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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. I needed to pop into work this evening to collect something, so my Son and I decided to take the Cav - well why not?! She ran really well and showed a great turn of speed, which certainly surprised our Son. He had his phone connected to the BT of the cheapo head unit, so we had some new school tunes coming out of the old school car lol In the end we covered about 20 miles - most enjoyable. Here she is during the brief pit stop at the office:
    16 points
  3. I needed to get to something in the garage earlier, so rather than risk it falling on the car I decided to roll it out. This seemed like a good opportunity to take a few quick photos. As I walked around it, I found about a dozen other little jobs that I now want to do - as you do... Have a great weekend everyone.
    15 points
  4. Guys i've been crap at updated this thread, cars moved on loads and today passed its Mot 👍 The interior was reworked, blitz cloth and black leather. Rear shelf was carpeted to match the bottom of the door cards, heated front screen just in case as i had removed the heatbox. Wheels were bespoke ordered, took sometime because of lock down but all good in the end and fit spot on. Tyres how ever were a challenge as i went with 16" wheels especially for the rears but ended up with 245/45/16 which actually look right. Took it to its first mapping session couple of weeks ago, not sure what to expect as it hadn't turned a wheel until then, thankfully all went well. Its got a base map now so i can just gently run the engine in then back for a full on tune. Couple of bits to finish off but almost there
    14 points
  5. Had a quick run into Fraserburgh tonight as it was a lovely evening again, I maybe left it a little too late for photos as it was getting dark, the scale of the boats up close is unbelievable,
    14 points
  6. 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
    13 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Went up to my local park tonight for some exercise, took the Manta out as it was a beautiful still evening, I'm quite happy with how the engine has settled in after the rebuild, I’m now 3 miles short of turning 60,000mls on the speedo, after I got home I thought it would be best to remove the bugs on the front instead of letting them dry on, white paint and bugs are not the best combination 😁
    13 points
  10. 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
  11. Lots flatting done gave another coat of primer quick denib ready fire on some colour
    12 points
  12. Out for a run last night about 9pm, parked up at the Asco base at Peterhead Lido for a few photos, you can see the bronze glass in the second photo, From September there is going to be big changes for me, at the moment I am a plumbing lecturer teaching the apprentices their SVQ3 Domestic Plumbing and train them up in order for them to complete a Managed Learning Gas Portfolio then ACS Assessment. The company I work for is introducing cost cutting measures and I have opted for the voluntary redundancy option. I see this as an opportunity and I’m away to become self employed running my own Plumbing company, it’s a lot of work at the moment setting up, registering as self employed, setting up trade accounts, public liability insurance, etc. Exciting times ahead.
    12 points
  13. Went on a 170 mile round trip today up to Cairnamount, Laurencekirk. The climb on parts were 14% gradient on a really hot day. I kept a close eye on oil pressure and temp gauge, she ran like a dream, never missed a beat, stopped half way up to take in the scenery, a view from inside the subby, up on top of Cairnamount, I took the chance today to drive with the rear opening quarter glass open, really helped with temperature and comfort control inside on a hot day, no aircon! stopped in past a garden centre in Banchory for a coffee, The Manta was admired in the car park, some lads taking photos of it and chatting about owning one or a friend they had who owned one, great day to be out in her. I’m away to spend the evening removing the flys from the front nosecone and windscreen.
    12 points
  14. 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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  16. Will do one post per week.
    11 points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. E45 SFK in primer. Bit of fine fettleing to do then reflat, reprime then get it ready for top coat 🙂
    11 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Morning all, A nice early start to the day. After my usual hour long walk, I decided to try to finish up the boot lining for the Cav. Just to remind you, this is what we started with: Apologies for the strange lack of focus on the last last photo... And now we have this: And it all cost 2p under £30 - quite pleased with that I have to say. Have a nice day and a great weekend everyone
    11 points
  24. Well, its been a very, very long journey in the restoration of the A series! and finally today was they day when we hit the road for the first shakedown 🙂 Still a few little bits to iron out and a new battery to buy, but well happy with the way she drives. Time to sort out the free tax and MOT so we can get out and start doing some proper miles. I will get some better footage with sound next time but here a a few clips. http://theopelproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Opel-Project.mp4 One good this to come out of this lock-down, happy days!! Andy
    11 points
  25. Well it seems like my ideas worked out and I managed to get the 'big stitch' on the drivers seat done. There are still one or two little bits to finish off, but all things considered I think that it turned out OK. A bit of steam and a punch here and there and it will probably look pretty good.
    11 points
  26. Then the new colour goes on....and he has a sense of humour!
    10 points
  27. 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
  28. Done the last things on the car, fitting the grills in the hood: Made something like a oil catch tank, an empty small metal can that fitted nice if you all can find it: Tolled my son this is NASA-technology😉, he said it looked more like "road kill"🤣 Cleaned the boot, lost somewhere the original carpet so bought a doormat that layed itself nice on the bottom of the boot: Cleaned the interieur, need to buy new floormats: Went Tuesday to that other workshop, they tested the brakes and shocks on a testbank, setted the lights all for 20€! They used to be an Opel workshop so they were happy to see my Manta. Today I passed the MOT, without any advisors. Happy me 😀. Grts, Herman
    10 points
  29. Lots done on this one since last update, dash in, engine running, brakes done, cluck cable fitted, runs drives etc.. interior all in, doors on, bonet on, seals etc... fitted, side skirts fitted, glass in, lovers in, wheels painted and ready for new tyres, exhaust fitted etc .. etc...
    10 points
  30. This afternoon I wanted to experiment on a small section of the car to see how it would react to my flatting and compounding. The car was painted about a year ago using White Gloss coach enamel paint (wacky man!). I chose the bottom of the NSR quarter, only because it was the nearest to the door and the bushes on the driveway are now so overgrown I didnt want to risk going right up This is what I started with: The process I used - only really because these were the materials in my garage: 320 grit wet and dry 600 grit wet and dry 1200 grit wet and dry G3 compound applied with a sponge head on an electric drill. (No polish yet applied) So after about 30 minutes, this is what we have: The photos dont do it a justice really, its come up really well.
    10 points
  31. Nice to have a wheel arch again
    9 points
  32. I reckon its best you get yourself a brew or better still a JD and coke or a beer, but ill break it down into parts to make it not so boring.... My return to Manta ownership was never planned to be like this, all I wanted was a B series 'doer upper'. I never really buy anything thats done and like to have something to play with, but I reckon I took to much on this time. I bought the rotten 1982 GT/J coupe from Simon down in Suffolk back in April 2019, most of last year was spent gathering parts and stripping the car. I soon realised it was far worse then I expected (arent they all?) and really it was a scraper, only part that was any good was the none sun roof roof!. Now the car is a strange one, its a standard 1982 GT/J coupe with none opening quarter glass, none tinted glass, no spoiler on the boot lid, the one on the car was added later and has a 20 litre S engine running a carb and 4 speed gearbox all in a late big bumper/air dam shell.. The 4 speed gear lever enters the car through a hole in the tunnel that is in the same place as a 5 speed. The 20S engine and 4 speed box are original, as is the 5 speed hole in the transmission tunnel. I have a German sales brochure from 1982 show the exact same model with both big bumper/air dam and 20S with 4 speed box, basically a bottom of the range car. A chat with James down in Bristol also confirmed that its an original car. Ironically I have a letter from the club dated mid 90s saying its a modified car and someone has fitted an earlier engine and gearbox! A few pictures during the strip down and when I realised just how it was....part two soon A visit to the VBOA show at Sywell in July 2019 was good for enthusiasm and I met David from Mantasport in Whetherby. We talked lots about replacing the chassis legs as I knew that without a jig I was going to struggle with that and I really want the welding to be first class especially as it was the chassis. I visited Davids workshop in August 2019 and came away confident the he was the man for the job. A price was arranged and a date set. I stripped the car including removing the engine and box and early January this year I trailered the rolling shell to Davids workshop. I think he was shocked just how bad it was, but wasnt fazed at all. David had to do additional work just to get strength in the shell so he could mount it on the roll over jig, but within a few weeks he was on the phone saying, come and get it. I came away with a pick up full of much needed bits AND most important of all a roll over jig.
    9 points
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Well the car is nearly painted. The car will be back and then it’s time to get it running, do the wiring, interior back in and then a million faffing bits. (it’s the same colour just the phone used wasn’t the best)
    9 points
  36. Bit more done on E45 today. Doors built up, handles locks, door cards etc..... and another hour on engine build. Cable tie tempory forgot to pick up the clips i had zink plated for the dizzy. Car is currently covered in dust from the big move to the new workshop.
    9 points
  37. Dropped onto its wheels and panels getting fitted. Starting to take shape now and looking forwards to getting back on to this.
    9 points
  38. Shoot some 2k primer on today get some colour on few weeks weather pending
    9 points
  39. 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
    9 points
  40. Flatted back, re masked and painted again. Came out miles better this time around.
    9 points
  41. Bought this when I was 18yo, and it's been off the road for..... ever? Late 90s I think... Usual story, chassis rot. Lots of work involved, so thought I'd better subscribe and hopefully get a bit of knowledge from the folks that know these things inside out! First step is to get it stripped - hopefully engine coming out next week - and then get the chassis rails to a state where it's safe to go up on Ade's rotisserie thing! I did toy with the idea of strapping it to the bulkhead so I could perhaps rotate it just a little to make life easier with getting to the swan necks, dunno if anyone's tried that before? Obviously it won't go far round, but even a few degrees would help with access. Also, the wing tops are pretty much gone (but inner wings pretty good). Current ideas being tossed around are going the spaceframe/flip-front route, or somehow getting some new wing tops in the right place. All ideas buzzing around anyway, am sure you'll see more of this lunacy as the weeks go by ! Cheers! A
    9 points
  42. I agree. Loads of prep but well worth the effort. Just the inside took me about 5 hours!
    9 points
  43. 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
  44. Rear scuttle removal and replacement
    9 points
  45. Been a while! C19 is slowing progress down in some ways, I am still out in Taiwan with work as the requirements for Quarantine here mean we have to do longer stints for work to make feasible, the off time is very limited and a subject to flights - So many are cancelled daily it is crazy. Anyway, my bodyshop finally making some progress on the shell. It's taken a fair bit more preparation then we expected, lots of tweaks to the body kit fitment etc and then back to bare metal in lots of areas to fix some old repairs. But no rust👍 All internal floor pans are done with Raptor to help protection. car will have underside done too, but it needs me to do mechanical work for that to progress and the 12000mile round trip makes it difficult 😂 5coats but no finishing yet.
    9 points
  46. Saved this for a scrap dealer/breaker today. They said they had collected it from wigan. I'd be very keen to know if anyone knows of the car and any history behind it. I think I'll go 400 route with this one. Always fancied an ascona 400 🙂 first impressions are it's very rusty, but we will see what's hiding once I've got it stripped down.
    9 points
  47. Managed to grab some time during my lunch break today. Good news the water and clamp bodge seems to have worked and the edge of the parcel shelf board is fairly straight again: After refitting the pod top covers, a quick spruce up with some dashboard cleaner has it looking a good deal fresher than it was: And back in the car and connected up - sounds great too!
    9 points
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