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  1. Took the Opel out today to take a few pics and thought i would share the results!! A couple of little niggles to sort out but apart from that the Opel Project is almost completed!!
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  2. Good evening to all! Here a happy owner of a Manta B GT/E from Barcelona. I acquired my Manta when I was 18 years old, in 2014, and since then I have not stopped traveling with it and enjoying it. In 2019 I made a trip around Europe, from Barcelona, Paris, Reims, Nürburgring, Spa Francorchamps, Russelheim, Munich, Sttutgart, Austria, Passo Stelvio, Monza, Milan, Col de Turini and to finish a ride around Monaco. I hope to learn how to post pictures and show it to you! My pleasure friends.
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  3. 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.
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  4. First time this has graced the roads in around 20 years. Drives beautifully. And we got a pass 🙂
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  5. 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
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  6. 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
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  7. Hello everyone. I’m Connor, owned my beautiful 88 manta B coupe since November. My dad had one when I was a kid and I thought it was time I had one lol. It’s in stunning condition and is everything I remember them to be and more. Hoping to take it to shows once I’ve done a couple of little jobs on it. Hopefully meet some fellow owners 👍
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  8. 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
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  9. 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
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  10. It is ready for mot. Still a few bits to sort & fit but there it is.
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  11. 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.
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  12. Well it’s been a long day but the cav is now in Yorkshire up from its home in Devon, looking forward to driving it and working out what needs doing first!
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  14. Welding complete, primered/sealed up, ready for the under body protection and cavity protection next. Then tomr to start running in the new fuel and brake lines whilst it's on the spitt
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  15. evo03 had a good idea, that i should post up what i used to paint the A series as although i pop bits on the blog i haven't done a full list and as it might be a help to others here is a list and some brief comments which i hope will help. Filling: I did a bit of reading and Evercoat easy sand had a lot of good reviews/commets. Sanding: I used a medium size Durablock and a Hand Foam Sanding Block and for smaller areas a Flexipads block. Hand Foam Sanding Block Hook & Loop 150mm Fast Mover FMT5511 Dura-Block AF4418 2/3 SIZE BLOCK 278MM X 70MM HOOK & LOOP Flexipads 60mm x 125mm Soft/Hard Wet Sanding Backing Using the hook and loop means you can buy a box of discs and use on both which is handy. and for checking for sanding marks in-between coats i used the Mirka dry guide coat, whci is like a powder but so much easier than spraying on a guide coat and really shows up every scratch or mark. Protection: I used the Gerson Face Mask 2K Paint Respirator - Ideal for Smart Repair as this got great reviews for smaller jobs and worked really well and i would also get a few cheap pairs of googles if using 2K and not having proper extraction because it does hang around in the air a fair bit. and get a 3M set of paint overalls. Sanding grades. I used 120 grit initially to for a quick sand and to get any crap paint off and then dropped to a 320, which was fine for the first primer/sealing coat, then flatted that in the 320 and then dropped to a 600 before priming and did the same with the 320 and then 600 and then 800 before the final top coat. Paint: To initially seal and prime after flatting and filing i used Upoxy Super etch (https://www.carcolourservices.co.uk/product/upoxy-super-etch-primer-kit/) which is a 2 part primer and has a reasonable build so it acts a bit like a primer and i used it as the initial primer on most bits as it really seal the panel and any bare paint. Primer: I just used a 2K high build primer that was Raninbow paints own brand. I tried not to do more of the area than needed and treated it a bit like smart repairs which was not the best plan. If i did it again i think i would have gone over the whole area with 2 light coats and sand back to give it a far more uniform finish as i had a couple of time where it all looked super flat and then you put the color on and can see little areas that are not perfect where it went from primer to old paint. Top coat: I didn't research this too much as a guy i watched a lot on YouTube used it and when i went into the paint supplier they matched the car and it was the same brand which is STANDOX, STANDOFLEET which is a 2K and the finish from it is great. Mixed 2 to 1 with 10% thinners. Its about £50+vat per litre and i bought 4 liters and used it all as i ended up painting the wings twice and the boot and did 3 coats on the body. Paint gun: I did a lot of looking into this and one that came out with great reviews was the Devilbiss FLG-G5 1.4 and the guy on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzJ7rCZtG8GVVKjv8_eynUg) gave it really rave reviews for the price (£126 from sprayguns direct) and he was right the finish is so good. i also used a A.N.I. Spray gun Pressure Gauge regulator recommended by The Gunman and at £24 from sprayguns direct really gives you precise control over the pressure from the gun. Talking of gun pressure, a lot of people say 25-30psi, which i tried first and had some orange peel and after looking through a few of The Gunman videos he was saying 20psi is plenty for this gun and he was spot on, and he said to go 15% with the thinners with the Standox and the FLG gun and with this setup the finish was perfect straight from the gun. So the 2 things not to try and save money on is the gun and pressure regulator, you wont regret it! and make sure you use a water trap. I used one on the gun but if i did it again i would get a bigger in-line one. Compressor: I bought a 50L upright (SGS 50 LITRE OIL FREE DIRECT DRIVE VERTICAL AIR COMPRESSOR) which handled the painting no problem but would not run the DA so all the flatting ended up being by hand. I had originally hired one but the hire company were muppets and they didn't have the right transformer so it never work so the 50L was a last minute purchase. If i did it again i think i would get the 100L and make sure it was ok for the DA or use the 50L and an electric DA as it would have meant i could have primed the whole car and flatted it much easier. I had the DA but that was to run off the big compressor from the hire company. You then need the old tach cloth, gun wash, panel degreaser, lint free cloths, paint mixing pots, strainers and stirrer. Hopefully the above will help a few people out and i think im in for about £1'000 all in but now i have the stuff i can easily re-paint some panels that im not 100% happy with and any other bits. Its been a great learning process and if i was doing it again this is what i have learnt. Use a DA, its a lot less work and i think i could have got an even better finish as i could have done much more primer filler work to get things really spot on before doing the top coat. Take more time and not do everything all in one go. Buy enough paint and then just do a couple of panels at a time, and then the body last as having enough paint means no issues with color matching. Leave more time for prepping things as again it always takes so much loner than you think! Plan some proper time off so all i was doing was the car as i was fitting in painting in around everything else and sometimes it was a bit of a rush to get things painted as it always takes longer than you think. Don't stress if it goes wrong. Its so easy to flat a panel back again and blow a couple of coats over it again. and if i could get a boule garage with some extraction setup then the final result would have been even better. So all in all i have a car that looks a thousand times better than before, its not perfect and i have a few runs to sort out and a couple of bits that i might do again next year but i have saved a whole bunch of money and learnt a lot. Talking of paint runs, this really does work https://youtu.be/mn6nPky0HGs If i have missed anything off let me know and i will add it or if you have any questions. My next post will be all about the flatting and polishing process!! Andy
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  16. Hi everyone, I hope that you have all been keeping safe and well. After a roller coaster last few months, I have made my final decision on the Cavalier - I am keeping it. I will go back to work on, replace and/or improve everything that I am not happy with and finish the bits I always meant to do - such as the roof liner for example. In the end I decided that I just couldn't part with the old girl, I just love it too much - warts and all. As many of you said at the time, I would regret it and you were of course absolutely right. The main reason I haven't been around very much for 6 moths or more is an 09 plate Mini Cooper Convertible that I bought a project with 'electrical problems' - that turned out to be the understatement of the year. The symptoms included: Windows with a mind of their own, an electric roof that didn't open, airbag warning lights on, indicators and lights that didn't work, a horn that wouldn't stop working, no front or rear fog light operation, engine management warning lights and faults recorded, oil leaks etc etc etc In the end it had or needed: - An indoor swimming pool... took the mouldy/Green carpets and seats out etc and steam cleaned everything - New airbag control module - New footwell control module - New roof control module - New steering wheel controls module (SZL) - A selection of new multi pin connectors and wiring repairs - Coding of various bits to the car (after a bought a new laptop, Mini/BMW software (and taught myself how to use it all) After five months of torture, it passed its MOT on Wednesday - and with only two advisories!! So that car will be going up for sale at the weekend, making space in the garage for the Cavalier again (which has sat outside in all weathers since May). On that note, I have just dropped a request for help and advise in the Basic Technical Help section, or whatever its called. Anyway... thanks to you all for your support and encouragement with the decision on the Cav, I really appreciate it. You have all been so busy, it looks like I have a massive amount of reading to do on some of your wonderful projects. Take care, all the best.
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  17. 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. 🙂
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  18. First time its driven out under its own steam and its first wash
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  19. 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!!
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  20. Lots flatting done gave another coat of primer quick denib ready fire on some colour
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  21. I have just bought this and will be arranging collection soon. Back in the day I had a 2.0 GLS Sportshatch in metallic brown and then a Manta GTE in white. It’s going to get all the tlc it needs and will be a labour of love, I’m very excited!
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  22. Hi Guys Just re joined from years ago when I had many a Manta then went Italian and finaly found my ascona. I nipped over to Holland for the old girl and currently doing a 400 replica,all welding done,brakes,shocks,springs all upgraded,preped and painted inside and underneath and now embarking on the 5 stud and ronal upgrade with the bodykit. Sourced blitz interior and having 400 door cards made up with the interior getting all put back in when I'm back. Booked in for painting in August let's see 🤣 I work abroad so only get a few months a year to get amongst it and back home July and August. Engine conversion last and all arse about face how I'm doing it however my work and time away is more arse about face. I'm up in Scotland in livingston and good to be back and Faithfull to the cause again. Thanks Daz
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  23. 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
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  24. 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 👍
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  25. _EXTERNAL_ P.msg
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  26. 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.
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  27. 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!
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  28. 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 👍
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  30. Will do one post per week.
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  31. 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
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  32. 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
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  33. So this probably won't be a fast project but wanted to post a build thread so i can keep a track myself . A few weeks ago we did the deal so on Mon myself and owain popped to pick up my new purchase and had an obligatory brew butty and natter before the long drive back.... Obviously some of the hard work has already been done. Plan is to build motorsport esq but with some road creature comforts. However this is what I collected and am over the moon have hankered after a 400r for years.
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  34. The OMOC has a stand at the NEC restoration show this weekend and we have some great cars to come and see. We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Manta 400 with one of the best known examples in Manta Rallying history, WIA 9855. Here are some photos from set up day today to tempt you. tickets available at the following link. https://www.necrestorationshow.com/
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  35. As promised some pics of the meeting. Cause of the bad weather there were less cars than expected. A genuine TE2800, in those days the TE2800 was one of the cars that were tested for the Belgian highway police. The Porsche911 was chosen... The 6 in line of the TE2800, a big heavy lump. The battery is moved to the back of the car This is what we expect in the engine-bay of a Manta-A Nice "B", the owner seems to be a firefighter, respect. Great looking "C-coupe" Turbo Ascona B, not allowed in Belgium...😥 Genuine "400" with a service car, an Opel Rekord with 5-stud rebuild and Ronals. Grts, Herman
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  36. They are my car working flip flops 🙂 Used them to hold the covering in place 🙂 Every day is a school day! learnt a few things today as sanded the boot and wings and gave them a single coat, but there must have been a little bit of water somewhere in the line as got a few fish eyes, still got enough paint to flat and give them another coat. Im also learning that no matter how much you flat things its not until you put some nice shiny paint on do you really see how good the panel is 🙂 The wings and the boot will look spot on when i finally get there 🙂 Looks like the weather is changing next week so might have to convert the sun lounge into a spray booth for the panels 🙂
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  37. 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.
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  38. 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,
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  39. Polar white coupe’s are like busses, you never see one then two come along together. met up with another local OMOC member who’s manta was fresh out of restoration today and he dropped in past, big thank you to Douglas for taking the time out of his busy day, Went for a short run, they looked great out on the road together 👍
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  40. 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.
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  41. Started today. Good little engine I have ended up with. Original mains and big ends show hardly any wear and oil drained out of it was clean like new. No lip other than carbon on block cylinder wall, but will be stripping the 1.9 tomorrow for dummy building the crank etc into. Exterior of engine parts have suffered a little surface oxidisation, but inside the engine is excellent, no issues with any of the bolts into the Alu parts surprisingly, everything unbolted exactly as it should (for once) 😎 Sadly snapped a couple of studs removing the exhaust manifold, and manifold is also scrap I think as seems to have suffered cracking that plagues the 2.4 engine. I'll get broken studs removed before I sell the head. But main pulley crankshaft bolt, OMG it was tight, real tight. Like nightmare tight, thank goodness for the induction tool to get that bolt heated ! 🙈 Pics attached, head dummy onto the block so you see where we heading. Added a few screen grabs of the pdf instructions. Will try and get them hosted complete, but a little taster for now is included as pictures for those that might not have seen this modification before. Parts supplier is Risse, but there are a few others that make some parts, but just so you can see what is available and sone of the eye watering prices if you buy everything ( I intend to have a lot made in the U.K. locally ). https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://risse-motorsport.de/opel-motor-tuning/24v-4-zylinder/
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  42. 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
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