TO BE TOYOTA BRIGHT YELLOW
Bought for $700.00 back in 1987. Cleaned up, tuned up, and fixed up some rust spots over that summer and repainted it Porsche Orange. Drove for two summers as daily driver. Then due to divorce, was parked until I relocated in 1990. She sat in a shed with a concrete floor until the fall of 2012, when I decided to restore/rebuild it. Slow progress has been made as I do all the work myself, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel and hope to finish by late the summer of 2014.
1970 Opel GT (TO BE TOYOTA BRIGHT YELLOW)
All stock 1.9L hi-comp engine with 70K miles ... was removed from car, regasketed and resealed. Heads were removed, valves & combustion chambers were cleaned and minimally ported. New fuel pump, coil, points, plugs, filters, and rebuilt original Solex (that always ran well)... cleaned and restored starter, restored 35 amp alternator from '73 parts car. engine bay was cleaned and repainted in semi-gloss black.
Interior was originally off-white but dyed to black when I bought the car. Badly torn headliner was replaced with black artificial fur ... never again. Currently replacing everything. Many interior pieces I have restored myself using original panels as templates including the rear quarters, rear deck, door & kick panels. All sewn pieces were obtained from OGTS. I am in the process of installing new carpet, and have reworked the dash by installing the sewn cover from OGTS.
I took most of the exterior down to the original paint and discovered previous bondo accident and rust repairs. I cut out all rusted sheetmetal, fabricated new metal patches, and blended in with bondo. I added a fiberglass air dam in front allowing me to retain the original grille and lights. Also added rocker flares between front and back wheel wells. Future additions include a rear deck spoiler with third brake light and rear window louvers.
Stock AM radio .. possibly a future upgrade
Front and rear suspensions were removed and since all ball joints and bushings were in good shape, they were not replaced. Steering rack was removed and rebuilt ... new shocks front and rear ... new oversize calipers in front with new 22mm master cylinder with 9" brake booster. In the rear, drums turned with new wheel cylinders, new shoes, and hardware.
Wheel and Tire
Wheels will be American Racing 13" mags from '73 parts car. Looking for cost effective tire option in 185/70R-13 size.