Just wondering if some has built a drag Opel?
Just wondering if some has built a drag Opel?
Ya but I drive it on the roads.
Mine doesn't even run but I seen one on Ebay about 5 months ago.
Check out this thread post #5
There have been lots of them. One just came up in a thread recently, another was for sale a few months ago.
A fellow member, "itsa70gt" is into the drag racing version of our favorite little car.
GTs have been very popular as drag cars - small aerodynamic body that looks good!
Here are a few I have pics of:
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That is looking good!
Only built from 1970 - 1975
Understeer: The front of the car hits the wall,
Oversteer: The rear of the car hits the wall,
Horsepower: How fast the car hits the wall,
Torque: How far the car pushes the wall.
1.9 GT was selling one a while ago in Ontario, don't know if or who he sold to. It was definitely set up for drag racing, if I remember right, it was tubbed. "Motor is Camaro 2.8 40 over pistons high rise cam high rise maniold Mickey Thompson slicks as new posi track etc"
I am in the early stages of building an ALL steel, FULL interior, chromoly chassis 69 opel. It should look fairly stock except for wheels and large exhaust coming out the side.
I wanna see pictures, show us progress from start to finish! We need examples of such a project to show and explain to those who want to put hemis and such in an Opel...
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A solid, sqaure, level bench was made to measure from, clamp to, and to hold shell solid. Then we got out sawsall and went nuts. 16 guege inner rockers were fab'd to have something solid to tie into with tubing. Chassis is built according to NHRA specs for 8.50 (just in case win the lottery). A lot of plans are being made as we go.
Nice start! Some of that looks very familiar... Thanks for showing the jig, its necessity is often overlooked and problems begin this early. Keeping the body square, level and rigid as it's guts are ripped out makes reassembly so much less difficult.
See ebay item number 4586810890 for a serious drag race GT!
The baddest of the bad....I remembered this article from N.D. 1984...(my drag racing days) Frank Mazi's blown hemi BB/Altered Opel GT[url]www.maziracing.com/PhilPart1/AltereredStatesPt1.htm article and pictures show what happens when you put 1,000 horsepower in a Opel GT....FUN!!
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With the coming of all the electronics and modified automatic transmissions changing the drivetrain is the way to go. Back in the dark ages I ran a Kadett with the Opel transmission and rear end best times were 14:28 94MPH in quarter mile, with .060 overbore 1.9 and headwork. Later build and ran GT with Doug Nash Super T-10 transmission and 8 3/4 MOPAR rearend also with .060 over 1.9 lighten rotating mass and headwork. Best time with GT was 13:49 102.64 MPH in quarter mile 60 foot time 1:57 seconds. Not too shabby for 118 cubic inches at 18 pounds per inch and single 500 Holley.
I would love to see some pics of these cars! If I recall correctly you're the guy who Tom Thevenin helped get some national records in drag racing with your Kadett. We're talking some history here. Do you still have either of the cars?Originally Posted by opelnut10
There's something very cool about basing your drag car on the Opel CIH motor. I would WAYY rather see one of these run than any V8 Opel - just a personal preference I guess but it's cool to keep the drivetrain OPEL!
Paddle faster...I hear banjo music!
1972 GT 2.4L
1974 Manta GT/E 2.0 LHU
1973 Manta Rallye 2.5L
1967 Kadett L Rallye 1.1L
Keeping it Opel is cool, the Kadett and GT rear suspension is basically a three link with the torque tube and plants the rear tire good. The panhard bar does need to be worked with to get the car to leave hard and straight. The GT is narrow and more streamlined, and the engine sits back 5 1/2 inches farther on the same wheelbase. The CHI engine is almost bulletproof with 5 main bearing and short stroke 7500 RPM is achievable with stock rockers and a stud girdle. If you want to run the Opel driveline (transmission & rearend) be prepared to do a lot of transmission repair, in four year I only broke 1 axle and 1 ringgear and pinion. I would look at GM 10 bolt rearend with good axles and S-10 clutch and transmission (5 speed). If you go this route you will need to put a tube crossmember under the car and mount the rear of the transmission and fabricate a torque arm from the rearend housing to that crossmember. A GT with a good CHI engine will run in the 13 second range at about 100 MPH in a quarter mile. Quite a ride with the four cyl.
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