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  1. 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
  2. Beautiful Carmine Red GTE hatch coming up in Mathewsons’s October auction. Apologies for the picture quality it was crammed in with plenty of other cars so couldn’t get a decent shot. Looks nice though with the best interior IMO
    6 points
  3. 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.
    5 points
  4. 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 🙂 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
    5 points
  5. 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
  6. 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 🙂 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
  7. 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. 😎
    4 points
  8. 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!
    4 points
  9. 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 😎 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 😂 plus we know they would fowl at lock, but just on for effect 😎😎 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 on🤔 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 £3K to put it right for long term ? if that would be a deal breaker, then you have your answer.
    3 points
  12. 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
  13. A couple of years ago perhaps, but not now. I'd say £7500-£8000 is on the ball for the condition etc. It might go for a bit more if there's a few keen punters after it.
    2 points
  14. He wants 5 plus mine with all the spares, rear quarters x 2, full new Jetex and lots more. That makes it 8.5k in my eyes, which is high end I guess for a hatch that probably will end up with full rails and Swan necks needing done. You could probably just drive it and maintain the underneath until it finally rots from inside out but it would nag at me knowing about it. If you ever are at a loose end there are some cracking cars at the auction house, was worth the drive alone, Manta was sat right next to its rival the Capri when I went and next to a Batmobile on the other side! bloke off the telly came over chatting to me whilst I was half under the Manta! That underseal is very fresh too, I know this as half of it is on my t shirt I had on 😆
    2 points
  15. This for sale topic may not yet available be for your usergroup
    2 points
  16. Good to see this as I start on mine I will probably have similar questions. 🙂
    2 points
  17. Now on Classic Car Auctions: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/events/2021-auctions/the-practical-classics-classic-car-and-restoration-show-sale-2021/the-practical-classics-classic-car-and-restoration-show-sale-2021/cars/1987-opel-manta-b2-courtenay-turbo?utm_source=CarandClassic.co.uk&utm_medium=portal
    2 points
  18. Got the 2nd car home today. Bit rougher but still a solid car. Is the Twin choke webber a standard item or aftermarket? Also facet fuel pump which is bypassing std pump I guess.
    2 points
  19. Saw this over on Facebook: https://www.motorsportauctions.com/category/383/Historic-Road-Cars/listings/45456/OPEL-MANTA-B2-COURTENAY-TURBO.html A while to wait to to see how much it goes for.
    1 point
  20. Probably right, better the devil you know!
    1 point
  21. If you'd like to scan mine, you're welcome to. The main damage is to the outer circle, which would be easy to recreate in CAD once scanned. Alternatively, I could take measurements and make a drawing (I won't promise a cad file as it's been months since my PC was turned on).
    1 point
  22. It's all good we are in direct contact, if we do a deal it gets pulled.
    1 point
  23. Just reading from the owner over on Facebook that there is an £8500 reserve on it.
    1 point
  24. Just got some lads round chopping the ridiculously tall conifers down at the house we bought and they are all admiring my Manta....even with its wings and bonnet off, want this red hatch but not sure I can let mine go and I don't really have space for 2!! it's moved house with me 3 times now. He's coming round to see mine on Sunday, see if we can do a deal.
    1 point
  25. Dash is not a big job, it's finicky mostly. Main fixings are just slacken and slide it out, but them hoses can be a pig. Glass rubber has a lip that sits over so don't trap it.
    1 point
  26. Entrants list...some interesting cars will be there... https://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/entrants/entrants-list/
    1 point
  27. That's a nice looking A👍
    1 point
  28. 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!
    1 point
  29. A few good bits on the engine though 😁
    1 point
  30. good luck soldering the tabs back on. i never managed it but what i did was bought some self adhesive copper sheet.this has to be the type with conductive glue. i beleive its used for guitar sheilding and other uses. i fitted a long strip on each side . i then soldered the tabs to that. no problems so far. also regarding the washer jets.if they are working ok and not damaged they will t cut up well .( or even repaint !)
    1 point
  31. Very nice indeed, and I get the name too, kind of 😀 Shame the trade embargo was on so no B's was sent there as they do seem to fair well away from the coast.
    1 point
  32. It's very nice for sure, I'd put the decals back on too but it's personal preference really.
    1 point
  33. It's looking spot-on! Very nice indeed. 👍 As for your question, I would put the Berlinetta decals (and the others) back on. I tend to think it looks a bit bare without them. And it stops folk asking you continuously, what it is! 🙂
    1 point
  34. Went and had a look, very nice up top. Underneath swan necks are patched as advised but not a terrible job, slight sill patching and a split dash, couldn't get under the bonnet sadly as nobody available to let me see, it is heavily undersealed, no puddles or obvious leaks... but overall it is a nice usable hatch with not that much to make mint. Interested but need to sacrifice mine to do a deal 🤔 bodyshop man came back to look at mine says 4-5k if he does the prep but for that he will fit the exhaust brake pipes and fuel pipes the lot. Dilemma lovely red hatch ready now or gamble that 4-5k will sort mine and it won't end up more like 10 🤔
    1 point
  35. Apologies. You are quite correct. It's listed now but without photos: https://www.mathewsons.co.uk/product/1985-opel-manta-gtecurrent-v5-present-paperwork-includes-a-couple-of-old-mot-certs-receipts-and-invoices-etc-the-vendor-advises-of-the-following-fully-stripped-repainted-new-clutch-and-new/
    1 point
  36. c860 fno is the one I'm after, it was on Ebay but he pulled it after deciding he can get more at auction, he has told me it is there. This was it here. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-manta-gte-/403137230450?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    1 point
  37. Had a look can’t find , when l get more time will start digging around
    1 point
  38. Snowing vauxhall how it should have been done, looking better everytime.
    1 point
  39. Very nice car, hard to believe this is only 5 or 6k over most, and would hopefully need nothing. A bargin compared to a mk2 with similar mileage.
    1 point
  40. Hey Stu Welcome to the club and good to see another A series being brought back to life 🙂 Im not sure on panels in the UK, someone on here might know a source or have some decent second hand panels they can help you with. Anything from Germany these days is expensive. If you are looking for parts links for other things other than panels i have some of the better ones on my A series blog. https://www.theopelproject.com/ She looks in reasonable shape, what's up with the wing that is on there? might be easier to repair any of the panels if they are not too far gone. Andy
    1 point
  41. That's the courtney turbo, not the converted turbo exclusive.
    1 point
  42. Don’t know about the offset , all l can say is that is about 1/2 inch from the shocker As we are no moving now , l am now carrying out lots of work on the house,so little time to work on the manta lf l have time will put on a wheel and do some photos The wheels are from a mk5 Clio
    1 point
  43. The main trouble I have with ethanol is that is absorbs water from the atmosphere and will accelerate the rusting of the steel tank. Its also got a lower calorific value so you burn more and get lower mpg. Plus it rots rubber and seals plus eats old alloy parts. Yeah, it's not going near my manta !
    1 point
  44. https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/events/2021-auctions/the-practical-classics-classic-car-and-restoration-show-sale-2021/the-practical-classics-classic-car-and-restoration-show-sale-2021/cars/1984-opel-manta-b-1.8-gt?utm_source=CarandClassic.co.uk&utm_medium=portal Be interesting to see how this one does given the estimate.
    1 point
  45. Over 20 years ago now, I was asked if I could make/reproduce the original radiator tray (the cardboard thing) in aluminium and in stainless steel. The answer was "Yes" but you would never be able to fit it, as soon as you put a folded edge into metal it becomes very rigid and will have no flex. The original cardboard items sit tight left and right at the front of the rad, and had folded edges running the length of the rad If I remember correct. the lips of the Manta rad mount area would stop you getting a rigid metal one put in place, this is why I didn't make these but made my alternate version.
    1 point
  46. Subframe coming along nicely. My Son has really picked up high amp MIG welding with this part if the project , he is amazing me how fast he's learning 😎
    1 point
  47. finally got it together enough to get it off the fixture, frame rails are 4" off ground but car still doesnt seem as low as i thought it would be,
    1 point
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