Yesterday the real work started on the GT6. Firstly the bonnet had to come off which was easy once I found a flexible socket extension that would work at 90 degrees to enable the bumper over-riders to be removed!
Then it was just a matter of stripping hoses, pipes, wiring, and removing some ancillary items that’ll just get in the way once the engine is out. Many of rubber hoses were perished even though most are only a couple of years old. When I come to replace them, I must try and source silicone versions. I wonder if anyone makes a flexible top-hose for a GT6 yet? I remember talking to Dan at Viper Performance in 2008 about making some custom ones and the price came to about £18 each if I was happy to order in large quantities. Couldn’t afford it back then, maybe I should enquire again.
The rest of the afternoon was spent taking off radiator, manifolds, water pump, and draining coolant and oil. Next I need to remove the distributor and mechanical fuel pump because both these will be replaced when the engine is rebuilt. For the dizzy I plan to use a 123 Ignition offering in place of the OEM Delco. For the fuel pump replacement I have a new Facet Gold Flo jobbie, with a nice glass Filter King regulator to fit.