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  1. The Red Rocket is officially red again 😎 although it looks a bit pink on the pics its actually carmine Red 🤣
    10 points
  2. Some might have seen the car for sale on FB, or perhaps know some of history. But as I was home from work, so it came up at the right time. And in my mind I purchased it for the right money since these are another very undervalued Opel. I have always liked the Monza GSE but never had the pleasure of owning one, so it adds to my collection of Mantas/Ascona . It’s got some issues and needs some work as they all do. I have already sent the car straight to Adrian Thomas for a shake down and he will be doing all the jobs on this one for me due to time & total lack of experience on this model. Will add pics as I go on, but I don’t intend to do much of a change to it, apart from the wheels 😉
    9 points
  3. Bit more done today. Rear end bult up, some sound deadening put down and a quick clean up in the engine bay
    9 points
  4. Red rocket got a bit of work over the past week. Shell prepped and in primer, boot prepped, treated and painted. Hopefully in paint tomorrow 🤞
    9 points
  5. Just a few photographs of my Manta A project. Decided to keep the original factory ‘Sierra Beige’ colour.
    8 points
  6. After many years iv finally give myself a push to get on with it, c xe 2.0 conversion with carbs planned 1.8 box bought from a member.many parts needed and plenty of advice appreciated! Thanks
    8 points
  7. Managed to squeeze a couple of hours in this afternoon on the red rocket... got it dug out of the dusty body shop side of the workshop where it was sat since it got painted the other week, and into the other side of the garage obviously to the front of the queue 😀 Quick dusting off and a wipe over. Next steps will be to get the roof lining in then start on the interior and glass. Hope I'm doing the 2 legends proud up there. If you know you know 💙
    8 points
  8. Usually every year but this was after more than 2 years ago cause of corona. The days before it was raining but on the meeting last Sunday we had a nice sunny day. Not a lot of Manta's, enjoy the pictures: This meeting is always at an official Opel dealer, well organised with breakfast, goody bag and lunchbox while we take the cars out for a tour with roadbook. Rare Bitter 3.9 Grts, Herman
    7 points
  9. Well it's that time to go back to work again guys,a month off and got a fair bit of work done on the old girl. Just awaiting the wheels from Holand thats been 4 months now,next time I'm back home in January the rear disc conversion,front willwoods and bodyshop for February so itl at least be all one colour🤣 I'm still undecided on what engines going in thats one thing I cant decide on 🤣
    7 points
  10. Painted today and panel’s fitted up. are there any people breaking one of these as I my need a few bits for the build up as it’s been stripped for a few years 😂
    7 points
  11. More good news from the OMOC Panel reproduction project. We have managed to get the B Series Coupe Roof Skin into production. We do not have a final date for delivery but it is likely to be in the Spring of 2023. The next steps will be to take orders for these, for which we will need a 50% deposit up front in order to make this happen. (Note - if the order does not go ahead for whatever reason, this will be refunded in full). When the panels are ready they will be shipped direct from the manufacturer. These will be very high quality items and made from 20 gauge steel. Some of their other items can be seen here - https://www.steelpanels.co.uk/products/ TO REGISTER YOUR ORDER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE "YES" BUTTON ABOVE. We will then send you details of how to pay. Direct Bank Transfer is preferred, and we can provide details upon request. The Details: OPEL MANTA B Series Coupe complete Roof Skin - Non Sunroof version. At present, we are also looking at getting the internal main support manufactured for the rook skin, but at present, this is not included in the price. The Price to club members is £522.00 each for a full panel. We are now taking deposits of £261.00 TO RESERVE ONE OF THESE PANELS - Simply click on the Poll above and submit your name. We will then send you details of how to make your initial deposit payment to the club bank account and put your name down onto the order sheet. This deal includes a 10% discount on the RRP of these panels when sold direct through the suppliers website. Some pictures of some sample roof skins that the manufacturer has already completed (not Manta):
    6 points
  12. The club has moved this project on now to the point that the B Series Coupe Rear Panel will be entering into production. We do not have a final date for delivery but it is likely to be in the Spring of 2023. The great news is that 2 options are available for this panel. The full panel with all the internal supports and lamp carriers and, to keep costs down, the skin only will also be available at roughly half the price. We have a rough idea of how many people need one of these panels from the previous poll earlier this year. We need a minimum of 10 orders to proceed and we will be looking to take a 50% deposit up front in order to make this happen. When the panels are ready they will be shipped direct from the manufacturer. These will be very high quality items and made from 20 gauge steel. Some of their other items can be seen here - https://www.steelpanels.co.uk/products/ TO REGISTER YOUR ORDER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE "YES" BUTTON ABOVE. We will then send you details of how to pay. Direct Bank Transfer is preferred, and we can provide details upon request. The Details: There are 2 panels available: OPTION 1 - B Series Coupe complete Rear Panel including lamp carrier and internal support structure. The Price to club members is £507.00 each for a full panel. We are now taking deposits of £253.50 OPTION 2 - B Series Coupe Rear Panel - Skin only, (as you would imagine, the outer skin with no lamp carrier or internal supports) The price to club members is £263 for the skin only. We are now taking deposits of £131.50 TO RESERVE ONE OF THESE PANELS - Simply click on the Poll above and submit your name. We will then send you details of how to make your initial deposit payment to the club bank account and put your name down onto the order sheet. Both these deals includes a 10% discount on the RRP of these panels when sold direct through the suppliers website. Some pictures of the original GM panel that the remanufactured panel will be based upon :
    6 points
  13. Just come back to this topic to update. The last post was from my best mate Dan. God I miss him so much. He always took the piss and said it would never be done. Well Dan. It’s gonna be done. I’ll never get to take you out in it but I’ll always remember you saying it was too complicated 🤪 So. Let’s see the complicated work then. The axle has been a bastard to do. Loads and loads of measurements. Bracket making. Now the brackets are done. The next bit is to send the axle to have the xjs v12 power lock installed into the 4HA. the builder is simply performance. A jag axle specialist. They are taking parts of 3 axles I’m sending and when it comes back it will be a v12 jag power lock in a 4HA live axle. I have a few ratios to choose from 2.88 to 4.2 but I’m going for a 3.54. The upper and lower arms are going for power coat this week. moving onto the shell. Weld seams lightly covered in bikt Hamber seam sealer and a few litres of upol gravitex sprayed on to protect the underneath. Gravitex seems to get a better review than raptor I was going to use. picture dump now as I can’t seem to stager them.
    6 points
  14. Hi I'm Bod (Simon). Bought myself a Manta A a few weeks ago. It got a bit of an identity crisis ad its had some changes in its nearly 50 years of life, Deuxe/S/SR you can take your pick. At this stage I don't know what it's going to end up as either. Anyway. Met a few lovely people at Vauxfest today,so I thought I'd get on here, pay my membership and say hello! Hope to meet some more of you too in the coming months and years. Going to need plenty of advice and parts no doubt. Speak soon, Bod
    5 points
  15. The club has been in contact with a known screen supplier and we have managed to negotiate a bulk buy of screens. To secure orders we need a minimum of 5 per same tint type and minimum order of 10 screens. To kick things off for a first order we are proposing- Bronze Tint with dark bronze sunstrip Green tint with blue sunstrip The price to club members Bronze tint £240.00 Green tint £228.00 Clear also available with bronze or blue sunstrip, depending on numbers, as this may be an option people want but as said a minimum of 5 for a production run. To put into perspective, Pilkington Glass are charging £400+vat for a screen, with a 12 week window from order at the moment. That always changes depending upon order numbers and batch runs etc. We are also hoping to hold a small stock of screens to purchase as part of the growing OMOC parts catalogue. The screens when made will primarily be available for pickup from Northampton, or we can arrange with other committee members and area reps to hold for collection from them if possible. Essentially the less handling and transportation the better for such a fragile item and to keep the cost down for members with shipping from the supplier which as you can imagine would be expensive with the nature of the item. The supplier has asked for the first order to be placed quite quickly. For manufacture, we need orders and 50% deposits or full payment in the next 10 days other wise it will be near Christmas for the next order to commence. For interested parties put your name down with what you would like and how many. I can forward the club banking details for payment.
    5 points
  16. Messing around with headlining. Coming along ok so I can get some glass in it. painting an straightening all the alloy trims also, every singlenn mk one has a link or damage but coming out well. Just very time consuming
    5 points
  17. Carb finally fitted and runs so nice, shiny and new vrooom!
    4 points
  18. Hi everyone, I thought I'd introduce myself properly now I've bought a lovely red Berlinetta ( C611KVV ). I need to change the tyres which I was aware of when I bought the car as they are from 1996 ! I was looking at Uniroyal rain expert for grip rather than long life, anyone have any recommendations ? I am on the committee of Shenstone and District Car Club that run a motor racing sprint circuit called " Curborough Sprint Circuit" near Lichfield Staffordshire all run by volunteers. It is hired out most days when Sprints aren't running. Many Car Clubs hire the circuit for Track days, only one car allowed on at a time with three different ways around. We also have regular Saturday Breakfast meetings ( free to attend ) where a small number of classic and interesting cars attend, picture of my car at the last one attached. Curborough. http://www.curborough.co.uk. I also compete there, most recently in a Clio and going forwards in a Micra, in car video here ( sorry it's not a Manta ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBZU3g5omrg I have wanted a Manta for a while and really looking forwards to going to classic car shows as well as just driving it around my local area, probably mostly to Curborough where I volunteer. Just need to replace the tyres as they quite old before I venture out any further ! Hope this isn't too much information !
    4 points
  19. Hi Andy, newbie to the Club but an oldie regarding Mantas. You may be sorted now but if not try John Ashley performance exhausts in Walsall jaex.co.uk Back in the day they manufactured a number of manifolds for the Manta and still have the jigs, they still list them on the website. I’ve recently bought the twin carb version and although they may not be as refined in finish as some others, they fit fine, I’m yet to fire up the engine
    4 points
  20. Bit more of a update Starter clean up nicely, bit of paint, lacquer looks ok Under seal the floor Put some insulation on the o/s ( got to fit this better this time) Refitted the seat base and seat Has not been started for some time fired up first time Start’s quicker than the Honda Civic
    4 points
  21. Hope all well with you guys, not been on so much lately….. well, engine patched up with new shells, cam bearings, bores bit worn but she runs sweet. went for ten min test on back road (no mot), hit put hole, sump hit high part on road, oil everywhere 🤦‍♂️ droped sub frame, welded sump, all back togeather, pass mot yesterday 👍 before and after pics of engine bay, still not a show car but I think more pleasing on the eye…. have a good day everyone 😀😀
    4 points
  22. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/403883915947?hash=item5e095b7aab:g:6SIAAOSwBZJjIIZr&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAAoC5S7XduefhRStYLg4OqIhULrZUFRiKVh2SZaKhxGbaJ0JVOvAAmCf0glO9R%2Flbmp%2BFajfZ3sCX439jbBDoqE4k9nA%2B%2FpI6n8A8Vas2niTqvhZt3oA1uxUpOllGgZ%2BT53Zl44MtuSfRiXBAqA7ky02ZJMbOSNmOFqdrjm4A%2BQ9Cm5iguab0IF8wwKseQRMvex5HZRpZvxKo0rPfhR%2Fu1pWw%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR8Ls5IPnYA Seller does not appear to be very friendly to deal with....note, reg plate not displayed...looks genuine going by the mis- fitted rear spoiler!
    3 points
  23. Just fitted a new Weber choke cable, old one was very frayed. I thought, this will be easy just run the new inner through the old outer but oh no that would have been too easy it doesn’t fit! So, a 10 min job turns into an hour to take apart the lower dash trim and run a new outer cable through the grommet which is conveniently placed in the most difficult place to get at. All done now, being upside down in the footwell was def a tad more tricky at 62 than when I was 22………
    3 points
  24. That’s going to be epic on a set of your rims. Very pornographic!
    3 points
  25. Couple of pics on the transport truck. MOT history is quite good, but we have a bit of a list started for work to be done.
    3 points
  26. hi jess. yes excellent cars and mechanically (engine wise and injection) virtually identical to our 4 cylinder versions. i have a few spares left from my senator days so will have a root around. main issue with these cars is water leaks into the ecu down the side of the footwell due to corrosion( or poor repair to corrosion) of the strut top/ inner wing area. many a car was scrapped due to this. the inner wing is double skinned onto the heavier guage strut top mount area and was a moisture trap. the rusted area was then frequently just welded up as a single layer thinner guage repair with no structural strength.the under area has a heavy guage 'triangular' reinforcement that hold all the weight and gives rigidity, without this the inner wing opened up and rolled the outer wings over creating big gap between bonnet and wing and untimately collapsed. rest of the car has the usual issues to sills and rear inner wing fronts.chassis areas usually ok .can rust on rear chassis by rear spring top mount and lower rear arms corrode by spring seats. nothing a seasoned manta owner will be frightened by thou ! just check repair quality in these areas if its had any .
    3 points
  27. Not sure if anyone gets the weekly email from Haggerty classic car insurance. Theirs a great feature on the Manta, well worth a read. Some interesting comments too.
    3 points
  28. Yep, saw the article, worth a read despite some inaccuracies but hey, they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. https://www.hagerty.co.uk/articles/car-profiles/peroxide-blondes-and-mullets-40-years-of-the-opel-manta-b2/ The associated valuations link is too generic as the market would put a late exclusive coupe way higher in value than say a ‘78 1600 GL hatch so it seems this is a rough average for anything with a Manta badge. https://www.hagerty.co.uk/valuation/tool/ but again, it’s a start.
    3 points
  29. another way to overcome adjustment issues without replacing or bending the hinge is to fit spacers under the hinge bolts (.washers.)but only one one bolt. this will raise or lower the hinge as req and pull it closer when shut. yes it may not look as good but tapered spacers would work and look best if you could make some. the adjustment already provided only moves the lid in or out / makes square.
    3 points
  30. Not my video, spotted on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiZ0ISjvD8S/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
    3 points
  31. Hello all, new member of sorts just checking in. I’ve a 1980 Cavalier Sportshatch that I hope won’t be frowned upon 🙂, bought in 1987, stripped in 1992 and ever so slowly being built up again. Now the kids are older the progress is gaining pace so I’m hoping to make contact with members in the West Midlands area who can help me remember where some parts fit.. Hope to meet and chat all things Manta in due course. Paul B
    3 points
  32. Yes, running twin 45 Dellortos. It was a kit I bought and ran back in the early ‘90’s, I recall the idea being it eliminates the need to move the brake servo, and doubtless contribute to the profits of the petrol companies.
    3 points
  33. Think the idea of a parts list/ suppliers is a great idea. Personally I’m glad I joined simply for the wealth of knowledge on tap
    3 points
  34. Hey Lewis I have a bit of spare time so let me know what i can do to help. Web stuff would be quite easy for me if you want to setup any sort of part numbers list. I happy to do it initially on my blog if you want and then we could move it over to the Opel site if that's easier to manage to start off with? Just let me know what works for you and what i can help with. Andy
    3 points
  35. Got the dash back in radio works,got to do the contact speaker wiring Removed the rear seat to run the speaker wiring The rear in excellent condition,will paint the tank, under seal the arches Then is onto the rear underside bits
    3 points
  36. Full panel, and think I'v got a reason to visit the UK again to get it. Long ago...
    3 points
  37. I got my ones for my old SR from Dr Manta, I think he does the GT/E ones as well.
    2 points
  38. Cheers👍 Adrian is very experienced with the Monza and as it’s his job doing the restoration he should get it done pretty quickly. He’s already identified a couple of scabby bits, but the car did have an extensive rebuild in its past (got the pictures etc) so it’s not bad, just a bit tired from its prime days. Got the log book already, only 1day! And still registered as an auto. Mechanical parts not worried about, especially injection as know the LE-Jetronic system well. Obviously just extra 2 cylinders to contend with. Will check condition of ECU right away as that is a concern ! If you got bit you want rid of, just D`m me and we can come to an agreement I am sure mate.
    2 points
  39. I’d be tempted to use a better material instead of the original. The original material was an obvious poor choice as we all need to replace it! Lol
    2 points
  40. I missed it the first time round so hadn’t seen it had already been at £15K I contacted via eBay messenger, he sent me pics no problem. It’s not shiny under there and the strut tops have some waxoyl around them but the inner wings looked fine, the battery tray looked ok as did the chassis legs from above. As far as the pics go it seemed genuine enough.
    2 points
  41. This one is little cheaper https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265855317725?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D241915%26meid%3Dcad9d3c504f646b2a2f6c0e5df0e72ff%26pid%3D101195%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D265548859540%26itm%3D265855317725%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv11WebTrimmedV3MskuWithRevOptLambda90KnnRecallV1&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851&amdata=cksum%3A265855317725cad9d3c504f646b2a2f6c0e5df0e72ff|enc%3AAQAHAAABEPZqctS1aW2Gn1fMafrLrPa7%2BqLD2Pgo5GTgCDTJgIpBMBHaBHcFvdVGNBWeIytK8U7x8RargP9Bv5VZgW5ZIFMaRdholldZtqVJVTSsmUn3O6AWjiexEfTCOAbjZ4RaNhpSxdGObLp6nXaAqDrf%2FdFzOHKlz17vM%2BZ%2F0V19FwULC8%2BF3noi9vqt28cb9BqhlRQ86ZDpQuE1J5kZ%2FNKbgccboq7z7F5YSXFGV7qiwABD9RypLe%2Fkc%2B%2Fpfo15Wj8lcbzgBbagCNeHeKfM6BAKskDYMHvSW3XqCSGsM4g6CGm8dm6fT28fertbVTYyPBWvL4aTd4rl55r%2FkPMkTGKzIucE21jUh0B0gvG%2FmtmC9OOi|ampid%3APL_CLK|clp%3A2047675 Bought a front end, I still have today, as a spare for £40 from local Reading Vauxhall dealer in the 90's, as it was taking up valuable space! also found a n/s Manta rear quarter and boot lid in a skip (left behind 4 or 5 front ends for Chevettes), outside Vauxhall Dealer in Northam, North Devon.
    2 points
  42. 2 points
  43. Easiest path for ignition is go with distributor and amp from a GTE, it’s a standalone Bosch setup and is pretty reliable. Depending what you want to achieve, but if your going for mostly drivability then a pair of Dellorto twin 40s (36mm choke) is very sweet. The Dellorto are a better carb than the Webber for road use, but it’s marginal. The bigger you go with carbs has a drawback, does increase BHP, but it will shift the torque curve upper rev range and not always the best thing for a daily car. Best option possible with ignition would be add TPS (sensor) to Carbs spindle, crank sensor/wheel to front pulley and go with No-Diz setup (fully mapped ignition curves). Also forgot to message you. Sadly Both the 2.4 manifolds I have are cracked underneath, so scrap. Apparently very common on the 2,4 one. 2.0GTE is a good upgrade and larger than the carb version, sorry I don’t have one of those mate.
    2 points
  44. Typical, the only person showing interest in one of my old posts is a damn scammer! 😆
    2 points
  45. So for anyone who doesn't know early this year I was voted in as chairman of the club. The club has been going many years (39) and obviously in that time car clubs have changed ... So as part of trying to make a difference I'm just after some feedback . Who is not a full member of the omoc ? If not could you say why and what would help encourage you to join ? If you are a member any feedback to what we could do better or different please let us know. Many thanks.
    2 points
  46. When l look at the photos was showing about 2 1/2 inches So made them at 2 1/2 inches,headlights stick out That’s why it was a good few hours trying to get it right ,hopefully can adjust the headlights
    2 points
  47. All the floor bungs are missing,did get 3 for £8.plus Found some different ones £3.53 for 10 ,have tried one a bit snug ,not as thick but they will just as well for a fraction of the price
    2 points
  48. Great to see this being restored to it's former glory Of note I popped over Virco's old place the other day... what a change..
    2 points
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