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  2. Third time lucky if it don't work this time I'm getting out the whiskey, only put it away last night well maybe this morn
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  3. HISTORY;- the car was bought in 1997, it needed work (condition hasn't really changed since then apparently) so was put in a barn as the gentleman in question was a mechanic and car restorer. He had many projects on the go but bought all the parts needed to restore the manta, including new brake parts, a new wing etc etc. As time floated by and other cars came and went time for the owner also rang it's bell and he sadly passed away. The car stayed in exactly the same spot, and was nearly scraped last year due to storage issues, but it survived untouched for nearly 19 years until now. I made enquiries about this car but never heard back. When the car sold via eBay some time later I thought that was that. Weeks later I got an email asking if I was still interested due to a few messers on eBay. I bought the car off pictures and collected it last night. The car is a very very nice straight and rare car, the interior is rare (maybe because it's brown!) but to be honest I kinda like the rareness and it is like new, I don't even think the back seat has ever been sat in! Obviously being a Manta it needs welding but not a load like you might expect, the car only runs from a can so that's issue one to sort, then other plans include a few exclusive bits and paint. So last night it was wheels changed, and for the first time in nearly two decades it was rolling up the M6, cruising and 60ish behind the van back up to the NorthWest! But the car is a GT/E on an E plate 1988, surely this has to be one of the last GT/Es to be registered? Anybody any ideas or information?
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  4. Just bought it a cover to keep the rain or at least most of the rain at bay. So here's two daytime pictures.
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  5. Today I got round to mounting the auxiliary lamps. Hella Comet 500's. Still available but about sixty quid for a set. No way I was paying that so I picked up a second hand but as new set on gumtree for 25 quid plus a few quid postage. That's more like it! Obviously nothing is simple, the black bumpers have a cover over the bar itself which gives a 9mm gap between the two parts. That means making up a 9mm spacer to fit between the two layers which, in turn, requires removing the bumper and splitting the two parts to slip the spacer in (and that doesn't include making them) Then, the bolt the secures the lamp is too short so I had to make two new ones from some M10 coach bolts and then put it all back again. As a result I didn't even get to start with wiring but that will be a quick job I think they look OK, I have used these before and they make a massive difference to the driving beam on these old weedy headlights
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  7. Now I'm all for optimistic pricing but I think that's pushing it a bit far money wise
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  8. Hi all, I'm the bloke trying to sell my mums Manta GTE. You may have noticed the bid has come down after the time waster retracted his playful bid. The car is pretty much original as the day it left the showroom here in Liverpool.The radio was indeed an added 'upgrade'. The interior is very good and ORIGINAL. I did list the car as a 1985 model, but the car was bought 01/08/1986,my mistake. It will probably end up being relisted on EBay as someone has already mentioned. Hopefully with genuine bids !!!
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  9. They're are worth what somebody is willing to pay. It's getting to the stage of "find another one!" Don't like the price? Move along the bus is what I say when selling (unless it's a bonkers price). Prices are crazy sometimes but I suppose all cars of this type are going up and up. Be interesting to see what this one makes.
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  10. another update after a year of search finally managed to find a pair of 8inch and a pair of 10 inch ronals also bought 4 brand new michelin tb 15 finally managed to get front suspension and brakes on just waiting for new fully floating rear 5 stud hubs from rix enginering otherwise it will stil be on 4 studs for raceretro
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  11. New stuff landing now. Mirrors & new fuel pump have landed. Rear infill and new back box on there're way, rear bumper maybe sorted and the tank is having a full restoration so will be nice and new!
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  12. Hi guys New here.Big manta guy. Own 2 rust buckets manta b coupes and need all the help i can get From ireland
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  14. You've got 21 posts dude. People help people get cars back on the road with specific parts requests. Unless selling up, very few will let you have everything, or even be bothered to write what they have from such a request. Many more won't give you everything for fear of having to buy parts off ebay at inflated prices later. In short you are very unlikely to get many, if any responses.
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  15. Yeh I kinda like it, the car needs to run in the key first. Yeh that dash is busy but as a young person I wouldn't in a million years choose it. But I kinda like it because it's different but my Chicago grey interior won't be getting changed in my coupe haha
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  17. You may want to be more specific about your requirements. The majority of Manta Cavalier parts haven't changed since 1975 The 1986 additions were something like side repeaters and the sunroof became standard rather than optional
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  18. Cue every Manta owner stating that "if this is worth £10K + mine must be worth £15K" Seriously though what is going on here ? Is it someone who really wants that car or is it just a messer or friend of the seller pushing up the price ? If the car had been put at £10,000 as a classified ad would it have attracted offers ? Manta values have been rising by roughly 20% PA for the last five years, the most sought after being the post 1982 Coupes especially Exclusives. The recent I200 that sold for £10k within hours was IMO undervalued. I agree with what someone else said earlier that I expect this GTE to be re-listed after the auction ends. Any way we are all watching like hawks until the auction ends
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  19. Looks good but a bit pricey at £6K perhaps. Certainly a nice project for somebody. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/opel-manta-400R-project-/112305934231?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368
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  20. It certainly could, It's mine. It's had a tiny tap on the corner and the previous owner had 5 spotlights on the front so holes in the bumper. If no sale this time I'm going to sort out the little bits and take it from their. Irmscher Man if you want to pop over and take a look, May'be give me some pointers that would be nice pal. All the best Russell
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  21. Tank back and has been all cleaned out, new breathers and welded up as it was perforated in places. Now to fit it and get it starting on the key.
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  22. Probably trying to recoup some of the expense gone in to getting it that far, most of the hard work already carried out. Good clean blank canvas for 400R car, especially with all welding work carried out (as advertised)
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  23. I was talking about the red cav that is for sale . with the gte interior and 2.2 engine. Not the over priced blue cav That DICK TURPIN is selling. May be thats why its so expensive. It comes with DICK TURPINS horse...
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  24. Judging it purely on the pictures and not being able to see underneath surely it is worth £4000 everyday of the week!? Sure its a Cavalier and not a Manta and the interior is rough but the rest of it is very neat and respectable. It takes quite a bit of money getting a Manta / Cavalier looking that nice. I paid £1500 for basically the exact same car (only the Manta equivalent) to this 4 years ago, my interior is immaculate but the rest of the car was in far far worse condition than this Cavalier and it cost way more than £2500 on rust repairs paint etc etc to get it looking similar to this. I hope he gets a decent price, its about time the steel bumpered models start comanding the same price as some of the later models.
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  26. It's lovely !!! I bought it sight unseen for the engine but having realised what a good one it is I can't possibly break it so it's up for sale. Never seen a welder and it's really good underneath That's how I met the seller and saw the car - I was delivering those seats !
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  28. I've seen this car in person and met the owner . The car is a beautiful straight example I really liked it . Only downsides are the interior wear which the seller is upfront about. He's also a really nice bloke with a great private collection of classics and the best behind the house garage I've ever seen . I would put a £4-5k valuation on it , anything under £4k is a bargain
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  30. I bought it smashed hat hard the roof was kinked. Re-shelled (legally) with an 84 shell from non-crashed turbo car (RVS broke) that popped it's lump. It got ran into on my parents yard before it even saw the road again. It got ran into from behind and repair botched (2" wide seam sealer on rear panel joins on the outside and no rear fog light - unroadworthy) by the local dealer, and every time it went in for rectification they damaged more other stuff. Before that was all sorted out it got stolen and stripped, so I bought it back and bought A10WLY for parts to rebuild it and had to put up with a one fag burn interior istead of the stolen perfect ones and Lucas headlights instead of the perfect CIBIEs. And then in April '99 I got hit head on my side of the road that went 50/50. I saved the Engine, interior, windows, new rear panel, bumper, lights, etc and rear axle. I put the rear panel on J reg as it had only been on F few months and 2 weeks after Martin painted it, I was 5th car back in a line of traffic, light goes green and BUMP. WOman behind me had stopped in time but when the light went green she put her car in gear and drove into me (her words) without waiting for he cars to move. So no, I didn't fix F836XWW that time as it was a bad luck magnet and as rusty as any other '84 car in 1999. Even it's last remaining panel got taken out on another car! More A10WLY (88 E on it's own)
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  31. To mess with the stats............ My 1 previous owner car And another of mine
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  32. put them on Ebay then you will find out how much there worth , sounds like there not up to much if you need everything & a kitchen sink
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  33. That's why every end of production model is called "Special Edition" or similar just to use up old new stock. lol
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  34. I suspect you got whatever was lying around at the time. I remember going to Dagenham & seeing the "cripples" as they called them, basically any vehicle that the pulled off the line due to missing components, they would finish these off with anything to get them out of the door.
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  35. Hi Philip, would be best to keep your wanted posts in the Parts Wanted section & other stuff in the General bit, it saves the confusion of your sometimes scattergun posts. I think we all know that Philip is after any parts that may be available for his collection of Mantas. Good luck with your search for bits.
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  36. Here is my Opel Manta story: http://www.stevehart.co.nz/dreaming-of-a-1973-opel-manta/ Hope you enjoy it.
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  37. Some bidders tend to put in artificial high bids to find out what an opposing bidder's maximum bid is, so while he withdrew his bid chances are he may well bid again as auction nears end. That's one reason I never bid myself on Ebay items, preferring to use a snipe program that bids my maximum amount seconds before auction ends. If my bid is successful I have my item at a price I am happy to pay, otherwise it was too much. Also prevents getting into 'bidding wars'.
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  39. hopefully it will make good money and get back on the road and kept standard
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  40. Now seems to have added more photos, looks nice and clean inside the car and boot. Not sure on where they located the radio, must of not had many passengers, (but only minor detail) . Just hope the seller isn't let down by the winning bid as it helps to keep the pricing up on our cars.
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  41. Hi Mr Carlos M.O.T. in 2 weeks Guess I better post more pic's and give progress update (y)
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  42. finally got some time to sort front suspension out. ordered all new rose joints for bottom wishbones but did find one wishbone had some accident damage to it which goes back to [the tour of mull rally 1992] as luck would have it i had 1 brand new 400 bottom arm to use as a datum point 400 wishbones are different to standard arms and have extra strenghtning done from the factory. i mentioned french uprights in the last post basically in the mid 80s the british opel dealer team took some british built rally cars to france and even though they were both running the same tyres the british cars were getting much more tyre wear and increased tyre temp after a lot of head scratching and much asking of questions, the french had moved the bottom wishbone out by 8mm and then welded up the hole in the upright and redrilled it 8mm closer to the wheel. appently it makes a big difference on tarmac. after speaking to tim aston a former works mechanic and chris birbeck who runs asconas and manta rally cars they both confirmed this i have also incorperated this mod finished wishbones ready
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  43. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1378613455522255&set=pcb.1378613492188918&type=3&theater As we are now. 2.4 engine got. Yup quota well used up, nae much use that if doing a project you tak hunders owe piccis as you gang along.
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  45. Just to let you know .there is one other type of caliper fitted but ive only seen them on a couple of late asconas.circa 'w' or 'x' reg.they use the same larger pads as the sliding sleeve gm type,single piston and the same flexi hose connection.only difference is they are a sliding bracket / groove type.similar to carlton 2.2 types.hence dont realy ever seize up . Funnily enough just like the ones that howie86 was overhauling back end of last year. So thats 2 people who know they exist ! , .i think more people have seen the loch ness monster thou !!
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  47. Your post made no sense whatsoever and in the wrong section. Wasn't a horrible dig more of a humerous response. lookes like something I write on my build threads after I've had too many sherbets!
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  48. Well hopefully it will go to a new home and you won't get messed around, and be kept original as it seems there's only mine still left in original gte coupe form.
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  49. This one's better & offers good value & is a well known club car with MOT. £4000 http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C823304
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  50. Looks great! Are they also available for LHD cars? (LOL)
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