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  1. Anyone know how this design works -and if it is a good set up?: Zafira Mariva Vectra Insignia Manta Nova LSD limited Slip Diff conversion kit https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164405110793?ul_noapp=true £295 M Park Gear Lab Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 1AL ebay ID: gear_lab 07714 468253 acecarparts12@hotmail.co.uk
  2. Still available here... Rally Cars: Given the Works https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rally-Cars-Given-Works-Autocar/dp/0600350509
  3. Just found these photos of this car: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rutthenut/sets/72157633168218122/with/17039536955/ How is the car going nowadays? Did you put an LSD in it?
  4. Just had my first drive in the car (on a track day) -more info soon...
  5. The car is now on long-term loan back to Nick, along with these manuals
  6. the car passed its MOT and is road legal (if taxed) until 11 May 2017: https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history It is currently in my car port and is available if anyone wants to take it on and develop it further (ideal as a project for an enthusiast with more time than me or a Motorsport engineering college)
  7. The cars now gone to get checked and then for MOT
  8. A guide to the OHC ("Pinto") Engine which is in this Manta: http://www.crustworld.co.uk/index.php/tech-spec/engines-guide/18-the-ohc-engine
  9. It appears that either the PHANTOM GRIP firm rebranded to TRACTION CONCEPTS or the latter firm is now producing an LSD of similar design/function: http://www.tractionconcepts.com/help_answer.asp?ID=20#254 However, some people do appear to have encountered issues with parts wearing or breaking (apparently due to this LSD): http://www.turbominis.co.uk/forums/index.php?p=vt&tid=3093 http://www.turbominis.co.uk/forums/index.php?p=vt&tid=572671 http://www.triumphexp.com/phorum/read.php?7,1280933 http://www.opelgt.com/forums/clutch-transmission-drive-train-upgrades/77025-traction-concepts-lsd-opinions.html http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/archive/index.php/o-t--t-641041--start-0--index.html http://www.v6performance.net/forums/7g-honda-accord-performance-discussion/242945-lsd.html
  10. Good advice. Yes, the intention is to [possibly] use this for Stage Rallying in the future, so the ideal mounts would be: Co-driver: universal side mount brackets Driver: side mount brackets with a quick fore/aft adjustment mechanism [if this exists at reasonable money and is acceptable by the scrutineers] I would always recommend mounting seats as low as poss because: a) if you roll you are less likely to hit head/compress spine (and the straps stretch a lot when you're hanging in them!) b ) it lowers the CofG for better handling. BTW, it appears that any links that you put in a post (e.g. to other threads on this forum) do not work -they just re-load the thread that you're already on (in a new window)!. If you hover the cursor over the link you can see in the bottom left of the browser window that it displays the wrong web address. I've no idea why this should be. However, if you copy/paste the relevant weblink into a new window then it works OK.
  11. Great to hear that the car now moves under it's own power again! I've passed 2 blue Luke 4 point harnesses to Max for the car...
  12. You would think that Max [Manta Mender] is an old hand at motorsport restoration work given the scale (and skill) of what he's doing on the Manta. He's actually a 20yr old apprentice engineer -how about that! Pretty impressive
  13. I'll second that -it puts all the vibration (and shocks from bumpy rally stages) straight into the chassis causing fatigue issues (and a lot of noise!). Poly mounts are great, but rubber are fine (and are great for taking the shocks out). We can always upgrade the mounts for motorsport use in future, so recommend just fitting standard (but new) rubber mounts to get us going.
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