The Critter II
OpelGT.com is the premier Opel GT Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Results 1 to 18 of 18
Like Tree13Likes
  • 3 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 2 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 2 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 1 Post By terrylewisac
  • 1 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 1 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 1 Post By sgtfroggy
  • 1 Post By kwschumm
  • 1 Post By terrylewisac

Thread: The Critter II

  1. #1
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0

    The Critter II

    Picked this '70 GT up last weekend, I will document the project here. My plan is to keep it mostly stock, but make it a driver not a show car. I have a '73 with a ton of rust which I was slowly repairing, and planning to drop an electric motor in, which will now be used for parts. This GT is already running and has pretty much all the parts, so I am currently planning to keep the original motor.The whole car has been rattle-canned black, but besides the passenger headlight there does not seem to be any significant rust!
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  2. Remove Advertisements
    OpelGT.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Member clarkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    220
    Real Name
    James Clarke
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Best of luck with it. Looks a very solid starting point.
    If a hammer doesn't work, Don't force it.

  4. #3
    Member ejota's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    172
    Real Name
    Eric
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Looks solid! Would look great repainted black, but then again I’m biased.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    OpelGT.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Über Genius First opel 1981's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    8,695
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Is that the one that's been on the market for over a year with the "Flintstones" floorboards?
    Opel GTs are not GM products
    ̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶— ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—
    Humans are not an endangered species!
    ̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶— ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—̶̶̶̶̶̶̶—

  7. #5
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    Is that the one that's been on the market for over a year with the "Flintstones" floorboards?
    Nope, I have seen that listing though!

    Spent several hours yesterday going through the brakes. Rear driver's side was binding so it could barely drive without spinning out. After pulling it apart and putting it back together a bunch of times I finally realized it needed grease on the contact points. It can now drive without spinning or stalling out (at least at low speeds).

    Unfortunately the brake pedal now goes to the floor. I was planning to flush the brake fluid, but when I had the caliper off, pumping the brakes did nothing. I pulled off the brake line from the master cylinder, and the first couple pumps got some fluid out, but then nothing (reservoir was full). Pretty sure this means I need to rebuild/replace the master cylinder. Planning to take it off today and see how the bore looks. I have a Geo Metro booster/cylinder that I may try to swap.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  8. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Posts
    207
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Looks good in black, in general.

    Lemme know if/when you decide/snap photos of your abandoned ship.

  9. #7
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Finally took it out for it's first drive!

    Turns out the brake cylinder was ok. I didn't realize you had to fill the reservoir past the screen filter before it goes into the left half, and it didn't help that the PO painted it black.
    ejota and terrylewisac like this.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  10. #8
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    No updates for a while since I moved to Arizona, but I now that the weather is cool enough to work in my garage, I'm starting to do some work on it. Carb is pulled and ready to rebuild!
    Attached Images Attached Images
    dpre and terrylewisac like this.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  11. #9
    Senior Member terrylewisac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Location
    Oviedo FL
    Posts
    651
    Real Name
    Terry
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    cool beans Jon,
    Now the fun really begins
    Thanks for saving another opel
    dpre likes this.
    If you make it through an entire day and learned nothing you weren't paying attention

  12. #10
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Carb is back on. Both throttle linkage grommets were missing; this combined with a super thick rubber floor mat was keeping the secondary butterfly from ever engaging and it was a little stuck. Forgot to add the driver's side grommet to my order from OGTS, so I 3D printed a replacement which is working well for now. Also got some hoses put together for the valve cover/"PCV" vents.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    MikeNotigan likes this.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  13. #11
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    I did a test to see if it's possible to remove the horrible spray paint without badly damaging the original paint. The spray paint covers everything, including most of the engine bay. It has lots of bad runs and is chipping off in many places. I used a product called Krud Kutter Graffiti Remover on one of the headlight housings, and it seems to work pretty well. Once I find a better scraper I'll continue testing.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    dpre likes this.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  14. #12
    RunOpel dpre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    Port Orchard, WA
    Posts
    703
    Real Name
    Dan
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    Jon I'm curious to know the Krud Kutter Graffiti Remover your using, are you using a scraper or just
    a rag once you spray the stuff on to remove the spray paint? Also, are you experiencing any damage to the
    original paint?

    Keep on Opeling rubber side down and shiny side up
    Make a difference and help someone today
    Dan

  15. #13
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by dpre View Post
    Jon I'm curious to know the Krud Kutter Graffiti Remover your using, are you using a scraper or just
    a rag once you spray the stuff on to remove the spray paint? Also, are you experiencing any damage to the
    original paint?
    I have to use a scraper with it. (Actually so far I was using a piece of a coffee can lid.) It doesn't seem to be noticeably damaging the original paint, at least I haven't seen any coming off at all. It might be causing some scratches, but my plan B is sanding it down to the metal anyway.
    dpre likes this.
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  16. #14
    1000 Post Club kwschumm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    1,936
    Real Name
    Ken
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    A sharp edge plastic putty knife might be just the trick. They work great on well painted surfaces without damaging the paint. They also make plastic razor blades that could be placed in the scraping side of a box cutter that would work.
    dpre likes this.
    Thurston County, WA, effective motto: "Gophers, Gophers Über Alles"

  17. #15
    Senior Member terrylewisac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Location
    Oviedo FL
    Posts
    651
    Real Name
    Terry
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    FWIW for smaller components I've found that Eastwoods rust dissolver works fantastic I let the parts soak over night or 24 hrs and all the paint peels and wipes right off and the stubborn stuff can be taken off with a wire brush or wheel
    then I strain the product back into the bottle for future use HTH
    dpre likes this.
    If you make it through an entire day and learned nothing you weren't paying attention

  18. #16
    RunOpel dpre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    Port Orchard, WA
    Posts
    703
    Real Name
    Dan
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    I have had okay success using Goof off professional strength using a rag with good old
    fashion elbow rub

    Keep on Opeling rubber side down and shiny side up
    Make a difference and help someone today
    Dan

  19. #17
    Opeler sgtfroggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    42
    Real Name
    Jon
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks for the suggestions! It looks like those scraper blades are pretty cheap on Amazon so I'll give them a try. With the Eastwood Rust Dissolver, or the Goof Off, did it have any effect on the paint underneath?
    Jon - '70 Opel GT (in work)

  20. #18
    Senior Member GTRoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Cave Creek AZ
    Posts
    579
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    First, Welcome to AZ, you will like it 8 - 10 months every year !
    I talked to Doug / slracer today, IIRC you are now in our extended neighborhood.

    When I bought my GT close to 30 years ago it was Black, had been Orange before that, but Gold from factory.
    So the engine compartment had also been repainted twice, but without much prep ( sanding ) so paint was peeling there.
    When I restored the GT I tried scraping these 2 layers, but what worked best without damaging factory paint in all those places
    around the engine etc. was duck tape wrapped around 4 fingers, sticky side out. Press the tape against the surface, pull the
    old paint off with NO harm to factory paint. I recommend 3M Duct Tape, cheaper tapes are available, but 3M is best IMO

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 2 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 2 guests)

    Similar Threads

    1. Anyone autocross/ SCCA Solo II their Opel GT?
      By KBicknel in forum Racers Forum
      Replies: 28
      Last Post: 10-16-2019, 09:52 PM
    2. The Critter
      By sgtfroggy in forum EV Conversions
      Replies: 26
      Last Post: 03-22-2019, 02:31 PM
    3. Radiator Shopping (for the Turbo II rotary GT-II Swap)
      By Rob in forum Engine Swap Forum
      Replies: 34
      Last Post: 07-01-2006, 01:07 PM
    4. Solo II SM2 3.4L V6 GT flywheel?
      By Sporqster in forum Racers Forum
      Replies: 0
      Last Post: 01-14-2003, 08:08 PM

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •