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hey everyone, i was on here last summer as a user named "1972GT" until i found out my GT is actually a 1970. so here i am, back with the correct user name and an extraordinarily rusted GT. last summer, i "pickled" her until i un-seized the cylinders, but she never started- turned over, coughed a little, but never started. summer is coming, and being a college student, im gonna have a long time to work on her and i have suddenly been struck with the desire to get back in that garage and try again. first on my list is a fuel pump to see if i can get her to stay running, and then to figure out where to go from there. if any of you recall, my GT is MAJORLY rusted, to the point where im not sure if its worth restoring. the floors and rockers look like they're shot, and i can't tell what kind of shape the frame rails are in - how should i tell? as soon as i get a chance to post some photos of what i've done (stripped the interior mostly, done some beginning work on the engine - drained and replaced coolant, new plugs/battery, cleaned the points, etc) i'll hope to hear from you guys about whether or not its worth it. i really love the car and i would like to see it on the road some day, but its current shape is discouraging. anyone have any ideas about how to hook up a temporary fuel pump? thanks for the support, it's good to be back!!

-Tyler H.
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the monster that ate russelsheim!
I'm going to try to improve some (more) rust damage as well. The drivers side rear quarter has seen better days, and the passenger side matches it!
 

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dude see, thats what my GT looks like.....except extend that kind of rust basically from wheel well to wheel well, front to back. and then add in the floors under the seats / dash too.

i hate rust!! but someday i'll conquer it.....
 

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Tyler, do a search on electric fuel pumps. Otto Barsch (sp), just did a post on the correct electric fuel pump to put on a GT that has a Weber carb. As far as rust, any decent body shop can cut out the rusted areas and weld in new sheetmetal. I have to do the same on mine in some areas. In the process of doing a mini restoration and a V-6/T-5 transplant, everything that is accessible is being treated with the POR-15 rust preventative treatment. In fact the whole car will be treated and also the final coat of paint will be their product. HTH.

Ron
 

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Hello Tyler:
Welcome back to the list. Keep an eye out on here for the Tri-State Opel Owner's postings (T.O.O.). There are quite a few of us in the Philly area.
What part of the city are you in ?

Rick Gradwell
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i live in the New Hope area.....maybe 50 minutes north of philly (which is where i go to college) up I-95.....relatively close to hatboro, actually....maybe 30 minutes depending how you drive ;-). good to hear there are fellow opelers in the area! like i said though, my GT may be too far gone to count me in, but we'll see.
 

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Tyler,
I also have a 1970 GT which was badly rusted out. I wanted you to know that you can definitely bring it back to life. I replaced inner rocker panels, floor panels, the supports under the lower control arm shackles, outer motor support rails, inner fender, etc. If you can do the work yourself, the cost is not that bad. I put less than $250 worth of material into the project. If the outer body needs work, the cost will obviously grow. I would suggest that you complete a detailed list of all work that is required including parts, tools, and services to see if it's worth it to you. Let me know if you want specific information regarding how the repairs can be made.
Doug
 
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