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    OK, this thing is starting to tick me off. First pic. It shows a guy hammering out a bolt on the top of the starter that comes in with the head facing the firewall. Is this correct? Do I just need to hammer it out? There was no nut on the end of this bolt.

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    Next problem

    The bottom bolt in this pic. HOW IN THE BLOODY HELL do you get this thing out? Do I need to go and get a LOOOONG extension? Or, is it easier from the bottom of the car. The dang throttle lingage gets in my way.
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    Looks from the pictures that the bolt is going through the block from the firewall and has a nut on the starter side. If i remember right mine is threaded into the bellhousing and comes out on the starter side, but anyhow I think it just shows him taking off the nut and then tapping the bolt out to make it easier to get the starter out, so you dont' have something hanging it up.

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    If I remember correctly, Dan is right. Mine I think just bolt into the bellhousing. And yes, I seem to remember useing every extension in my tool box for that lower one! This is on a '70 1900. That nut and bold set up looks different than I recall.
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    Thanks Guys

    This is on a 71 GT 1.9.

    Looks like another trip to Home Depot.

    You dont remember having to remove the lingage or going at it from under the car? I sure as heck hope not.

    Well, one good thing about all this is I get to buy more tools.
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    extensions

    Voodoou,
    I thought I warned you it would take some long extensions!
    One more thing, I have found that the swivel joints for impact tools (the ball and socket ones) also come in VERY handy.
    I'm 95% sure you don't have to pound out any bolts, but in the GT you may want to consider taking the "L" braket of the end of the starter and the lower block to bell housing braket out to make removal and reinstallation easier.
    Best of luck!
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    Yes, you did

    I bought a couple of swivels but I thought I had long enough extentions. WRONG!!! I need another one that is about a foot and a half long.

    GRRRR!!! I hope this thing starts with that starter you send me. By the way, thanks again, so so much. I have to tackle the brakes and suspension next.
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    SUCCESSSSSSS!!!!

    FINALLY!!! Got the damn thing off!!! I jacked up the car as high as I could and climbed under there and used a 1 foot + a six inch extension and a swivel on the end and the Beeotch came right off!!

    Now just waiting for my new starter to get here so I can get my baby running again.
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    Old Three-Bolt Opel Starter

    Another old thread that I found interesting. If I am not mistaken, the illustration shows an old "three-bolt" (pre-1970) starter. Newer models just use two bolts, and eliminated the middle "stud" that was inserted from the rear of the engine. Is that correct? My 1971 GT has the newer Bosch two-bolt starter (which was updated to a Delco-Remy model in the 1974 model year), but the old starter mounting was still shown in the 1972 FSM. I LOVE how Opel retained old photos even after they changed the design!
    Keith Wilford
    Working on the bare-metal, nut & bolt rotisserie restoration of my '71 Opel GT, and may have another GT to build next...

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