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Old 3rd October 2020, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: 6.9 Every Day Driver

It is now about seven to eight years since "Gleaming Beauty" was resprayed by Michel's Jerry, and it is very appropriate to say that, overall, he carried out a very acceptable and professional job. As a rule, I don't like doing things half half and consequently it was more than just a respray of the exterior. Originally, the doors were a little average in condition and some very small areas of rust, but what convinced me to replace all four doors on account of their interior condition, meaning behind the door trims, as well as Bailey Channelling and the aluminium strips around the window frames. In addition, the car had been resprayed on two occasions previously and I just wanted to start afresh.

Thus, I had four completely rustfree doors that came off a low mileage 6.9, Aussie delivered with the safety bars that were mandatory at the time on Australian delivered 6.9s. I stripped them completely inside and out and had fresh paint applied to ALL areas, inside and out. There was also the small matter of quite tired front guards, full of holes where previous owners had fitted wheel arch moulds at various times, and the amount of unsightly holes was a complete turn-off for me. So, from the same Aussie 6.9, I plundered the two front guards as well as the bonnet - all panels in perfect condition, and none of them holes you know where.....wheel arch moulds had never been fitted. I also commandered the boot lid from the same car - again in great condition and all replacement panels were sprayed off the car - making a thorough change of colour relatively simple. Jerry also resprayed all interior areas as I had completely stripped the interior of the car. The amount of time on my part was extraordinary, but all worth it in the long run. At the time, I also changed colours in the engine bay and, of course, decided that I wanted a duo tone paint scheme. MB877 and a hand chosen lightish, soft grey. Now, why am I telling you all this ? Well, GB had been my daily driver for many years when Petrol was relatively cheap and I only did small mileages. Subsequently, over the years the price of Petrol crept up and I became involved with the use of different cars, such as the Honda Jazz, a 420SE and now my Holden Captiva.

This has meant that GB was really no longer used as an everyday driver, and in the last eight years, I have put on about eight thousand kilometers/miles - not sure which right at this moment, and thanks to the generosity of Anthony (abl567), GB has been stored under cover for much of this time, performing sterling service for, do you know what, testing of the hydraulic suspension systems. More of that later, in another thread. Since we have commenced testing, GB has been started God only knows how many times over a period of two years, and I have encountered absolutely no problems, It always starts instantly, the battery (Supercharge) has never failed, the spark plugs have NEVER fouled up, the engine runs cleanly and in all this time, I have only ever wire brushed the Platinum plugs once. To me, all this means perfect reliability as long as all systems are maintained in good condition. Change Engine Oil and Filter (I use Nulon full synthetic), clean petrol, fuel filter that operates well, Spark Plugs of course, high tension leads and perfect quality suppressors, clean rotor button tip and a well maintained Distributor Cap, and you have yourself a perfectly every day driver vehicle.

In closing, I maintain that a 6.9 can be used as an everyday driver, as long as you can procure the necessary spare parts and KNOW how to service and maintain the various Hydraulic Suspension components. More of that last subject a little later. Regards Styria

Last edited by Styria; 3rd October 2020 at 06:03 PM.
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