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Manta A steering

So while i wait for the throttle linkage part that im having modified to come back i have turned my attention to sorting out the other bits like steering, front brakes, clutch and lights. First up steering: New mini rack that fits perfectly (or will when i have some mounting brackets made up) Here are my mock-up ones 🙂 (pic below) and the steering output is just in the right place to hook up and miss the manifold. Im having to get a joint that goes from 9/16 36 spline to 3/4 DD to match the mini steering output to…

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Opel Manta A Series Oil pump system priming before startup after engine re-build

Just a quick post on Priming the Opel Manta CIH engine after a re-build. I have learnt the slightly hard way! so thought i would post my conclusions on priming your oil pump gears/system. I did a google and found lots of info saying prime the oil pump gears before startup, but not much on how to do it. There was one or two bits of info on getting a long screwdriver and chopping the top off and then popping that in a drill, removing the distributor and popping that into the slot from where the distributor fits in (which is…

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Close but no Cigar!

So the ECU is all working and were getting some readings, we have fuel, we have some good compression, we have a spark and it looks like the timing is all ok. But not fuel from the injectors at the moment 🙁 So its going to have to be a call to webcon in the morning to try and figure out why! I think we might need to work out how to test the injectors are getting a trigger to them. Maybe next time.  

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Wiring loom and new fuse box

Well, finally the loom is all wrapped and back in and i have fitted a new (extra) fuse box. I had one of these on originally but it was a bit loose on the fittings, so a quick google and a new one fitted. I have it mounted to the base of the original fuse box and have taken a live feed that is switch and a live non-switched feed so it give me 2 extra fuse takeoffs for each supply. So i have one for the ECU and a couple to run the electric fans, as i will be…

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Wiring loom tidy up

While i was removing some old wires from previously unused things like the old air horn and alarm i decided it would be a good idea to have a little tidy of the wiring. So steering column out and instrument panel as well so i could get all the bits. What a mess!! so many unwanted wires from the old immobiliser! so a good strip out and label up of everything ready for the re-wrap. Then i started looking for some loom wrap and wanted the split stuff to make it easier if i did need to do any changes….

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More Gates clamps fitted

Managed to get a morning on the car and i have fitted a few more Gates clamps, they are just so easy to fit! I love them. So i now have all the water hoses fitted and i am now just need to do a quick check over the engine and make sure everything is all nice and tight and then its just one or two little bits and the last bit will be to connect up the main live ignition feed to the new injection loom and we are on for a go at starting her up. #NotLongNow I…

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Gates power grip clamps - fitted to Opel Manta A Series
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Power grip clamps.

I had some custom silicon hoses made for me by JS performance, but the top hose was just a little big when fitted to the radiator outlet and would leak. And that was when it was cold so i was worried that it would be worse when under pressure. So the search for a solution began.. Could i get silicon tape and wrap the outlet to increase the size? An idea but not a great one, then one day i came across these “Gates Power Grip Clamps” all the blurb said that they would seal a hose connection better than…

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Progress update

A little progress update on the old opel! I now have a nice new fully mappable ECU that any dealer can map, so that should make life easier, and the loom has been adjusted to work with the new ECU, so i have lost a few bits from the old setup as the air temp sensor is not needed. The ECU is all plumbed in under the dash and i have a new trigger disc to go with it. The loom as all in and i just need to set the tappet clearance for the engine to be ready. So…

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Getting ready for the start up!

So its finally got to the point where i am getting ready for the big day!! The fuel system works, im just finishing the crank sensor install, which will mean i can then start to add oil to the engine and then water. I also need to finish the coil mounting bracket and and fit the ECU and then a good check over things to make sure they are all secured and tight and we will be ready for a test start! As Christmas is not far off now i think its going to be the new year before im…

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