Hi all, I just came across your website and I'm hoping that I can use it as a resource. I'm an engineer by trade - former mechanic, but will always be a car nut. I have several project cars including a pair of 60's Mustangs and a 90's Thunderbird. I don't actually own an Opel, but I have a yellow Opel GT hanging out with the Mustangs at my garage. The Opel belongs to a friend of mine; I am helping him restore it for his mom, who I believe bought the car new.
I believe the car is a 73 (don't remember off the top of my head) with a 1.9 liter. It runs and drives, but has a very bad rod knock - I believe the engine has probably spun a bearing. I am planning on removing the engine in a few weeks to determine what it needs to be rebuilt. I do have a Chilton manual for it, but was wondering if if you guys have any advice on rebuilding and where to get engine parts for the 1.9L. I have no previous Opel experience, but I have rebuilt a couple small block Ford V8s and have also done work on Honda and Nissan engines. One of the things I'm hoping to determine, is if it is possible or worthwhlie just to get a rebuilt engine for it.
I appreciate any advice / recommendations you can give me.