Nicks Forte Scratch Build - to Stunning Mk1 GTD

NickD

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Some good progress since the last post. Gearbox is now back on and I’ve fabricated a new gearbox mount to cater for the 01x. Very pleased with solution. Also relocated the oil cooler rad to the rear to de clutter it’s original position and to also simplify the oil pipe run.

Plan is to go for a full engine test next Sunday and bring her up to temp to check for any coolant / oil leaks before pressing on.
 

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I can understand your position I built mine after looking at the ERA kit back in the early 90s my wife had a fit at the coast when it was 20% of the current price so i scratch built the hole car for somewhat less than the price of the kit but i did everything from building the chassis to casting parts and all thee machine work.You may not go to that extreme but you get quite an education I am currently getting mine ready to put back on the road after over 20 years in storage Good luck and enjoy the journey.
 

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This vehicle is now up for sale due to major change in lifetime plans. Vehicle details can be found in within the cars for sale forum on this site.

Thanks.

Nick.
 
Beautiful car Nick. Always loved the GTDs. Remember when they were first imported here to San Diego and a couple of them were here. That was many years ago. Your car is quite nicely done. Congrats.
 

NickD

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Hi everyone,

Been a few weeks now since we took delivery of my 60th birthday prezzy and my new pride and Joy. Really happy with the way she drives and handles. Based on the last few weeks experience, now have a couple of jobs to do like fitting a remote oil cooler and possible upgrading the current cable gearshift mechanism to a rod change.

Excepting that, popped on a couple of decals to spice the body up a bit.

Best regards from a very happy man !
 

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Have been absolutely over the moon with our new GTD. Just returned from the Le Mans classic (albeit with our range rover as we were riding shotgun with our friends GT40's and Daytona Coupe's). Going to take ours next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Had to address a small water leak which was hard to track down but understandable given some of the older pipes were rubber and a little past their date.

Car coolant system now duly flushed and modern silicon replacement hoses fitted.

Enjoying every minute were in her ;-)

Pic's attached from our early Morning run back to Blighty in Northern France following Paul and Emma's stunning SGT and the new pipes on our modest GTD rad.

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Have been absolutely over the moon with our new GTD. Just returned from the Le Mans classic (albeit with our range rover as we were riding shotgun with our friends GT40's and Daytona Coupe's). Going to take ours next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Had to address a small water leak which was hard to track down but understandable given some of the older pipes were rubber and a little past their date.

Car coolant system now duly flushed and modern silicon replacement hoses fitted.

Enjoying every minute were in her ;-)

Pic's attached from our early Morning run back to Blighty in Northern France following Paul and Emma's stunning SGT and the new pipes on our modest GTD rad.

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Bloody love that photo, Yisa has a career in photography ahead of her…
 
Going to take ours next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the classic.
So you are not leaving the Uk early next year, as you mentioned earlyer?

On a side note, my wife and I will be leaving the UK early next year so finished or not, the car will have to be sold as Thailand has a 300% import duty on any vehicles perceived value so I cant take with us.
Nick.
Looking forward to meet again next year, as we will bring our GT40 also.
 

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Nick - sorry to hear of the radiator issues.
in regard to the electric water pump and restrictions at 5he thermostat..
It appeared in one of your videos that you did connect the thermostat bypass hose - so this would alleviate any issues in regard to a deadhead stoppage to the electric pump.
Also, if you do decide to drill the thermostat, I do this in the main body of the thermostat, close to the sealing edge of the stat to housing. A single 1/8“ hole works wonders for getting air out of the system.
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NickD

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Nick - sorry to hear of the radiator issues.
in regard to the electric water pump and restrictions at 5he thermostat..
It appeared in one of your videos that you did connect the thermostat bypass hose - so this would alleviate any issues in regard to a deadhead stoppage to the electric pump.
Also, if you do decide to drill the thermostat, I do this in the main body of the thermostat, close to the sealing edge of the stat to housing. A single 1/8“ hole works wonders for getting air out of the system.
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Hi Bud, those pics are from my GT Forte which I sold on. No I have a complete GTD.
 

Randy V

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Hi Bud, those pics are from my GT Forte which I sold on. No I have a complete GTD.
Sorry about the mix up - I just went back a ways in this thread…. Either way, the information given should still work for you.
 
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