New GN Owner in Canada

Alex87GN

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Jun 18, 2019
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Hello everyone, I've been hunting for a GN for many years that I can afford and finally found one; an '87 t-top with 59K, here in Ontario. It's in pieces as the owner had taken it apart four or five years ago and had the body worked over and painted and he never got back to it. So I'm reasonably sure I'm missing a lot of what I need for the interior.. Thankfully the driveline was left intact and only the electrical has been monkeyed with for a stereo and some sort of hacked together car alarm system.

It's got a healthy transmission at least and the limited slip rear end, the 3.8 just got it's oil changed last night with some Royal Purple and I'm working on changing out the plugs that will hopefully fix the rough idle once the stale gas makes it's way out of the system.

I'm sure I'll be on here with questions as I'm new to G-bodies in general.

If anyone has some tips and tricks for putting seats in or window glass and what not please chime in!

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Also yes as you can see if you look closely the steering wheel is wrong. It came with a replacement column with the correct steering wheel, just need to install it. I'll get to that after I finish patching the small hole in the floor and remove all the errant heavy cable for the former bangin' stereo a previous owner had installed and then removed.
 
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Blacky

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Congratulation and good luck with your purchase. Once you find what you need, post it in parts wanted as many members will help you find them. You have a lot of work ahead of you and wish you well.
Steve C
 

reggie44

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Good looking car and it will be a nice to see another one being saved and cared for. PM and let me know what you think you might need as I mat have a few things you will need and know a lot of guys that can help you along the way in Ontario.
Where are you located in Ontario?
 

Alex87GN

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Jun 18, 2019
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Good looking car and it will be a nice to see another one being saved and cared for. PM and let me know what you think you might need as I mat have a few things you will need and know a lot of guys that can help you along the way in Ontario.
Where are you located in Ontario?
Thanks! I'm located in the Kingston area, any help I can get would be great.
 

Frederickdav

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Welcome to the "club"! One thing I suggest if it hasn't been already done, change the chip. When I bought my T it had all kinds of issues including stalling and very rough idle. After trying everything else I put a new chip in it and all running problems disappeared.
 

Alex87GN

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Jun 18, 2019
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Welcome to the "club"! One thing I suggest if it hasn't been already done, change the chip. When I bought my T it had all kinds of issues including stalling and very rough idle. After trying everything else I put a new chip in it and all running problems disappeared.
Interesting, I'll keep that in mind. Right now it does have a rough, bouncing idle for the first little bit or won't idle at all until you give it a few tries. But mostly I attribute that to it having bad gas in the tank and lines, I've got some fresh fuel in the tank now, that will hopefully liven it up a bit. I have a suspicion that the passenger header has a crack in it, since it smokes quite a bit on that side.
 

Frederickdav

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Interesting, I'll keep that in mind. Right now it does have a rough, bouncing idle for the first little bit or won't idle at all until you give it a few tries. But mostly I attribute that to it having bad gas in the tank and lines, I've got some fresh fuel in the tank now, that will hopefully liven it up a bit. I have a suspicion that the passenger header has a crack in it, since it smokes quite a bit on that side.
These critters are known for Driver's side header cracks, haven't heard of passenger side problems.
 

Alex87GN

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These critters are known for Driver's side header cracks, haven't heard of passenger side problems.
I'll know more when I get it apart to investigate. Is there anything else on that side that could be leaking? It may also just be oil burning off, but it's very hard to tell at the moment.