GT mediated Awesomeness

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saintjamesy89
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Re: GT mediated Awesomeness

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The Rivnuts have sure been very useful, I have overtightened a few on fitting them, they look a bit squished but still do the job!

I've been tinkering here and there over the last few weeks, the GT is completely back together, running, lifting and seemingly fully functional. A few cans of fresh fuel, a dollop of injector cleaner and a couple of sessions sat runnig up to temp and she's purring. Welll, as much as an XU can purr anyway! I've also had to do a semi-emergency clutch bleed on the Saab, the biting point was getting closer and closer to the floor until it was a hair away - it all seems fine now, but we'll see if ti happens again. The brake fluid level did get low when I bled the brakes in December.

TRS drier hole
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GT drier hole :)
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Installed with the pressure sensor (I think) from the old drier.
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The TRS is almost put back together, the only outstanding reassembly jobs are to finish cleaning the old gasket material off of the GT's steel sump, installing said sump and tensioning the alternator belt, I wanted to do that today but ended up slicing a hole in my finger and bleeding everywhere so had to stop early... I still want to get it more movable and drivable, when I last had it running it would randomly stall whilst idling but also stall as soon as any load was on the engine, e.g. when put into drive and accelerator pressed (revving in neutral seemed to be fine). It has been sat for 20+ years outside in France, so it has done quite well really! I expect all the carb perishables are, well, perished. Doing the vacuum lines will be easy enough when I get around to it, but really the carb needs refurbishing and the Swiss market factory emissions stuff removing.

I did put my big boy pants on and cut the hole to allow the drier to be installed, I had to buy a 60mm drill bit/hole cutter just for it, but the bit cuts wood aswell so I'm sure it'll come in handy. I managed to be slightly off centre with the cut, i made a cardboard template but it must have slipped. Never mind, there is plenty of space for the drier still in the hole.

I have pictures, and a video! But imgur doesn't seem to want to work...
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Re: GT mediated Awesomeness

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A little purring clip :D
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Re: GT mediated Awesomeness

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Both BX's are officially reassembled and ready for transport on Saturday, the TRS was reluctant to get going but after burning off all the storage crap she ran quite nicely! I found 1 vacuum line that was split, trimmed and repaired but the carb desperately needs rebuilding. All in good time. New oil and a clean/check of all the ignition components has helped the running.



Curious how different the XU6 and XU9 engines sound, I think the 16 sounds nicer than the 19 in direct comparison here.
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Re: GT mediated Awesomeness

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BX's moved, it all happened much easier and swifter than expected. The GT behaved almost perfectly (autochoke is still a little off, needs throttle feathering for 30 secs when the engine is cold) and yet again, I'll say how nice it is to drive it even just up.a farm track!
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The TRS is still a bugger when cold, it'll start on the manual choke, but then die. Constant adjustment of the throttle can just about keep it from dying until its warm enough to idle well, even then it'll cut out continually. However, once warm I drove it a couple of hundred meters up the farm track to the trailer, I didn't go quick enough to get out of 1st, but it actually drove quite well!
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The BXs in their new home, once Steve's autlntie is home from visiting her son and new grandson, the GT will go in the garage and the TRS under the weatherproof cover.
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Apart from further juggling about, now that the BXs are moved we have to get on with rewiring the house, so further updates may be few and far between for a while again, this makes me sad 😔
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Well done!
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Re: GT mediated Awesomeness

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I wish I had a good helpful Auntie like that.
Good luck with the rewiring.
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