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  1. That would be great, if you could let us know in good time.. I'd be really keen to bring my Manta A over - provided I could fit a visit into my work and family diary.
  2. What a super collection of cars, Herman. Was this your local Opel club gathering?. It would be good if some of us from the UK could visit some time.
  3. For what it is worth, I've always used the angled end of a scribe to extract the clip.. They are easy to replace: put the clip in first then slide it onto the spline.. The key issue, howeverh, is to ensure that the window is in such a position that the curved side of the clip is upwards - the last thing one would want to do is drop it down the hole and inside the door card.
  4. There are two 19mm bolt heads on the baclplate, with arrows stamped into the back plate alongsie. These each rotate a cam in the inside to adjust the shoes.. Slacken them right off - then check that the hand brake cable is free - before tightening them until the shoes just touch.. As you tighten, pump the pedal to ensure you centralise the shoes. If you are sure the other brake is completely freeing off, all should be good.. My reason froe asking is that I once had a similar problem and found the flexible hose had swollen within, so fluid wasn't flowing back freely - but then both should be tight. Good luck!
  5. The nuts in the centre of the rockers are the clearance adjustment. If they are tightened down you'll have no valve clearances.. They are an inference fit on th studs so shouldn't ever work loose - but need adjustment ocassionally to take up any wear.
  6. Greetings, and good to hear of a proud Manta owner in SA.. My Manta came from SA with my mother and is still very much my pride and joy - a one family owned 1900 that is still used regularly for touring in Europe. Yours looks to be an early model and, I think, a 1900.. In SA the Manta was sold in 1600 and 1900 form - the 1600 was marketed as the Manta S, originally with Rostyle wheels and no stainless trim over the wheel arches or along the sills, and no supplementary dials in the centre. The 1900 was marketed as the simply as a Manta, or Manta 1900.. This was essentially to Rallye model, with the supplementary dials, wheel arch trim and Rallye front suspension (2 degree negative camber). Most had slotted Rallye wheels.. Almost all SA Mantas came with Rallye stripes although a few late ones were essentially to Lux specification without stripes. So, look at your registration document : if its not registered as an S its a 1900.. A close look at the photo of the rear arch of your car suggests the are steel studs on the arch lip.. The trim mounts onto these with plastic clips.. If your car still has its original engine, the engine number should begin with 1.9S - 1600s began with 1.6s.. The chassis/VIN number is probably on the passenger side B post and, if anything like mine, will be a GM South African number rather than an Opel Manta number, so not a reliable source of ID. It appears your car has a varajet carb which, so far as I recall, was never original on Mantas in SA. It should be a Solex but a Weber is a good bet too. Let's hear how you get on with the restoration - and happym Manta motoring!
  7. I suggest you send the complete master cylinder to Past Parts for a refurb.. If necessary it will be stainless steel sleeved and new seals fitted.. Done mine a couple of years ago: it came back looking like new and works perfectly.
  8. The easiest and safe way to remove coils springs is to use 2 or 3 lengths of sufficiently strong chain (a good ironmonger will supply) about 40-50cm long to hold the spring in compression. Spring compressors, as in the illustration above, are great but they don't fit between suspension arms. Jack up the lower arm to compress the spring using the weight of the car, get the chains around as many coils as possible, using suitable bolts to secure the chains, then lower the arm.. You will still need to separate the ball joint but the spring stays compressed (and a lot shorter) to remove it.. You will, of course, need a set of spring compressors to compress the spring before removing the chains - don't even consider loosening the chains while the springs are compressed. The same goes for removing rear coils- they a amazing long when not compressed - without undoing anything other than the top shock mounts.
  9. This looks to be an ATE cap, although I cannot read the script on it.. If so, try VW.
  10. While there may be cheaper alternatives to Past Parts, they refurbed mine for the Manta A a couple of years back, along with the master cylinder. After 40 odd years of use, both were still working (no leaks or serious corrosion) but not much boost. New valves and diaphram has transformed it - and it looks like new too: money well spent, in my book.
  11. Welcome to the club! Might I suspect you have a Manta A? I used to live in SA and still have the A my parents bought new - now been in the UK for longer than it was in SA. Hopefully your Manta is still in reasonable condition and will soon be back on the road.
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