Opel Rallier since 1977
That sounds good Tim! I think everyone here would just as soon see you and your wife enjoy it. And if we get that place up in Maine, then you guys have a destination for a road trip.....
I have to agree 100% with jayhaekjesse33 on everything that he said. There have been many time that I have felt in way over my head but you know what I eventually figure it out, many times with help from the forum. The project can be overwhelming however you have to look at each part of the project seperately and just concentrate on one thing at a time. It will happen and it takes time, lots of time. I have had spells were I have gone years without touching the car mainly because I just could not get the damn thing to run right and I refuse to take it to a machanic I mean after all how could anyone know more than than the combined widsom of this forum. I found my second wind this past November and have been working a lot on this car, I mean a lot and have acomplished things I never thought I would or could accomplish. My only training is that I am cheap and a do it yourselfer, I seriously don't pay anyone to do anything if I can do it, only a couple of things come to mind that I won't do, roofing and sheet rock, well, small repairs but not a room. Anyway hang in there and take one project at a time one day you will be glad you did. I also think that a majority of the people in this forum do the restorations for the feeling of accomplishment. I know everytime that I finish a major project I give myself a big pat on the back and move on to the next project. Good Luck. CarlI know how you feel all too well. I have wanted to throw in the towel on a few occasions. Luckily, like you, my wife wanted to keep the car and now my little boys couldn’t imagine not having it. So, it’s onward and upward every day. I too feel in over my head a lot...and over the years that feeling has led to me trust a few people to “help me out” by doing some work for me and it’s never ended well...until I started trusting experience Opelers, and now I feel like I’m in the right direction. So, in the last year I’ve had to tackle the “in over my head” and it has resulted in a great learning experience. I still have some areas that I feel like I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I’ve made a list and am tackling each thing one by one and the whole plate is much easier to digest. Plus, it allows me to learn more and do it better and truly know what is being done to my car and not relying on what someone has told me they did.
I share all that to say, you aren’t alone and I believe you will tackle this issue and get to start really enjoying your car very soon!!
All the best,
It's what it is. I've tried not to hide anything. It is not mint but compared to the Mantas that I've seen lately it is in better condition even with its flaws. We'll see what happens.The enjoyment of the car is pretty limited if you just look at it! I have a '62 Dodge Dart which I got with 59K miles and have put 3K on it. As long as I don't go wild, then I am OK with driving it some. FWIW IMHO and all that:
- Unless you have enough documentation to support the 17k miles is correct, then it has a limited value. It will have the same value at 27k miles IMHO.
- Please don't take offense but.... The car's pix show enough flaws to not make it super high valued. (It looks to have set outside some of its life in an occasionally moist environment.) And some aspects are not original.
- Driving a car in good weather is a good way to preserve the drivetain, and getting it out into dry air helps keep the inner panels free of moisture.
- The soft parts degrade whether it is driven or not.
I can't stand seeing this car sitting in the garage so it's time for someone to enjoy it. 17K original miles. I'm the second owner. 4-speed, sunroof, mostly original. Engine has good compression. I just can't get it to run reliably. PM me and we can talk. Gas tank done. Brakes done. Have all the exhaust parts including original resonator with chrome tip. More pictures available. I'm asking $5000 which I feel is justified because of its condition. This is not a rusted out Manta.
There is a place in MA called Osgoods which carries the fabric. My wife's cousin does auto upholstery so it's on the list but things like upholstery come after the state inspection which requires you drive the car to a service station.I may have some decent original front seat upholstery to fix the drivers seat.
What a great feeling! Congrats!! Get it running and out a few miles on itIt's in. Turned the key and it started. It's running, it's running really well. holy XXXX, turn key off as motor heads to redline. How could it be wide open. Look at carb and there is a spring hanging loose. Looks like it was dislodged when I installed the ball joint. Hook that up and it starts but won't run. My helper was cooking dinner so tomorrow. I'm sure the timing needs to be adjusted.