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  1. Finally, after a very long few months getting the exhaust sorted, we are on the road, and just in time for the end of lockdown 2! Its was a nice sunny morning so after a few last checks it was time to head out on the road for a shakedown!! (i might have to sneak out tomorrow for another run!) Think i need to get the GoPro setup for next time!! Time now to check over and make sure nothing has worked loose and for a few runs over the next couple of months to iron out any issues, but the herd work is done, now its time to look at the body work ready for a paint in spring! I've not done a build thread on here as i have my own blog over at www.theopelproject.com Andy MOV_20201128_1318317 (online-video-cutter.com) (2).mp4
    11 points
  2. Rear scuttle removal and replacement
    9 points
  3. So decided to ditch the carbs on this one as they are proving to much hastle for me, so I bought a set of jenvey 45s to replace them with. I spent a few hours tonight stripping them, scuffing them up, priming, painting, polishing and rebuilding 🙂 the car is booked in at promech custom for them to be fitted, return fuel line fitted, new pump, pressure reg, custom loom, management and mapping. Oh and I've changed the wheels since the last time I posted here, but it still needs lowering. Couple of before and after pics of the bodies 🙂
    8 points
  4. Quiet day yesterday so got stuck in. Rotten floors and chassis cut out and some strength put back in. Still needs playing infront and behind the floor pans and into kick panel sections, but great progress
    7 points
  5. I have a feeling it may appear on e bay again soon, I’m not sure it sold at that price. If it did sell genuinely, then I would agree, coupe project prices are on the rise. The roof alone would be a lot of work, and I think when stripping it the usual manta rust areas would need work too. would make a nice manta once done though and unusual being the auto, I would keep it that way and refrain from the 5 speed manual upgrade.
    6 points
  6. Quick update on this as I've not posted about it for a while. Engine rebuild is taking place still in my garage at home it's just a as and when job at the moment. I put the car back on its wheels and rolled it out of the workshop and into dry storage to make way for kevs exclusive restoration ( the first manta) its sat in storage for a while but I pulled it back out today and finished the last little bit of welding. Just some dressing back and tidying to do, and strip out the last remaining bits from the shell and engine bay, then it should be in my body shop in the next 2 weeks for prep and paint 🙂 I'll update with pics tomorrow.
    6 points
  7. Floors now in. Both fronts and one rear and 1/2 a rear on the other side. we had the rear floors in our parts stash and never seen them before. Never will now as they are welded in 🤣 A post on the drivers side fully welded in now. A post to inner wheel arches looked ok but I’ve ordered a pair of replacements made to order from Matt Belshaw. “ let’s have a look at the passenger A post and take off the outer “ said Andrew. oh boy. The inner on that side needs replacing too. scuttle panel needed a small repair so we chose to replace the entire thing and do a small repair on the replacement. Good job we cut the old one off as it was already two pieces and rusty. The passenger a post underneath the scuttle had been repaired by the previous owner with silicone and a pan scrubber 🤣 Some new items ordered too. A full set of poly bushes including the anti roll bar drop link and a coolex 70 mm core aluminium rad with fan and thermostatic switch. The frontera also arrived that’s donating its 40 thousand mile engine and the rest will be turned into bean cans 😃
    6 points
  8. Well not much to report. Found aset of bulkhead rubbers, painted the horn and bought a new steering wheel. I am told the car will be back and finished ready to be built on early 2021.
    5 points
  9. Just a few pics to update the past few days of progress. Almost ready to go in to our body shop 🙂
    5 points
  10. This year I have been busy running in my Manta, listening to engine noise, watching temperature and oil pressure gauge’s, rattles, squeaks, wind noise etc and just getting to know her and how she operates after being totally stripped and re built, ironing out little issues that cropped up along the way, had to replace my heater motor with a VW Golf one, trace some little wiring and earth issues for gauges to read correctly etc, nothing major so now I’m looking to plan for next year, here you see I have been running with a blanking plate in the dash where a stereo would go next to the VDO Clock which I still need to wire up, I have been able to source a black plastic extension for my Alpine CD Player which I purchased back in 1993 and still have it, so now it’s time to fit it back in, I’m pleased with how it fits into the Manta dash, I know they stick out because of the heater ducting but the black plastic extension really blends in well and tidies it all up, not wired up yet, speakers still to fit but that’s for another day, obviously I’ll be concealing cables as best as I can, I won’t be cutting holes for speakers on rear shelf, I have period Sony XS-700 speakers, I have to make brackets to hold them in place as I don’t want to put holes in the rear parcel shelf, Something to keep me busy over the winter months, should be good once it’s all in and working.
    5 points
  11. folded up some new cr4 steel inner sills/floor did them a bit heavier gauge than standard this is maximum length of my folder at 6 ft
    5 points
  12. It's the 2 pack primer, it looks like colour though. It's going to be a pearl blue. Here's the bonnet which I've painted in the finished colour.
    5 points
  13. Hi all. Several weeks ago I bare metalled the body and gave it a coat of black epoxy. Today it finally got 2 pack primed. My boss is getting fed up with Manta bits everywhere.
    5 points
  14. It's that time of year to put the old lady to bed. As always I put the car up in the air on axle stands, suspension settles nicely & tyres don't need turning. Also I can run the car & in gear so lots of moving parts are, er moving... Bumbers are oiled up & a general grease round where it might need it. Fitted cover then a large dust sheet finish the job, battery is in the house having a charge & recondition. What do you folks do if you store yours?
    5 points
  15. WOW! “Mikes Manta” what a thorough restoration. I can’t think of anything that was overlooked. It’s been really useful helping me understand what I should be expecting with my own project. It’s very difficult explaining to someone that you don’t want any corners cut but that you are still working to a budget that can’t be exceeded. Thanks again Mike for posting a well photographed and documented build. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    5 points
  16. This setup is what is going on my ascona a. Using a Salisbury 4ha power loc differential 4.09-1 heavy but strong. Similar to group 4 chevette. Just had a total rebuild ready to fit.
    4 points
  17. Bit of stuff blasted today. Breather was plugged, but axles getting stripped and cleaned out anyway and getting a once over.
    4 points
  18. So as always you think your on the last bit of welding then somthing else pops up. I'd forgotten about this bit. So I can now confirm that this is officially the last patch of welding for E45 SFK 🙌
    4 points
  19. Fully welded in rear scuttle
    4 points
  20. more shiny fresh steel trans prop and diff tunnel
    4 points
  21. Brilliant results, well worth the effort, panel gaps look spot on 👍
    4 points
  22. Some of the things he can do flies right over my head. The write up on turning the cam wheel around and redrilling the cam location peg hole to change the amount of degrees on cam timing is truly amazing.
    4 points
  23. busy couple of days ahead stripping the mechanicals and suspension out had a price to get it blasted inside outside and underneath and the guy will come tome wich saves me so much hassle so thats the plan then give it a coat of epoxy primer to protect the bare steel whileime workingand rebuilding the shell nosecone arrived today an ebay purhase along with a spare front and rear screenin very good condition to be fair
    4 points
  24. Nice rubbers dan 🙂 I need those 🤣
    3 points
  25. Its not worth that kind of money ..however if someone wants to pay it then all well and good for mantakind.......... The End.....🤡
    3 points
  26. My mate had a cortina with a 2.1 pinto in it and didn't have it over bored and it did use to seize when it got very hot when the engine was first rebuilt. He use to keep it running at the garage when he fuelled up as if he switched it off we would have to wait 30 mins for it to cool down before it would start again!! After a few months it wore itself in enough to be ok, was always a bit of fun going out in it with him 🙂
    3 points
  27. As above, absolutely nothing wrong with building a 2.4 bottom end based on a 2.0 block.
    3 points
  28. Ups and downs.... su’s were rebuilt with help from my bro a few months ago... alls well and v8 running well... then carb leaking out of over flow.... checked float level... all as should be, inspect for blockage all clean and float seams to work as should... put back on and no leak... hum... I didn’t actually do anything. Anyhow, moved of ramp etc few days later.... same carb leaking.... remove inspect.... small amount of sediment in bottom.... clean... back on all good. Few days later, back on ramp for odds and sods....other carb leaking.... getting bored now however I’m getting super quick at taking carbs off. The fiddly not on each side is on and of in seconds. 🤦‍♂️Anyway, it’s the same fuel pump an I’d ran for years befor taking of the road 7 years ago but did a bit of a google and got a fuel regulator as su’s don’t like to much pressure.... the result? The fuel pisses out slower.... I’m getting a bit stumped now....Iv had su’s on viva’s and Chevets back in the day and never had this problem. So.. set the float level lower than it should.... and .... so far ok...(even though in the past iv set it to recommendations? oh, forgot to mention, new fuel filter added too.... iv actually lost count how many times iv had the carbs of...ok good need and bad news.... manta back home after 7 years at my brothers shed/garden, unfortunately it’s got muddy as he’s out in the sticks with a muddy farm drive... bad news... was booked in for mot tomorrow... but... brake peddle went to the floor on a quick pre mot shake down drive for half mile tonight. Had new callipers, lines and rear slave cylinder and all been well so either my dodgy plumbing or master cylinder. Either way going to have to cancel tomorrow’s mot.... but hey, was great driving it home for first time!
    3 points
  29. i already have new floors i didnt fab them for the manta but they will be perfect they were actually made for the mini in the pic here i made them over length so i could trim back as needed but i went a different way with the old mini and didnt use these theyre made from 1.2mm mm steel sheet so a bit thicker than standard and have v ribs so very stiff
    3 points
  30. Welding should be part of the national curriculum, not once have i used algebra, pythagoras theorem, or dissect on a animal, i could have used training on braising, stick, mig, tig welding, along with metal manipulation. Now they are teaching us to use foil tape, not to worry soon all environmentally friendly electric cars will be made of toxic plastic, bonded together, and have three times the carbon footprint. We will be using old cassette tapes boxes and duct tape. Where did it all go wrong... keep that welder going to save another car
    3 points
  31. In my opinion I think it would be closer to 17-18k for VGC exclusive now, taking into account the costs involved in a decent restoration, increased costs of parts, labour and paint etc.
    3 points
  32. Reaching or equalling Ford prices now?
    3 points
  33. All the same as above, but I'v got an electrical dehumidifier in my garage. Works as an airco or refridgerator... Has got a tube that goes outside to let the condens water out. I fill up the feul-tank so no condens can mix with the ethanol. Open the quarter windows and the boot so the inside of the sills are ventilated. The "400" stands on a cleaning bridge/lift that is blocked and secured to be sure the car is safe against theft. I remember when I was overseas to someones else his stupid civil war I instructed my wife (She is great) to turn the wheels to keep the oil-seals healthy. She did this as I asked... Love her!
    3 points
  34. Use to get SNAP, when closing door, must have been air pressure, reglued and front vent left open, sorted! Although the last time, i really prepped the surface of glass with dremel, used tiger seal, left to cure for 5 mins, pressed together and pressed in a vice, cardboard slices on each side, then cured behind sofa and next to radiator for a week! Think i mastered it, over ten yrs ago now!
    3 points
  35. This for sale topic may not yet available be for your usergroup
    2 points
  36. I need those bulkhead rubbers more than you 😂😂
    2 points
  37. old thread i know but just found this .....awesome project bonkers completely bonkers but i like it
    2 points
  38. Yes, there was an update to the latest version of Invision Community, we always keep up with the latest releases however we did get a little behind this time (4.5 has been out for a few months) but that has given the software time to stabilize after a major update. If you've added the site to your home screen and access via that, this is something called a 'Progressive Web Application' where your device will try to treat the site like a real standalone application rather than just a normal web browser (it's still a web browser underneath, but it doesn't have the typical browser interface). This isn't new though, it was a feature added at least 12 months ago. One of the cool new things that 4.5 enables is a real App for your phone, it's still in development but Android users can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.invisioncommunity.communities When approved, OMOC will be listed under the automotive category. iOS deals with early access apps a different way, so I'm afraid you'll need to wait for general release.
    2 points
  39. Few hours on the Ascona today. New inner chassis made, inner bolt sleeve fitted as per original, chassis jig fitted, inner chassis welded in place and everything lines up well 🙂 Think Narla worked a bit too hard too 😀
    2 points
  40. Looks like the GT guys punch extra holes in stock head gasket...or use Elring head gaskets. They say "the biggest "hot spot" in the CIH head is, of course, the cylinders 2 and 3 junction because you have two exhaust valves right next to each other. Lowering exhaust gas temperature in this area results in the best cylinder-to-cylinder head temperature stabilization, which is the specific purpose of the extra coolant holes here, adjacent to #2 and #3 exhaust valves." https://www.opelgt.com/threads/improved-coolant-flow-to-cyl-2-3-exhaust-valves.3296/
    2 points
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