It’s been a while since I’ve posted as we’ve been selling our house. Today though the car headed off to the body shop. The plan is to sand and dust blast the body completely, make any repairs and then paint in the original silver metallic grey. First up will be the interior, underside and engine bay before it will come home and I’ll fit up the running gear before it goes back for the exterior.
I had Suspension Concepts at Wyong reset a set of rear leaf springs. They inverted the top leaf and added an extra leaf. It should sit a few inches lower now. They gave them a coat of paint but They still look pretty shabby so I think I’ll get them blasted and will paint them properly. They also hooked me up with a set of lowered King Springs for the front. I wanted to go a touch lower but they advised against going any lower on the standard setup. If I’m not happy with this setup I’ll put the standard GT struts in the cupboard and have them make me up a set of coilovers. I also ended up getting a set of adjustable strut tops. My original plan was to install rebuilt originals (which I have), but Greg from Suspension Concepts was very persuasive about the benefits of dialling in some camber and caster. Again if I’m not happy it’s an easy swap to put the standard strut tops in.
I decided to have a crack at rebuilding my steering box. I can see why I was warned not to! Spent a bit of time chasing ball bearings around the garage but ultimately got it all back together and shimmed up. Took the time to give it a clean up and will get it painted up 2 pack black at some point. I also picked up my interior from Brent at Brent Parker Motor Trimming. He fitted up my seat covers, rear c pillar covers and repaired my sun visors. He did an awesome job and was impressed with the quality of the Aldridge covers. All I need to do is mask and paint up the metal sun visor frame.
I reassembled all my door handles on the weekend. The handles have been re-chromed and the internals re-plated. Due to the chroming process they didn’t go back as well as planned and a couple of holes will need to be re-drilled and tapped. I also dropped off my seat frames and new seat covers, sun visors and c pillar covers to Brent Parker to have them re-trimmed. I don’t need these for a while but he had a bit of gap so this works out well.
Well it doesn’t actually have a heater so I’m not sure what it’s called. I’ve been told that GT’s are supposed to have heaters but mine doesn’t. Not surprising given the questionable quality control from the factory back then. Hard to believe that heaters were an optional extra back in the 60’s! Anyway, mine is in pretty good nick and the rubbers and mechanisms all good. There is a little bit of surface rust on the inside but I resisted the urge to strip it back completely to sandblast everything as this would have meant disassembling all the moving parts with no guarantee that it would go back together as well. And it’s all hidden behind the dash. So with that in mind I pulled all the main parts off it, gave a light sand to everything I could reach and a coat of paint.
My new door cards and seat covers arrived this week from Aldridge Trimming in the UK. I unpacked the front door cards just to check them out and am very impressed with the quality. I had to send my rear seat covers to them as they had lost the pattern and I’ll get these out on the weekend to check them out before they go off to the trimmer to be fitted up to my freshly powder coated seat frames.
My engine arrived on Friday. This is second time attempting delivery. The first was with TNT. Worst company ever to deal with and my advice to anyone contemplating sending something with special instructions via TNT is simple – DON’T! The second delivery with Star Track went much smoother. Getting it up and in my driveway was a bit of an effort but the driver and I JUST managed to push it up the last bit. Bodywork and paint is still a few months away so for the time being the engine will be tucked away and turned over lovingly by hand each week. I also finally finished my steering wheel this week. I wasn’t happy with the original finish so sanded off the clearcoat and sprayed three more coats. Finally I wet sanded it back with 1200 and polished it. It now looks really good with a plastic like finish that I reckon is very close to original.