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  1. H-400

    "400" repair

    Hi Andy, the gasket began to leak after I did the 1000km oil change & inspection. It sweated allready on the backside but after retorquing the headbolts I probably didn't clean it enough. Had also problems with those cork gaskets, thats why I posted that GT picture. The owner drives the car only at special occasions. It is so clean you think he cleanes it with a toothpick in the corners.
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    "400" repair

    So I noticed this when I was inspecting the throttle body switch: The retour line looks folded together in the bend, maybe it blocks the feul and causes the problem? Did also some work on te GSI, valvecover gasket (rubber) leaked oil so I fitted a new one, after cleaning the engine: Had a new 2.4 on the shelf so I glued it on the rocker cover with construction glue: When dry I can use again blue Hylomar to fit it on the head, hope this will help. Look at this engine, took this pic of a Irmscher Gp4 Opel GT of a friend, just look how clean the car is:
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    "400" repair

    An update: Going to check as wrote above the throttle switch and noticed the retour line of the feul looks bended, wil take a pic of it. Maybe it blocks the feul and gives a higher pressure and causes the problems. Checked also the conection of the temp. sensor but this system hes got no 5th cold start injector so easy to check... Also something to check if you all fit a new head gasket: My GSI had his 1000 km's and because I use always those old type of head bolts I retorqued them as required. Always surprised how you need to do this, they realy need to do this there you can turn them again more as expected. But after this I noticed an oil leak on the camcover, more work! Gave the engine a new oil filter and oil but after the meeting in Holland I noticed the oil leak is still there...
  4. This Saturday my Son and me went for a drive to Holland. After more then a year it was nice to meet again some friends , my Son took some pics with his smartphone: The silver GSI is ours, wanted to take the "400" to this meeting but technical problems made it impossible. Grts, Herman
  5. Love those UK dash boards, our Europeen ones (from '82) have that idiot econometer where yours oil pressure gauge is
  6. They look great Andy, am also looking at those tiny "B pillars" of your car. Those days you could look all the way around and not as modern cars.
  7. H-400

    "400" repair

    Thanks for the comments, yes my wife was always a good help. When we still were dating she helped me with ganging my first Manta from 4-speed to 5 speed and no not any problem for her. And she knows how to read a map! Just back from a testdrive (with the son) after fitting the parts I ordered. Runs better, noticed my idle was a bit higher and the problems with the ignition are solved. But the backfire is still there, car did this before but yet it seems to be louder and smell petrol. Gonna check the throttle switch, normaly if you decelerate the switch gives signal to the ECU to cut of the feul until idle speed. The feul pressure regulator has got no vacuum so the pressure stays high, thats why I wanted to fit an original again. So back into the garage...
  8. H-400

    "400" repair

    Car is not drivable, noticed there is a lot of backfire in the exhaust. When hot the ignition begins to stall/stutter. The only thing I changed was the feul pressure regulator so I fitted the other one again. Some work has done in the past, the throttle body is one of a 6-cilinder and the AFM is a BMW 635CSI one. So I thought too much feul but it stays the same. The HT cables are new from Magnecor but the spark plugs are years old. Ordered a new set to be sure as also a dizzy cap and rotor. To be sure I tested the compression with my wife, (son was watching football with his friends...) when I calculated something wrong and the compression ratio is too high the spark of the ignition can be blown away but the compression is a bit more than 14 Bar so it gives me a CR of 10.5/1 as I wanted. Parts arrive in the afternoon so later more info 😥.
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    "400" repair

    Back again, and good news: The engine runs! First I filled the gearbox with oil ( and spilled some one the exhaust...), connected all the wires and the starter engine etc... Repaired the wires to the oil contact. I know there is a topic about the location of this thing and I'm a fan of the original location. If your oil pressure drops it can also be a indication there is a loss of oil pressure cause of worn bearings. A pic of my oil contact: Used a drill to pump the oil to the top of the engine after filling the oil filter, the oil pump and ofcourse the engine with mineral oil to break in: You can see the oil squirting out of the camshafts: (Why does Miley Cyrus jump in my mind?) So closed the engine and did a test start: My Son helped me with the starting of the engine, think he wants to take that car for a drive😁. After the start-test I fitted the water tubes and radiator, filled the system with cooland mixture and lowered the car back on its wheels. Drove the car outside my garage until the nose pointed up to be sure the air went out of the cooling system, everything looks ok, no leaks but some smoke cause of the spilled gearbox oil... Tomorrow test drive, gonna be not soft for the engine to make sure the piston rings do not glaze the cilinders.
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    "400" repair

    No problem cam.in.head 😁, looked the other day closer at my hoist and the max load is 200kg. But I never tried to lift a shell as you did. Next time! When I took that pic the front wings were off, the bumper and hood etc. But the interieur was still in, and those recaro's are heavy but easy to remove.
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    "400" repair

    Hi Evo, the hoist is not strong enough, but I know what you mean, did that with the GSI:
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    "400" repair

    Sorry, not done a lot... The engine and gearbox are in the car. Wanted to fit them as usually together but the cable hoist was making weird noises when I lifted the engine with gearbox. I learned in the technical military school a metal cable can have 1100kg/ cm diameter so my hoist is a 2/1 with a 3mm cable so it must be possible but if it is a China product I didn't take any risk. So I fitted the engine with the bellhouse, this because those bolts between engine & bellhouse are difficult to get by cause of that big 16V head. After that I wanted to fit the gearbox as usually on my belly and lift it up but no those ribs still are complaining. Rebuilded my car jack with a wooden plate and some big bolts so I used it as a transmission jack. The gearbox slided without problems into the bellhouse: After that fitting the gearstick plate, the pinn with those O-rings and clips etc... And I had some work on my mountain bike, the hydraulic brake caliper was stucked on the disc (thought my condition was so bad, but noticed it when I was halfway a bike tour) so repaired this also. But some good news, one of my neighbours asked me if I wanted to take over his rental garagebox so yes I will! 50 euro's a month for extra space to park a car and a lot of spareparts😁. Off topic: In those 38 years of service I spend more than 5 years in the military technical school. One of those educations was towing & winching trucks and tanks. Working and lifting with a crane, saving people with those hydraulic scissors etc. This was long ago my first wrecker truck: M62 build in 1956, was so proud my commander gave me the "keys". 6 cilinder petrol engine, used 150 liter petrol /100km. Petrol tank of 500 liter and 9 jerrycans of 20 liter... Max speed 55 miles /hour. Have all a nice weekend.
  13. Like the rims, like the whole car! Those grey carpets with the red pipe brightens up the interieur👍. Succes with the MOT!
  14. Hi Evo, the 27 i300's are in the 245 400's. Not the works cars. Think safety devices used also 400 road cars to make rally cars, cause I saw once one in Belgium with the well known Hire for heat look. The "400" engines were available at Opel and could be ordered as naked crate engine, so Swindon could do there own thing with the preparation. Should be cheaper also. The "400" shells (body's) were also available, but why buying an expensive body when you can take a cheap body of a road Manta? That's why the ex works car has got that odd green. Conrero is also a well known rallycar builder of Manta-400 (and a lot of other Opels) so it is difficult to count how many cars were made, lets say how many are left. I know somebody that bought a Manta-400 rallycar and found the VIN of a Manta-B 1.9S under the right side of the rollcage.
  15. Yes, and those wide body's came narrow from new and were sended to Irmscher to fit the wide body panels. A part of those 245 road cars were used in rally's so they were rebuild. In those 245 cars are also the 27 i300 included. Irmscher bought those 27 cars only for the engines and solled those body's with a 3.0 6 cilinder lump... Then you'v got the works cars: 38 Rally Manta's (RM) were build and they have that special VIN number "TPHE" (Tüv Prüfung HEssen) . In the UK they builded the Safety Devices Manta 400 (Don't know the numbers but Simon Powell will). And then there are the local manufactors that builded a "400" by the rules of the FIA... Some Manta's were imported from Holland to Belgium and back only to try to get that "400" on the papers, some years ago a Belgian was bragging with his barn find original "400" but he posted pictures of the chassis and I recognised directly it was not a "400". The pics were only a few hours on internet but I allready copied them. So that brings us to the fact a "400" is not so special if you compare them with the normal Manta, but they are rare... When you compare that with a Metro 6R4, you'v got to be a car builder.
  16. Hi Sutty, Europeen Manta's have the earthstrip from the swanneck to the engine block where the gearbox is screwed. So Edelschmiede's strip fits not on UK cars.
  17. Had a PM from Manta 400, so here they come. Look also at the date (if there is one): Were some more then 15, also some Ascona-400's. Noticed after years the prices of rallycars go higher than the road cars. But the rallycars are easier to hide their origin. Many rallycars were damaged beyond repair and then the spare "400" was taken and the numbers and VIN were easily "fixed". Also the damage of racing makes it difficult to find out if the body is real "400". Road cars have not that problem. Grts, Herman
  18. @Manta400: Is this a real "400" or a replica? I'v got about 15 screenshots of the real 400's that were for sale and sold with prices. I needed those for the valuation of my "400".
  19. H-400

    "400" repair

    And yes again some time ago... The outlet manifold on the engine: Took the engine out and on a stand with wheels so I can fit the clutch etc. Picture of the crankshaft seals: The black one is a normal CIH one, the brown one "400". You can see the difference. Got the original partnr. of this seal but not available anymore, so I asked someone on this forum (privacy is important) for help and he gave me the new partnr. and I found out it is the same seal as a diesel engine and the 3.0-24V engine. So again thanks for the info, this shows how important this forum is: Seal fitted: And the flywheel mark "1" fits the "1" on the clutch : And then I listened to the advice of Trooker, took some time off cause those ribs do adapt the position of my body and hurts my back/spine. Had problems with doing the dishes... After some time I did a project together with my neighbour that wasn't so difficult, but completely off topic. Got great neighbours and think it is important. Think the pics will show what we did: And open: I'm the one on the right, man not so long ago I ran a half marathon 😥... So a few days ago I went back into my garage, cleaned the clutch house and noticed the original clutch bearing is dry and worn. Looked into my "shed" and found another one in good condition. Look at the clutch arm, it is not a steel pressed one but a cast iron one as some 6 cilinders have: Cleaned the engine bay and also the "swann-necks" , nice to see everything is free of rust. Look at the engine mounts; they are the same as the 6-inline: Have all a nice weekend
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    "400" repair

    Trooker, think you'v got a point. About the army: The media is full of that Belgian "Rambo" who is hiding in the woods, heard about that? Back on topic: Old oilseal out and new in: Glued the dipstick-tube in the engine block, don't want it to fall down: The baffle plate in the oilsump: And fitted on the engine, tried first a complete rubber gasket I bought in Germany but wasn't a tight fit so back to original: Done some porting on the cilinderhead but it won't help without working on the outlet manifold. So I used again the bigger Risse outlet-gaskets as a template to grind the inside of the manifold: Did this outside cause I don't want the metal residu of grinding in my garage. Also cause working on the bench hurts too much with those damaged ribs...
  21. H-400

    Mike's Manta.

    Nice fotoshoot, they look as twins
  22. Wow what an update. Enjoyed the video's. This is an example how dependent you are if you'r not a spanner monkey or don't have the place or tools. Can make me mad when I hear those stories but I'm happy you found a shop that solved your technical problems. The front of Mickfrad looks as the one you need👍, but if you look for bodyparts I know someone in Belgium that has got a lot of contacts with owners of those mattig Manta's. He reacted in your topic earlier: Mantalica and his website is "www.mantabclubhageland.be". Succes with the repair.
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    "400" repair

    Thanks trooker, had to change the front brakediscs and pads of the Insignia. Never took so long.
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    "400" repair

    Been a while, finally I could visit the dentist. He had to denerv the tooth, a molar. Not something your waiting for... And if it was not enough I slipped in the bathroom and fell on the border of the bathtub with my chest. Happened more in the past in the army so I knew a visit to the ER or a doctor won't help. Not laughing, sleeping on my back and so on... The shop that did my engine block and the head helped me with the shims, no problem: Fitted them and checked the clearance, as Bandid would say "spot on"👍. Everything is torqued, the sprockets of the cams and fitted the covers of the cams with new gaskets. The camcover/inlet is placed so no debris can fall in the engine. Got to open it again before starting to oil the chain: Am waiting for the oilsump, want to weld the baffle plate with a TIG, cause that doesn't make that much residu as MIG. So began again with the gearbox. Cleaning the surface and the bolts, preparing to fit the new oilseal: Pressing the new oilseal in the alu plate: Everyting is back assembled with a new gasket and sealer, tomorrow the other side. Grts, Herman
  25. Hatch is indeed more suitable to load, but I was always creative with my coupé's:
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