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    Newbie??

    Well, a number of years ago I purchased this Opel from my brother, who had recently picked it up in a trade for another vehicle. I drove it for a while, but when it started to give me problems (vapour lock?) I was still in University, flat broke, and it got parked.

    Nearly 10 years, a wedding, 3 kids, and a few jobs later, I am finally planning on at LEAST getting it running half decently.

    It is a bone-stock 1971 GT, Solex carb, 3 speed automatic. The motor was a replacement, but I am not positive if it is from the same year of vehicle or not.

    It was hit in the drivers side rear pretty badly, but it was pounded out and filled with bodyfiller (go figure).

    I got it running well enough on Sunday to drive it from the front to the back, but then it got hot and the fuel issue was back. When I got up this morning, I notice it "went" in the driveway - brake master cylinder leak somewhere. You can tell it was facing south by how faded the paint is, as well as the "black" seat covers that are now grey/white. I know, I know, some people on here will be thinking "why'd he let it get that bad"... consider myself chastized...

    Anyway, here are some pics... Eventually I'd like to put a 3.4L in it, mated up to a 5 speed, much the way that I've seen others have been doing on here (Namba209 for example).

    Anyway, just introducing myself.
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    The gene pool could use a little chlorine...

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    Trev,

    Good to hear from another Calgary GT. I replied to your PM. Call me when you get a chance (number is in the PM). Hmm, maybe the 26th OMC Picnic could be in Calgary, or at least Banff!
    Keith Wilford
    Finishing up a bare-metal, nut & bolt rotisserie restoration of my '71 Opel GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilford
    Hmm, maybe the 26th OMC Picnic could be in Calgary, or at least Banff!
    I was thinking South Dakota, you know, centrally located on North America and all......
    Lots of Opels, for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldopelguy
    I was thinking South Dakota, you know, centrally located on North America and all......
    Well, that would be Winnipeg then, since it is actually closer to the geographic centre of North America, and is where my GT grew up. But if you think I am going to:
    1) get eaten alive by crow-sized mosquito's
    2) die of heat prostration (100 degrees F and 100 % humidity in August)
    3) freeze my knackers off again (well, LAST summer was more like a Calgary winter!)

    Then I'll see you in Van Nuys this summer. Hey Stephen, you coming to this clam bake?
    Last edited by kwilford; 04-05-2005 at 10:54 PM. Reason: misspelled "my"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilford
    3) freeze by knackers off again (well, LAST summer was more like a Calgary winter!)
    hey keith does that translate into american ? i thought it was just anglo saxon like "bollocks"
    An Eagle may fly high but a Weasel doesnt get sucked into a jet engine.

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    From this perspective, you've got a real nice car to work with. Body looks stright, no visible rust. Bumpers are straight. Just a WHOLE lot of time and WHOLE lot of money are all that is needed now.

    Oh yeah, and you have to have a WHOLE lotta love for this too.
    Thom - Ich liebe mein GT

    I've had my 71 GT since I was 3 when my father brought it home, and I'll have it till the day I die!!!!

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