1970 Opel Gt - Purchased July 1972 - Chartreuse - restored - 3000 miles as of 02-16, 2021 -
Very Happy For You. Good luck with your project. Best, Carl
Hey Cub, I have also replaced the old brake booster with the newer larger one and a new master cylinder at the same time and I also found that the old booster had a pretty good amount of brake fluid in it however I have no idea how that happened - do you by chance know. As far as I know the old booster still worked but I have no idea how the fluid ended up in the booster as if memory serves the master cylinder, that I just replaced this year, was pretty close to new as well but not having a strong understanding of the master cylinder/brake booster relationship I would love to know how it pumped brake fluid into the booster unit. Thanks, CarlThe engine & transmission seemed to operate really well considering. I’d leave the carburetor alone. I think you were suffering from a vacuum leak at the brake booster & perhaps problems with the master cylinder as FO said in the video. I had a really slow undetectable leak from my MC into the brake booster over time and didn’t know it until I replaced both, the booster was full of brake fluid when I removed it. Focus on the brakes first. Be careful with the fuel pump, I’d like to see it bolted on with a bracket. You can make it safer for little money. From what you said your grandpa ought to be well aware of the things hear from us, just thinking these things are pretty important. It’s great to see you having a blast in it. Keep the videos coming 😏
Well Terry when you do it yourself you get not only the bragging rights but the satisfaction of doing it yourself right. I have always been a do it yourself kind of guy and in my life time, with the exception of a new roof and or HVAC repair work, I have done 99% myself. Same with the GT - never been to a mechanic, since I started the restoration, that may not have always been the best thing to do but I take a certain amount of pride in that. During the daily driving years the car saw many many mechanics as I did not have the time or knowledge to do it myself or this forum to guide me. It is one thing to own a classic car a totally different thing to build one.That's a good point Matt, And to follow up with that the number of them that the work was actually performed by the owners and not just sent out for someone else to do makes the margin even greater.
I personally know a hand full of people in my area that have more money than they know what to do with and there collection is extensive.
To the point they buy property solely to build extravagant garages/mancaves for there cars. ( not that there's anything wrong with that).
But they can't fix anything if there life depended on it.
So when they win there awards it goes up on a shelf in there mancaves just to brag about what they've payed there way for.
Interesting enough there sense of pride for there builds are different than those who actually get there hands dirty.
Anyway not to highjack the thread just find it interesting