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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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 2.0l+ 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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Front screen fitted

I had the front screen all ready to go and as the weather warmed up this afternoon I though it would be a good time to get the screen installed. I also picked up the satin black 2K paint for the sunroof today so hopefully I can get some paint on that over the weekend.  

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Rear screen fitted

As the weather was so nice today and the clocks have not gone back yet, I decided to make the most of it and fit the rear screen. I had a brand new rubber from ATZ in Germany. Amie gave me a hand to hold the screen in place while I pulled the lip around the inner with the old string technique! It went in nice and easy which was a relief 🙂

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Front end nearly finished!

I had a chance to do a bit more on the car today and have the wings fitted and the indicators in place. I just need to get some bulbs and that’s the front end sorted. I will fit the bumper after I have flatted and polished the front.

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Time to fit some parts!

Today i started to fit some of the parts back onto the car. The middle grill section is in place and I fitted the nice new rear lights that I have had stored away for ages and the new rear turn lenses that I got from Opel GT Source went on and look great. Time to get some nice new bulbs for them.

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Trying for perfection!

As the nose cone came out so good it has made me take a second look at the other panels and I have ended up repainting the wings and boot lid to try and get a similar finish. And I think they have come out pretty good. I have also found that even when you think something is spot on its not until you blow a coat of the red over it do you see any imperfections that you missed so the bonnet has had a quick coat with some paint I have left over from the wings which really…

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Opel Manta A Series Cardinal Red color match | Standox - Standofleet R2/R185
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Paint Color

I thought i would post the color I’m painting the car in case anyone else is looking for this color. As far as I’m aware the original Opel color was Cardinal Red, but the paint company could not find this in a paint system I used so they go their spectrometer on the wing and came up with a match of Standox – Standofleet R2/R185 As you can see from the color chip its a spot-on match for the original color that it was painted 🙂

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Opel Manta A Series 2K solid red
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And finally we are in paint!!

Well, its been a bust and slightly frustrating week this week, but we are finally in paint! I decided not to buy a compressor but to hire one, well that was a mistake! I booked from Tuesday 21st off for the week and had the compressor turn up first thing Tuesday and the weather was stunning! So I cranked it up so I could test the new Devilbiss FLG-G5 out and after the initial filling up of the tank, I connected the gun and started to have a play around with it. Then when the compressor kicked back in to…

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