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    Winter Projects for your Opel

    Well since winter has decided to come early, thought it was about time for this thread. The old girl was a bit rebellious this summer, but did get me to all the shows I wanted. I have a few things to take care of, (1) blown head gasket, (2) broken timing cover, (3) leaking oil pan, (4) new OGTS starter, etc. etc ....currently the engine block and pistons only, are attached to the trans, too cold for the garage today,& OSU played, so I dug out another timing cover 12 bolt, stripped off the blk. paint, and polished it. I prefer the natural look, nice polished alum., with high temp clear coat, the water pump is next . I hope to reinstall the oil pan & timing cover this week. PITA cleaning up the engine compartment, but she needs it, a little oily WHAT ARE YOUR WINTER PROJECTS ???
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    That looks great, I pity you living in the snow belt. I use to live in Indiana, Ugh ! winter for me means I can finally drive my car and not roast here in Az. I do need to put bushings in the front but will have to find some place to do it. That is one job I can't do. That was the last thing on my list to get done.

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    Nice timing cover!
    My plans are a new engine and clutch. I need to trim all of my electrical wires and find a little gremlin that makes my car stall or idle slower when headlights are on. If I get some money for Christmas I'll buy poly bushings and a rear sway bar. I also will try to get my AC and heater working.
    If I get all of that done then I'll pull out the dash and put the hazard light switch panel where it's supposed to go and make a mount on the rear package tray to mount a battery powered Music and instrument quality Roland PA system (loud and no wiring required!) so I'll be able to blast music and even plug in my jazz or acoustic guitar and play some tunes!
    After that, during the spring, I think I'll take a nice break and enjoy what I have. Maybe go to a track with dad and do some spirited cruising with the Opel and the Cobra
    Then take the GT up to school and maybe pick up a girl or two as long as Gordo stays away haha!
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    Every Fall I line-up the list of winter projects, some small, some major. And the winter comes and it is too cold to work in the garage or the garage is too small for some large project or I find some other excuse to wait until the weather get warmer.

    The Spring comes and I wind-up scrambling to finish everything on time for Carlisle.

    But yes, here is the list of my projects:

    - Quaife LSD
    - Redesign propshaft support (eliminate donut and install sealed bearing inside the torque tube).
    - Black headliner (I hate the existing beige one)
    - Install air conditioner

    Only 6 months till Carlisle...
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    I'm currently in engine rebuild/build-up mode. Just got the pistons in the mail today. Should have the motor completed in a couple of weeks, depending on the holiday.

    While the motor is out, I'd like to:

    Install a new electric fuel pump to properly fuel the DCOEs
    Give the engine bay a good cleaning and do some paint touch up in there.
    Replace a few seals in the transmission.
    May take the dash out and reroute some hoses in order to keep the heater with DSDs.
    While the dash is out, I may have it redone in the same vinyl used throughout my custom interior...that project is a big maybe, but it would be awesome!

    Cold weather and a GT without an engine in it are a dangerous combo...

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    My Winter plan is to keep plugging away with the 3.0, 24v install in my wagon.

    At some point I need to finish the fuel injector tester/cleaner that I started to build so I can test the 24v and Senator's injectors.
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    We'll be racing in March and possibly in January, so the Tinyvette will get it's usual maintenance and repairs.

    An indoor project I've been wanting to do is get an Arduino and set it up so that it can monitor the gauges and if any are out of bounds trigger a big warning light, basically a second shift light.

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    Put in the sprint last week and was going to put the carb back on today . But the kids left the garage door open all night and some one stole all my tools Sh**T. Good thing they left all my parts and beer. Spent the day gathering new tools merry x-mass to me. Will spend the next few months replacing all the wires and tubing in the engine department.

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    Make a whole dashboard from scratch.

    Install wiring and switches for all sorts of crazy stuff.

    Finish installing windows.

    Finish interior upholstery.

    Regasket used 2.4.

    Run brake lines, fuel, and every other hose you can think of.



    I think I might need TWO Winters.........



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Make a whole dashboard from scratch.

    Install wiring and switches for all sorts of crazy stuff.

    Finish installing windows.

    Finish interior upholstery.

    Regasket used 2.4.

    Run brake lines, fuel, and every other hose you can think of.



    I think I might need TWO Winters.........



    No Way Gordo, You get 1, We want to see it at Carlisle,

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    Every Fall I line-up the list of winter projects, some small, some major. And the winter comes and it is too cold to work in the garage or the garage is too small for some large project or I find some other excuse to wait until the weather get warmer.

    The Spring comes and I wind-up scrambling to finish everything on time for Carlisle.

    But yes, here is the list of my projects:


    - Black headliner (I hate the existing beige one)


    Only 6 months till Carlisle...
    Thats good know when my work is in progress
    Also i would not have a black hole as engine bay.You can see nothing of details
    Its a detail eater,the black hole like the real ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by norbertone.gt371 View Post
    Thats good know when my work is in progress
    Also i would not have a black hole as engine bay.You can see nothing of details
    Its a detail eater,the black hole like the real ones

    Norbert
    My plan is to install modern AC compressor on the RH side bellow carburetors, so it will not be much visible any way. No black hole, please!!!
    And now everybody knows that you are working on a model of my car...
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    Plan to pull the T-5 and hopefully replace it with a close ratio 6 speed from a BRZ. Making the engine to trans adapter will be a challenge, but that can be done. However since I don't make body mods when I swap something, the determining factor will be if I can figure out how to build a shifter that will come out in the stock location.
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    Engine work ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by m610 View Post
    An indoor project I've been wanting to do is get an Arduino and set it up so that it can monitor the gauges and if any are out of bounds trigger a big warning light, basically a second shift light.
    That's not a hard project at all.

    My Winter projects are:

    Assemble the 2.2, Just need to get the block powder coated before I assemble it.
    Have the 1.9+ block bored and short block assembled.
    Get valve springs for the modified 15. head and install it on the 1.9+
    And get a working model of my Arduino controller for Pozest. I built the code for it last Winter and the last week I've been designing the schematic for the "relay" board(s). It will have around 1000 connections I'll need to solder so it might take me a while to get it finished. ~L~
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    I've got about 2k worth of performance parts that have been sitting here for the last 2 years that will "hopefully" be going onto the GT this winter. First things first though.....I finally got around to locating some stove pipe that will need to get installed in the garage for my wood burner. NO WAY am I sitting in there with no heat!!! Then I'll need to get another cord of wood delivered,split it,well the story goes on and on.... not enough hours in a day.
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    I've restored a 1970 Opel Gt and soon learned that finding rear wheel bearings were like finding hen's teeth. So I've been on the lookout for a 1971 to 1973 donor car. This summer I got lucky. I located a 1972 Gt in a bush near Massena, NY with no engine for just $100. It was really rotten but had only 55,000 miles on it. The only problem was that it had not been on the road since the late 80's and there was no title and I would not be able to export it to Quebec. I waited for fall so the mosquitoes would die off and dismantled the car and took home what was salvageable. I thought I was getting a good windshield but after cleaning it up I discovered a windshield wiper scratch on the passenger side. The diff was in really good shape and turned very smoothly. I'll change the pinion seal and clean and paint it before making the swap. My heater blower motor stopped so I guess I'll remove my dash and word has it that Santa is bringing me a new heater control plate from OGTS. My control plate is broken and so was the one from my donor car. I don't have a heated garage so all this work will have to wait until April....way to cold up here during the winter.
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    My winter project sounds kid of simple..
    Change the radiator cap.

    Hopefully I'll be able to get it done. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    My winter project sounds kid of simple..
    Change the radiator cap.

    Hopefully I'll be able to get it done. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellaopelgt View Post
    I've got about 2k worth of performance parts that have been sitting here for the last 2 years that will "hopefully" be going onto the GT this winter. First things first though.....I finally got around to locating some stove pipe that will need to get installed in the garage for my wood burner. NO WAY am I sitting in there with no heat!!! Then I'll need to get another cord of wood delivered,split it,well the story goes on and on.... not enough hours in a day.

    We will have to Christen that wood burner!!
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