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    Hi everyone, just found this site again after 5 years. Picked up an Opel in San Diego a while back and had it shipped to Seattle. My wife and I dated in one in 1999 and I miss her. Her name was Mother Opel. Red. Sold to a kid in Worcester Ma for 2500 off of ebay. Cried when she left. Well now my wife and I have our date car back, not the original, but one like it... Here is the link. www.fjtoys.com/opel. I need a ton of stuff for this car, like bushings for the front, looking for a 1.9l engine to do this swap. Any help is always appreciated! Cheers, Mikesta

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    Welcome aboard. I moved this thread to the "Introductions" Forum.
    I think I recall reading that swapping a 1.9 into a 1.1 Kadett is fairly major, as the sheet metal around the tranny tunnel is actually different. Have a "search" around the site and see what you can find.
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    wow... seriously? I will check it out.. thanks! If anyone knows where my original opel is, I would be interested in purchasing it... if nothing else, checking out how she's doing.

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    1.1 Litres = 50mpg

    Hello & welcome. Yes there is a major difference in the floor panels of 1.1 and 1.9 litre versions. Also the 1.1 diff is smaller and far too light to take 1.9 power plus the front suspension and brake calipers are smaller too.
    Now don't under-rate the 1.1 litre motor! It was designed for ecomony - not drag racing. Your new wagon looks to be a real wee honey - is that 27,377 miles its real milage? Could be by the look of the condition of the upholstery etc.
    The wagon will be a great "round town" hauler so don't be afraid to rev the engine through the gears - the 1.1 motor was designed to be run up to near 6,000 revs.
    I had similar thoughts of replacing the 1.1 in my 1967 Kadett Rallye but after a bit of investigation realised that the car is totaly designed for use with that motor and major surgery and part replacement would be necessary for any larger motor/gbox to be fittted.
    Be happy knowing that you have a rare wee gem - and lover her for what she is - Economical and FUN!
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    Nice looking little wagon, congratulations.




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    Just don't.

    The switch to the larger engine is not easy and not cheap.
    And it would be a pitty to loose such a pretty original.
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    Conversion

    Just wanna throw in my 2 cents: Do not convert to 1.9L! There are two "sizes" of tranny tunnels: a small one for all 1.0 - 1.2 L with manual gearbox, and a large one for all 1.5-1.9 L models and all of the automatic ones (even with the small engines). Plus you need different axles, brakes, front end sheet metal (the radiator is about 8" further to the front on the larger models) ... basically a complete donor vehicle. Lots of sheet metal and mechanical work. Sure it can be done, but it's not worth it.
    If you want a few more horses, get a dual carb from ebay. I've seen one around just a few days ago, it might have been on German ebay (not sure).
    Besides that, welcome to the "club", enjoy your Kadett. I would like to have a station wagon too!
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    Keith Wilford
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    Don't convert it!

    Quote Originally Posted by apassens
    The switch to the larger engine is not easy and not cheap.
    And it would be a pitty to loose such a pretty original.
    AMEN to that!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by heimue
    If you want a few more horses, get a dual carb from ebay. I've seen one around just a few days ago, it might have been on German ebay (not sure).
    Dieter
    The little dual set ups for the Kadett are not a big improvement. I made that change way back when once. And by the time the one currently offered on ebay is in the US you spend some dough..
    What worked good, but is not as easy to accumulate parts for is:
    Get a 1.2 liter engine. Those have already 60HP. Or since that would be an import article just get the 1.2 cam - that the biggest plus for altered carburation.
    Next trick is offered by Irmscher: a 40mm sidedraft set up!
    Its not cheap but especially on the 1.2 a real improvement and you are only messing with the carburation.
    I drove this combo back in Germany, and bought one two years ago new. Paid about $250 for the intake and $270 for a linkage replacement -which is not needed, but I liked the way its made.
    At the end you should have healthy 70+hp without body or drivetrain work that make things only irreversable.
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    Holy moly. Nice to feel welcome... Im not really an opel collector, just happened to be a lover of my date car... which is somewhere out there? I miss her. This one is pretty much all original but the paint. I am looking for bushings for the front end.. anyone know where I can get them? Also I will take your advice on the opel 1.1 to 1.9. She will remain unmolested. I need to figure out how to get post replies. Enjoy www.fjtoys.com/opel

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    does my car get 50mpg? as i see in a title above?

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    You may want to try www.opelgtsource.com they have an online catalog you can check out to see if they carry the front end bushings for your wagon. I do know they have the poly bushings for most Opels. HTH.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikesta
    does my car get 50mpg? as i see in a title above?
    Is your date mobile a garage queen?
    Never had a 50mpg Opel myself. 40 was good 35 more common.
    Is that worth a poll?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikesta
    I need to figure out how to get post replies.
    Go to the "User CP" at the top left, click on "Edit Options" on the left panel, and then set the "Messaging and Notification" option under "Default Thread Notification Mode" to whichever notification mode you desire, and then "Save Changes" at the bottom.
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    I would keep it original. Those little 1 or 1.1 Litre engines are neat and should be economical. Does anybody know what one of these small Opel motors weighs?

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    not a lot

    I can dead lift the 1.1 motor and tranny assembly from the floor to the engine stand by myself, so probably less than 250#.

    My last dual carb Kadett always got at least 42mpg, and while it topped out at @72mph it got there in a hurry. Wonderful fun around town.
    Lots of Opels, for a long time.

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    did not know it was so economical to drive... odometor and gas guage do not work so I've never tested the mileage. Anyone know how to fix a speednomitor? would it be the cable that is broke?

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