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· Opeler
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First post here, hi everyone!

I bought my second 1973 Opel GT today. (White, Class 4, 70k miles, been in interior storage for last 10 years) My first Opel was wrecked in high school (not my fault) two months after I got it. I didn’t get to spend enough time with that car, now I get to own another one 10 years later.

I took it to a mechanic and they did a used car inspection on it and this is what they found:

• Tires- dry rotted out
• Rack and pinion – dust boot ripped at tie rod
• Floor pan rotted and holes rusted through – repaired from top
• Engine oil leaking from everywhere possible
• Output shaft seal leaking on trans.
• New front brake hoses, rotors, pads
• Right front caliper bleeder plugged with pipe plug
• Right lower control arm new
• All suspension bushings dry rotted and cracked
• Both upper control arms have movement
• Ball joint grease seals torn
• Belt very loose and dry rotted slightly
• New battery no hold-down
• Real axle seals look like they are leaking

* 30 year old car will require TLC constantly to be able to drive around – I would not recommend this to be a daily driver.

* Vehicle has been partially restored

It sounded like she has a pretty good case of old car. I must have felt fairly confident that I can take care of her because she is sitting in my garage right now.

Oh and she is going to be my primary mode of transportation. I don’t have plans to restore to 1973 perfection rather I would prefer to make it a good reliable car that is fun to drive. My main concern is what I should do first. What areas of maintenance should I focus my attention on from the first day of ownership? I really want to take good care of this car and hopefully I am up to the task.

-- vurx

p.s. i will be able to take pictures of the engine and body tomorrow when its not so dark! man im happy!
 

· Opeler
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pictures










forgive me im a newbie and NOT a mechanic, yet.

Thank you for the reply, I am about to degrease everything.

it would help if anyone can tell me any special tools i am going to need. what jobs would require a shop as opposed to doing them myself as i dont have a cherrypicker or any heavy equipment like that. I dont want to spend large ammounts of money and would like to do most of this stuff myself.

whats the easiest way one can get to the under parts of the car without a lift?
 

· Opeler
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the antenna is for the radio, which sounds awful but is far down the list of things that need to be done.

ive taken some pictures as best i can of the under side rust spots. the car is from memphis area, i suppose the rust could be much worse.

what is my best corse of action to repair the bottom of the car? through the holes under the driver seat you can see metal that was placed there from the top. not exactly what i would call fixed.

apparently my car was green once.
 

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the story

My older sister had a boy firend in highschool that drove a ’72 opel gt. to me that was the coolest car in the world, he even let me drive it a little. i was 15. I drove my dads old ford pickup until we saw an ad in the paper for an orange ’73 GT. it needed body work, paint, engine work, interior work, you name it. we got it for $1000. my first week of owning it lead to a loose bolt in the carb falling down through manifold and into one of the chambers. which made quite the racket. so i got to take off the manifold and retrieve the bolt. i got to drive the car for about 2 months until this @#$% kid pulled in front of me at a *&$&$ green light and [email protected]!*& stopped. that was the end of that car. went back to the old blue ford.

fast forward 10 years. im 28 and am about to go to school again for computer science. my wife and i have discussed getting rid of (and getting out from under and upside down) our ’00 saturn wagon. I do a quick search for Opels online and find only 1 for $1,600, in Omaha or something. I gave up.

Until last week, im driving down a road ive never driven down before and i see this white car. "Man, that looks like an Opel."
"Oh my, It IS an Opel."

i paid $3000.

It seems a little high, but i would have paid more. i start school in 2 months. my goal is to have a reliable car by the time i start.

i guess my first project will be to find out what is leaking and replace those gaskets/seals first. later projects will be to upgrade the engine and trans.

i am inexperienced but determined to make this work as a daily driver.

what tools/supplies would i need to replace all of the gaskets/seals for the entire drivetrain and the engine?
 

· Opeler
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mysteries

where should the mystery hose (in yellow) be attached? right now its unattached. oh, and what does it do? if i cover it up with my hand, the engine dies.

in red, there is a mystery terminal. there is also a mystery wire coming out from underneath the circled thing above. i think it has something to do with why the engine temp guage doesnt work. when i attach the wire to the terminal, the engine dies.

yeah im new, please dont make fun.
 

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my car came with the 1973 opel service manualand it has the wiring diagram in it. looks a little complicated.

i wasnt planning on calling a mechanic until _after_ i messed everything up:)
 

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what fire hazard?

thanks for the replies. im about to remove the engine!

kwilford: the hose was very gunky. the carb didnt have a filter, and the grey/black foam padding stuff was deteriorating and was surreptitiously being sucked into the engine. not sure what ill find inside.

i pulled the plugs, very sooty.

i took a look inside the headlight assembly to see if the PO changed the headlight wiring...
 

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