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    1974 opel manta mirrors

    I bought some of those Englemann copies for my B GT/E and they look identical apart from the logo on top saying " Victory " instead of Englemann. The quality isn't very good though. The brackets fastening them to the doors have crumbled within 3 months and they have both gone wobbly even though the car hasn't moved since they were fitted. They are both left hand ones too and the lenses slope the same way as each other. The pics in the Ebay add hide this. If I make new brackets ( these are hidden inside the mirrors ) then they'll be secure but I think I'll fit proper ones instead. I still have the round chrome ones I removed if you wanted these? Luke. Did the A series GT/E have Englemanns? I was going to fit a set to my A series. Luke.
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    Manta B GT/E

    Been away from this project while I've been restoring my Manta A. Looks like this GT/E B is ready for MOT as soon as the weather improves so it'll be at the shows this summer. Hopefully joined by my restored Manta A. Luke.
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    Limited slip diffs

    Hi. Yes I did but I'm not sure if they meant me or not. I bought quite a bit of stuff off them for my Mantas, Ascona and Escort and they knew where I was from. Not been there for a couple of years now but when I dig my Escort back out I'll be up there again I'm sure. Luke.
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    Limited slip diffs

    Yep. I have Mantas with Quaife ATB ( helical type ) and ZF plate LSDs and plate one is much better. Once it's locked it stays locked until you back off where as the Quaife one keeps changing its mind. Luke.
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    C20XE exhaust Manifold

    I think Ashley did a Manta specific one, but couldn't be sure. The Ashley Mk2 Escort XE ones used to be a sensible price from Rally and Competition equipment in Stoke on Trent but like I said, need work to clear the gearbox crossmember on a Manta B.
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    C20XE exhaust Manifold

    Don't buy the fancy looking one from SBD. It's listed as fitting Escort, Sunbeam, Chevette, Manta etc and doesn't fit round Manta suspension. I bought one, tried it and had to return it minus a 20 percent handling charge. Shame as it looked smart. The Ashley XE Mk2 Escort ones almost fit, but catch on your gearbox crossmember. With a bit of cutting and welding they work, but are an expensive thing to chop about.
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    Rear Disc Conversion Q´s

    I've got the Mantamorphin bolt on kit on the back of my A.series. It looks like Sierra/Granada rear calipers with Mk3 Escort solid discs and uses the original A series cable. Ideally it looks like a longer or custom cable would improve this as when the car squats it applies the handbrake slightly. No amount of adjustment seems to stop this and the outer casing of the cables run quite tightly between their mounts. The caliper brackets look sturdy enough though. This kit mounts the calipers on top of the axle as they'd be on the Sierra. 13" wheels fit over these ok but I'll be changing to a larger set up as they look a bit small. They work ok though. On one of my other Mantas I've made some brackets out of 6mm steel and these are welded in line with the square section on the end of my axle. This one uses Sierra Cosworth 4x4 vented rear discs and calipers with no spacers. I've had Speedy cables shorten me a Sierra cable and this seems to be a tidier conversion. This one has the calipers mounted behind the axle and looks better. These discs are about 280mm if I remember right. They need 15s to clear them. The Sierra discs needed redrilling to 4x100 and a small spigot ring between the stub on the shaft and the middle hole in the discs. This is the set up I'll convert my A series too, along with the 280mm front Sierra Cosworth discs and Vectra calipers. Some of those modern Alloy calipers sound like a good idea now as Sierra ones are getting rare and expensive.
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    A-series front spoiler fitment

    There's a Lenk one on ebay at the moment. I'd like some fibreglass or carbon bumpers if anyone knows of any?
  9. Is it roadworthy or a project? What plans have you got for it?
  10. Cool. It brightened up a boring drive home from Peterborough. Looked tidy.
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    A-series front spoiler fitment

    A scruffy second hand fibreglass one sold on ebay a fortnight ago for £270. The brand new Lenk ones are £100 cheaper including postage.
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    A-series front spoiler fitment

    Hi Fin. I've got one on order which should be here next week. They're easy to deal with and don't mind communicating in English.
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    Opel Manta A - Considering purchasing

    I think I'd change the wheels too. If you like the look of the Chevette HS ones and decide to fit those, be careful not to get Firenza Droop snoot ones as the stud spacing isn't suitable. That Black car looks real tidy in those pics. A good price if it's solid.
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    Opel Manta A - Considering purchasing

    Have a really good look round the car's body as panels for these are expensive and some panels are hard to find. Mine looked mint when I bought it a year ago and now I'm replacing wings,arches, sill ends etc. Make sure body is solid and not just a beautiful but rusty car that's been polished up to sell it. I think the price is good if it's got good panels and paint. Sorting rust that might look like a tiny bubble could lead into a few grand quite easily. Manta Turbo styling sounds good though and a modified car will be easier to run with unleaded fuel, ease of sourcing engine bits etc etc. Good luck.
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