november & December 2013
Early on in my GTM project I had planned on using my donor parking brake cables. At some point in the build I had fit the two assemblies going to the wheels to the splitter box and layed it up along side my engine resting on the batwing oil pan. I hadn't figured out how to mount the splitter box or attach the cable from the splitter to the handle. While those parts were sitting on the car for a few months I read about a builder on the forum having custom cables made for their GTM that fit better than the donor units. After a PM to a forum member I was told California Push Pull (http://www.push-pull.com/) was the company who had made the custom cables. After a call to California Push Pull I sent my old cables with a list of new lengths and they made me new cables.
There are a few areas in the GTM engine bay where I thought it would be good to add some heat sheilds (AC compressor, heater core hoses, wiring & clutch line). The pictures below show the process of making a carboard template, tracing it onto a piece of sheet metal, cutting with a nibbler, bending, sanding and filing the sheild into its final shape. All of the heat shields I made were done this way. The heat shields were made from sheet metal included in the kit I did not use (radiator air deflector, etc).
undercarriage Sheet metal & skid kit
I worked on my intake and discovered once again the parts in the kit just don't work out very well.
Fuel Tank Wiring
On my quest to keep the wiring clean I discovered a way to get rid of a bunch of extra wiring... :-). Watch the video.
Well with just about the whole family present.... see what happens.
With the a friends code reader I got one step closer to a running engine.
Third start... is a charm
OBD II Connector Mount
Using a couple of the existing holes in the PCM mount, I cut and attached a small piece of aluminum with two 10-32 button head cap screws. I then drill two additional holes to attach the OBD II connector to the sheet metal. This keeps the connector at the back of the car making the wiring a little cleaner vs. running the wires up under the dash.