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Post by ard126k » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:56 pm

Thanks Dennis
That's exactly how I remembered the braid route, but one of the holes in the braid just didn't line up. So I created another.

This is the second time that strange things have happened in the rebuild. The first was when I took the centre dashboard out to replace some of the wee lightbulbs - when I came to put the panel back all the wires to the instruments were the wrong lengths!! So I've now got a subtly redesigned dash layout.

I'm making progress now the weather is less cold. All the bits are back in the engine room, and the front bumper is reinstalled. I've been trying to connect up the headlights today but an earth gremlin is fighting back. Maybe tomorrow....


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Post by ard126k » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:13 am

Found the earth gremlin, a bit different from the usual dirty connectors. The earth wire coming from LHS to RHS is split into 2 ends, and I'd managed to connect them together and deprive the lights of their share.... all fixed now.
Just in the midst of replacing the webbing under the hood which somebody had cut, should have the hood in place permanently by tonight.


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Post by ard126k » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:52 pm

Progress report. The hood, bonnet and bootlid are in place so the car's looking a bit more like a car again. I've just spent the best part of three weeks persuading the windscreen to fit, I don't ever want to have to do that again. Rear bumpers and doors next I think.


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Post by ard126k » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:30 pm

I seem to be in a one step forward and two back loop at the moment, after finding the way to put the screen in I thought it would be easy to pop it out again to tidy up the front of the dashboard top. (Yes, I know..) It was easy, but I broke the screen putting it back again!
Fitting the doors was going well until I found I had to tear down the interior side panels to put the striker plates for the lock back.
Still, not far now. I think.


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Post by ard126k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:00 am

All done and we're booked for an MOT Tuesday AM. Wish me luck!


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Post by philhoward » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:30 am

Good luck!


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Post by ard126k » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:35 pm

Well that's that. GTC 358 is back on the road after a 24-year layoff, tested this morning and SUCCESS!! One bank of cylinders was running very rich but we put that down to a dirty plug and used the other bank's figures.

Just want to thank everyone who's contributed to the thread, in particular Tinker man who started the whole thing off. I'm away now to put some petrol in and see how my hair likes being in the wind!
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Post by backpain » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:50 pm

Just read whole thread very well done must give you loads of satisfaction :D john


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Post by Corky » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:55 pm

Fantastic!

The car looks great. Well done.


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Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:46 pm

ard126k Well done. Now you will need the tonneau/draft preventer for all year round top down motoring to stop freezing in winter and so HER hair does not blow around :lol:
and to go with it the top cap over the front cockpit area for dodgy looking days when parking to save putting hood up. I have found the new top cap excellent to use so far and it has saved getting wet front seats on a couple of parked up occasions. Very quick and easy to put on. I just have to add a set of tapes/hooks/buckles to replace the temporary elasticated ones (she complains her ........ keep falling down!).
Westcountry Trimmers has templates for both and about to do some for giddo (problems so far prevented him being able to get down for fitting as planed) :(
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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:56 pm

That looks superb, well done.


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Post by Will Anderson » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:16 pm

Fantastic achievement, well done!! 8)


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Post by ard126k » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:46 pm

Thanks for all your congratulations, however keep the champagne in the fridge because as I set out on the maiden voyage the diff seized up! Yes it did! Recovered home and the investigations will begin once I've figured out how to drag the hulk from the side of the road back into the garage. Going to the pub now......


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Post by Will Anderson » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:48 pm

Ouch! :(


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Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:50 pm

Bugger. Car looks lovely though. Please get it sorted ASAP and still enjoy the summer and bask in your achievement.

I have changed complete axles in a se5 and whilst a bit tedious, it’s not hard to do. So might be an option. Also is it the diff or say a rear drum brake , or both drums, etc


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