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post #106 of 425 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 02:50 AM
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post #107 of 425 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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Huh interesting. So it seems I'm missing one "c" clamp piece per side. Awfully strange way to attach the light to the body.

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Thanks for sending me to this newer thread. You're doing great work.
I have learned one thing from this, and other posts, is that I have absolutely 'no' desire to ever tackle the job of replacing my headliner. Ever.
Keep us up to date. And how's that bike resto going? Just looking at the shifter handles brought back some great memories. Let's see more pics!!!
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post #109 of 425 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yachtman - thanks for the impetus to update this thread. I've been asking questions and getting great help all over the BB but have neglected to post my progress. Going to fix that this long weekend.

First: Brakes. I made a handful of changes to the factory plumbing. I hesitate to say improvements until they're road system, but they are as follows:

Replacement of the rear mounted brake proportioning valve and engine bay mounted distribution block with an adjustable unit from Wilwood. Both factory units were in questionable shape, the Wilwood was inexpensive see here and this also allowed me to do away with 4 joints in the system. This setup forgoes the low pressure idiot light as the Wilwood has a brake light trigger, which I did not use, but not a low pressure sender.

I also replaced all factory lines with cunifer aka NiCopp aka 90/10 which is a corrosion resistant, DOT approved copper alloy brake line material. It is easy to bend - I hand formed everything except the tight 180's at the front calipers, and its easy to flare. On that score, I tried a few inexpensive flaring bars and quickly threw them in the trash. I splurged on the Eastwoods Unit and am extremely happy I did.

My calipers were rebuilt (a frighteningly long time ago) by Eric at PMB Performance. Eric is well known in the Porsche world and has a well earned Sterling Silver reputation. The calipers are art and the service is excellent.

The master cylinder has been bench bled in the vise, using some nicopp + rubber tubing I bent up. I still don't have all the air out of the system (to put it lightly). I "gravity bled" the entire system and have all four calipers running clear but I belive for an initial fill, gravity bleeding is not sufficient. Wife not being that interested in sitting on the dusty floorpan and pumping the pedal, I've been debating the purchase of a vacuum bleeder. I'd usually reach for the Motive Pressure bleeder but the three-cap-non-airtight reservoir renders that approach infeasible.
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As for "the other resto" - boy its nice to have projects that you can wrap up in a month for under $300 =)
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Alright!! Thanks for the update. Great to see forward progress, and the bike is awesome. Keep the updates coming.
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Motor is on the cusp of reinstallation! Gave her a little test turn-over on the floor just to be sure the starter is engaging etc. Arm the crane!
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Amazing to think where you started from and now you have one sweat looking GTV!!

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You make me want to start another resto and go further with the detail. At least a second time around I'd have another one I could drive.

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It looks fantastic! I have the same color in mind for my GT. It is originally white, currently red and I hope it will be Bluette in a year or two from now. Will probably be more like 5 years

Keep up the good work!
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I did a test-hoist tonight and found
1. I need the front end on jack stands so the hoist legs clear the spring pans
2. This is not going to be a one man job.

While I wait for the right assistant - anyone see any trouble spots for my re-install? De-install went smoothly, but that was when the car was not wearing a nice shiny coat of Glassurit...

Do I have enough rake back to front?

I have the center rod on the steering linkage hanging loose off the pitman arm but still connected to the end rods.
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Hi Russ, You could jack the back up higher, it will be easier to put in. Pete.

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Well that only took six and a half years (!)
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Chapeau!!! She is coming together nicely!
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We need new pictures in this thread!

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