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    BTW, what are the plastic brackets on the passenger kick panel for?
    I've seen a few owner's manuals stuffed in there in the past....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyBob View Post
    I've seen a few owner's manuals stuffed in there in the past....
    I have heard that those brackets were to hold maps, predecesors to the modern GPS...LOL,
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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyBob View Post
    Some more pics near the end in this folder, showing another front-end buildup for a Manta I did.

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    Damn you Bob, you've inspired me again. Think the Chrysler master cylinder will be going onto my 75 Manta booster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisGardiner View Post
    Damn you Bob, you've inspired me again. Think the Chrysler master cylinder will be going onto my 75 Manta booster.
    Dennis, it's not a direct fit to the Opel. I had a bushing machined which fits between the Opel's pushrod and the back of the M/C, as there's a gap otherwise. And the bolt pattern is off, though a bit of work with a rat-tail file fixed that.

    I used a 1.0625" bore which is large and would create a hard pedal with stock brakes...since I am using aftermarket 4-piston calipers I sized them to keep the hydraulic ratio similar to stock.
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    Baby's got new shoes. The 13 x 6 Enkeis are on their way to Delaware. Hello 15 x7 ET20. Planning to order a set of 195/50-15 plus a 185/70-13 for the spare (stock wheel). Looks to be a good fit. The one glitch is that the dust cap on the hub is too tall so the center caps don't fit. Is there a shallower one that will fit or would it be OK to drive without the dust cap? The center cap for the wheel is a pretty tight fit....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Manta View Post
    WOW, just wow...
    Hey Peter, That's my yellow wagon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samdog View Post
    Hey Peter, That's my yellow wagon.
    Hi Gregg -I realized that when Bob was showing me the pics on his phone at BBC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Manta View Post
    Baby's got new shoes. The 13 x 6 Enkeis are on their way to Delaware. Hello 15 x7 ET20. Planning to order a set of 195/50-15 plus a 185/70-13 for the spare (stock wheel). Looks to be a good fit. The one glitch is that the dust cap on the hub is too tall so the center caps don't fit. Is there a shallower one that will fit or would it be OK to drive without the dust cap? The center cap for the wheel is a pretty tight fit....
    Are you sure you are going to have clearance in the rear with the tires on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by opelgtboy70 View Post
    Are you sure you are going to have clearance in the rear with the tires on?

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    There's plenty of clearance in the rear. Take a look at these pics.
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    Hey Peter,
    Please pm me. I may have some Audi wheels and tires for you. Thanks.

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    getting back into the Manta after diversions due to work and house planning... right upper control control arm is now off. I need to bring it to a shop to have them press out the old bushings. Comparing new and old, it's interesting to see how much they pancake after being torqued down. I'm going to pick up a puller so I can release the tie rod from the knuckle to allow removal of the lower arm. As a side note, I now know why I couldn't get the SST hooks in place to hold the upper arms. PO must have reinstalled bushings without hooks and torqued the bolt up without it set at the proper height. The arm travel was really limited and would not move high enough to allow the hooks to catch. Once I loosened the bolt a tiny bit I could move the upper arm enough to get the hook in place. I am planning to use the hooks when I tighten it back up after installing the new bushings.
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    Got both upper CA's off. Interesting that the washers are different from driver side to passenger side. Is that normal? The only rust I've found so far is a small area in the LF fender well under the battery area. Tried to get the tie rods separated from the knuckles but my tie rod puller doesn't work as the jaws are too far apart.
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    Some more work this morning. Removed front discs, steering arms, front sway bar, and springs. going to take off the LCA's next. I am not sure how I am gong to put the sway bar back in - it was in quite a bit of tension from left to right. I had to use a drift to hammer the ends out and when they popped out they immediately sprang laterally and got bound on the LCA itself. It's also thicker than stock (1") so I have no idea how to get the replacement frame mount bushings on it.
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    The washers are part of the alignment process. When aligning the front, the technician may or may not add or remove washers to get the right angles.

    The sway bar should go in pretty easy if you lift and support the car from the middle, leaving the same weight/tension on each side. When the car is sitting flat, the sway bar shouldn't have much pressure on wither side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    The washers are part of the alignment process. When aligning the front, the technician may or may not add or remove washers to get the right angles.

    The sway bar should go in pretty easy if you lift and support the car from the middle, leaving the same weight/tension on each side. When the car is sitting flat, the sway bar shouldn't have much pressure on wither side.
    I've been told the stock bar should line right up with the LCA bushings at normal ride height. Since I had the car lifted up by the frame rails and the UCA's off, the lowers were hanging pretty low. I am guessing this altered the geometry and reduced the dimension causing the tension. We'll see when I attempt to reinstall.

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    '75 front brake upgrade has arrived
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    Almost finished with disassembly! Just have the left trailing arm to go. A little tricky getting the right one out. There was barely enough room to get it out past the header. There was no way I was taking that off. Bushings in the trailing arms look good so those will remain. Is it possible to powder coat them if the bushings stay in? The right one needs to get repaired before it is refinished and reinstalled. The previous owner modified it to make room for the header. I'm going to have some metal welded around the back side of those flanges that he cut and bent back.

    LCA's look good. No signs of cracks or damage. You gotta love southern cars, no significant rust on these parts after 40 years.
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    The rubber bushings can't take the 450 degree curing temps of powder-coating.

    Check the forward mounting holes of the trailing arms for cracks. Very common issue. Sometimes doesn't become apparent until sandblasting.
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    What is the fix if there is a crack like that Bob? Weld and grind smooth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Manta View Post
    What is the fix if there is a crack like that Bob? Weld and grind smooth?
    Bob came up with a kit that addresses the Manta/Ascona front suspension weaknesses and dramatically improves the handling and road feel of these front ends. If you don't have one, I may have an extra kit that I can part with. If you click the flikr link in Bob's signature line, go to the "Sportwagon from Hell " album, about 1/2 way through, Bob shows how the pieces are welded in.
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