Just after I graduated from Key West High School in 1972 my dad bought a used mint 1972 Opel GT, orange in color, and he has had it ever since. In '81 he and it moved to St. Petersberg - point being exposure to salt air. Being fairly well kept the body is in great shape with running gear showing only surface rust. The Atlanta area doesn't have a rust issue so hopefully I will get many more years of enjoyment out of it.
I also own a 1981 Red on Red Corvette 4-speed (purchased used in '82) with a 'few' modifications, also in excellent shape. However lack of interest and time leaves it covered in the garage. It will be reborn after our kids finish high school to the tune of a 427 big block.
But my pride and joy is a 1995 Impala SS that I have converted over to a T56 6-speed manual transmission. Regarding this car, my everyday driver, the best question is "what haven't you done to it"? I am a founding member of GaSSIT - Georgia Super Sport Impala Team - the Greater Atlanta Impala SS club featuring 94-96 Chevrolet B-body platforms and its siblings. 5.7 V8, rear wheel drive and the end of a legendary automobile. The other 427 of the two I will build will go into this car.
I also hold a seat on the Board of Directors of ISSCA, the Impala SS Club of America and represent the B-body owners of the southeastern US. This is the national Impala club.
The Opel: I just traded my dad for this car. He got a '67 VW. It's roadworthy and drives great, but hasn't seen a heavy foot since I last drove it in 1981. The bad news is I won't be able to get it up on jacks for a full inspection for another 2 months as a work assignment I'm about to start next week will prevent me from checking it out top to bottom, stem to stern.
The good news is I will have 2 months of internet surfing and searching before I get started. More than enough time to build a vendor and parts data base.
I'm a regular on the ISSCA Forum. As this is my first post here, and as a newbie I will dedicate a fair amount of time using the search function and review what has already been posted before I start asking questions.
Needless to say I am a gearhead. I do all my own work. The 6 speed conversion in my Impala was a cakewalk; 3 days after it hit the deck I drove it round trip to an Impala convention in St. Louis with no drips, runs or errors. I'm also a licensed FAA A&P mechanic. It stays current via my day job teaching C-130J engine/prop care and feeding. Needless to say I like all things mechanical.
First items on the Opel to do list: Wheels/Tires (told dad 20 years ago to get rid of them chicken-callin factory tires but he never listened), better breathing: header and intake, and general cleaning and detailing as each area is addressed or inspected.
Look forward to your help. Generally the first statement out of my friends mouths when they see it is "you know they make a small block chevy conversion kit for that car don't you?". Not while dad is still breathing - it's a respect thing