Manny's 78 GTE

If you have a long-term project and would like to share/document progress, this is for you.

Moderators: scimjim, philhoward, erikscimitardemon, Roger Pennington, Lukeyboy46

User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:03 pm

Good day all

Today's mission was to sort out the mixture and tappet clearances- twas a lovely day for it! after a couple of hours or so - i finally i have a sweet sounding V6 and it now idles at 850 rpm..planting your foot down (idle) shows no black plumes of richness- managed to get 19 In:Hg of steady vacuum at idle.
I then took it for blast down the M6 - windows down - kickdown - it does sound very nice!!..i was a bit naughty on the slip M6\M5 but my mate was impressed by its turn of speed!
Got home and could not open the door from the inside :roll: which was on my last MOT failure...

Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:46 am

Good day all,

today was take the GTE to work day - i can report the idle is now at a steady 800 ish rpm - and did note the vacuum gauge did not always swing to the 'bad economy' sector - as before even coughing near the throttle pedal would make it jump!
SO very happy the new the carb\spacer and tappet adjustment appear to have been positive - just thought i would share.

Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
Roger Pennington
RSSOC Member
Posts: 19291
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:43 pm
Has thanked: 118 times
Been thanked: 450 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:36 pm

Well done! it makes all the work worthwhile :D


....Roger

RSSOC member (since 1982)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Image

"Condition can be bought at any time; Originality, once lost, is gone forever" - Doug Nye

AnotherTim
Posts: 1146
Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:15 am
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 19 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by AnotherTim » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:16 pm

Just found this thread so I'm posting in it so that it gets listed in my "View your posts" list. That's how I navigate this place, which is why I tend to miss most of what's going on.

:D

I love your body/engine hoist. Reminds me of a medieval trebuchet-like contraption. I expected the text underneath to say
manny wrote:initially will be used to lift the body at the front ...then fling it across the field and over the castle wall



User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:35 pm

AnotherTim wrote:Just found this thread so I'm posting in it so that it gets listed in my "View your posts" list. That's how I navigate this place, which is why I tend to miss most of what's going on.

:D

I love your body/engine hoist. Reminds me of a medieval trebuchet-like contraption. I expected the text underneath to say
manny wrote:initially will be used to lift the body at the front ...then fling it across the field and over the castle wall
funny you should mention trebuchet-- was exactly what i had in mind as i hacked it together :D...but thank you sir


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

StevieF
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:06 am

ROE425M

Post by StevieF » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:28 pm

Hi Manny
Just wondering if you ever managed to find anything out about Dad's old car?
Thanks
Stevie



User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: ROE425M

Post by manny » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:58 pm

StevieF wrote:Hi Manny
Just wondering if you ever managed to find anything out about Dad's old car?
Thanks
Stevie
I did speak to my my MOT father (last week Tuesday)- but he has not been in contact with the owner so far - i am popping in tomorrow to drop off my SS1 for a MOT - so will remind him - having said that someone did pm me regarding the car - as i think they were looking at purchasing it...
Will update as soon as i can

Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

StevieF
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:06 am

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by StevieF » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:47 pm

Thanks very much for the update!



User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:09 am

Good day all,

I have a spare 6DA wiper delay unit - i was in a box of spares from the SS1 ..it has the connectors etc..can it be easily fitted into the existing wiper wiring in the GTE?

Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
scimjim
RSSOC Member
Posts: 35885
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:08 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 113 times
Been thanked: 821 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by scimjim » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:12 am

There may be some work needed - apparently the connectors are reversed on the 6 series.

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=27380


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:19 am

Mr King..

i am such a Doofus...as i was looking at the Wiki article this morning...

I thank you saaar

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:31 am

Good day all,

car is in for its MOT...fingers crossed...and stiff drink in hand :cry:


Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
Old and Slow
RSSOC Member
Posts: 749
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:37 pm
Location: East Berks
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 35 times

Manny's 78 GTE

Post by Old and Slow » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:55 pm

My eyes are crossed for you! :shock:
Hope it all goes well.


Philip Needham
Ashley-bodied TR3; '54 Ford Consul; '55 AC 2-Litre Saloon;'65 850 Mini; '70 Ford Zodiac MkIV; XR3i
'81 911SC Targa, '64 Sabre Six

User avatar
manny
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1053
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Location: Smethwick, West Midlands
Has thanked: 33 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Manny's 78 GTE

Post by manny » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:11 pm

Good day all,

well it failed :
Nearside Rear Upper Body or chassis has excessive corrosion, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2)
Offside Rear Upper Body or chassis has excessive corrosion, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2)
Offside Front Upper Body or chassis has excessive corrosion, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2)
Nearside Front Upper Front suspension ball joint dust cover excessively damaged so that it no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (2.4.G.2)
Nearside Headlamp insecure Dipped Beam (1.7.3)
Offside Headlamp insecure Dipped Beam (1.7.3)

Advisory notice item(s)
Nearside Front wheel bearing has slight play (2.5.A.3c)
Offside Front wheel bearing has slight play (2.5.A.3c)
Offside Rear Shock absorber has slight corrosion to the casing (2.7.2a)

so i have asked the garage to attend to the items and make it roadworthy once more...not too disappointed to be honest. I had a good run since bought.
Once it has a new MOT - i will probably sell, as my TR is near completion and the GTC , Ti need TLC...

Ta

Manny


GTE Progress#
Ti Progress#
1600 Progress#
GTC Progress#
Tr7 V8 1982 #Bajaj Legend NXT ( Vespa)#bicycle 2010

User avatar
AJL Electronics
RSSOC Member
Posts: 7470
Joined: Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:49 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 41 times
Been thanked: 208 times
Contact:

Manny's 78 GTE

Post by AJL Electronics » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:19 pm

That "Front wheel bearings have slight play" is one of my irritations. It should be noted that if there were NOT slight play, then they are too tight. Your modern spotty MOT yoof with his laptop, doesn't understand taper roller bearings. I sometimes have had to take in the factory workshop manual before they will understand and remove the advisory. Looks like you need to educate them!

Not sure what your chassis state is from that fail, I would want another opinion I think.


Yes, we can mend your Scimitar!
Order your Scimitar parts any hour of the day at http://www.classicmicrocars.com (member's discounts).

Fancy a holiday in Gael, France? http://www.ianrhu.com

There is no point trying to teach a pig to sing. It doesn't work and it annoys the pig.

Post Reply

Return to “Project Progress”