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  1. JS Performance in Lincoln, manufactured the original silicone rad hoses for the XE conversion. https://www.jsperformance.co.uk/
  2. robah

    Bolt size

    I am sure the bolt should be Grade 10.9 material strength as well Grades of bolts Although this Bolt Grade Calculator doesn't have 14mm diameter, it does show the difference in grades of bolts. Most 10.9 bolts are usually Dark Grey/Black in colour I hope this diagram helps
  3. Hi Keith MrCarlos, some times has spares that are sometimes hard to get hold of. You might need someone who has a front end that is willing to cut those parts for indicator and headlight area out. I have seen people on here that have manufactured those parts before, but to search for them is very time consuming and brain hurting as everyone calls these repairs by different names. Usual suspects for spare panels are : http://www.dr-manta.de/eng.htm https://www.klokkerholm.com/GB.aspx https://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/ https://www.mm-opelparts.com/ They are a few I have listed on my internet favourites. I have had great dealings with the latter two listing and others on here have dealt with the top two. I am sure people will/can add to this list. A lot of the dealings for me are mostly European now along the Dutch, Belgium and German areas, if I am after specific components, for anything Vauxhall/Opel. My first car was a Cavalier Coupe bought in 1988, I wish I wasn't a snob and sold it back in 1991, as I wanted a Manta. It was a solid car and I had an empty head.
  4. They use Zinc ingots on ships as a corrosion preventative, attached to the hulls below the water line. I use a Nickel Zinc grease that I acquired from a previous employment (supposedly out of date). If it is good for aircraft, then it's good for my cars.
  5. Retropower have had some recasts made a while back, depending on your funds.
  6. PM sent on possible source of Ascona 400 front spoiler manufacture.
  7. I used Slosh many years ago from Rustbuster due to the increase of ethanol in fuel manufacturing. It is a tricky solution to use and I did have the tank out of my car to ensure the solution got in to all corners and seams of the tank. You have to follow the instructions directly or you end up restricting the outlet pipes (personal experience ). It does cause an exothermic reaction, so be safe with the pouring out, if used.
  8. robah


    I use these as my go to sites and have purchased parts of a few of them without problems. Just purchased some parts for another Vauxhall/Opel car from https://www.copeparts.nl/en (Opel-classic-parts.com) and their communication was excellent, even when I realised I was making a prat of myself for not seeing what was in front of me on screen. 🤣
  9. Vectra B are the same as the later Manta version splines, using them on mine at the moment.
  10. At least you have IanMc's Forum thread to digest, as he has done most of these jobs to a high (and beyond) standard. If not already started we need to get some of these rebuild threads stripped back to OP entries and open them up for the OMOC Members (with disclaimers ). Maybe as a club we can help the OP in doing this? I do take heart that so many jobs that were too tough to tackle years ago, are now being made easy by different engineering techniques.
  11. Mantasrme (Dave) usually sells the upgraded versions and they are brilliant compared to the standard unit.
  12. robah

    Hatch windscreen

    You can still get them manufactured/new from some auto glass companies, I think https://www.autowindscreens.co.uk/ is one, as someone posted on here recently having one made with the bronze tint. I think you have to have them fit it, but the price seemed good.
  13. I like the cushions as well https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Kissen-40-x-40-cm-mit-Bezugsstoff-Autostoff-Stoff-Opel-Manta-Ascona-Kadet/133291539321?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D226121%26meid%3D9c2a2311d06d4b67b39d023f8fb789ba%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D133251265270%26itm%3D133291539321%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithSearchFilter&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
  14. If you have to break up a Frod to keep an Opel running, who cares. 😎🤣
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