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  1. Came accross this car online and had to go veiw it. After taking a look at it with Kevin it appears a really nice genuine, original survivor car. Everything is there doesn't look like it's ever been stripped before. There are some patches on it that's most likely been done for mot passes over the years but are not to bad. The interior is super clean and the car is showing 7k miles on the dash so assuming 107k car. It has a known fueling fault that we need to look into and we will be going through the car as usual and putting any bits it needs right, full respray etc... then will probably be offered for sale. We are looking forward to this build it really is a nice car and hard to find in such original condition now.
    11 points
  2. Back seats should be done next week then see what material is left to work the door cards! finally coming together. spoiler has gone back into paint not happy with it.
    11 points
  3. Well Jon has cracked on, I honestly did not expect him to get these done before middle of January, but he had a nice happy new year message for me when checking my FB today. Happy Bew year everyone 🍻
    11 points
  4. Finally got the tyres mounted and fitted to car. A couple of tweaks needed as the front tyre side wall is too big IMO, bought a 45 when I should have gone for a 40 profiles. Bare in mind no engine/gearbox etc in yet so it does sit high, so I can’t set height yet, but it will be done later in build. pretty damn chuffed tbh😁
    10 points
  5. *ahmem* *cough cough* The one and only!
    8 points
  6. So over the past few months I've found myself not really having much interest in the cars and motivation has been at an all time low. Anyway with having a little time of over Xmas I decided to try and get back into things and spent a little time on the cars. E45 SFK got a clean and polish as I've not touched them since getting back from sywell and was still full of the camping gear and grass...😌 the orange one as I'm sure you all know if been struggling to gain any real power from it considering the amount of modifications the engine has had we only hit 140hp on the rollers which was a bit of a disappointment to say the least. We are putting this down to the head, as it's fitted with a ported, big valve 2.0 head but we think it's just too restrictive and not flowing well enough. So I've found a 2.2 head them I'm going to get reworked/flowed and have had a lot of pictures and advice from rally Bob on where to go with this. So head removed whist I've been off work and now to set about the work on the 2.2 head and get it back on the car and another trip to the roller for a remap and see what we can gain...🤞
    8 points
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    7 points
  8. However as ever something else went wrong. Just trying to start for the first time in over a year, and found the steel petrol pipe had split in the jacking point! Decided to replace the steel pipe with some 5/16 Kunifer (Copper/Nickel) far easier to work with than steel, and not going to rust. However when I checked my "vintage" Sykes Pickavant 230M flaring tool kit I only had dies for 3/16 and 1/4😠 Seems impossible to get new dies for such an old tool, so just bought a cheapo off Amazon. So while waiting for the kit to arrive decided to do a bit of body work. There was a strange film/ marking on the roof, not sure what it was but an hour with the DA, a firm pad and some Autoglym Rapid Renovator Plus sorted it. Note the mark on the paintwork near the sunroof is actually a reflection of the light sensor on the garage roof. (God knows why the builders install these, had to disconnect it as the lights would go off the minute you got under a car. Some people actually like to spend a long time in their garage🙂) Finally one for Jonathan, whose advice when I bought the car was "The first thing I would tackle is removing the black from under the rear bumper!", I've eventually got round to cleaning it off. I'm not sure why this was done but somebody has done a very professional job, its under the bumper, and very neatly done. While its messy removing it I can't really knock it as all this underseal and waxoyl has kept the body work fairly rust free except for a few rust spots starting to bubble on the roof and bonnet. TBH it just cleaned off with white spirit and a kitchen sponge to leave some nice Monaco Blue paint. I'll need to get it resprayed at some point but focusing on mechanicals first. So just a few jobs left so hoping for a MOT next week. I have therefore had a chat with CVI to get it back insured and have a good price with an agreed value based on 6 photographs, so thank you Ian and Tom.
    7 points
  9. Rear discs fitted, Sportspro polyurethane bushes and all the other suspension arms torque tube etc painted More cleaning during reassembly. I actually thought the seat platform rubbers were badly deteriorated and would need replacing, but a bit of cleaning and they are like new. The bolts were similar, the heads had rusted, but pretty much all the plating still intact, not bad for a 36 year old car. Axle back on and Bilsteins/springs installed Brakes bled, and the car back on all 4 wheels for the first time in a year or so. Next steps, new Sportex exhaust as the old one has badly corroded internals (the silencers were virtually full of rusted steel dust), clean the fuel pump, fuel lines and replace all the flexibles fuel pipes. Then a full service, DA polish, fresh fuel and a MOT. Hoping to be on the road by March as have a touring assemble planned. It will be good to have a run out, the first in over 20 years🙂
    7 points
  10. This Manta turned up at the New Year meet in Aberystwyth. Manta GT/E with 2.2i CIH engine and lsd. Other than fitting new swan necks and 13" Revolutions, it's exactly how he purchased it 2 years ago.
    7 points
  11. Hi, just bought the Manta GTE you are discussing last month , with the after market sun roof (jobby). But it needs a little recommissioning , steering very stiff but this may be normal , need new exhaust blowing centre box , may have to get one from ebay or go stainless , the sun roof is leaking hope to find new seals or silicon closed , may need a service . Going to use daily ,very nice looking car body very good ,seats very good underside good . I see parts can be a little hard to get but hope the owners club can help out . Thanks Dave
    7 points
  12. To update Sean I have spoken with JS performance and they are willing to make some sets as a bulk buy. Will have further chats with commitee on our next meeting and see what we can do with costings for- standard set xe conversion set th y have confirmed they can do without branding also which is good.
    6 points
  13. Hi all, It's great to be here. Newbie from Ireland. Join over the last few days, have been looking around the forum, there is a serious amount of info on it. Wasn't sure what I would be getting out of the subscription but for the amount of info I have already read, I think I have gotten my value already. Have always an interest in Manta's and final pulled the trigger a few days ago and purchased a project for myself, 1984 Manta 1.8S Coupe (no engine or box). And it is a project to say the least. A lot of cutting and welding needed. Have never taken on such a project and it isn't my background, so hoping this forum can help with question I may have or parts needed. Have no photos yet, will be picking up the car once I get sorted with a trailer. Chat soon John
    6 points
  14. It’s an awkward job to replace the fuel lines above the exhaust manifold but a bit of patience pays off, got these swapped out for new, as can be seen, the old ones have started to deteriorate as well, that’s now peace of mind, I’ll check for leaks before I take her out for a run.
    6 points
  15. Okay okay another good example - I’m a convert.
    5 points
  16. The club is well worth the £25 for the information and the chance to meet other people who have similar classics. I have just renewed for a second year, last year I gained access or information and links to various parts required for my B1. Some of the information was also priceless. Keep it up, Can't attend most meets as I live in the West of Scotland. Hopefully this will change in the summer ☀️. Kenny.
    5 points
  17. ......Heard she just bought a Manta to be closer to you!
    5 points
  18. Has been some nice dry days, the opportunity to take the GSI out. Also I promised to take pictures of a part that is in someones interest. The car started direct and took it for a ride: This makes my day 👍
    5 points
  19. Hi everyone, hope alls well. Thought I’d take a trip to cadwell Sunday. Thoughts were if anything goes wrong iv time to sort before spring. car survived, engine goes really well, just towards end of straight she goes a bit vague, revs happily in second and third so I’m thinking it’s nothing to serious but maybe fuel pump not keeping up, it’s higher than tank atm so Il make a bracket for it to sit lower. was a little scary with 888s in the wet but, quite fun. few bits and bobs to do but so far nothing serious. have good evening 👍
    5 points
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  22. Pm me your address and all that, Ill send you a few for free !
    4 points
  23. Looks like a great subject for a home restoration for someone. I can cope with Gold Mantas a lot better nowadays - as Mick said on FB, they were never very popular back in the day but now, there is a bit of retro cool about them (I have to say that, as Ive got one!) I still dont like the gold ATS’s though..silver look much nicer.
    4 points
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  25. Next to fit the LSD. I decided to stick with the 3.44:1, something I may live to regret, and could be a problem as a 3.44 differential does n't fit a 3.67, 4.22 or 4.75 crown wheel. I also had a problem dropping the crown wheel on as I couldn't get it lined up before it shrank and seized on the diff. So I had to press it off and start again. I normally use boiling water for heating up the crown wheel, but took no chances the second time and stuck it in the oven at 250oC. Gave the wife a shock! I also got some long bolts to line up the holes as the mounting bolts are quite short. (note just using the press as a workbench to hold it while I get it all lined up, it was hot!) Diff reinstalled and axle painted Half shafts with long studs and rear disc conversion brackets fitted
    4 points
  26. https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/sa084-lot-19537-1988-opel-manta-400-rally-car?el=19537&pn=1&pp=100
    4 points
  27. Have tried t9 remove the bung ,blank and as expected it’s well sized in , don’t what to put to much grunt on it as the casting may get damaged Deep joy? Had some whiskey when done this .l have just looked at this do applause for the bad typing,Well it is Friday night
    4 points
  28. I’m taking the opportunity just now while the Manta is garaged over winter to check and replace any perished rubber hoses, a worthwhile exercise by the looks of it, as can be seen, the fuel hoses are quite badly cracked and there only about 4 years old, I’m replacing them with this SAEJ30R9 Fuel injection hose 7.6mm
    4 points
  29. Happy new year everyone. Paul and I agreed to meeting up every 3 months for coffee and to chat about any issues arising or any we can see on the horizon…….usually going off topic and end up waffling about cars and planes. So, I’d like to throw this open to anyone who wishes to join us on Wednesday the 11th January 2023 at midday. I appreciate this is midweek and isn’t ideal for all, however this is really just a catch up, chance to answer questions etc. Turweston Aerodrome Brackley NN13 5YD England The cafe is open to the public, we haven’t reserved space etc however if you wish to pop along, please let me know in advance. Many thanks Ian
    4 points
  30. It can be done, but I believe the reason it’s on the block originally is so that it takes the wear into consideration ( pressure drop across the block journal’s)
    4 points
  31. Early pair available on EBay which could get you mobile again if you struggle getting later type. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/295099070540?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=BG9nKfrAT7e&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=6uKliTfERMK&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY photo taken from retro rides which show’s difference.
    4 points
  32. Thanks for the info.as suspected l need a oil pressure unit. Have replace the wiring from the oil pressure thing to the bulkhead when l removed the old wiring one of the spades moved put it back together and running spot on ,every nut ,bolts was copper slipped some new bolts all electric blocks had electric stuff on them Has anyone got a oil pressure thing for sale and will to post to Liverpool
    4 points
  33. Unless it’s for looks😎 However, there is a solution. 😬🙈🤦‍♂️ https://www.brembo.com/en/company/news/prison-brake-8-people-end-up-in-jail
    3 points
  34. I don’t remember that one, so it wasn’t me 😁. that’s the issue with the fan page. It was set up by club members who wanted to communicate through Facebook. And the even bigger issue is Facebook is full of keyboard warriors and arseholes that think their wrong opinion is gospel. This is one reason I don’t go on it anymore. I just hover around here, annoying you guys through different means 🤣
    3 points
  35. Yes, it's a common occurrence to see a car you were watching/bidding on "sell" for more than you thought, then a week or two later it's relisted. I do feel for the seller to be honest, as this must be a major ball ache when you're trying to sell and paying eBay for the listing. Years ago, I used to get messages offering the item to me as a "second chance," when the auction winner is non-responsive or turns down the purchase, but not sure if eBay have stopped this. On the subject of wheel colour, the Manta brochure shows that two of the metallic paint options had colour-matching alloys. Bronze and gold if I remember correctly, silver would have matched too, but silver is the "normal" colour anyway.
    3 points
  36. Well if she owns a Manta🤔
    3 points
  37. Ahh right came off Faceache in 2008 when some mad woman claimed I was her boyfriend 😬, steered clear ever since.
    3 points
  38. no and it would be a shame to butcher it . the 1.6 is not a ball of fire granted but perfectly capable and in that condition should be suitable as a daily driver too. why not. thats what it was designed for after all. i use all mine as dailys including the viva .all in rotation ,all year round. mot'd as normal but obviously free tax .
    3 points
  39. The 1.6 seemed quite a reasonable motorway / town engine in the 80s. I’m guessing it’s not going to be bought as a daily - not everyone want to build a rally race replica. 😏
    3 points
  40. Hi lads, Can confirm that the top and bottom hoses I bought off GRP4 Fabrications for XE into MK2 Escort fits fine. The only issue is the bottom hose is a single piece so will have to be cut to allow a joiner with T piece in it if you're running a heater. Top quality anyways Hope this helps
    3 points
  41. I’ve definitely never had a minimum order from Edelschmiede in the past, but I have ordered upwards of 100€ before now. I think if we want some bits, we can put an order together to help split the postage cost. I know there will be postage again over here but it should work out cheaper. I’ve already f**ked up ordering from someone else, I should have ordered from Edelschmiede first. There are parts of the forum that don’t get used anyway, like the Ask Andy section. Andy hasn’t worked for Vauxhall for some years now so that needs replacing. We could have a section that people put an order down once every other month then it all gets payed for then ordered.
    3 points
  42. We are just waiting for an update from the manufacturers. When we spoke to them just before Christmas, we were on track with both panels for March/April.
    3 points
  43. Great work on the axles. Every RWD car should have a limited slip diff. It makes them so much more drivable!
    3 points
  44. Hi evo03 LSD is from Gripper Diffs, basically a ZF type plate diff. They will custom build so I've gone a half way between road and race preload. They are very helpful, and have rebuilt a few LSDs off the rally cars. Website:- is gripperlsd.com Couldn't face removing all the underseal/waxoyl off the underside of the body so replacing like for like. I'll keep the mechanicals painted. Need to touch up the paintwork and polish. Its got some staining on the roof so hope it will polish out. May have to get it resprayed if not Once I get it back on the road, I'll start rebuilding the 2.4cih I've got sat in the corner of the garage by the fridge🙂
    3 points
  45. Welcome John man, I took on a project back in 2016 with no mechanical or welding skills, I did as much work as I could and only required help with outer sills, rear arches and paint, the kind of jobs I knew I would have to get done professionally. Enjoy every minute of your build, I would take on another if the right one came up.
    3 points
  46. Ok leave it with me and I’ll get in touch with them in due course.
    3 points
  47. Oil pressure sensor arrived today,made a little fly loom up don’t what to struggle when trying to fit the wiring to the sensor Looking like l will have removed the inlet manifold again,but will try from underneath
    3 points
  48. Also Happy to help, wonder when the AGM is, it could be put forward and voted on. Think it's important for each member, and keeps things as they should.
    3 points
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