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  1. All, this one is back on face-ache and Ebay I believe. I went to have a look at this last year and it had already been heavily stripped of any useful parts, I understand it was someone's spares car and had sat under a tree for years. I tried to put a deal together for the bits I wanted - Windscreen, steering wheel and a couple of other smaller bits but the seller's business partner had some unrealistic ideas about what things were worth. He wanted £300 for the screen and I would have to remove it myself! I new one from Pilkingtons starts at £350 so I passed on that one. It was slightly complicated by the fact that it was jointly owned by two guys, one of them was fairly reasonable and realistic and the other thought everything was made out of diamonds or something 🤑 Just in case anyone else wanted some bits and pieces from this car, I will give a quick summary of what I saw & noted down - There are no headlights or front grilles left, no rear axle, no side windows or side trim sets (one of the main bits I was looking for), Bonnet and Front wings are scrap and the interior is no good either. You might be able to salvage some of the front suspension and a few other bits and pieces but not much more to be honest. I do remember there being two centre consoles in black, and a set of rear lights but not much else inside stood out as being worth keeping. The engine wasn't seized and there was a gearbox and some other sundries under the bonnet, but I don't think any of these bits are especially sought after or in demand. The last conversation I had with the seller (the reasonable guy) was this is going to be scrapped and if I wanted anything to make him an offer for what I wanted. Lastly, whatever you want you will have to take it off yourself so not sure there is much chance of getting stuff posted out if you live miles away. My last visit I left empty handed after wasting half a day and half a tank of juice getting up there and back, despite having the pound notes in my pocket and the tools in the car I left empty handed. A bit of a reverse Tyre-kicker situation...... I just hope this helps, if anyone else was looking at this as a source of parts. If I do put a deal together and there are any parts that someone needs I am fine to help out if I can, just let me know and I will take a look and collect on your behalf if that would help another Manta owner
  2. I have just seen this and thought I would post this on the forum. It looks like it might be too far gone for a restoration unless you are very handy with a welder & fabrication! It does look fairly complete though and the interior is very good for a project car. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125021377494?hash=item1d1bdad3d6:g:qDYAAOSwN6lhoNZb
  3. All I have also seen this car for breaking on Facebook marketplace, has anyone had any parts or knows the seller? I understand that he also had a complete shell / Project car which was sold on Ebay a few weeks ago, which I think went for about 3 grand I was just wondering if it would be worth taking a look at this as a source for some of my missing parts. Any comments welcome, thanks Richard
  4. Hi Andy, that paint finish is looking great. As you say, the more your practice the more fussy you are with the finish. It gives all of us the confidence to have a go ourselves and see what we can do. The Lambretta will be painted to perfection I am sure! Great work!👍
  5. Hopefully one of the club members snapped this up as it looks like it has been sold already!
  6. I have just seen this for sale in Scunthorpe, it looks like it has been standing for a long time as there is quite a bit of surface corrosion on it. Could be worth it if you get it cheap. Seller also has some GT/J Front seats for sale So far no bids and only 99p at the moment! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184800366931?hash=item2b06f5d153:g:8jAAAOSwBxJgipE6
  7. Thanks for the comments, I know where I can get the rims welded. My dad is an approved aircraft welder so can weld up practically anything that is weld-able, one of the companies he used to work for used magnesium wheels for their aircraft nose wheels so he knows what he is doing from the welding point of view. I will just need to find someone who can take care of the surface preparation and coatings. There is a friendly local Italian car specialist who has probably come across magnesium Campagnolo or Cromodoro so I can ask him who he uses for wheel preparation. Not a big hurry, so just wanted to find the right specialist to get them done properly.
  8. One step closer on the long road! After a nerve-racking 3 months but, I have finally received a set of Alloy wheels for my car from a seller in Italy. The originals were missing from my car when I bought it so these are probably the closest I am ever likely to find. They are in fairly good condition from what I have seen so far, although they need a good clean-up and surface treatment. One of the wheels has a chunk out of the outer rim but looks like it could be repaired without too much difficulty. I am assuming they are Cast Magnesium which is what the original wheels were so know that repairs and treatments may be a challenge. Any comments and feedback on preparation and repairs for these wheels will be welcome. Although I don't need them right at this moment I could get on with the restoration of them.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Welcome to the club, I am practically a neighbour in Marlow! Good luck with the Cavalier Richard
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Hi All, I may know some of the longer standing members as I joined the club many years ago when I was lucky enough to stumble across and buy a Broadspeed Turbo - KNO 1N Just recently I have got back in touch with the club and re-joined having lost contact a few years ago. I have had the car for nearly 20 years now and never got much further than weeks of welding and fabrication of the many rotten parts on the car, to be honest if it wasn't a genuine Turbo it should be scrapped! So having had a few house moves and just coming to the end of my latest restoration I am looking for my next project and the Manta should fit the bill. Unfortunately the car was stripped when I purchased it all those years ago so I am probably going to need help and assistance with what goes where, when I finally restart work on the car in the next few months. Any help guidance and assistance from club members would be very welcome, as I remember what friendly bunch you are! Now living in Marlow Bucks, although the car is still in hiding in darkest Essex until I get my garage sorted out but giving it's in the dry it's not getting any worse. All the Best Richard Webb
  22. Johan, I may be able to help, I know that John used to live in Surrey as I purchased some A Series parts from him a few years ago. I am sure he is still listed on Ebay as seller broadspeedturbo so you might be able to contact him through there, I still had a link to him as a favourite seller although I missed out on a lot of his parts when he cleared out all his manta bits. I hope it helps? I might need to ask you for some help with my car in the future. I own a Broadspeed Turbo - KNO 1N which I hope to be my next restoration project having owned the car for nearly 20 years now and still not on the road! Good luck and hope you manage to track him down. When I first bought my car he was very helpful and knowledgeable on the car. All the best Richard
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