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    Have a whopping 85 miles on it now. Getting more confident with each drive.

    Fixed an electrical bug that was causing the battery to drain. (Radio power wires were reversed)

    The rear end hits the bump stops when I hit a pot hole. I'm planning to change the trailing arms and add coil overs over the Winter.

    PJ posted a link to swing arms in this thread: http://www.opelgt.com/forums/clutch-...tml#post557370. At that time I wanted to keep the Volvo arms and Opel springs to make the swap easier. But now the coil overs are the next challenge.

    I am much more confident with my welding and fabrication skills after all the work I have done on this project so I'll try making the coil over setup from scratch.
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    One side is done.
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    Really nice. My only concern would be the strength of that small "U" bracket. You might be all right the way it is, but personally I would fabricate it of thicker material, like 1/8" steel.
    Old racers never die. They just go bench racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    Really nice. My only concern would be the strength of that small "U" bracket. You might be all right the way it is, but personally I would fabricate it of thicker material, like 1/8" steel.
    There is 1/8 plate across the bottom, 2" angle iron at the rear and gussets in the front. The sides are 3/16 thick.

    It ended up in that shape 'cuz I wanted to use the Volvo sway bar.

    Here's a better view
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    Oh, I am talking about this bracket:
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    Old racers never die. They just go bench racing.

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    Gotcha. That was a purchased part. Made for coilovers.
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    Coilover install completed. Redoing one tailpipe is next, then on to body work.
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    Gary,

    very good job! But no way to pass the German inspections.

    Can´t await to the the whole result!

    Carlisle 2017?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainer Manthey View Post
    Gary,

    very good job! But no way to pass the German inspections.

    Can´t await to the the whole result!

    Carlisle 2017?

    Rainer
    When I went for the "safety Inspection", the brakes were barely working, no emergency brake, and no lights when the main fuse blew when I put them on. It passed! (the techs were too busy talking about the motor) No TUV here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    When I went for the "safety Inspection", the brakes were barely working, no emergency brake, and no lights when the main fuse blew when I put them on. It passed! (the techs were too busy talking about the motor) No TUV here.
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    Gordon can give you the right TüV badge at Carlisle.
    The GTX get the same last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by norbertone.gt371 View Post
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    Gordon can give you the right TüV badge at Carlisle.
    The GTX get the same last year
    Ha,Ha, that would be very appropriate!
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    Yup! I've got some "TUV Turk" stickers right here for ya:

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    I still have some Seal of Approvals, too!:

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    I'm in the process of patching some rust behind the rear wheels and when I cut open the metal you can see where the rustproofing spray ends. If they had only sprayed a little more, I would not be doing this today.
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    Took a break from doing the bodywork and re-did the passenger side tailpipe and added tips on both pipes.

    I also cleaned up some of the wiring and got the "Check Engine" light working and set up a switch to read the fault codes.
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    Opel Acupuncture

    Working on rust repair of the lower rear quarters and did some acupuncture to clear the energy flow..



    Hidden rust on the passenger side:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Working on rust repair of the lower rear quarters and did some acupuncture to clear the energy flow..



    Hidden rust on the passenger side:


    OUCH!

    But it IS a good looking repair (and I do love Clecos!)! -- Doug
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    Here's the "after'.






    I also fixed some rust spots on the front fenders and coated in insides of the frame rails.

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    Also did something a little different!



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    Easy access now!



    Here's a short video: https://youtu.be/y9EXO8da5tM
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    AeroCatch Latches

    I installed AeroCatch latches in the front of the hood.

    • Pic of the latch and pin
    • First step was to make brackets for the hood pins.
    • Next I put some hand cream on the tip of the pin to mark the hole location on the hood and drilled a small hole.
    • After using the cross hair marking on the template to locate the latch opening, I cut the hood using a small cut off wheel and a hand nibbling tool. Then using a piece of wood for backing support, I drilled the latch mounting holes and mounted the latches.
    • Hood is secure!
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