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  1. 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.
    10 points
  2. 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,
    10 points
  3. Just to wrap the thread up really. Thank you for all your interest, encouragement and kind words and for those that went to Sywell your votes.
    9 points
  4. Took the GSI out for his valuation report. Want to be sure the car won't be totall loss after a minor accident. Drove to the other side of Antwerp and showed the guy the pics on this forum. When I drove home after a few km's the engine stalled. While I started the engine I listened and no click and no humming of the feul pump. So I tried the 2 cent trick and the car fired up: New feul relay is ordered at my carparts shop, happy this didn't happen on the highway
    9 points
  5. Every year, Peterhead always hosts a Scottish Week, every day and evening has special events organised over the week, red arrows, bay swim, raft race, pipe bands, special discounts in shops etc, today was the vintage car show and at 2pm parade through the town centre for floats and cars,
    8 points
  6. May 2021 At this point in the proceedings I nearly changed my mind on the colour. Thought she looked fantastic in black. Underseal to inside the wings, wheel arches and new boot floor and a freshen up of the cabin. Doors, boot, bonnet and wings fitted and all gaps and alignment checked - all good. Wheel arch trims and front chin offered up - also all good.
    8 points
  7. Ready for the long drive to sywell for the VBOA national rally. Hope to see some of you there.
    8 points
  8. 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.
    7 points
  9. Dave isn’t using the same manufacturer as us, as far as I’m aware. He is using someone local I believe. It will be interesting to see how they turn out as I might have to look at changing suppliers as I’m getting really frustrated with the lack of movement from the supplier we are trying to work with. We have done everything they asked us to do, even supplying them with OEM panels to use, so I can say that it isn’t down to us dragging our feet.
    7 points
  10. February 2021 Bonnet, boot, doors and wings get some more tlc and the engine bay gets the full treatment.
    7 points
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    6 points
  12. I haven't even started it yet Jonathan - too many other things have got in the way recently. The car is in regular use though, and although there have been one or two small issues (a perished vacuum line and a leaking radiator), it has performed well. I think that I will use it throughout the Summer and Autumn, then take a look at the headliner when the weather turns cold and wet. Take care everyone.
    6 points
  13. The mancona 😀 So to finish this thread on a great note. The car chewed up almost 400 miles to sywell and back and we hit some of the heaviest rain I've ever driven in, we couldn't see the end of the bonnet. The car just kept on cruising along never phased it 🙂 We came away with 3 trophies for E45 SFK. Best in show 🏆 Best C 🏆 Top 10 🏆 Was over the moon with the result much more than I ever imagined and was nice to see so many people so glad to see the car and that all the hard work was appreciated. I'm going to keep improving on this car now and keep making it better and better.
    6 points
  14. All joint seamsealed and primer new old stock weber purchased
    6 points
  15. Us lot driving down in old Manta's in cars we haven't had time to shake down - what could possibly go wrong.
    6 points
  16. Often she looks dark brown then the light changes and she’s Sandy 🤷‍♂️. I started with some easy jobs; Headlights in, Door handles and locks fitted (boot lock mislaid), Rear lights, Badges - so people know what it is 😂, Bonnet struts and catch, VIN plate, Front and rear bumpers reassembled- the powder coating made them hard to reassemble, Bumpers fitted.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. June 2021 Last month KDF 831V received two black eyes and black around window reveals. I know the Hazel Bronze isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I love it 😁.
    5 points
  19. I'm not on any other platform so I have no idea who Dave is or what he's up to. Morally it seems right to support the club, it's a kind of support it or lose it deal at this stage in the manta game, lets face it, the numbers are dwindling and it's not going to get better. Club officers work for free and spend their free time doing things like this so to be "beaten" to it" by a private individual who will possibly be making money out of it is a bit crappy. As an aside, I have a brand new boot floor for a coupe that could be copied if this still all goes ahead.
    5 points
  20. Done both today. And all is good. Engine idles fine and runs like clockwork cheers folks.
    5 points
  21. Last panels in 2k primer Al undersides flatted see if I can get it painted this weekend coming
    4 points
  22. Correct trying to find decent bit to start from
    4 points
  23. Well is been a long time coming BUT THE MANTA AS PAST THE MOT Got to time of work to go and get it , we have so much work in its unreal.
    4 points
  24. End of May 2021 Final check of the wheel arches. Trial fit of arch trim. Minor adjustments to chin spoiler and engine bay receives some colour (well brown paint)
    4 points
  25. Once ived done the underside of bonnet I refit it I mask out all those areas and paint the car in one with not having colour problems between panels I like to colour up archs roof gutters edges for insurance for I know it covered in that area.
    4 points
  26. All most ready for paint Bonnet being sorted and wheels adjusted to fit
    4 points
  27. I think dave is using the same manufacturer as the club so I cant see quality being an issue, and he seems to have made some real nice stuff for the chevette lads. Personally I would have loved to have supported the club on this but its a shame things have taken so long to get moving. I also think dave has beaten the club to the finish line on these and other manta panels and is already taking deposits for the A post closing panels. Either way its great that panel production for the b is under way whomever makes it first just glad that we may finally be able to get the sections most of us need for restoration.
    4 points
  28. This is correct for a South African built Manta A - I have a genuine GMSA Manta A. The chassis plate is is on the passenger side B post and there is no VIN number stamped on the scuttle. The VIN number will not be a recognisable Opel number: it is a GM South African allocated number. The car advertised would appear to have earlier style over-riders. Those on a 1975 SA car should be all rubber. The Rallye wheels fitted are correct for the year in SA. It may also have the Rallye spec front suspension: my manual does but I'm not sure about automatics. Late model SA automatics were to Luxus specification, all with vinyl tops. This may have been: it appears the nearside C-pillar has a couple of studs to affix the chrome finishing strip. The key question with a SA built Manta is where was it registered: if it came from the interior the body should be in reasonable condition. If it was from the Kwa Zulu Natal or Eastern Cape coast it will need careful checking: a highly corrosive climate - hot and humid with onshore salt-laden winds. Cavity wax treatment did not come standard but was highly recommended - the reason my Durban registered car survived!
    4 points
  29. Good afternoon all. I have just acquired a 1988 Manta GSi here in France which has only done 80,000 kilometers garaged from new and totally rust free but needs a re paint. I have had her running on easy start as the fuel pump not priming. Looking forward to stripping and prepping her ready for paint. Regards, Phil.
    4 points
  30. The guy has been quite secretive about the paints he used - he’s probably worried that I may do it myself next time. I’ve asked him if he could be really specific about the system he used so we’ll see what he comes back with. I’ve found a few photos that may show what you’ve asked for. They are a bit of a jumble and probably repeat previous posts. I can’t find any photos of the pin holes in the front panel above the headlights but I understand these were cut out and new metal grafted in - he drilled out the tiny holes and plug welded them. This wing (near side) was too far gone and was replaced.
    4 points
  31. I’d love a go at that with some t-cut lol
    4 points
  32. Late January 2021 The doors reveal quite a bit of rot. A new door skin (Thanks @Danny D114BCW) and a replacement door (Thanks @MrCarlos) were required.
    4 points
  33. Hi guys, so luckily I never scrapped my second car when I was 18, a gold manta coupe. Totally loved it, handled great, really comfortable but then... needed welding on chasis rails. Subframe came off, my brother did a evening or two welding on it But then it just stayed in his shed dormant. Luckily when he had the odd shed tidy he didn’t scrap it, i couldn’t of complained if he did, in those days Manta’s were worth pennies. Any way 24 years later it’s in my little shed. im not going to start on it until iv got the v8 hatch how I want it but my daughters ex boyfriend (strange) really wanted to get stuck in. So I gave him a wire brush and said have fun.... my thoughts were just to make the good bits not worsen until I get round to having a propper look..... well so far it seams in pretty good shape, one chasis rail looks great with no swelling (will obviously know for sure when floor comes up, even battery tray seams good, and.... wait for it.... roof appears solid....(sorting the hatch roof aged me... a lot) obviously all usual things.... floors, inner wings, sills, arches, spare wheel well but it’s in much better shape than the hatch 👍 the plan for this one is to make as original and comfortable as possible, basically make it how I remember it.
    4 points
  34. January 2021 Spray booth action at last.
    4 points
  35. November 2020 New boot floor mock-up and the real thing in folded 1mm plate. I’ve designed this to fit between the vertical part of the spare wheel well and the rhs chassis rail. I hope it fits straight in 🤞.
    4 points
  36. I went to see a friend yesterday who told me there was a Manta around the back of his unit. Alas the people who 'own' it weren't anywhere to be seen. I'm told it is likely to be broken up soon and I'll try and find out more about it. Just wondered if anyone has seen this car before or even owned it?? (currently in Smallfield, Surrey)
    3 points
  37. i found that with mine too when it was hazel brown. the brochure pics look superb and potray it as a dark brown but in brighter sunlight the metallic is more apparent but the colour looks more goldy .similar story with lots of colours realy especialy metallics. and again even more so on some of the modern super bright colours ,perlescent i beleive. either way great cars anyway especially pre82 years and well ahead of their time in the day and hold there own nowadays in virtually all scenarios
    3 points
  38. Think he's rushing Paul so he can start mine 😁
    3 points
  39. I’ve got a set of these now. Door and boot locks are really good and look like the originals. The ignition looks a bit cheaper and is a bit “notchy“ but this may improve with use. Same key fits them all but isn’t great quality - 2 keys supplied. No sealing gasket or fixing clips were included in the pack which was a bit disappointing.
    3 points
  40. Thanks Paul….and everyone else that has supported the progress. I’ve just been getting a little frustrated with the speed that Expressed Panels are working at as we are completely in their hands now. They have our panels, they have made samples and have priced up the items (as per the three posts about battery tray, a series front panel and coupe rear panel.) I’m getting nothing back from them at the moment, so need to keep chasing them. I did specifically ask Dave not to tread on the clubs toes on this one, as it would make sense if we all worked on different panels, and then we would all get the benefit. He decided to ignore that request and start speaking to folks about what parts they wanted. He isn’t a club member so doesn’t really have anything invested in our process or the success of our scheme. He is not using the same supplier as us, and will not be offering them at cost price or with any discount to OMOC members. All proceeds will end up…..well…..not in the club account helping to make more panels/parts. I could have happily funded a venture like this myself and made a few quid for myself……I didn’t think that was particularly ethical though.
    3 points
  41. Looks abit sad atm tho lol
    3 points
  42. So the 24v engine has gone to a good home a chap who lives not too far was in touch that has one in a Manta that is fubar, so he has taken my lump less a couple of bits to get his running again 👍 Had a few days this week on the 400 finally!!! Fabricated a prop-shaft to be used as template that will be sent off as a pattern for specialists to build me one to specification. 2 piece prop. Fitted the Commodire GSE hubs to convert over to 5stud, and swapped the rear axle over too. Managed to loan some BMW msport 18" wheels from the new bodyshop that's opened next to my unit. Only fitted as I needed 5stufpd wheels to push it about, but it supprised me how good the 18" rims look on the car and it can carry them off 😎 Still tons to do, but have made some modification tests to front subframe and steering rack height I needed to do, so feel like I am making progress again. It's been too long since I have been able to work on one of my cars, so it's all positive 🍻
    3 points
  43. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-A-series-Rare-1-6s-matching-numbers-/124806683499?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 Anyone on here know the car? Looks rather nice.
    3 points
  44. Yesterday I had a postpackage of Edelschmiede: I noticed when I drove 120km/h on my navy the speedometer showed 135km/h. Got a red plastic gear in my getrag240 and thought that type was standard. So did some calculating thanks Thomas his website and ordered the bleu one. After fitting this gear I tried the car again with the navy and when I drive 80km/h on the speedometer the navy gives 78km/h. When I drive 120km/h on the navy the speedometer gives approx. 123km/h. Rather important cause the French "Gendarmerie National" hides themself with speedoguns to check tourists. And the leak at my camcover looks to be repaired. Some other news came in: The GSI is valued at 23.000€, most important is that my car won't be totall loss after a minor incident. So Friday we leave with the Manta to the French Pyrenees, so what do I take with me: That black box where you can keep stuf so it doesn't fly around in your boot. Spare bulbs, spare belt, module (ecu ignition), tie wraps, clutch cable, found a used but good feul relay, torque wrench, spare head gasket set, tool box with tipical Manta/CIH tools, multimeter, rotor, some HT leads, gasket sealer, rubber feul line etc... We are only with two so room enough in the car.
    3 points
  45. One side to finnish flattering hunt for a bonnet continues
    3 points
  46. I did 1000km's with the GSI so hope everything keeps Ok when I drive it next week to the French Pyrenees... As usually will take my toolbox with me.
    3 points
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