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  1. Well after a very long time I have at last got some cash to finish the 400r . Took it out for a wash last weekend after it standing for 3 years . new s/s/ exhaust , bonnet diamonds to fit and a quick paint work blow over , then off to be tuned and some fun to be had . Thanks once again to all the club members for the advise ,parts and words of encouragement with this my first project . Col video-1489597757.mp4
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  2. Ok, I thought that I should start to show you Guys something of my work as I'm sure there are a few of you that don't actually believe that I own a Manta and that I'm just palming the spare parts off for serious cash! If anyone remembers back in the late summer I was very close to selling the car. I even posted it up for sale in the forums and on a well known auction site. After what alcoholics call "a moment of clarity" I decided not to sell and do all the work myself and put the old girl back on the road. I'm pleased that I did. The car has been in my family for 27 years and I have known all but the first two owners. So here we go with a few images to start as she is now and then I will upload a few more "before shots" and a list of what I've done up to now later in an update. I have made a new backboard in 5mm plywood and added extra brackets to keep if firm and secure. I am going to cover the back in sound matting and the boot side in carpet to match the parcel shelf. The Underside. All rust cut out and new metal welded in. All seams have been re-resealed with UPOL seam sealer and then the whole underside has had two complete coats of white stoneguard and then two coats of gloss white. Sill sections have received black stone guard and waxoil underseal. New fuel line posts fitted onto the body and pipes held on with stainless P-Clips. All new flexible fuel hoses and all brake piping will be replaced with copper. Under bonnet has been resprayed. All seams have been re-sealed with UPOL more to follow.......
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  3. The car arrived safely today and after unloading it got a good blast with the steam cleaner to remove years of grime that had built up
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  4. Sold a hatch 18 months ago and it is worth £1500 more now, Have a great exclusive hatch that will be going out the door at over 5k. Coupes, had a firm offer of 7k on my red one, that's going to be 8k by the end of the year. My Brother and I have another 4 coupes under restoration and they are going to be 10k each. Not to mention the other opels that gain money faster than it being in the bank. Another coupe arrived last week and it's a keeper. Another coupe to be collected for restoration asap. Mantas will not get cheaper, even the prices of spares are being pushed up by the price of the cars
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  5. I'm delighted with the Hella Comets. I had forgotten just how big a difference these make. I cant say I'm totally in love with the look but practicality wins over cosmetics and the safety whilst driving at night is worthwhile. I am very reluctant to tempt fate so |I wont go into detail on reliability. |It has been my daily drive taking me to Cardiff, Newport, Taunton, Bath and Cheltenham as well as doing the school run twice a day. Its a bit tiring as its not the sort of car you can drive for two hours and get out feeling the same as when you got in, the 4 gears, wind noise and seats will remind you that this is a 37 year old car. I absolutely love driving the thing and every journey is a pleasure. The only downside is you have to allow a few extra minutes for your jurney because people will want to talk to you about the car. \bearing in mind it gets used every day I would say at least twice a week someone will stop[ and chat about the car and want to know what it is or to tell you about the one they owned back in the day. Don't drive a Manta if you are shy and retiring I found some 10mm bumper tape so I fitted it today just to break up the black bumpers a bit
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  7. Where's the engine? At least mine has an engine My very long ongoing cosworth project here Andys probably will be finished before mine
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  8. I just popped in an old cd tonight that I haven't looked at in years , found some pics I would like to share. I am certain some of you will recognise the cars. I remember speaking to the manta owner , I am sure he came from Lanarkshire. I got some pics of the great man himself Colin. I hope you enjoy them. Don't think I will get them all on in one go. the next lot! My wife just asked me if I am allowed to upload these pics? Sorry if I shouldn't have.
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  9. Lovely car in a non standard colour that I like. If it were mine I would fit a new headliner,install original rear door cards & carry out some detailing in the engine bay. If your only going to use it in Spring, Summer & Autumn who needs a heater I like the rear spoiler If I had the money & the room this would be in my collection GLWTS When I first joined OMOC back in 2009 I had just bought a 1980 Cavalier Sports Hatch for £900. fast forward to today & I now have my long term plan of original A series, original SRB Coupe & original Ascona B. Don't be a dreamer, beg borrow or somehow find the money to get your cars because they're becoming rarer & are going up fast
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  10. The Sportshatch is my old car I owned from 2009 till 2011. Ziebart treated from new so solid underneath.
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  12. The latest purchase arrives tomorrow 06/03/17 manta 400 cosworth 4x4 and I must say I'm very excited to build this one this is going to be built for myself at last I get to keep one at last I will keep updating this thread as we move through the rebuild here a couple of pictures for now .
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  13. I will be picking it up on Saturday, exactly the same as my first car at 17 DRX 158V. Cant wait to get behind the wheel of a Manta again, fave car of all time.
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  15. Sadly, no markings on the head, so it looks like some additives might be needed. On the upside, the tank is back in the car, the sender works well and it now runs and drives with no leaks! Also, the drivers seat had usual bolster wear issues Its not easy uploading photos here... Very pleased with the repaired seat, all new black cloth sections changed I also managed to alter some Range Rover headlight wiper blades to fit. Not ideal, but looks Ok
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  16. Have to disagree Philip, a few years back 3.5k would buy you a very, very, tidy gte coupe, a quick look on eBay completed sold listings shows a nice hatch sold for 4.8k and a the infamous white coupe sold at 5.8k.
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  17. I have also gotten a reply from the Quaife Engineering employee that first replied to my email: he says that Mick Quaife confirms that he bought the rally prototype from Opel for use in rallycross and sold it not long after since it "was not what he wanted", yet the car was "acceptably fast", per the statement. I am trying to find out more details but it is not easy having to go through an intermediary. This seems to confirm the first part of the story. KGM has yet to reply, which would be great if they did since they are the last known owners of the car before they sold it off. I will, of course, share my findings with the community.
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  18. Got the 400r tested today straight through after being in the garage (with occasional runs out ) for 3 years roughly amazing how time just ticks by Forgot what a grin you get and how much attention you get when you drive a manta
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  19. I loved it too before i sold it to James, Lovely car, it drove superbly, Extremely reliable and in one of the best colours. Enjoy and i hope to see it again sometime.
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  21. You can use the coupe, you just have to be a little more creative
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  22. Ok, so HOPEFULLY on the road THIS summer...... interior coming together, brakes all done, engine loom to be done then startup! Planning to get to Market Harborough as a day visitor.......
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  23. We currently have 14 Mantas kicking around, all in different conditions. The Manta market has never been as busy from high end cars to restoration project cars and that's coming from 35 collective years of experience. The title car of this thread currently stands at 132 watchers and 4450 views and it's only been online for 5 days, so I think it's fair to say there's a big market with a lot of interest and demand.
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  25. fair braw shaun hope ma car looks as good bud! cheers wullie
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  26. As to time, well yes. I've scrutinized everything I can. top and bottom dash removed, wiring loom removed and checked and connections / wires replaced where necessary. Wings removed and seams cleaned off and re-sealed with brushable seam sealer, then sprayed with two coats of Hammerite stone shield, then with underseal waxoil. most of the gearbox tunnel was in good order but any surface rust areas were cleaned up and treated with Loctite 7503 "Rust Remedy" to prevent return before coating with Stone Chip Shield and paint. The Chassis is now Done so it is a case of restoring parts and then fitting then on the car.... The fun bit!! I'm just fitting a central locking kit but the brackets the supply are so flimsy I'm sure the cardboard that I use to make temples for new brackets was stronger. also clearance is tight inside the door to the window slider. While the wings were off I have fitted rubber cable tunnels into the doors so the C/L kit can be fitted and door speakers put in. I have got an article for the club mag in production to show how to do this, but you need to remove the wings..
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  27. just in case you wanted a tiny slice of history
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  29. Question #1 = This has nothing to do with trying to find the original parts. Finding out the entire history of the cars, notwithstanding of either they are or are no longer 4WD, is only for accurate historical preservation purposes. The book will also feature a section featuring CURRENT pictures of all the cars important to FFD's history. Which is where finding the current owners is needed (again, no matter if they are no longer 4WD). Question #2 = It is not my book, it is Bill Munro's. I stated that I was helping in research for it. Free of charge; on my own time, on my own dime. Because I am a Group B fanatic with a knack for accurate information and preserving its history. Question #3 = As far as I know, FFD only directly did the work for the Manta B 400 in their Coventry workshop. However, many other cars in the Group B era used Ferguson bits in their 4WD systems, the list includes; Peugeot 205 T16 (including the Pikes Peak and grand raid (Paris-Dakar versions)), Lancia Delta S4 (in a Hewland casing), MG Metro 6R4, and Ford RS200. Some of it carried over onto the various Group S prototypes; Lancia ECVs, Peugeot 405 T16 (presentation version, grand raid version) which is basically a rebodied 205 T16. Peugeot subsequently gave the 4WD system to Citroën for their ZX grand raid proto in 1991 (again mostly a rebodied 405 T16), a car that won the Paris-Dakar 4 times (last in 1996). This means that the original 205 T16's engineering and Ferguson bits were a successful recipe for 13 years (1984~1996). Pretty impressive. Thank you for the precision of the last part of the German article, it is indeed what it says, I simply uttered it badly. In short, the turbocharged version NEVER happened, that you can be sure of, it was indeed only wishful thinking. However, you forgot to mention the missing link between the 1982~1983 Manta B 400 & 4WD proto and the 1985~1986 Kadett E 4S: the 1984 Kadett D 400. Best info on the latter here: https://rallygroupbshrine.org/the-group-b-cars/group-b-prototypes/opel-kadett-400-group-b-prototype/ EDIT: PS, the Opel Kadett E 4S sported an Xtrac 4WD system, if you're wondering.
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  30. Opel delivered a Manta-400 to the firm Ferguson UK to rebuild it to 4X4. Ferguson did this rebuild already some years for several cars, also the Opel Senator: After the rebuild the Manta400 4X4 had a Getrag gearbox with the extra shaft to the front and a visco-clutch between front & rear traktion. 64% to the rear and 36% to the front: Some more pages of 80's autosport reviews: (some pics are the same as above, maybe bigger...) During the tests the car was better and easyer to drive than the Audi's and the Chief of this project (Koch)tolled the press that a turbo 400 engine delivered more than 350Ps and the car still stayed under 1000kg weight; a lot lighter than the Audi's. This project died and the car was rebuild to a normal rally-400: Not so long ago for sale in the UK. Another nice pic:
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  31. So, is this where having a sunroof fitted is actually an advantage!! A bit of a Catch-22 situation!
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  32. this is one advantage of owning a hatch over a coupe.....Opel Manta PW......
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  33. much have been a passion wagon to get the rear seat that worn
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  34. Incredible! Maybe a mate pushing the price up, and then won by a timewaster? That'd be poetic justice
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  35. If this car sells for the full asking price its depreciation in 31 years is £255.94 that works out at £8.25 a year! BMW, Audi etc at least £2000. I would have this over a new car any day.
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  36. Philip, checking the market for the last 6 months (the winter months) will not give a true reflection. Like Motorbikes & Caravans there is a season to be jolly (to sell I mean) & it ain't in the winter, although canny buyers do their business then.
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  37. Spotted on ebay this morning... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282385735347?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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  38. Got to love a silver B hatch. It looks lovely, My first Manta was a silver B hatch back in 1984 CYX 882V, only 4 years old when i bought it at age 20, Thought it was the dogs danglies back then, Still got a real soft spot for them now.
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  40. I think half of us on this forum have owned SGH, me included. It's a good car & worth the asking price IMO. When I owned her it won a prize at the 2013 Bristol Classic car show, mainly thanks to James Coghlan's work on the car whilst in his ownership.
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  41. It's only the front inner wings that's ford and axles the rest is manta it's on a manta chassis not ford
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  42. Am sure you chaps will do it justice. Hope to see it at the vboa show.17 might be a push but defo 18 ?
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  43. Available new from http://www.splendid-parts.de/kaufhaus_2/themes/kategorie/detail.php?artikelid=179131&kategorieid=105&source=2&refertype=1&referid=105 they also have the bearings for inside the donut I should warn you that looking around all their stock might make you want to buy more parts.............
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  46. Maybe a bit OTT, but the pale pink button was a bit annoying...!
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  47. Thanks Rob for the offer I was thinking of silver decals for the 400 on the rear, and on the front wings down the doors. I will have to scroll the internet for some photos and ideas.
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  48. Very nice they look well in black
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  49. Looks good, I'd like to see pics of the seams and chassis. Looks like a good exclusive is worth 10k. I'm doing a restoration to concours on 3 exclusives and they will be going out at over 10k each
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  50. Winning bid: £5,900.00 Looks like the sale went through guys, fair price for non runner without test but it did look like a decent example.
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