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  1. 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
    13 points
  2. 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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  4. 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/
    9 points
  5. Found some time between Grandad duties this weekend to get the rear ones fitted: The fronts wont be here for a while, so I now need the headliner materials to turn up before I get too bored
    9 points
  6. While I am waiting for the headliner materials to arrive, I thought it might be a good idea to do some tests on the samples to work out how to incorporate the 'rod pockets' and double check that the (Vinyl) material would stitch together OK. The first job was to take the material for the pockets (which is called cotton bias binding tape in the trade apparently...), doubled it over so it was edge to edge and ran it through my sewing machine: Then I took two of the Vinyl samples and laid them out outside face to outside face, then laid the pocket on the top - like this: Then run that through the machine, and you should get something like this: ...and on the side you will see from inside the cabin: I'm pretty happy with all of that, so I just need the material to arrive now
    9 points
  7. 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
    8 points
  8. Luckily the rest stayed put, and was finger tight to remove. Lucky. Just need to source a new bolt. then finished drilling the down pipe bolts. Tried heat and stud extractors but they didn’t work. So I drilled and tapped them out.
    7 points
  9. We have been dealing with a company called Expressed Panels in Keighley but as Steve says, things have ground to a halt because of lockdown. We have provided a few panels for them to start working on, namely A series front lower valance and B series complete rear panel, with the option of having the lower half made separately. They also have a battery tray for a B series that they have been investigating making up a repair panel. Hopefully we can get things moving on this again now things are starting to open up a bit. https://www.steelpanels.co.uk
    7 points
  10. 7 points
  11. Getting close to getting it back now and then can get started on assembly and mechanical. Feels like it's been away a long time.
    7 points
  12. Just an update, nothing important happened. Had some mails from GLS so I could track the parts I ordered. One parcel came from Germany so this will be the one from Risse Motorsport. The expensive one... So suddenly I had a email the parcel was delivered and I was surprised, nobody rang my doorbell and I was at home. Maybe the neighbours took the parcel inside, happens more with those delivery guys. Checked my neighbours but no parcel. This can't be possible, maybe they dropped the parcel on my doorstep en it is stolen??? Didn't sleep that night, in the morning I took the phone to call Risse Motorsport because that parcel was insured. They were very helpfull but they said it is impossible their parcel is stolen, they use always UPS and thursday it was still at their shop. Lets say that was more than a relief! Later that day I had an email from Ebay, my parcell was delivered! Ordered only one thing at Ebay and that's those exhaust gaskets... Later more😖. About the "400": The whole engine is open, took my time to weigh the conrods etc... Look at the conrods, never saw this on a normal CIH, numbered : Wanted to balance the conrods but looks like these engines had some special attention, all the conrods had the same weight, on the gramm: Did this also with the big end and some were 2 gramm off, but I will not grind it away cause the total weight will be not the same: Work on the bottom engine is done, waiting for the parts of Risse: The head needs some porting, not that much just making everything smoothly. Checked some works info and the difference between the road version and grp B is only one millimeter in diameter of inletchannals. Have a nice Sunday evening.
    7 points
  13. Slow start to the rebuild. Got the old girl fired up and running though. Nice smooth engine and the auto box working good. Starting to to pull parts together that I will need, Looking for a good drivers wing and a roof panel. Would take a roof panel either with or without sunroof. If anyone knows of any please let me know.
    6 points
  14. Hello everyone, and thanks for accepting my membership. I bought this very nice 1971 Manta 1.6S in 2019. This is a rust free low mileage car (36k miles - 59k Km). It spent the first half of its life in Italy before coming to the UK in the 1990s. I imagine it may be known to the club. I love this car. I have always wanted one since the 70s and will ensure its continuing careful preservation in standard form. I may fit some alternative period option Rallye wheels but that will probably be all. Any other slight modifications will be fully and harmlessly reversible. I served my apprenticeship in Vauxhall engineering in Luton in the early 80s and have a small collection of rare 60s and 70s Vauxhalls also including two rare Viva HB GTs, a very early prototype Firenza (the world's oldest known Firenza) and two very rare VX series 490s. I'm seeking advice about obtaining a club valuation for my Manta for insurance purposes. I have tried to contact admin and have requested membership of the club Facebook page but I'm aware the Manta club will be volunteer run and that requests may take some time. Can anyone assist in pointing me in the right direction for a club valuation? I live in Shropshire and have family near Chepstow on the South Wales / Gloucestershire border, if valuations are done by regional club representatives. Many thanks, Colin
    6 points
  15. Some time ago I posted some news, had some days a low profile on this forum. All the valves are lapped and fitted. Also the stemseals. Because the original stemseals are not available anymore I fitted a size that are almost identical: As usually I use a plastic foil to protect the stemseal from the sharp edges of the grooves: To push the seals at their place I used a tube without sharp edges that fits on the metal part of the seal: Checked with a mirror if the stemseal is fitted as wanted and yes it looks OK: Before fitting the valve spring with the tool I wanted to know how deep I could press the tool, so I layed an upper valve retainer on the stemseal: Using the tool: All the valves fitted in the head: To be sure what head gasket to fit I measured the combustion chambers, and luckily they are all the same ,some more or less some drops: 52,50CC: After close inspection of the bearings of the crankshaft I noticed one half bearing with an imperfection so I'm going to fit new bearings. My local parts-shop delivered last year those bearings but yet not anymore. Looked at the internet and found a set on a well known website: The Opel Project! Andy known as "611" on this forum sold me the set of bearings, so thanks Andy 👍 After some calculating I ordered today the head gasket (reinforced) at Risse, again waiting. Stay safe, Herman
    6 points
  16. I put 12 months road tax on today and took the Manta out for a run, a beautiful sunny day for it, nice and dry roads, clocked up 200 miles. With the time changing last weekend it’s noticeably lighter for longer already in the evenings, these photos were taken roughly 8.45pm, this photo is right on the north east coast in Scotland in a small costal village called Pennan, where they did some filming for the movie Local Hero, although I haven’t seen it myself, but the scenery is beautiful,
    6 points
  17. It’s in! got the heat gun out and warmed the area up. Got the raiser out the freezer and it didn’t fall in, I managed to squeeze it in with a large bar and a socket on top.
    6 points
  18. And a lock of paint
    6 points
  19. Edelschmiede gives always a nice service, and indeed always a small present.🎄 The Belgian "Gendarmerie" (Federal Police) did once a search in my house cause there was something stolen at the barracks and they found my weapon collection (ofcourse not the licenses) and "herbs" in small linnen pouches. They thought they had a big catch, untill I explained my mother gave me those filled with lavendel to keep my wardrobe fresh😂
    6 points
  20. Well there out old school style hacksaw blade, screwdriver,mole grips and maximum effort took a hour not too badly corroded back there but very stubborn fought me to the last turn Now for the new with copper slip No more cable ties ☺️
    5 points
  21. I forgot to update this with the work I have done on the axle. 4HA axle had the original mounts cut off it and I made a new set using some laser cut steel supplied by Andy Rutts. Bottom bush is the original carlton one that’s going to be changed for poly flex. Top and bottom arms made to the same length as curts Ascona with measurements supplied by Nat at RP. Bottom pans are commodore and have rose joints at the end. Upper ones are cut down scimitar ones with rose joints at the axle end. Axle positioned under the car and levelled with the car. Side to side and up and down levels were set with plumb bobs, levels and angle levels and rack of the eye. The top and bottom arms were set to make the top one slightly pointing toward a fictional centre point forward where the two axis would intercept around the engine. The pinion angle is around 3 degrees up at ride height. But with the rose joints on opposite ends of the axle this can be adjusted. Finding the centre of the car inside was quite difficult as we found the sides were not identical. The centre was found and a laser used to set the cut guide. Slots cut out and group 4 boxes set into place, ish. I wanted to retain a standard looking interior with a back seat as I don’t like the look of no back seat and I’ve a blitz interior to go into this. So the box top height was set so a seat just fits ( foam removed to allow boxes to fit ) Car turned over and there’s a lot of box to trim off. I possibly could of made the boxes myself as most of the box has been cut away. Next is to remove some brackets from and old axle to put the billys on. Then look at the pan hard rod or using the watts linkage. then it’s all off again and sent to the axle builder to pit in the jag lsd and cwp of choice as I have a few ratios to choose from.
    5 points
  22. I need a Coupe roof. I did need two but have past the point of no return on one car now. It’s easy to find most manta panels quite cheaply if you’re patient, but after the cost of shipping, stripping, repairing etc. you can easily be hundreds of pounds in. I recently bought a really solid door but it still needed dismantling to treat the rust in the twin-wall construction in the end of the door. I for one would love a reliable source of panels. You could sell to non OMOC members at a slight premium allowing club members to enjoy preferential rates. 😃
    5 points
  23. I prefer a higher side wall as it soaks up the utter shit hole of roads we have and protects my back from complete destruction. Every little helps! Plus the arches are better filled than empty. Hehe
    5 points
  24. Good day today, sun shining and things going to plan. Took head down this morning along with my iPad to see the Engineering shop, and they said yes, no problem 🎂 They specialise in cast Alu and SS welding pipwork and have a bit if a hobby sideline with stuff they are interested in. So they used to doing cast Alu welding that us none porous for industrial chem sites, so good enough for a car head ! They can Cut, build up welds and machine down in thier shop; best of-all they are within a few of miles of my house - happy days 🥳 So back to workshop and spent rest of today completely stripping the head bare. Also extracted the snapped studs in the 2.4 head, both came out easy as hot knife through butter. My luck is in today! Maybe I should have out some cash on lotto 🤑 Pics attached with a few markings. Pretty much nailed the procedure now and it's all starting to make a bit more sense too. Dropping head off tomorrow, first thing they will do is get it chopped to see what's what.
    5 points
  25. Surface rust on a Manta? do you want to rethink that comment? 😉
    5 points
  26. At last the parts of Risse arrived: Got to visit this week the "Do it yourself market" cause of the high corona numbers they will be closed from Saterday.
    5 points
  27. A little paint across the engine
    5 points
  28. The crappy heap of shite made £7250. He will be happy the seller at that: Hopefully somebody sets fire to it now!
    5 points
  29. i would. fronts without badges and rears with badges. as original. to me all cars look better with mudflaps makes them look older.same as wing mounted pull up ariels. fantastic.
    5 points
  30. Slow work on the 2.0 engine today. Lifted it up and took the sump off. Oil wasn’t that bad considering it’s not ran for a long time. Sumps a little dented and rusty so I’ve got my spare out but it needs cleaning. Will do that at work over the weekend. For now, it’s on the bench so I can clean it up and replace some seals. first seal to go, rear crank. a little grease round the spring to help it stay put and Bob’s your uncle A lot of paint to get rid of.
    5 points
  31. Ascona is apparently a base model No radio, no brightwork around windows or wheel arches. Wheels look the same as were fitted to later Cavalier LS models. It's a rare survivor, imagine the interest on here if it had been a two door ! I've never seen one before
    5 points
  32. Sneaked our for a shake down along a quiet back road, diff good, no nasty noises, engine seams really strong, brakes a bit sketchy (on last trial run brakes felt ok🤷🏼‍♂️) so bit of investigation needed but making slow progress....
    5 points
  33. The valuation list is current but remember it is only my opinion based on recently achieved prices. We will have more data by the 21st March as there are a couple of Mantas up for auction at Mathewson's. To make the data as accurate as possible we need members to let us know what their cars sold for.
    5 points
  34. I bought a pair of them from " PAST PARTS" a couple oy years ago, don't remember what they cost, but they were not expensive. PAST PARTS.01284750729. The guy I spoke to was called Nigel.
    4 points
  35. Hi julian. Hope you and your family are safe and well 🤞 Adrian Flux are shite. Dont even know why they are on the forum. You'd get a better policy from your local dry cleaners 👍🤣🤣 I wouldn't trust them to insure a wheel barrow.😡
    4 points
  36. 4 points
  37. They never had the chrome trim around the rear that was cavalier only Ah, always suspected the Cavaliers were a cut above the others. 😉
    4 points
  38. Ended up at £5450 but didn't meet reserve I think £5k + is a good price for a Cavalier saloon.
    4 points
  39. All will be revealed haha, if the sodding thing is ever done! got e few bits to put on to try and make it a bit different (but not too far from original/standard)
    4 points
  40. £150 is bang on for a nice 1 👍
    4 points
  41. I think they applied surface rust at the factory.
    4 points
  42. Thanks Herman. The bores in this 2.4 are excellent. We are going to pull the pistons tomorrow to check the full wear, but initial checks are positive. So plan B is an option, but would prefer to put the 2.4 into an early 1.9 block with a fresh std bore. Also hope to visit the machine shop too, see how much of a crackpot they think I am when I explain the plan 😂
    4 points
  43. There was one 400 hatch produced, it was build by Opel & Irmscher. Was a blue one and I spoke to the owner on one of those "400" meetings in Holland. Car was in a bad condition but the owner wanted to restore it. http://www.mantab.de/www.mantab.de/cms/front_contentdcc1.html?idcat=105
    4 points
  44. Exclusive Hatch just sold for £7250 I reckon you should have named that car Christine when you owned it !
    4 points
  45. Wheeeeyyy look what I’ve found in the shed.
    4 points
  46. Not much has happened on this project. Lock down has meant I can’t go up to my unit to do anything, other than gather tools. I picked up my 2.0 engine and brought it home to freshen up. Ordered lots of bits from edleschmeed which arrived the other day. Mainly gaskets, pos and neg wiring, thermostat etc. They even sent me a brew, which was lovely. think customs opened it thinking it was weed. They were probably disappointed.
    4 points
  47. Always irks me when people put comments in ads like “ I could get it running with a new battery and fresh fuel “. Either do it or don’t mention it. Worse one is when advertised with a fault and they say “ garage says it’s this that’s wrong and it’s this part you need and they are readily available on eBay for £3 “. I hate reading adverts that assume you’re an idiot . Sorry I appear to have woken up grumpy 🤣
    4 points
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