Hi all! I now own two Opel GTs and am going to try to get at least one running
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    Hi all! I now own two Opel GTs and am going to try to get at least one running

    Hi all,

    I'm new to the group. I was just recently gifted two Opel GTs, one is a '72, the other a '73. Both have been in garages since 1992. The '73 is a bit nicer and didn't have raccoons living in it, so I think that's the one I'm going to work on getting running first (it's the one in the back in the photo).

    The story on them is that I got them from a woman here in Alameda, CA who has several rental properties that have been in the family for years. One of the cars was her daily driver during college in the '70s, the and other one belonged to her father. She needed them out of the garage because she wants to rent the garage to a tenant, so she gave them to me because I was brave enough to evict the rodents, and deal with the DMV. I've always liked these cars, so I'm exited to get them running. I know basically nothing about Opels specifically, but I have plenty of experience building old cars. Should be fun!

    ~Jesse Cortez

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    Wow, quite a score! Two GTs/$0 is hard to beat.
    I wouldn't be surprised if you could get them both running and driving
    based on the picture. Welcome to the OpelGT.Community.
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    Ron in Indy

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    Wow, a pair of white ones! You don't see that color much and you never see two at the same time.

    Glad to have you with us!


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Wow, a pair of white ones! You don't see that color much and you never see two at the same time.

    Glad to have you with us!

    I see two white one's every day! Nice score, they should be solid coming from Ca.
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    That looks like it was made for it. Come to think of it, it was made for it!

    "All the worlds indeed a stage, we are merely players, performers, & portrayers, each anothers audience, outside the gilded cage"
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    You'll have lots of fun redoing them and the sky is the limit as far as what you can do with these little beauties.

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    Welcome, and congratulations! You just signed your life over to the mad sickness called "Opelitis"

    The one in the foreground has nice and rare wheels!

    Dieter

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    Congrats! Nice pair you have there! Welcome to the forum!

    Would love to see more pics when you get a chance. Opels are fairly simple to work on, and with Opel GT Source as an awesome parts supplier so close to you you'll have them going in no time.

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    Thanks everyone!

    I've spent some time cleaning the cars up. Unfortunately some rodents made a mess of the engine in the '73 and the passenger compartment of the '72. I've been vacuuming and water blasting and now they are starting to look decent. I'm going to take the carb off of the '72 to work on getting the '73 running. I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.

    It's good to see that parts are available for these cars. I've had other cars where nothing is easy to find. I've been looking at Opel Parts Source and Splendid in Germany. It seems like maybe they are related sort of?

    ~Jesse

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    "Hi all! I now own two Opel GTs and am going to try to get at least one running"

    First, I'll say Welcome!..
    Second, you do realize that your thread title is akin to announcing you have brain damage AND a drug addiction?
    "No, it's not fiberglass."
    "No, the motor is not in the back."
    "No, your friend in high school did not 'peg' his speedometer."

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    Welcome! I highly recommend Opel GT Source if you want fast quality service. You’ll pick up on that as you read more threads on here. From the one picture they look like a couple of really nice GT’s! What a great paycheck for your pest control services! Please post some more pictures once you get things cleaned up a bit. Enjoy, hope you have a little more luck and can start driving one soon. This website has been very well organized and some really helpful people are here as too who are a wealth of knowledge on these cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwouldjessedo View Post
    I've been looking at Opel Parts Source(OGTS - Opel GT Source?) and Splendid in Germany. It seems like maybe they are related sort of?

    ~Jesse
    Yes, they have a close business relationship. OGTS has arranged to have some replacement parts made here in the U.S. and some other parts are made my Splendid and other people in Europe, both companies sell each other's parts. Opels Unlimited claims that they make or invented all the parts they sell.
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    So an update on these two Opels. I got the'73 to start and run, but the Weber carb needs some rebuilding. I'm also getting an oil leak at the upper alternator bracket bolt (the long one that passes behind the distributor), so I'm going to have to take check on the timing cover for gasket leaks and/or cracks. It's a pretty decent car overall, so I am still confident that i will be able to get it up and running by early Summer, it's just going to be a bit more work than I was hoping. I have decided that I need to sell the '72 in order to drum up some cash to throw at the '73. I posted it for sale in the Cars for Sale section, so is anyone is interested please contact me.

    ~Jesse

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwouldjessedo View Post
    So an update on these two Opels. I got the'73 to start and run, but the Weber carb needs some rebuilding. I'm also getting an oil leak at the upper alternator bracket bolt (the long one that passes behind the distributor), so I'm going to have to take check on the timing cover for gasket leaks and/or cracks. It's a pretty decent car overall, so I am still confident that i will be able to get it up and running by early Summer, it's just going to be a bit more work than I was hoping. I have decided that I need to sell the '72 in order to drum up some cash to throw at the '73. I posted it for sale in the Cars for Sale section, so is anyone is interested please contact me.

    ~Jesse
    Both look good, the 72 being the one in the front? I'd swap wheels and rims with the one in the back (73?). Welcome, as Dieter said they appear to be rare wheels, and as Opelbits said "Second, you do realize that your thread title is akin to announcing you have brain damage AND a drug addiction? Actually it's Dain Bramage" as the deed has been done. Welcome, Jarrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    Both look good, the 72 being the one in the front? I'd swap wheels and rims with the one in the back (73?). Welcome, as Dieter said they appear to be rare wheels, and as Opelbits said "Second, you do realize that your thread title is akin to announcing you have brain damage AND a drug addiction? Actually it's Dain Bramage" as the deed has been done. Welcome, Jarrell
    Hmmm! I'm trying to make that same decision: I have a set of turbine wheels (18 spoke like the front car) and the stock set of 4 spoke (like the ones on the rear car) and will decide which ones to use after the body work and all is done. That decision WILL be put off for a while!

    Welcome aboard! -- Doug

    BTW - the turbines are 13 x 5.5 so I am guessing they should have the same (or very near) the stock offset so I need to measure but it is a pain with tires on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkindriver View Post
    You'll have lots of fun redoing them and the sky is the limit as far as what you can do with these little beauties.
    No offense ment, but what's up with the bright red posts? It just about blows my eyeballs outa my head. Again, No offense ment. Jarrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    Hmmm! I'm trying to make that same decision: I have a set of turbine wheels (18 spoke like the front car) and the stock set of 4 spoke (like the ones on the rear car) and will decide which ones to use after the body work and all is done. That decision WILL be put off for a while!

    Welcome aboard! -- Doug

    BTW - the turbines are 13 x 5.5 so I am guessing they should have the same (or very near) the stock offset so I need to measure but it is a pain with tires on.
    What size tires would you run with the turbines 13 x 5.5? I may have a line on some. Thanks, Jarrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    What size tires would you run with the turbines 13 x 5.5? I may have a line on some. Thanks, Jarrell
    JMHO, but my taste in tires doesn't match a lot of people here (I think fat, low profile tires don't look good on a skinny 60's styled car) so I will be looking at 195 series 70 tires. A little more footprint and a tiny bit more diameter (but that corrects the somewhat optimistic speedometer readings - per R&T). I believe the stock rims were also 5.5 but ??

    Doug

    PS - It going to be a while before the new tires go on! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    Both look good, the 72 being the one in the front? I'd swap wheels and rims with the one in the back (73?). Welcome, as Dieter said they appear to be rare wheels, and as Opelbits said "Second, you do realize that your thread title is akin to announcing you have brain damage AND a drug addiction? Actually it's Dain Bramage" as the deed has been done. Welcome, Jarrell
    I've never loved Turbine style wheels, I've always been partical to 4/5 spoke rims, so I'm going to keep the stock Rostyles on the '73 for now. Yeah, not many of my friends have been impressed with this new project, Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    JMHO, but my taste in tires doesn't match a lot of people here (I think fat, low profile tires don't look good on a skinny 60's styled car) so I will be looking at 195 series 70 tires. A little more footprint and a tiny bit more diameter (but that corrects the somewhat optimistic speedometer readings - per R&T). I believe the stock rims were also 5.5 but ??

    Doug

    PS - It going to be a while before the new tires go on! LOL
    I completely agree with you, I dislike modern wheels and/or modern tire sizes on old cars as well. I'm keeping the Rostyles on the '73 GT, and am either going to mount vintage style 520-13 tires like these just for the look:


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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    JMHO, but my taste in tires doesn't match a lot of people here (I think fat, low profile tires don't look good on a skinny 60's styled car) so I will be looking at 195 series 70 tires. A little more footprint and a tiny bit more diameter (but that corrects the somewhat optimistic speedometer readings - per R&T). I believe the stock rims were also 5.5 but ??

    Doug

    PS - It going to be a while before the new tires go on! LOL
    I'd have to go look at my Gt, but if I am correct, I have 205/70 R 13s. I have a set of Rims (that BQS4 and I traded parts for) and powder coated them locally. They look pretty good to me, but they aren't period correct by a long shot. I just wanted as much rubber as I could put on them, to meet the ground. Hard to turn when driving slowly, but they stick in the rain. Just my thoughts, Jarrell
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