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    What did you do to/with your Opel(s) today?

    This is a popular thread in another car forum that I frequent, so I thought I would try it out here, and see if it catches on.
    In that forum, it is a "sticky" so it stays near the top of the thread list and has about 180 pages of replies.
    Basically, just a few words or whatever you want to contribute about your daily interaction with your Opel or Opels.
    Perhaps you finished wrapping your interior in authentic synthetic alligator skin, or just brushed the spiderwebs off the gear
    shifter and drove up to the hardware store.
    I'll get it started. Today I...
    sat in the drivers seat of my GT and debated on whether I wanted to pull the instrument panel to fix the
    4-way/brake/fake fog light switch which was come unmoored from one of the posts (after trying to reach it from
    the side panel where the flasher sits) Should I fix it, or just wait until something else breaks?
    Cheers,
    Ron in Indy

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    Hi Ron,

    Wait until something else break !

    OK since I'm next. Threw 0.5 liter coolant in my slightly leaking radiator, (it is leaking just under the filler neck so I'm not worried for a major disaster,) and went for a nice drive in Tropic Denmark thinking if about how I managed to fxxx up my signal-horn on my MOMO steering wheel. I had the steering wheel and horn button off a couple a days ago, but at that time the horn button did function.

    I have checked, and Horn button itself is OK. horn is also OK, which leaves me with a wire problem...- but what the heck, how often do you actually use the horn ?

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTeglman View Post
    Hi Ron,

    Wait until something else break !

    OK since I'm next. Threw 0.5 liter coolant in my slightly leaking radiator, (it is leaking just under the filler neck so I'm not worried for a major disaster,) and went for a nice drive in Tropic Denmark thinking if about how I managed to fxxx up my signal-horn on my MOMO steering wheel. I had the steering wheel and horn button off a couple a days ago, but at that time the horn button did function.

    I have checked, and Horn button itself is OK. horn is also OK, which leaves me with a wire problem...- but what the heck, how often do you actually use the horn ?

    Cheers.
    The wire in the column broke a few years ago. Yeah, I'll get to it eventually.
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    I just finally registered the car and put license plates on it. Furthest distance I have driven it is about 150 ft in my driveway and I am contemplating putting a couple or three gallons of gasoline in it to test it around the block, and then, if it runs okay, go get the tank filled. But first I have to finish slopping paint on the house...
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    Last Sunday:

    Moved my SUV out to the street. Opened the garage, drove my Solstice out from under my 4 post lift and parked it in the street also. Lowered the lift, detached the battery charger, attached the ramps, drove my GT off the lift, then drove 3 blocks to the local diner.

    Ate dinner. Flirted with the waitresses. Left too large a tip.

    Drove the GT 3 blocks home and onto the lift. Raised the lift, reattached the battery charger, removed the ramps. Walked out to the street and drove the Solstice back under the lift and closed the garage door. Walked back out to the street and drove my SUV up my driveway and parked in front of the garage.

    Oh boy, I can't wait to get my yellow Opel Wagon! Then my merry-go-'round will get really interesting!

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    I have two sets of wheels and tires and I like to rotate from one to the other. Today I took the stock wheels off and put on the WETs. Lowered the car down from my lift and two of the tires went almost flat. Lifted the car back up and added air. Lowered the car to the concrete and waited about three hours. I just checked.....They all seem to be holding the air. Tomorrow will be a better test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Last Sunday:
    drove my GT off the lift, then drove 3 blocks to the local diner.

    Ate dinner. Flirted with the waitresses. Left too large a tip.


    Oh boy, I can't wait to get my yellow Opel Wagon! Then my merry-go-'round will get really interesting!

    Ohoooooo,Nice memories still there with Collingswood Diner

    Aha, I must look at Philly-Airport for a yellow Opel Cab
    You will wait at the VIP zone parking area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Last Sunday:

    Moved my SUV out to the street. Opened the garage, drove my Solstice out from under my 4 post lift and parked it in the street also. Lowered the lift, detached the battery charger, attached the ramps, drove my GT off the lift, then drove 3 blocks to the local diner.

    Ate dinner. Flirted with the waitresses. Left too large a tip.

    Drove the GT 3 blocks home and onto the lift. Raised the lift, reattached the battery charger, removed the ramps. Walked out to the street and drove the Solstice back under the lift and closed the garage door. Walked back out to the street and drove my SUV up my driveway and parked in front of the garage.

    Oh boy, I can't wait to get my yellow Opel Wagon! Then my merry-go-'round will get really interesting!

    Parking at your place must be like playing tetris!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Smith View Post
    I just finally registered the car and put license plates on it. Furthest distance I have driven it is about 150 ft in my driveway and I am contemplating putting a couple or three gallons of gasoline in it to test it around the block, and then, if it runs okay, go get the tank filled. But first I have to finish slopping paint on the house...
    It's not a test drive unless you get it into 4th gear!
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    This is a sticky on the Tacoma forum it has almost 4000 pages of replies!

    Moderators please make this a sticky!

    I played around a bit with Keith’s AC kit. Unfortunately I can’t mount the compressor because of the ARA AC adapter I have on my lower radiator hose. I guess I’ll have to order up a normal lower radiator hose from OGTS. It’s a shame because that cast aluminum adapter is pretty neat!


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    Working on another Opeler's engine Overhaul. I picked up 3 Opel camshafts from the Cam grinders last week. Dropped off an Opel Cylinder head for Chevy guides, seats & valve work and picked one up that was finished. Trying to keep these guys busy with work because it's hard to find great machine shops that can do quality work.

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    Order tracking says the BF Goodrich T/A 205/60/13's were delivered today. Heading home to check them out.

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    Fixed my non-functioning rear turn signal (just had to wiggle the bulb), replaced a fog light bulb, and put on a new driver's side window crank; all within the last week.
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    My GT is complete except the wiring. Just sent a bunch of wire rolls to the mechanic that is going to wire it. I gave up, rigged a temporary set up to make a car show in Redding, CA. I trailered the GT to Mt. Shasta and drove it almost 100 miles to Redding and the car show. Wouldn't you know the solenoid gave out at the car show. Had to have the GT towed back to Mt. Shasta. I talked to Gil and he sent another solenoid to my mechanic. No charge I might add. I told the mechanic that if he had to move the fuse block from under the dash, go ahead. He said it would be a lot easier to wire it that way. I don't care, I drove the GT in April, and I just want to drive it again and have everything working. The mechanic is a former Opel mechanic in his younger days, now he is known in the area as the go to guy for any problems on classic cars. The only bad thing was that he was going to trash my license plates because he didn't think they were real. I have "OPEL GT" in Nevada, I couldn't believe that it was available until I asked. The lady at DMV said it had not been used for 10 years. So I got it. Can't wait to drive the GT again, this time with everything working.

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    Not on mine, but Catherine's GT. Now that it's finally driveable there's a ton of little stuff to finish up. Today it was the rear lights, tire pressures, and mostly the steering wheel and all the crap covering the key switch/turn signal mess. I finally figured it out and it's nice now, except the horn because I am missing one part.

    Finished off the day getting here a new shift knob. (Hers was missing.)

    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernoob51 View Post
    Fixed my non-functioning rear turn signal (just had to wiggle the bulb), replaced a fog light bulb, and put on a new driver's side window crank; all within the last week.
    SHOW OFF! ...... ... ... ...

    Aaaah, I mean ..., aaaaah Nice work Alex! -- Doug

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    Called Dave McCurley today, invited him to bring his GT out to lunch on Friday with some of the local British Car Club guys. Chris Bron who is active with that Group is now trying to get a 73 GT back on the road. Been getting some things done on my GT and figured Friday would be a good excuse to get it out.
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    Went for a short cruise around town in GT with my youngest son (16 yrs old). I pulled over and told him to switch places with me "to practice his manual transmission skills"- he did pretty good. Occurred to me while watching Griffin drive (he was a little nervous, but very excited/content) that I was also 16 the first time my dad let me drive this GT over 30 years ago...and recalled having that same excited/content feeling! Reflecting now how quickly the years pass by.
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    OrangPeEL, you are right, I am turning 72 in October and I often wonder where all the years went. I actually listened to the folks around me saying save for your retirement, the years pass quickly. It reminds of a song and one of the lines is: "Gheeze ain't it funny how time slips away?" Enjoy the moments like your son driving your GT. It's moments like this that create memories. I have two daughters, although they never drove my GT, they always said they loved the car. The memory that I have was picking up the two daughters at my mom's house after work. The oldest (6) in the front seat, and the youngest (3) on the luggage tray. Right now I would be put in jail for child endangerment now.

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    I did the DNA thing and am working on a family tree. I got a DNA match for a "first cousin, twice removed - 2nd cousin, once removed" and a name. The surname was the same as my grandmother on my mother's side so I responded. About a week later I got a response that the person said "Thank you", but her FATHER really wanted to talk to me! It was over 50 years since Mike & I last saw each other and after chatting a while on the phone we arranged to meet the next time I was in So. Calif. as he lives about an hour from my daughter. We met for lunch and memories were flying when I asked if his father used to drive a '55 or '56 Chevy. He wasn't sure but thought so. I told him that his father gave me my first "you drive" experience in that car (around the fair grounds parking lot at age 14)! A really good memory!

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