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    Sump gasket

    About the sump gasket set, in Belgium we can order all the most important gakets for the CIH at our local car-parts shop. Is that not possible in the UK?
  2. Yes the later B2 Manta's were not so well protected against rust as the B1's. And from '84 they used recycled metal...My '87 GSI needed a lot of new panels, the bottom of the A-pillar was vanished as all the well known rust places of a Manta.
  3. Looks the same as this: https://www.ebay.de/itm/223851856294?hash=item341e9c41a6:g:87oAAOSwM8Rb6KyF and are indeed used a lot:
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    New swan neck

    When I look at the electrical scheme it is a brown wire and is connected with other things like the switch of the fan and also the fog light. Also the brake light switch. I allready fitted my dash so hard to tell, must be in the neighbourhood of the dash.
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    New swan neck

    Hi Trooker, they all are connected with the round plug that is plugged into the backside of the dash somewhere behind your oil pressure gauge. The rpm gauge has got a common earth on that plug with the voltmeter, the other small gauges have also a connection on that plug. The temp and tank gauge are also connected with the voltage stabilisator, so if it looks like your engine is too hot together with a fault tank gauge I would check your stabilisator. Must be 10 V. Grts, Herman.
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    Mike's Manta.

    And again some nice pics, thanks๐Ÿ‘
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    New swan neck

    Hi Jess, they are fitted with two screws, but when those screws are out you can easy pull out the dial. Except that econometer, there is also a tube you'v got to pull of. Wanted to fit an oil pressure gauge but think I'v got to use a circuit board of an Europeen B1 and check also the polarity of the electric plugs.
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    New swan neck

    Well the problem looks like solved. So took the complete dash apart, as you all know it is a job fast done. I always lower the steering column till it hangs just on those two 13mm bolts. Makes it easier to remove the plastic trim under the dash: So before changing everything I opened one of the gauges, and no signs of burned thin lines... So I checked all the metal lines on the circuit board with a multimeter and noticed I had connection with the warning bulbs but not with the gauges... Took out all the gauges and after taking out the cover of the red charge light I saw a burned part of the metal strip: Checked the circuit board of one of my earlier Manta's and that one had the same partnr. Fitted all the gauges and RPM counter, contact on: All warning lights do what they must do; started the engine and everything looks ok. Think the voltage regulator has survived everything ๐Ÿ˜„... Have a nice Sunday-evening, Herman.
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    New swan neck

    Thanks for the info Trooker, thats also what I'v done. I'm used to jumpstart trucks etc. and as usually I let my Manta charge the Ford battery for minimum 5 minutes. But I didn't cut of the Manta battery while we started the Ford, as I'm used to I let the Manta run... So something learned the hard way, going to take the dash apart this afternoon.
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    New swan neck

    When I disconnect the cables I let both engines run, the Mondeo had an earth connection on the body. But noticed when I fitted the new battery that is simple connected with the earth of the battery. Was already checking the wiring plan of the Manta (on internet) and the + of the dash comes from the same + that feeds the fusebox. All the warning lights (indicators, handbrake, highbeams etc...) do still work. The voltage regulator feeds only the feul & temp. gauge but the voltmeter & rpm gauge get direct + and they don't work also. Think there is a possiblity my voltage regulator is burned also, it's an electronical one I fitted later. Didn't had time to take the dash apart, but will keep you all posted. Am invited on a BBQ to drink someones fridge empty ๐Ÿบ
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    New swan neck

    Something weird happened with the GSI on holiday in France. Didn't mention it in the story I posted a few days ago cause it's more technical. The Ford Mondeo of a friend had a flat battery so I jumpstarted him with cables to check the charge of the alternator. Charge was OK so after 7 years of life we went to the village to look for a new battery. After a few seconds I noticed my RPM-gauge didn't work, as also the ones of the battery, temp and feul gauge. So something went wrong when I jumpstarted the Mondeo... Stopped the car to check the charge of my alternator but luckily that was OK, still got to drive to Belgium. The only gauges that work are ofcourse the speedometer and that stupid econometer. So in modern cars the alternator stops charging when the battery is 80% full, this cause of feul consumption reasons and envirement. But when the car (engine) decelerates the alternator will give 100% charge. Was talking about my problem the other day with a friend (mecanical at a dealer garage) and he said this charge can go up to 18Volt. So this will killed my gauges... I knew my engine never overheated in those hot days thanks the special radiator I fitted, knew the consumption of feul so I checked my km-counter to fill the tank. In Paris we had some traffic jam so I started the electrical fan I fitted on the radiator. Arrived home without any problems so mow I already found some dashboards to repair mine... So if one of you guys want to jumpstart a modern car, think about this story. By the way, we found a new battery for the Mondeo. After fitting the owner felt a bit guilty about my problem...
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    Mike's Manta.

    Nice write-up Mike, looks I'm not the only one that takes spares in the boot๐Ÿ˜„. Enjoy the ride.
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    New swan neck

    Hi Moodoo, there is no visual difference, but they have partnumbers on them: L-jetronic 3bar: 0 280 160 202 LE-jetronic 2,5bar: 0 280 160 205 0 280 160 239 Grts, Herman
  14. If my calculations are accurate it must be 28 miles/gallon at 81 miles/hour. Miles & gallons is strange for me, but inches not cause I used to work a lot on US and UK made armoured carriers etc.
  15. Done some calculating and on the highway I pushed the GSI always at 130km/h chrono and the car used 8,5 liter/100km. Think this is a nice figure but if you want to drive on highways in France you'v got also to pay "Peage" (toll).
  16. Hi everybody, well I'm back after three weeks in the south of France. My wife and me had a great time. The trip to our location was without any problems. Our Manta in front of the place we stayed: The second day we went to an oldtimermeeting organised at the ruines of a castle only some km's from our place. My wife found this on the website of a local Opel club: Still asking why that ugly rather recent Peugeot is parked next to me? I was not the only Opel, a nice GT: As you all can see it was terrible hot and no place to hide for the sun. So there were always cars leaving but other ones arriving. We spoke with a friendly French guy that loved our GSI and was also a member of that local Opel club. Had also some work over there, the old Rocky jeep (Daihatsu) had warnings at the French MOT cause of the brakes at the front, so I had to remove the front hubs, repaired the front locking system at the hubs etc... Using the back of the jeep as a workbench: The brake pads were also completely worn, only 1 mm of lining left... Cause of that the pistons of the calipers were stuck with rust and debris: Had luck I could repair them. Ofcourse we visited also some nice places, our car in the shade of trees: Cause of no airco I tried to park the Manta in the shade, but the rear quarter windows are still open so it gives some coolant. A friend arrived with a Dodge Ram (New) and complained about the explosion somewhere in his car and not be able to run with gas anymore. (LPG injection) So his car runs only on petrol. Together we checked his gas lines and the main suply line was off the electricle security valve to the gas pressure reducer. We noticed the clamp wasn't even tightened. Am lucky I'v got that pair of pliers to fit that line again: Gonna call this picture "The beauty and the beast" ๐Ÿ˜„ While we visited a French castle we found this nice Volkswagen T-bus: Ofcourse everything 's got to end, checking the car and fitting the luggage: The way home was also without problems, but with some complications. Grts, Herman
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    New swan neck

    Sorry for the late reply, am still in France. Will give you the partnumbers when Iยดm back. Sunny grts from France
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    New swan neck

    Still waking up, it is rather early... At the MOT I noticed the engine was too lean, 0,4% CO. After I fitted the other FPR the CO was 2,5%. Did the same calculation as you, 20% more feul. Grts!
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    New swan neck

    The Manta is ready to go, checked for oil leaks and looks like the alu rocker cover is dry. Noticed some years ago the 2.4 had too less feul at higher rpm's so yesterday I fitted a feul pressure regulator of a L-jetronic. The original LE jetronic is a 2.5 bar but the L jetronic is a 3 bar, so more feul and noticed it also on the exhaust CO test. Testdrive was also nice, engine revs better in the higher rounds . The car is loaded with lugage for 3 weeks in the French Pyrenees so we'll have some fun with the Manta. We will make some pics I will post on this forum, so we will meet again end Juli... Grts, Herman & Martine
  20. 35 years ago I changed a 4-speed to a 5-speed without changing my clutch/needle bearing. So it would wonder me if the nose of the shaft is too long.
  21. As Jess wrote above, not gonna hold the torque. The Manta 1.2 has got the small rear axle, the 1.6S and up have the big rear axle. And even then the metal torque tube in front of the diff needs to be upgraded with a stronger axle: Opel had these problems with their rallycars (ascona/manta a) and to solve this problem they fitted the rear axle of a Commodore in the later Ascona/Manta 400. Google "Deichselrohr Opel" and you'll find more about this problem.
  22. Hi Renato, welcome over here. My first car was a Datsun Silvia S110, completely different from the S13 ofcourse.
  23. That light is also connected with the mainbrake fluid reservoir, please do check the level of the brakefluid. Had a look in the partscatalogue, looks like the switch is fitted into the handbrake lever, never had issues with that switch in all those years, but there is always a first time...
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