Here's my annual thread for y'all to post your Opel projects and plans.
Myself, I'm running out of things I can do to my car, so I'm down to the nitty gritty. I need to rebuild all or part of the used 2.4 engine I got, not because it runs poorly or anything, but to eliminate some smoke when I floor it and reduce the black spit that comes out of the exhaust and sprays the white wall behind my car in the garage when I'm warming it up. I'm hoping that just having the valve guides redone will do the trick or at least have enough of an effect to bring the spitting down to what I call "normal spitting". My GT's have always spit black soot out the exhaust. My long time driven(225K miles) freshly made 2.0 in my old yellow GT always spit soot right from the time I got it. So did the Red Baron's worn out 2.0. As does my new/used 2.4. From my experience, that's what Opel engines do: They spit soot out the exhaust that leaves a nice trail on my driveway and spit droplets on the tail panel. Yet my engines just run and run and last forever.
I'd like to try the easiest fix first, which would be to have the valve guides redone, 'cuz I'm hoping that the oil coming out the exhaust is primarily due to oil leakage coming down the guides. I don't really plan on pulling the head and sending it out for machining until next Winter off season. If I could find an extra decent 2.4 head and have that gone over, then maybe I'll put a new head on during the driving season. I'm tired of constantly disabling my GT with some new project during the driving months.
I really only have a handful of projects left on my plate at the moment. I just got a matched set of rusty GT doors from JLThunder(Jeff) to continue my electric window mock ups:
I'm hereby offering to set up electric window mods for you guys using these doors. If you find some cable or scissor lifters that you think might work and you send them to me, I'll try to set them up and do the mods necessary to make them work in a GT. I'm not looking to make any money, I'll do you the service pretty much for free, I just want projects to keep me busy. PM me if interested.
When I get my bag'o'jets back, which are out on loan, I'll move forward with my Steinmetz SSD with smaller 40DCOE project:
Possibly this frozen weekend I'll get motivated to figure out the install of the trailer hitch reinforcement turnbuckles that Norbert cobbled together:
Frankly, I haven't been able to figure out exactly where Norb' was going with his design and how he envisioned them to be mounted.
I'm not completely happy with the look of the Painless Performance black wire loom on the driver's side of my engine compartment. It's great stuff and my wires are well protected, but their black color throws off the esthetic balance of color tones. On the carb side of the engine I've got all sorts of chromy hoses and lines, but on the driver's side all the black wire bundles are dragging the whole look down.
Ugly black wire loom.jpg
I don't want to put the cheap common corrugated split red or chromed plastic covers over them. The chromed type sucks really bad, the chrome starts flaking off as you're installing it and it's black underneath the chrome. I searched for some sort of sprial, wind-around, wire loom in red or chrome/silver and couldn't find anything. I stumbled across this silvery/grey stuff that might do the trick:
It looks like it's the wind-around kind, but it's actually split straight along it's length and has gaps all along it to allow individual wires to exit the the main bundle. It's gonna be tough to install on an already wired up situation and it's intended that you slide your unattached wires through the stuff BEFORE you attach the wiring to your car. It came with a nifty "wire inserter tool" to guide the wires into the loom. I probably won't be able to use it, but we'll see how it goes. I don't know if I'll remove the black loom and install the silver stuff instead or if I'll put the silver stuff over and around the existing black wire loom.
So, what's on your Opel plate this year?