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    Jon Ayres

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  1. jonayres

    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    And finally back on the road!! She's back on the road at long last!!
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    It now drives..... at last. Just a few finishing touches. Hopefully not long now!
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Good morning, here's a picture of it.
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Hi, good question, I searched for the correct oil based on advice from Ian Virco, a very well established manta owner. It's one of those things. If I don't use it, it's damned sure to go bang and I can hear those immortal words....."I told you so."
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    As March passes us by, the painfully slow progress with this manta plods along. It'll be 4 years soon since this started. On inspection, the radiator had a small section of brass that had come loose. It was sent over to a radiator specialist for repair and texting before refitting it, Guess what? Upon pressure testing it was found to have a leak, so needed to be recored. Oh well, I was running out of excuses to spend some more money on this project, It is now refitted and looks very smart. With the manifolds fitted, that's another small step........
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Hi, thank you. Yes, please let it be completed in 2018!! It always feels like it's getting close to completion. It still needs new fuel pipes to be fitted, the radiator and remaining hoses, the wiring will be examined and replaced if neccessary. It's got a brand new, exact original spec, stainless exhaust pipe to be fitted. The throttle cable housing and injectors, inlet manifold to go back on. All of the fluids and oils to be put back, new spark plugs, leads etc. Finally, the new number plates which have been made with the original supplier's logo on them and a new set of tyres. I expect there's a few other things I've forgotten but not too much left now. It's been a very long process and much more expensive than I'd ever imagined. I've got photos of all the work completed - over 600 so far. The ours that have gone into this are amazing. It'll hopefully be as close to when it first left the factory as we can get it. What are you driving? I guess a monaco blue exclusive?
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    As the year comes to a close, there has been a little progress with my somewhat dusty hatch. I hope it will have some fuel pipes in the new year as well!
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    And now with a gearbox and fuel tank fitted. It feels like not too far to go now.....................and then I woke up!!! Jon
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    Robs red hatch

    Wow, that's looking very good indeed. A red GT/E hatch - my favorite!
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Absolutely, that'll be fantastic,
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    1987 Manta 1.8S Berlinetta

    Wow, a really smart looking Manta already for relatively little effort. Amazing sun roof for an E reg! Well done guys!
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    The gearbox came so close to going back in until the mechanic discovered he'd lost the clutch release bearing! Would you believe there are two different ones for the GT/E 5 speed getrag gearbox depending on the chassis number. It depends on whether the chassis number is before or after H6000001. I'm told that although the newer release bearing would most likely fit, it wouldn't last very long. With mine being an earlier model, chassis number E6074912, I began to search. Vauxhall/Opel have no stock in the UK or Germany. LUK have no stock anywhere either. A number of on line searches and calls to car parts suppliers also all came up with nothing. The replacement part number for the newer model release bearing was LUK 500032010, however, I reportedly needed LUK 500 0166 10 (Opel part number 90111364). Finally, I found one at Mister Auto. A full clutch kit would have been a better option but even these seem to be becoming very rare. So the gearbox still waits to be fitted but a bit more work was completed on the rear suspension, handbrake cables etc.
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Good afternoon, I spoke to Neil in the parts department at Eden Vauxhall in Poole, Dorset. Thankfully, he knows about Opel Mantas having owned three of them himself. As soon as I said Manta GT/E gearbox, he interjected with "A Getrag 240?" which inspired some confidence. He's been at the dealership since 1984. There's not many like him around now. He swiftly identified the gearbox oil in question and advised buying 2 litres as it requires just over a litre. I it this afternoon. Many thanks for your advice. Much appreciated. Jon
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Good afternoon, I spoke to Neil in the parts department at Eden Vauxhall in Poole, Dorset. Thankfully, he knows about Opel Mantas having owned three of them himself. As soon as I said Manta GT/E gearbox, he interjected with "A Getrag 240?" which inspired some confidence. He's been at the dealership since 1984. There's not many like him around now. He swiftly identified the gearbox oil in question and advised buying 2 litres as it requires just over a litre. I it this afternoon. Many thanks for your advice. Much appreciated. Jon
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    My everlasting GT/E hatch restoration

    Good morning guys. That's very useful information. Given the option, I'd prefer no to destroy the gearbox. I guess the spec for the rear diff is critically important too? Did you get yours for a Vauxhall dealer?
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