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    at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    Well, the day finally came, and I am just totally excited about it... I finally have my car, so now comes the obligatory build thread. As the title states, this is a 1976 Opel by Isuzu that I bought from a member here (and on planetisuzoo). I intend to put it back on the road first, and fix things little by little once it's driveable. Anyway, on to some pics...




    hauler backing down the street to unload


    car on the trailer


    sitting in its new home with a munchkin in the background


    buncha stuff in the trunk


    now honestly, I wasn't expecting to see this, but I guess that was just a question I forgot to ask.
    the trunk after everything was out of it

    gonna be a lot of work there :cry:

    this was awesome, it even came with the original owner's manual!


    and keytag


    those that know these cars know that these grille mounting points are always destroyed


    keeping good company


    original engine in the crate


    danglin' :wink:


    and on the stand

    that last one got a little fuzzy 'cause I was running out of light. At first, I couldn't get the engine to turn over at all, but I shot some wd-40 in the cylinders and let it sit for a minute, then I tapped on the pistons with the handle of a hammer while I put pressure on the wrench, and pretty soon it freed right up. Still gonna pull it apart and rebuild it, though. Don't want to have to pull it all apart later for a set of rings I should have done in the first place.

    Well, that's as far as it got today. I'll keep you posted.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    A little more progress today, but not a lot...

    started to clean up the block with a wire brush


    got tired of that, so I whipped out the wire wheel, and 5 minutes later...


    then I started pulling pistons out


    all 4 out


    gonna clean 'em up with a hone and see where that gets me

    I think they'll be alright.

    I'll get to it a little more tomorrow.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    we all breath a collective sigh of relief 8)
    -Matt

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    yeah, now that I actually found one, I'll have to find something else to talk about endlessly... :lol:

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    A little more progress to report today.


    All ready for the day


    first order of business, get the crank out. so, out comes the rear main seal


    off come the main caps


    got it out and started to clean it up a little, I think it'll live


    then I decided to work on the front of the engine


    took off the tensioner and took the wire wheel to the block


    cleaned up the threads


    cleaned up the parts and put them back on


    decided to go through all the parts that came with it to see what I need to buy. found some interesting stuff in there


    brand new head

    the ship date on the box is from 1988, I'm betting that's about how long this car has been off the road.

    brand new gas flap :shock:


    I hope the carb's gonna be ok, but I dunno

    looks kinda scary to me, might have to find another one.

    then I took the hone to the cylinders

    they look like they'll be fine

    went out and grabbed some lunch, and while I was out, I picked up my new trunk floor


    I think all the moisture got into the trunk here

    there is a hole about an inch long right next to the edge of the rubber, and it leads straight into the trunk. I can't really be mad at the seller for this, I'm not sure he knew how bad it was. I think everything was just put in the trunk for safe keeping and then the car was stored outside for 20 years or so.

    then I spent the rest of the day cleaning pistons

    let them soak in a can of carb dip for a while, then attacked them with a wire brush.
    more tomorrow, I guess.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    I didn't get much time on the car today, but here it is:
    I cleaned the timng cover.
    Exciting, huh?
    Here's what I started with:

    I think that distibutor's brand new, too :tu:

    So I pulled the distributor out, sprayed the cover with degreaser, and started working on it with a soft brush. It worked, but not as well as I wanted, so I grabbed the carb dip again. that actually worked pretty well, but there was still some stubborn stuff I had to use the wire brush on. Here's how it came out:

    not perfect, but not bad compared to what it was. maybe I'll do a little more later.

    test fit

    looks pretty good.
    well, that was all the time I got on it today.
    talk to you later.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    you're also taking pictures, and that counts for something too :lol:
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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    I know people love pics! I'm going to end up with a minor dilemma, though. eventually someone's gonna want a video of start-up, and I have no idea how to get video from the camera to the forum. I guess I'm gonna have to learn that one.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    Glad you finally got here

    On the video, if you can save it to your computer, then you can upload to youtube or photobucket and share the link here.

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    Re: at long last... '76 Opel by Isuzu

    sorry there hasn't been a lot of progress for the last few days, but I haven't gotten much time on it in the evenings. But I did order the rebuild kit for the engine, so while I was waiting for it to show up I decided to try and figure out why the brakes weren't working. there was no fluid to begin with, so I put some in to see what was going to leak. I didn't really notice any leaks, but no pedal either. So I decided to pull off the master cylinder to see what was up.



    once I got it off, it was pretty obvious that the piston was stuck in place



    so I tapped on it a little bit, and got it to free up, so I put it back on. then I went through and bled the whole system. it did pump up and feel pretty solid, but you should see the color of the fluid :shock: I'll flush it out with some fresh fluid later and see if it holds. Seems ok for now, though. that's all I did lately, but there's more coming. stay tuned.

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