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  1. Hi Bob, welcome. I am not from the neighbourhoud (Belgium) but some years on this forum. So for any advice you'r on the right spot. Yes we love pics of your car! Grts, Herman
  2. Hi Julian, the cable is connected on your gearbox on something that looks like a cilinder: if you pull it out of your gearbox you can pull out the plastic sprocket and find this: the only thing you need to do is fit new O-rings. These O-rings are the same for 4-speed, 5-speed and autoboxes. The colour of that plastic part can be different, cause of the type rear axle/engine. Think the administrator will fix your "old" profile, grts Herman
  3. Just checked the patnrs. and those parts are identical 1.6/1.9/2.0. The filter is actually a screen, it's that square metal "sump-lookalike" thing at the front-side of the box. https://www.ebay.de/itm/221129285608 Keep up the great work!
  4. My radiator will be re-cored and costs me with the thick core of 53mm 180€ (inc. vat) and the normal core 140€. Always had the impression the prices in the UK were cheaper so I would recore it. I fitted an electrical fan from the scrap-yard with some hand-made brackets and no problems in the tropical sun (traffic-jam) of the south of France.
  5. Sundaymorning (@the Nürburgring) I woke up and I noticed two men looking at my "400". Lets say I was pretty tired after a night with our friends of the club, beer was one of the reasons. After a few seconds I recognized the first owner of my "400"... Well let us tell this story from the start: When I bought the "400" in 2005 there was also that little yellow maintenance book with it. The last page has got the name and city of the first owner. Also his profession. So I knew his name was Roland (cause of privacy will not give all info). The second day the "400" was in Belgium I looked at the Swiss internet to search for someone that fits the profile. So I found someone with the same name and he was a staff member of a firm that fits his former profession. And that firm was 20k's from the city that I found in that yellow book. So I mailed him "Are you Ronald ....the first owner of a original Manta-400 from the village ..." The same evening I had an answer "Yes I am!" So I informed him about the car, and he was happy the car still excists in good condition. He mailed me a lot of info about the car and I mailed him all those years about what we did with the car. And one meeting we were in the neighbourhood of Switserland and we had a appointment. So after more than 25 years he saw his car again in 2013: And last weekend he was at the Nürburgring with a friend to look for his old "400", and he was again happy the car is still in very good condition... Not me after that night...
  6. Sorry Andy, just forget what I wrote. Didn't know about the EFI, so think you are doing the best to let them do the first start-up. Checked their website and it doesn't look as a normal Opel dealer garage. Succes with the start-up!
  7. https://risse-motorsport.de/ I was stationed for eight years in Germany, four of them in the neighbourhood of this firm. They are very well known in the Opel-scene, not only in Germany. This winter I'v got to open my "400" engine cause the stemseals are worn, gonna order them by Risse. They have a lot of nice stuff but not cheap. But if you need it... Hey Andy, are you sure those mecs at your dealer have more skills than you? Just make sure you fill up the oil filter and the oil pump and drive the pump with a long screwdriver and an electrical handdrill till you see the oil comming up in the head. Just crank it up!
  8. Hi Andy, love the old CSI. But want to try the other two also! A few pics from other sources, as you all can see it was raining the first day: But later we had the opportunity to take some nice pics: And to stay dry we still have the clubtent:
  9. Hi All, as usually we had our meeting on the "Ring". The first day (friday) was pretty wet but from saturday on it was better. Enjoy the pics: This one is looking for a new owner: This is the first part, got some pics of the smart-phones to download. So more to come. Grts, Herman
  10. Hi DeeBob, welcome on this forum. The right place for advice and help! Waiting for pics, grts Herman
  11. This is one topic to follow. The Saab way is nice, google Rik Ophuis Saab. He drives a Ascona-B with a Saab engine but not sure what gearbox he uses. He is from the Netherlands. My daily Insignia has got 310Hp (2.0NHT used by Saab also) and the GT gearbox fits on that engine so maybe an idea? Succes with the rebuild!
  12. H-400

    New swan neck

    Well I'm back. But didn't do anything on the Manta. What I did (of topic) do was preparing the truck for MOT. The new brakes are fitted and checked the lights and so on. But didn't pass the Belgian MOT. "Your speed limiter is behind date" (Don't know how to say that in English) Me: "Urh?" In the army I drive trucks that are together with the tank on the flatbed 100 tons heavy. We have also speed limiters but they are never calibrated... Some of our armoured vehicles (25 ton heavy) are not limited and they do 70M/h, civilian truckdrivers look suprised when I overtake them at the highway😁. So the truck is in a workshop to check the speedlimiter, while I was doing that: And for the first time one of my cars has got a "O" numberplate. I was always proud to have a regular plate on my oldtimer so I could prove my car is technical 100% save as other modern cars. But because of the environment rules oldtimers are only allowed to enter a city with "Oldtimer numberplates": Friday we drive to the Nürburgring for our meet with the Opel400Club, we will take some pics of course! Grts, Herman
  13. This is the interieur of an Exclusive: Typical red/grey colours as I always knew. Was surprised there was also a serie made for the UK with the GSI interieur.
  14. In Belgium still available, but not sure it fits also on a automatic. Manufactor of the cable is Hitec, length 1240mm. Looked at your topic and connection on the gearbox looks the same...
  15. Hey thats great Ian, just take the time to be sure the paint is complete dry. So thats a reason to take that lady on the road an let the sun do it's work.
  16. Hi Ian, had the same problem. Used Building gleu Tec7, had problems to to get them off again. Not sure you can buy the same mark in the UK but if you google it you can find the base what that gleu is made of and look for a local replacement.
  17. Great looking car, you deserve it!
  18. H-400

    New swan neck

    Thanks Bandid, the Manta is yet tucked away cause I had to valuate the "400" for the insurance and over a few days we leave for Scotland. Tomorrow got to fit new brakes on my truck so I can go to the MOT. This truck will be my project when the GSI is ready: Making a rallyservicecar/mobilhome. So this topic will be quit for some time, grts Herman
  19. Never thought a drop of sweat could do that! You are doing fine Ian. Now we know why those pretty nurses whipe of the sweat of those operating doctors in the ER, you will have to find on also to assist you😁.
  20. Just google Manta with your numberplate, you will be surprised! (found this years ago, always fun) example: Manta adz31: https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1EJFA_enBE762BE764&q=manta+adz31&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw7bydsKDjAhXKZ1AKHcXEC-kQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1680&bih=907 Looks google recognizes the plates!
  21. H-400

    New swan neck

    Had to take another set of dust-covers cause they were damaged. After making them rustfree and folding them to fit the Rekord 2.2E brakes I gave them some new paint: After fitting them I noticed they touched the lower arm: Cutting with the grinder, again some paint and yes it looks OK: Adjusting the bearings after giving them new grease: Cleaning the calipers, dirty vs clean: New flexible brake hoses, you all saw I used the old brake pads but everything was tagged so it is on the same place as before: And a new flexible hose to the rear brakes: Next thing to do is adjusting the rear brakes, connecting the handbrake-cable and bleeding the brake-system. Have a nice weekend!
  22. H-400

    Track Manta

    Got sometimes the same feeling with my "400". Rear axle is also 4 link and diff is locked and front is cause of the aluminium head lighter than a normal Manta. The long wide curbs are great to take but the narrow curbs need to step on the throttle. Heard that also from rallydrivers that loved the Ascona-400 more.
  23. Hi Ian, thats a good tip, we never know when I am using a spray-gun. Succes with the paint-job!
  24. H-400

    Mike's Manta.

    100% with you. Some weeks ago I realised I visited a lot of countries in Europe with the "400": Belgium, Germany,Holland, Denmark, Switserland, Austria, France and the U.K. Never on a trailer (To the UK some time on a boat😉) but after 2 friends had some severe damage on their cars (lucky they were very well insured) I am yet checking my insurance and monday the car will be valuated again. So Mike a Manta that is as perfect as yours: Make sure you have a good insurance.
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