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1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

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Last week, my good friend and I took delivery of a 1986 Opel Manta Coupe. It has some rust to sort but thankfully limited in the most part to the underside whilst the bodywork itself is in pretty good condition. Our plan is to restore and build the car so it drives like a modern one: that means increased power output (actual engine model to be decided) backed by a suitable 5/6 speed transmission, uprated brakes and a fully sorted suspension and steering setup both in terms of geometry, spring and dampers rates and ultimately improved handling. This sort of work is what we do with our day jobs but decided we wanted our own project! On the inside the interior will be completely custom to match the theme that will run through the car including paint and wheel design.

I won't attempt to explain the appeal of a 'restomod' as this is well documented elsewhere but suffice to say the Opel Manta will be our project car to develop into something very special. Although we may be upgrading or swapping parts (engine) we intended to keep as much as possible with the GM family. Photos to follow..
 
 
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I 'm guessing by looking at the pictures it has been started by someone else? You can buy front swan neck sections of the chassis or are you planning on making your own, i'll look forward to see what you have up yoursleeves for the suspension, steering set up etc.

Keep the pictures coming!

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Thanks for the quick replies!

Yes the car has been worked on already and yes we got it from Carl. He kindly sorted us out with a load of extra parts to put it back together as well (still minus engine and gearbox) and delivered it down to Devon. We're about to start renting a small unit beginning next month then we can move the car there and get stuck in.

We've spoken to the guys at Retropower about replacement panels but a lot of them are on a long back order unfortunately, would be keen to hear if anyone has any other suggestions? There seems to be many companies on the continent that say they can supply but I can't imagine shipping would be cheap.

We plan to document everything so there will be many photos during the build. One of my first tasks is to accurately measure the front and rear suspension geometry so we know what we're starting with, should be interesting!

 

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The words Manta and Devon are rarely used together so it'll nice to see one down here. Do you mind me asking which part, I'm in North Devon.:thumbup

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No problem, the car is in Whimple at the moment but will soon be moved to Honiton. Yes a Manta is a rare sight nowadays, especially around here!

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Hello ian , good to see you starting a thread 🙂

Looking forward to seeing the car progress !

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15 hours ago, RIR18 said:

No problem, the car is in Whimple at the moment but will soon be moved to Honiton. Yes a Manta is a rare sight nowadays, especially around here!

If you can come along to Powderham Castle over the weekend of 8th -9th July you'll see lots of Mantas on our club stand  :thumbup

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Out of interest which panels are on back order?

Also have you tried tjm motorsport for stock ?

 

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Lierdinger tuning are good for panels, only charge 20€ postage/ package.

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Good luck with the project guys, I am looking forward to learning some new skills from this thread.

Above all else, enjoy!

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Powderham is a good show, been there before and really enjoyed it, hopefully see some of your there! Thanks for the suggestions on TJM & Lierdinger, will try them too.

This is the reply we had a from RP earlier this week:

Manta/Ascona B panels

Sill left £27.00 Out of stock
Sill right £27.00

Rear wheel arch left £26.00 
Rear wheel arch right £26.00

Front floor pan left £79.44  Out of stock
Front floor pan right £79.44 Out of stock

Front jacking point left £31.00
Front jacking point right £31.00
Rear section front chassis leg £29.00
Rear section front chassis leg £29.00
Spare wheel well £42.00 Out of stock
Chassis leg ‘Swan neck’ outer skin repair £26.00 Out of stock
‘A’ panel left £65.00 Out of stock 
‘A’ panel right £65.00 Out of stock

Manta GTE front valance £62.00

 

We are now out of stock of quite a few things.  The floor pans I should be able to get more of in the next 2-3 weeks or so.  The other panels will be longer – at least 6 -8 weeks possibly longer apart from the left sills which I haven’t been able to get hold of for over a year now.

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5 hours ago, TheRealExile said:

Which weirdly is retropower? Maybe it's allocated for online sales?

14 hours ago, MrCarlos said:

Hello ian , good to see you starting a thread 🙂

Looking forward to seeing the car progress !

Hi Carl by the way 😆 - where are my manners?! We're looking forward to getting on with it - our work space isn't vacated yet, so champing at the moment 😁

7 hours ago, Mickfrad said:

Oooh, hadn't seen those 👍

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14 hours ago, Rapierdave said:

If you can come along to Powderham Castle over the weekend of 8th -9th July you'll see lots of Mantas on our club stand  :thumbup

Added that one to the diary :thumbup

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