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    Let the BLITZ commence

    This story begins a long time ago, in a town not too far from where I live currently.

    Cars go fast and make noises, I'M IN!

    Now we're here. I've been oogling GT's for a while now and even began having bad thoughts about a Manta A road course V8 screamer. I was able to find the GT first and she (while ugly) has had a good start. No real rust (that we've found thus far) including the roof, fender wells, etc... Pretty sound car. Has a few dings and its fair amount of body filler, but I digress. drover her somewhat unwillingly onto the trailer and knew where to start first..... CARB REUBUILD.

    Along with the car, I was handed 4 boxed of spare parts; Spare block w/pistons installed, disassembled head, intake, carb, trans, spark plugs..... decided while the hood was up, gap some new plugs and toss them in.

    Put everything back together and it falls on its face every time we get on the throttle..... backfiring through the intake and carb, no balls when you hit the go pedal.... after sleeping on it for a night, taking the carb apart, making sure nothing was missed, checking dizzy points (found out she already has the conversion done....), making sure that...all...plug...wires....are....corr.......... .....DAMMIT! Flopped cylinder 2 and 3 wires! Put them back correctly and now she runs like a raped ape. Even got a half of a donut out of it all!

    "Blitz" has had an interesting first week in my possession. Glad to finally begin building one of my dream cars. So much potential and so many avenues to take. Thanks Gordo for the phone call and info on Saturday, it helped. Look forward to rubbing elbows with y'all some more.
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    Good Luck... So the Sci Fi guy is helping …. your in for a fun ride
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    Welcome. Nice Triumph, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crliwa View Post
    Good Luck... So the Sci Fi guy is helping …. your in for a fun ride
    Yeah, had a couple of basic questions and got some good info. Just remember...... we're all a little wacky.

    its gonna be a fun ride when its all "done". I have some plans for this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringGT View Post
    Welcome. Nice Triumph, too!
    THANKS!!!

    Yeah, its a hopped up little British bomber. Wish i could say it's mine..... 215hp 195tq tuned DOWN as were waiting for the new clutch purchase and slightly beefier axles... Blitz will give it a run for its money when its all said and done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crliwa View Post
    Good Luck... So the Sci Fi guy is helping …. your in for a fun ride
    Yeah, he's doomed.

    Nah, he doesn't need my help. I'm pretty much useless when it comes to engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Yeah, he's doomed.

    Nah, he doesn't need my help. I'm pretty much useless when it comes to engines.
    Luckily, I have an engine swap veteran in my corner. Kinda.....
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    It might look a bit more vintage than some Opel's, but at least you have one. Good luck, the fun begins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpre View Post
    It might look a bit more vintage than some Opel's, but at least you have one. Good luck, the fun begins.
    She's been through some stuff. Originally yellow, then painted red with black stripe, to then be painted black. Someone had decent plans and a good start. HC motor, ignition upgrade, new dizzy... I've been scrolling thru previous owner's wish lists of parts he was going to get recently. A lot in the same direction i'm going with it as far as upgrades..... Upgrading the water pump, thermo, sender unit, and adding an electric fan this weekend.

    I've been scrolling through a lot of the forum threads...... has anyone come up with a kit yet for Coil over conversion...? or are they all still "one-off" fab? Will be getting the lowering spring for the front, adding sway bars front and rear, and getting performance shocks for the rear, brake upgrades, etc. All in good time. Still doing my research on parts and conversions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Holliday53 View Post
    Luckily, I have an engine swap veteran in my corner. Kinda.....
    Yuk! Yuk!


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Yuk! Yuk!

    C'mon Gordo....... wheres your sense of adventure????

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    interesting weekend

    On Friday night, we stayed up late and got water pump, thermo, sending unit installed, bled the brakes, removed OE fan and installed an electrical fan, fiddled around with a little timing and took some joyrides......


    Saturday morning we too the GT6 and Blitz to a local Cars & Coffee event as a pseudo shake down. All was fine and got a lot of looks and good conversation about GT's and cars of that era. On the drive home however, the wire used to power the fan somehow came out of the crimp.....? engine block read 280*F when it got home..... found the wire, plugged in, ran the car with fan and positive airflow through the front end until it got back to normal operational temps (140-180). somehow, no coolant in the oil and no leaks from the head.

    Will not get much done for the next couple weeks with HAN coming up this weekend. Decided to take a pressure washer to her Sunday and see how much of the shotty back paint I could get off. Made some decent progress and got back to yellow in a few spots.

    Found the body filler and just out of curiosity, does anyone have any leads on a driver door for sale...? Could always cut and patch, but if someone is parting out, might be worth snagging one up.
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    OoooOooo! Nice classy white interior! Eggzellent!



    P.S. Put your engine fan back on. Put the electric one on a thermostat set at 180*.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    OoooOooo! Nice classy white interior! Eggzellent!



    P.S. Put your engine fan back on. Put the electric one on a thermostat set at 180*.
    Hadn't thought about having them both, but more trying to just simply get away from the mechanical fan. The current electrical fan is a Hayden 14" that sucks itself to the table when turned on. CURRENTLY, with the wire re-crimped, it stabilizes at 140* into the motor, 170*ish out with the block stable around 175*-180*. Plenty of cooling happening when the fan is actually wired....

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    Hey man, you NEED this:


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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Schriftzug-...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    Buy it quick, it probably won't be around for long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by the scifi guy View Post
    hey man, you need this:


    BLITZ letters.jpg


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/schriftzug-...%3amebidx%3ait

    buy it quick, it probably won't be around for long.

    holy blitz badge batman!

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    interesting weekend

    Finally bucked up and purchased the front leaf (-1") and the rear springs (-1"). went in without too much hassle, but made for a late night since we didn't start the install until 7pm-ish. Noticed that the stance LOOKS way better, however I'm getting the same height out of the rear as I had before...... 24.75" from ground to center wheel well. It IS possible that the previous owner had already cut the original springs, or that I need to beat on her and get them to completely settle. Did do a lot of jostling (as I've done on other fresh installs/ride height adjustments) and then measured again to verify..... no change. Either way, I know we have the new springs front and rear.
    Also reinstalled the OE fan and shroud to aid in the cooling. Now have an electric fan pushing constantly and the OE puller. Engine seems to be running at the correct temps, gauge is just off. Gotta chase down the resistance on that and the other gauges until i can replace them.

    NEXT episode will consist of Blitz getting new dancing shoes. 15x8 MT11 wheels, 205/50r15 rubber, and possibly some body work.

    I'll see if I can post before/after pics of the drop.

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    Your making progress and looks good. Just remember it only takes time and money, lots of time and money
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpre View Post
    Your making progress and looks good. Just remember it only takes time and money, lots of time and money
    Dan
    Thanks! shes got a long road to the "finish line", but are project cars ever truly "Finished"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Holliday53 View Post
    Thanks! shes got a long road to the "finish line", but are project cars ever truly "Finished"?
    Nope!! :P
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