1974 A Series Opel Manta Blog

The Opel Project blog has been setup to record the rebuild of my 1974 A Series Opel Manta.
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1974 A Series Opel Manta Blog
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My 1974 A Series Opel Manta. Its been a long project and it still has a way to go before it looks like it use to back in the day. Now running a 2.4 CIH engine on full Webber Alpha engine management. Everything is custom made or adapted, from the full 2.5″ stainless steel exhaust, Wilwood racing calipers, Cosworth rear calipers, Hydraulic clutch, Chevey S10 clutch kit and lots more.. Read on for full details of the rebuild and hopefull one day pictures of her out on the road!

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Hydraulic clutch

So lots to do and this weekend its time to get started again. So along with a clean up of bits im looking to get the hydraulic clutch started. I have it setup as a little mock up and need to secure a few bits and get testing.

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Engine out

Ok, it’s been a while since i posted and also since i did much to the old A series! Life kind of gets in the way far too often!! So as i decided to fit the S10 clutch and new flywheel i decided it was time to fix a couple of bits i was not happy about and as i like to do things big style! it was engine and box out. So i now have the box and engine completely out, the front suspension and part of the exhaust. So things to fix: Manifold – drill out holes as they…

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Wilwood 4 pot calipers fitted to Opel Manta A Series
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Finishing the brakes

So i now have all the parts needed to finish off the front brakes. Got the last couple of goodridge fittings needed to connect to the Wilwood callipers and got a couple of spacers to space the calliper out the 3mm to get it centrally aligned with the disc. This was a better option as the other one was to have 3mm machined off of the custom adaptors. So a quick test fit tonight and then all i need to do is get some thread lock and cut the brake hose to length and fit it all up. A little job for…

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Opel Manta A series Chevy S10 clutch and flywheel kit
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An early Christmas prezzie

So a little early Christmas prezzie for me and the last set of bits i need to complete the A series. So after Christmas its time to get back on the build. A big thanks to Nick in the Opel club for bringing the parts over and to Gil at Opel GT Source for sorting out the delivery. So i now have a chevy S10 clutch kit and matched Monza flywheel for the A all the way from Opel GT Source. This will handle all the power from the engine no problem as the clutch cover is a 6 bolt…

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Opel manta A series parts from edelschmiede
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It’s too easy to spend money at edelschmiede

A massive thank you to Thomas at Edelschmiede for locating me a very had to find oil pressure adaptor for the Manta A. I had been searching for ages for one of these and he found a brand new one 🙂               and while is was arranging with Thomas the delivery i had a quick look on his site http://www.edelschmiede.com/shop/ just in case there was anything i needed. What am i talking about, just in case!! £100 later and i had lots of new parts on my list for Thomas to send as well. If…

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OUR NEW HOME

So after a little vacation for the Opel its now back but in our new home. A better garage and a nice flat drive. So it will soon be time to get back working on the Opel. Im planning on having her ready for a proper tune-up in the spring, lets see how we get on 🙂

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