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  1. So my dad took the head staggers again and bought another Manta. He thought that it would look well alongside his Ascona 400 rep. Started off as a 1982 small bumper model Manta as these seem to have stood the test of time better than the later models. Only metalwork its had is replacing the front grill from the earlier 2 slot to the later 4 slot. Apart from that it was as straightforward as fitting a 400 kit can be. Biggest problem was cleaning up the mess the last person that painted it made, as it was resprayed to help sell it. Think the paint was threw on and brushed in with a yard brush!! Anyway a few pics of how it sits now: And its companions in the garage
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  2. Hello to you all. I'm Steve from Crawley in West Sussex and I own a 1987 GTE Exclusive. I'm a returning member having been out of the club for a couple of years, mainly due to work commitments. Whilst I've had my car for a few years now it has never been up to the standard I would like. I'm now, hopefully, in a position to do something about it but require advice and the contacts in order to achieve my aims. (a new/different fully re-con engine is priority) Any help, especially local, would be much appreciated. The car is currently on a SORN and I need/want to drive it this year. Look forward to hearing from you with your ideas and recommendations. Many thanks, Steve.
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  3. Dave put me down for 1 hopefully + car???
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  4. Thats one smart lookin manta. Fair play!
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  5. OP need some more criteria. The number one reliable and easy to fit / keep / work on engine for the GTE is the 2.0E CIH lump as fitted. Zip tie a spare EFI relay to the one on the inner wing and / or learn the 2p trick Add a spare complete ignition coil and amplifier to the inner wing and test periodically. As long as the black male / female spade and round connections on the green wire are in good order pretty much nothing will leave you standing at the road side. If the question is what is the best freely available engine to go in then the X20XEV @ 136 BHP will trump an ancient Redtop on standard injection and be almost as easy to fit (barring wiring) (SAAB's chain drive versions of these engines I leave in same category) Cavalier SRi / SRI 130 lumps come in as an easy fit but like the above require "1.8 parts" to mount and sump. (I include all Family II Single cam in this category whether injected or carbed) Frontera CIH 2.4 and Carlton CIH 2.2 are the favoured "original looking" swaps that use all your mounts and sumps and injection (mostly) So if the question is what is the best most reliable engine to go in then the standard CIH or 2.2 If the question is what is the best modern engine for the chassis to make my classic a nice reliable daily driver with decent performance and economy for the money in the modern age then the X20XEV Just my opinion. All V6 and Straight 6 ignored for now - though I count GM 3.0 12V as an easy fit to GTE. While these make a great GT car the availability of a decent engine is getting more challenging.
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  6. Thanks for the warm welcome back guys. My thoughts regarding my engine are to have a good reliable car that I can drive whenever I wish. Whilst I want it to be good, I don't want to lock it away just for 'shows'. I want it to be practical and useable. I don't want to race it, probably never take it on a track and it doesn't have to beat every other car away from the lights. It currently has the wrong engine in it, 20T, which is from a CF van and so whatever I swap to must be an improvement. Sadly, I don't have the knowledge, or space to do it myself. I know if I put a 20E engine in everything else stays the same but if I change to another engine what else needs to change too in order to function right and be safe. I've been told figures of £1000 - £4000 to do it and, whilst I'm looking for a good deal, I'll spend what it needs for the right job. In an ideal world, I need to find a mechanic around the Crawley, Horsham, Gatwick area that can take my car and do all I need and then bring it back. If they have it a week or a month, whatever, it doesn't matter to me, it just has to be right. Kev - I'm off to read the projects pages now and see where it takes me. Steve.
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  7. Hi steve, Welcome back. Look through the projects section and you can see different options on engines. Depends on how handy you are and available funds to some degree and then what you looking for in terms of performance! I'm just finishing off my coupe project with 2.0 l 16v ecotec engine or you could use the older redtop. Or did you just want to keep to original? Get yourself to billing and see what's on show to give you a better idea.
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