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Andrew lovely car but beyond that your enthusiasm is infectious, your work rate scary, and your subliminal message: “drive them!” is landing and motivating for those of us making our way to rubber on the road (me) Many thanks for sharing!
 

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I may have to give your guy a try. I'm looking for a new guy given the slaughter that occured on my GTV6 seats.
 

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I havent read the whole thread so please forgive me it I am covering old ground. Im keen in the Nardi wheel for my GTV if you are interested in selling
 

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That one is long sold. I have another, but no hub. If you're interested send me a PM.
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To paraphrase "Lion King," everything the light touches is Italian. My GTV, my wife's Vespa, a friend's red Super, my green Super, my red Cagiva.

Did some oil-burning diagnostics yesterday on a friend's 2000 GTV, following him around, ripping up and down hills in Berkeley to see when and how much his car smoked. Two GTVs tearing around is bound to grab some attention, and we did. So fun. I had a 74 GTV for 20 years, wish I'd moved to a Stepnose sooner.

My cousin drove this car on a July Fourth Drive a couple weeks ago, was a good day out in Marin.

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Ohhhhhh - a TR6! Italian styling that has held up well.

Some nice Alfas there too. 🙂

Figure out the oil burning? Rings or valve guide/?
 

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So I realize the GTV we were diagnosing is the blue one in the second pic.

It smells slightly of oil all the time but doesn't smoke noticeably on hard acceleration or normal driving. Coasting down long hills on a closed throttle, lots of blue smoke buildup, which to me says valve guides. So we'll start with a valve job, see how much, if any, improvement. Owner says it burns a quart every 200-300 miles, which is a lot. Compressions when we checked a few months ago were good, 170+. But that doesn't say anything about the oil rings. This is much like my own 200 way 20 years ago. Did a valve job but it was of minimal benefit. But my car smoked all the time. Didn't really get better til I did pistons, liners, rings.

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Time for a leakdown?

Refresh me if you can do rings with the engine in the car? Bearings as well that that point?
 

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Leakdown and compression tell you only about the compression rings. I don't think they tell you anything about the oil rings.

People do change rings in place, but I wouldn't. Will do the head, see how it is. If it needs a full rebuild, it's not very many hours wasted.

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So the 2000 I'm building for Sean's GTV is done, have run it on the ground. Still waiting for its new actuator from Wes, and I want to run it full of water before installing it to make sure it all seals OK. The old head and the block both had corrosion from the head gasket so I want to make sure the water stays on the inside. Once I got the timing right it fired up and idled. Compression measured 150 at a slow cranking speed, oil pressure 90. So far so good. See pic.

In my GTV news, took it out for a Sonoma/Napa/Healdsburg drive yesterday with this 240Z, about 100-mile loop from Petaluma, plus about 100 miles up and back from Berkeley. Great roads, near Lake Berryessa, through Pope Valley and Angwin, back into the Napa Valley and Anderson Valley. Doing research for a future drive. Wine Country's great on a weekday when the winers aren't present. Car was flawless, fast, stable, so fun.

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There are some great roads around Berryessa. Thanks for the reminder. I might take that way home from Sears Point, tomorrow.
 

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Took the GTV on a New Year's drive yesterday through Marin, my wife took our Junior Z. She likes to go faster. The GTV is sooooo good though.

Put in some time on the GTV lately. The 175/70-15 Vred tires on it were not that old and had plenty of tread but three thumped, low speed or high. Wheels were round, you could see bulges in the tire tread. So I dumped them and went for 165/80-15 Federals from ebay for you-can't-imagine-how-cheap. In prep, I cleaned up the wheels and painted them with Rustoleum Satin Nickel. I like flat aluminum but couldn't find any. Then had the tires installed by Hermanos Orozco in Berkeley, always a treat. See results.

The left door on this car opens and closes well; the right door, upper hinge was as bad as GTVs typically get. You had to help it up by 1/2" to get it to close properly. And the check strap, while present, did not prevent the door from swinging out til it hit the fender. I said what the heck, let's dig in. I got two NOS upper hinges a couple years ago in a stash of parts from a GTA racer. Bought a new check strap from Jon Norman and had at it. This car has big Phillips screws, not Allen, not sure which is easier. But the doors had been off when it was painted 20 years ago, so they all came out pretty readily. I left the lower hinge in place, supported the door with a floor jack and chair. Basically just marked the old hinge's location, installed the new in the same alignment, and tried the fit. 95% better. Small amount of adjustment and some fiddling to get the check strap in, but I didn't fudge with it further and it's so much better. Opens and closes readily, latch was well aligned already for the body lines and gaps, such as they are, to look OK. Whew. This is a job where it's much easier to make it worse than better.

While I was in there, lots wrong with the window. Put in new channel felts and tightened up the winding mechanism, which was shifting fore and aft and didn't let the window raise fully. So with a mere 5-6 hours have a much better door.

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Nice work. I'm glad you got her out for a drive. I've been waiting for the roads up here to dry out and be clean enough for a rip in mine.

With regard to the check straps, I had a new (repop) part fail on my car within 6 months of her rebuild. The plastic just shattered, so keep an eye on your doors.

The window mechanisms are a PITA...I've spent hours on mine and they're better but not great. I find that the lifting mechanisms get so much wear in them that the play makes it very hard to adjust them accurately.

-tj in the Cruz Mtns
 

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Yes on all fronts. The orig checkstraps were steel on the inside though the rollers etc would die.

These early cars have a parallelogram lift, not cables like later GTVs. On this one, the two nuts holding the drive to the inner door frame were loose, allowing it to move forward when you rolled up, which meant it wouldn't go all the way up. Adjusted and tightened allowed for another 3/8" vertical travel. Greasing helps too.

I use my cars all the time. They suffer as a result but the point to me is to drive them. I've put more miles on the GTV in 18 months than the previous owner did in 20 years.

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If anyone should have a stepnose it should be you, congrats! My Dad soloed in a Stearman and ended up in 52s. As far as luck goes there are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots.
 

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That's funny. My dad was a AAC, AAF, USAF pilot from 1943-1974, ended in fighters. He helped organize The Old Bold Pilots in North San Diego County, met every Wednesday at a Denny's to hangar-fly and hangar-lie. I just drove through King City last week, where he soloed in 1943.

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