2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby escort89 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:12 pm


He has turned from the dark side.... :)
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby escort89 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:18 pm

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Can some one tell me what the GT means??? :thanx:
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby chrismc » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:48 pm

Guess:

Gearbox Tunnel?
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby 1972nail » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:07 pm

My guess is that the auto box needs a modification to the opening for the shifter and someone marked GT on it to show it was not to be built as standard......???

Just looked at the photos of the stripped shell. Looks pretty solid.... :D
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby 1972nail » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:40 pm

The GT intrigued me so had another think.

The person putting in the interior trim would have seen this and the obvious and most common trim level would be SL for any Firenza 2300 OHC, the DL trim was export only. The Sport SL trim was different from the SL in that the seats were perforated vinyl recliners, so......my theory is that the Sport SL trim was commonly known in the factory as GT trim, Many of the workers would have been familiar with the HB trim levels, DL, SL and GT. The terms were familiar and could have carried on into the Firenza model among the workers.
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby Fred Dukes » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:50 pm

Good thinking David - :wink: You will need a lie down after all that grey matter work :lol:
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby escort89 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:33 pm

That would make sense David. In other viva's we found that the colour was chalked on the tunnel.
As it's not a GT colour it could be trim . thanks :)
Shame it will be gone when it's painted...
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby 1972nail » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:01 pm

What prompted my suggestion was a report from a Snoot and Sport SL owning friend, some people have it all, saying that 'Black' was chalked on his Snoot's tunnel, suggesting the trim colour.
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby escort89 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:26 pm

The car is now stripped of parts & is almost ready to be spun on the roll over jig. Think I will stay at work that day...
Have a mountain of parts in the house to go through & clean, but that's what winter's for... cleaning :)
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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

Postby Fred Dukes » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:10 pm

Make sure you keep track of the mountain of parts :roll: taking apart and cleaning is one thing - putting them "somewhere safe" is another when you come to put it all back together!! :oops: :oops:
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