This is my sort of annual thread where I ask you to tell us about your Winter Opel or other projects and plans for the coming year ahead.
For you cold regioners, what has kept you from climbing the walls due to cabin fever?
You warmlanders can give us more of your usual smug stories about how you drove your Opels to the beach and watched bikini girls play volleyball.
Lots of you guys seem to have bought new engines from Charlie and elsewhere, let's hear how you're progressing.
Will any of you be debutting your finished restoration this Spring?
How about you racer guys? Let's hear some of your hopelessly optimistic plans to pull off 7sec 1/4 miles and take multiple checkered flags in dirt track or LeMons races.
And let's even hear from you couch potatos who don't plan on doing a dang thing to your Opel this Winter or this year. What's on TV? Read any good books lately? How's your recliner doing, think it will make it through another year?
Gordo's Winter to-do list:
Fix radio antenna - There was nothing wrong with it's hook up, the blade-type electric antenna just wouldn't work mounted low on the windshield, just above the dash. I had to reroute it so that it mounted behind the rear view mirror to get it to pick up signals decently.
Redo side rear windows - Round window idea: Vetoed by you guys. I installed pop out window glass with louvers and edging directly onto the body.
Rebuild steering rack - All new bushings and widgets.
Strengthen/refurbish front suspension - All new ball joints and rubber bushings. Installed A-arm gussets and a custom arm-stiffening low-mounted sway bar mount. Yellow/red powdercoat.
Increase caster to try to fix steering squirreliness due to high offset wheels - Duh, the washers were in the oem configuration. Swapped them and the problem seems to be fixed or greatly dininished.
Install time machine - Plasma plates and a flux capacitor.
Redo rear upholstery - Made gator skin cover panels for the areas I wanted to improve.
Flip my upside down headlights - Flipped'em.
Redo wing attachment and finish - Next on the list.........
Install new chromy Steinmetz offset intake - Also, next on the list......
2nd try at electric windows - in progress......
Early Spring projects:
Re-calibrate fuel gauge
Install Norbert's trailer hitch reinforcement
Try out smaller 40DCOE carb to see if it performs as good or better and uses less fuel - after Carlisle
As far as driving plans, last year I hit the car show circuit pretty frequently. I refused to work on the car during the driving months and, so, kept a tally of enhancements, problems, and stuff I wanted to fine tune. I've worked on that stuff over this Winter. I really liked the car around town, but long drives were tiresome due to the squirrely steering on long straight highways. I was also pretty cautious with the length of my drives because I needed to build up confidence in my newly built, massively modified, car, after some early set backs due to a poorly venting gas tank and a broken alternator bracket. As of right now, I'm pretty confident in the car and I figure I can drive anywhere without fear of breakdown. Car shows? Yeah, I'll do a bunch, but I think I'll try some more destination drives, mostly out of State. There's more giant roadside statues to take pics of my car in front of. I've taken a break from the ladies these past few years, so maybe I'll dip my toe into that quagmire. Nah. I think I'll get a dog instead! A nice pomeranian, perhaps.
What's going on with you guys?