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  1. So this car was the first manta kevin ever bought, and the first manta I ever went in, this is where it all started for us. Kevin sold the car back in the mid 90s and bought D235 JNB 16v coupe to replace it with, the car was never seen by us again. Now this is where it gets interesting. About 2/3 years ago kevin was on holiday in anglesey and took hes red coupe along with him to drive some of the lovely Welsh roads. He stopped for a break and to look at the views on copper mountain where he was approached by a man on a bicycle. "Nice manta mate" he said. I've got one of these sat on my drive I've owned it for years and not had time to get it back on the road. As the conversation thickened the registration D217 KNG was mentioned, kevin couldn't believe hes luck he had bumped into the man he sold the car to back in the 90s on a mountain in anglesey !! What are the chances ?? As they talked further it turns out the bloke only lived 10 mins away from my workshop where the car had been sat on hes drive rotting away for years ! At this point the car was not for sale he was adamant he was going to restore it. Well a few weeks later the bloke had located my yard and popped in to say he wanted to sell the car back to is. A price was agreed and we went to pick it up and brought it home. It's in a bad way and due to us having so many other cars on the go it was placed in dry storage. Well today was finally its day. It's now in our workshop ready for its restoration to begin. This is going to be a mammoth task to undertake between us, but I'm so excited to do this one and very happy this car is back with us after all those years 😊
    17 points
  2. 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
  3. First time this has graced the roads in around 20 years. Drives beautifully. And we got a pass 🙂
    14 points
  4. Lots of stuff has gone on the car since my last update. Doesn't seem much point in doing a detailed write up on here anymore as the site is dead and only the odd couple of people seem to follow the build here so I'll keep it short and sweet and just update with pictures instead just for future reference. I've been doing my regular updates on my Facebook page which has a much bigger following and more interest in the build. Car is now also running and driving
    14 points
  5. Last weekend me and my wife visited the Belgian Ardennes, the weather looked fine so we did this with the Manta. The car had a rebuild but cause of Corona the overhauled engine had no possibility to make miles. Some pics: Next morning checking the engine, looking for leaks etc.: This pic shows why I need to fit those mudflaps again, so Ian you know why: We had a nice "Morantic" walk in the neighbourhood the same morning but in the afternoon we took the Manta out, some pics: The Ardennes have a second world war past: A turret of a Sherman Firefly tank: When we arrived at our location we took some time for an apéritif, what do you need more? Sunday we took the Manta for another tour, we drove also to the village "La Gleize" where we visited the museum and ofcourse the "KingTiger": Look at the difference of size between the "Tiger" and the Manta: The tank commander said "Ich solte meine Königstiger neben die schöne Manta parken" The "KingTiger" weights the same as 65 Manta's. When we arrived at home the Manta has got 1200km, so I need to torque the head again. The car did fine, noticed when I had the official speed of 120 km/h the tacho gave almost 140 km/h so I need to check the plastic drive wheel in the gearbox... Stay safe & healthy, Herman
    14 points
  6. Hi everybody, been some time I posted something. Got some issues in my family, one of my brothers is very ill. So he needs my help. Done a meeting for rally cars, used to be a rally from the '70ths till the 90ths but yet it is a memorial rallycar meeting, some pics: Thats my car, not looking "Rally"... Some more pics: Some other Opels lile this nice Kadett Coupé: The white Ascona 400 is not a replica, an original grp 4 rallycar: Some friends of us, this car is a replica but the owner builded this car identical as a real "400", respect! A Capri in front of my car: Kadett E Sedan rallycar: And if you thought you'v seen it all, a Kadett E sedan rallycar with wide body on the front: Some more pics of the nice "400 replica": Some pics I found of us before we started for the tour: And at night: Grts, Herman
    13 points
  7. Hi everybody. Well I'm back after three weeks in the south of France, the French Pyrenees. We did this with the GSI, so no airco, ABS or power steering. This while we 'v got an Insignia Sports Tourer full option standing in the garage 😁. The 1140km to our destination was without any problems, was as usually confronted those candle lights of the Manta are not the same as the AFL xenon beams of the Insignia. At one of our first local trips we crossed an Astra GSI that flashed to us, and a few minutes later he was pushing in my back;flashing his high beams while his indicator was blinking. So we stopped and had a nice talk. The guy is one of the chairmans of the Retr'Opel Club Du Sud. Some pics: He asked if he could take some pics to put them on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rocs.club Scroll down and on the 14th of juli you'll find them. The GSI with a French old timer, the Citroén Ami based on the 2CV: And on another trip with a Renault 4: Driving into the mountains: And together with some friends with their bikes, in the hairpin curves they couldn't follow the Manta but when the road was straight they catched up: Some pics my wife took on our location: Again on a trip: Our last day in the morning while I was packing the car with luggage, it was raining: The journey home also without problems, in a 2 hour traffic jam the engine stayed cool thanks the special radiator I fitted and never had to use the electrical fan. We did 3500km's with the Manta, noticed a drip of oil on the valve cover but never had to top up the engine oil. The high torque of the 2.4 is nice to drive in the mountains but noticed (before also) the 2.4 needs some more feul in the high revs. So gonna fit a B1 GT/E feul pressure regulator and fiddle a bit with the spring of the AFM. The consumption on the highway was 7,8 liter/100km while I was pushing 130Km/h crono where possible. Found after an inspection a drip of oil on the cover of the rear axle. We had a lot of nice comments while parking the car with shopping etc. and some French men asked me what car this is. The Manta was solled in France but never as popular as in our countries. Enjoy the pics, grts Herman
    13 points
  8. It is ready for mot. Still a few bits to sort & fit but there it is.
    13 points
  9. Well not exactly spotted but a get together with a few Manta mates for a Sunday morning coffee. First time we have properly met up since October last year.
    13 points
  10. Very sad news about Ian Virco. One of the cornerstones of the OMOC has now passed. Ian had been around in the club for as long as I can remember. I think I first met him back in the early '90's and as a fairly local member to me, we had been friends ever since. He shared many interests with me - being into Music and Trains as well as Mantas. I lost count of the number of Railway events we had been to over the years.....I think the last one was a Diesel Loco Gala at the Severn Valley Railway in 2016 where we had a great Pie and Chips dinner. Some of you may know that Ian was involved in repairing some of the heritage diesel engines, (specifically Sulzer Class 45 Diesels) and was a dab hand at changing brakes and doing general maintenance on these beasts......certainly a lot more to them than a Manta! As well as singing in the local Choir and being mad keen on Ellie Goulding - there are probably quite a few things that would surprise folks about Ian.....he was one of a kind. Encyclopedic Knowledge, quick witted and funny, occasionally quite obstinate but always just and fair and I don't think I ever heard him say a bad word about anybody.....despite what he may have thought! There was nothing he wouldn't do to help someone in need and I'm glad that he had a friend with him when he passed. The last few years had been quite difficult for him and his health had certainly been quite variable. I must admit, I was really quite upset when I heard the news on Sunday and had a few sad moments reflecting on life and our friendships that we make as we go along. It is a real lesson that we should all live life to the full and be kind to one another, just as Ian tried to do.......you never know what is round the corner afterall. I've been in touch with the rest of the OMOC committee and we all agree that we shall try and make arrangements for some representation from the OMOC at his Funeral.....although with current restrictions, that may have to be a message and a wreath of flowers. Pic - Ian receiving his prize for "Old Gold" at Billing in 2010
    13 points
  11. 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
  12. First time its driven out under its own steam and its first wash
    12 points
  13. 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!!
    12 points
  14. Lots flatting done gave another coat of primer quick denib ready fire on some colour
    12 points
  15. After this i hope its just little bits and pieces to do on the project and i can start using her properly! and even get to some shows next year!! Andy
    11 points
  16. _EXTERNAL_ P.msg
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  17. Not updated this for a while! Stuff has been happening in the backgrund, albeit slowly. At the weekend I decided to remove the fuel tank as at some point it's going to need a clean up and paint so it was a good time as any. I knew there was old fuel in there which turned out to be a gallen and a half and it stinks! Taken two days to get rid of the smell off my hands. Turned out good and bad(ish) news. On the outside there is a few scabby bits as I whould have expected. The drivers side is a great mud trap between the tank and side. Looks like the rear wheel throws mud and crap up there as it also taken the paint off the tank on a corner. I may look in to some sort of plastic sheild to help stop that. When I refitted the straps last time, I put two strips of flat silicon on each tank strap to avoid metal to metal contact. That worked a treat as the tank underneath the straps was as good as the day I fitted them. The inside of the tank is going to need de-rusting. It isn't that bad yet. The bottom is actually rust free. It is full of crap though. Used Hylomar blue on the cork gasket and never showed any sign of a fuel leak. The tank is for another day. First need to sort this out: Looks like it's been in the sea for the last twenty years! 😱 Could be worse, could be paying nearly £200 for a new one. Sod that! Can we fix it? Yes we can! (hopefully) Scrape off any loose rust first. Put in to some hydrochloric acid (Patio and brick cleaner) to de-rust. Just takes a few minutes to get this. The bits that are left practically fall off when touched. Badly pitted but still strong and usable. Still got to get a few tiny bits of rust still to remove but 99% done. This is most of what was scraped off first! The plan is, when all the rust is removed, to copper plate then nickel plate the parts. Just wating for some copper sulphate to turn up. The nickle plating solution I made myself. The filter wasn't great. The pipe entry end does pop off which makes cleaning easier which I didn't discover until later. All clean and ready to reuse for the next 100k. The resistive track still has plenty of meat on it and resistance checks out all through the range. That's about where I have got with this.
    11 points
  18. Well myself, Andy & Neil had a very busy and productive day! hoping the next time I can get over to smash a load more off the list!
    11 points
  19. Up to my local garage today for service, engine oil, oil filter, air filter and changed gearbox oil, then put a new MOT on it, sailed through as I expected, now ready for the nice spring days ahead 👍
    11 points
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  21. Will do one post per week.
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  22. After a long break from Mantas and Opels in general I’m back and about to get stuck into another Manta project. I thought it was about time I rejoined the club to see what’s new on the scene. A few of you may remember me from many moons ago when I had a few different Mantas. I’ve settled on buying a Hatch shell (some time ago) and have been in planning mode whilst I sorted out my workshop ready for the build. Anyway, hello to all members new and old and I hope to bump into many of you when I get this project running.😉👍 Paul.
    11 points
  23. Saving the original doors, and wings. More welding. 🙄 Dash all built back up. Carpet cleaned and put in, front anti roll bar and drop links fitted, front shocks fitted, door seals on, tread plates on, heater box in, fuel pump setup back on. Another load of nuts, bolts, brackets dropped in for zink plating. wings getting prepped
    11 points
  24. E45 SFK in primer. Bit of fine fettleing to do then reflat, reprime then get it ready for top coat 🙂
    11 points
  25. This just goes to show what happens when you Google a name... I worked with Ian as a fellow train driver at Bletchley for 15 years (my time at Bletchley). Reading these posts after googling him just shows how much love you guys had for him. It was a shock to me as it is for you. Thank you for remembering him in the way that you do. I’m going to print these comments and create a memorial for him at my depot if you don’t mind. He was certainly a character and I’ll always remember my time with him retraining him after a long period of absence due to health. We shared many things in common with regards to cars, women and Cornwall! Thanks guys
    11 points
  26. 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
  27. And thats about up to date really, the car is up and running still with a 4 speed box and 20s engine, both not original. Only thing that is original is the glass, N/S wing, carpets, centre consul complete with dog claw marks Hoobby! , clocks, fuel tank and the none sun roof roof! So its going to sit in the chicken shed till next spring, but I have a few plans as they say.. A few bits Im not 100% happy with but its been great fun through this shite year we have had. Im not much of a car show goer, I get bored sat in deck chair all day TBH, Im more of a sit round the camp fire out side my VW camper drinking beer and talking crap all night kinda bloke. But if I can get both the Manta and the Camper to the VBOA next year then ill have a beer with you! I still feel slightly guilty about changing the colour but I have kept most if not all the original odd features of the GT/J. Im convinced that if I hadnt bought it, someone would of cut the roof off and the rest would be a Hotpoint washing machine now and at the end of the day as they say...its my car and all that! and Ive got what I wanted..... Ian Yes he is a member on here.....nice bloke and a nice Manta
    11 points
  28. Some of may know that have been looking for a Manta coupe for 18 months Did get a white hatch (Sticky) but did not feel the love for a hatch,( it was 100% solid) but got sold Have found a Monaco blue GTE in lreland.lt needs a bit of work ( nothing major ?????) Will come with 12 months MOT. Stevie had taken it px on one he sold.I sold the red Manta to him about 5 years ago The only thing that can wrong is that it fail the MOT in a big way Dont think it will Has a bit of light rust on the inner wings, so will paint the inner wings,steering wheel needs a clean ect all picky stuff Will come with original wheels Will have to get it from Northern lreland to Liverpool.once it here will post so photos. Got sent some photos from Stevie Dont think it going to be a major project will post photos of before and after
    10 points
  29. We got together a small club stand at the Royal Deeside Kincardine O’ Neil motor show, 5 Mantas and a mk2 cavalier SR, great to meet up with the other Manta enthusiasts 👍
    10 points
  30. Bit of an update, I spoke to Express today and the reason they have been so slow at getting thing off the ground is they are moving to new premises….quite a big job as they have two industrial panel presses, obviously these are massive bits of equipment. They are building a new facility for hand finishing the panels too, which will speed up the whole process. I think they have been victims of their own success, as so many people have been buying panels during lockdown down, they need more capacity and staff to keep up. On the Battery tray front, the original part they have has been chemically dipped and prepared for tooling, so almost ready to use. I explained the situation and he is going to put this part at the front of the queue when they open up again. I will be speaking with them again again later on in the week.
    10 points
  31. I recently got the opportunity to pick up this 2.0E Cih engine and Getrag 5 speed gearbox locally, it’s from an 1986 C reg Manta coupe which was stripped and prepared for rallying. My intention is to strip down and re build so I have a reconditioned engine and box ready to go, plus it gives me a small project just to keep me busy. The 2.0E cih with P2E head, Getrag 5 speed gearbox, starting to strip off all ancillaries and box them up, ready to clean when I get a minute, flywheel bolt removed, probably easier on the pallet rather than in the engine bay, Clutch plate and clutch removed, P bolt marked and flywheel removed so I can mount the engine on the engine stand, Rocker cover, timing casing/ oil pump and sump all stripped, cleaned and painted, engine mounted on stand and block de greased, wire brushed and painted with HT engine paint just to keep things cleaner in the garage, now I can work on it with getting oil everywhere, my next job will be to start cleaning the inlet manifold, exhaust manifold etc so I have clean parts to work with then the full strip down and re build, probably a autumn/winter project. had a quick go over a small part of the gearbox with a wire brush to get an idea of the final results with the box, looks encouraging, loads more time needed on this along with an oil change,
    10 points
  32. More bits done last night and today. Here’s some of the bits you can see. I don’t do bling so did these a more subtle grey
    10 points
  33. It has taken me five years to source original GM/Opel side skirts for my Manta, the rear arch sections were always the originals in very good condition but the straight sections that came with the car when I bought it were broken beyond repair. The only option I had was to buy Smith and Deakin fibreglass ones which were ok but I felt were slightly flimsy, noticeable when I was washing and polishing, plus I knew that they weren’t original so this week I booked my Manta into Gray & Adams bodyshop to get them prepared, first fitted, sprayed and final fit to the Manta. The originals are more solid, more detailed in shape and I’m happy with the results. Out for a run up to Banff in a beautiful evening, didn’t get home till 11pm, then into the garage for a wash, bodywork, inner wings, wheels then underneath the car with a chamois leather, finished at 12.30am, while out on the roads near Fraserburgh, in my rear view mirror was an A reg Escort RS 16i, it looked smart, beautiful evenings always bring out a few classics.
    10 points
  34. 12 Months free Membership has been applied to anyone eligible as per the vote at this years EGM. If anyone has any questions about the free extension, please send me a PM.
    10 points
  35. Not updated my thread for a bit but progress has beeing coming along well. Driver's side inner and outer sill Inner wheel arch repair Finished the bit next to where the master cylinder is Behind master cylinder repair Changed the complete nosecone Few small patches here and there Plus built up the front subframe
    10 points
  36. Then the new colour goes on....and he has a sense of humour!
    10 points
  37. An 'interesting' tow home to the 'chicken shed', my farm based workshop, destroyed the headlining as I picked a very stormy Saturday. Back in the shed the car was soon on the jig and I made a steady start at weekends and two evenings a week. Starting on the O/S sill first.... Then something happened....LOCKDOWN and all this covid sh ite. I didn't fancy decorating the whole house so devised a plan.. I was furloughed. So the Manta became my new job, every weekday I got up at normal work time, made a pack up and set off on the 6 mile trip to the chicken shed. Now I know what you are thinking...I shouldnt of travelled, but this was my new JOB, 40 hours a week, tea breaks and dinner break, working on my own and didnt see a soul and thats what I did for the next 12 weeks, just having the weekends off, but even then I was usually doing something Manta related at home......
    10 points
  38. Its starting to come together now 🙂 Everything all painted, just got to put everything back on carefully now 🙂
    9 points
  39. I use both FB and the forum. I feel the forum information is a lot more in depth. Some threads are like As close as you'll get to a manual on how to restore a manta. Im cracking on with mine now and tbh couldn't have done it without looking through some of the build threads in this forum. Myself and others appreciate the time it takes to post pictures and write all the tasks out. Car looks amazing Andrew. It's a credit to the work that you've put in.
    9 points
  40. Porting the head, did not grind a lot away. Just making the curves smooth, also on the seems of the casting: Grinded more alu on the outside, used a gasket as template. Polishing the combustion chambers, so they keep longer clean: My fingers hurt, but it is worth it
    9 points
  41. So today with the help of Dan, we got the axles back under it and back on the ground. Tomorrow ill mask out all the underside properly whist its still over the pit then its getting rolled next door into our body shop. Getting excited now, thats all the bulk and horrible jobs out the way. Now time to get it in paint and start putting all the shiny refurbished/new bits back on 😀
    9 points
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