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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. E45 SFK in primer. Bit of fine fettleing to do then reflat, reprime then get it ready for top coat 🙂
    11 points
  4. Flatted back, re masked and painted again. Came out miles better this time around.
    9 points
  5. I agree. Loads of prep but well worth the effort. Just the inside took me about 5 hours!
    9 points
  6. Pu sealer tube fast mover or mipa Floor pan.epoxyied primerd next prep and stone chip
    8 points
  7. So I believe mate. Can't remember who told me the story 🤔 Managed to squeeze an hour in on the engine tonight. Timing case built up with new gaskets and seals. New timing chain tensioner sourced and new timing cover bolt kit. Timing set, chain and pulley fitted. New head bolts placed in lightly for transporting and fitting the engine in the car. Once engine is mounted ill then torque the head bolts to the correct settings.
    7 points
  8. all underside and stonechiped
    7 points
  9. Had some new dealership plates made up
    7 points
  10. Well, with the Mini's wiper motor assembly rotating and squirting as it should again, time for some Cavalier work... A few months ago, I bought a replacement boot lid from a club member. While the one on the car is 'OK', I have never been completely happy with the weld repairs to the trailing edge. So when this one popped up for £20 I grabbed it while I could and squirreled it away for a later day - and that day was today. After a few hours of sanding, minor filling of chips and scratches, then a dusting of primer I have this: And the inside edge/lip is in really good condition too, with only a tiny amount of surface rust I had to deal with: Its too cold to paint it, so I will wrap it in cardboard and wait until the spring before I get into that. Enjoy your weekend everyone.
    7 points
  11. Another few hours spent on E45 SFK. Rear brakes built up with new cylinders etc... new brake lines ran accross axle and up the length of the car. New hand brake cable fitted, New copper fuel lines fitted.
    6 points
  12. I took the Manta out of winter hibernation today so I could fit the OMOC round window stickers I purchased from the club shop, it was nice and sunny but bitterly cold, the Manta is completely useless even with the small amount of snow she was skating around, how people coped with these back in the 80’s as a daily driver in the winter must have been a nightmare, still, she looks the part, even when there is snow on the ground. Back into hibernation in the garage, CTEK battery conditioner connected up and breathable car cover on 👍 Can’t wait for spring!
    6 points
  13. 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
    6 points
  14. A little more progress on the shell at owing shop. Stripped all running gear and painted underside. still got the 400 original pickups to weld in for rear axle change, forgot to tell him 😬 Oh well only paint 🤣
    6 points
  15. Thank you mate, I do enjoy restoring these cars particularly this one. Im not a professional car restorer by any means, but i do my best 🙂 Tom got the panels in primer today. Just one more door to repair, a small bit on the boot lid and then prime those and the wings then they will be ready for primer too.
    6 points
  16. Looks like I found a set of pistons, Omega ones 95,50 compression 11/1. And found out the original cranck and conrod bearings of a "400" have the same partnr. as a GT/E. So the original cranckshaft of a "400" is nitrated and can deal with the most power they could make in those days, as mentioned in the original Opel specifications. So the GT/E has got pretty good bearings...
    6 points
  17. Couple of hours spent building up the ilet manifold and fuel pump setup. Really enjoying this bit. I had all the original fuel hose clamps re zink plated so I could re use the original ones from the car. 🙂 Tried to save the original infil panal. Tried the heat gun method to get the colour back, then scotch pad, adhesion promoter, plastic sealer and clear laqure. The panel looks a million times better than it did but I'm not sure it'll look right as the red in the irmscher is too pink after years of fading 😏
    6 points
  18. Here you go! Hopefully it's all makes sense! If I've missed anything off then let me know.
    6 points
  19. Well thanks to Danny I am on the forum only been in the club since 2004 dinosaur me 🦖
    5 points
  20. Hi Mike, nice pics! Now you know why we painted our tanks white in the winter, those red army guys never saw us. About the handling, we were used to it. As Ian wrote some weight in the boot. This is me some years ago in Germany, will never do it again: Salt kills your car...
    5 points
  21. Just acquired this one One Owner from new, showing 40,800 miles, Last taxed 2002, and dry stored since then Will be given it a good look over, then decide whether to 1 Sell as is, ? 2 Get it up running/Mot but then leave as it is, then sell 3 Mot and running, and keep it a while, just as it is 4 Complete restore Guess it all down to what i find ?? Her resting place for the last 19/20 years Now to make a start ? see what we have
    5 points
  22. Only kidding!!! If only...... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-GTE-Exclusive-Limited-Edition-1986-UK-Market-Single-Sheet-Brochure/174574829993?hash=item28a57881a9:g:eUcAAOSweiZf3KDh
    5 points
  23. And with it now back in the car. You will notice the four screw covers are not fitted and that's because they don't! Basically the thickness build up of the carpet around the holes, means that they are far to tight to fit without smacking them in. I will either trim away the excess carpet from the hole itself or sand the caps down a little to make them very slightly smaller. Almost certainly I will do the former with my sharp scissors. Overall, I'm very happy with the result though, I think it does improve the car. Have a nice day everyone.
    5 points
  24. Omega Pistons mailed me last week. They wrote they had no stock of "400" pistons cause it is made by order. So I mailed to them I want to order a set of pistons, no problem to wait. The guy I had this conversation "Alex" was helpfull and he recognized some names I knew that ordered "400" pistons at Omega. Problem is you need to order 20 pistons and they have to be the same diameter and compression. Am yet waiting for an answer from Holland if they can make a set, think I'v got to inform my insurance I won't drive the "400" for some months... Found out Wiseco makes pistons that fit in the 2.4CIH with cut off 24V head so maybe that can be a solution. Done not a lot on my engine, but you all love to see pictures. The first picture is one of the pistons. The left one is the 2.4CIH , the other is the "400" one. Production OEM one and as you all can see not a big difference. Both pistons have the same pin and while a GSI-GT/E 2 liter CIH needs to warm up and pressed out those pins are floating. Both pins have the same ofset so maybe I can use CIH high compression pistons to mill them... This is a pic of the 16V head, you can all see the water channels are almost identical as the CIH cast iron head: And a pic of the same head with the original head gasket, one side (left side of the car) the water channels are blocked and the other side we can see some holes in the gasket: This is a picture of two head gaskets. The bottom one is the original "400" one and the top one is CIH, looks the CIH gasket blocks the water channels on the other side..: And when I look to the web shop of Risse motorsport their "400" head gasket has on both sides openings for the water channels: Hmm, got to think this over... Another pic of the chain guides: Have a nice weekend, stay healthy Herman
    5 points
  25. Great to have a famous friend
    5 points
  26. 5 points
  27. pheeew thats done been lying on my back all day shite dropping in my eyes but its all now off just the rear bumper bootlid tank and rear lights and its a bare shell
    5 points
  28. Had a hour this morning Drain most of the fuel, 25lts of fresh added, Full battery, and pulled the king lead, and spun over, Plugs out, clean up and refitted, king back on, and see fires into life Now starts and drives Underside all very good, not sign of rust in floor, sills, inner wings/bulkhead etc
    5 points
  29. Welcome to the club Tim. Mark at Torque developments started importing "Mantzel" tuning parts in the 80s/90s including for the 2.7 engine conversion. If I recall correctly ( I have 3 of his camshafts somewhere), he continued to use hydraulic lifters with his cams....some of his conversions were tested by magazines. I remember a 2.2 being included, and the tester claimed it was as good as the 2.7 conversion.....He also fitted the supercharger to Richard Lamb's (ERL) 3.0 Mantzel wide body Manta...I have a copy of the mag somewhere.....it will be interesting to see the reg of the 2.2.
    5 points
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  31. It’s been a very busy day, but not on the Cavalier. Our Daughter has recently bought a 2003 Mini One, that has its MOT next Friday. Unfortunately, if had a list of faults that were reflected in the asking price, but were all MOT failures: 1) Top/front lambda sensor gone bad, resulting in the EML light being on. 2) Both front seats are supposed to tilt forward and then slide to allow easy entry/exit for rear passengers - neither of hers did the sliding thing. 3) Front Drivers side wheel bearing was VERY noisy. 4) The tailgate wash/wipe didn’t wash. So.... off we went to fix all of the above. I’m pleased to say that I managed to get everything done, except the rear washer. Basically, I ran it of light, plus it was absolutely freezing outside! Therefore, I took the whole unit off and put a rubber bung in the glass, so I could strip it down indoors this evening. Think I might have a beer this evening lol 😂👍 Have a good one guys.
    5 points
  32. excellent. who knows why but it doesnt matter. all the best. ps at least we know you are a proper car nut !. working on them in this weather proves it.! i dont know about where you are but its just snowed up here and is b******* cold today ! hey if that message was intended for me then no absolutely no offence at all. i was thinking the opposite in fact . you had just described a way of doing it ( the official gm way ) so you are totally 100%correct. i just described my way which has always worked for me . people like you with your experience and knowledge are what keep clubs like this going . all the very best for the new year to you
    5 points
  33. So with the car still in the body shop there's not much I can do on it at the moment. We are now in the process of moving businesses premises and I need to focus a lot of time into setting up our new workshop. I've spent the past week clearing out l the clutter, parts, tools benches etc... that was left in from the previous company. New 60ft commercial booth almost complete, just the shutter door, lights, heat, extraction etc... to install. We managed to jetwash and clean all the floors and get them painted on Xmas eve so should be nice and dry to start moving everything across next week. Hopefully I'll get back to this build in jan 21
    5 points
  34. There has been more progress made on this albeit at an extremely slow rate Rather than bore you all with the details....ill attached some picture of some of the bits its had done to it and how it was when i finally got it back on the road, some of you gave probably seen most of these on facebook if your on there. However although happy I got it alive and back on the road I still had some work to do to it, so once the 'show' season had finished I decided I wanted it all doing properly and stripped it all back down Then I decided I wanted a bit more poke without going redtop.....I saw Andy Abbott had a M52b25 BMW lump for sale and how it was fitted in his commodore 🥰, so now that's its designated powerplant which is going in to be mounted next week Other things I have managed to acquire or source for it are Brand New Fuel Tank, Daytona Interior, Rollcage, Sportex Exhaust system (although I don't think this will be much use with the BMW lump) ive had the dashboard flocked, got a 6 guage speedo unit for it, new fuel lines, cav gsi front brakes and discs from an audi 80 to fit along with many other bits that ive sourced but need to fit. Anyway....plan now is get the old 1.6 lump out, along with the box and 4 speed prop, get the engine mounted, then into bodyshop for strip back and paint, along with the undersealing etc to protect where its been welded. I will try to keep this updated for anyone who is interested but fingers crossed it will be back on the road summer this year depending on how well I get on with the work needed and fitting around the bodyshop and the gent whose fitting the engine for me
    4 points
  35. Great job there Andy,,,many man hours spent...... Remember hearing that a dealership near me employed a paint sprayer who used work on classics etc....his first paint job on a repaired car was rejected for being too good, as it wasn't orange peeled enough, so didn't match the factory finish on the rest of the car!!!
    4 points
  36. I understand the German language, looks like the seller is an arrogant ass***e. He writes he has got a lot of Manta's he sold that had nice comments and doesn't want any criticism on the price he sells this car...
    4 points
  37. I do feel that it’s a reflection that both coupe and hatch are now both desirable if in first class condition, the hard work having been done. They now survive in limited numbers and again this is another factor pushing good sales prices.......... eventually our Manta’s getting the recognition they deserve and closing the gap with the rival Ford Capri.
    4 points
  38. Hi, old thread but just seen it, I owned the C170 URF I200, when I sold it around 2003, it went with the Steve Thompson paperwork and receipt, still have some pictures somewhere. I found it in a field in 1998 in bits, put it all back together and ran it for a few years, selling it due to the amount of rust. When I worked on it I removed the side skirts and found the original decals, the numbers matched the I200 numbers on the vin and it was silver from new. If you want more info let me know.
    4 points
  39. Yeh ceramic coating is a real eye watering cost. I once asked at the AutoSport show about 10 years ago and then had to stand there for 10 minutes so I didn’t look like a peasant.
    4 points
  40. Just to let you hear the Sportex exhaust on start up 👍
    4 points
  41. Panels off time to prep and stonechip
    4 points
  42. right ok leave it with me i will take what i have here as a template just to get a price it can obviously be altered before going ahead should it need be the more that want 1 will fetch the price down as he can set up for a batch
    4 points
  43. Herman, first off Mery Christmas to you and yours. On the pistons for the 400, if you can get me the specs and dimensions for the pistons I'll check to see it there is anyhing comparable available this side of the Atlantic. One of our local Opel guru's (John Warga) is a CNC machine wizzard and has modified pistons to work in his 2.4 CIH build, I’ll talk to John and see if he has any ideas. I’ll send you some pictures of John’s work via e-mail. Chris
    4 points
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