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67 Mk1 GT6 restoration


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Drove well enough. Needs alignment yet. 

She loved the ride. About 5 years ago we went for a spin around the block, with no glass. This one was more enjoyable. No wind noise, and the headliner helped quiet things down too. Never even had that back in 95 when it was my fauylt driver---talk about noisy!

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I managed to cross thread the brass fitting for the petrol tank outlet this weekend so now I need a new one.  I'm hoping one of my spares has a fitting, but I'm not holding out any hope.

Anyway, I completed the rebuild of the check straps. I should have gotten a before shot, one was really rusty. But anyway, here you go. I bought some rivets from a local hardware store, but I suppose I could have made do with nuts and bolts. Now I need to add the rubber bits to my pending order, which includes windscreen trim.

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Got the tank sorted, and got it registered and licensed. Been 24 years.

MOT, or the Idaho version thereof, only cost me US $130.

Took it out for a spin Saturday. Went for petrol, non-ethanol 87 octane, visited my parents (around the corner) and gave my wife and kids a ride (not at the same time). That's my son's black Mini.

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Took Abby to a trunk or treat and it decided not to start when it was time to go home.

After successfully flooding the carbs (dripping!) and draining the battery, I discovered the distributor cap had failed.

The little spring loaded button nubber pin doohicky thingy in the  middle was worn down to nothing. Thankfully I was able to bend the rotor tab up and get a good connection and get home, all of about 1 mile.

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Ugg. Haven't had much time to really work on it. But's been 25°~45° F (-3°~7°C) so that make for difficult working conditions.  Even at that, I managed to get new heavy duty shelves installed in my garage and now I can get decent organization and maybe a little useable workspace in the garage. Still need to get a new alternator, and now a battery as well. I did buy a new dizzy cap, so there's that

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Back on it with decent weather. Still working on getting the carbs just right. Timing was a little off and the points were a little off too. Got everything back to where it should be (I think) and it seems run a tad nicer now.

Waiting on a voltage regulator (in the mail) and once I have it charging the battery correctly I'll venture further than just around the block.

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Ended up buying a new alternator. Chances are it was one of the diodes that was bad, but at that point I was done toying with it. 

Took it to my first car show two weeks ago. Judges weren't impressed enough to give it another look, all they wanted to gawk at were the American cars.  But what do they know about little British cars anyway. 

But I had fun, and let the kids climb in and 'drive' so mom and dad could get some photos.

 

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On 22/06/2022 at 22:45, byakk0 said:

Ended up buying a new alternator. Chances are it was one of the diodes that was bad, but at that point I was done toying with it. 

Took it to my first car show two weeks ago. Judges weren't impressed enough to give it another look, all they wanted to gawk at were the American cars.  But what do they know about little British cars anyway. 

But I had fun, and let the kids climb in and 'drive' so mom and dad could get some photos.

 

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The judges clearly don't have taste, you need to attend a better class of show 😊 

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