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  1. KAA

    Number plate lights

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    Number plate lights

  3. Hi Ian, Try using a small pin punch to drift out the centre pin. I seem to remember these clips were used on replacement panels which did not have the welded trim pins like original factory-fit clips. Maybe means the car has had a replacement wing at some time. The clips probably have a spigot which fits into a drilled hole on the wing - the centre pin spreads the spigot to lock it into place. If you drift it right through the clip should release. Then catch the pin to re-use later.
  4. Here are some photographs showing the Chevair bonnet as original fitment on the Manta 400 road cars. You can see the slightly raised profile in the side view of the white car. The silver 400 shows the different top profile. On a standard Manta bonnet the central crease line runs nearly the full length of the bonnet and only blends out approx. 200mm from the rear. On a Chevair/400 bonnet the crease line disappears about 400mm from the front, with the main central bonnet area being higher and flatter. All quite subtle but noticeable when you look closely. You can see it quite well in the silver car picture. All done on the 400 to give extra clearance for the intake plenum and tracts cast into the cam cover, plus the crankcase breather pipe routed over the engine.
  5. Does the bonnet have four parallel slots in the internal cross-bracing instead of the irregular/tapered ones on a Manta? If you put a straight-edge across the underside, how much taller is it at the highest point compared to a standard Manta bonnet?
  6. KAA

    Too many silencers?

    Numbers in the drawing are the old Bosal aftermarket part numbers. May be able to use them for cross-reference or find some old-stock Bosal or Walker exhaust boxes.
  7. KAA

    Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Yes, will do. May take the plate off to get a better picture. Thanks for the Campagnolo decal link . Probably best to take care with these wheels and find someone who knows what they are doing. The original paint finish is quite robust but once damaged the magnesium can corrode and pit readily. Best to stay away from too heavy abrasive blasting - anything with steel or iron embeds in the surface and makes corrosion worse. Glass bead could be better if not too coarse, maybe something less harsh like walnut shells or soda. Hopefully you can find someone with the right experience. I expect they where chemically treated when first manufactured with a chromate or phosphate process before the paint finish was applied. Epoxy powder-coat is probably the way to go for the finish. No rear screen sticker on my car unfortunately . The only other thing I can think of for the rear screen is the foam protection mat. Made from about 10mm thick grey foam, rectangular in shape and about the width of the rear window. It has the 'Centaur' logo about 300mm long stencilled in black across the middle. The idea was you were supposed to place it between the folded halves of the rear screen to protect against scratching. Age degrades the foam and although the lettering is slightly raised it may just be that the paint has stopped it shrinking as much as the rest. Either that or they where made with some sort of moulding process. 083 still had the mat when I got it - it lived on the parcel shelf or in the boot for a while, now 'lost' up in the loft somewhere. I will come across it at some point the next time clearing out is done... I was looking for the original hood operation handbook recently (if you can call a couple of pieces of paper stapled together a handbook) - stashed away so securely with the Cavalier owners handbook I can't find it at the moment. Hopefully it will turn up....
  8. KAA

    Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    A couple of other minor labels when you are having bits and pieces remade. Original Magraw/KJ Motors front number plate and fitting on 083. They used the original rear below-bumper backing plate, rather than discarding it when the rear plate was relocated above the bumper. The little label is only on the front plate and is a light silvery colour. Stuck on the surface rather than made as part of the plate like a lot of dealer plates are. If you want I can measure the size so you can have a copy made when the dashboard badge is done - just for that authentic finishing touch... You may already have these if the wheels have never been repainted. Clear label backing curved to match wheel rim. Inside the wheels showing the original design fitment in the 1970s. Obviously not seen when tyres are fitted...
  9. KAA

    Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Yep, Colorado Beige. Original colour showing under the flaking paint on the chin spoiler and around the wiper spindles. No idea what the current blue is called. Car will go back to original shade when restored.
  10. KAA

    Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Another one-eyed Centaur in a sorry state...
  11. Must of been a factory option to of had the opelsport steering wheel surely,a GTE steering wheel does not belong in a manta 400 that's for sure. Good job steering wheels are not painted steel grey, otherwise the shade of black could be in question... Car looks good and as it would be from the factory - a nice example that is not messed about with and in the rarer Astro Silver. Original style headlamps and rear seat belts as per 400 road car spec. Yep, steering wheel is GT/E and spot-on for a 400 road car from the factory - a lot have been changed over the years and Irmscher could probably have fitted a different wheel if the first owner wanted it but this one looks nice and standard. Paint work does look a bit flaky around the VIN plate and it may have had a repair - trim under the headlights was often painted body colour on wide-body 400s as the ends are cut back to fit front arches. This one is black, so may have been changed or could have been like that from new - they were hand-assembled after all. Only other difference is the gear lever, which is Monza style on this car - some cars seem to be like this but others have a lever knob shaped like the earlier 4-speed Manta B. Should make someone a happy new owner...
  12. KAA

    Ascona 400 (VBH 788W) info

    Hi Martin, The information I have is a little old now - dates back to 2005. Chap I bought my Ascona from had owned quite a few at one time and another, at least four, maybe five or more Ascona 400 and a few Manta 400 examples. One of his cars was VBH 788W, along with TVS 578W which was at Rally Day on Saturday. He confirmed that VBH 788W was sold abroad and then its new owner converted it to left hand drive. I don't know the date when it was sold (obviously prior to 2005) but think it may have been to Germany. I suppose there is every chance it still exists somewhere on the Continent; the owner of the white Manta 400 road car at Rally Day is a member of the Opel 400 club and it is possible he may know someone who owns or has more information regarding the car. Posts here as H-400 - I will send a message to let him know you are looking for information.