Gizmo, as you can tell we definitely banter on this site over fun topics like which color is the best. You're not far from Carlisle, which holds the Import and Performance Nationals meet every year. A lot of Opels usually attend and I think this year it will be the spot for the rescheduled Manta 50th Anni. I recommend you go to it (May 14-15) and meet some of the Opelers. When the GT's 50th Anni was held in Jean, Nevada (just outside of Las Vegas) I took a road trip to attend. It was great to meet some of these folks, like Gordo who reminds me of a mad scientist.
There usually is a caravan of Opels that travel from Ohio to Carlisle each year.Hahaha! Love it! I hope to soon be able to join in on the banter!
Seriously a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for chiming in and adding your thoughts - as a soon to be owner, it’s invaluable and I welcome any and all feedback!...even if your car is yellow 😜. Lol j/k keep up the comments!
Overall, a nice looking and specced-out GT. But....... that rear end Gordo Goop Body Putty Rear Spoilered Special would kinda worry me.If I were in the market for another GT, AND if I could stand a purple GT (I can't) I would strongly consider the 70 for sale in Fort Worth.
Upgraded Opel GTS brake booster. Window trim, outside edge of door is missing. I have to pull the window back when raising it so it doesn’t pop out. Driver’s window regulator. Weatherstripping around doors.www.ebay.com
It is only a few hours from me. I don't like purple cars (at least this one is a bit muted) and I STILL keep giving it a look. Already has a boat load of the upgrades that many of us would want: slightly stronger engine, upgraded flywheel and clutch, lowering spring in the front, getrag 5 speed. And it comes with a bunch more parts many of us would want, like sway bars.
You would spend a lot of money just doing all the upgrades to get where this car already is. Assuming the body work was done right (and it appears to be) that rear spoiler treatment is one of the few non stock rear spoiler treatments that looks really good. As Gordo put it; droolworthy.
I have been to the Spring and Fall Carlisle Swap Meets and found no Opel parts there.There is a flea market at Carlisle in April. I don't know if there will be any Opel venders there. There is a Facebook group called Opel CIH Marketplace where you can find stuff. There are also other Facebook groups like Opel GT, Opel Owners USA, Alt-Opel US, and For the Love of Opel & Chrome.
Some large Opel parts companies are Opel GT Source, Splendid Parts, Opel-GT-Teile, Edelschmiede, Oldtimer-Ersatzteile24, and ENEM. There are also Suselbeek and Opels Unlimited, however both of these companies are a PITA to buy from, so they have a bad reputation because of that.
We do have several members who are Opel knowledgebases and also Opel librarians. Bob Legere (Rally Bob) is our engine junky, Keith Lundholm is an Opel restorer and runs New Vintage Auto and has a scary library of Opel stuff (OpelSpyder), Kyler Norman (Knorm65) is probably our most avid autocross member and has some Opel library stuff, Charles Goin (Goin Manta) has been a source for 2.2L & 2.4L CIH engines (they came later) and Getrag 240 5 speeds, and I've been working on my own library and collection of Opel stuff that I have yet to really share with everyone. Oh... and I can't forget to introduce Gordon Payton who, besides looking like an mad scientist, is our oddball, crazy Opel mods guy. His GTs have always had their own flavor of the month. Stock to him, is followed by market portfolio and is not a word used to describe his cars. He keeps things lively around here. I know I'm forgetting some of the other regulars, like Manta Rallier who has done a lot of spirited beating on his Opels over the years.
Cost? Depends on a number of variables. Do you weld? I do not, and my finish bodywork skills are such that I generally farm these items out. The car I received five years ago, that had been sitting in a garage for fifteen, required 434.5 billed hours to put into roadworthy condition. Do the math. The difficulty with these cars was that the seams were not well sealed, so that dirt and water got in behind the wheels and in the rocker panels, as well as up around the wheel wells. That, coupled with the fact that rustproofing technology then was near-nil, resulted in significant rust damage that began from the inside, working out -- when you saw the rust, it was too late. Add to the fact that these are unitized bodies (no frame), the hidden rust is also attacking structural members.thank you! Please give me all your thoughts as I have read many of them on other threads - and all the different perspectives are priceless to noobs like me
Ps - I’m pretty mechanically inclined and have rebuilt a couple of engines and worked on old cars growing up - so this is definitally not out of the question...as long as it’s the right start....any thoughts on how much you would guess it would cost to complete? Ballpark?
Well, it all depends on what you like to do with your time, I suppose. To me, driving is the fun part, and the rest is simply a means to an end. It generally makes sense to buy the most complete car you can afford, since the previous owner probably has sunk more into it than they are getting in return. The OP seemed to have a good budget and pretty clear idea of what he was looking for. I think he should stick with that plan unless he wants to invest hundreds of hours (and thousands of dollars) restoring a car that he can't drive. Again, if that is what floats your boat, then go for it. I would personally rather start with a good driver, and fuss with it at my leisure to make it even better.I hope Gizmo doesn't think we're pressuring him into building his own holy grail of a GT, although if my thoughts on the issue of projects does help Gizmo pursue that I won't feel bad about that either. If I was in PA, I'd go buy that $1k strato blue GT that a member here has for sale. But my objectives for a GT are to strip it down to bare metal and do a complete restoration, including painting the car myself. I want a GT that could win awards. My inspiration is Singer, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Totem Automobili, and MZR Roadsports. I'm after an almost unobtainable benchmark, a level of perfection that many would say is toxic. So, I might not be the best person to listen to when buying a GT
Very nice of you to share, however that wasn’t the correct issue, and therefore didn’t include the info he was looking for. Just thought I’d give you a heads up.