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    Passenger side Headlight mechanism + trailing arms

    Hello everyone,

    I am looking to buy a passenger side headlight mechanism. I talked to Gil (from OGTS), but he doesn't have any used one currently.

    I REALLY hope one of you guys have one that I could buy!

    I am also looking for a pair of trailing arms.

    I am getting married in two month and after having the GT sitting in the garage for quite some time, I finally installed a new carb, and new "big" brake kit on it. Drove it for the 1st time last Thursday, but for it to be fully ready, I need to install that headlight back on it!

    If you have any question, let me know.

    Thank you in advance

    Jean

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    Hello Jean, Congrats on the marriage! The second source for used parts for our Opels is Todd at Opels Unlimited. The link below is to a regular post he makes. You will read on the Forum that they are somewhat difficult to reach sometimes but he has always come through for me. (It must be my sparkling personality!) ...

    Doug

    PS - Post some pics of your GT!

    https://www.opelgt.com/forums/opels-...y-wrap-up.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    Hello Jean, Congrats on the marriage! The second source for used parts for our Opels is Todd at Opels Unlimited. The link below is to a regular post he makes. You will read on the Forum that they are somewhat difficult to reach sometimes but he has always come through for me. (It must be my sparkling personality!) ...

    Doug

    PS - Post some pics of your GT!

    https://www.opelgt.com/forums/opels-...y-wrap-up.html
    Good morning Doug,

    Thanks for the info. I actually didn't know Opels Unlimited. I will contact them for sure.

    As soon as my car has both headlights back on, I will post some pictures

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    What part of the mechanism, linkage rods or rotator or?
    "No, it's not fiberglass."
    "No, the motor is not in the back."
    "No, your friend in high school did not 'peg' his speedometer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by opelbits View Post
    What part of the mechanism, linkage rods or rotator or?
    What I really need for sure is the gearing (wheel) inside the mechanism.

    But, it seems like the passenger side has a hard time locking one way or the other so I was planning, if possible, to get a whole set that works.

    I might just start with the "headlights mechanism repair kit" from OGTS and go from there.
    Last edited by Bendoe; 05-28-2019 at 01:19 PM.

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    Have you disconnected the passenger side to see how it acts by itself? Also, some white lithium grease or silicone spray inside may help.
    "No, it's not fiberglass."
    "No, the motor is not in the back."
    "No, your friend in high school did not 'peg' his speedometer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by opelbits View Post
    Have you disconnected the passenger side to see how it acts by itself? Also, some white lithium grease or silicone spray inside may help.
    Silicone spray is useless in long term application of parts exposed to the elements. So is lithium grease for that matter. Good molybdenum grease is what they use on motorcycle, shaft driven, wheels. It holds up to the elements well.
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    I was just thinking the rotator might be 'resistant' due to lack of lube. Get something in a spray that will penetrate a bit and work the mechanism. If it improves, then worry about really getting something into it. There are occasions when I don't like using something too thick because it can collect dirt and grit and then becomes a grinding compound inside whatever you're working on, especially in a desert sand area or around quarries/gravel roads.

    But regardless, molybdenum is very good stuff.
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    "No, the motor is not in the back."
    "No, your friend in high school did not 'peg' his speedometer."

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    I don't really have any pictures with me right now, but here is the story. Hopefully, that makes sense.

    The driver side (DS) headlight is locking correctly in place (closed and opened).

    The passenger side was not. Instead of (as mentioned here), just working on the passenger headlight by itself by separating the two rods (DS and PS), I decided to take it appart and see what was behind it (as I had done with the DS in the past).

    What I saw, was that of the three bolts that are holding the headlight bucket to the mechanism, 1 was orignal and looked okay, 1 was broken in it, and one was just a philips type screw just in here (wasn't even the right thread).

    I don't really want to re-install this like that.

    I just called OGTS, and despite the fact that they have the "headlight repair kit" on their website, they are out of stock, and the supplier in germany is in back order.

    I found an ugly Driver side mechanism on ebay ($40), and a full headlights kit (bucket and all in the UK for like $600), but not just a passenger side one!

    By the way, thanks to mister P.J. Romano, I have found the trailing arms. I just need the headlight mechanism now
    Last edited by Bendoe; 05-28-2019 at 02:11 PM.

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    Todd at Opels Unlimited will help you out.
    If not him, and nobody else comes through, I can help.

    There's also a thread here where a guy named Matt just got 3 cars. I think he might be parting out soon.
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    Have you considered repairing the rotator mechanisms? Have a read of

    https://www.opelgt.com/forums/2c-gt-...echanisms.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    Todd at Opels Unlimited will help you out.
    If not him, and nobody else comes through, I can help.

    There's also a thread here where a guy named Matt just got 3 cars. I think he might be parting out soon.
    I haven't talked to Todd yet. I will do that.

    I did see the post with the 3 cars and thought about the same thing.

    I'll let you know what Todd says. I will try with facebook, as I believe it's the best way to contact him right?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwilford View Post
    Have you considered repairing the rotator mechanisms? Have a read of

    https://www.opelgt.com/forums/2c-gt-...echanisms.html

    HTH
    I know that post quite well! Unfortunately, somehow (at least) one of the thread is bad in the gear now. And by seeing how hard the steel is (not sure how the thread went bad) but it seems like almost impossible to re-thread.

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    The threads may have been boogered by someone trying to put inch size hardware into metric threads. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the broken bolts are SAE jammed in until they sheared or sheared when trying to remove them.

    If you have no luck with Todd or First Opel, I'm sure I have one.


    $600 for headlights?!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by opelbits View Post
    The threads may have been boogered by someone trying to put inch size hardware into metric threads. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the broken bolts are SAE jammed in until they sheared or sheared when trying to remove them.

    If you have no luck with Todd or First Opel, I'm sure I have one.


    $600 for headlights?!!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OPEL-GT-C...-/282526715100

    Message sent to Todd on facebook. I will let you know if I hear from him.

    Thanks

    Jean
    Last edited by Bendoe; 05-29-2019 at 07:42 AM.

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    Looks nice, but a little effort could save you hundreds. To paraphrase a couple insurance commercials.
    "No, it's not fiberglass."
    "No, the motor is not in the back."
    "No, your friend in high school did not 'peg' his speedometer."

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    headlamp mechanism

    I have a box with 6-8 sets in it, if you still need one send me a message and i will look through them for a good working complete one.

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    Hello everyone,

    A late update, but an update noetheless.

    Thanks for helps and tips, I was able to get one from Todd at Opel Unlimited. It took a minute, but it finally arrived and I was able to get my car ready for my wedding!

    Thanks again

    Jean
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