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FOOT DOWN, LETS GO!

Now the winter has finally passed and the nights are longer is full speed and back on the project again 🙂 While i wait for the crank to come back i have a few other things to keep me busy! Today i had a full day on the Opel and as the weather was nice and dry i managed to get quite a lot done. When i removed the engine and box to give that the check over i noticed that the torque tube doughnut looked like it had a crack, and on further investigation noticed it was totally shot! so…

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Spring Time = Opel Time

So now the bad weather is out of the way and its getting warmer its time to get moving on the car again. I have a new plan of attack to try and get her finished this year! The crank is at the engine shop and needs a slight grind which i think was down to the problems starting her up and getting the oil pumping as a few of the bearing did have wear that looked like they had been short of oil. So hopefully in a couple of weeks, the crank will be back and i can get…

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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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Hydraulic clutch fitting on the Opel manta A series

I have always hated the clutch cable crossing over the engine on the a series and wanted to get rid of it and fit a hydraulic clutch, but have found it hard to find any info on someone fitting one. So i did a google and looked at other cars using the wilwood pull cylinder to get some ideas. I decided on an external slave cylinder as its such a pain to drop the 5 speed gearbox on the A if i did have issues. So a plan was hatched. i decided a bracked that bolted to the engine and…

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Wilwood brake adapters for Opel manta A series
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Wilwood brake adapters for Opel manta A series

Finally after months of waiting for CJS enginerring in ferndown (not speedy engineers) they have managed to finish the adapters to fit my wilwood calipers! So any hopes of getting the manta running for the summer are long gone! They do look spot on, so now its off to the cars temp home this weekend for a test fit. All i need then are the correct bolts and a couple of 90 degree goodridge fittings and then i should be able to test the brakes!!

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