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    Long time listener, first time caller

    Hi, guys. I'm Kurt from Sellersburg, Indiana, and I have an Opel problem.
    (Chorus: "Welcome, Kurt.")

    Just bought a 1972 Opel GT that's been in the same family since it left the showroom. She's still a little rough, but nothing a little time, effort, and 'rapid wallet reduction program' can't fix.

    I'll try to keep my stupid questions to a minimum, but I'm not promising anything.

    It will share the garage with an old Mini, and the two will jockey for dominance while I'm away or asleep. For now, the Opel rules the roost while the Mini undergoes a deer-extraction procedure at the shop. But when the Mini comes home, it's on.

    Thanks for sharing your space with me. Looking forward to many years here.

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    Welcome Kurt.

    All are welcome here, especially if you love Opels.
    We tolerate the stupidest of questions but you have a lot of competition from one guy.

    Sometimes we get off topic but most of us will always try to help.

    And, as always, you aren't one of us until you show pics. (OK, you are still one of us but peer pressure is important on the pics).
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    Opel GTs are not GM products
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squish View Post
    ...........I'll try to keep my stupid questions to a minimum, but I'm not promising anything...............
    stupid questions do not exist but stupid answers that's a whole different ballpark.

    but an other item:



    we just love photo's

    btw welcome to our humble forum
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    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.

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    Whoops, sorry, I should know better than to post without a picture. Here you go, gents. Haven't gotten many shots of it yet, and this is before doing any clean-up. You can see a little bubbling in the left front fender flare, and there's a bit on the left rear, but we'll try to get that knocked out as soon as possible.

    Thanks for the welcome!
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    nice ride, I just love the color
    Opel Ascona;
    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.

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    Thanks, it's a neat little car (as you already knew, long before I showed up).

    Many decisions coming up, which is a big part of the fun:
    Go all-original, or tart it up a bit?
    Remove the luggage rack on the back or not?
    Lower the car?
    Bigger wheels/tires?
    Go for the bumper-delete look?

    The car is so original, though, it would be a shame to get away from the original look and equipment. A car is only original once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squish View Post
    Thanks, it's a neat little car (as you already knew, long before I showed up).

    Many decisions coming up, which is a big part of the fun:
    Go all-original, or tart it up a bit?
    Remove the luggage rack on the back or not?
    Lower the car?
    Bigger wheels/tires?
    Go for the bumper-delete look?

    The car is so original, though, it would be a shame to get away from the original look and equipment. A car is only original once.
    It's a great looking car, a real "Uncle Daniel"! Great paint, straight body, really nice, straight chrome bumpers, etc. I'd keep the luggage rack for now as they are relatively rare and removing it would require paint and body work. I used my rack a lot when I had one. Welcome to the site and enjoy your Opel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squish View Post
    Thanks, it's a neat little car (as you already knew, long before I showed up).

    Many decisions coming up, which is a big part of the fun:
    Go all-original, or tart it up a bit?
    Remove the luggage rack on the back or not?
    Lower the car?
    Bigger wheels/tires?
    Go for the bumper-delete look?

    The car is so original, though, it would be a shame to get away from the original look and equipment. A car is only original once.
    Kurt;
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but, the car is yours, YOU do what you like. Yes, we can give suggestions, but, then you may not agree later. This point is true with ALL Opels, in some way, shape, form or fashion, we all "tart up" or personalize our Opels, whether they look stock, or wildly customized, you do what you like, we just like seeing the pictures of the progress
    "Yes, I do have a rifle rack in my Sportwagon"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BQS4 View Post
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but, the car is yours, YOU do what you like.
    You bet! My other old car is the biggest mutt you'll ever see, parts from all over the place, very little originality about it. Just haven't made the decision about keeping this one stock or not. I'll keep it original for a while, no doubt, and let it rattle around in my head.

    It's my car today, but I'm also the caretaker for the person who gets the car after me. I try to avoid cutting original sheet metal, or throwing away original parts. This car may go on long after I'm gone.

    Originality is a big deal if you own a vintage Ferrari (I don't), probably not as big a deal with an Opel GT, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squish View Post
    You bet! My other old car is the biggest mutt you'll ever see, parts from all over the place, very little originality about it. Just haven't made the decision about keeping this one stock or not. I'll keep it original for a while, no doubt, and let it rattle around in my head.

    It's my car today, but I'm also the caretaker for the person who gets the car after me. I try to avoid cutting original sheet metal, or throwing away original parts. This car may go on long after I'm gone.

    Originality is a big deal if you own a vintage Ferrari (I don't), probably not as big a deal with an Opel GT, I suppose.
    Hi Kurt, Welcome to the Club, "Nice GT" If you like Orginal then, I would try and keep your GT as close to Original as possible...only improving (what we call Mod's) the car to drive and ride properly on today's Roads.
    There are lots of threads here to read... were not really changing the car...were making it better. Original Opel GT's are for Concours Car Shows Just what.. I think
    It's only a matter of time.... before you catch incurable Opelitis you'll see
    and also we really like Photo's too
    Enjoy your Opel
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    Welcome to the madness! It's your car, do what you want with it - but no "ricing" allowed!

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    What they said except, before you start thinking about putting in a V8, don't.
    Opel GTs are not GM products
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    Hey Kurt,

    The Opel Community is not a "matching numbers," bunch.

    For starters, none of the numbers match, they never did.

    I restored my first GT, a 69, at the Buick dealer where I worked with 69 parts. It could have won a Concours.

    There has never been an Opel car show where GTs where judged for model year correctness.

    If there was, theres only about 5 guys who could judge it.

    So I restored that 69 GT to perfect. The guy I sold it to totalled it later. Now its a Lemons racer.

    My point is: Enjoy it!

    Put in a Honda radiator, a chevy truck alternator, Miata seats, and electronic ignition.

    Or do like me and spend a couple hundred changing it all over to allan headed bolts only to find out regular bolts work better in some spots. LOL.

    Or again like me spend a couple thoughsand on the suspension only to find you really need to change to 15 inch mags and fat tires to make it work.

    But, since I like the looks of my stock 13s, I have a car that handles, to the limits of my stock wheels with street tires.

    My point is " you do whatever you want."
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    Welcome Kurt.
    Good to see another Hoosier Opeler on the site (although it looks like you are a stone's throw from KY.) I am in the Indy area, and there are a few of us that get together on a semi-regular basis. Paul is hosting Opels in my Yard the end of the month if you want to meet some of the other "midwesters". Good luck with the GT. Looks like a nice one, and even better since it was mostly a one-family car.
    Cheers,
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    Thanks guys, I like the way you think.

    Ron, thanks for the invite! Once I get her reliable enough, I'll be sure to come for a visit. I've got a low idle issue to sort out, and it looks like the synchro rings may be on the way out. I'll be in Indy for the 500 again, but I won't be driving the Opel up there for the race. I'm a glutton for punishment, but not that big a glutton for punishment.

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    Welcome

    Welcome Kurt. There are so many customized GTs out there that examples of unmolested ones in great shape are becoming more rare. I would suggest doing a deep cleaning, thorough finr detailing, repair the rust and paint the repair the existing color and doing any long needed maintenance. Myself I HATE luggage racks on a GT. Like wearing socks with sandals or owning a 4x4 and never taking it offroad?

    Other minor performance upgrades like a Weber carb and upgraded air filter can boost performance without much visual change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grslightng02 View Post
    Welcome Kurt. There are so many customized GTs out there that examples of unmolested ones in great shape are becoming more rare. I would suggest doing a deep cleaning, thorough finr detailing, repair the rust and paint the repair the existing color and doing any long needed maintenance. Myself I HATE luggage racks on a GT. Like wearing socks with sandals or owning a 4x4 and never taking it offroad?

    Other minor performance upgrades like a Weber carb and upgraded air filter can boost performance without much visual change.
    Thanks, that's really the direction I'm leaning right now. Every night I get back to work cleaning another obscure corner of the car, just bringing it back (slowly) to a better condition.

    Totally with you on the luggage rack. It ruins some of the car's best lines, like a cute girl with a big sweater tied around her waist. If I need luggage, I'm not taking the Opel, anyway.

    One of the first things planned is replacing the rusty exhaust system. Looks terrible, and there's a nice hole in the resonator.

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    I bought a Military Jeep out of Sellersburg not too long ago. There is a customer of mine just North in Columbus, IN with a 1973 Strato Blue GT that is really nice.
    Check out our Opel restorations at
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squish View Post

    Totally with you on the luggage rack. It ruins some of the car's best lines, like a cute girl with a big sweater tied around her waist. If I need luggage, I'm not taking the Opel, anyway.
    I dunno, when it comes to cute girls the less she's wearing up top the more I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwschumm View Post
    I dunno, when it comes to cute girls the less she's wearing up top the more I like it.
    I think I'll just keep looking at the women. Looking at girls seems so creepy.
    Opel GTs are not GM products
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