just a little Intro, I'm Mike, live in The Netherlands and have been tinkering around RWD opels since just before I got my driving license.
Seeing that my 16v coupe has been sitting dormant for a while I still had the itch to have an other oparational manta again and as I have a soft spot for the Hatchback variety I kept searching the interwebz for a suitable car. After viewing 2 other hatchbacks wich were either a bit pricey or rusty I found this mancona on the web and thought ooh yes I like asconas too so that's a good combo!
After viewing the car and seeing it was quite good rust wise and we agreed on a good price I bought the car.
Here's some pics of when we picked it up.
The car had a few issues which I sorted out , placed a thermostat, new voltage regulator in the dash, put a dark wide mesh grille in, bolted the passenger seat down(UK driver seat) put some lowering springs in the back to level out the stance and put wheels on it with the correct offset.
Because the paint was flaking off in several places and there was different colours everywhere I decided to paint roller the car in 2K paint. Colour is going to be like this golf but high gloss, colour is RAL 7016.
Fitted my banded steelies
Got a nice ascona sport front spoiler at an auto jumble, which in combo with GTE sideskirts and three piece rear spoiler should make the car look a bit more sporty.
Seeing the banded steelies fit nicely I decided to refurb these. The went in to an ultrosonic bath and then blasted twice, once with steelgrit then with sand. Just out the tub:
And 2 coats of primer:
After that some silver
And bought a nice black rear seat from a good local manta parts supplier
Then some black on the wheel centers
Bought some bargain H4 headlights, gonna spray the plastic insides black, take the orange lenses out and put orange bulbs in.
Popped some rubber on the wheels, needed some assistance from Mr Brakecleaner and Mr Lighter
After that not a lot of progress, but bought some nice recaros
Again not a lot of progress but bought some stuff, a welder for the couple of holes that it's got and a decent rad becaus there's a small 1600 rad in there at the moment
Steelies are on and a different bonnet as the ascona diesel one had quite a bit of rust on it, hoping to smere some paint on it soon.
Slight change of plan, going to touch up the bad bits with simular colour paint and weld some bits in and place the rad because I was going on a tour with the dutch manta club.
Welded up some holes and took the interior out for the welding. Takes a bit of getting used to with the settings on the welder.
Rotten Battery tray
Whaheey, found beer tokens under the carpet!
Fitting some steel
No more hole
So got out some more rust, it's not the most pretty repair but I'm learning and at least it's solid again.
Inside of the headlights in black.
Finally smered some new paint on, colours not exactly right but better than it was.
And some pics of the colour in the daylight:
Didn't do a lot else this summer other than tour outings a couple of car meets and to youngtimer vestival in gemany and 45 years of manta at the dutch manta club.
I've finally got myself a workspace for the car and a lift so i can get the car inside and start the further repairs on it and it's new colour.
Here's a pic of the car when I was at the youngtimer vestival in Germany
Found something nice on the interwebz the other day:
It's a nice 2.2E, but only the forth conrod bearing had gone on it, so for al the conrods the crankshaft had to be grinded to 0,75 and for al the main bearings to 0,25.
The forth cilinder con rod had also turned slightly oval so thats needs to be made round again.
It's also going to need a rebore and new pistons, further plans are to use the cilinder head and other bits of the 2 liter and I want to run a 2.4 motronic injection system on it.
Cleaned out the new shed after doing up the hous, got the mancona in and tested the ramp.