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Ascona 4-door
to be 'Mayan Gold Metallic' with black stripes
Previously owned by Gregg (Samdog), has been run hard for 15 years. Engine that used to live in the car is now in Duane's (MantAscona) hillclimb Opel. Got the good parts plucked out and I ended up with the shell! It will be reborn.
1971 Opel Ascona 4-door (to be 'Mayan Gold Metallic' with black stripes)


Stock 1975 Opel engine with minor porting, 2.0 intake valves, GT2554 turbo and EFI. Engine set back 7" in chassis. Getrag 240 transmission with custom short throw shifter, aluminum flywheel, 7.75" lightweight (Ford 2300) pressure plate and custom disc. Aluminum VW radiator, oil cooler. 2.5" custom made ceramic coated exhaust.

15 gallon fuel cell recessed into trunk floor (with fuel level sender), remote filler neck at trunk opening, Ford charcoal cannister and vent line relocated to rear of car, 2 quart custom swirl pot in trunk, Carter low psi lift pump and 85 psi high pressure EFI pump. Stainless hard fuel lines relocated to interior of vehicle for protection, Socketless hose used for all flexible fuel lines.
Racing seats and harness', synthetic suede covered dashboard, Personal 'Benneton' steering wheel. Dashboard, pedals, steering column and seating all set back 6".
Will get Steinmetz flares, composite hood, aluminum door skins, a blitz decal on the roof and some other period-correct modifications.
GPS, lots of gauges and switches. I don't need no stinking stereo.
Bilstein steel racing shocks, Delrin AF bushings, Chryser ball joints, 150-250 lb progressive springs, solid crossmember mounts, 2.6 turn fast rack. Stock swaybar relocated to front, caster links added to lower a-arms.

4.22 rear axle ratio with LSD, Watt's link, and Manta B 15 mm sway bar. Heim jointed trailing arms. 100-200 lb progressive rear springs. Bilstein digressive-valved steel racing shocks.

Wilwood hanging adjustable-bias pedal assembly, hydraulic clutch conversion, 1975 front rotors with Wilwood 4-piston calipers and Polymatric 'Q' brake pads, 3/4" rear wheel cylinders with metallic rear shoes, stainless braided brake hoses, brake lines relocated to interior.
Wheel and Tire
Various types for summer, winter, and sport use.



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