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1970 OPEL GT $12,000 West Va

I have a 1970 Opel GT for sale. I bought in January of this year from the estate of the deceased owner.
I am asking $12,000, but I am open to reasonable offers. Car has clear title, and is being kept inside."
It is drivable, licensed and insured."

It was in fair condition, but not running at the time of purchase, but was advised it did run recently."
I bought the car and trailered it home. A new battery and tuneup and it ran.

Body is in good shape and rust-free. It drives and handles well. I will try and list all new parts, and work"
done on it since. Most parts sourced from OGTS and Suselbeek, and local sources."

Engine: Weber carb; Petronix electronic ignition; complete tune-up; fuel pump; belts and hoses.
Exhaust resonator and intermediate pipe. All other exhaust in good shape. Vacuum hoses and
check valve for brake booster. Heater control valves and hoses. Complete clutch assembly.
and flywheel resurfaced to factory spec.; New battery.
Body/Chassis: Front brakes and rotors; minor body work and new paint; new rear bumpers and L/P lights
Halogen headlights; New body badging; New tires--185R/70-13
Interior: Carpeting, rear deck and spare covers, Stereo and speakers. All gauges but clock work."
New fuel sending unit and tank vent hoses. 85,600 miles showing as of 11/01/21"
There is more, but those are the major things done."

Issues: Dash pad severely cracked, but have cover pad; No ignition key switch--use small screwdriver to start."
Heater motor doesn't work, but switch tests good."

I'm selling due to physical/mobility issues.

Please PM me on this forum, or email me @ dlthrasher1 (at) att. net if you are interested and have questions."
I will try to answer questions in this thread as I check it.


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Nice looking GT. Recommend you post more pictures, everyone on the forum loves to look at other GT's - always a lot of interest from this group regarding the rocker panels, jacking points, battery tray and under the hood pictures and any other information that will help convey the condition of your car . Your paint looks great along with the rest of the exterior but with that said that is the easy part and the eye candy that first gets people interested in making a purchase. This group, which you are a part of, will be looking beyond skin deep for all of the secrets of this 51 year old car. Sorry to hear that you have to sell it and wishing you the best of luck with the transaction and with your mobility/health issue as well. We are all on the same track, that is enjoying our Opel's for as long as we can. Again best wishes.....Carl
 

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Thanks for the kind words. I'll post some more pics soon. The rocker panels and jacking points are solid. The
battery tray is unrusted and there is no corrosion beneath it on the belly pan.

The color is a medium gray metallic I chose from a chip sample book. Similar to a Ford paint from the 2000's.
The car was a similar color when I got it, and I matched it as well as I could.
 

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UMM not trying to be snarky here But can you explain a little better the 2 by 4 screwed to the bottom?
And since I'm asking why was the brake rod rail cut and removed?
Both those items are related. The 2x4 was used as mounting point for a retainer clamp for the A/C hoses running to the evaporator. I just forgot to remove it when I removed the A/ C hoses. This care had a dealer-installed A/C system. And I believe the rail was cut and removed for clearance for the compressor. The compressor was missing when I got the car, as well as some other non-available parts. So I just removed the rest of the system and put it aside. I have all the removed parts.

The rear panel lights are not in correctly. Amber on the outside.

Karl
Good eye, sir! I get a head slap for that...o_O Fixed already.
 

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UMM not trying to be snarky here But can you explain a little better the 2 by 4 screwed to the bottom?
And since I'm asking why was the brake rod rail cut and removed?
The 2x4 is not on the approved install guide for the GM AC, but the brake rod support being cut is required for GM AC install.
 
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The rear panel lights are not in correctly. Amber on the outside.

Karl
It's kind of understandable I have seen this a few times and the idea of having the brake lights on the outside versus in could make sense But if the party wagon behind you isn't paying attention there going to hit you no matter where they are
 
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An Opel option so rare nobody new of it until now!!! That's was there when I bought it.
That's a good one
And to be honest I wouldn't be apposed to the idea, if it would line up better so it was left to right or maybe even front to rear
 

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Humm I'll be darned I did not know that.
How weird is that they couldn't have had a better plan
The GT was not designed for a/c. That is for GM compressor, which is a long cylinder shape. An R6, I think. There was no where else to fit it in the engine bay. The other system, the ARA, used a compressor more like the square Ford York or Tecumseh and it was small enough to mount over next to the thermostat housing.
Other signs of a GM compressor are the alternate locations for the coil and washer bottle.
With the condenser in place in front of the radiator, I am inclined to believe, but am probably wrong, that they used a smaller battery to fit down in there.
Has anyone seen evidence of a rotated battery/tray that keeps the battery away from the condensor?
 

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With the condenser in place in front of the radiator, I am inclined to believe, but am probably wrong, that they used a smaller battery to fit down in there.
Has anyone seen evidence of a rotated battery/tray that keeps the battery away from the condensor?
I would imagine you are correct in this. I replaced the battery in this car with the condenser installed. The "small" battery was a very tight fit coming out and going in. No way a "standard" battery would work.
 

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The GT was not designed for a/c. That is for GM compressor, which is a long cylinder shape. An R6, I think. There was no where else to fit it in the engine bay. The other system, the ARA, used a compressor more like the square Ford York or Tecumseh and it was small enough to mount over next to the thermostat housing.
Other signs of a GM compressor are the alternate locations for the coil and washer bottle.
With the condenser in place in front of the radiator, I am inclined to believe, but am probably wrong, that they used a smaller battery to fit down in there.
Has anyone seen evidence of a rotated battery/tray that keeps the battery away from the condensor?
The GM A6 compressor AC installation generally includes a trap door cut into the belly pan along with a new battery box mounted in the center of the belly pan 90° from the original.

I opted to use a 6”x6” AGM battery instead of the horrors the dealership mechanics inflicted on the cars originally.

Also that little black box on top of the pedal board is a vacuum switch for the compressor. Pretty nifty little guy. Whenever vacuum is 0 it disengages the compressor clutch. So it automatically shuts off at idle (ported vacuum) and at WOT.
 
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