Archive for September, 2013

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Good post from Ian of Ran When Parked.

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K-Jet Injector Seal Fun

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I’d never had the pleasure of doing these until the other day. The GT had always had a funky idle and it seemed like a vacuum leak. A quick shot of carb clean around the injectors confirmed that the seals were super leaky.

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I shot all of the housings with Kroil and let it soak. Bolts for 1, 3, & 4 came right out but 2 was a bugger. Lots of tapping and some time proved effective.

Getting the injectors out of the housings was a bit of a pain. Even after cleaning the gunk off they were pretty stuck. Gentle treatment with a small puller worked well.

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GT Grill Restoration

GT grills are pretty rare. Mine was is fair shape but it was good enough to save with a little work and some help from my friend Zo. When I first met Zo at Swedish Car Day ’12 he gave me his card (80sCarParts.com) and offered to help. He has several 3D printers and creates all kinds of hard to find items. He also has a huge stock of used parts mostly up on Ebay. So a year went by and my GT was getting the works after a fender bender and the last restoration piece was the grill. Originally it looked like this:

Kinda missing a tooth there

Kinda missing a tooth there

The original body color paint was gone and it had a piece knocked out. It also had all but the center bottom anchor point broken off. Above it’s being held on with tiny zip ties.

Only one anchor!

Only one anchor!

Knowing that Zo could make the pieces I needed, the first step was to remove the trim. This was easily done with a 3/8 drill bit. Mine had a pilot point on it which made it even easier.

Wrrrrrrrr

Wrrrrrrrr

That didn't take long

That didn’t take long

We took some measurements and Zo designed a few options for the top anchors.

The funny shaped ones on bottom were for the surround but we didn't end up using them

The funny shaped ones on bottom were for the surround but we didn’t end up using them.

The round ones came in two heights to enable us to have some flexibility around where to mount them relative to the top slat of the grill. After a test fit I decided to use the taller ones on top of the slat. 2013-09-22 11.04.25

For one of the surrounds we used a specially designed bottom anchor:

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And the main grill got these tiny anchors: 2013-09-22 09.42.32

For epoxy I used was Bob Smith 5min. Smelled like dog doo but worked like a charm. We determined that the left surround needed too much work so I put up a wanted post on Turbobricks. Luckily xraybob240 had one for a reasonable price:

Not GT but identical. Just needed paint

Not GT but identical. Just needed paint. Thanks Bob!

Now for the missing tooth. I removed the remains of the slat and made some measurements and Zo came up with this:

A little rough but the PVC sands pretty well

A little rough but the PVC sands pretty well

And with a little epoxy...

And with a little epoxy…

Zo at the test fit

Zo at the test fit

Some more cleaning and a good sand with 400 grit and it was ready for paint.

Two base and three clear. Running low on paint at this point.

Two base and three clear. Running low on paint at this point.

After trimming off leftover anchor flash and a good scuffing with Scotch-Brite I painted the trim with SEM Trim Black:

This stuff is great

This stuff is great

More epoxy and it was together. The Lambda Sond emblem needed a bit of touch-up and on it went:

Beauty

Beauty

Install

Install (photo by J Buday)

Now that's better

Now that’s better

Grilled

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Shot the grill and surrounds today and in they went. Only stripes left. I’ll follow up with a post on restoring the grill. Lots of 3-D printing and  epoxy.

Together

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Well, almost. My friend Zo and I are still working on the grill. And I need to do the stripes. But at least I can drive her around.  Nice to have the GT back in action.

Done

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I’ll do a more detailed post of lessons learned but it feels great to be done. Huzzah! A few more pics:
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Basecoat on. Clear in the AM.

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