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    Some time ago, one of my customers asked me if I can work on "old" cars. What a "dof" question....
    He told me that he had inherited a car from his grandfather and just wanted to have it fixed up a bit, so they can drive it.

    A few days later Pieter dropped this off with me.



    The car is a 1969 Opel Rekord 6 Coupe, a 2,2 liter straight six with Powerglide two speed box - quite rare as most of them had the 2500 four cylinder engine with four speed manual.

    His kids told me that the car was called Marie - after their late great-grandmoter.

    We decided on a quick fix as we had about two weeks, and his eldest son wanted to use the car to his matric farewell party.

    The first thing I did was to tint the windows and fit a set of 15" Superlite wheels to replace the original 13" wheels with dogdish hubcaps.



    The interior was in good nick so some elbow grease and Autoglym later the seats looked like this.



    The center console was re-covered, as mother nature really took her toll on it.




    I replaced the exhaust with a freeflow dual system in stainless steel.
    I went this route, because I had a gut feel that the standard engine might not pass muster in the long run - not with 65 Kw and a two speed autobox.



    We then added some "go faster" stripes and Marie was ready for her party.



    The car was a big hit and the family decided to really get her sorted out.

    Over the 40 odd previous years, Oupa dinged her a bit, the tin worm had a good hold and various people tried their hand at spray painting her.

    So we went back to basics and stripped the paint to see what we were dealing with (Aircraft paint stripper is a mean destroyer of paint)



    At this point, we wanted to retain the factory vinyl top.

    The rust was removed and new patch panels were made and welded in.





    The call was made to remove the vinyl roof and to delete all the unnecessary trim for a more modern look.

    This is what she looked like when she came from the spray booth.



    The suspension was rebuilt and everything was plated or powder coated.



    At this time we decided to can the old engine. I did not want to cut the car, or upset the balance, so I went hunting for something with similar dimensions to the original six.

    I discovered that the 3.0 liter engine from an Opel Commodore was an evolution of the original, with the same dimensions. One was procured and salvaged together with the gearbox (on a snowy Saturday in August - man was it cold)

    On this car, you drop the suspension, mount the engine and lift the whole unit back into the car...... not easy.



    It sure is a tight fit.



    The old engine had a carburettor and the new one is fuel injected, so I had to convert the car to fuel injection and fit a management system (Gotech)



    We then decided to fit some tunes to go with the new image, we installed full Lightning Audio system.







    And at the end of the day, this is what Marie looks like now.





    A total makeover and with about 140kw under the bonnet she now can run happily with the traffic on the highway. She is regularly taken on runs and cruises by the Pieter and his family and is a great source of pride and pleasure

    As a youngster, we lived on a little "dorp" called Marydale in the Northwest Cape.The local garage owner had a car like this with a Chevy V8 in it and I thought that it was the coolest thing. So many many years later, I was given the opportunity to emulate my childhood hero......

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    awesome

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    Damn, all pics are blocked on our network at work. So will have to check it out tonight in the lodge. It sounds fantastic though
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    Very nice build, I remember my grandmother had a olive green one.

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    Lovely !!!! One of my ex-girlfriends' father had one of those (same 6 cyl auto combo as Marie started out with). It was a DOG to drive because of the lack of OOMPH, but a lovely car. Glad you could revamp this one and give it the "go" it deserves.

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    Who build that neat looking free flow?
    Very nice end product, I like a lot!!!I remember them very well, and the similar shaped Rangers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan View Post
    Who build that neat looking free flow?
    Very nice end product, I like a lot!!!I remember them very well, and the similar shaped Rangers.
    The exhaust was built by Cheetah Exhausts in Roslyn.

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    Although I prefer original stock standard cars you did a great resto. A proper sporty look now.
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    Very bloody nice. Well done....
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    Only remembered now to look at the pics, bloody awesome job. I would feel like a pig in s..t driving/ owning that
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