As some of you know when my oldest brother Jordan (former owner of a 1969 GT) passed away I was left with the responsibility for his cars and Motorcycles and house in Daytona Beach. The 6 cars include an 02 Vette, 04 Vette, 75 MGB, 61 Bugeye Sprite, MGTD, and 70 XKE.
I was definitely in over my head and Jeff/Gold GT stepped up and offered to work with me to get them running. So, on Tuesday of last week I flew down to Orlando. I then took a shuttle bus to "The Villages" where Jeff picked me up in his Ford Lightning F150. Jeff had it loaded with all the tools, jacks, jack stands, and compressor that we would need.
As luck would have it, Jeff had to do an emergency brake job on the Lightning on Monday after finding that the rear brakes were smoking...we were very lucky that it happened before we took off for the trip to Daytona.
I would be doing the reverse trip back to NY on Friday so we had 2 full days and possibly a couple of hours on Friday morning.
On Wednesday morning the first stop was the storage yard where the 02 Vette and the MGTD (in an enclosed trailer) were. We were able to Jump start the filthy 02 Vette and pump up the tires and move the car back and forth. We opened the trailer to check out the MGTD (with a Volvo engine) and soon realized the TD was best left sleeping as we had to get to the other storage facility in New Smyrna Beach. There we found that the 04 Vette also only needed a jump and air in the tires. I took it out for a quick spin around the facility and then parked it.
The next 3 cars we knew would actually require work including new Batteries and fresh gas so we stopped at Walmart and picked up 2 batteries. The Bugeye was first and this is where Jeff really came through. We were getting spark and some fuel but it wouldn't run other than on starter fluid. The 948cc engine was replaced with a 1275 with an electric fuel pump. The aftermarket fuel pump ran but it wouldn't get enough gas to the carbs for it to start. Jeff found low voltage to the pump and after fixing that we still needed to replace it with a new fuel pump, lines and filter. A quick trip to Advance Auto and we were in business. Jeff also added a hidden switch for the fuel pump. I think that was was when it started getting dark so we quit for the day. Next the "E" with lots of problems (other than the rusty floor), but Jeff jumped in and again got it running. I took it for a spin and upon coming up to the first turn I realized we had NO BRAKES. I used the Emergency brake and got it stopped.
After adding water, Jeff drove it slowly back to it's parking spot. Next was the MGB. Again, we needed a Fuel pump and some new fuel lines and filters. We had to shop around to get all the parts and it got dark before we could complete the job. We went back early Friday and got the MGB running. It ran fine so Jeff and I each drove it around the lot before packing up for the trip back to the Villages where we had time for a quick lunch before I got back on the shuttle to Orlando.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the help from Jeff. I have seen examples like this time and time again. It's great to be part of the OPEL community.