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Are the doors of a GTV supposed to close on their own when you let go of them? I don't mind that they do, but it is a bit of a nuisance when I am working on the interior and the door keeps closing on my legs!
I've never been around another GTV to compare, but is the fan blower motor supposed to be loud? Or is something wrong with it?
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Are the doors of a GTV supposed to close on their own when you let go of them? I don't mind that they do, but it is a bit of a nuisance when I am working on the interior and the door keeps closing on my legs!
Mine do that, too. It's annoying as h3ll. Check the check straps on the top hinge -- if they're like mine the intermediate stops are long gone. They're a hassle to repair unless you've got the dorr and hinge apart for the inevitable drooping hinge repair.

I've never been around another GTV to compare, but is the fan blower motor supposed to be loud? Or is something wrong with it?
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How loud is loud? I can hear mine at a stoplight but not once moving.

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Are the doors of a GTV supposed to close on their own when you let go of them?
No. There are two detents on the door check strap; one at about 3/4 open and the second when fully open. Relacement strap kits are available from Centerline. Strap replacement requires removal of the door panel so the check/strap assembly can be removed from the door.
 

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Mine's pretty loud. I hear it all the time...stopped at a light or cruising at 80mph. It sounds a bit like a vacuum cleaner, but not as loud.
 

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you're lucky - mine only comes on when it wants. I'll get to the cause when I eventually tear it apart, but for now it does not come on when the switch is thrown (low or high). Later though it sometimes decides to fire up. Bummer is I'll forget to check the position of the switch. A couple times I've come into the garage to hear a distant whirring sound.
 

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you're lucky - mine only comes on when it wants. I'll get to the cause when I eventually tear it apart, but for now it does not come on when the switch is thrown (low or high). Later though it sometimes decides to fire up. Bummer is I'll forget to check the position of the switch. A couple times I've come into the garage to hear a distant whirring sound.
You gotta love the fan switch. Mine does that same thing in the high postition, if I play with it a little, it works fine, but ocasionially I'll flip it on and forget that it didn't come on and come back several hours later and hear the fan running.
As for doing the hinges, how far apart does one need to take the door to pull the hinges? Are they loose back nuted so you have to pull the inner door pannel? My upper hinge on the driverside is pretty tired. I have the rebuild kit from Centerline, but haven't been bored/bold enough to do anything with it. I was planning on propping the door on a jack and just removing one hinge at a time. I don't really want to pull the door pannel unless I absolutly have to.

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Are the doors of a GTV supposed to close on their own when you let go of them? I don't mind that they do, but it is a bit of a nuisance when I am working on the interior and the door keeps closing on my legs!
I've never been around another GTV to compare, but is the fan blower motor supposed to be loud? Or is something wrong with it?
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If your fan motor makes a loud squeaky sound when you start it (especially on a cold day), and sometimes comes back to a normal sound when warmed up, the motor is sick. The original motor supplied by Alfa on later 105's/115's has two spherical shaft bushings snapped in little fingers at each end of the steel motor casing. The little fingers get loose, and the bushings spin with the shaft. This increases the amp draw, and reduces the fan speed significantly - I measured it ages ago and if my memory is correct it's at least 30%.

If you're very handy, you can take the motor apart, remove the bushings and increase the tension on the little fingers, and put everything back together. It's feasible.

Alternative is a new motor ($180?).
 

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As for doing the hinges, how far apart does one need to take the door to pull the hinges? Are they loose back nuted so you have to pull the inner door pannel? My upper hinge on the driverside is pretty tired. I have the rebuild kit from Centerline, but haven't been bored/bold enough to do anything with it. I was planning on propping the door on a jack and just removing one hinge at a time. I don't really want to pull the door pannel unless I absolutly have to.

I've just gone through the door hinge rebuild with the Centerline kit. If you have the door properly supported there's no need to remove the door, just remove one hinge at a time as you mentioned. Loosen the screws first with the meatiest Phillips head screwdriver you have. The plates that receive the screws are captured on both the door and A-pillar so there's no chance of losing it. I had to remove the door panel because I let the door check mechanism fall into the depths of the door. A helper that keeps a grip on the strap itself while you remove and reinstall it's mounting screws would solve that problem.

The hinge pin on mine resisted all attempts at pounding it out with a drift. I stopped before breaking it and asked for shop help. That involved a cut off wheel, stacks of sockets, and a BFH. Once separated the Centerline kit took less than a minute to install. It's very tight. It took nearly all my strength to open and close it prior to reinstallation so I'd suggest some lube during assembly. Man, is that door rock solid now! Alignment was easy as was setting the door striker. 40 years of wear disappeared. I don't see a need to rebuild the lower hinge, either.

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Well I wouldn't say it squeaks on start up, but it does start a bit slow but gets to speed right away. The sound doesn't change when I flip the switch all the way so I don't know if the hi/low is working. I haven't had the car long enough to see what it's like when it's cold. This week could dip into the 40's, so we'll see. I just rememered this..in the couple mornings that I needed the defroster, I start the car, turn on the fan and let it sit a bit. When I am ready to leave, I put it in reverse and back down the driveway. I do hear the fan surge a little as I am giving the car some gas. Once I start driving, I don't hear a surge anymore.

P.S. Well maybe once I get the radio working, I'll just TURN IT UP!
 
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