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I spent 3 hours of masking, and 30 minutes of painting today :confused::eek:
But the former chrome strips are now green strips. De-chroming - watcha think, Mr. Yuk Yuk?

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I'm getting lazy in posting these days, but time not spent in front of the computer is time spent in the basement.
The interior was done last weekend, all covered in blue LED lights. Enjoy!


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I'm getting lazy in posting these days, but time not spent in front of the computer is time spent in the basement.
The interior was done last weekend, all covered in blue LED lights. Enjoy!


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Posting is going slower than working!

Check out my ... drumroll ... BLUE exhaust! The round rear muffler is original, it cleaned up good. The oval muffler in front of the rear axle is new and stainless steel, so are all the pipes, The chromed end tip is from one of the previous auctions at one of the larger Opel shows, might've been Carlisle 2019.
Underneath the stainless steel exhaust manifold (4-in-1) is a 316 stainless heat shield, polished to a mirror finish, to keep some heat away from the A/C hose that I had to route down there. You can actually see the reflection of my cell phone from when I took the picture!

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Got my clutch cable installed today. Sounds like easy-peasy, but not if you have to extend its length by 5 inches, to route around the exhaust downpipe.
The whole concoction might be of temporary nature, but the goal here is to make and to survive Carlisle. From the basic function of it (actuating the clutch) it works fine. Oh, BTW, I HATE M7 threads!!!

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I’m having a slight setback here with my plan to bring the Rekord to Carlisle. We had a couple Tornados in town (Newnan GA) Thursday night, and one of the epicenters was a quarter mile from my house. I have dozens of trees down, one of them hit the back porch and porch roof, nothing damaged that insurance money can’t fix. As said, a quarter mile away, nothing stands anymore. I’m not planning to have power and communication back until early next week. No cell reception either, the only tower in my area is in a different ZIP code now ;-)
So basically the work on the car is on hold right now. I still plan on going to Carlisle though, will just take the Calibra instead.
I’m sitting at Walmart right now after two long days of working my chainsaw. First internet in 2 days...
All is good!
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I’m having a slight setback here with my plan to bring the Rekord to Carlisle. We had a couple Tornados in town (Newnan GA) Thursday night, and one of the epicenters was a quarter mile from my house. I have dozens of trees down, one of them hit the back porch and porch roof, nothing damaged that insurance money can’t fix. As said, a quarter mile away, nothing stands anymore. I’m not planning to have power and communication back until early next week. No cell reception either, the only tower in my area is in a different ZIP code now ;-)
So basically the work on the car is on hold right now. I still plan on going to Carlisle though, will just take the Calibra instead.
All is good!
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Terribly sorry to hear this Dieter. Glad you are were unharmed and that the damage is fixable. Take care!
 

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Life goes on. I received two packages from Germany, with a total of two parts included. Yes I know, from the size of them it looks like more than that. The wooden box contains a new windshield for the Rekord, and the cardboard box a new radiator for the Kadett Convertible. Having the box made, and shipping, was about 4 times as much as buying the parts.

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sometimes it is cheaper to load a car full with parts and ship it across the Atlantic. I did this with an Omega A 3.0 Station wagon already. Loaded two engines, dashes, rims,..Racing parts etc ...into the trunk.
...and no extra Custom Fees. ;-)
 

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sometimes it is cheaper to load a car full with parts and ship it across the Atlantic. I did this with an Omega A 3.0 Station wagon already. Loaded two engines, dashes, rims,..Racing parts etc ...into the trunk.
...and no extra Custom Fees. ;-)
Oh yeah ... tell me about it ... From my 9 Opels, only 2 were originally sold in the US. 6 are from Germany, and one from Spain.

Where is the Omega?

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From Rotterdam/NL to PHX/AZ via Long Beach/CA (container shipping, not RoRo).

For Cars complete full with parts only container shipping is allowed.
Costs were 1200USD (port to port incl all harbor, loading and handling fees, paperwork, Vessel tracking.
(Custom clearance in NV due to lower state taxes vs.CA)
“Marlog car handling“ in the Netherlands did the complete job..
 

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And yet I was delayed by something else ... On Thursday morning on the way to work, the Low Oil Pressure light came on on my Calibra. I literally coasted into the parking lot of a small neighborhood grocery, and the Opel Gods made it that they had engine oil. I filled up to the brim and wend back home. Found out yesterday on my day off that one of the hoses to or back from the oil cooler had a pin hole and just squirted the oil out. I fixed it today.

Even with all that, I really wanted to continue on the Rekord, since I am really close to getting the engine started. Flashback, this was the engine from my Jägermeister that blew about 12 years ago, and it was finally fixed up by a trusted member and engine specialist from this great forum. I checked the gas lines and wanted to run some gas through the system (to get the old gunk out), found a couple leaks (old original lines) and fixed them.
I still have to wire the gas pump, but can turn it on temporarily by putting a 12V line to the connection.
Last wire, to connect the ECU to 12V - done.

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Turn the key, 2 seconds later ... vroom, the engine is running!

I'm so happy!


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5 minutes later ... not so happy anymore ...
There's way too much stray engine oil in my life recently!

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Just like Ron....Congrats, what a great accomplishment!! And then...

OH NO. That sucks, a lot. Hopefully it’s an easy fix and you just need to tighten a hold or two.

I didn’t realize you had such a strong accent....doesn’t sound like those other Georgia boys that I’ve spoken with though ;) Now I get to read your posts with your voice in my head, which is great!

Best of luck on the fix.

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I didn’t realize you had such a strong accent....doesn’t sound like those other Georgia boys that I’ve spoken with though ;) Now I get to read your posts with your voice in my head, which is great!

Best of luck on the fix.

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He has a "Southern" German accent...roflmao!
 

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  • 23 days until the Rekord needs to be loaded on my truck. tic-toc.
  • Both rear wheel wells have new welded-in sheet metal and have been bondo-ed to 90% done. To get to 100% would take me too long, I hope that the painter can finish these (also see my last topic).
  • I have functioning brakes now. The rear brakes are still the original drums, they will have to do for the Carlisle show. My disk conversion will be done afterwards.
  • The engine is running good, besides not idling well when cold. The problem is my electronically controlled idle air valve, it needs to be replaced. It runs perfect when hot.
  • The engine oil on the floor was not an engine problem. It was a Dieter problem. I re-located the dizzy from the rear of the engine to the front, the relocation kit came with a cover plate for the original location, including seal, to seal it off where it normally connects to the crank shaft. I did not attach it fully, and it fell out, resulting in camshaft oil pressure to just spray out. Since I didn't see that, I took the gearbox, clutch, flywheel out again, since the oil seemed to come from between the engine and gearbox. After everything was out and the engine was wiggling on its mounts, the lid fell down and halfway broke my nose when laying underneath the car. It took me 5 minutes to install it right, but two days were wasted in taking the gearbox out and back in.
  • Oh, and yes, I still do not have a painter that accepted me to paint the car. I have a backup solution, to rent a spray booth near my workplace, and paint the car myself. This is only "Plan C" and still needs an upgrade to at least a "Plan B".

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Does anybody know somebody in the Georgia area that is good with bondo and is willing to work in Newnan for a day?
Also, any good painters available that can help me out for actually painting the car? That would be to upgrade my "Plan C" to a "Plan B" as mentioned above. I have access to a professional paint booth with all tools and material.

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