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Sutty2006

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1985 Opel Rekord (updated 24.10.15)
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:05:35 AM »
Hello folks. Havent been on hear for a while. Last carlton I owned got driven to Norway and scrapped. Poor thing. But oh well, I bought this a few weeks ago. Had to be saved. Someone bought it for the 2.2 engine and gearbox to which, are now missing :(

It was well worth saving, with regards to similar aged mantas that ive owned.... this rekord doesnt need any major structural welding.....at all! Just bits n bobs!

So when I picked it up, i took it straight to my body man who got stuck in with the welding and body work.





Both screens were removed to carry out repairs to the lower pillars.







O/S/R door repaired







O/S/R wheel arch small amount of rot repaired.



Hole in N/S/F wing repaired



small hole in roof repaired



Rear valance repaired inner and outer



And now it awaits being sanded and painted. Not bad i'd say. Should be painted this week.



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« Last Edit: October 25, 2015, 02:55:22 PM by Sutty2006 »

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 03:10:28 PM »
i saw this on e-bay myself,thought no-one will save that so good to see an enthusiast has saved it and putting the effort into it! all the best with it!

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 03:39:28 PM »
Great work. Fair play. What running gear are you going with?

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 09:57:39 AM »
Same running gear. Struggling to find a correct 2.2 manual gearbox. I know I can use a manta one with some modification, but i'd rather get the correct one.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 10:06:11 PM »
a getrag 265 from a monza should fit!
what would life be like if we all drove fwd cars? feckin boring that's what rear drive or bust

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2015, 10:17:06 AM »
a getrag 265 from a monza should fit!

Not cheap or even loads about are they?
Cheers

BC

"The Lotus Carlton is not tail happy honestly - as long as you accept it has 377 bhp and 419 lb/ft of torque, is rear drive and has no driver aids, it's fine."

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2015, 12:13:34 PM »
Been a while since Ive posted an update here!

Ive been busy trying to find mk2 parts. They are almost non existant however I did find a bloke in Selby who broke a mk2 and saved almost all of the parts off it (apart from the rust)

I aquired a 2.2 engine from a friend in the OMOC. It needed a timing chain kit and a tidy up.



I took a risk and bought a timing chain kit off ebay and fitted it. It was fine and correct. Along with a new water pump and gasket kit. I had to remove the sump, pick up, engine mounts, flywheel, and front pulley as these were all Manta items. I found a carlton engine going into a manta so a deal was done to swap all the parts over. The sump was rotten but I managed to plug the holes up with the welder.

Engine got a lick of paint and so did the rocker cover.



Injection manifold got a bit of TLC. Free off the throttle flap as it was seized. Replaced all the fuel pipes bar the injector pipes. And replaced the gaskets.



I found someone selling a carlton gearbox, too expensive but he allowed me to exchange my Manta remote for the carlton one plus a beer.



More to come later, as im off to work now.  >:(




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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2015, 09:51:46 AM »
Reconditioned 2.2 flywheel by Allards of Stoke. and a NOS clutch kit bought from a friend of mine.




I fitted the box to the engine to make it easier to fit (yeah right)
 
And got the trusty 40 year old engine crane out.



In she went. Just. These cast iron blocks are HEAVY



Engine in. What a relief that was.



Clarkey

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 03:16:03 PM »
Fantastic work. Goes to show what a determined mind can achieve. Will be a cracking motor when completed.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 10:44:37 PM »
you wont believe how hard it is to find parts for this car. Considering it was so popular back in the day.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 10:49:08 PM »
So, last week I was busy fitting all the parts Id collected from the bloke in Selby who has lots of carlton parts. I was like a kid at christmas coming home with a boot full of scrap iron.

Spent every afternoon last week fitting parts.....and making sure nothing else had been ripped off by the previous owner.



Fitted the manifolds, airbox, power steering pump (of which the pump and brackets came from 2 seperate people) alternator etc. Plugging everything in was joyful. I love it, piecing it all back together.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2015, 10:58:48 PM »
Great work and well done finding the parts and putting it back together
Cheers

BC

"The Lotus Carlton is not tail happy honestly - as long as you accept it has 377 bhp and 419 lb/ft of torque, is rear drive and has no driver aids, it's fine."

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2015, 02:30:12 PM »
you wont believe how hard it is to find parts for this car. Considering it was so popular back in the day.

Probably because they are being broken for engines to go into Mantas, Asconas, Kadett Cs and GTs. Rekord / Carlton does not have same following. Well done again on saving this one.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2015, 11:21:37 AM »
Thats exactly what happened to this one Clarkey. THe guy I bought it from bought it to pull the engine and box out and sell to another bloke with a manta. But he took everything. Fuel pump, ecus, rad, you name it, it was missing. The only thing left in the engine bay was the brake servo and washer bottle (which leaked).


Found passenger footwell full of water today. Looks like the heater matrix has failed. Great. And the heater blower is seized solid and I cant get it out. Looks like another hunt for parts is in order.

Put 4 new tyres on this week too  ;D

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2015, 12:58:50 PM »
Rekord Passed MOT yesterday  ;D

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 14.9.15)
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2015, 02:54:49 PM »

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 24.10.15)
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2015, 03:20:19 PM »
well done on the mot pass,it looks really great in the pics like that colour,you,ve worked really hard on it, nice to see it live on not broken up or banger raced with another engine in!!

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 24.10.15)
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2015, 09:53:10 AM »
Result.

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Re: 1985 Opel Rekord (updated 24.10.15)
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2015, 09:13:36 PM »
New disks n pads




Then changed heater fan and matrix. What a job!