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  1. Rally Day 2017

    i did try to include the club with this event but there didnt seem much interest i have organised a feature display any way there should be 6 manta 400s and 4 ascona 400s all proper rally car i am going to see if i can sqeeeze in hermans car as well seeing as it a proper 400
  2. Rally Day 2017

    hi im trying to organise this event for rallyday if any body knows of any 400s road or rally cars i would be very interested even if it just a lead thanks simon pm me please
  3. Floor mounted bias peddle box help

    why a floor mounted
  4. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    hi i thought i would put some pictures of my latest project as some of you know this has been rallied by simon crook untill he rolled it earlier this year he had stripped it for repair but the regs changed so wouldnt be eligible for next year. ive bought the car,and have started to straighten the shell out, the damage is quite extensive and if it wasnt for the fact that it had been prepared by gerry johnson who founded safety devices and every single panel has been seam welded together with large tunnel and group 4 5 linked it probably would have been easier to reshell. a brief list includes;roof badly kinked above windscreen rear roof pillar flattened one front pillar flattened o/s rear wing badly crushed and top edge rolled over o/s front inner wing rolled over n/s front inner wing bent down and when i measured the n/s front inner chassis rail there was a nearly a inch differance between the height even the front suspension crossmember is badly twisted first job was to put the full cage back in to keep the shell rigid especially as it ties in with the front suspension pick up points. then cut off the entire front panel off back to the inner wings then i removed the front suspension and bolted a 6x2 lenght of box accross the front then welded another lenght of box to this which was also bolted to the rear suspension points this gave me a good point to jack up the front chassis once is was within a 1mm of its correct height i gave the kinks on the inner chassis rail some gentle smacks with a hammer they dissapeared with it under tension. released the jack and all remained within a 1mm.used the same rig to jack the inner wing back in place. ive put a few pictures up after the crash and strip down and will post some more as the rebuild continues thanks simon powell
  5. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    did manage to get the back axle finished for race retro
  6. DVLA RIP OFF...

    i belive that your vehicle will actually not be able to claim free tax untill april next year mine is 1976 reg and i was told april 1st is the date when the 40 yr rolls over
  7. coupe louve

    has any body got a resonable o/s lovre trim behind the drivers door at a sensible price they could post mine on the rally car got damaged when it got rolled and its at the nec show next weekend thanks
  8. there is one of the ferguson 4X4 senators on display at duxford air museam it was used by the british army
  9. great pictures i was talking to the asconas owner last weekend at race retro steve magson he told me one of the reason why he sold this was the back axles kept breaking and the last axle he had bought was £6000 he had tried to persade the MSA to accept the atlas axle as a cheaper replacement in the historic class but they wouldnt have any of it at the time.
  10. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    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
  11. Display cars needed. Nec restoration show.

    i think simon has found cars for this show
  12. i have zf lsd and a 5.2 crown wheel and pinion for sale belive it is a phase 2 i am also buying some phase 3 crown wheel and pinions which will be for sale
  13. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    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
  14. Display cars needed. Nec restoration show.

    rally car or the exclusive available the exclusive is nice but not concours
  15. possibly a bit biased but my own car
  16. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    another update the above pictures show we made it to castle combe although the car looked finished i did run out of time with certain things. the front suspension being the main thing the old suspension was either bent or cracked so was scrap,i had earlier in the year bought a van full of genuine works parts but when i started to look at it i realised all of it needed new rose joints etc what i didnt realise untill i had a visit by tim ashton a ex dealer opel rally mechanic was how different some of it was bottom wishbone for tarmac is like this this has rose joints in both wishbone rear holes the hole in the middle is for a rod to limit the drop because of the shorter springs the forest arms are even more interesting only the front wishbone hole is rose jointed the rear being a standard bush but the front ball joint is the interesting bit i thought the ones i had got were both bent but tim explained in forest spec the factory found the travel is limited by the bottom ball joint so they had a special batch of cranked ball joints made which allowed more dop front arm is forest rear arm tarmac. another thing is all 400 ball joints are a bigger diameter so you have to use 400 uprights ill leave the FRENCH UPRIGHTS to another time but this is very involved all bottom pick up points have to moved
  17. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    what a week been working on it every night and and since friday dinner time have put another 27 hours in to it the dash and wiring loom have been the nightmare i thought they were going to be the main problems being the fact i didnt take it apart/the loom has modified beyond belief and the fact it has now got the correct dash after much head scratching with the mbe ignition finally got it started bled the rear brake and managed to drive it fora few yards still waiting for front brake bells
  18. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    got wiring loom in place during the week and also fitted fuel tank/pumps/brake lines in engine bay and fire system pipework built and fitted front suspension yesterday engine and box today rear gearbox mount requires fettling
  19. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    bit of update and a couple of pictures of the car in 1991 when owned by grahan mander ,i was due to go to the great dorset steam fair with my pair of shires horses in the last week of aug at at the last minute lee ashbury who owns a body shop and a ex works escort agreed to paint it for me while i was away.dropped it off on monday 22aug and picked it up last week that left me with just over 3 weeks to put it back together i will post some more pics of the build as i get chance
  20. rear side window

    im looking for 4 of the gromets that go into the center roof piller they act as the hinge point also looking for 1 closing mechanism i have aquired 2 tinted perspex windows for the rally car and thought that opening rear windows would help ventillation thanks simon
  21. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    finally ready for top coates lost count of the amount of hours i have spent to get the panels some where near passenger door was beyond it so thanks again to retro power for a good door
  22. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    finally got it ready for paint
  23. opel manta 400 ADZ4575

    trip up north to pick up a huge amount of genuine works spares including a phase 3 back axle, complete front hubs with massive tarmac spec discs and calipers wheels and tyres including a full set of original tarmac split rims still with there original 1986 michelin tyres still on them 8 full sets of rose jointed shock absorbers of which some are marked with scottish/sweden/cyprus/circuit of irleland 15 sets of springs a lot of it is brand new but has suffered with being in a container since the 80s
  24. Wanted Commodore rear axle

    hi did you get the private message i sent you