Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Finally, i have taken some decent photos. I had an alignment job done up the road at Classic Speed Shop (highly recommended). There was some rubbing on the left rear wheel, luckily the trunion was shimmed over, so removing one of the shims fixed the issue. I don't mind the current wheels but not my first choice, plus the offset isn't ideal but i will leave them for now. I have the restored set of original steel wheels with perfect caps which came with the car, although i do really like the GTA and TZ reproduction wheels... would be a tough choice.
I'll be putting the bumpers back on at some stage, the rear bumper is bent at both corners, i'm waiting on a couple NOS corners to arrive and will restore them back to original.
The car drives very well, impressed with the PO's work on the suspension, it was a very thorough rebuild. The rebound on the Koni reds seems a bit tight, so i'll take one of the shocks off to see how it's been adjusted - i think they get shipped in the fully soft position, so i'll check to see if they have been wound up.
Other than that, i just ordered some new valve stem seals, i believe the old ones have perished due to the car sitting so long (just over 10 years), going through the history, it's only done 16,000kms since the head was done (valve guides etc), so i'll make up a tool so i can replace the seals in situ without taking the head off, i figure it's worth a gamble as the engine seems very healthy otherwise, just getting some blue smoke after engine braking... so cross fingers.
As you can see in the photos, the colour looks quite different depending on the light, i spent the best part of a day cutting/buffing and hand polishing the car, although i must say, not bad for a 30 year old repaint.
For the Road: '67 Giulia Super, '85 GTV6
For the Off Road: '85 Unimog U1700L, '01 Defender Td5