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1989 GTA turbo

Postby Phil Peters » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:42 pm

After several years of deliberating, I finally took the plunge earlier this year and bought a 1989 GTA turbo. Having looked at a number of cars for sale over the previous 18-24 months, I decided in the end to go for an outright project car rather than a runner which could still end up needing a load more work further down the line.

I bought the car as a non-runner which was last MOT'd about 10 years ago. It's been previously owned by one or two club members over the years and is currently at RATS having the usual rust areas sorted and general recommissioning ready for MOT.

While the rear subframe and engine are out, I'm taking the opportunity to refurb some parts before they get bolted back in. As a newcomer to Alpines, there are a few areas where I would appreciate some advice from some more experienced owners (or someone with a less rusty car than mine!)

Rear subframe
Does anyone have a colour reference for the original factory grey colour? I took a RAL colour chart up to RATS recently and 7038 was looking like the closest colour.

Oil cooler
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What was the original finish? Zinc plated? Painted?

Oil cooler pipe bracket (I think?)
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Would this have originally been zinc plated?

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Phil
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby simontaylor » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:53 pm

Well done on your purchase Phil.
1986 : '86 GTA v6 BW-EFR turbo, with Adaptronic ECU
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2008 : Rushmoor & Eelmoor & ACSMC Hillclimb class Champion
2009 : Longcross & Eelmoor
2010 : Crystal Palace & Eelmoor
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby clee » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:16 am

All rot in the rear turrets is now done.
Needed both turret pockets and the LHS needed a new top section where these attach. Lower turret repairs as per usual and that was it.
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby simontaylor » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:50 pm

How did front cross-member look?
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby clee » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:26 pm

Same as it did when I sold it to Phil ;-)
No rot apart from that mentioned. We are honest and trustworthy up 'tnorth ...No dodgy MOT's here ...salt of the earth etc eccky thump et al ....

Here's another set of rust pockets just done .....Sam's Atmo now in for full refurb and paint .
#1 son made these from scratch from a set of drawings I did ages ago and they fitted bob on so must be doing something right :up

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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby paulrob100 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:36 pm

clee wrote:Same as it did when I sold it to Phil ;-)
No rot apart from that mentioned. We are honest and trustworthy up 'tnorth ...No dodgy MOT's here ...salt of the earth etc eccky thump et al ....

Here's another set of rust pockets just done .....Sam's Atmo now in for full refurb and paint .
#1 son made these from scratch from a set of drawings I did ages ago and they fitted bob on so must be doing something right :up

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Great work ! nice to se the young`un picking up the torch (so to speak) :super
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby Phil Peters » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:52 pm

simontaylor wrote:Well done on your purchase Phil.


Thanks Simon. A bit of a journey still to go until the car is back on the road but Clee's rot busting is already making it look a lot better, not to mention safer and MOT-able.

In between fierce commitments with work and a young family, I've stripped down the intake manifold assembly ready for various parts to be re-plated and vapour blasted. I was fairly lucky as the only fasteners that required extra effort to remove were ones where a previous owner had chewed up the heads in the past. These fasteners were either too damaged to re-fit or had to be destroyed in order to remove them but I was able to order individual replacements for a few pence via my local Renault dealer using the original part numbers rather than having to buy a whole box full of screws or bolts that I would never use up in a lifetime.
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby Phil Peters » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:09 pm

The engine covers had been painted silver at some point in the past and the paint is now flaking off. They will be re-painted in the original satin black finish prior to re-fitting.

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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby simontaylor » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:35 pm

Good Progress
1986 : '86 GTA v6 BW-EFR turbo, with Adaptronic ECU
Firsts at
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2008 : Rushmoor & Eelmoor & ACSMC Hillclimb class Champion
2009 : Longcross & Eelmoor
2010 : Crystal Palace & Eelmoor
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby Simon_Wej » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:45 am

Great work....another one kept on the road :Cheer
Gotta love satin black engine covers.....
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby simontaylor » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:24 am

A very nice clean and tidy engine bay too.
1986 : '86 GTA v6 BW-EFR turbo, with Adaptronic ECU
Firsts at
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2008 : Rushmoor & Eelmoor & ACSMC Hillclimb class Champion
2009 : Longcross & Eelmoor
2010 : Crystal Palace & Eelmoor
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby clee » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:23 pm

Sub-frame and gear blasted. Frame needed a few welds and heavily pitted. Repaired and coated.
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Re: 1989 GTA turbo

Postby clee » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:51 pm

Ready for lump .

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