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Old 07-04-2014, 05:09 PM
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Nice job with the "details". The little things really make the entire package that much better.

The Toronto looks great, I have been debating the same for my DD.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:59 PM
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My oil level gauge was reading too high. The copper ground contact was the issue. I cleaned the copper male contact and the bottom of the nut with 600 grit emory. That did the trick.

Cleaned the Fuchs with petroleum jelly.

I installed braces between the bottom seat belt and top seat belt nuts. It has made some difference in the amount of rattles in the top.

My list is finally getting short: 1) Check all the grounds for corrosion, 2) tighten the drivers side front Targa latch and 3) replace the top of the drivers side door panel. Then I will be done (until something else breaks!).
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:08 PM
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Usually, it's the float that needs to be dialed in to adjust to gauge.

I think the consensus is the Targa braces are pretty much for looks. Maybe they take some creaks out, but as to adding rigidity, they can't do much based on the acute angle from vertical. Never felt my Targa was lacking in the 40 or so track days it saw on my watch.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:20 PM
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Great thread and thanks for sharing. Your Targa looks great, CheeRS!
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:40 AM
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I am pleased how the LED instrument lights and the Blaupunkt Toronto's dash lighting came out.

When I was troubleshooting the air conditioning some time back, I had the passenger carpet and floor mat out and was struck by how much this covered up the inlet in the passenger footwell that is the return for the evaporator. I found folding back the carpet at the front left allows slightly more airflow. I was getting 45 degree vent temps on the freeway yesterday with 90+ ambients. I also wonder if there are better insulated hoses from the evaporator to the dash vents.

Dash photo, then two photos with a 300mm f2.8 wide open.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:15 PM
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Beautiful Targa and 7" and 8" to boot.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:25 PM
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Just picked up a 1989 3.2 Targa myself recently. Love the car. Keep the updates going Michael.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:04 PM
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After a lot of research, I replaced the radio in my car. While I have the original Reno and amp under the passenger seat, I figured I would keep these for collector value and go with something in the 21st century for sound quality, card reader and telephone. I went to look at Kenwood, Sony, Alpine and Pioneer at a big box retailer, but either the faces looked too plastic or the quality of the buttons was lacking. Many had a series of advertising for XM or Pandora on the front. I finally settled on a Blaupunkt Toronto 440 BT. It has a card reader behind the face, a USB out the back (and front), and Bluetooth. It also has preamps out for another day. I ordered the remote microphone which I placed on the steering column. I ordered from Crutchfield and it was $160 delivered. I am very pleased with the sound quality and the audio on the phone.
I also bought a Toronto 420 bt? For my 964. looks the same. I thought it was best option for Bluetooth and looks. I put my external mic under dash and then worked my way up to the side of the windshield glass near visor so it is close to my big mouth.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:59 AM
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Very kool radio, I going to follow you and get one of those as well, it doesn't look out of place and gives you access to the modern comforts lol.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:26 PM
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WOW, very beautiful Targa. Looks great!
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:38 AM
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First day with the top off in five months. Perfect day in Houston. Drove it to the office.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:21 PM
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Had a bad rattle develop in the dash near the glovebox/radio area. Couldn't figure where it was coming from and then noticed one of the screws holding the metal defogger vent between the windshield and dash had worked its way out. Another was loose. I used a stainless 1 x 8 sheet screw from Lowe's, sanded the face with 150 grit and painted it with satin black to match the others. This did the trick. Perfect weather in Houston today.
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:16 PM
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Car is awesome. I have never heard of the petroleum jelly method for cleaning the wheels. Can you explain more? Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:53 PM
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Car is awesome. I have never heard of the petroleum jelly method for cleaning the wheels. Can you explain more? Thanks!
Take Vaseline and wipe it into the surface of the wheel. I did the black centers as well as the silver lips. Wipe the wheel clean leaving the black center section with a nice protective sheen.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:24 AM
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Thanks. Doesn't this create a magnet for brake dust and road grime in general? Certainly looks great.
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