Monday, April 12, 2010

Cool runnings (hopefully)

The GT6's radiator went back to the repair shop last week to get a bung fitted for an adjustable electric fan thermostat. Some fit into the top or bottom hose, but this version is neater. I also had the shop open up, clean out and resolder the heater matrix. It's much better to spend a bit extra now, rather than find out later that the 38 year old heater is leaking - it's much harder to get to than a Herald's.

Exactly why I'm bothering with a heater I don't know. Northern Queensland winters can be a tad cool in the mornings, but any other time of the year the climate ranges from hot to stinking hot. It's likely I'll end up fitting aircon at some stage, otherwise the car just won't get driven in summer.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Doors

Spent a couple of afternoons stripping down the GT6 doors. GT doors are much lighter than a Herald's, and all the bolts and screws undid easily - even the large phillips-head screws behind rubber bungs that keep the quarterlights in place. These more commonly need to be drilled out, so I'm delighted - must be the result of a long life in a dry climate. Neither door has any significant rust.

The left door had a large shallow dent, which popped out easily enough with the handle of a hammer. It'll need to be dressed, but should come up like new. The surprise was the right door, which has had a couple of dents pulled out by a slide hammer. Once it was stripped the drilled holes were easy to see, as they have small worms of filler poking through!

So both doors will need some panel beating once blasted. But they should come up like new.