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Irmscher Man

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  1. Nicest looking of all the Bitter models imho.
  2. I think you are right Chris. Steve’s Monaco Blue exclusive was the first car I remember seeing this reg plate on. I don’t think he is on here much nowadays but is active in the club FB page. Might be worth popping a post on and asking?
  3. Fantastic work. Coming on nicely now! You certainly are putting the hours in on this and it shows!
  4. Bit of an update, I spoke to Express today and the reason they have been so slow at getting thing off the ground is they are moving to new premises….quite a big job as they have two industrial panel presses, obviously these are massive bits of equipment. They are building a new facility for hand finishing the panels too, which will speed up the whole process. I think they have been victims of their own success, as so many people have been buying panels during lockdown down, they need more capacity and staff to keep up. On the Battery tray front, the original part they have has been chemically dipped and prepared for tooling, so almost ready to use. I explained the situation and he is going to put this part at the front of the queue when they open up again. I will be speaking with them again again later on in the week.
  5. Thanks Paul….and everyone else that has supported the progress. I’ve just been getting a little frustrated with the speed that Expressed Panels are working at as we are completely in their hands now. They have our panels, they have made samples and have priced up the items (as per the three posts about battery tray, a series front panel and coupe rear panel.) I’m getting nothing back from them at the moment, so need to keep chasing them. I did specifically ask Dave not to tread on the clubs toes on this one, as it would make sense if we all worked on different panels, and then we would all get the benefit. He decided to ignore that request and start speaking to folks about what parts they wanted. He isn’t a club member so doesn’t really have anything invested in our process or the success of our scheme. He is not using the same supplier as us, and will not be offering them at cost price or with any discount to OMOC members. All proceeds will end up…..well…..not in the club account helping to make more panels/parts. I could have happily funded a venture like this myself and made a few quid for myself……I didn’t think that was particularly ethical though.
  6. Dave isn’t using the same manufacturer as us, as far as I’m aware. He is using someone local I believe. It will be interesting to see how they turn out as I might have to look at changing suppliers as I’m getting really frustrated with the lack of movement from the supplier we are trying to work with. We have done everything they asked us to do, even supplying them with OEM panels to use, so I can say that it isn’t down to us dragging our feet.
  7. Coupe panels are already in the mix for remanufacture, although To be honest, this recent development puts the whole process of the club remanufacturing panels in jeopardy. I asked Dave politely not to tread on our toes and he has blatantly ignored that. Don’t forget, we are doing this for the good of the club members and will not be making any money out of this personally. I suspect that is not the case with any other supplier. I am looking into suspending the whole process at the moment as we can’t afford to waste any more of our own personal time if this isn’t going to happen. It’s a shame really as these panels from Express would have been of exceptional quality. Not the cheap back street stuff that you will now be fitting to your cars for the financial benefit of one person, who isn’t even a member of the OMOC. Apologies if that sounds a bit strong but I am, (understandably I feel), a bit pissed off.
  8. I’ve got a few spares. Do you need the early white plastic ones or the later large black ones (like below)?
  9. It will be interesting to see what they are like. Obviously we have put quite a bit of time and effort into trying to get quality parts made, but if demand drops off as a result of this, it may jeopardise the production run.
  10. Im speaking with the manufacturers about timescales at present. I will then be in touch about deposits etc.
  11. Fortunately, they have the full rear panel to copy (which the club supplied). Whilst we were visiting them, Robert (shop Foreman) popped out of our meeting and came back 5 minutes later with another Manta B rear panel....."so that's what this is then, thought it was for a Manta". This is potentially very good news as they will have an OEM panel to make up the tooling and a spare one to use as a reference when finishing the repro ones.
  12. I haven’t had photos from them yet of the sample but I will ask how it is coming on.
  13. You’ll have to take it for a spin mate.....you will want one even more!
  14. I’ve owned a Monaro for the last 10 years and it has been a great weapon! Easy enough to drive as a daily, and no worse than a GTE on fuel. Happily gets over 35mpg if you are not hammering it but where’s the fun in that!
  15. Yes, definitely worth thinking about this. We did actually discuss this as a possibility as it also would bring the cost down slightly.
  16. I doubt it but it is always worth asking the question. The club isn't really in control of the manufacturing or pricing of these parts, we are just working with the manufacturer to get Manta Parts onto their production list. The easiest thing we can do is negotiate a club discount for all members, which lets face it, will be well worth the cost of membership on the purchase of a couple of parts. I will see if they are able to reduce the price on an initial batch if we guarantee 20 sales however. We could buy some for the club and keep them in stock but the beauty of this scheme is that as soon as there is demand, the manufacturers will run off another batch. They will keep the moulds and tooling required for each part, so this gives availability well into the future for everything we help them to get back into production. I think the club funds would be better spent on getting more parts into production than having a large supply of panels sitting around to be honest.
  17. Yes - in theory. What we have been looking at is the complete rear panel (including the inner light housing, and also a lower repair panel - which would be up to the bottom of the lights (see below for an idea of the Hadrian Panel that you could get a few years back). I must point that out that prices for this are very much approximate at this stage and until they make up the pre production sample, they wont know how much manual work is involved. For example, the new MkI Golf rear panel is £271 and is similar in construction. I reckon £200 - £300 but we will wait and see what they say for definite. The club has provided a panel for use as a template already, and they already had a spare but didn't know what it was from so we have the ideal scenario for getting these made up next. Pic - Hadrian Repair Panel (Lower section)
  18. Although this is a large piece of metalwork, is it actually a relatively simple pressing. If you look at the A series front panel too, that is a similar sort of price. The cost of each panel is more about the amount of manual labour required to finish the part than anything else. The Battery tray needs to have a bracket pressed and welded on and a captive nut positioned in the right place etc.....the rear panel isnt quite so complicated. Also - the price is only estimated at the moment so may of course be a bit higher!
  19. To try and get an indication of how many people are interested in buying a B Series Coupe Rear Panel, we need to know numbers for the potential order and ideally we need a minimum of 10 to proceed. Once we have confirmed numbers, we will proceed with the order for the panels to go into production with Expressed Steel Panels. When the panels are ready, you will then be able to order direct from their Website (or via telephone order) and they will be shipped from them once manufactured. These will be quality items and made from 20 gauge steel. Some of their other items can be seen here - https://www.steelpanels.co.uk/products/ TO SHOW INTEREST IN PLACING AN ORDER - JUST CLICK ON THE "YES" BUTTON ABOVE. The Details: This post is for a B series Coupe complete Rear Panel. The Price is not yet confirmed but is likely to be approximately £200 each plus VAT Club Members will receive a 10% discount on this price. Some pictures of the original GM panel that the remanufactured panel will be based upon :
  20. To try and get an indication of how many people are interested in getting their hands on a B Series Battery Tray repair Panel, we need to know numbers for the order and we need a minimum of 10 to proceed. At present, this is the next panel to go into manufacture and a pre production sample has not yet been made. It is likely to be the full battery tray and includes the bracket. These are quality items and made from 20 gauge steel. Some of their other items can be seen here - https://www.steelpanels.co.uk/products/ TO SHOW INTEREST IN PLACING AN ORDER - JUST CLICK ON THE "YES" BUTTON ABOVE. The Details: This post is for a B series Battery Tray Repair Panel. The Price will be approximately £110 each plus VAT Club Members will receive a 10% discount on this price. Picture for attention only - you know where the Battery tray is I'm sure!
  21. To try and get an indication of how many people are interested in getting their hands on one of the newly manufactured A series Front Lower Valances, we need to know numbers for the order and we need a minimum of 10 to proceed. Once we have confirmed numbers, you will need to order your panels via the Expressed Steel Panels Website (or via telephone order) and they will be shipped directly from them once manufactured. These are quality items and made from 20 gauge steel. Some of their other items can be seen here - https://www.steelpanels.co.uk/products/ TO SHOW INTEREST IN PLACING AN ORDER - JUST CLICK ON THE "YES" BUTTON ABOVE. The Details: The part number for the A series Front Lower Valance is MAN-A-E1 The Price will be £235 each plus VAT Club Members will receive a 10% discount on this price. Some pictures of the initial pre production sample:
  22. I had all my band gear in the back of my various hatches over the years. With the back seat down, it was cavernous. 3 keyboards in cases, PA system with Yamaha amp, 2 keyboard stands, Mic stands and 2 boxes of cables. Even managed to fit a few lights in on occasions. Was a bit of a pisser when I got a puncture on the A14 one evening and had to empty the boot in the snow on the village green in Cold Ashby. Happy days though.
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