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1976 Opel Manta coupe. A long haul project. Engine in!


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On 7/23/2020 at 8:54 AM, dome said:

Does an Omega box not fit the B204/234?

 

It was always at the back of my mind that the C20xe and Omega box in my Locost would fit in a manta quite nicely. It's sold now so the temptation is gone...

Presumably, if an Omega gearbox can be made to fit, could an Omega 3.2V6 be shoehorned under the bonnet too?  And possibly the front and rear suspension.  And subframes.  And brakes. And steering gear.

Actually, that's just hammering a Manta body over an Omega isn't it?

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6 hours ago, Talbot said:

Presumably, if an Omega gearbox can be made to fit, could an Omega 3.2V6 be shoehorned under the bonnet too?  And possibly the front and rear suspension.  And subframes.  And brakes. And steering gear.

Actually, that's just hammering a Manta body over an Omega isn't it?

I have a friend in the club with a 2.5 V6 omega engine in his A series manta. It’s too much for what I’ll be doing, I’m keeping this one standard 

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Not much has happened on this project. Mainly due to the car being in my unit and the landlord doesn’t want anyone up there because lockdown. But recently I was able to pick up the engine I have and bring it home to rebuild. Well, I’m not doing a full rebuild. Head and timing cover will stay put. I want to see if it runs before I start stripping it completely. This 2.0s CIH engine is early 70s, possibly from an Opel caravan or similar. I was told it’s been about a thousand years since it’s run, but it was only 50 quid so meh. I have taken the manifolds off, and apart from a bit of oil on the inlet valves (no surprise there) and the rocker cover off and the rockers look clean. It turns over pretty easy with the plugs in too. So the plan is to clean it up, replace what gaskets I can and send it in. Taken the thermostat housing off, thermotwat is brown and stuck solid. And the gaskets are shot, so a new twat and gasket is on order, along with fanimould, sump and rocker cover gaskets from Germany (which I needn’t have ordered because I found some in the shed this afternoon) ooops. 
 

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so that’s all being cleaned up. 
 

while I wait for those bits, I pulled the dizzy cap off and found points. Yuk. Got an electronic dizzy in the shed of a nackered engine so I’ve put that in. Had to make a new gasket though. 
 

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made from a different gasket 

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merlin checks in occasionally 

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and it’s in CE58AD23-E873-45AC-ADE9-7A517C1726D1.thumb.jpeg.081be3518d66f672b0ccb1918891f6b8.jpeg

 

but now the struggle starts as the loom in the car is for pre electronic ignition, so I’ve either got to convert it or find a later loom. 

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13 hours ago, Daviemck2006 said:

I has a cavalier sportshatch 2.0 gls back in the day. Metallic brown with the chrome trims and restyled with chrome trim rings and a beige velour interior. Loved it.

Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
 

I know a bloke with a sportshatch in that very colour and trim level. Very nice car indeed. 

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Cherry and banana flavour fruit tea.  Who knew that was even a thing?

Definite ‘like’ for the Manta content. You’re on your own with the tea.

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38 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

Cherry and banana flavour fruit tea.  Who knew that was even a thing?

Definite ‘like’ for the Manta content. You’re on your own with the tea.

Yea tasted lovely!!! I googled the company selling it but got no further due to language barrier. Teegarten.org. 

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I do love these things, always seemed a sophisticated image. My father had a white GTE hatch  back in the day which was crash damaged before him, never drove right. Alas, I love the GTE hatch in white, but put off by the high prices now. Great to see this one being saved :)

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2 hours ago, sutty2006 said:

I was lucky to buy this one for £60 when fords were too expensive to buy on an apprentice wage. Now, if I wanted to buy what I’ve got I wouldn’t be able to afford it. 

This! 

I'd hate to try and replace what have now. 

It would cost an effin fortune now. 

Also sourcing parts from Europe is the way forward for running GM stuff.

That tea doesn't sound to bad either. I got given a bunch of Opel branded sweeties when I bought a panel from Denmark a few years ago 

Didn't eat any, as they were out of date 😂

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