Finally got the license plates… CTS-76. I ordered right away the black license plates which will fit better the outlook of GTX. In Finland you´re able to get the black plates if the car is manufactured before 1972.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
Finally got the Finnish customs clearance about tyhe GTX import… it took 11 weeks! Taxes will be 145,66 Euros. Next Monday I´ll go to the inspection office and get my license plates!
Needed long under dash cable for the air grabber… seems that I need drill new hole in the firewall for that cable because of the recent sheet metal work and paitn job it was welded. The hole would be located somewhere near voltage regulator and wiper motor. And of course needed new decal for the air grabber. Also water reservoir electric pump was leaking so purchased new one.
Purchased also new convertible boot. Because the stainless trim had drilled through non original snaps, I decided to install those snaps also in the boot. Original boot had clips which attach to the trim.
New 3 speed wiper motor waiting for installation in the spring time. Old motor does not look period correct and not working properly… having only one speed (the fastest one) and not returning to the start position.
Washed and cleaned and console put back. Time to take GTX to winter sleep… see you on April! During the winter couple of fixes still… lower dashboard and instrument cluster.
Repainted the console core and added the new console carpet. Also repainted the door center trim to black. Once again, not perfect but will do for me and better than before.
Changed the wheels and tires to more period correct items. Wheels are black painted mopar standard steel wheels… Front 15×7 and back 15×10. Tires are BF Goodrich Radial T/A… Front 235/60/15 and back 275/60/15. Looking very good. Thanks to PH-Rengas once again!
Even the weather is still quite decent for driving I started the preparations for a long winter pause. But before that I still need to complete the registration if I only would get that Finnish customs decision about the import… it has been in the customs process alredy 9 weeks… hopefully I get that next week.
For that coming winter storage I changed the motor oil from mineral oil 20W50 to semi synthetic 10W40. There should not be any problems with that even the old school people sometimes say that you should not change from mineral to synthetic because it´s causing problems in the engine. This believe comes from the analogy that the sythetic oil is more "washable" than the mineral oil and change to synthetic puts all the engine dirt moving and might cause severe problems. But I was told that the mineral oil is actually more washable than synthetic. Also that 20W50 is too "stiff" oil from my point of view so I wanted to have more "lighter" stuff. Let´s wait and see how this semi synthetic oil works with my engine.
But when I was under the car unplugging the oil pan bolt I was able to snap pictures about the engine and transmission VIN codes… and yes, engine is numbers match to this car but the transmission is not:
And some theme music for the long winter: