Archive for September, 2014

Cucumber in a sea of storage

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GT Meets IPD, Cont.

Finally got around to putting the GT together. Ran into a front caliper bleeder that wouldn’t budge no matter what (heat, Kroil, tap tap tap, repeat) so in went a set of new calipers.

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The hoses and lines were a mess too. I’m surprised that I got as many miles as I did. These are the same brakes that it came with and they sat in a field for five years.

Copper lines from Eeuroparts make life easier.

Copper lines from Eeuroparts make life easier.

IPD 25mm bars peeking out. Fresh Brembo rotors (I wish these came painted too. Damn) and a good repacking of the wheel bearings and new seals.

IPD lowering springs and 25mm sway bars peeking out. Fresh Brembo rotors (I wish these came painted too. Damn, all this extra work adds up) and a good repacking of the wheel bearings and new seals.

The copper is so easy to work with. Totally worth $8 ea.

The copper is so easy to work with. Totally worth $8 ea.

Buttoned up

Buttoned up

The rear springs. Stiff and lower by about 1.5".

The rear springs. Stiff and lower by about 1.5″.

I didn’t get any pics of the panhard and torque rods in spite of having to adjust the rear Koni Yellows twice. Turns out that the sweet spot (at least for this ’78 242GT) is hardest setting in the back and softest in front.

Ready for a road trip

Ready for a road trip

It goes without saying that this all made a HUGE difference in ride and handling. The ride is firm but compliant and there is zero lean while cornering. And the tires fill the wheel wells nicely.

Off to Zo's house for some fun. He and Jesse both bought 740 Turbos the week before on the same day!

Off to Zo’s house for some fun. He and Jesse both bought 740 Turbos the week before on the same day! You can see them up there looking all angular.

A little classic camping to round the weekend off

A little classic camping to round the weekend off