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  1. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231517627710 JGS 167Y in Polar White was the other one in the series - used for the Autocar road test.
  2. Shame it was crashed. JGS 166Y was one of the original Vauxhall-Opel press cars in 1983. The car featured in a really good magazine road test article in 1983 where it was up against a Lancia HPE 2000. Manta came out best against the Lancia and a whole list of other cars back then. I remember reading the article at the time and you can find some images on Flickr now after a bit of Googling. There were also some black and white press photos issued about July 1983 which I think featured 166Y, which ties-in with the June first registration, plus there were other press cars in the series. I think JGS 165Y was a gold coloured GT/E hatchback.
  3. Great video Herman - those Asconas are getting away...!
  4. Originally a narrow bodied car. Still with its 6 x 15 Ronals but fitted with i240 wheel arches - unusual choice for a 400 road car...
  5. Hi Ian, Try using a small pin punch to drift out the centre pin. I seem to remember these clips were used on replacement panels which did not have the welded trim pins like original factory-fit clips. Maybe means the car has had a replacement wing at some time. The clips probably have a spigot which fits into a drilled hole on the wing - the centre pin spreads the spigot to lock it into place. If you drift it right through the clip should release. Then catch the pin to re-use later.
  6. Here are some photographs showing the Chevair bonnet as original fitment on the Manta 400 road cars. You can see the slightly raised profile in the side view of the white car. The silver 400 shows the different top profile. On a standard Manta bonnet the central crease line runs nearly the full length of the bonnet and only blends out approx. 200mm from the rear. On a Chevair/400 bonnet the crease line disappears about 400mm from the front, with the main central bonnet area being higher and flatter. All quite subtle but noticeable when you look closely. You can see it quite well in the silver car picture. All done on the 400 to give extra clearance for the intake plenum and tracts cast into the cam cover, plus the crankcase breather pipe routed over the engine.
  7. Does the bonnet have four parallel slots in the internal cross-bracing instead of the irregular/tapered ones on a Manta? If you put a straight-edge across the underside, how much taller is it at the highest point compared to a standard Manta bonnet?
  8. Numbers in the drawing are the old Bosal aftermarket part numbers. May be able to use them for cross-reference or find some old-stock Bosal or Walker exhaust boxes.
  9. Yes, will do. May take the plate off to get a better picture. Thanks for the Campagnolo decal link . Probably best to take care with these wheels and find someone who knows what they are doing. The original paint finish is quite robust but once damaged the magnesium can corrode and pit readily. Best to stay away from too heavy abrasive blasting - anything with steel or iron embeds in the surface and makes corrosion worse. Glass bead could be better if not too coarse, maybe something less harsh like walnut shells or soda. Hopefully you can find someone with the right experience. I expect they where chemically treated when first manufactured with a chromate or phosphate process before the paint finish was applied. Epoxy powder-coat is probably the way to go for the finish. No rear screen sticker on my car unfortunately . The only other thing I can think of for the rear screen is the foam protection mat. Made from about 10mm thick grey foam, rectangular in shape and about the width of the rear window. It has the 'Centaur' logo about 300mm long stencilled in black across the middle. The idea was you were supposed to place it between the folded halves of the rear screen to protect against scratching. Age degrades the foam and although the lettering is slightly raised it may just be that the paint has stopped it shrinking as much as the rest. Either that or they where made with some sort of moulding process. 083 still had the mat when I got it - it lived on the parcel shelf or in the boot for a while, now 'lost' up in the loft somewhere. I will come across it at some point the next time clearing out is done... I was looking for the original hood operation handbook recently (if you can call a couple of pieces of paper stapled together a handbook) - stashed away so securely with the Cavalier owners handbook I can't find it at the moment. Hopefully it will turn up....
  10. A couple of other minor labels when you are having bits and pieces remade. Original Magraw/KJ Motors front number plate and fitting on 083. They used the original rear below-bumper backing plate, rather than discarding it when the rear plate was relocated above the bumper. The little label is only on the front plate and is a light silvery colour. Stuck on the surface rather than made as part of the plate like a lot of dealer plates are. If you want I can measure the size so you can have a copy made when the dashboard badge is done - just for that authentic finishing touch... You may already have these if the wheels have never been repainted. Clear label backing curved to match wheel rim. Inside the wheels showing the original design fitment in the 1970s. Obviously not seen when tyres are fitted...
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