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  1. You may be right, I checked over the weekend and it’s on the rhs of the timing cover on my Frontera 2.4 CIH. My 2.0 Manta is under the exhaust on the main gallery.
  2. I had the same worries when I bought mine. Under seal all over the underside, suspension, brakes, axle, engine, under the battery, inside the sunroof well etc. Some of it looked new probably to tidy it up before sale and some was old. I am slowly cleaning it off with white spirit and a kitchen scourer as I upgrade the suspension etc. To date everything underneath the under seal has cleaned up really well back to the original paint. I have only repainted stuff because of chips in the original paint where it was back to bare metal, and to have a consistent colour. The story of the car is that it had been garage stored for 20years and it has only done 25k miles. So it looks like the intent was to preserve rather than conceal. I do have a worry around the spare wheel well as it looks like there is some badly applied glass fibre but it’s definitely steel underneath. Wondering if a new well has been badly welded in and the glass fibre was an attempt to waterproof, but will get to it.
  3. I think on the later cars the oil pressure sender is mounted just above the oil pump housing on the timing cover, there should be a 7mm hex socket plug screw that was originally for priming the oil pump after a rebuild(if memory is correct) The plug in the right hand side end of the gallery that runs from the pump to the oil filter, underneath the crankshaft aperture on the picture attached (I’m on the iPad so can’t put and arrow on the picture, but hopefully the description explains things) Edit just learnt how to draw on the picture😊
  4. Great looking car, welcome🙂
  5. I’ve gone for 7.5J rims so I’ve been thinking 225/35x17 as it is the same diameter as the standard, but there is only really Yokohama who make a tyre in that size. I think that might be a little wide for a 7J rim, and the 35 profile might be a bit harsh as well. The other option is 215/40x17 which should fit on a 7J but they are 14mm larger in diameter so the speedometer will under read by about 2%, so the speedometer will show 29.3mph when you are actually doing 30mph. The good thing about 215/40x17 is that it’s a common tyre made by lots of manufacturers. I’m going to dummy fit the bare rims and measure up before deciding on tyres.
  6. The steering rack bolts should have a tab washer on them. Often difficult to see if covered in oil & crud
  7. I got the spacers off ebay I think the seller was tunershop-worldwide, which is in Germany. When I’ve checked they were actually cheaper at dcperformance.co.uk. I think there are a lot of places selling H&R spacers but there are other brands to, but not all come with the longer studs. With 10mm spacers you may be better having ones with the built in spigot rings. The thinner spacers don’t need them as the hub spigot is long enough, but as you go thicker I think its better to have the ones with built in spigots to locate the wheel.
  8. Hi Matt Yes you will need longer studs. Some of the spacers kits come with longer studs. I’m using H&R spacers which come with 10mm longer studs for the 5mm spacers. It’s a bit of a pain to change the studs but I was upgrading the whole front suspension, and brakes (why I need the 17inch rims) so I already had everything in pieces
  9. There is also this website https://www.wheel-size.com/calc/?wheel1=195-60-14X6ET30&wheel2=225-35-17X7.5ET30&fcl=50mm&wcl=30mm&scl=50mm&sr=0mm I’ve just ordered a set of Speedline Marmora’s 17x7.5 ET35. I have also got some 5mm spacers so I can be at ET30
  10. As Danny says with a 40mm offset the wheel would be significantly inboard - 22.7mm closer to the strut compared to a standard 6x14. Ronal. Using 10mm wheel spacers will push the wheel out back to the equivalent of a 30mm offset, meaning it will only be 12.7mm closer to the suspension, but it will be 12.7mm closer to the edge of the wheel arch. Scrub radius will be similar to the standard wheel to Just depends if you want to use a spacer or not. Problem is that there are not too many wheel options for Mantas with a sensible offset these days.
  11. Is it possible to set up a community editable ‘wiki’ on the forum where users can input valuations of what they have bought and sold for, and/or prices made at Auctions as these are pretty easy to see, and auditable as the sale price is made public. (Glenmarch.com is a good link to many previous auction sales websites). Perhaps add some description of condition and date. For example if you take GT/E exclusives the last 3 I have seen sell at auction inc buyer premium are 2020=£22,360, 2021=£18,360 2022=£18,597(hatch) It would be similar to what Classic Car etc do but completed in house by people who know the cars.
  12. You can buy new washers individually from Krause-Rennsporttechnik https://www.krause-rennsporttechnik.de/shop/en/Chassis/Front-Axle/Manta-Ascona-B/Caster-shim-for-upper-wishbone?source=2&refertype=1&referid=156 They do 3 different thickness of both the small and large washer so you can alter the caster angle on competition cars. They are not expensive(about€10 for the 4), it’s just €19 of postage and potential customs hassle(unless your after some other stuff). I’ve found them good to deal with and they do have some good stuff (eg I got a short 2.4 twin DCOE manifold off them) I bought new bolts with washers from TJ Motorsport, they were pretty expensive @£45 for the pair but there wasn’t a lot in it with the postage from Germany, and I did have to cut my original bolts down the side of the caster washers as the bolts were seized in the bush, so had to replace the lot. https://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=2000645-S I may have the old washers kicking around somewhere, but they may be a bit damaged by the hacksawing😊
  13. Saw the Manta last weekend doing the Mini Miglia. Didn’t know but the guy who owns it is from my car club in Rochdale. Looked nice but can’t post pictures until after the programme is aired, so gratuitous opportunity to post us in the Maserati😊
  14. I just cut the front off behind the filler cap, so it protects you from the timing chain. The rockers don’t throw too much oil out, and it gives you better access
  15. Hi Lewis, I don’t have Nick’s details, please could you let him know i may be interested in buying if he wants to sell. Thanks Roger
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