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  1. The narrower i240 kit sits on the Manta shape much better than the i400, accepted they were both done for a purpose but from an aesthetic point of view the i240 seems more in proportion with the rest of the car. Those lights on the front are an aquired taste and those wheels don't work for me, not so much the style but the colour, I'd paint them gunmetal grey leaving a silver rim, but these are little details of personal choice, otherwise.... WOW !!!!!! that is one really nice Manta, it just looks right, impossible to define but everything has come together to score a bullseye !
  2. It sits quietly shedding silent tears of shame having had 'that' engine dumped into it.......
  3. The Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox suffers a bizarre fault, a circlip becomes detached on the speedo worm drive inside the rear of gearbox allowing the worm drive to slide along it's shaft and disengage with the speedo drive cable, The bizarre bit is if you reverse the car the worm drive re-engauges and the speedo works again until you brake and the worm drive slides out of engagement again !! The speedo being a similar design on auto boxes means this may also happen to them though I have not heard of any instance of this myself.
  4. Would the show be next to this place ? - Camping 't Karrewiel - Campsite Peschweg 8 5864 CZ Meerlo Netherlands
  5. Great selection of Opels, I wish i could have been there. In the background of the second picture of your 400 it appears that the large barn is being dismantled, is this correct ?
  6. I made a cover for the cam chain to do my hydraulic tappets, just an arch with two semi circles welded up out of sheet steel, not totally successful because there is some splashing from the rockers/tappets.
  7. With the tank full of just petrol vapor it's in the most dangerous state, I've heard a story about a Jag with a drained fuel tank exploding when being welded. Take the tank out and you know you'll be safe, plus you can inspect all the pipework, which unless it is very obviously new replace. you could even clean and paint the tank, how about this for a left field idea, paint it Polar White to match the rest of the car ? wouldn't need a cover for it to look smart when you opened the boot.
  8. If your very lucky someone will have an original ZF for sale, failing that Gripper Diffs make a Manta LSD, A friend did some CAD design work for them and rates them - https://gripperlsd.com/product-category/opel/ That's a rare colour on a coupe, are those early B series trim strip on the side ?
  9. OB's are sought after in the coach world, they are smaller than later coaches so are easier to store, if someone was brave a ground up restoration would not be impossible as these vehicles were largely hand built, recreating it using craftsman's skills is not beyond an enthusiast, plus they when restored they are valuable, like this one - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vintage-coach/263864599913?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D52945%26meid%3D5f5da5c0064d40809dd180021ddb95e1%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D163198954858%26itm%3D263864599913&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
  10. The clue is in the thread title, Terry..... !!!!! If you could find it again H4WBE would appreciate a link.
  11. £900 is strong money for a Manta that's a project car, it all depends on what it's like underneath. Noticed it was in Luton, that's right under my nose, so to speak, Didn't know about this one, they're still out there waiting to be discovered. wonder where it is going to ?
  12. That is the back end of a Monza ( damn that van parked there ! ) It is quite possible that the two cars concerned are Monzas, easily confused by the general car enthusiast, both Opel sports coupes of the same era with similar sounding names.
  13. Today i visited the Stansted Raceway, a grand title for a dirt oval track down the back lanes of west Essex, another one tick off on my list of race tracks visited, talking to one of the competitors he asked if I'd got any interesting cars, i said i had a terminal Opel Manta addiction to which he replied " i know where there is two of them, at a cars sales garage in Stotfold, you can't see them, one is restored and kept locked up, the other is round the back " Right i thought, who can't see them ? Google Earth !! What do you think, is that a Grey Manta Hatch ? it's the closest in appearance to a Manta of the cars 'round the back', the Google Earth image is dated 5/7/2018
  14. This is always a great boost when tackling any car, having it come back to life, even if there is more work to be done, is a wonderful moral booster.
  15. Ooh nice, one of my favourites! Another biscuit I am partial to is a Lemon Puff - remember those?! I'd enjoy both of these, but you can't beat two Chocolate Digestives arranged chocolate faces together, then dunked into coffee so as the chocolate melts together, expert 'dunkers' never have any biscuit fall into their coffee....
  16. Ask them to email copies of the pictures they took, the cameras they use are excellent, a professional photographer took pictures of my Manta in the Netherlands and the quality was far beyond anything my camera would mange.
  17. Richard Watt of the Cavalier and Chevette club knows of this Centaur but doesn't know who the owners are. Ah yes, I've seen pictures of them on Centaurs, possible they started to corrode so they were painted, the white didn't suit a bronze car.
  18. Wonder if it's one of these 'off the radar' cars, never goes to shows, owners don't belong to a club, They possible bought it new, now it's about done 60k with full service history.
  19. Off out in my Carlton i got stuck in a queue of cars waiting to get past the dustbin truck in the high street, Suddenly my jaw dropped, coming the other way was a Cavalier Centaur !! i couldn't turn round to give chase as they were in a long stream of cars, but i never expected to see something like this in my home town !! Cavalier Centaur, MAR633V , Bronze, white wheels of indeterminate type, small black boot spoiler of apparently after market type, driven by an old white haired couple. If by chance you know more information I'd be intrigued to hear it.
  20. Every year for one weekend in July we all gather together and talk B+LL+CKS for days on end, late at night the B+LL+CKS we talk is of a particularly fine vintage !!
  21. 1800 GT's are rare, there is another Red one near me and i have seen another one at Billing, but there are far fewer than other 1800's, with the one owner, very low mileage, this must be kept original, every change made to this will wipe hundreds off the value. It is the original, also note the lack of sound deadening over the pedal box, another original feature of the bargain basement GT. Kieth Mayman ( Anne Norris's brother ) red 1800 Exclusive is the same, but round washer bottle was because it's an Exclusive, as for the lack of pedal box sound deadening on it i always wondered if it was because this was one of the very last 1800 built had Opel's run out of pedal box sound deadening ? Studying the pictures the only none original parts appear to be the exhaust and the battery, Hope it does make the estimate, this will put the value of the rest of the remaining 1800 up and make all of them worth saving.
  22. I thought that Gery interior with what I refer to as 'Deck Chair' seats was later, and I'm sure I've seen black 1800 Berlinetta's with the Tan interior, what we need is Steve Hancock, 1900SR, he'll put us right !! It does look like a good'un, even if it did require some chassis rail or jacking attention it's a far better looking starting point than some Manta's being restored currently.
  23. I thought, "do they have summer in Scotland ?" but of course they do or where would all the midges come from !! That's a heck of an undertaking, to do it properly the car has to be stripped down to almost a rolling shell, Then involves a lot of very expensive work, unless your feeling flush for money keep it as it is, it looks great now.
  24. This is where the aerial is situated on early B series, though maybe a little further forward, i like it located here, something different to most others cars.
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