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    Opel Checklist

    I recall seeing an Opel Checklist years ago with 10 or 20 things that should be done to all Opels (e.g. gas tank vent lines, headlight wiring, etc.). I think it was sort of a checklist for new Opel owners. Getting ready to start spending some time with my GT again and thought running through that list would be a good place to start in terms of maintenance.

    Anyone else recall seeing this list and/or have a link to it?

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    Here's a general checkout list that we use at the shop.
    UPDATED 30 POINT SHEET 2011.pdf

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    Thanks Wrench. That is a great list to have for any car and I've saved a copy of it. There was an Opel (GT) specific list floating around at one point. It had a list of items (some potentially dangerous) that should be checked on every GT.

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    Try this link:
    Opel GT Source --- The Mechanic

    OGTS calls it Winterizing, but to me it looks like a good list in general.
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    I did a search and couldn't find the reference I think you're looking for. From my memory there was somewhere around 10 things to do or upgrades to get the GT up and running and more dependable.

    Off the top of my head in no particular order, they included:
    Installing a Weber carb (preferable with electric choke)
    Installing a radio shack ignition relay
    Replacing the rubber brake lines
    Rewiring the headlight harness
    Draining the gas tank of old gas, removing or punching through the tank sock, and replacing the fuel filter
    Replacing the mechanical fuel pump with an electric one
    Replacing the stock points with electronic ignition
    Replacing the gas tank vapor lines
    Replacing the oil and coolant
    Replacing the stock alternator with a high output alternator
    Priming the oil pump
    Replacing the rack boots and/or front end bushings (maybe?)

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    If the mechanical fuel pump is working well as it is, there's no need to swap it to electric.

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    06Charger, that might have been it or at least a current version of it. I recall a B&W one pager in PDF or DOC format, but it had to have been at least 5 years ago if not longer so I might be imagining that. I think its the same one ungermm recalls. Fortunately, I've already done most of those things at one time or another.

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    I'm going to BMW(bitch,moan and whine) for a second.
    So far I've not seen the max. ball-joint deflection spec.

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    I stand corrected
    "Max. axial play of all Opel vehicle lower ball joints is .080 inches.
    New lower joints have axial play of .020 inches or less." as per Mr Chilton.

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    List off the top of my head.

    Change Engine Oil
    Change Tranny Oil
    Change Rearend Oil
    Change coolant and flush system
    Fix Headlight wiring
    Install starter relay
    Clean all connectors at the fusebox
    Clean all connections in the engine bay including the grounds
    Check the operation of all lights
    Check wipers and wiper motor
    Lubricate the headlight mechanism and cable to avoid damage to a "dry" system
    Replace the 3 rubber flex lines in the brake system and check the hard lines for rust.
    Replace the brake fluid
    Verify the operation of the brakes at all 4 wheels.
    Check tightness of front wheel bearings and re-grease.
    Check all ball joints and tie rod ends for wear.
    If they are very old....replace the shocks
    If they are very old....replace the tires
    Replace all hoses associated with the fuel tank vent system
    Check all muffler system hangers
    Replace the "V" belt(s)
    Check the distributor and either replace the points or put in the pertronix
    Replace the spark plug wires
    Drain old gas and do the fuel sock removal
    Replace the fuel filter
    Check all rubber bushings in the suspension system including panhard rod.

    I'm sure there is something I have missed, but not a bad start for car that's been sitting for an extended period of time. The brakes are the most important. If a car won't go it's no big deal but if it won't stop you could be in big trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    List off the top of my head.

    Change Engine Oil
    Change Tranny Oil
    Change Rearend Oil
    Change coolant and flush system
    Fix Headlight wiring
    Install starter relay
    Clean all connectors at the fusebox
    Clean all connections in the engine bay including the grounds
    Check the operation of all lights
    Check wipers and wiper motor
    Lubricate the headlight mechanism and cable to avoid damage to a "dry" system
    Replace the 5 rubber flex lines in the brake system and check the hard lines for rust.
    Replace the brake fluid
    Verify the operation of the brakes at all 4 wheels.
    Check tightness of front wheel bearings and re-grease.
    Check all ball joints and tie rod ends for wear.
    If they are very old....replace the shocks
    If they are very old....replace the tires
    Replace all hoses associated with the fuel tank vent system
    Check all muffler system hangers
    Replace the "V" belt(s)
    Check the distributor and either replace the points or put in the pertronix
    Replace the spark plug wires
    Drain old gas and do the fuel sock removal
    Replace the fuel filter
    Check all rubber bushings in the suspension system including panhard rod.

    I'm sure there is something I have missed, but not a bad start for car that's been sitting for an extended period of time. The brakes are the most important. If a car won't go it's no big deal but if it won't stop you could be in big trouble.
    Check battery connections and cables. Replce if old.
    Replace fusible links and resistor wire.
    And I know this sounds silly but check the steering wheel to make sure it's secure (and check horn).
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    5 brake lines?

    I thought that there were only 3 rubber lines. Am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opelmel View Post
    I thought that there were only 3 rubber lines. Am I missing something?
    There are only three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomking View Post
    There are only three.
    Told you I'd screw something up. I was thinking 4 wheels and the one at the diff. except for the fact that the one at the diff. takes care of the 2 rear wheels so I stand corrected and accept all flogging as legitimate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    Told you I'd screw something up. I was thinking 4 wheels and the one at the diff. except for the fact that the one at the diff. takes care of the 2 rear wheels so I stand corrected and accept all flogging as legitimate.
    Jeff you are distracted by all this water pumping!:banghead:
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    Told you I'd screw something up. I was thinking 4 wheels and the one at the diff. except for the fact that the one at the diff. takes care of the 2 rear wheels so I stand corrected and accept all flogging as legitimate.
    Sorry, but I'm not into flogging. I get enough pain to satisfy any sado-masochistic tendencies simply by working on Opels.

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    Thanks everyone!

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