Dave Ward Posted February 22, 2018 Share Posted February 22, 2018 Hello Time to introduce myself. My name is Dave Ward and I am lucky enough to own most of an A series 1.9SR. I bought the car in 2016 with the engine removed, partially dismantled, some pieces missing and a distributor made entirely of corrosion. I rejoined the OMOC in November 2016, rejoined as I have previously owned an A series back in the 90’s. I had to sell that one to help fund my first house but always wanted another. (“Nothing is worse than an itch you can’t scratch” to quote Blade Runner.) Anyway this one seems to be in quite good shape for its age, some rot in the sills, rear arches, front wings, scuttle panel and L/H floor pan. Also when I bought it the vinyl roof was bubbling and the roof would crunch under your thumb when pressed so I knew areas of the roof were rotten. The plan at the moment is to sort the shell out and then decide which way to go regarding power and drive train. My first choice is to use a 2.5/2.6 Omega as a donor car. I know that this will not be straight forward but I’m no stranger to an angle grinder and welder. I know I can’t use the Omegas front suspension as the Mantas inner wings aren’t strong enough for Mcpherson struts without a whole lot of shell strengthening but I think I’ve read somewhere that Carlton vented discs and calipers will fit onto the original hubs. I want to keep the original wheels. Together with potentially uprated front springs this should sort out the major front end issues. I’m hoping to use the Omegas rear suspension and drive narrowed down and adapting the Manta to suit. I should point out that this plan is at a very early stage and I will be buying a donor car and doing a lot of measuring before any decision is made. I just like the idea of opening the bonnet and there still being a G.M. engine and drivetrain in place. The car is currently stripped out to a shell and up on stands ready for the rust to be cut out. I’d be interested to know if anyone has tried anything like this before and what you think. I have seen pictures of a V6 in an A series but I think that came out of a Vectra. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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