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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Polishing The Opel Project

Im not sure how well these will come out but i thought i would post some pics of my paint polishing test. This is the process i will be using to polish the old Opel Project when it gets a bit warmer! Give it a clean and use 2000 grit to remove any dirt nibs etc.. The go over it with the Trizact 3000 discs then the Trizact 6000 dics then its onto a bit of refining with the Cartec Final Cut 9000 Then a final finish with Cartec Ultra Finish 12000 and a hand wax finish. Below are some…

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Quarter windows all fitted

Today i finally fitted all the windows trim and have both rear quarter windows all installed and adjusted up properly. Now I just have the door top trim and gutter trim to polish and fit which I’m going to do as I get time over the next couple of weeks. The next thing to do is when I have a nice day I need to mop and polish the doors so I can fit the door handles & door mirrors so I can fit all the internal door trim. I have some nice new locks fitted to the handles that…

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Chrome trim

My chrome trim was in pretty good condition but with the years of wear, it was never that shiny of some of it a little surface scratch which you can never really get out. And now I have all that nice new chrome on the handles and pillars I needed to do something about the trim around the gutter and at the bottom of the rear quarter window and door top. Drastic action was needed! After a quick test on a spare piece, I have decided to flat all the trim back to remove the chrome plating and give it…

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Chrome pillar fitting

Chrome pillar now fitted to the glass with a nice new rubber strip from ATZ in Germany fitted. https://atz-online.com/p/opel-manta-a-tuerscheibendichtung-an-b-saeule-links-neu/ https://atz-online.com/p/opel-manta-a-tuerscheibendichtung-an-b-saeule-rechts-neu/ These are now all ready to go in once I have fitted the rear quarter chrome trim.  

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Chrome trim time

Its been a while since i did some work on the Opel as the weather has not been ideal for car work and I have been sorting out some bits to be chromed. Today the weather was not too bad so I fitted a wheel arch time and hopefully next week I should get the door handles and C post supports back from chroming so then I can get those fitted and finish off fitting all the other trim. The plan is to do this over the next few months and be ready for March/April time to be back on…

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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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