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Hello! 

I'm acquiring a 1974 Opel Manta A in a trade deal. I wanted the Opel more than I wanted my 1985 Scirocco. ;)

A little about me: 

I'm 37 years old, grew up in Minnesota. I work in research and development/engineering at a facility where I also play the acting role of lead weld engineer.

I specialize in stainless steel and aluminum TIG welding, CNC machining, fabrication, etc. 

I've been into motors and things that go "VROOM!" since I was a kid. 

I spend a lot of my free time on motorcycles (or building them), and aside from thinking this Manta is dead sexy, I have a thing for classic Volvos. :D

So, I *DO* have a few questions about this car.... 

Does anyone know what kind of hp/tq the stock rear end will hold up to? I'm going to build up a Volvo B230F+T 16V hooked to a Mustang T5 transmission. Wondering what the likelihood is that the rear end will handle it, or if I should plan on getting something else? 

Also, where are you guys finding the front end spoiler? Is this still available new somewhere or are you trading out used parts? 

Thanks!

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Welcome and greeting, 

Weld the diff, and it will hold 350+ bhp

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dm42lYbv0p1M&ved=0ahUKEwj1vdjAwsvYAhXLLMAKHZIoB2UQo7QBCCYwAQ&usg=AOvVaw38iiEr10skPLuP_aixhdxB

Or 

http://24v-ascona.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/blog-post.html

A volvo with Lsd, if find another one sure throw it my way.

Ps the manta a and b, are essentially the same, a is little narrower.

Good luck with the project, you welding will come in handy!

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Thanks! I love the B too, but the A seems like it will make a super sleeper in the upper midwest. Not a lot of them around to begin with. ;)

I am excited to get this project started. I have access to all sorts of CNC equipment, 3D Printers, casting, etc. at work. 

I also own a small shop, so I have a tube bender, bead roller, english wheel... all the tools I need to build motorcycle sheet metal bits. 

I'll definitely be updating as I go along. Hoping to get the Scirocco up there and grab the Manta in about 2 weeks. 

 

BTW, what body stuff interchanges or is close to with the Manta A? 

 

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Only some mechanical bits, but limited, may be similar to opel gt, sold in the states, ive a mate in jersey with a isuzi kadett, opel kadett.

not a A anorak, but know a bit? Ascona A is closer to manta A

Manta A have a sort after axle for rally type vauxhall chevettes replicas, or opel kadetts as they suit wider wheels with arch extensions, a stronger steel torque tube than a cast alloy manta b. 

A manta b axle is wider, if you want wider stance, but as you are rocking volvo engine why not fit a volvo 7, 9 series axle with LSD

Im sure others on here, or search button will be a great help!

Germany is a great place for sourcing mechanical original  bits, or here!

You may like this

http://www.hilmersson-racing.com

Good luck with your project, pm sent

 

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Opelgtsource in California has manta a bits. Mostly geared towards gt but many mechanical parts are shared. 

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18 hours ago, ®evo03 said:

 

You may like this

http://www.hilmersson-racing.com

Good luck with your project, pm sent

 

Wow!!! Pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Except that's both turbo and supercharged, yeah? I mean, now it is? I thought I saw a video about that car and the owner was saying it was turbo and supercharged? 

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Welcome! Nice to see a manta owner across the pond. One day I may need ask you a question about this :lol:

 

 

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Nice to see another A on here :-)

Reach out to Gil at Opel GT Source as he is super helpful and a fair bit of the stuff for the GT fits the A and i know he gets stuff from Germany. I have a few links to places in Germany on my blog (http://www.theopelproject.com/) that might help with those hard to find bits (window rubbers etc..) Thomas at www.edelschmiede.com is also very helpful. Looks like you might need a few bit :-)

Also some useful info on here as well https://www.opelgt.com/forums/forum.php

 

Andy

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On 7/24/2018 at 16:45, 611 said:

Nice to see another A on here :-)

Reach out to Gil at Opel GT Source as he is super helpful and a fair bit of the stuff for the GT fits the A and i know he gets stuff from Germany. I have a few links to places in Germany on my blog (http://www.theopelproject.com/) that might help with those hard to find bits (window rubbers etc..) Thomas at www.edelschmiede.com is also very helpful. Looks like you might need a few bit :-)

Also some useful info on here as well https://www.opelgt.com/forums/forum.php

 

Andy

Thanks Andy! 

 

She's a bit rough around the edges, but salvageable. I think these cars are interesting enough to warrant the time it takes to get one back to life. 

I'm gonna make a list of parts i need once I get this on the rotisserie and get it all soda blasted. 

Still need to decide on a motor. The og motor is present and unstuck...but I want more ponies. 

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Its the trim that is the harder bits to find. All the rest is quite easy. 

Being use to all those V8's you will need something with a bit more power :-) What about a nice V6? Datsun 350z with 6 speed box!

 

Andy

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7 hours ago, 611 said:

Its the trim that is the harder bits to find. All the rest is quite easy. 

Being use to all those V8's you will need something with a bit more power :-) What about a nice V6? Datsun 350z with 6 speed box!

 

Andy

Ha. Well, I'm actually a classic Swedish car nerd....so I have plans for a turbocharged Volvo 2.3L red block with a 16v head on it. >:)

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12 hours ago, MNOPELMANTA said:

 a turbocharged Volvo 2.3L red block with a 16v head on it. >:)

Me too, i will volunteer to test the 1st one for you, on a road test, just post one over and i will fit one to a manta, (b). I will even pay the postage. 

Seriously, any one build these engines, or supply them! 

 

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19 hours ago, MNOPELMANTA said:

Ha. Well, I'm actually a classic Swedish car nerd....so I have plans for a turbocharged Volvo 2.3L red block with a 16v head on it. >:)

Nice, but it must be a lot of work!

 

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