What did you do to your Opel over the Winter?
OpelGT.com is the premier Opel GT Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 35

Thread: What did you do to your Opel over the Winter?

  1. #1
    1000 Post Club jlthunder's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Salfordville, PA
    Posts
    4,097
    Real Name
    Jeff
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    What did you do to your Opel over the Winter?

    Since a lot of Opels are coming out of their winter hibernation about now, I was wondering what people did to their Opels over the winter? Upgrades, painting, etc.

    I'll start it off

    Bled the 25+ year old brake fluid out of the system and replaced with new. Master Cylinder was replaced back in '82. Brakes work much better now.

    Installed new(used) Brake Warning Switch on Master cylinder. No more Red Light on Dash.

    Replaced the Dash with an uncut one and reinstalled the Opel GT AM radio. AM/FM/CD/MP3 player will be stashed under the drivers seat with remote control.

    Replaced all 3 carb to intake gaskets and installed a new spacer. Runs much nicer now. Idles great.

    OK, lets hear from the rest of you.
    1972 Opel GT, Owner since 1983
    2001 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0 Turbo V6 Weeeeeeeeeee!!!
    1973 GT, Parted out, R.I.P.
    1968 Kadett, Owner since 2006, Sold, 28 June 2008

  2. Remove Advertisements
    OpelGT.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Über Genius First opel 1981's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    8,627
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    All I did was buy one (two) over the winter.

    Speaking for my sons (one that I bought) I rebuilt the motor .030 oversized pistons. Now its getting the body work done.

    The other, all I did was fire it up real quick.
    Opel GTs are not GM products
    ̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶— ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—
    Humans are not an endangered species!
    ̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶— ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—

  4. #3
    Opeler wattiefan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Waconia, MN
    Posts
    113
    Real Name
    Nickolas
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Outta hibernation

    So far all i done is replace the points and condenser and an oil change. I also got me a new shifter boot from OGTS. Will be taking it out soon. Also looking for a local reupholstery shop to gut the seats and make them look good.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    OpelGT.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Opeler
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cooperstown, Pennsylvania, United States
    Posts
    21
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I have spent past 5 months working on the wagon and this week it is getting shot with a new coat of paint. The body and paint should be flawless with hundreds of hors in body work done to it. The car is also getting a new water pump and fan shroud. Also need to refill the nitrous bottle.

  7. #5
    Opel-ing since '74 opelgtguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States
    Posts
    1,137
    Real Name
    Rick
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    Do we HAVE to do something to them ?

    Actually, so far I've only replaced the battery on the GT.

    The Manta is the problem child this Spring.

    Rick

  8. #6
    Kick a little asphalt MantAscona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,482
    Real Name
    Duane
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Nothing, zip, zilch, zippo.

    Duane
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  9. #7
    Opel Addicts saxybiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Mogadore, Ohio
    Posts
    2,441
    Real Name
    Vickie and Allen Gage
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by MantAscona View Post
    Nothing, zip, zilch, zippo.

    Duane
    Same here. For the first time in many years we did absolutely nothing on the cars over the winter. We put our feet up in the evening and on the weekend and became couch potatoes. It was actually, kind of nice for a change.

    Now, however, the work begins.

    Vickie & Allen

    1969 Kadett LS Odette Showroom New Original
    1969 GT Omi The Grandmother
    1970 GT Octavia V8 Opel
    1971 GT Opie DESTEC car
    1971 Kadett Wagon Otis Survivor
    1972 GT Olessja Under restoration from being rear-ended
    1973 GT Olivette Awaiting Restoration
    1975 Manta yellowOmaryellow The Bumblebee
    1975 Ascona Sport Wagon: Otto Colonel Mustard
    1975 Ascona Sedan (1900) yellowOrlandoyellow
    1975 Ascona Sedan (1900) Oliver - "Olli"
    2008 SolsticeyellowOliviayellow

  10. #8
    Manta Owner deanh74_2 (R.I.P.)'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    East Troy, Wisconsin, United States
    Posts
    260
    Real Name
    Dean Hartje
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Done something?

    I aquired two '74 Mantas. One need alot of work, the other is just a parts car. These are the first in many years for me. I owned a GT in high school.

    Dean
    "Taste Death, Live Life" - "HotDog" - The Movie

  11. #9
    Kalifornia Kid DennisGardiner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Santa Clara, CA
    Posts
    551
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Tank Tank Mods.

    Pulled the GT fuel tank.
    Cut a 7/8" hole, installed a 1/2" weldable bung fitting.
    Baffled the tank.
    Reinstalled yesterday.
    Now running the 1/2" hard metal fuel line to the Bosch EFI pump.

    Next project, rip the dash out and have the heater core rebuilt.
    Drifting: dorifuto sōkō, a motor sport where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while preserving vehicle control.

  12. #10
    1971 GT CDN OpelNut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Penticton, British Columbia
    Posts
    634
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Removed a small rust bubble from a wheel arch and POR-15'd the wheel well. Accumulated the parts necessary to build a cold air intake and squirrelled away the funds for the sway bars.

    Too cold to do much else BRRR
    1971 GT - 2.4 "Legere" Stroker - Weber DCOE45 - Getrag - Compufire - S10 Clutch - Custom Racetec pistons
    1972 Corvette Stingray (Ok, it's the wife's), 2009 Audi A4 Quattro, 1976 Austin Mini 1000, 1969 Mini Cooper (in progress)

  13. #11
    Opeler cadence's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Louisville, KY USA
    Posts
    121
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Compufire DIS-IX
    Weber 38/38
    Wiring and relays

    parts ordered from DR Manta

  14. #12
    Opel Intern Swiftus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    1,290
    Real Name
    Jay Swift
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Front end rebuild:

    - new Upper and Lower Control arm sleeves and bushings installed

    - new upper and Lower Ball Joints installed

    - new Tie Rod Ends installed

    - new (stock) front spring installed

    - Preliminary MEGA Wiring Diagram drawn

    - Car re-wiring begun

    - Por-15d the floorpans

    - removed interior

    - sealed leaky gas tank petcock

    - Removed old sound deadening material and replaced with Second Skin Damplifier and Ensolite foam

    - fixed passenger side window regulator



    --- To Do ---

    - Brake rebuild

    - Replace Wheel bearings

    - Finish new Wiring

    - repair heater core

    - re-install interior

    - install new stereo

    - install cold air intake system

    - fix rust bubbles

    - remove undercoating and replace with epoxy paint

    - DRIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!
    1973 GT
    2019 Hyundai Ioniq

  15. #13
    Kick a little asphalt MantAscona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,482
    Real Name
    Duane
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by MantAscona View Post
    Nothing, zip, zilch, zippo.

    Duane
    I should probably be more specific about this. I actually did a lot of Opel work this winter if I count building the hill climb car, however, I did zip, zilch, zippo to my road cars. As Vickie said, "now the work begins" to get things ready for Carlisle. I have to address something on every car and time is running short....

    Duane
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  16. #14
    Member Site Supporter jerseydave's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,282
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    I have to address something on every car and time is running short....

    Duane
    How is the blue car coming along?

    I have been prepping the 74 Manta by stripping the red paint, fixing some rust and patching some holes. I am hoping to have it ready for paint by the end of April. I will not be doing any engine, interior or rebuilding any front or rear ends until after Carlisle.
    Dave

    73 Opel GT-work in progress
    74 Manta
    75 Manta

    Previous
    72 Manta Rallye-owned 1974-1979 (Avatar picture))

  17. #15
    Kick a little asphalt MantAscona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,482
    Real Name
    Duane
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydave View Post
    How is the blue car coming along?

    I have been prepping the 74 Manta by stripping the red paint, fixing some rust and patching some holes. I am hoping to have it ready for paint by the end of April. I will not be doing any engine, interior or rebuilding any front or rear ends until after Carlisle.
    Umm, that would be the zip, zilch, zippo part.

    Duane
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  18. #16
    Opeler tagger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Posts
    17
    Real Name
    Jordan Tagtow
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Purchased engine and transmission cross-members for my 2.3 Turbo Ford motor. Removed everything from the GT (interior, engine, trans., etc.). Began sandblasting the car...will need new fiberglass parts . Going to send the 8.8" Ford rear end into a shop to get narrowed soon. I'm hoping to be running by mid-summer and competing in Rich Christensen's Arm Drop Live event at my local drag strip.

  19. #17
    Senior Contributor GoldGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    The Villages, FL
    Posts
    4,836
    Real Name
    Jeff
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    Much of what I have done is in my "Off To The Sandblaster" thread. I installed my interior, radio, Sirius adapter, SS collar on the clutch cable, re-aligned a sagging passenger side door and found that the body shop forgot to tighten two of the bolts which caused the problem in the first place, put vibration dampeners on the MegaSquirt computer and relay boards, filled the gas tank all the way to the top for the first time since I fixed the leaks it had and found the the fixes worked, installed the trim around the pop out windows, replaced the dizzy with the oil pump drive stub that I made, fixed a seal that was showing under one of the headlight buckets. Still more to do before Carlisle, but I am getting there.
    Jeff

    '73 GT,5spd,Recaro,EDIS4 2.2 EFI MegaSqrt, Ali Flywhl w/S10 Clutch, Elec Fan, Roller Rockers, Venolia Pistons, 6 Cyl Intake w/ Custom Injection, 15" Wheels,F&R Sway Bars,2" Exhaust,1" Sport Spring,Koni Reds,Wilwood Brks,3:90 Gears & Gripper LSD,Rear Disks,Ali Radiator,Hse of Colors - Kandy Pagan Gold.
    123 WHP @ 6800 RPM

    www.markandson.net

    www.gpny.com

    '64 VW Ghia '09 S35i BMW Z4
    '15 BMW M4 '11 BMW 335ix '04 Ford F150 SVT Lightning

  20. #18
    Pathologic Opeler opeldean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Overland Park KS
    Posts
    1,955
    Real Name
    Dean
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    last night: re adjusted the clutch and refit my clutch cable..i think I got it figured out now..i learned 5 ways how not to do it.

    to do for carlilse:

    1- have green slime removed from front wheels and have the tires rebalanced.
    2-install new calipers,pads and rotors..bleed system ,etc....first timer on this.
    3- install drive line rubber donut
    redo 1-3 X3=9*

    * knowing me, I will have to do each of these things 3 times to get it right,so my list is 9 items long NOT 3.

    I think these 3 things will get the girl ...halfway across the US and back.

    cosmetic items like interior carpet...can wait
    Celeste: 1917cc ,Getrag ,Big valves,ported,ISKY cam on solids,Opel forged rods,9.52 compression,total seal gapless,oil dam,RB gasket mod., DCOE side drafts,sprint,pertronix,SACHS clutch,OGTS & Kadette sway bars,no oil leaks. Big brakes. Avatars Photos Carlisle 2010 by Jennie V.Thank you's to Bruce Butler and Gabe Sanchez

    Driven twice to Carlisle 2,351 miles RT successfully, broke down on first trip

  21. #19
    Senior Contributor GoldGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    The Villages, FL
    Posts
    4,836
    Real Name
    Jeff
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by opeldean View Post
    last night: re adjusted the clutch and refit my clutch cable..i think I got it figured out now..i learned 5 ways how not to do it.

    to do for carlilse:

    1- have green slime removed from front wheels and have the tires rebalanced.
    2-install new calipers,pads and rotors..bleed system ,etc....first timer on this.
    3- install drive line rubber donut
    redo 1-3 X3=9*

    * knowing me, I will have to do each of these things 3 times to get it right,so my list is 9 items long NOT 3.

    I think these 3 things will get the girl ...halfway across the US and back.

    cosmetic items like interior carpet...can wait
    Get started, you have a lot to do and not much time. Those brakes can bring some nasty surprises if they have not been touched in a long time.
    The donut is no cake walk either hmmmmmm........
    Jeff

    '73 GT,5spd,Recaro,EDIS4 2.2 EFI MegaSqrt, Ali Flywhl w/S10 Clutch, Elec Fan, Roller Rockers, Venolia Pistons, 6 Cyl Intake w/ Custom Injection, 15" Wheels,F&R Sway Bars,2" Exhaust,1" Sport Spring,Koni Reds,Wilwood Brks,3:90 Gears & Gripper LSD,Rear Disks,Ali Radiator,Hse of Colors - Kandy Pagan Gold.
    123 WHP @ 6800 RPM

    www.markandson.net

    www.gpny.com

    '64 VW Ghia '09 S35i BMW Z4
    '15 BMW M4 '11 BMW 335ix '04 Ford F150 SVT Lightning

  22. #20
    Project 1450 supporter... Site Supporter RallyBob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Spofford, NH
    Posts
    13,094
    Real Name
    Bob Legere
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    The donut is no cake walk either hmmmmmm........
    20 minutes on my lift....

    I will NEVER do that job again laying on my back in my driveway!
    My Flickr photos.
    C.R.L. 9/22/69 - 12/8/99, J.M.L. 3/3/43 - 6/15/04, D.M.L. 9/19/50 - 6/23/10, E.G. Sauer 2/26/66 - 2/18/10

    '70 GT 'Bonnie', '71 Ascona 4-dr turbo - winter beater, '71 Ascona 4-dr 'Turd' - rallycar, '72 Ascona wagon - 'Red', '72 Manta - caged street car, '74 Manta Luxus - factory sunroof, '74 Manta ITB racecar, '75 Manta - racecar

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Similar Threads

    1. Opel Paint Codes
      By Gary in forum Opel Tech Articles
      Replies: 30
      Last Post: 10-29-2016, 02:41 PM
    2. 69 Opel Aero GT Article
      By Ooooner in forum Opels in the Media
      Replies: 12
      Last Post: 04-07-2013, 10:25 AM
    3. Opel GT Source Christmas Special
      By Gary in forum General Discussions
      Replies: 24
      Last Post: 02-15-2006, 02:17 PM
    4. One of my Opel GT's has left the nest!
      By rmstirm in forum General Discussions
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 12-29-2005, 10:47 AM
    5. Opel based Locost 7
      By gene in forum Clutch, Transmission and Drive-train Upgrades
      Replies: 12
      Last Post: 12-02-2005, 12:50 PM

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •