LESSONS FROM AN ORIGINAL CAR
Unrestored cars are full of interesting tidbits, such as the two different finishes on the bolts retaining this relay. Although they are from the same supplier (possibly MNP corporation in Utica, Michigan, as indicated by the “M’ head marking) one is plated with silver cadmium while the other was protected with black phosphate.
Poor body paint coverage on the back side of the headlamp surrounds is characteristic of factory production and something rarely seen on restored cars.
The spring ring battery cable clamp and weak paint coverage on portions of the front fender are factory original.
The black side stripe and red accenting stripes were painted on. This unrestored example shows us how imprecise they were.
The unrestored trunk shows an overspray pattern and a torsion bar that’s slightly larger in diameter in a GSX to support the extra weight of the trunk-mounted spoiler.
All GSXs came with power front disc/rear drum brakes. Booster and master cylinder cover were cadmium plated, and the master was painted black.