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  1. 12 points
    Finally............my date for final spray was pushed on another week, what’s another week to wait in the grand scheme of things? But now for the final push. Monday 15th April the bodyshop starts work back on the Manta, Delivered the Manta to the paint shop first thing this morning, hopefully in a weeks time she will look completely different, doors, bonnet, boot, wings, skirts and bumpers fitted, dash and wiring loom back in, then hopefully the rest of the work will just fall into place quite quickly, don’t want to miss this summer months ahead!
  2. 6 points
    Ok so haven't updated this for a couple of months, i have been busy on the o/s. Pretty much the same needed doing as the n/s more or less- This side had an outer over cill fitted, great for an mot pass but bad for corrosion later on as where the cill was welded on, especially the floor it had caused more corrosion. The chassis leg had gone a bit crusty aswell Firstly i removed the jacking point and floor section a long with the outer skin of the chassis rail The plan was to make all good in front of the middle cross member, this will stop any chance of things moving if i was to chop out the floor further back. The inner strengthening section of the leg was in great shape which surprised me, i gave it a good check around and coated it in Hydrate 80 before welding the outer section on i had made. I then replaced the floor section a long with a new jacking point The section in front of the jacking point like the other side is tricky to get right, but came out a treat. The section in front of the A pillar wasn't as bad as the other side but still needed a small amount of repair as did the inner arch by where the accelarator pedal attaches. I managed to remove the small angled bracket you can see above and reuse One small plate was needed on the A pillar also. Onto the rear floor/inner cill section next!
  3. 5 points
    Hi all, I joined the club back in November when I acquired a 1978 Manta B. The car was for sale locally here In Calgary and I just could not resist the temptation to buy it. Having worked for an Opel dealership in the UK from 1975 until 1979 (McGill Automotive, St Albans) I have had a thing for Opels ever since. Opels are pretty rare in Canada with the last of the official import cars hitting the great white North in 1975, so finding a 78 B here was an opportunity I could not pass up. The car has been off the road since 2002 and the previous owner installed a Buick V6 into it with an auto box. I plan to replace this with a CIH unit and either a Gertag or ZF 5 speed box. The odd thing is the car was originally a manual and when the previous owner fitted the auto box he left the clutch pedal in place! Today was a big day, after almost five months of waiting the car is finally in my garage, I have lots of work ahead of me and will take inspiration from the many great resto threads on this site. Here are a few random shots of the car complete with 14" Ronal wheels which I suspect came from a Rekord E Berlina
  4. 5 points
    Thats the plan. If I can get the engine bay done I can put an engine and loom in, and get it mobile. The exterior bodywork can wait until I can afford to get it done. Because right now, ive no money 😅 Another productive day today. Took the old gaitors off the reconditioned steering rack, cleaned and re greased. Fitted new gaitor kit but had to remove the grommets off the old rack first..... Next up, The axle got fitted. Had to buy new nuts for the main axle mounts as lost the old ones. They're in that safe place..... you know the one. Forgot to take all the washers up to my unit for the swan neck bolts (because this axle came off the donor car without fail (odd as they usually seized in place) so thats tomorrows job. Also fitted new track rod ends and the brake servo....
  5. 5 points
    Ok, sent a email to a company, requested a price for twenty lights, thats 10 sets, 10 members, 10 cars. See what they come back with, if they come back! We could work it as send our lights to them, with cheque of your own, let them tag them, and let them return to correct owner. Or if they can work, with individuals, will keep yous informed. Just in case someone doesnt know, the glass comes of, a dremel will cut the bond, the lens comes out by removing adjusters, and plastic back is removed by 4x8mm nuts. Also got company to price round cibies, the lens cuts off also. This company may want the lens cleaned and sanded, finished with wet and dry, not a major job, as scratches or imperfections will show in final finish.
  6. 4 points
    A little more done today. Fitted shockers off the red hatch (that got new ones year before last) fitted anti roll bar with Powerflow link bushes. Fitted hubs with disks and then stuck some wheels on to see how it’s sits. Fine I recon.
  7. 4 points
    After cleaning the BBQ down before the relatives arrive, I managed to sneak in another 45 minutes on the Cav - its amazing how quickly you can revive a BBQ thats been under cover for over 6 months when you try - and its all in a good cause of course. I'm feeling more positive about this panel now. Here it is after a lot of sanding then then application of a little skim of filler in the low areas: Enjoy your afternoon everyone - I'm now looking forward to an afternoon lounging in the garden with a fruit cider or two to keep me company. As you can determine, I'm not much of a drinker, but I know what I like, and thats really all that counts.
  8. 4 points
    Today we are 29 years married, ordered a table at a local restaurant, so no updates. Not gonna push my luck...
  9. 4 points
    Its a restoration no matter how you look at it, it will need a really good clean up and if you are lucky you might get away with not painting it but it will still need a good clean and mop and plenty of other re-commissioning, engine, brakes and any rubber parts will need lots of attention. I would not trust the brakes until I had completely rebuilt all of it from the master cyl to the pads and calipers. The petrol tank is the Achilles heel here, its done nearly 100k, so its been used in the wet and will have mud and muck all round the tank, the little breather pipes will have been eaten away and when you remove the tank to sort out the leaks you will be into a lot of work to sort it out, that's before you get to look inside the tank. Its a 6k car if it was done and on the road in my opinion but I am happy to be surprised, we all want values to go up and they are getting rarer.
  10. 4 points
    Thanks, going to show the last pics, The seat is out so it is easyer to work in the car: The key didn't turn nice in the lock, so I took it out: Noticed there was a lot of dirt from old oil etc. between the small blades: Before you do this make sure you don't mix the blades, otherwise your key won't fit anymore: And the last project is the repair of the start-engine. The fork was worn, you all can see those two "fingers" that move the bendix are halfway disapeared. But those parts are still available at our local car electrcity shop. Wasn't in stock but had to order it. That starter is from 1972! So don't throw it in the binn, repairable! The car is at this moment back to his owner, the spring is opening the season for nice trips with it.
  11. 4 points
    Thanks for the kind words Ian. Ok so onto the rear of the o/s, this is what i started with- All the inner sections behind the outer cill are badly rusted as well, also as you can see the rear seat belt mount area is badly rusted First job is to remove all the rusted areas back to a point where it is best to fabricate new sections Firstly i made a plate to repair the seat belt point, i made this 10mm bigger so i could weld it both sides, one side it usually enough but just for piece of mind. I then reattached the threaded section. Also welded in a small piece to the inner cill corner. All most forgot to mention the floor area behind the centre cross member, didn't take a picture of it before but here is the plate i made up held in place with clamps. I left it like this over night, mainly because i ran out of time but to also help relieve some of the tension on the fabricated section, if you look at your cars or take a close look at this picture you will see the different curves and angles of this section, i wanted to make in one piece for strength, following day i welded it in and well happy with the result So back to the rear section, first i made the inner cill that attaches to the floor and jacking point, once welded in i then set about the section that continues down from the inner 1/4 panel . Click to choose files Once all in i then finished off by making up the section of the bottom of the b post, which carries down and attaches to the middle section above (section with the holes in) Treated with hydrate 80 All ready now for the new outer cill to be fitted....
  12. 4 points
    Not that I need another project but I am bidding on this, it looks like a nice car to restore, keep it original. I seem to be "in to" standard 1800 hatches at the moment.
  13. 3 points
    This narrow body is looking neat, never thought id say this buy prefer it over a kitted version, simplicity and a nice touch with 8 inch wheels. Always thought standard wheels on any model of manta are too narrow. Nice!
  14. 3 points
    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1102826 Strong money at £11500 but looks nice
  15. 3 points
    If they took a bit of time to clean it up, get it MOT’d they’d probably see close to 6k. It would be great to see how little rust it’s got (if that’s even possible)
  16. 3 points
    I have a lot of work with my own cars but sometimes they are less important cause I want to help a friend. The Manta-A had a red warning light (oil pressure) but the driver kept on driving so I had a panic-call for help. This was some time back and I took pics for the valuation report. Engine and gearbox out, This looks bad, the 1.9s engine is dead. Somebody putted a 1.9N carb on it and the car looks pretty good so I have a 2.0E engine that was originally of the GSI. Cause the engine is too heavy to get it out of my garage I carried it in parts out. Think a lot of us have that corner in our yard with stuff that is waiting to get out. Want to be sure the engine haves a good oil pressure... New seals and gaskets, The dis-house is original an Injection one, so drilled a hole for the fuel-pump Sump ready to install New bearing at the back And some fresh paint, looks always nice.
  17. 3 points
    A small update tonight, but it is one that has given me back my positive attitude again. The OSR quarter behind the wheel was 'lumpy' and after taking a closer look I think that the metal might have distorted during the weld repairs in that area. Yesterday I knocked down the humps with a panel beating hammer and put a skim of filler over the now slightly indented metal. Some sanding in that area tonight has left me feel much happier with the whole area. This is it after the sanding and the application of some stopper filler in a few areas: Then I moved around the corner to sand back the filler that I had applied to that side of the lower rear panel in an attempt to tidy up some imperfections. Again some small amounts of stopper have been applied here and left to dry. This area is also looking much tidier already: Have a nice evening everyone.
  18. 3 points
    Engine in the car, new exhaust gasket and some more pics: The new VIN-plate on it's place engraved : Next thing to do: The steering column: Don't hit the centre of the steering column with a hammer to loosen the steering wheel! If you do this you can have this problem: the new bearing is the one with the bronce outside, the original one is in pieces... Another look at the steering column:
  19. 3 points
    I used the original head again, the car runs on LPG but the valves looked ok, just cleaning and grinding Some saw it, the original 1.9S engine is the old type, with the flat oil pump plate. So the valve stems have no seals. Checked the valve guides and stems and they were in tolorance. Cause the owner complained the engine had some oil consumption I milled the outside of the stem-guides so seals would fit: Next thing is putting a tube in the head where the oil goes back in the engine, so the oil-level will be higher and the camshaft is better lubricated:
  20. 3 points
    Took a while but the car is on its spit and it's a lot more comfortable to work on. Sill cleaned up and cut out. https://photos.app.goo.gl/j96EbGthtbWBfQgY6 Only needed a small patch added to the bottom of the lip where it connects to the outer sill. Flux core makes everything look dirty/rusty but cleans up again ok. Rust converter and weld thru primer and then fit the outer sill. https://photos.app.goo.gl/dyHQuHVNRxMntK1t9 This took me ages. I must have taken it on and off 20 times and couldn't decide where to cut. In the end I repaired the bottom of the B post where it returns into the door opening remaining the original flange and then cut the new sill short of the door opening because the repair panel had a different radius to the door opening. I hope that makes sense.... https://photos.app.goo.gl/7hiCRaHLRERxKHhj8 this one probably explains it better. I really took my time and welded in little spots at a time. There was no distortion at all, until I ground it back. Lesson learnt, grinding causes heat too! Still not too bad and might be able to tap it out. https://photos.app.goo.gl/gFKJxavYnF77nsuF9 I cleaned up the wheel well and the arch is really good. This car has been soaked in waxoyl or similar in the past. The only corrosion was to the seat belt mount so I cut it out. https://photos.app.goo.gl/sRca4XySPH79cDd1A And made a new plate with a flange so it sits flush on the inside of the car. https://photos.app.goo.gl/GPuxUhEKArfGFcgUA Spot the deliberate mistake? https://photos.app.goo.gl/4CNKjq2ckwa3QTZk7 https://photos.app.goo.gl/CwAAecFJaZwGPcLt9 This is the only picture I can find with the mount in place. Spot welded first, then seam welded around the outside for strength. You'll see I was a bit out with some of my spot-weld holes on the sill so I need to drill more and weld these up. https://photos.app.goo.gl/GtvH9BpCaAduBArP6 Powerfile is my new favourite tool. A couple of the wheel arch once cleaned up. https://photos.app.goo.gl/AkRR26yCHRq8ztMr7 https://photos.app.goo.gl/Aagzu5FLVB9Ukpuq6 And the one small repair required at the back. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xX7YnjhTdDgTp43BA And after repair https://photos.app.goo.gl/8oemCUZiRatmHGFn8 Inspired by the condition of the wheel arch I washed down the rest of the underside with white spirit and I'm chuffed that the waxoyl has done its job. There are a load of photos of the underside in the link below. Once the waxoyl was off the original paint was exposed. There are a few little spots to sort out but I'm happy there's not a huge amount to do here. Makes up for the mess I found under the vinyl roof. https://photos.app.goo.gl/tDoh5Hf3HEjDHMaj6 On to the other side soon.
  21. 3 points
    A better pic of the engine bay, this time with some laquer on
  22. 3 points
    Surely no harm in experimenting, it’s how we learn ‘stuff’.
  23. 3 points
    Some work has done at the workshop, must take some pics of it. At home I cleaned up the front axle, degreasing and used rust converter before painting with hammerite: Some nice things arrived from Germany, thanks @ Thomas from Edelschmiede: First I wanted to clean up the bolts and let them passivate them, but later I noticed the whole set was cheaper to buy then passivate the old stuff and transport it to the firm, buy new self-locking nuts and so on... Sometimes the easy way is cheaper. Noticed this on the upper wishbones, never too old to learn: Usually I check the rubber bushes to check what side the wishbone fits, but with cleaning I saw R and L. Wanted to share this. Grts, Herman
  24. 2 points
    Fair bit of body work. I've already replaced the front valence, springs and dampers, but the rear arches and a few bits of rust showing through the paint hint at more work. it's been relatively well looked after in the past and flies through the MoT. Past welding underneath is functional rather than pretty but that's a whole lot of tea to drink before I tackle that
  25. 2 points
    Try this link, i bought one last year and fits the pins spot on. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sealey-4-Piece-Car-Door-Hinge-Pin-Extractor-Removal-Tool-Extractor-Set-VS801/311596359195?epid=11017008001&hash=item488c971e1b:g:bmQAAOSw9OFZKDPd&frcectupt=true
  26. 2 points
    The seller/trader,was probably so impressed with its bodywork and structural soundness,thought that this would be enough to sell the car alone which it is...but not for 6k so he's probably just testing the water just to see if someone will bite on a "as is sale" So in reality as people in the know...er, know that he will have to recommission it himself put a ticket on...oh and give it a proper clean.🤑
  27. 2 points
    The wings are now going to stay on, the doors are coming off as will the bonnet, the rear quarters at the moment only have one coat of 2K along with the outside of the shell. The whole shell will get another 3-4 coats of 2K and the doors, boot and bonnet will be put on stands and given the same number of top coats. Front and back bumpers sprayed separately as they are plastic and the rubber boot spoiler sprayed with plasticiser added. When the black gutter detail will be added I’m unsure but I have explained the masking lines, I went and looked at an exclusive coupe for this information and the location of the skirts gap below sill level as I couldn’t find decent pictures on the internet. I have requested that the painter keeps some polar white paint for me from his spray gun for touching up stone chips later on, not that I want any!! I will be keen to fit the GTE Decals, as I think these finish off the car but I’m going to wait a good while before fitting just to make sure the paint has cured.
  28. 2 points
    This week there has been radio silence from the bodyshop, I didn’t want to bother them but was hoping they were working on the Manta, the bodyshop manager has just e mailed me progress photos from this week, Front wings stone chipped and painted inside, then mounted on the wing rails, Front quads and under light trim on for panel alignment testing, Petrol cap and skirts fitted, All good to go, apparently now she will be dismantled for full respray next week, then masked up for semi Matt black gutter and rear quarter window details,
  29. 2 points
    After a morning grafting in the back garden, it was finally time for the Cavalier to have some love I have started to reshape the NS rear valance - hopefully you will agree when I say it looks much more in balance now with the other side? A with just a little more filler added to help blend in some of the low spots and also to take it back to the floor etc There is actually only a tiny difference between the two images from the rear, as most of the filler went under the lip to blend it into the floor better. In fact it would not surprise me if I even had them the wrong way round above Cheers all - enjoy the Sun!!!!
  30. 2 points
    I know how you feel. Good to know mantas rust in canada too, out of interest, do they use rock salt on winter roads in canada? Are you a purest or a modernist?
  31. 2 points
    hi Ian have to agree with Herman don't try to be a perfectionist I know this all too well myself.to me from what you started with to what you have now looks stunning.
  32. 2 points
    Hi Chris, a 2.4 is a great engine to have in a Manta, lot of torque and don't need those high revs. Got them in both my Manta's. Seems we had the same ex-girlfriend in the past, never thought she would move to Canada, it is rather far away. But "C" (Canada) is on the alphabet just behind "B"(Belgium), so she tought maybe not that far away? Those girls have a special mind on their own, but we can't miss them 😁...
  33. 2 points
    Hi Herman, thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm going to try and fire the V6 up before removing I from the car, I have no idea if anything has been done to the engine as the previous owner passed away and the car was sold as "condition unknown" through his estate sale. So far I have been able to confirm he was a Canadian Serviceman who was stationed in Germany in the late seventies, from this I assume he bought the car in Germany and shipped it to Canada when he returned home. If I find out any more info I'll post it in this thread. Regards,. Chris Mike, if you do head over to Masset you should plan a lay over in Calgary and see the Rockie Mountains. I offer free accommodation, tender steaks and beer as cold as my ex girl friends heart!
  34. 2 points
    Ian, I have been following your Polar White thread with great interest you've done a great job and I only hope I can get my car to look as nice as yours. I plan on starting the dismantling process after the Easter weekend so I will find out pretty soon exactly what I have to work with.
  35. 2 points
    Hi Ian, as you all know I own an original Manta-400. The car is something special, I pamper it. Give it the best oil an owner can. Do the maintenance on it, as only one can do. But that car is not perfect. The oil seal behind the rear of the engine needs repair,noticed those rubber things at the end of your steering arms need replacement. Gonna do it, but I also drive with that car to Switserland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, and so on. Some say I am nuts, such a car but I enjoy it. I drive it. This is what a car is made to do. So if you find those minor points of imperfection repair it when you have time, but don't forget to drive that car.
  36. 2 points
    I would absolutely love that...but you're right about the write up and pictures... shocking way to try and sell a £20k modified car.
  37. 2 points
    Just noticed this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Ascona-400R/293045049981?hash=item443ad89a7d:g:Js0AAOSw59Jcr7ei
  38. 2 points
    Do you know what’s given me the most inspiration to get this done?? fed up of paying car tax. I’m going to get this done, then take the red one off the road as restore that .....until it’s 40 year old.
  39. 2 points
    I remember this one when Taylorblue sold it for 4k,but it was road going and more or less fully completed and looked well nice, so its a bit of a mystery how it ends up like this😦 The 7k make offer price is about what a modified manta like this is going to fetch if it was completed IMHO😶
  40. 2 points
    Hi all, the GSI is still at the painters workshop and ready to paint but the man has got a busy agenda. So nothing special to report. Using my time to paint the front axle parts with black hammerite and the new rubbers of the lower arms arrived from Holland together with the new bump-stops. So I began (with my son so he can learn) with the engine. Hystory of the engine: Bought it in a box, brandnew.(1993) Only the block with turning parts; this is the crankshaft with pistons and rods. The last few thousends km's I heared a strange noise in my cilinderhead. Was something like a hydro valve had to much clearance, only at idle with a warm engine. Oil pressure as new, changed the hyd. tappets to mecanical ones but the sound stays. Checked the camshaft, looks ok. Went to France on holiday no problemo... So gonna check the whole engine: Got that stuff of "Plasti-gage" (used it also in the past) to check the bearings, check the pistons (tumbling?) so we can go on holiday with this car without any problems. The engine ready to open a few hours later engine open, ready to check the bearings The distribution chain is still ok, the rubber blocks are a bit worn but gonna replace them with new ones.
  41. 2 points
    The pulley has arrived. Pm'd Exclusive to inform about the postage but no answer... So @ Exclusive Opel: If I can help you with anything please contact me, things like this make this forum great. Thanks again, Herman
  42. 2 points
    Just to double check for you .just drove home today and felt hoses. top radiator hose very hot as expected.heater inlet hose very hot.outlet slightly less so but bottom radiator hose much cooler ,almost cold compared to everything else so can't see you have any actual issue . But was worth checking for you
  43. 2 points
    Other side done this Afternoon, also many bits wire brushed, Bilt Hamber and painted that the eye will never see but best to get them done. I found out that Bilt Hamber turns red/white hair black I think I'll invest in a cap!
  44. 2 points
    Forgiv3 me if I’ve misread something but are you looking for a fault that isn’t there. Do I understand correctly. Car drives fine ,never goes into red. Just goes slightly higher than middle .heater working but not very hot ,water level ok and no other issues ? the heater working but not very hot could likely be just partly blocked .ive had new heater cores in the past and they are realy hot but a few years down the line and a dose of Barr’s and performance can drop off. I would suggest a good heater core flush with hose pipe both ways to be sure but they never seem to get as good as when new, there could be a small air lock in the heater core but I’ve never ever experienced it myself ( on a cam in head lump thou) as regards the bottom hose .it will always be much cooler than the top one as the hot water enters at the top of the road and exits at the bottom. any other issues ?
  45. 2 points
    Why is everyone looking for a fudge fix? I also posted several days ago but reading this thread, its like my post isn't there. Call VMC. They did both of mine for £140+p&p and they are a great job.
  46. 2 points
    Its pretty decent thanks, will need the paint and the vinyl roof looked at in the future but for now its fine. You've hit the nail on the head for my plans lol. Lowering springs on order already and I've been looking at wheels, seen some nice 13x8 ATS classics but I will probably get the rostyles banded over winter. This is my other old motor, love a lowered classic
  47. 1 point
    I can do the same, when my son is behind the wheel 😁: I had several Manta's with the ariel on that spot
  48. 1 point
    thats right bud full rmj 16v superb full grey recaro interior just never had time aye still got my i200 bought floor pans for it so it will be back on the road hopefully soon just need wing bands for it.at the moment engine is out for cleaning and painting
  49. 1 point
    nahh its a 1983 mike i sold it to scott from kirky a few years back he painted it put the cavvy engine in it so the guy is talking shit as to spending 20k scotty only got 4k think there was a thread on it taylorblue as it was not a bad shell the car looks totally shit now. ☹️ wullie
  50. 1 point
    I do have pictures Danny but can't find a way to post here - I can email them to you if you like.
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