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    I saw that Gordo. I was surprised to see that. I don't think my '73 panel says VDO.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Hmmm....interesting......I just noticed that the dash says "VDO" on it.


    I wonder if they had a hand in designing the thing?



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    Block Color

    What was the original color of the Opel 1.9l blocks? Can these be powder coated or is high temp spray paint a better option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotmsg View Post
    What was the original color of the Opel 1.9l blocks? Can these be powder coated or is high temp spray paint a better option?
    I don't remember the factory color but I powder coated mine metal flake blue. It's holding up well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotmsg View Post
    What was the original color of the Opel 1.9l blocks? Can these be powder coated or is high temp spray paint a better option?
    My '73 GT came new with a black-painted block and head.

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    Thank you, Bob!

    Quote Originally Posted by SpringGT View Post
    My '73 GT came new with a black-painted block and head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotmsg View Post
    What was the original color of the Opel 1.9l blocks? Can these be powder coated or is high temp spray paint a better option?
    Prefer VHT SP997 cast iron gray engine color instead of black.
    Painted the starter and brackets black for a slight contrast.
    Haven't had any issues with rattle can engine enamel.

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    Wiring Harnesses?

    What material was used for the internal and external wiring harnesses? My '73 harness looks like it was wrapped with electrical tape on interior and exterior harnesses (probably PO?). I have a '69 interior harness that is beautiful with a gray rubber loom cover on it.

    What have you used in the past?

    Thanks

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    Does spray paint hold up rather well?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    Prefer VHT SP997 cast iron gray engine color instead of black.
    Painted the starter and brackets black for a slight contrast.
    Haven't had any issues with rattle can engine enamel.

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    I used vht paint on every mechanical part of my car, my wheels and engine bay. It's been a year and hasn't faded or chipped anywhere except the valve cover because I forgot to prime there.
    Has about 8000 miles since the paint.
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    These are all vht engine paint
    "Mira," 1970 Opel GT ARA AC, European 2.0L and Weber DGAS
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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotmsg View Post
    What material was used for the internal and external wiring harnesses? My '73 harness looks like it was wrapped with electrical tape on interior and exterior harnesses (probably PO?). I have a '69 interior harness that is beautiful with a gray rubber loom cover on it.

    What have you used in the past? Thanks
    My current 71 GT wiring has harness tape. When I repaired headlight wires, re-wrapped with 3/4" vinyl harness tape. It may be lightly sticky on one side. I usually use small piece of electrical tape and a small tie wrap (cable tie) to secure the ends.

    Do not rewire complete harness with electrical tape. It will be a pain to remove.
    One of my previous GT's (72 or 73?) had light gray shrink tubing.

    Some owners use corrugated wrap-around sleeving.
    Prefer black nylon with gray stripe (as used on some GM cars) instead of black polyethylene.
    McMaster-Carr

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    Tunnel

    Hey Dave tell me where you had issues because of the dynamat. Did the consoles not snap back on or was it the fit on the bottom of the dash?

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    Duncan, I'm just tearing everything apart right now. It'll be a while before I start putting things back together.

    I'm going to get the body work done, and while I'm waiting I'm going to freshen up my wiring harnesses. Replacing wires, cleaning connectors, and doing some shrink wrapping.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twintrouble View Post
    Hey Dave tell me where you had issues because of the dynamat. Did the consoles not snap back on or was it the fit on the bottom of the dash?

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    Thanks for the link, Lindsay! I don't plan on using much electrical tape.

    I really like the way my '69 harness looks. Smaller branches of tubing fitting into the larger branches. I'm sure that's the way it came from the factory.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    My current 71 GT wiring has harness tape. When I repaired headlight wires, re-wrapped with 3/4" vinyl harness tape. It may be lightly sticky on one side. I usually use small piece of electrical tape and a small tie wrap (cable tie) to secure the ends.

    Do not rewire complete harness with electrical tape. It will be a pain to remove.
    One of my previous GT's (72 or 73?) had light gray shrink tubing.

    Some owners use corrugated wrap-around sleeving.
    Prefer black nylon with gray stripe (as used on some GM cars) instead of black polyethylene.
    McMaster-Carr

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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotmsg View Post
    I really like the way my '69 harness looks.
    There are some slight differences between the '69 and '73 wiring harnesses.

    Harold

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    Roger Harold, I wasn't implying I was going to use the '69 on the '73. Was just trying to say that I like the way the vinyl tubing looks.

    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    There are some slight differences between the '69 and '73 wiring harnesses.

    Harold

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    I would strongly suggest not putting Dynamat on the floor boards. Water can get trapped under the mat where the corrugations in the floor are. My car had that junk all over the whole inside of the car. It had been sitting in a closed garage for about 5 years before I got around to fixing it up and when I started the 2 month process to scrape and peel that stuff off I found water and rust where it was applied to the floor.

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    Pulled off the tail lights tonight and saw the shiny chrome/silver paint is worn away from the plastic. Can these be repainted with silver paint, or what is another way of restoring these?




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    i have done it, and looked pretty good. but do yourself a favor and get the new ones from OGTS. $38 a piece. look much better. 2 of each. Ask for Dave.

    http://opelgtsource.com/store/5000/5007.html

    http://opelgtsource.com/store/5000/5008.html

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    Mine is a '73 with the Manta tail lights, don't thing those will work.

    What kind of paint did you use? It looks like it has the silver on the inside, and gray painted over it.


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    pretty sure the 73 tails are just the lens, no special bezel needed. all the same. I just used a high quality mirror chrome paint.

    Rust-Oleum Specialty 6 oz. Mirror Finish Spray Paint-267727 - The Home Depot

    actually, holy smokes. i never noticed bezel is different. until seeing your pic above
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