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  1. Will do one post per week.
    10 points
  2. Finally on the road with most of the snags sorted out. Time to enjoy some driving in the nice weather. 2nd day out in a row!! Bodywork next!!
    9 points
  3. So the car is now in primer and more new things have landed. Busy working on the house so hoping the body shop have it for another month.
    9 points
  4. Bit more done on E45 today. Doors built up, handles locks, door cards etc..... and another hour on engine build. Cable tie tempory forgot to pick up the clips i had zink plated for the dizzy. Car is currently covered in dust from the big move to the new workshop.
    9 points
  5. 8 points
  6. Dropped onto its wheels and panels getting fitted. Starting to take shape now and looking forwards to getting back on to this.
    8 points
  7. Gaining some traction with the 400r going to colour. I called down to bodyshop to drop some hinge pins off on Monday and they was prepping the doors, putting the lines back in as over the years of storage and moving about they had taken a fair few minor knocks. And received a few pics today, fairly pleased. I have told them not to 'finish' the paint with flatting and polishing as still loads of work to do and I think it will be best to to get thus done further down the line.
    8 points
  8. Bit of a picture dump update of some of the works currently being done to this for future reference 🙂
    7 points
  9. 188hp at the fly wheel. Just under 200 on the torque 🙂
    6 points
  10. Don't mean to be rude, but he obviously doesn't want to sell it if that's the price he's after.
    6 points
  11. Now back up and running. Should be going on the rollers this coming week for a proper tune up and mapping, then a road test and live data setup too. received_426140248671134.mp4
    6 points
  12. Great to hear mate, FB is easier but the forum us better as a long term build log for sure 😎
    6 points
  13. Inner roof strengthers derusted and treated phosphoric acid, prepped then expoxy primerd. Front suspension arms shot blasted and welded for extra strength. New sleeve and Bushes and lower to be fitted then expoxied black.
    6 points
  14. Hi Everyone, After many years of ownership, several house moves and family the time has come for me to finally start my A Series Turbo Project. I bought the car probably back in about 1990 as a wreck back then, it was in bits and needed a huge amount of work. I saw the car and initially decided not to buy it, deciding it needed too much work. Back in those days everything including your hoover had a Turbo sticker on it so I took little notice of the stickers on it and the fact there was a Turbo in the boot. It was only some weeks later I happened to read a letter in Practical classics describing the Broadspeed Turbo and everything clicked into place, the Black body colour, the interior trim colour etc. I was away at College at the time so sent my dad to buy and collect the car, I have had it ever since. An initial assessment of the car and contact with the club back then Mark Kinnon confirmed that is was the real deal and mostly complete. It was missing it's Alloy wheels and the Turbo boost gauge and a few other odds and sods shared with the standard cars. At some point in it's life back then the turbo kit had been removed and was still all together, although for some reason the plenum chamber had been chopped up and dumped in the boot. The car had then been just run as a normal carb car, subsequently taken off the road due to rampant rust in the floors. The car was in bits when purchased, so I have little idea of what I have and what is missing but I did know about the bigger items needed - Front wings, bonnet, front screen, seats needed re-trimming due to rodent action so it was always going to be a big task. The other major issue was the roof, factory fitted with a sunroof and vinyl roof it was rotten. Luckily I managed to get some lucky breaks at the time or a couple of years after buying - 2 new old stock US spec Opel front wings and 4 alloy wheels which were close to the originals but not quite the real thing. In addition I managed to buy an A Series shell that had been crashed in the front quite badly and managed to salvage a roof and decent floorpan from that car. After that intial flurry of work and interest it got put on the back burner due to other projects, working away a lot of the time and house moves. The car never left, just moved from place to place, so apart from getting knocked about at one of the places it was stored the rust never got any worse it was always stored undercover thankfully. So my next steps are continue to clear out my garage so I can actually start work on the car, take an inventory of what I have and don't have then get the shell stripped and blasted to find get rid of all of the rust. The plan is to keep the car as standard as possible, based on practicality and parts availability. Any mods that I make will be easily reversible, I know the brakes were marginal when new so that might be something I look at but am happy to take recommendations there. Here are some photos of the car taken at the weekend & the turbo kit in case you are interested in that. I will keep you posted once I get started in earnest later this year. Richard
    6 points
  15. If I recall, the standard Manta shell rust proofing was't great....Remember doing some preventative work on my 88 Exclusive when it was about 3 years old...under the front arches, found surface rust on A pillar and side bulkead A panel...did some scraping and found Opel had just undersealed straight over bare metal, so much for the dipping shown on the last Manta video! So annoyed I made a complaint to Vauxhalls, to be told don't worry, its covered by a 5 year anti perforation warranty....so spent the next 2 weeks primering the panels and painting with Smooth hammerite.... which has saved my panels...may explain why Exclusives rust away so easily...
    5 points
  16. Thanks to the kindness of Jess (Jessopia74), who sent me his coupe headliner, today I was able to make a small start on this project. Using a large cardboard box (I thought that cardboard would be more stable over a longer period), I placed the headliner over it: Then using my dress making pins, I pinned the headliner to the cardboard at regular intervals. You can see the small, round coloured heads in this photo: Then I marked out the various holes for the interior light, sun visors, grab handle etc: Then finally I simply drew around the headliner to get the overall shape and sizes onto the cardboard. As you will see, I made various notes as I went, for example marking the positions of the seams: Thankfully, it all looks quite symmetrical, so it should be OK. I can now get this all measured up and look at ordering some materials. I will still probably add another 20 mm or so all round to allow for any possible errors etc, just to be on the safe side. Naturally, it will be easy to cut off whats not needed, but not the reverse! Note! As Jess's car had a sunroof, I took the opportunity to mark this on my template as well. By the way, my intention is to make this template available to anyone that wants it - either in some kind of electronic format (although I don't know what or how at this point ), or simply by loaning it out to people to use for the same purpose. After all, its things like this that owners clubs are for... I hope that this template might help somebody else in the future.
    5 points
  17. Bit more progress
    5 points
  18. Bit more of an update on this Bulkhead did need modifying to get the bonnet to close and the tunnel needs widening to get the box in comfortably Brake servo and master cylinder will move to the front just behind the headlight but it’s progress 😎
    5 points
  19. Get yourself a Poly strip and clean disc to remove the paint i have the 115mm ones for my angle grinders and also small 50mm ones for air tools (for hard to get places) They will remove paint/filler and even underseal (although underseal wears them down quickly) but will not harm the metal itself.
    5 points
  20. According to my son, anything that has wind-up windows is an old mans car 😂
    4 points
  21. Thanks mate. I'll try post a vid but reception isn't much good at work VID-20210225-WA0044.mp4 VID-20210225-WA0048.mp4
    4 points
  22. Ive been hearing about omoc club getting panels for years, don't think the panels will ever happen, ive new panels here, but would be in the same boat, would need a replacement and a guarantee of quality. Any idea on price for quarters, or quantity needed, number of batchs.
    4 points
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    4 points
  24. wouldnt like to guess in todays market, been surprised a couple of times recently with the auction prices achieved by a Manta. Never had that black coupe down as a 20k car that was recently sold there. Carls red coupe looked an absolute bargain in comparison. Something about a nice tidy B coupe tho, still hold a big soft spot for these. Will wait with interest and see what it fetches.
    4 points
  25. The engine is hung on tacked mounts here in the pics Hopefully be enough clearance to shut the bonnet 🙈 Move onto plating the bulkhead and gearbox mounts over next couple of days 😁
    4 points
  26. Today I summoned up enough courage to venture out into the freezing, baron wilderness that is our garage at the moment.. I promised myself that I wouldn't go back indoors until the glove box was lined with stretch carpet and the inside of the door was reattached. Rater than trying to form four sides from one piece of flat carpet, I decided to do each side, then the back face and bottom/floor in a single piece. As usual, start by cutting out your material: Then back at the car, spray both surfaces with yopur upholstery adhesive of choice and leave it for a few minutes to start to dry a bit: Then work your way around the glove box adding a bit of carpet at a time: After snapping the inside of the door back in place, you should end up with something like this: I noticed after I had taken my phone indoors that there was some spray adhesive to clean off and one small area on the front right of the base to add some more adhesive to as it looks like it lifted slightly as I was trimming it. So those things were done without photographic evidence I am afraid. Perhaps that might give someone else an idea or two, it should certainly quieten down anything in the glove box if it decides to start moving around while driving. Small things I know, but it was damn cold our there!
    4 points
  27. Possible deal on a manta A . Hopefully will work out after lockdown
    4 points
  28. This be last post I'm doing on here. Thanks for all comments
    4 points
  29. One of the mysteries of life. It maybe sentimental reasons etc but I would want rid really. be boring if we were all the same.........thankfully we aren’t 😀
    4 points
  30. Ive got one sat next to my Manta in my workshop, its a mate of mine and TBH I would never have one. They are a pain in the butt to own and run. They are very complex things for their age and It spends more time on a flat bed than on the road. Head gaskets, turbos, timing chain, coolant leaks....He has a container full of spares just trying to keep it on the road. It even shits itself stood still not moving! Walked in the other day, to find it had dumped all its coolant on the shop floor.
    4 points
  31. Found the pics, was on a meeting on the circuit of Assen North of Holland in 2009. The car was transported on a truck with Dutch plates: But the car has got UK plates, not sure the owner fitted those plates for originality?
    4 points
  32. It’d be worth the asking price now looking like that haha
    3 points
  33. It’s a very difficult car to sell it seams. Turning it back into a normal road car would cost a fortune. Isn’t it space framed? You’d have to Chuck a huge V8 into it just to match it, there’s another chunk of cash. So a 10k car could easily turn into 30k if doing it right. Crate motor and gearbox from the states, etc etc. No point chucking a 2.0e back in it lol i know exactly what I’d do given a no limit budget. Enough space in there for a 6.5 V8 turbo diesel out of a humvee, paint it olive drab and have a twin straight through pipe out the back. That’ll turn Greta over in her sleep haha
    3 points
  34. Ok , so in a completely weird twist my wife is a member of the group 😂, she invited me but nothing comes through
    3 points
  35. 3 points
  36. Indeed, fully agree ! I have had to pay top €€ for parts, but I have also been fortunate to have been looked after by a fair few omoc guys on my parts quests. I will help where I can and if I do sell anything ( nothing us for sale, ever !) it's only to help so I will pass parts on at what I paid for it/have in it. I would like the club to start investing in some rare original panels with a view to doing a deal to get patterns made, and this should be exclusively sold to members for their projects at cost.
    3 points
  37. Wanted to look in the parts-catalogue, but just that page is unreadable😟. But got a new one laying in front of me and it is a SKF one. Partnr. 6205-2RS1/3. It is an ordinary bouble side closed bearing and I think the measurments are 25x52x15 mm. When I'm back from the kinésist (knee) I can check it with a micrometer. And I checked the bearing with the micrometer, measurments as written above
    3 points
  38. Came across this site earlier looks like it hasn’t been updated for a few years, but may still be worth a contact if you see anything you want. https://opel400.com I want to be friends with Gary Gee 😁
    3 points
  39. Yes you can get drum ones with a shaft to go into drills etc like this https://www.frost.co.uk/shaft-mounted-strip-disc/ once they were down a bit they are really useful for the little nooks and crannies
    3 points
  40. Think it had 41k miles, or 141k miles, i believe the second as there is no way a cherished manta was in need of such repairs. How does everyone value their cars? I know there is a option through the club? Do the insurance companies request a new update every year! I had to produce a new one every year, which was a pain. It would be a worthwhile benefit to club members to have this provided by the club on a rolling basis. As for manta prices, cant see the fascination with gtes and exclusives, b are better, ok maybe not on a motorway a 90mph screaming its head off, but a twisty b road, lowered, hardened, wider wheels, leave it in 4th, revy pedal on, revy pedal off slightly! How could you beat that. B is still my favourite manta.
    3 points
  41. Continuing with my attempt to 'soften' my perceived harshness of the Cav's interior, I thought I would take a look at using the Black stretch carpet on the glove box. I started off by prying off the back of the hinge down door. From what I can now see, I think this is retained more with adhesive that any plastic tangs or engagement. Regardless some gentle prying with a couple of small flat blade screwdrivers has it off: Then it was time to turn my attention to cleaning off and out about 40 years of grot from the main glove box compartment and the general hinge area (in preperation for the upholstery adhesive later on: Then it was time to cut a piece of stretch carpet and apply the adhesive to both surfaces: After letting the adhesive go off for a few minutes, you can add the carpet to the door panel and (then starting from the middle) start to press in firmly in place and form the two recesses for cups. After a few minutes, you should end up with something like this: As the temperature is so low in the garage at the moment, I will let that dry for a day or two. I will probably do the main glove box cavity next, just in case I end up getting adhesive on this piece or damaging it in some other way. I think it will look OK once all completed.
    3 points
  42. Give recent prices rises with Manta coupes, I can’t but feel for those on the lookout to purchase one, (great if you’re selling) whether it’s their first Manta or getting back into ownership. These prices are now getting to the stage where it’s serious buyers with deep pockets who can afford and own one, £20k for a project all be it possibly a light restoration will limit the buyers. what I remember back in the day and what attracted me to them was they seemed to be very popular with the young lads, everywhere you looked on our streets up here you could spot a Manta, and to me always more desirable than any equivalent Ford at the time. There was a time in the early to mid 90’s the Manta seemed to disappear from our streets up here like turning off a light, nobody wanted them, you could pick them up really cheaply. They are still a rare sight on our streets up here but how the tide has turned on values. With relatively low survivor numbers in good to very good condition this is probably one driver on pushing up prices, secondly, attitudes for buyers are I presume, get a good one while they are still available, I still see prices rising for the foreseeable future of these 80’s icons. The Black GT/E coupe sold by Anglian classic car Auction back in June 2020 for the price of £15660 seems a bargain after today’s sale.
    3 points
  43. Replacement roof panel, trail fit on brake disc covers few mods need to be done to fit correct and new parts.
    3 points
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