Following the demise of Lucea:
Last Saturday (the 10th), I picked up the Gtv that Simon was considering sending to the great Gtv graveyard in the sky
So, she is a phase 1 Gtv twinspark registered in October 1998, in the colour of red. However I am advised that it's had a very comprehensive respray, as this car is blue!
I already like the blue colour more than silver (I did buy that car with my heart!) and there are paintwork touch ups and a few scratches here and there but overall it is in a reasonable condition. The side repeaters are clear.
I wasn't impressed by the handling to start with but a visit to the air pump and an extra 8psi
has made the difference! Plus the tyres are as good as non branded - something similar to Wanli. New ones beckon soon.
On to the engine and the throttle response is a wee bit swifter than Lucea but the engine does not sound like the twinspark engine. It's done 107,600 miles but there is no obvious change in the noise that I would expect about 3,500 / 4,000 rpm and I kind of miss that. So the sound makes it feel like a different car from the previous one, however this is offset by the stainless steel exhaust and sports catalytic converter
I think this is a couple of months newer than Lucea, so there are a couple of things that may have been modified which I have noticed: the wipers are activated in a downward motion only, so they go straight on to intermittent (which works properly - hurrah) and they don't do the annoying double swipe (hurrah again). Also, there are lights in both the footwells
Jobs to do
I think it requires a new variator, I started it from warm on the drive back from Lincoln and experienced the diesel like clatter on start up.
There's a sunroof but it has gaffer tape over the edges. From what I have read on here, the drainage channels require blowing out (how is this done?) and then possibly a new seal should be used, can anyone recommend where I would get a new one?
The air conditioning doesn't work, however I have to use its switch to activate the fan. It is either off, or on full blast.
Relocate the tweeter that has fallen behind the doorcard and then put in my 16 year old Sony - it's still better than the OE! Plus point, the aerial works
Bonnet needs a slight bit of height adjustment as it sits on the bumper when it is closed - on the driver's side only. On the plus side, the bonnet open light is not continuously on, so I'm happy.
The front skirt has been repaired using epoxy or something and needs a respray. I'll try to post up a picture of it and see what you people suggest.
Bits to cannibalise from the silver flash:
The interior needs a bit of attention - rear is scruffy and the bolster on the driver's seat is coming apart, so I shall use the interior.
Transfer the chrome kick plates, rear light strip and fuel filler flap and anything else I find that is missing / broken.
The driver's side door lock is a bit fiddly (I thought I managed to break it on the first morning when it ther was a frost) and someone might have tried to force it some point. So I'll try and transfer those over. Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer the actual mechanism i.e. so that can continue to use the same key? Or is that a really fiddly job and I should just put up with using two keys?
Oh and it needs a new battery in the alarm fob. Radicalmachine - I have the all important brown master key.....
That's all that I can think of for the moment (and I've waffled on enough already) - it's good to be back on the road!
Oh and a big thank you to Simon, who sold me the car. Thank you sir