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    Thanks for being here

    Hello to all from Ontario Canada.
    I am a new member and think this sight is really great. I've always dreamed of owning a GT and now that I'm turning 44 I finally bought one. I do not mean to offend the opel community but I'm not a stock GT type guy. My goal is to stuff a Chevy 327 under the hood and trick the beast out a bit. Thats why I purchased a project car and not a restored classic. Anyway I have a parts wanted ad running on this sight for a front bumper. Talk to you soon.
    Thanks V8TOGO

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    Welcome!

    All who want to enjoy the GT are welcome here. You'll find there are others who are doing unconventional things to their GT's and those who go for the classic look and restoration. Use the search and you will be overwhelmed with options.

    Good Luck!

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    Hi V8TOGO!
    You will not find yourself remotely out of step here if you want to go "non-stock". Like Wolf Spyder said there are a lot of people doing the same with their GT's and the info is enormous on various mods. Have a blast getting ideas and enjoy. The site is invaluable. Look forward to hearing more from you and don't forget to show some pictures!

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    have you started fitting the V8 yet? once you get it in there i'd love to come take a look, where are you in ontario? i'm in ayr, its near kitchener

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    Bring on the engine..

    Hey there, good luck with the engine install. I have a 2.3 turbocharged engine in my 71GT that came from an 88 Thunderbird. Not super fast out of the gate, but on the highway from 3rd to 5th I can wave bye bye to most. Post pics soon.

    Paulie

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8TOGO
    I do not mean to offend the opel community but I'm not a stock GT type guy. My goal is to stuff a Chevy 327 under the hood and trick the beast out a bit.
    No offense taken from this person....as long as you complete it! Nothing worse than seeing a good GT cut up with intentions of a small-block Chevy install (and there have been thousands of attempts), only to give up and scrap the car a year later. Another suggestion though, read up on the archives here, you WILL need substantial re-engineering of the chassis, rear axle, brakes, and cooling systems to make it road-worthy without jeopardizing your safety. Do it right!

    I think most of us on this forum who cringe at the thought of a V8 transplant do so because quite frankly most of the attempts are not done with any real planning, and therefore are never completed. In fact, of all the people who've come to these forums over the past few years telling about a V8 transplant they wanted to try, I can't think of any who've succeeded. Maybe they have, but they haven't come forth with pics and details. There have been plenty of V6 swaps however, and few others (2.3 Ford, etc.) which have been done here though.

    That being said, welcome to the community!

    Bob

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    Welcome...I'm in the East end of Toronto if you ever want to talk Opels....
    Unless you are set on the V8...I'd seriously consider either a V6 or a more modern 4 cylinder....more than enough power to scare yourself sh*tless, and a lot easier an install than the 8....but Bob has it spot on, it's a lot more than just getting the lump to fit!!
    There is starting to be quite a few of us here in Ontario...looking good for the BBQ in the Summer.......

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    Bob's comment about a V8 GT never showing up finished kind of shocks me. That is a shame.
    I don't think it would be a big deal to V8 a GT, but as he said there's a lot to be done before getting an engine in it...
    So here goes another full rollcage project.
    Actually an eight point cage should suffice for a mild V8. If you plan on a real tweaked 350 hp screamer and posi-trac diff and sticky tires you'll need a lot more chassis stiffness, basically the 8-point cage with more cross and X-bracing.
    I wouldn't hesitate to slip a killer V8 in Speedway GT's chassis, were that an option, I know it would handle it! But my car wouldn't be very comfortable for street use...
    Look at all the rollbar construction threads, the best is probably the one called "rollcage progress".
    Mine can be seen in "articles" but you probably don't want to go to that extreme...
    So welcome to gt.com, Eight-go, you'll find all the help, advice, and support you need to pull this off, but do notice some of the hinted apprehension in other replies. I hope you are a skilled fabricator and welder, otherwise your engine swap will certainly result in an unstable bomb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8TOGO
    Hello to all from Ontario Canada.
    I am a new member and think this sight is really great. I've always dreamed of owning a GT and now that I'm turning 44 I finally bought one. I do not mean to offend the opel community but I'm not a stock GT type guy. My goal is to stuff a Chevy 327 under the hood and trick the beast out a bit. Thats why I purchased a project car and not a restored classic. Anyway I have a parts wanted ad running on this sight for a front bumper. Talk to you soon.
    Thanks V8TOGO
    Welcome! As another Opeler with V-8 intentions, I can assure you that you're in for a challenge, but also know that there alot of folks here that can help. As far as your challenge goes, not only will you need to make room for the "beast", but you are going to have to have ALL the drivetrain changed out in order not to rip the thing apart; and that includes frame as well as suspension modifications. However, I want to encourage you in your endeavor, and hope I can help, as I've found support here myself. The only difference in our cars is that mine is going to be totally Pro Street/ Super Gas used at the track, so my mods are a lot more radical. Hey, it's good to have you around and be sure to share pics of your ride with us!

    Best Regards,

    Bill B.
    It's NOT the speed, BUT the sudden stop...

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