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  1. I am not sure if this could be modified to fit a Manta, but could be a useful base for someone, so far a realistic price! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Cavalier-Mk1-NOS-genuine-complete-front-panel-Manta-B/294102995872?fits=Model%3ACavalier&hash=item4479e793a0:g:bPYAAOSw9NRgaeYr
  2. This morning I had an update from Mathewsons auction site and they have another couple of Mantas on the auction for this weekend (Friday and Saturday it looks like) There is a 1985 GTE project car on there that looks like a hell of a lot of welding A 1987 Exclusive Hatch There is also a tidy looking Ascona of 1977 vintage It looks like they are getting quite a few through their books at the moment, so will be interesting in the sale prices
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-rear-axle-complete-DIFF-Differential-brakes-KIT-CAR-DRIFT-GTE-etc/383975700994 I saw this today, it looks like the seller has no details or information on the axle but thinks it might be a A Series axle. Has Tie rods, Panhard rod, anti-roll bar & diff so might be a good source of spares for someone and not too expensive. Collect from Derby
  4. The steering rack is still on there: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-A-Series-Steering-Rack-Rhd-Rare-Mk1/274668445604?hash=item3ff383dfa4:g:y-YAAOSwkuxf~K7H It looks like it would probably need to be fully overhauled based on the photo as it looks quite rusty on the steel parts
  5. I had seen one fairly recently on Ebay for sale in Ireland, it was used and the shipping charges were a little high. So that might be an option for you to take a look at I hope that helps?
  6. https://www.gumtree.com/p/opel/opel-manta-1987-1979-cc-/1396795800 It does mention the usual areas that need attention, but given the recent sale prices might well be a worthwhile project for someone. Unfortunately I think most recent enquiries are looking for a Coupe, this one is a Hatchback but looks like a good basis
  7. That car is the original prototype car that was based on an SR rather than a Berlinetta of the 'Production' cars. So no sunroof & different colour interior. It used to be owned by a chap called John Cordon, who I met and purchased some parts from many years ago. I heard that is was sold a few years ago and went across to Europe to it's new owner so may have been on it's way there when these photos were taken. That would also explain why the UK registration was still on the car as that is part of it's significance
  8. Hi Everyone, After many years of ownership, several house moves and family the time has come for me to finally start my A Series Turbo Project. I bought the car probably back in about 1990 as a wreck back then, it was in bits and needed a huge amount of work. I saw the car and initially decided not to buy it, deciding it needed too much work. Back in those days everything including your hoover had a Turbo sticker on it so I took little notice of the stickers on it and the fact there was a Turbo in the boot. It was only some weeks later I happened to read a letter in Practical classics describing the Broadspeed Turbo and everything clicked into place, the Black body colour, the interior trim colour etc. I was away at College at the time so sent my dad to buy and collect the car, I have had it ever since. An initial assessment of the car and contact with the club back then Mark Kinnon confirmed that is was the real deal and mostly complete. It was missing it's Alloy wheels and the Turbo boost gauge and a few other odds and sods shared with the standard cars. At some point in it's life back then the turbo kit had been removed and was still all together, although for some reason the plenum chamber had been chopped up and dumped in the boot. The car had then been just run as a normal carb car, subsequently taken off the road due to rampant rust in the floors. The car was in bits when purchased, so I have little idea of what I have and what is missing but I did know about the bigger items needed - Front wings, bonnet, front screen, seats needed re-trimming due to rodent action so it was always going to be a big task. The other major issue was the roof, factory fitted with a sunroof and vinyl roof it was rotten. Luckily I managed to get some lucky breaks at the time or a couple of years after buying - 2 new old stock US spec Opel front wings and 4 alloy wheels which were close to the originals but not quite the real thing. In addition I managed to buy an A Series shell that had been crashed in the front quite badly and managed to salvage a roof and decent floorpan from that car. After that intial flurry of work and interest it got put on the back burner due to other projects, working away a lot of the time and house moves. The car never left, just moved from place to place, so apart from getting knocked about at one of the places it was stored the rust never got any worse it was always stored undercover thankfully. So my next steps are continue to clear out my garage so I can actually start work on the car, take an inventory of what I have and don't have then get the shell stripped and blasted to find get rid of all of the rust. The plan is to keep the car as standard as possible, based on practicality and parts availability. Any mods that I make will be easily reversible, I know the brakes were marginal when new so that might be something I look at but am happy to take recommendations there. Here are some photos of the car taken at the weekend & the turbo kit in case you are interested in that. I will keep you posted once I get started in earnest later this year. Richard
  9. Hi Matt, Good to see that the parts are of use to you and much better being used for your cavalier than gathering dust in my garage! Great progress and hope I can be of help in the future when this lockdown is over.
  10. Welcome to the club, I am practically a neighbour in Marlow! Good luck with the Cavalier Richard
  11. All, Thanks for all the positive support, I was in touch with Russ about 5 years ago but no longer have any contact information for him. I will take a few snaps of the car this weekend, although at the moment it is still in it's as delivered state. Filled up with bits and pieces so I will have to sort that out. Be warned, it's not a pretty sight at the moment. If it was a standard car I think it would be fit for scrap. I am toying with getting the shell blasted but I am not sure how much will be left! Thanks Richard
  12. Good Afternoon All, I am getting started on my A series manta restoration in the very near future and will need some help with this from the Manta community to get this completed. Firstly a bit of history - Way back in October 1992 I took a look at a rather down at heel A series at a crash repair company that was one of the projects for the owner of the said bodyshop. I really liked the look of the car but recognised it would be quite a big job to do, floors holed wings full of filler, bubbling vinyl roof - you get the picture. There was something odd about the car, it had turbo stickers on the sides and a turbo in the boot with some other odds and sods as the car had been partially stripped down. It didn't run or anything so I decided it was too much work and walked away. A couple of weeks later, I read a classic car magazine which mentioned the Manta Broadspeed Turbo and it kicked into place. It was one of these mythical beasts, all be it in a terrible state and with a few items missing but the basics were there. As I was away at college at the time I dispatched my dad to go and do the deal, I paid £100 for the car. the vendor had bought the car for £75 and wanted to turn a bit of profit! Anyway I managed to get a set of alloy wheels of similar design that came off a BMW of similar age (only 4 sadly) and the only other parts missing were the turbo boost gauge and the downpipe from the turbo to the exhaust system. I enthusiastically joined the OMOC and met with some great people at that time who helped out a great deal with details and information on the rarity of the car. Time passed, I lost touch with the club and other members. I did catch up with John Cordon via Ebay some years ago who had by that time sold on the Prototype Turbo as was selling off his parts stash. Now 3 storage moves later, finally losing my storage and hopefully the last move of the car before restoration will finally get started I am ready to get the restoration underway. The car had been in dry storage for all those years so thankfully has not got any worse since 1992, but has suffered from some storage damage to the nose so is looking somewhat sad now and if it wasn't for the fact it is a genuine turbo should be fit really for scrapping. I have the car in my garage at home now so will be able to finally get started on this in the next few months. What I need help from the Manta community is as follows: Does anyone locally in the Thames Valley area (I am living in Marlow) have an A series I can take some photo's of for my reference? Secondly, give the unique nature and set-up of the Turbo does anyone have a Broadspeed car that I could take photo's of for helping with my assembly? Obviously I would need to travel any distance for that opportunity and would be more of a long term plan to help with my re-assembly. I know in the past there was a list of cars the 25-28 built and their statuses, which I think Mark Kinnon and Stephen Godfrey looked after but that was a long time ago! Is there any updated list of survivors in the club? Those of you who can remember the old club website and the turbo pages, that was my car which I bought all those years ago including the pictures of the Turbo, manifold and plenum chamber etc. I have set myself a 5 year target to get this done (I did an MGB in a similar time but that has much easier parts availability and I took the car to pieces in the first place). Given the help and enthusiasm I found in the club in the past I am sure that I will get what I need in terms of references and assistance. I look forward to meeting up with friends old and new! Many thanks Richard
  13. Many Thanks for all the messages and offers of help and support. I knew that the friendly attitude and camaraderie that I used to find in the Opel world would still be alive and well! All the best to you Richard
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