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Hello all , first timer here and I am looking for some help in finding some parts for a 71 GT , body parts , specifically front , and left side . Is there aftermarket parts and sheet metal available for these cars ? This is a car that belongs to a good customer of mine that was hit and the insurance wrote it off but he bought it back hoping to fix it back up . Any help would be great . Thanks in advance . :)
 

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outlaw17,

New parts, or at least reproductions of lenses and such, can be bought at the number one Opel supplier, Opel GT Source, in Sonora California. Call Gil or Dennis, or e-mail them, through their excellent website at http://www.opelgtsource.com/.

Repair panels are pretty much limited to what can be salvaged from donor cars, or what can be fabricated. But there are quite a few donor cars available, at least in sunny California. The biggest supplier of used body panels would probably be Todd Martin of Opels Unlimited, in Ontario California (NOT Ontario, Canada!). He can be reached through his website, at http://www.opelsunl.com/ . Try phoning (forget about e-mails, his nick name is "Opels Unreachable"!) late at night. And be prepared to leave lots of messages. That all said, Todd has a huge supply of Opel panels and used parts, and even supplies many such parts to the European market. Just be prepared to be patient.

Probably not so many choices in the Edmonton area. Every so often, a GT pops up in a local wrecking yard, after sitting in numerous garages and back yards while waiting for the restoration that never happens. Last year, there was a GT shell at the Pick Your Part here in Calgary, but it was picked over (pun intended) and pretty much all the useful panels (and ALL the mechanicals) were removed before they crushed it. I know of, or have heard of, a couple of GT's around Calgary that might resemble that remark. But it will probably prove difficult to convince the current "restorer" that his car is better suited to be a donor rather than a receiver. One such car is at a body shop in Ogden (SE Calgary), waiting on the owner to admit that he and his son will NEVER do that Buick 3800/Corvette 6-seed conversion that he thinks the car deserves. But there are probably half a dozen other such cars, that are not TOO rusty but otherwise basket cases, around Calgary that would be suitable donors. Probably the same in the Edmonton area.

I know a lady who used to live in Leduc (Kat McCoy) who was the local Opel specialist. She had five Opels at one count, including one GT, a Manta, two Kadetts and a SportWagon, before she moved to Oregon last fall. I now own the SportWagon. Anyway, I believe she knew of several GT's in the Edmonton area, so she might still know of their whereabouts. I will drop her an e-mail to see if she can give some contacts.

If you like, please give your customer my name and contact info, as it is pretty useful to know of other Opeler's in the area. I can be reached at (403) 862-9094, or at kwilford"at"shaw.ca.

HTH.
 

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I've got fenders and nose piece that I removed to restore my GT and found the inner structure to be in worse condition than I thought so I found a new body to work with. I have both front fenders which are in okay condition but are in need of minor patch work around the wheel wells. Also the quarters are still on the car but I could remove them to sell also, just need to know how much to cut. other than that, the roof, and rear deck lid are in great condition. Get a hold of me if you are interested. You can try my cell phone or e-mail me. Cell - 1-319-572-2990 -Scott
 

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Scott -

Did you ever get pics of that rear driver side quarter panel? Don't worry about the email filter system I warned you about, it is going to a different email address. Please let me know something.

Thanks -

- John :cool:
 
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