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This time, I spent time inspecting the mating surfaces and found both the axle flange and the housing surface to be a bit scored, and some rough stuff still on the axle portion.
Is the wear/galling on the axle shaft or on the outer surface of the axle bearing's outer race? The axle bearing should not easily pull off of the axle shaft. Are there witness marks of the bearing turning against the retainer plate?

If there is enough gap between the axle bearing's outer race and the axle housing, you might get it in there more snugly with a ring, or partial ring, of thin steel shim stock. Sealing such a ring would need that RTV. Sleeve retaining compound would work great..... but you'd likely not every get the bearing out again! There might be some other compound that would fill that gap well, but not be so permanent.
 

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This weekend we installed the 1" drop spring, sway bar link bushings and Koni shocks. Fairly smooth R&R; can be done in one day if you know what you're doing. I got hung up on the instructions about removing the LCA to cross member bolts. Thinking like a Mopar guy, it must mean the bushing bolts because that's how all cars attach the LCA. Took some time and a read through the FSM before I found the "other" LCA attaching bolts. One sticking point was securing the bolt head from turning while loosening the lock nut. Finally got a thin walled socket with a wobble and long extension to hold the bolt head.
Sorry, no pics of the car on all fours yet; still need to do an alignment.
 

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Is the wear/galling on the axle shaft or on the outer surface of the axle bearing's outer race? The axle bearing should not easily pull off of the axle shaft. Are there witness marks of the bearing turning against the retainer plate?

If there is enough gap between the axle bearing's outer race and the axle housing, you might get it in there more snugly with a ring, or partial ring, of thin steel shim stock. Sealing such a ring would need that RTV. Sleeve retaining compound would work great..... but you'd likely not every get the bearing out again! There might be some other compound that would fill that gap well, but not be so permanent.
I'll take pictures when I pull it out again, about which I have a degree of confidence...
 

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This morning I performed some Opel Yoga by replacing the headlight relay. Good news is that my headlights work again. The old relay finally went bad, and from the looks of it it’s been on it’s way out for awhile.
 

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Changed my toasted ignition switch, which besides the obvious griefs fiddling with wiring under the steering column and the dash, gave me a unpleasant lesson in power yoga, I've been sore in parts of my body that I didn't know could be sore.
The multi connector was also a real pain to work with..- I'm sure that all you that have made the ignition switch exercise will agree, but I'm done and it fires up like a kitten stuffed with jalapenos and hot-sauce.
It had to be done, as it had come to a point where I was just waiting for the starter to engage under driving making me end up in a ditch or the darn thing going up in flames..- it hasn't been the happiest ignition switch for a while, but I had hoped I could postpone it to being a winter project, along with replacing the clock with a Oil temp / voltmeter gauge.

(There is however a job that is worse than the above. Assisting in pulling the engine from my friend Asger's Jaguar E-type (for the second time). He didn't replace the Spigot Bush in connection with converting to a five speed gearbox, and that has now come back to haunt him. Food and drinking supplies for helping out are on the other hand flawless 🍺🥪...

Chances that our wife's (Jane & Sanne) will ever go on a road trip with us are slim to none. They are :rolleyes:, but for now still keeping up with all of our antics.
"Nature" picture is from when we did a short cut (Rally Stage) thru the woods in North Germany to Bergers Landgasthof a couple a weeks ago. Food is excellent if you should ever find your self in the area.

Cheers

Ignition.jpg Multi Connector.jpg Rally Stage Germany.jpg Cow and grapes.jpg
 

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-I got my headlights working over the weekend.
-Started my first fire in the engine bay when i was tracking wires and bumped the temp probe wire into the power wire on the adjustable thermostat (for electric fan). She flamed quick and it smoked the thermostat. Luckily Advanced Auto had 1 in stock.
-I also changed out the fuel sending unit so fuel gauge works.

Still need to fiddle with a frozen heater control, lube up the light lever. (its a beast!), track a small oil leak from oil pump area, and fix a few interior panel issues.
 

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As I look back at the project, there have been some big gaps in time when for what ever reason, I was not productive, that is, as in nothing accomplished for several years, kind of gap.
The past 12 months have been very very busy and today was just a chance to catch up on some small stuff that has been just waiting for a full day in the garage with nothing major to do. So today I did all of the following:
  • You know that plastic screw cover over the passanger door pull that just won't stay up, well I fixed that and that has been bugging me for years, of course it has been fixed before, so we'll see
  • The emergency brake, handle vinyl cover, had come unglued so I got out the rubber cement and took off the center console and got that glued down and center console cleaned and replaced

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  • I installed speakers in the rear lower panel above the rear floor/ storage area and because the size of the speakers I was unable to use the screws and holes to attach that panel - so I used heavy duty velcro to hold them in place and at the same time use the velcro to hold down the floor to the storage area as I want quick access - this like many others have done, is use as a storage area for emergency parts like a fan belt the main radiator hoses, etc - the velcro should work to hold both of these panels in place for easy access
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I finished the fourth under fender under coat second coat today and decided to clean up and repaint the rear suspension. Not a perfect job as that would involve dismanteling, rebuilding, and refitting the suspension - not ready to do that yet, however wanted to freshen it up for appearance and protection as well. For a brushed on job it turned out pretty well, but it's not powercoated


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Gave the car a bath paying special attention to the tires and wheels - I love it when everything is shiny and clean which is most of the time as I have not driven it much over the years, however now that I finally figured it out, and it is running very well, I plan to take it out more often. Just wish car shows were avaialbe as I have only been to a couple over the years and was looking forward to that until covid showed up. So if I can go to a car show perhaps I can just show it here



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additionally I polished the glass, vacuumed the interior, and basically just got it looking good.
I still have a list of things to do and remained convinced that the list never goes away - which is OK - I love working on my OPEL GT

So the last thing I did was to tuck it in for the night.......Tomorrow is another day...................

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Your GT looks outstanding! I can't tell if it is just the photo, but the jack stand on the passenger side looks partially collapsed. You may want to replace it if it looks wonky. Remember that HF had a recent recall on their adjustable jack stands, and I don't know if these may be part of that recall.
Again, great job on the car. I think my next GT will be yellow too. :p
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Your GT looks outstanding! I can't tell if it is just the photo, but the jack stand on the passenger side looks partially collapsed. You may want to replace it if it looks wonky. Remember that HF had a recent recall on their adjustable jack stands, and I don't know if these may be part of that recall.
Again, great job on the car. I think my next GT will be yellow too. :p
Cheers,
Ron in FL
When’s the next GT coming to your garage Ron??
 

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Nothing as great as you Guys are doing but I did wash the GT.
That little bit of garage dirt once removed really makes it shine!
Wife asked me why are you washing it?
I told her I could be washing a Delorean.
So she asked me why I didn't buy the Delorean.
I told her because I'd probably only drive it from time to time.
I don't think she got it?
 

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This weekend we installed the 1" drop spring, sway bar link bushings and Koni shocks. Fairly smooth R&R; can be done in one day if you know what you're doing. I got hung up on the instructions about removing the LCA to cross member bolts. Thinking like a Mopar guy, it must mean the bushing bolts because that's how all cars attach the LCA. Took some time and a read through the FSM before I found the "other" LCA attaching bolts. One sticking point was securing the bolt head from turning while loosening the lock nut. Finally got a thin walled socket with a wobble and long extension to hold the bolt head.
Sorry, no pics of the car on all fours yet; still need to do an alignment.
Seen the stance and looks on your other post and it looks great man. We'll just finish installing the parts from 4Wheelonline onto the Jeep and we're going to plan the drop for the Opel.
 

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Thanks. Removing the front spring wasn't as dramatic (or traumatic) as I was anticipating. Make sure the front end is at least 24" above the floor; the original spring has a steep arc and you need the space when removing. The drop spring goes in real easy.
With Koni's on all four corners and 1" drop, the car handles like a champ.
 

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Managed to do about 1.5 hours of Opel work today. I just needed an excuse to step away from the workshop construction for a bit. Feeling a little burned out I guess.

I cleaned up an old pair of 3-piece Keizer race wheels, 13” x 9”.

I had previously torn them down and sent the centers out to be powdercoated. Today I cleaned up the rim halves, using a wire wheel to remove the old sealer, then scrubbing the shells clean with Scotchbrite and bronze wool. The outer shells got polished up by hand with Mother’s mag wheel polish first, then with White Diamond liquid polish.

I assembled the rim shells with new grade 8 hardware and locknuts, and installed new metal valve stems.

The last step will be to seal the shell halves with some Dow-Corning 832 adhesive/sealer, but I still have to order that.
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Today I got a cover for the GT to protect it until I find out if We get the new warehouse.
(Which use to be a body shop!)
Yesterday I visited another member to pick up a 'few parts'.
That was a great visit and I got a lot of stuff I needed.
Only bad part was when he pulled a Gun and made me take stuff I didn't want or need!
(OK. He didn't pull a Gun but he did insist I just take some stuff to clear his shelves)
And he was kind enough to have his V6 Opel on a lift so I could take a good look underneath!
Fantastic Car!
 

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Today I was looking around the engine compartment and noticed that there's some kind of relay mounted on the driver's side.
: scratches head :
Also straightened and cleaned up the inside of the reverse light lens which was decidedly crooked and dirty. Pic shows crooked.
It's been raining here a lot so haven't had much chance to piddle around with the car as much as I'd like to.
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Today I was looking around the engine compartment and noticed that there's some kind of relay mounted on the driver's side.
: scratches head :
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Probably a starter switch relay. Helps to preserve your ignition switch.
 

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Today I was looking around the engine compartment and noticed that there's some kind of relay mounted on the driver's side.
: scratches head :
Also straightened and cleaned up the inside of the reverse light lens which was decidedly crooked and dirty. Pic shows crooked.
It's been raining here a lot so haven't had much chance to piddle around with the car as much as I'd like to.
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