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  1. They don't mention the thread, but worth a try (volvo 240-260): and looks like we can order identicals from a web-shop in Belgium: https://www.pk500.be/ev1314-stelbout-koplamp-fiat126.html
  2. An important moment for our "400": the 100.000km on the dash, than it goes back to 00000... Looked to the material of France, is the same but a silver hood. And nothing for us Mantamaniacs. Got something else: We just filled up our gas-tanks and are going to leave that place. Looks rather unorganized but gives a nice look at our cars, enjoy: Grts,Herman
  3. The roads were not that bad, it is more the way the camera is fitted. It hangs on a arm that is sucked on the windscreen so it does vibrate. Also cause the suspension is rather tough. Gonna look further, have some more, also with the GSI in France...
  4. Yep, at some time had to loose them cause they knew the road better than me. And the missus was sitting next to me to record everything. Don't want to hurt my car and her ,in the woods was something like the "Nurburgring", wet when you don't expext it.
  5. H-400

    New swan neck

    Thanks for the nice comments, always more work than we expect. Want this car 100% technical OK, my son is going to drive it. He has got to learn "No ABS, No Power steering, No stabilisation system, No traction controll, No GPS, No smart-phone device, and so one" He just don't nows it yet...
  6. H-400

    New swan neck

    Well have done some work on the Manta, but not that much progress. Lot of time cleaning and degreasing. 10 years ago I gave the car a Dinitrol treatment, by a professional. The result is that all the bodyparts inside have that greasy wet stuff, the engine compartiment also...Takes ages to remove it! This is how the car is at this moment. Question: Never done it without disassamble the dash-board, is it possible to remove the heater box?(engine bay) Tried to look under the dash to check if I can unscrew those 4 bolts but my back is killing me today. Another rust-sensitive part: Removed the rust till naked steel, went into the seem with a Dremel grinding tool and treated it with rust-eater. Later some rust-converter on it and this is the result. Needs ofcourse some work. Found a Recaro-ventilation device in the floor pan! So cutted the steel till it was rustfree and welded a sheet of metal in it. Also a well known problem, the battery-tray. Still looks OK, but needs some minor repairs. The floor-pans were 10years ago welded, but the seams had some "fly-rust". De-rusted them, used rust converter and special metal paint to protect against rust. Grts, Herman
  7. H-400

    New swan neck

    The paint shop is the same as 10 years back, I know the owner very well and as the last time I am allowed to prepare the car. So it means I've got to take free, that will be the week from jan the 21st. In the meantime I took the front axle complete apart, going to galvanise the bolts and some other parts and respray the rest. Hopefully there will be no special duty's at our barrack's cause there are two tanks (Leopard) on their way to Estland and there is some "rumble in the jungle" cause of the election-problems in Congo. At this moment it is raining, I wanted to respray the parts under my carport but to moist...
  8. H-400

    New swan neck

    The Manta is yet at the painter: After 10 years there are some spots that need attention, but my son is motivated to help: Maybe it needs some work cause I did this with the car? Yeah, a car is made to drive, not to put in a glass box...
  9. @Jason: Oops, that same hairdresserscar was earlyer for sale and not solled after a bid of 86000€, These things make our passion for owning a classic-cars difficult. Yet are classic cars something like an investment...
  10. I think you mean the one in the red cirkel: On a "B" (other design but compareble) it is a 14mm thread, if so we are yet sure what nut it is. Than we can dig further, so let us know.
  11. This pic comes from a Manta-A technical manual:
  12. I like the wide body kit on a "400", looks great. But I can't get it over my heart to cut in those arches of my "400". It's an original B1-400, and those narrow cars seem to be rare. Jason, you hit the nail on the head.
  13. And another "400" for sale in Holland: https://www.autotrack.nl/tweedehands/opel/manta/42354635?policy=accepted&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F looks nice, the text says the car is complete redone and in new condition.
  14. As cam.in.head mentioned above the nuts are easy to repair to self-locking, I put the top in a vise and put some tension on it. The top will be a bit oval and locks again.
  15. That isn't the first time this "400"was for sale, last time the highest bid was 75000€, not solled... So you have to grab deeper in your pockets!
  16. Not far away from my home for sale: https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1065019 last bid (some months ago) was 75000€, not solled...
  17. If nobody saw this: The wiper engines are still in this front!
  18. Maybe better to buy fuel hoses that already can have fuel with ethanol, we never know what those politicians decide behind our back.
  19. @ cam.in.head: No problem, was more meant as a joke. And yes I did check pics of Vauxhall brochures. Looks the best and is technical the better way, the numberplate can have a bad influence to your cooling system when it is fitted too high, a Manta has got those slots above the bumper but the most air will come from beneath. A pic of my first Manta, long ago: Think you can approve position of my numberplate; Grts, Herman
  20. I stripped the complete axle/suspension. (together with help of my son), the bolts and some more parts will be passivated, (yellow zinc plating) Today we degreased the parts, and derusted them with a grinder. The axle is still in good condition so it was easy to do. Had more work with degreasing. Maybe we will do some more tomorrow, but as I wrote: New Years Eve, Got to get my mom and so on... Think I have to post some more pics on this forum, found something like a date stamped in one of the lower suspension arms. Have all a great party tomorrow!
  21. Lay a metal bar on top of the dent, and one under the dent and screw them together with a clamp. Then carefully hammer the dent on the front back. And if that doesn't work, hang your numberplate high enough... I stopped working at 4 pm, was cleaning all the parts of the front suspension. Outside cause it is a dirty job but had to stop. The metal was too cold and getting wet cause of condensation. Don't forget tomorrow it's New Years Eve!
  22. Hey Ian, thats a bargain!
  23. Maybe looking for a seat on our site of the sea, our passenger-seats are your driver-seats... And as all passenger seats they are not worn. Just an idee, finding one is something else. And shipping it to GB... Can always look around.
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