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  1. 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 Coupรฉ: The white Ascona 400 is not a replica, an original grp 4 rallycar: Some friends of us, this car is a replica but the owner builded this car identical as a real "400", respect! A Capri in front of my car: Kadett E Sedan rallycar: And if you thought you'v seen it all, a Kadett E sedan rallycar with wide body on the front: Some more pics of the nice "400 replica": Some pics I found of us before we started for the tour: And at night: Grts, Herman
    13 points
  2. Its starting to come together now ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything all painted, just got to put everything back on carefully now ๐Ÿ™‚
    9 points
  3. Manta B Battery Tray Repair Panel - UPDATE 11th Oct '21 Further news from the manufacturers this morning, and the first batch of 20 Battery trays are pressed and are being prepared today, so we will be in a position to start taking orders for these imminently. I would like to make ordering them as simple as possible, so we will contact everyone who expressed an interest with order details. We will accept payment via Paypal or direct Bank Transfer, (which would be preferable as it would save the club some funds as we wont have to pay the 2.9% transaction fee) Cost per item is ยฃ114.14 +VAT (ยฃ136.99)- and club members will get a 10% discount (ยฃ123.30). I'm not sure of shipping costs yet, as we haven't had them weighed and obviously, this will be dependant on where they are being sent. They should be ready for shipping by next week with any luck, but will keep you all posted. As you can see, the Battery Clamp is not fixed, so you can use the locating points to fix this as per the original, or move or delete it to your requirements. The Captive nut is also not fitted so will need to be sorted as part of fitment. This has helped to keep finishing costs down.
    9 points
  4. They are my car working flip flops ๐Ÿ™‚ Used them to hold the covering in place ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ The wings and the boot will look spot on when i finally get there ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like the weather is changing next week so might have to convert the sun lounge into a spray booth for the panels ๐Ÿ™‚
    8 points
  5. So it seems that between my test with the compressor from the hire company (which only worked once then kept blowing fuse's, and they still haven called me back about a replacement!) and the one i bought, i had manged to wind the air pressure up which made it have more orange peel!!!! So today i did a bit of playing around while i waited for the garage to warm up as it was a super nice and sunny day! I turned the pressure down to 20 psi, added and extra 5% thinners to the mix and its coming out real nice now ๐Ÿ™‚ I got 2 runs on the body, but managed to get 3 good coats on as i think i will be flatting and polishing the car as im never going to get every panel like the nose cone. Its quite hard painting in a garage which is not much bigger than the car!! I will repaint the boot tomorrow as not happy with the edges on it (Which i suppose is an advantage of having bough the compressor, i can just do stuff as i want now.) and although the wings have more orange peel than the rest of the car i think i will leave those and flat them. If i had a double garage and some better extraction i recon with this gun and a bit more time i could get every panel looking pretty spot on. Andy
    8 points
  6. 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
    7 points
  7. Met up with another local Manta enthusiast today, I have seen him a few times out on the road with his Manta so it was great to meet him in person and have a chat,
    7 points
  8. For anyone interested in the red hatch it will now be going to auction, he's getting Mrs pressure to buy a ready done coupe and I wasn't sure I could let mine go, decision made, my coupe is booked in the bodyshop end of November.
    7 points
  9. Well just 24 hours after placing the order my package arrived! I was so excited that I had to start unwrapping it immediately. First out was the gearbox. Not as big as I was expecting considering it's good for 600bhp and torque. Next came the LS3. again, not really as big as I was expecting. Last box contained all the other bits. Bellhousing, Flywheel, and clutch. Also in the box was clutch fork, transmission mount and all the required bolts to put it all together. Clutch slave cylinder is coming as soon as they are back in stock. VERY happy with my purchases and some quick measurements show it should all fit without too much surgery. Initial thoughts were that the gearstick would be way back but it turns out the housing can be reversed which puts the gearstick just behind the standard position. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    6 points
  10. Greetings and welcome to my thread for my 1972 A series I am calling Elle. My nephew and fellow car nut mechanic Jon said it looked like a baby Elenor when he first saw it and so the name Elle was born. Elle is a South African import and will be my toy/fun car whilst I build my dream version of a Manta in my other 1972 car. Why 72's? It's my year of birth so why not!
    6 points
  11. Time to start fitting all those nice new shiny parts that i have been saving all these years. The rear turn lenses from Opel GT Source are looking good!!
    6 points
  12. Beautiful Carmine Red GTE hatch coming up in Mathewsonsโ€™s October auction. Apologies for the picture quality it was crammed in with plenty of other cars so couldnโ€™t get a decent shot. Looks nice though with the best interior IMO
    6 points
  13. Hi it was me who got the hatch very happy to have a manta again
    6 points
  14. The problem with painting the car yourself if your as picky as me is that when you get one bit really good like the nose cone you then end up having to re-paint the other bits to the same level!! Think the wing repaint came out ok ๐Ÿ™‚ I now have my DA mop, cutting compounds and I'm just waiting for the 3M Trizac 3000 discs to arrive and i can start testing out the polishing side of things! Andy
    6 points
  15. Some of the pics of my i240 from the CAR SOS shoot that I took on the day of filming. I've now had the go ahead to post pics as the handover has now taken place. Been a great experience to be involved in something like this and I can honestly say what a great bunch of guys Tim, Fuzz and the whole production team are. Looking forward to seeing the show aired next year. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    6 points
  16. Most sellers want as much as possible for something they are selling. Ebay auctions lets that value be decided by the market to what value potential buyers put on it and bid up to. If you end up as the highest bidder but haven't met the reserve then the market is saying thats the value of it at that particular moment. The seller then has the option of contacting you and making a deal or waiting and listing it again. Predicting values of cars is very hard as one auction will go way higher than anyone expected and the next might make nothing. It all depends on how many people are wanting to buy something at that point. Nothing to loose from putting a bid in at as much as you are willing to offer though. You might win it, but if you don't it hasn't cost anything.
    5 points
  17. Bonnet Time ๐Ÿ™‚ Only the doors left to finish now!
    5 points
  18. Hi guys after been a member many years back just logged in to my account to re introduce my self think it was about 10 years ago I sold my black coupe and regretted it ever since as the price increased on the manta since I got mine never thought I'd be in the position to get another so was a dream to get finely get another just picked up a nice gte hatch in very nice condition and I'm very pleased to be back guys
    5 points
  19. Same color. Its originally Cardinal red (the actual opel color, so i was told years ago!) but the paint people couldn't find anything listed for that in the ranges they use these days so had them color match a wing and this one came as as a very, very good match. Did a quick test spray today on and old wing and the Devilbiss gun is bloody awesome for the price. All being ok tomorrow the compressor should turn up and its time to paint the body and weather being of over the next few days all the panels. Then later i will use the little compressor to do the engine bay, boot etc..
    5 points
  20. So, guess what! more sanding over the last couple of days and i now have the two wings fully prepped, the boot lid, nose cone and valance and 90% of the body. Got the paint on Thursday so just a couple more days prepping and then the compressor arrives on Wednesday, so then its time to paint ๐Ÿ™‚ More pics to follow later! The bonnet and doors need a bit more work so im going to get the body, wings and boot all in paint first and then go back to the bonnet and hopefully get that painted before the compressor goes back and then i can do the doors with the small compressor if i don't get time to do those while i have the big one.
    5 points
  21. A bit of a turn up for the books today. As the weather was so nice today i thought it would be good to get the doors back on the car (which is not an easy job on the own) so i asked the Missus if she would help, and she did!! Which is amazing as she does not love the car and never normally helps even if i ask nicely!! Wings going back on Tuesday and that's all the panels fitted, so time to then fit the windows and get polishing! More pics to follow, especially on the polishing process! Andy
    4 points
  22. Glass in. He did a good job and used the right semi setting black Arbo. Just need to get a valet booked now. spline gone in one of the headlamp wiper arms ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Have a couple of spares luckily.
    4 points
  23. Not a lot has happened lately as been concentrating on Elle but today the order for the brand new LS3 crate engine, brand new TKX 5 speed gearbox and associated fitting parts went in and was paid for. Sad day for the Bank balance but excited to receive Feniks new heart.
    4 points
  24. Front gardens are over rated anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚
    4 points
  25. Hey, it was me, Chris in E45 LYX. I was going too fast to see you ๐Ÿ˜„ I would have slowed down otherwise to say hi. Just been to the Kop hill climb to have a look.
    4 points
  26. Thats a nice finish from the gun....may have mentioned this before...a friend of a friend joined a main dealer, can't recall which. He got pulled up on his first panel respray...it was too good, needed to redo with more orange peel to match the manufacturer's finish on the rest of the car!!!
    4 points
  27. Tyres had arrived whilst I been away with work, so today took the rears to get set. 235/40R17 if anyone was wondering and as measured previously fit lovely on the rear axle ๐Ÿ˜Ž it's like the Manta was way ahead of its time with arch size. But remember the overall diameter of these wheels is still only ~30mm larger than 195/60R14 STD GTE rim size (speedo will read 4.8% high) . That's 15mm from hub centre. Still plenty of room IMHO. Current pic shows the 235 fitted to front too, but will fit the 215s as my arms are not quite the size of Dwayne Johnson's ๐Ÿ˜‚ plus we know they would fowl at lock, but just on for effect ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž Did speak to a chap that can high resolution 3D print and might make some covers with blitz logo like the GTE rims to cover the bolts (new skinny bolts are awesome btw), will see how I feel. Semi Forged rims and new modern tyres, so a weight saving too. Looks like it should be lowered 1" now, but it will stay as is as all the springs are new from a matched kit. Still a few bits to do, but now wondering if I should even put the Berlinetta decals on๐Ÿค” Underside as said has all been steam cleaned a couple of times now so it's really honest with what can be seen. I do not like under body Shultz black 'hide the poor repairs', but I may invest in having it done in U-Pol Raptor, as my 400 shell floors (inside &out) was done in it and it's excellent stuff. Something is needed now for sure as it's down to bare metal in places as the steam cleaning pressures from these big industrial machines is crazy, strips everything. I dare say with enough time you could virtually strip a whole shell.
    4 points
  28. This look like a decent base for someone after a car for shows https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic/sat-6th-sun-7th-november/1987-opel-manta-executive-25-170-miles-from-new/
    3 points
  29. Happy days! Following a tip off from a mate of mine, I can now fill my car with E0 unleaded at a petrol station approx. 9 miles from my house. It's in Bolney, West Sussex along the A272 on the way to Cowfold. I spoke to the cashier who confirmed that they only sell E0 unleaded (currently ยฃ1.39.9/ltr) and that management had said that it was staying that way ๐Ÿ˜. The station is run by Power, only has two pumps and is known as Bolney Cross Village Store. Hopefully one or two other club members may be able to make use of it?
    3 points
  30. This for sale topic may not yet available be for your usergroup
    3 points
  31. Yes, itโ€™s a good size isnโ€™t it! We wanted the repair panel to be a good quality item that wasnโ€™t going to be a ball ache to fit. As the centre part of the shelf on top of the bulkhead is quite visible in the engine bay, it should work quite well. No point doing half a job eh!
    3 points
  32. .......bought a child or roof panel?
    3 points
  33. I have seen it and it is very solid underneath.
    3 points
  34. Bit more done today but starting get bored with it
    3 points
  35. Wish i never read all that now! Its like an M&S advert, not just any old manta, this is an M&S manta. Great buy, excellent condition, very low mileage, excellent. Where is that buy button!
    3 points
  36. Did a bit more work this morning. Fitted new universal steering rack gaiters and track rod end boots. I also changed the top balljoint boot but it's a bit small so going to buy a slightly bigger one. To gain access to the rack and repair its damage I removed the front under tray panel. It is pretty bashed up but I will do my best on it.
    3 points
  37. Ok paint guys. I'm doing the car in Standox 2K solid and this is the finish I've got out of the gun, so what process do i need to go through to flat and polish and get a nice glass finish? no orange peel to get rid of, just a few bits of dust and imperfections. I don't want to do more than i need to so i can get a nice finish on it. Andy
    3 points
  38. Yesterday Feniks was pushed into the garage as it would only turn over and wouldn't start to drive off the trailer. Fuel at the carb and a weak spark at the plugs but only a cough from the engine. Tonight we attached the boost charger, checked the fuel by pumping into a tub. Dribbles came out even though the Facet fuel pump was working fine. A quick pipe to a Jerry can of fuel and off she went!
    3 points
  39. Do your manta, if you let it go and you see it done you will be gutted , plus the extra money you will pay out will get your manta sorted
    3 points
  40. Grasses always greener springs to mind mate. The issue is all that lovely under seal can be hiding lots of nasties. I would always say you need to leave a 3-4K restoration pot no matter what. 3-4K is not a lot of any one thing, but it's fixing those swan kneck properly as we know patching the outer skin is only 25% of the issues usually. For its money I would want restoration pictures showing exactly what was under the repairs. How would you feel pumping more cash to change up to this at auction and then finding it still needs ยฃ3K to put it right for long term ? if that would be a deal breaker, then you have your answer.
    3 points
  41. Got the first car home today. Drove off the trailer and onto the drive. Moments later a young woman asked if she could take a picture of it as it was "Cool, not seen one of them before!"
    3 points
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