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Okay so here it is. I'm eighteen years of age and I've been in love with Opel GTs since I first saw one five years ago. Recently I found a 1970 Gt 1900, Four speed, for sale and have decided to buy it. As of now it has been sitting, Garage kept, for nine years. the current owner says it ran when he parked it but hasn't touched it recently leaving some room for imagination as to the condition. So, here is my question, when I get this car, what should be the first few things I do to get it back on the street? I've been able to look around on it and it all looks sounds, but after sitting for so long I doubt I will be able to just start it up and drive off. Thanks guys :)
 

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Before you start her up

Welcome to the Cult. Find a GT friend near wher you live.
Buy a Service Manual off of Ebay.
Get to Know Todd at OpelsUnlimited and Gil at OGTS.
They will send you a Parts Catalog.
As I have parked my Split Bumper GT for the past 10 years,
this is what I am doing to put her on the road her again.
1) Replace all the Brakes, brake lines and fluids. Getting her going is one thing, but making sure you can stop is more important.
2) Replace all of the Fluids and hoses.
3) The tires may look fine, but the rubber is shot.
4) Drain the old gas out. At the fuel pump, it will gravity drain completely.
5) Check the compression.
6) Replace plugs, wires, condenser and/or replace with elect Ignition.
7) New Battery
8) Probably need Gas Shocks.
9) Double check everything. Wiring etc.
Read the Posts, Tips and learn alot before you start. This will save you many headaches
Have a Great Time....
MiniCorvette69
 

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Thank! I'm excited to be here. ^^

Okay, that all sounds pretty basic. What about things like engine gaskets. Should that be a problem?
 

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Especially the Head Light wiring, been known to start a fire in GT's before
Tons of articles on the Forum on how to do it, if it hasn't been done


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I would assume you are close enough to my shop (Cookeville, TN), you are welcome to come over and see 10 GTs in person. We specialize in Opels, and are your neighbor. check out our website New Vintage Automotive| Automotive Restorations Opel Specialists and come by for free advise, stories, BS or parts needed. Need help, give me a call, I always make time to chat.
 

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Wow, that sounds amazing! I'm actually on the Eastern tip of Tennessee near Johnson City, but I'm in that area every so often. We'll have to keep in touch. I'd love to get your advice on things once I start digging into her.
 

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The carb will probably be mucked up, so don't be surprised if it starts on starting fluid but won't stay running. The jets will probably be clogged.

All of this is based on knowing the engine is not locked up and does turn. The first thing I'd do before trying to start it is pull the valve cover off and change the oil/filter. Pour the fresh oil over the valve train and turn the motor by hand to spread the oil around. I usually pull the distributor out (make alignment marks where the distributor meets the block and where the rotor points before pulling it and don't turn the motor until it is back in) and use a piece of rod with a flat end in a screw gun to drive the oil pump until I see oil coming out around the lifters. That way I know there is oil everywhere. Put the distributor back in and disconnect the coil from the distributor. Pull the sparkplugs out and turn the motor over with the starter to make sure nothing is out of sorts (watch your eyes with no plugs in it!). See if the oil pressure comes up (use a good strong battery). If it does and there are no wierd noises, put fresh plugs in, connect the coil and see what happens. Somewhere in all this, check the timing, but don't change anything unless you KNOW it isn't correct.
This gives the motor the best chance of easily coming back to life without going thru too much hassle or damaging things. If it starts on starting fluid, a cleaned carb would be the next step.
 

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The wiring was the biggest issue on mine, and hell on my 71(nov 70) a 6" section of wire turned right to ash when we drove it a bit. Keep in mind the previous owner used this car as a daily driver. Even if your wiring isn't "rigged" like mine was it'd be a good Idea to check through everything. Especially the headlight buckets because, like stated, the rollover action of them tends to cause a good bit of chaffing and next thing you know the front is up in flames. Which brings me to my next point, a fire extinguisher is NEVER a bad idea.

If it's been gunked up too long, and it might just be a good idea to get the carb rebuilt. If you have the $$ you could also just replace the whole thing with a new shiny one. I prefer the weber that I got.

Finally, there's a few spots on these cars notorious for cancer(rust). From what I've seen it's:
  1. under the front, the belly pan
  2. under the wheel arches
  3. Down in that front section under the hood where the battery usually sits (I put mine in a waterproof battery box for a boat)

There's probably more places but that's the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.

If you want a good bit of inspiration, you should check out the spyder when it's at the shop up there in tenn. I swear that thing is a thing of beauty, it gave my daughter full blown opelitus in one dose.


OH:eek:, and welcome to the forums. It's a great place and the people are really nice. Come to a meet or two whether or not you have your opel.
 

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The wiring was the biggest issue on mine, and hell on my 71(nov 70) a 6" section of wire turned right to ash when we drove it a bit. Keep in mind the previous owner used this car as a daily driver. Even if your wiring isn't "rigged" like mine was it'd be a good Idea to check through everything. Especially the headlight buckets because, like stated, the rollover action of them tends to cause a good bit of chaffing and next thing you know the front is up in flames. Which brings me to my next point, a fire extinguisher is NEVER a bad idea.

If it's been gunked up too long, and it might just be a good idea to get the carb rebuilt. If you have the $$ you could also just replace the whole thing with a new shiny one. I prefer the weber that I got.

Finally, there's a few spots on these cars notorious for cancer(rust). From what I've seen it's:
  1. under the front, the belly pan
  2. under the wheel arches
  3. Down in that front section under the hood where the battery usually sits (I put mine in a waterproof battery box for a boat)

There's probably more places but that's the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.

If you want a good bit of inspiration, you should check out the spyder when it's at the shop up there in tenn. I swear that thing is a thing of beauty, it gave my daughter full blown opelitus in one dose.


OH:eek:, and welcome to the forums. It's a great place and the people are really nice. Come to a meet or two whether or not you have your opel.
Sorry rallybob, I was just using the terms that the previous owner had used to describe it. I apologize to any that may have been offended before it was fixed and I assure it wont happen again.:yup:
 
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