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    Your exploits are making me jealous. Mine has not turned a wheel since we last met as I have done by back in and cannot drive it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie1966 View Post
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    On a brighter note I received my new tyres just in time for the alloy refurb so went and picked them up today.
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    Tell me more about the gold wheel rims shown in Post #10.
    Size, made from, etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    Tell me more about the gold wheel rims shown in Post #10.
    Size, made from, etc.?
    7J13s and I would love to say they are made from solid Gold but they're not. I don't know who made them and due to the power coating the writing is hard to make out.

    Another update is that for a long time I had no low or high beams but as I don't drive my GT at night I didn't consider it a problem. This morning I decided to have a look at fixing it. So with suitable wiring diagram downloaded I traced the power back from the lights to the switch stalk. It didn't take long to diagnose the head light relay was faulty with an open circuit coil, fitted the replacement and now after 5 years + I have working head lights so happy days and now, also, happy nights with my GT.
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    All day yesterday, Saturday, was spent Kayaking and by last night I was hurting in places I didn't know existed and because of this the GT wasn't going anywhere but this morning I felt better. So! Another first Sunday of the month, another Cars & Coffee and two hours of aural pleasure. Now, if you get your minds out of that gutter it's aural not oral pleasure. The two hours is the round trip it takes to get to and from the Bray Cars & Coffee and I really do enjoy the sound from my GT. The journey there was damp, with a constant spray from various cars in front certainly challenged the wipers to keep the screen clean and for the most part they succeeded. This damp weather cleared as I neared Dublin but coming to the first set of traffic lights I didn't see them red. The car in front didn't seem to brake until the last minute. To say that the only skid marks were on the road would be a lie and it was a definite cheek clenching moment but fortunately I do leave a decent gap between me and any car in front when driving my GT. Brake upgrade can't come soon enough. Thankfully the rest of the journey was uneventful and I arrived safely. I really only go to this for the journey there and back, but as it's a Cars and Coffee I decided to have my first coffee at one of these events. This was coffee at it's loosest understanding of the word and I will be calling this event Cars from now on. I only stayed for half an hour for a quick look around and left and on my way home while stopped at lights I hear a tout of a horn and look to my right. A stunning looking girl of Indian decent is mouthing something so I try to drop my right window.
    "What year is it? she asks.
    "72" I reply.
    "Lovely car"
    "Thanks, just like the owner."
    She smiles and so does her Dad/husband (I'm not sure which) who is in the driving seat.
    It's the first time that's happened to me and it put a smile on my face. It's odd as I'm usually such a grumpy baskered.
    I'm not one to view the world through the lens of a camera and this was no different but for those who would like to see some of what Ireland has to offer here is a link.
    https://goo.gl/photos/TjjE7FMmbvazuycr6
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    This has been an eventful few weeks of late which started off with a sticking front caliper. Perfect time to upgrade the front brakes (As per Clarkeys recent upgrade) using 1995 Opel Astra F front calipers, pads and hoses which I had collected. I got to work. The only modification was to the dust shields and as I didn't like to long Astra hoses I got a pair made up which were 75mm shorter than the Astras. As I was attaching the brake pipes I couldn't make a good enough seal. Because of this and the fact they were a little crusty I decided to replace the brake pipes with shiny new pipes. All was going well but as I was looking at the route the passenger side pipe was taking I noticed the radiator was weeping. To say I was weeping too was an understatement. Yes, I cried but it was a manly cry. To end the day I also noticed the rubber sleeve on the steering rack had also perished. So now that and a rad recore is on the shopping list, which also had an exhaust system replacement during the winter as well.
    So for now I have a GT up on stands, unusable, but with nice shiny calipers, brake hoses and pipes. At the moment it seems to be a case of 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
    "You can't fix stupid, but stupid eventually fixes itself." -Issac T.

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    The joys of running an old car. On the bright side you noticed the coolant leak before it could cause any damage.

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    So Christmas has come and gone and as my GT wasn't getting any younger I thought I had better get my finger out and give it some exerciser. I needed to get the GT moving which I will explain at the end. It was time to take 2 steps forward and I removed the radiator which could have a second use as a fishing net. I wonder what I could catch. This makes the offside brake pipe easier to replace and so it was done. While the faulty rad needs to go for a re-core I couldn't help myself and looking to the shelf of GT2 parts, a perfectly good rad was staring back at me pleading to be used. So what's a guy to do and in it went. With the system flushed and filled with glycol goodness and bleed it was off to do the same to the brakes. So with the front jacked up I had to do the same with the back. What do you think I found. A little pool of water under the back wheel but this pool of water smelt a lot like brake fluid. Bugger, the drum was flush with brake fluid as the cylinder had shat itself.

    Another shelf of GT2 parts and the theft of rear axle parts to get it moving. With everything cleaned up, reassembled and bled which I found can be a one man job with inappropriate tools and a little bit of contortion but I managed it. Ie 2 man kit but only 1 man for the job. So a short test drive and back into the shed for a once over and all was good. I now have better brakes and a non leaking rad.
    So why did I need to get the GT moving I hear you shout from the back. There can be only one reason. Santa had called and left something in my stocking but how the fec he got it down the chimney I'll never know and then I having to sneek it out the front door before the Mrs sees it. I don't think she will buy the Santa excuse.

    It's another Opel, a Calibra of which I've had a few over the years but never one of these. A bit of a dream version for me. A 2ltr turbo 4X4.

    Like I need another project but it is what it is. It does run but needs a bit of loving care. A 93 version with a lot of history which seems to confirm it's 113000 miles. So now that the GT is running this will be taking up my time and now it too can fit into my man cave.
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    What a find. Health to enjoy. An unmolested Calibra is becomming increasingly rare. Is there a 4x4 turbo GT1 on the cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkey View Post
    What a find. Health to enjoy. An unmolested Calibra is becomming increasingly rare. Is there a 4x4 turbo GT1 on the cards?
    I would be lying if I said It didn't cross my mind. All it would take is the correct amount of Hennessys finest XO for the angle grinder to start up and then the first cut would be the deepest but no, at the very least it would have to stay rear wheel drive. Maybe my GT2 or 3 though, I am having dirty thoughts about one of them.
    The Calibra Turbo is a bit of a dream car for me so I'll stay off the Hennessy! The next dream car takes a fairly sharp curve upwards in value so this could be it for a while.
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    I just had the first outing of the year in my GT. Weather was OK, traffic was light and I was in a good mood. I didn't get too far when the brake pedal went to the floor. A quick pump and it was back. I hoped out and rechecked for leaks. I wasn't expecting any and I was right. So back to the shed and bleed the brakes again. Still the pedal goes to the floor, intermittently. Only things left to replace are the brake booster and master cylinder. I have one from another car so think I will replace them tomorrow.
    "You can't fix stupid, but stupid eventually fixes itself." -Issac T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie1966 View Post
    I just had the first outing of the year in my GT. Weather was OK, traffic was light and I was in a good mood. I didn't get too far when the brake pedal went to the floor. A quick pump and it was back. I hoped out and rechecked for leaks. I wasn't expecting any and I was right. So back to the shed and bleed the brakes again. Still the pedal goes to the floor, intermittently. Only things left to replace are the brake booster and master cylinder. I have one from another car so think I will replace them tomorrow.
    This is a condition of a faulty master cylinder. The brake fluid is going past the rubber piston seals. The fluid is ending up in the booster and should be removed when you replace the Master Cylinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie1966 View Post
    I just had the first outing of the year in my GT. Weather was OK, traffic was light and I was in a good mood. I didn't get too far when the brake pedal went to the floor. A quick pump and it was back. I hoped out and rechecked for leaks. I wasn't expecting any and I was right. So back to the shed and bleed the brakes again. Still the pedal goes to the floor, intermittently. Only things left to replace are the brake booster and master cylinder. I have one from another car so think I will replace them tomorrow.
    Had this same issue after fitting bigger front calipers. After replacing everything from rear cylinders to master cylinder, it still did it. Brake pipe was catching front suspension on full lock causing pipe to flex allowing air in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkey View Post
    Had this same issue after fitting bigger front calipers. After replacing everything from rear cylinders to master cylinder, it still did it. Brake pipe was catching front suspension on full lock causing pipe to flex allowing air in.
    It's not the brake pipes, I had pipes made to the correct length for it. I remember you mentioning the issue.
    I have a brake booster and master cylinder here so will fit them later today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie1966 View Post
    It's not the brake pipes, I had pipes made to the correct length for it. I remember you mentioning the issue.
    I have a brake booster and master cylinder here so will fit them later today.
    The second you remove the master cylinder you will know or not if that's the problem. There will, or will not, be fluid all over the booster side of it.
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    So today was a good day. I started off by taking out the master cylinder to be greeted with no fluid leak. Just as well as the replacement booster did and as such this master cylinder isn't much use, so back in it went. Time to bleed the brakes again and boy are they working better. The pedal had a much more solid feel. Took it for a shake down for a few miles, checked it over and all was good so went for a proper drive and the upgrade calipers really do take some getting used to. Happy me.
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