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What is a GLHT?
The Dodge Omni GLH came out in 84'. It was given the name GLH by
Carrol Shelby, because he said it "goes like hell". Although the
Omni did scoot along, it was to make a name for itself in 85' and 86' when there were turbocharged versions available.
People call them GLHTs because they were the turbo version of the GLH.
There was also a turbocharged Omni made in 86' called the GLHS. It was made by shelby with prototype parts
that would come on the 87' Turbo II Dodge Daytona. There were only 500 GLHS' made in 86' and are obvioulsy quite rare.
It is a common upgrade for the GLHTs to be converted to TII status like their GLHS brotheren.
Why are you so pumped about an Omni?
I truly love my Omni, and it is a fun car. The bottom
line on why I like it so much, is that I could not afford anything
that handles half as well or goes a quarter as fast for anywhere near what
I have into this car.
I have found a GLHT for sale in my area, what should I look out for?
The L-bodys were not expensive cars when they were new, and were most often treated accordingly.
It is becoming quite rare to find a GLHT in excellent condition.
Other than the obvious things one should check when purchasing any car, I would highly
reccomend that you check the underbody of the car thouroughly, as they seem to be quite prone to rust.
The rear quarters will also tend to rust out rather badly.
I would remove the air inlet to the compressor housing, and check the shaft play of the turbo
by moving around the nut in there. There should be a little play in a good condition turbo, but
the shaft should not realy move much at all.
Once you have those basics figured out, I would pull the codes by t
urning the key repeatedly to the on position three times, and then watch the CEL flash the codes.
Check out Minimopar for list of what the codes mean.
Another thing to look out for would be the overall condition of the
wires in the engine bay. The wiring harnesses are
getting a little tired to say the least, and cracks, and
poor fixes abound. If your car has been converted to TII
status, I would get as much detailed information about the
swap as possible. What electronics were used? Did the stock motor remain? What trans is now in the car?
Some of those things are easy to see, others are not. I would reccomend writing down the information so you don't forget it later.
OK, now I own the darn thing, whats next?
The frist thing to do with any car once you own it is probably
goint to be a good tune up. Now would also be a good time to change all the fluids in your
car. I would reccomend getting the factory service manuals for the
year car you have, as they will be a valuable resource
when doing any work one the car, especially electrical work.
Now that you have your car running right, I would check out my Performance
page when you want a little more speed.