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A Busy Bank Holiday

Its been a busy weekend on the car this bank holiday. Its was nice to have a sunny bank holiday as it gave me lots of time on the car. Now a have a date to aim for its full steam ahead. So: first job was to check all bolts and nuts to make sure they were torqued up ok, adjusted front wheel bearing, filled up the diff oil, gearbox oil, changed the wheel studs on the back (but only did one side as i could only find 7 studs, there must be one hiding in that safe place!!) connected…

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The Countdown Begins!

I have taken the decision to take the Opel up to a proper tuning company in Northampton (Northampton Motorsport) to do the initial start-up and then all being ok the set up so the car is ready to be run in. Then all being ok i can then head back up for the full tune-up. That is planned in fro the start of October so i now have just over a month to do the last final setup on the cam, fill up with break-in oil, check that everything is all tightened up properly and get the brakes and clutch…

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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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