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I am hoping to have it done by the National Meet.

SHould get the car back by the end of the week.

Rubber is on its way from Germany.. or so I was told this morning. I hope it gets here by next week... But I am just ecstatic to have found all the rubber for the doors I needed in NOS condition.. !

Chrome is all back from the chrome shop.. BTW they did an excellent job. Local guy in Richmond.. turned around the bumpers and interior bits in less than 2 weeks. I wasnt even asking for it that fast. Also real inexpensive.. $400 for two bumpers, 2 ash trays, and a few others small bits... He charges $185 to straighten and chrome a bumper. Was doing someones GT as I saw the bumper waiting to leave and he said he has done a number of them..

Hanlon Plating Company - Hanlon Plating Company, Richmond, Virginia, Chrome Repair, Replating, Restoration, Automobiles, Boats, Motorcycles

Anyway, all the other trim and interior bits are also ready to go in or close to it..

Most parts are collected and ready..

Positive note is the car mechanically is in great shape.. so I won't have that to worry about that at all..

But I do have to get it to the shop to get carpet & headliner installed (new headliner is already made)

Anyway.. most this I posted in the national thread.. but figured I would post here with the pictures.. as I progress.

Cecil, the retired gentleman doing the body work started painting yesterday. He spent over a week stripping and straightening the body.. and the blue looks awesome.. !

Let me know what you all think..

Wierdest thing is that I am doing this car completely reversed of how I normally do things.. I have the mechanical restored to a good runnign condition... but not finished, and jumped to the body and interior. Primarily due to the fact the gentleman doing the work was able to do it and at a cost that was far too low.. so I felt I had to jump on the chance to get the work done now.

I hope later once I am done with the exterior and interior, to rebuild the suspension and the motor to a 2.0L.. but all in due time I guess.
 

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Looking good. Will be a nice little car when it`s finished. Nice color too.
 

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Charles,
Are you giving up on your Mantas? Or has the dark side (anything other than a Manta) gotten to you? :eek:
 

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Chrome trim

I noticed you were painting the window frames that are aluminum, did you not like the look of the trim? I never really thought about painting it, that will be interesting to see
Keith
 

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Actually the sedans, (at least the four door ones) did NOT have aluminum door frames. It would have been great if they were. They wouldnt have rusted then :)

They also dont have bumper guards either on thier bumpers..

As for why the Kadett.. See attached :) Picture is Circ. 1985

Yes.. the Opel Virus hit me in High School.. and the car that infected me.. a 1971 Blue Four Door Kadett

Charles
 

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My 4-door has steel door frames, and my 2-door sedan has aluminum. Neither of them has bumper guards either, though both of my coupes and my wagon do. Weird.
 

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Maybe the steel frames are a 4 door thing only..
 

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Maybe the steel frames are a 4 door thing only..
My 68 and 71 31 model sedans both have steel frames, no bumper guards and both have or had front drum brakes and each are a 1.1. I have a 64 or 65 Kadett model 32 parts car with a 1.1 and it has the "aluminum" (SS) frames and has bumper gaurds along with leather seats, and every dealer option offered but still has the front drum brakes. Now the model 37 4 door Deluxe and the Model 38 2 door Deluxe have the same "aluminum" (SS) frames, as the model 39 Station Wagon and the Model 32 Sport Coupe and Rallye have, and these four models have front disc brakes as either standard or optional equipement with the 1.1 engine but the 1.5 or 1.9 all came with front disc brakes as standard from 1968 on.
 

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37 Four Door Deluxe? Shoudlnt that be a 36D four door deluxe? If not whats the difference?
 

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Why is it that when I read the title of this thread, I do not think of Opels.... :dunno:
'Cuz you're a perv, and you're still thinking about the photo shoot...:p
 

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37 Four Door Deluxe? Shoudlnt that be a 36D four door deluxe? If not whats the difference?
Based upon the 1966 Opel Kadett Service Manual the 4 door Deluxe was a Model 37, but the 1967 and 68 Kadett 'B' Service Manual makes no mention of the model number for the 4 Door Kadett Sedan.
Chiltons Repair and Tune-Up Guide for the OPEL 1971:1st printing: see attached scanned information:
 

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Ahh... because a 66 would be a different "Style" than the 36 I would gather.. since the 36 model was only made from 1970 thru 72.. the 70-72 must be the 36 model and the 66 is a 37. I would be interested in pictures of the 37.. to compare to the 36 and see the differences. Also curious if the 37 was made in any other year or a one year only model..

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Still no US 95s or 99s though

Based upon the 1966 Opel Kadett Service Manual the 4 door Deluxe was a Model 37, but the 1967 and 68 Kadett 'B' Service Manual makes no mention of the model number for the 4 Door Kadett Sedan.
Chiltons Repair and Tune-Up Guide for the OPEL 1971:1st printing: see attached scanned information:
A bit side-tracked perhaps . . . but looking at your pages, again I see a listing for a Model 99 ('68 LS) and a Model 95 ('69 LS), neither of which I've ever seen with anything other than VIN or chassis numbers starting with 92, as in Model 92! . . . and which was the whole point of my earlier thread asking whether anyone had ever actually seen either Model.
 

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A bit side-tracked perhaps . . . but looking at your pages, again I see a listing for a Model 99 ('68 LS) and a Model 95 ('69 LS), neither of which I've ever seen with anything other than VIN or chassis numbers starting with 92, as in Model 92! . . . and which was the whole point of my earlier thread asking whether anyone had ever actually seen either Model.
Well perhaps a bit, but here is possibly why on the 2 door fast backs any way. This is from the original Owners Manual for my 1968 Model 31 Standard (see attached). Could it be that the Model 99 LS Sport Coupe is referencing only to the 1.1 equipped Kadett? With the 1.5 and 1.9 equipped "99" LS Sport Coupe being a high priced Kadett Rallye without the Rallye Options i.e. rims, lights and paint scheme? Or is it that GM has misled the public all these years, as Ford did in 1997 selling their F-250 (light duty) Super Cab Short Bed Pick-up both in Canada and the USA with a window sticker saying it had a 30 gallon gas tank; when in reality it only had a 26.5 gallon tank and that a 30 gallon tank could not physically fit. (That one got me and New 98 F-150XLT Super Cab with a 8' bed and 4X4 loaded to the hilt at the same price as the '97 F-250 XL).
 

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A bit side-tracked perhaps . . . but looking at your pages, again I see a listing for a Model 99 ('68 LS) and a Model 95 ('69 LS), neither of which I've ever seen with anything other than VIN or chassis numbers starting with 92, as in Model 92! . . . and which was the whole point of my earlier thread asking whether anyone had ever actually seen either Model.
Before we crush the LS I just parted it was a 68 or a 69 and had a 1.9L w/ automatic.. I will check the VIN Tag for you.

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Perhaps how it is equipped

Does this reasonning work?

For the Kadett: In 1964 to 1967 1/2 the Kadett platform was DESIGN #30 let's say. Then Model numbers where applied for body style and how it was to be equipped.
Then from 1967 !/2 or 68 the new platform design became # 90 for the 2 Door Sport Coupe Body which in 1968/9 included the GT. The model numbers for the # 90 platform as before on the # 30 Platform reflected the bodystyle and how it was equipped.
While during the same time from from 67 1/2 - 68 the Kadett Wagons and Sedans remained on the #30 platform and retained the same or expanded Model Number. And the Model # was how they where finished out with the VIN # reflecting the their Model Number.
As prior to 1967 1/2 or 1968 all the VIN numbers began with the model Number. After the so-called #90 platform was introduced the Model numbers again reflected the body style and how it was equipped. With the 2 Door Sport Coupe design being model #91, #92 the Rallye Coupe, #95 the 2 door Deluxe Sport Coupe (or maybe 'L' Sport Coupe), and #99 the 2 door "LS" Sport Coupe. The GT body placed upon a modified #90 platform was model 93 for the 1.1 (?) version and 94 for the 1.9 version (?).
With the 2 Door Sport Coupe being both on the same platform and body design (2 door Sport Coupe) the Vin Numbers where applied to the Sport Coupe Body beginning with 92******* then taking "X" number of produced 2 door Sport Coupe bodies and assigning them with a model # so while proceeding through they where finished by Model #.
I know that does not explain why they say that there are VIN #'s beginning 99******* unless the USA only received VIN #'s beginning with 92******* with an engine installed for the USA Market with other VIN #'s as #99******* slated for Europe or export to other countries Besides the USA.
 

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2 Dr. Models - Sport Sedan (91) vs. Sport Coupé (92)

Does this reasonning work?

For the Kadett: In 1964 to 1967 1/2 the Kadett platform was DESIGN #30 let's say. Then Model numbers where applied for body style and how it was to be equipped.
Then from 1967 !/2 or 68 the new platform design became # 90 for the 2 Door Sport Coupe Body which in 1968/9 included the GT. The model numbers for the # 90 platform as before on the # 30 Platform reflected the bodystyle and how it was equipped.
While during the same time from from 67 1/2 - 68 the Kadett Wagons and Sedans remained on the #30 platform and retained the same or expanded Model Number. And the Model # was how they where finished out with the VIN # reflecting the their Model Number.
As prior to 1967 1/2 or 1968 all the VIN numbers began with the model Number. After the so-called #90 platform was introduced the Model numbers again reflected the body style and how it was equipped. With the 2 Door Sport Coupe design being model #91, #92 the Rallye Coupe, #95 the 2 door Deluxe Sport Coupe (or maybe 'L' Sport Coupe), and #99 the 2 door "LS" Sport Coupe. The GT body placed upon a modified #90 platform was model 93 for the 1.1 (?) version and 94 for the 1.9 version (?).
With the 2 Door Sport Coupe being both on the same platform and body design (2 door Sport Coupe) the Vin Numbers where applied to the Sport Coupe Body beginning with 92******* then taking "X" number of produced 2 door Sport Coupe bodies and assigning them with a model # so while proceeding through they where finished by Model #.
I know that does not explain why they say that there are VIN #'s beginning 99******* unless the USA only received VIN #'s beginning with 92******* with an engine installed for the USA Market with other VIN #'s as #99******* slated for Europe or export to other countries Besides the USA.
NOPE! . . . already went through the difference between the "91" - 2 Dr. Sport Sedan and the "92" - 2 Dr. Sport Coupe (Coupé actually) in my other "Model Numbers" thread . . . and the "92" being both the Rallye and the LS here, even though the LS was listed as the "95" and "99" depending on year.

Did you also notice that there were only four actual US 9x models imported, the 91/92 during '68 and 91-94 during '69 and '70 . . . all of them "2 Dr. Sport" models! The 3x models continued for '71/72, before being totally and functionally replaced by the 5x 1900-Asconas/Mantas and the 7x GTs.

It's interesting to note that the "Sport Coupes" appeared to be identified by the second digit, '7', during those years and that the first digit, '5' or '7', now identified the platform/chassis, '5' for the shared 1900/Manta platform and '7' for the GT - derived from the Kadett platform. While it's an accepted fact that the GT is based on a Kadett chassis/platform, the question is, which one?

I find it interesting that the GT came out only after the introduction of the 9x Kadett platform and the first use of the CIH engine . . . 1968. This is further supported by the GT's model numbers the first two years of production, 93 (1.1) and 94 (1.9) . . . of course, this is only my take on Model numbering!
 
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