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    Quote Originally Posted by tracyfam View Post
    OK so I am 3/4 done with welding classes and I need a project. Can't bring in the car itself and I have some sheet metal to practice on. But I was thinking of making a towbar. Does anyone have a set of plans for a towbar I could build?

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    So, its been awhile. Quick personal update. Things stable, son deployed, father-in-law snowbirding with us and moving quickly through projects stacked on top of the GT.

    Parts car is moved back out into the driveway and is under a new car cover. Purchased through Coverkings and the fit is just too perfect.

    Sample of paint was picked up and the counter guys were outstanding and more helpful to the novices walking in than I anticipated. Paint color decided on is Opel Manta Signal Blue.

    So, question of the day, single stage or clear coat?
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    Clear coat but if you are DIY painting you may need to use Single stage because 1st time painters have trouble spraying clear coat correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tracyfam View Post
    So, its been awhile. Quick personal update. Things stable, son deployed, father-in-law snowbirding with us and moving quickly through projects stacked on top of the GT.

    Parts car is moved back out into the driveway and is under a new car cover. Purchased through Coverkings and the fit is just too perfect.

    Sample of paint was picked up and the counter guys were outstanding and more helpful to the novices walking in than I anticipated. Paint color decided on is Opel Manta Signal Blue.

    So, question of the day, single stage or clear coat?
    Clear coat with a strong UV protector.

    In Texas, you might just need it.
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    And so we make progress. Sending the car out for body and paint.
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    Aww, GT's are so cute when they are all undressed like that. (OPEL Car Porn Alert)

    And you wave goodbye, wondering when she will come back.

    She comes back all shiny and pretty and you can spend lots and lots of money buying parts that come in cardboard packages right to your door. (FUN To Open) As well as finding all the Flaws in Your New Paint Job!

    Those "Parts," that somehow need to be "adjusted" before they actually work right, or are the dreaded, "Wrong One." Or, his pal, "Won't Work," or "so much for throwing money at the problem."

    Ahh, Restorations, It's something I enjoy doing.

    Ya get all done, then you live in fear of it somehow getting scratched, then some jerk caves your drivers door in.

    Back to naked GT's, or as I call them when they are like that, "FootBalls."

    I have also seen them where they were sitting in the backyard of Opel Junky, staring at me with Eyes of Fear as I walked up to them with a sawzall.

    Seems a fella (Good Guy) bought a GT body from a fella (Mouth Breather.) Who "waz gonna put a racin motor innit, a V8! Go DraaaaaaaaaaaG Raciiiiiiiiiiiiin.

    So the guy wanted "all the parts, that an idiot would cut out of a GT Body," having no idea, that he needed to make a tube frame, or be done with it.

    The first cut I made was everything from the engine compartment, to the heater control panel, then another a foot away. Then punched holes, and cut the bottom.

    I raped that 72 GT, but it had a smashed in rear end, it had been sitting for ten years (static) with a bad motor,in the Texas Heat, baking the rubber, and it had a solex.

    That's a Death Sentence.

    Don't take much in Texas.

    I cut that "Thing," in front of the radiator, for him, I cut off the part in front of where the pedals are for another guy. I cut up that whole car, then cut up the rest to go to the scrap place. It was the fourth GT I have dissected.

    You Learn Things cutting up a GT into little pieces with a sawzall. Course you also learn when you install a carpet kit in a GT the first time too.

    Back on Topic:

    You think, you are halfway done with the Restoration, "Sweet Dreams, Fair Prince".

    When you get your GT back, tell me again, when he said, "When it would be back."

    Ya know, some folks never got there's back.

    My Advice, is Every Three Days, NO MATTER WHAT! You drop by that body shop with a pack of smokes, and six pack of something. Beer, water, Dr Pepper, whatever.

    Hi, how ya doin, here's something to drink, how's my car, are you still in business, ( dont laugh, if they go out of business with your car there it can be a nightmare). Plus if you drop by every three days, they will finish your car faster.

    Hey Mike, not just you, anybody who is restoring a GT. If you leave your car at a shop, check on it every three days. Period.

    Anywho, when you get it back, we want pics!
    I'm just another Opel Rehab Failure.

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    Half way done? Heck, I am only 22 years into this project and this is the 5th restart. I'm just getting started.

    The guy's shop is 5 blocks from my house and I have to drive past it twice a day. Check in 3 days a week? I would say more like 5.

    Basically the wife authorized the funds for my midlife crisis and said as long as it isn't a blonde, a red head or a brunette I can have one(mid life crisis).

    Actually my therapist said I had to do something other than work and sleep.

    Pictures will be posted as the work progresses.
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    Still at sandblaster due to rain in Texas. Primer slowly getting there.
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    Snafu. Sandblaster was a tart and didn't finish the job. Body guy ended up getting a different sandblaster to do all his cars. GT is now back from sandblaster and in getting the body work done.
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    Lookin' good!

    Putting a totally stripped car back together is big fun to me!

    You're entering the fun stage!


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    Once we get it back from paint&body is when my fun begins. My friend, Arthur I. Tess, showed up uninvited this past month and i am spending so much time with him it really slows me down with everything. I am hoping he leaves soon. He is such a pain in the neck.
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    Outer skin of Opel GT hood separates from the inner hood structure.
    Don't forget to check when you reach that point.
    Not sure what others have done to correct problem during their restoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    Outer skin of Opel GT hood separates from the inner hood structure.
    Don't forget to check when you reach that point.
    Not sure what others have done to correct problem during their restoration.
    No kidding, I'll have to deal with this as well. Have two hoods and they both are separating.
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    Ya, apparently the supports were glued to the underside of the hood before the edges of the hood were folded and/or stamped over the ends of those front-to-rear support channels. It's the brown stuff that looks like Hyde glue.

    Darn near impossible to clean those up. You'd have to fold back the hood metal at the rear of the hood and then the whole support structure just slides right out. I've done this to cannibalize those supports for use on a fiberglass hood(Poor GT ended up with it. ). But I never heard of anyone doing what I did to thoroughly refurb a hood. I guess most folks sandblast or try to hand sand that area. Plus, what are you going to do when you put the hood back together? Glue it again? Try to tack weld it to the hood to close the gap(You'll have to do some bodywork on top of the hood afterwards)? Body putty? It'll crack in no time flat.

    I have a spare fully modified fiberglass hood that had the oem support channels and latching system swapped over to it by the person I bought it from. He solved the problem by laying fiberglass and resin right over the support channels and onto the hood, totally bonding the supports to the hood and closing all the gaps. It doesn't look pretty, but it's tight and solid as a rock:

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    I'm sure that you've determined that your hood needs minimal work and you don't need to go nuclear like I've shown. I just used this turn of the discussion as a sneaky excuse to post some pictures and blab!






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    The body/paint guy has been patiently waiting for me to help him get the axles back on so its easier to work on. Finally did that this morning and now the GT is the number 1 slot for work. The nose was worse than we thought and the PO really did a horrible job pop riveting the nose into place. Thanks to lowkey for talking me into taking that nose off his hands so many years ago.

    So, the body is now rolling and I have my makeshift garage dolly back. Once the hail damage repair is complete on my house which included replacing the garage door, then I will be back in business stripping down the parts car.

    It's progress albeit slow.
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    They look so cute when they're nekkid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tracyfam View Post

    Thanks to lowkey for talking me into taking that nose off his hands so many years ago.
    Well as is well known, I do have this Gift for seeing into the Future.

    Don't believe me?

    Okay, how about since you had the truck, and since there was room for it, why not?

    Still not buying it?

    Alright, then how about you were waving all that money around and the shop was on my azz about getting that "Scrap Metal," out of there?

    For whatever reason you choose to believe, I'm glad it worked out for you. BTW the Shell, I call them Turtles, looks great.

    Jeep us posted and "Pics or it didn't happen!"
    I'm just another Opel Rehab Failure.

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    More progress

    Restorer needs the more parts so I am now tearing down the parts car. The fiberglass is pulling nicely into sheets that encased the rust. I honestly don't believe any of the body is salvageable except the headlight buckets and the hood. I am doing a complete photo log of every nut and bolt. Pictures to come later, need to edit a few down a size.
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    Photos. Yes there is work being done. I am way too excited. The guy is doing a very detailed job.
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