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Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:20 am
by manny
I have been reading inspirational project threads since i bought my SE6a , and always thought do users really to want see another picture of a rusty\broken\refurbished piece of a car...and I find the answer is of course...YES!! so I will be updating this thread as needed.

Solar visor experiment
Panoramic roof
Heater matrix
Seat runners
Headlamp\front end relays
Fuel tank removal\repair
rear seats

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:32 am
by Roger Pennington
Yes, it's always interesting to see what people (and their cars) are up to!

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:12 pm
by manny
Solar\Sunvisor experiment

I tend not to use the car that often, so I bought a couple of 12v solar trickle chargers to help the battery, the panels provide enough mA to keep the clock ticking when the battery was disconnected.. they plug into the power outlet and normally rest on the i thought i would attempt to mount the panels into the sunvisor, due to the extra weight i will need to use some fridge magnets to keep them horizontal...will post some pics soon....


Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:28 am
by manny
Heater box and matrix:
my heater was bypassed when I bought the car -I have a new heater matrix waiting for its new home........


i will dip the components in white vinegar - it should help getting all the rust in the inaccessible corners

the main heater box body now immursed for rust removal.
I will rotate it over the next few days-that should suffice.

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:00 pm
by manny
Fuel tank removal:

Today's mission was to remove the fuel tank, I needed to remove the tow bar struts first- I was not looking foward this - I was fully prepared to fill the swear jar- expecting grazed knuckes etc..however the struts came off within 1 hour and in the next couple of hours I had the front most straps nuts off- bent back the straps (I had the tank supported with a jack and some wood). It held fast when I removed the support- so I filled the tank with water ( it has a drain plug)- it came off at the diff end but not at the filler it is stuck at the moment, i will fight it tomorrow...

I did note some dripping when I removed one of the straps and also broke the return inlet so will either get the tank repaired or look for a SS replacement..wonder if a focus one would be better..

Turns out it was not filler end preventing removal but the earth tab hitting the rear support- once I had bent it back - it just dropped...I then stared at the crap it was hidding :shock: wasn't too surprised at what i discovered..


I'm not too sure if it worth even trying to refurbish- it must be just as bad will post a wanted soon..

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:18 pm
by Elizabeth's dad
I've never removed one from a 6, but on my 5a, there's an angled plate at the back behind the filler covering the angle between the back panel and the floor. The tank won't come out unless you remove it first, and remove the pipe connecting the filler cap tube to the tank filler tube.

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:30 pm
by manny
Hi Jim,

Ah..OK thanks for that..I was surprised at how well it was going!..The angled plate that 'bumper off' access?

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:39 pm
by Elizabeth's dad
If its there, its behind the trim panel across the back of the car in the boot area and under the carpet.

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:38 pm
by manny
Fuel tank removal Sucess!! finally got the tank out. ( 3 mins!)

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:48 pm
by MikeT
Interesting idea with the visors Manny - especially if it's kept outside.

You're right about your heater box - mine was in pretty good nick in comparison.

Keep at it... as Roger says - it's always good to see pics of what others are up to


Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:59 pm
by manny
Hi Mike,

did you finish your relay wiring? I fancied a blast on the bike, was going to pm you - as its the next project on my list- like the idea of the riv nuts- how much was that ?



Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:06 pm
by MikeT
Hi Manny - Yep, the relay wiring is finished, and works a treat.

The Rivnut kit cost £50 quid - a bit extravagant, and you can do it with nuts / bolts and washers - but it was a nice birthday present.

We're going out for a few hours in a bit, but we'll be back in later if you fancy a run out. Give me a call / text though first to make sure we're in ;) .


Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:51 pm
by manny
Nice one Mike, would like to see the thing I have learnt today..dont mention things are going well to the invariably translates as ' i've done my things and now have lots of spare time to tend to your list'....will have to postpone today as a result :roll: :roll: ....

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:03 pm
by manny
Seat runners (passenger side): after struggling to move the seat back and forth without it sounding like a cat was trapped underneath, i removed the seat and the runners. I again used my favoured vinegar rust removal to get decent results- I did not take any before pictures .
Once the vingear was neutralised, I used some motorbike chain wax sprayed into the tracks - and gave the whole thing a dip in some synthetic oli..It now glides smoothy :D

I also treated my wheel brace.

Re: Manny's 78 GTE

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:15 pm
by MikeT
No wprries matey, there will be other times (I'm on leave all week if you're about, spending most of it in the garage with any luck :) ). Seat runners are worthwhile doing - I've just done my passenger side ones funnily enough, hopefully it will be a big improvement when I fit it back in.