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Dropped a 1.9 crankshaft, a connecting rod, and rod bearings at a machine shop today. Getting a prototype stroker CIH engine process rollling along.
 

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Got it on the road fro the first time since I acquired it three years ago, and first time in at least 20, as it had been sitting in a garage before I acquired it. Needs some adjustments: steering alignment (no surprise, as the entire suspension & steering came off in 2015); carburetor has a flat spot on acceleration; left-side turn signal not operative (Damn! thought I checked all those lights!); Heater motor not operating -- wire must have come off when I reinstalled the dash; and the pinion seal leak is picking up steam. Not a bad shakedown
 

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Got it on the road fro the first time since I acquired it three years ago, and first time in at least 20, as it had been sitting in a garage before I acquired it. Needs some adjustments: steering alignment (no surprise, as the entire suspension & steering came off in 2015); carburetor has a flat spot on acceleration; left-side turn signal not operative (Damn! thought I checked all those lights!); Heater motor not operating -- wire must have come off when I reinstalled the dash; and the pinion seal leak is picking up steam. Not a bad shakedown
Awesome! Great to hear that another GT is back on the road.
Too many never make it out of the garage after sitting for a couple decades.
Cheers,
Ron in Indy
 

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Hi Ron,

Wait until something else break !

OK since I'm next. Threw 0.5 liter coolant in my slightly leaking radiator, (it is leaking just under the filler neck so I'm not worried for a major disaster,) and went for a nice drive in Tropic Denmark thinking if about how I managed to fxxx up my signal-horn on my MOMO steering wheel. I had the steering wheel and horn button off a couple a days ago, but at that time the horn button did function.

I have checked, and Horn button itself is OK. horn is also OK, which leaves me with a wire problem...- but what the heck, how often do you actually use the horn ?

Cheers.
Welp,
Not being someone who always listens to good advice, I tackled the switch today.
(Instead of waiting until something else breaks, I decided to be proactive and try to break something first. :eek: )
I actually found that I could access the switch without completely removing the instrument panel, so that saved me
a lot of time. A couple dabs of JB Weld, and I am back in business.
Cheers,
Ron in Indy
 

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Haven’t touch mine in a bit but I’m planning how I want to put together another motor to replace the cracked block that’s in it
 

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I gave Mira a bath to get ready for a car show. Also gave the new rev limiter some testing on the highway. It works great! I have it set to 5700rpm right now, which is way too low! I’m bumping it up to 6k now. It’s nice to blast the carbon off of these engines every once and awhile. My engine loves high revs with the single side draft tuned like it is and the headers + 2” exhaust. I can’t wait to dyno it again.


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I had a motor party.

I got them all out, dusted some off and oiled them to prevent rust, then bagged them.

I got the Tinyvette's green motor back out, onto an engine stand, and into the garage. It needs a redo, a fresh crank.

I did a little work on the 19E block. It will be assembled later this week, an uncle-nephew project. He' studying at RPI to be an aero-space engineer, so he needs to get his hands dirty.

Disassembled one engine, harvesting the front cover for a fried who is now addicted to Bitters. I harvested the crank for "Green". It has high-compression pistons and forged rods. They'll go in bags for safe keeping.

Sorted other parts and cleaned the garage. Too many spider webs.

In total I have seven engines (not all complete), plus three in the four GTs that are here. Stage 4 opelitis, I'm pretty sure.

Mike
 

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Got up this morning and gave the GT a bath and a wipe down. Sprayed down motor and under hood area, which I understand is verboten in a lot of state's. Later met up with Dave McCurley and Chris Bron for lunch with about 35 local British car guys. A few of them had stories of owning Opel's a some point in their lives. Finally got Dave his Award from the Mother Road Fest I had been holding for a couple of years. My GT ran well and it was a nice day, just wish I had thought to take pictures.
 

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I unwrapped a 2.4 engine and Frontera LSD that were on a pallet and rewrapped them individually so they can go to the store room. The storage unit is overflowing with Opel stuff just waiting for my new shop to be built (3.5 years and counting....)
 

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Germanpalooza 2018 @PIR Portland, Oregon

Last night I ran across event notice for Germanpalooza (all German car show, track day, swap meet social German Palooza | BMW CCA Oregon Chapter) at Portland International Raceway- 53 miles away. This morning I crashed their party and found on arrival it was pretty much organized by area clubs representing the big 4, with no orphan/Opel category parking. I circled the field a couple times (getting looks like a swirling turd) and then the Audi guys waved me in. They had lots of extra room in their area and let me park in an away corner. That was nice of 'em!!

LOTS of great German cars there- unique to common, but no other Opels showed. I just parked it- expressed some "thanks" at the Audi booth, and walked away (occasionally checking in on it from a distance). UNBELIEVABLE to me what an attraction it became! In the 4 hours I wandered around, it probably didn't get 10 minutes alone without having to pose for photos or be the center of someones curious attention.

This might be good destination for some of us Opelers in the area to meet up at next year?
 

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The car show was one of the worst I’ve been too. I left early and went home work on my car instead. The best part of the show was driving back home on I35 with no traffic. That DCOE loves 4000+rpm on the highway. It’s unbelievable how much power is on tap at 85mph. And it is sooooo smooth. I never got this smoothness with my downdrafts.


Went home and had a nice shop day with my friend . I worked on installing a rear sway bar for my truck. And he changed his oil and replaced injectors on his MR2.




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Last night I ran across event notice for Germanpalooza (all German car show, track day, swap meet social German Palooza | BMW CCA Oregon Chapter) at Portland International Raceway- 53 miles away. This morning I crashed their party and found on arrival it was pretty much organized by area clubs representing the big 4, with no orphan/Opel category parking. I circled the field a couple times (getting looks like a swirling turd) and then the Audi guys waved me in. They had lots of extra room in their area and let me park in an away corner. That was nice of 'em!!

LOTS of great German cars there- unique to common, but no other Opels showed. I just parked it- expressed some "thanks" at the Audi booth, and walked away (occasionally checking in on it from a distance). UNBELIEVABLE to me what an attraction it became! In the 4 hours I wandered around, it probably didn't get 10 minutes alone without having to pose for photos or be the center of someones curious attention.

This might be good destination for some of us Opelers in the area to meet up at next year?
If I had known, and was in town, I would have been parked beside you. My car still isn't pretty but it would sure make yours look amazing.

Next year I'll look for the show. I have no reason to be out of town next year at this time.
 

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Finishing up a restoration on my GT. Here is some catch-up from the last few days...

Saturday I worked on the glass and installed the windshield and rear window. Worked on the wipers, plumbed the squirter system.

Sunday I worked on the Seatbelt mechs and drilled new holes to accommodate them. I worked on the door panels and put new foam and vinyl on the drivers side.

Yesterday I put the rest of the working hardware on the doors, installed the rear kick panels, tried to install the quarter windows and ruined the rubber gasket during my attempt. Had to order a new one from Gil last night. I also secured the e-Brake tray and got it all installed. Installed my new seatbelts.

Today I installed the refurbed door panels adding new new felt strips prior to installation and installed all the door panel hardware. I put on new rubber around the door, installed the coat hooks in the new headliner, put the covers on the back of the headlight access holes in the wheel wells. Installed the door switches.

My list is short and my car should be done this week after a year and a half resto.
 
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