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  1. Well its such a nice day today i thought i deserved a few hours out of my workshop. So i went for a drive in my manta, and i've just been over to the Auction and looked at all 3 manta's. (lovely roads and weather but the amount of numpties just out for a drive is staggering for middle of the day on a wednesday!!) The red coupe is probably the only one that is valued somewhere about right, the white coupe i would value similar to the red coupe maybe just a little more. But then the red coupe is original and unmolested in the majority where the white coupe has had previous work that can be seen in places, so maybe not higher . The 400r is harder to value but i would say about the same as the other 2 or a little less even as from a quick look under them all it needs the most work, but is a 400R a higher finished value? Anybody thinking of bidding on these really needs to go and look at them in the flesh. They do all look shiney in the pictures but all 3 need paint, welding and mechanical work. None would pass an MOT as is from what i saw, all of them will need swan necks welding at least for that. But then if you buy a car blind you get what you get and have no one to blame but yourself. They are all good projects, but the red ones have been sat off the road for a good amount of time (neither red one has been MOT'd since the system went digital in 2006) so they will need a lot more recomissioning to get them to safe driveable condition. The white one being Irish i don't know if there is history for, or how recent it was used on the road. The 400 looks the crustiest underneath so its either been stored much longer than the others or there was some damp around (i think damp) The red coupe has been dry stored by the look but has suffered from time just sat there. The white one has had a thick layer of underseal underneath at some point so its harder to see if thats been layed up, presumably at the same time it had work/welding and paint in the past.
    14 points
  2. Went for a nice little drive out in 240 tonight whilst it was dry. Kev had his first drive in it and seen it all back together complete for the first time since its show days in the 90s. 🙂
    12 points
  3. It is ready for mot. Still a few bits to sort & fit but there it is.
    11 points
  4. Now home. Stickers fitted and a coat of wax https://youtu.be/WXwVpjZg55A
    9 points
  5. Sorry, not done a lot... The engine and gearbox are in the car. Wanted to fit them as usually together but the cable hoist was making weird noises when I lifted the engine with gearbox. I learned in the technical military school a metal cable can have 1100kg/ cm diameter so my hoist is a 2/1 with a 3mm cable so it must be possible but if it is a China product I didn't take any risk. So I fitted the engine with the bellhouse, this because those bolts between engine & bellhouse are difficult to get by cause of that big 16V head. After that I wanted to fit the gearbox as usually on my belly and lift it up but no those ribs still are complaining. Rebuilded my car jack with a wooden plate and some big bolts so I used it as a transmission jack. The gearbox slided without problems into the bellhouse: After that fitting the gearstick plate, the pinn with those O-rings and clips etc... And I had some work on my mountain bike, the hydraulic brake caliper was stucked on the disc (thought my condition was so bad, but noticed it when I was halfway a bike tour) so repaired this also. But some good news, one of my neighbours asked me if I wanted to take over his rental garagebox so yes I will! 50 euro's a month for extra space to park a car and a lot of spareparts😁. Off topic: In those 38 years of service I spend more than 5 years in the military technical school. One of those educations was towing & winching trucks and tanks. Working and lifting with a crane, saving people with those hydraulic scissors etc. This was long ago my first wrecker truck: M62 build in 1956, was so proud my commander gave me the "keys". 6 cilinder petrol engine, used 150 liter petrol /100km. Petrol tank of 500 liter and 9 jerrycans of 20 liter... Max speed 55 miles /hour. Have all a nice weekend.
    8 points
  6. Right, well, I’m a bit of a div.... I may of been a bit hasty with the core plug diagnosis (I saw water pi...ng from back of engine and basically got emotional and thought the worst😂)..anyway... I left it in garrage untouched.... when I went to move it I thought I’d let her run and see what’s what.... no leak... but a weep from top rad hose....so I think I my donuts must of sent water to the back, I also pulled up on a slope...(it’s ok I’m aware I’m stupid,and I should stick to the day job) anyway.... it seams the old girl can In fact hold all her fluids if I actually make sure Rad hoses are tight! 🤦‍♂️😂 so, mot.... it failed.... mainly cus I forgot to tell mot dude there’s a switch to turn all electrics on (again pretty stupid) but, apart from a long list of non working lights not to much wrong. I had to alter gear box x member to lower back of engine cus stearing column was to close to exhaust, couple of brake brackets for flexi’s that we’re on the to do list anyway. AND TODAY!!! An mot pass! Thanks for everyone’s kind words and encouragement. Literally just back from 30 mile drive, gearbox is a bit sketchy but hay, its BL so never gonna be great. still lots to do but she’s alive and saved! thsnks guys.
    8 points
  7. Bled the brakes up after a slight mishap. Hoping decals and spoiler land Thursday. gave the underside a clean too from body shop dust.
    8 points
  8. And yes again some time ago... The outlet manifold on the engine: Took the engine out and on a stand with wheels so I can fit the clutch etc. Picture of the crankshaft seals: The black one is a normal CIH one, the brown one "400". You can see the difference. Got the original partnr. of this seal but not available anymore, so I asked someone on this forum (privacy is important) for help and he gave me the new partnr. and I found out it is the same seal as a diesel engine and the 3.0-24V engine. So again thanks for the info, this shows how important this forum is: Seal fitted: And the flywheel mark "1" fits the "1" on the clutch : And then I listened to the advice of Trooker, took some time off cause those ribs do adapt the position of my body and hurts my back/spine. Had problems with doing the dishes... After some time I did a project together with my neighbour that wasn't so difficult, but completely off topic. Got great neighbours and think it is important. Think the pics will show what we did: And open: I'm the one on the right, man not so long ago I ran a half marathon 😥... So a few days ago I went back into my garage, cleaned the clutch house and noticed the original clutch bearing is dry and worn. Looked into my "shed" and found another one in good condition. Look at the clutch arm, it is not a steel pressed one but a cast iron one as some 6 cilinders have: Cleaned the engine bay and also the "swann-necks" , nice to see everything is free of rust. Look at the engine mounts; they are the same as the 6-inline: Have all a nice weekend
    8 points
  9. Got sent more photos today, will go over to collect next month
    8 points
  10. Trooker, think you'v got a point. About the army: The media is full of that Belgian "Rambo" who is hiding in the woods, heard about that? Back on topic: Old oilseal out and new in: Glued the dipstick-tube in the engine block, don't want it to fall down: The baffle plate in the oilsump: And fitted on the engine, tried first a complete rubber gasket I bought in Germany but wasn't a tight fit so back to original: Done some porting on the cilinderhead but it won't help without working on the outlet manifold. So I used again the bigger Risse outlet-gaskets as a template to grind the inside of the manifold: Did this outside cause I don't want the metal residu of grinding in my garage. Also cause working on the bench hurts too much with those damaged ribs...
    8 points
  11. Insured, mot’d, taxed, tracked. few niggles to sort out and needs a polish now.
    7 points
  12. Nah nothing done. Left it 😂 only kidding, WE/YOU/ALL have been busy beavering away. Pictures to come soon but safe to say it will be driving this weekend. Doors on and off for mot
    7 points
  13. I’ve been meaning to post details of my project for some time but never seem to get round to it. Well I’m not putting it off any longer. KDF 831V has been in my family since around 1985 and was initially driven by my mum but soon ended up in I’m my grubby hands. I drove it around for a few years when I was in my 20’s but then started transferring bits an pieces from other project Mantas I was messing around with at the time. Any way long story short I had too many other things going on in my life and the Manta was never finished and got put on a back burner. Fast forward to 2017. I decided it was time to get the car finished (to be honest it was encouragement from my kids). First job was to refurb the wheels and get some new tyres - not an obvious place to start but it was something I decided on nearly 30 years earlier.
    6 points
  14. 6 points
  15. LED bulbs fitted tonight as you can see the difference is amazing. Lots of little bits knocked off the list, thanks to Danny Ormerod for the help tonight.
    6 points
  16. Yes, and those wide body's came narrow from new and were sended to Irmscher to fit the wide body panels. A part of those 245 road cars were used in rally's so they were rebuild. In those 245 cars are also the 27 i300 included. Irmscher bought those 27 cars only for the engines and solled those body's with a 3.0 6 cilinder lump... Then you'v got the works cars: 38 Rally Manta's (RM) were build and they have that special VIN number "TPHE" (Tüv Prüfung HEssen) . In the UK they builded the Safety Devices Manta 400 (Don't know the numbers but Simon Powell will). And then there are the local manufactors that builded a "400" by the rules of the FIA... Some Manta's were imported from Holland to Belgium and back only to try to get that "400" on the papers, some years ago a Belgian was bragging with his barn find original "400" but he posted pictures of the chassis and I recognised directly it was not a "400". The pics were only a few hours on internet but I allready copied them. So that brings us to the fact a "400" is not so special if you compare them with the normal Manta, but they are rare... When you compare that with a Metro 6R4, you'v got to be a car builder.
    6 points
  17. Trying to get prepped for sywell, having a few teething issues hard work trying to get 2 cars ready 🤯
    6 points
  18. Just got my Alpine CDA-9855R fitted this week into the Manta, a plastic dash extender was used, It’s front loading, just one CD at a time, plus a handy remote control for when you are driving. I know I have went for originality with the build but haven’t opted for this with the CD player, this is what I would have done when I was 17 so why not, I think I’m safe to say that’s my project completed now, it’s taken 5 years from start to finish, I’ll still have the ongoing maintenance, services, MOT’s etc but that smaller jobs I can take at a more leisurely pace 👍
    6 points
  19. Both red ones had dealer glass sunroofs and the white one was a nonsunroof from memory. I don't think the huge amount of cars they had in the auction helped the prices, they really weren't spending that much time trying to get bids from people and if anyone was only interested in the manta's they were very spaced apart that people would have had to sit there for hours for all 3 to come across the block. By the end the auctioner sounded bored of it all. The white one has had paintwork and a NSR arch/ lower quarter repair at least by the looks, there's a bit of filler to be found around the inner arch lip and lower quater as proof. Didn't look inside it as it was locked and had the door locks modified with security tumblers and i wasn't interested in it enough to go and try and find someone to unlock it for a good poke around. But from the pictures i think the engine bay has been painted to some degree and there is weaping showing along some seams under there of rusty stains. But the underside looks to have been recovered/brushed in underseal several times as its really thick under the floors so you can't tell whats hiding under there. But there are previous patches visible as well as bulged swannecks (as normal) The 400 has been somewhere for a long time and its so crusty underneath that it was obviously damp for some of that time. I think its biggest issue is the rear arch extensions are blended into the body but the original arches underneath haven't been cut out. They looked like they had just had the lips cut off then slices into them to allow them to be folded slightly out of the way couldn't see those slices being welded up either! So thats going to be a chunk of work to redo right before you even get to what is found once its cleaned down underneath Of the 3 i think the red gte coupe would be the best project. It does need work but its the most honest of the 3 and has been dry stored from the looks of it underneath. It only has a few previous welded patches on it and they are still solid but the one rail has blown through right next to an old patch so its rusty inside and pushing its way out. But compared to the last 5 shells i've had in to weld up it looks in way better condition than any of them did.
    5 points
  20. Had a PM from Manta 400, so here they come. Look also at the date (if there is one): Were some more then 15, also some Ascona-400's. Noticed after years the prices of rallycars go higher than the road cars. But the rallycars are easier to hide their origin. Many rallycars were damaged beyond repair and then the spare "400" was taken and the numbers and VIN were easily "fixed". Also the damage of racing makes it difficult to find out if the body is real "400". Road cars have not that problem. Grts, Herman
    5 points
  21. Well it’s a bit doorless at the moment (don’t ask - body shop) its basically 98% done! Final pictures pending
    5 points
  22. Nah it’s fine mate I have lots postage will only be couple of quid I will bank it in my good deed book lol 👍
    5 points
  23. I’ve owned a Monaro for the last 10 years and it has been a great weapon! Easy enough to drive as a daily, and no worse than a GTE on fuel. Happily gets over 35mpg if you are not hammering it but where’s the fun in that!
    5 points
  24. https://www.classiccarleds.co.uk/products/2-x-bay15d-red-stop-tail-led-2835-brake-rear-light-glb380-p21-5w
    4 points
  25. Another wee repair done and that finishes that area off now. Onto wheel arches next. I'm fitting a 400 kit so not too bothered about how they look. Was thinking of cutting the old arch back so all the rot was gone, then just expending the old inner arch out to meet the lip of the fibreglass 400 arch. Anyone did this before. Looking for a simple solution.
    4 points
  26. I wonder if bid amounts were affected by people actually viewing the cars now rather than just going by the pictures like earlier auctions. Because they didn't look as good in the flesh as they did in the pictures for sure. Also those bid amounts didn't actualy buy any of the cars, none of them met their reserves from what they said live. Although some of the sellers may decide to take the highest bids later. So we can't actually use those as sale prices for the price guide
    4 points
  27. Finally got it up on the spit. I managed to get the inner sill on the passenger's side done. I thought this was quite a tricky piece to build back up but it's all hidden so didn't bother too much with how it looks as long as the strength was there. Here are some before and afters.
    4 points
  28. If this is any good mate pm your address and I will get it posted to you either today or 1 day next week 👍(no charge )👍
    4 points
  29. Today’s miserable episode of the lengthy resto project, I’ve successfully stripped and cleaned the wiper linkage. Rebuilt and attempted to fit the new wiper motor. Had to tap the holes in the motor as there were no threads in it! Once motor fitted, set up a quick test in the vice with a 12v battery and some wire.
    4 points
  30. A little more done today but unfortunately no pictures. propshaft on gearbox filled with oil manifolds on genuine GM down pipe on carb on rotor arm n dizzy cap on plugs n leads all on. found a wiper linkage up the loft, then found a nos wiper motor in the boot! Happy days.
    4 points
  31. I’m pushing along still with things. It won’t make the VBOA that’s for sure but I’m stopping. very pleased with how the dash has come out. Couple more bits of detail to go in there but ready to wire up. Need to sort a plug and socket (maybe molex) to connect to corsa loom servo cleaned, primed, painted Nardo grey. final position, pedal all in place a tonne of work to get this right and modify the pedal itself clutch pedal nearing completion too. It’s pretty much done now but didn’t take anymore pics.
    3 points
  32. As the title says, three Manta GTE coupes up for sale at Mathewsons auction house on Saturday 5th June. One is a Red GTE coupe in fair condition that needs recommissioning/restoration, guide £8000 - £9000 One is a White GTE Coupe in good condition, probably an older restoration that now needs some minor attention to one rear wheel arch & a door bottom. Overall a car you could drive away in. Current owner has had the car since 1990. Northern Ireland car. Guide price £15000 - £17000 Lastly a Manta GTE Coupe that has been made to look like a 400 with wide arch kit etc. Looks ok but some corrosion to boot lid & car was running but now wont start. Guide price £13500 - £14500 All cars can be viewed on Mathewsons website I wonder if values will be affected as there are three to choose from although all are different.
    3 points
  33. Several of you know the fb page Opel manta b series buy & sell but for those that don’t, these may be of interest.
    3 points
  34. Also did a compression test on all 4 cylinders. 150psi exact on all 4 cylinders. bonus. Happy with that. also wired up the electronic ignition side. Found an ignition feed black wire in the loom and sent it into the power feed to the ignition module and boom, spark at the plugs. Just need to get fuel in it now and it “should” run!
    3 points
  35. Cheers Steve but I'm going with replica frame as I've cut just enough foam to get the old frame out it's like a mold in there ready for the new frame just thought best way to get it right. Boot hinge arrived today (cheers mantasrme) drilled the splayed rivet can't get square on but kept drilling at an angle and rotating it a couple of taps with a punch and out. Drilled a 8mm hole straight through the fixing this way I keep the bush and ground flat at the back 8mm nut and bolt job done Now the new bracket is painted thought I would see how badly the old one was bent Never could get the boot to line up properly now I know why.
    3 points
  36. the gift that keeps on giving lol how about this for some quality arch repair work think the guy must have been a plasterer in a former life judging by how thick the filler is i thought the thing had at some point had a flash over and validates my original thoughts that it had been bodged up to sell to a numpty IE....ME lo
    3 points
  37. if youre anything at all like me ,if someone says 'you'll never fix that then that just makes me even more determined. everything can be repaired in theory it just depends on you frame of mind . these cars of ours were built in an era when rust was the main killer ( probably electrics nowadays)and even thou they had rust protection of sorts it never worked longterm but manufacturers didnt want that anyway ! cars in the 70's and 80's seemed to last around 10-15 years tops but now if i go underneath our lasses clio apart from some surface rust on ironwork the physical structure of the car is totally rust free and thats 15 yr old now. but us classic owners are a hardy bunch .as well as mad as hatters
    3 points
  38. Way more work then imagined lots of rust and broken parts I've been asked by thew people to restore ther cars time and space Is an issue for me
    3 points
  39. Not surprised when you have 3 in the same auction. I did think the White GTE might have gone a tad higher
    3 points
  40. I was looking to get hold of a pair of backplates a couple of years ago, because the hexigan heads of the adjusters had worn round, I failed to find any, so I welded new hexigan heads that I cut of bolts, on to the existing adjusters, PERFECT!!
    3 points
  41. Funny how many are surfacing out of the woodwork now that a couple have achieved good prices recently. But still think excellent cars will still command a premium and achieve a premium. Think prices might stabilise for cars such as these that need some work. But who knows anything can happen if someone wants a particular car and colour
    3 points
  42. Now I have gathered them all up it's 7! I bought one from a club member not long ago because I couldn't find any in my storage!
    3 points
  43. There's always something to do on them are they ever finished 🙂 its 99% done few little bits and bobs to do. The exhaust is rattling on the floor so I need to adjust it slightly
    3 points
  44. At around £200 this looks cheap compared to the battery tray.
    3 points
  45. First time this has graced the roads in around 20 years. Drives beautifully. And we got a pass 🙂
    3 points
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