 6 years, which has taken its toll, not least on the paint as for sometime it has had a cover on it. Long term the paint will need attention, but it's presentable for now. A noggin member acquired the GTC which was languishing unknown and very local to them, with a view to get it roadworthy and move it on. I had been toying with the idea of a weekend car (as the Coupe is just taking too long) and had considered going "pointy" again, but then the opportunity to have a GTC was not one to miss 8)

Acquired with a fresh MOT, I've got her home, and its now time to assess what is needed to get her reliable again. Firstly, replace all the fuel pipes which I competed today. Also fix the wipers - again - which I hope are okay now. I will need to patch a hole in the exhaust under the drivers seat - victim of speed bump I suspect ! - and a temperamental door lock, and electric window too. The front suspension upper fulcrum bushes need replacing as does the upper Bush on the shocks. I'm not happy with the brakes so will investigate these in the next few days, and the auto box is a bit "odd". My daily drive is a modern auto, and the GTC's behaviour is pretty crude in comparison - which may be nothing unusual of course, on a 35 year old car!

There are plenty of other things that need attention, and I hope to keep a fairly regular update here of things I've had to do (unlike my Coupe thread :oops: )

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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:00 pm

Excellent :-)

Oil and filter may make it a bit smoother (assuming everything else is okay) but the C3 is positively agricultural compared to a modern!


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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by greeny » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:06 pm

Welcome to the fold Guy!!


Babe the GTC number 229 and and Smurfett the 1400 SST. Ness the vw t4 van/dayvan/camper
Previous 3.0v6 X type jaguar triumph acclaim scimitar SE4A 663 (ex Collin Watson coupe) 2x se5a's 2x SS1 1600s and a load.of other things I can't remember!!!
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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by petermisy » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:12 pm

Welcome to GTC ownership, Greeny and I love them!

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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by MrGoldtop1960 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:12 pm

Well done Guy!
Will I be seeing it in the car park in Bracknell? :D :D

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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by greeny » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:58 pm

petermisy wrote:Welcome to GTC ownership, Greeny and I love them!

Peter

:D :D


Babe the GTC number 229 and and Smurfett the 1400 SST. Ness the vw t4 van/dayvan/camper
Previous 3.0v6 X type jaguar triumph acclaim scimitar SE4A 663 (ex Collin Watson coupe) 2x se5a's 2x SS1 1600s and a load.of other things I can't remember!!!
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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by Old and Slow » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:24 pm

Good move!
And you must pop round one lunchtime so that I can see this new acquisition of yours.
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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by scimitargtc » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:40 am

had mine (midlife crisis) in Jan and bought an mgtf s gtc's still too rich for me -- echo comment e c3 autobox - my 6a is as you describe - agricultural when compared to my 2016 cvt auto qashqai but i love her


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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:16 pm

It ain't a crisis, it's a celebration!



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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by greeny » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:32 pm

I am worried I got my C at 26 ish it wasn't until I was near 40 I got a boring car!! (The acclaim followed by the Jag) but I do feel I have now made up for it by having a VW van with 20" wheels ?


Babe the GTC number 229 and and Smurfett the 1400 SST. Ness the vw t4 van/dayvan/camper
Previous 3.0v6 X type jaguar triumph acclaim scimitar SE4A 663 (ex Collin Watson coupe) 2x se5a's 2x SS1 1600s and a load.of other things I can't remember!!!
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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by guybetts » Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:34 pm

Thanks guy's for your encouraging comments. I will start with an oil and filter change to see if the auto improves. Not sure I'd trust it's reliability for a trip to Bracknell in the near future Kev and Phillip :? It's first formal outing will be the noggin on Tuesday :D

Today I've removed the side panel in the drivers footwell, which had expanded (plywood delaminated) and pushing the carpet against the accelerator! Cannot believe the bonnet release is bolted through this panel, when it is located a few centimetres from the steel scuttle brace! A couple of captive nuts and this would certainly have been a firmer mounting position than a thin plywood sheet strengthened by a layer of carpet :shock:

I was looking for the wiper delay 6DA unit, which I thought was supposed to be behind this panel, but it wasn't. Definitely has a wiper delay - that was working yesterday.

Also the inertia reel mechanisms on both sides are a bit tired and need replacing, despite efforts to get them operating smoothly - I thought the unglued trim was causing some fouling, but not so.
b.c.flat hat wrote:It ain't a crisis, it's a celebration!
Tell that to the wife :lol:

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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:17 pm

guybetts wrote: I was looking for the wiper delay 6DA unit, which I thought was supposed to be behind this panel, but it wasn't. Definitely has a wiper delay - that was working yesterday.
Well done on the car, Guy :D

Re the 6DA unit, normally (in the GTEs anyway, but I guess the GTCs are the same?) it's on the other side of the footwell, i.e. the centre console side :)


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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:38 pm

And forgive me if my memory is fading but the bonnet release should be secured to the A post?


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Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:58 pm

No Jim, it is just secured to the kick panel! Something I will address on the project GTC.


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Re: My midlife GTC

Post by guybetts » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:01 pm

Roger Pennington wrote: Re the 6DA unit, normally (in the GTEs anyway, but I guess the GTCs are the same?) it's on the other side of the footwell, i.e. the centre console side :)
Was late last night when I was reading the 'wiki' pages
Looking on the wrong side :oops:
scimjim wrote:And forgive me if my memory is fading but the bonnet release should be secured to the A post?
I'd have thought so Jim, but there is no evidence at all of any mounting point/holes on the A post. It's in almost exactly the same place as my Coupe, and that is just through the fibre glass with a plate on the back - but then there isn't any A pillar to speak of, just a bonded in steel plate for the hinges.

I think I will fix it to the A pillar when I fabricate a replacement side panel.
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