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    My "new to me" 1973 Opel Manta Rallye

    Hello, everyone. It's great to have this forum to share Opel knowledge. My first car was a '71 Opel Manta Rallye (Blue & black), which I bought in 1984. After getting rid of that car a few years later, I have always had a soft spot for them.

    Well, just this week, the right opportunity came along, and I will be picking up my "new to me" 1973 Opel Manta Rallye. It's a car owned by another contributor to this forum (Calvin Case). The guy seems to know his Opel stuff pretty well, and the car has led a good life.

    When I pick it up tomorrow night, I'll post pics, and then the re-assembly / resto can begin.

    I want to start out by getting the car back on the road, and seeing what issues crop up along the way.

    This should be a fun project.

    Steve.

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    Welcome, great to have you with us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmugg View Post
    Hello, everyone. It's great to have this forum to share Opel knowledge. My first car was a '71 Opel Manta Rallye (Blue & black), which I bought in 1984. After getting rid of that car a few years later, I have always had a soft spot for them.

    Well, just this week, the right opportunity came along, and I will be picking up my "new to me" 1973 Opel Manta Rallye. It's a car owned by another contributor to this forum (Calvin Case). The guy seems to know his Opel stuff pretty well, and the car has led a good life.

    When I pick it up tomorrow night, I'll post pics, and then the re-assembly / resto can begin.

    I want to start out by getting the car back on the road, and seeing what issues crop up along the way.

    This should be a fun project.

    Steve.
    If this is the Calvin we remember, he is quite the character. And.... you got yourself a nice car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    We'll do our best to confuse and mislead you!
    This is true. Opels are not that hard to work on even though there are some quirks to them. Some of the more knowledgeable guys around these parts and have been at it so long have acquired a language among themselves. Opelese is akin to learning and speaking Japanese...unless you were born Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxybiker View Post
    If this is the Calvin we remember, he is quite the character. And.... you got yourself a nice car.

    Vickie & Allen

    It is the same Calvin,... yes, he is quite the character, and I'm sure hoping that the car is still in good shape, suspension and body wise. It's been sitting quite a while, but inside a dry garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ungermm View Post
    This is true. Opels are not that hard to work on even though there are some quirks to them. Some of the more knowledgeable guys around these parts and have been at it so long have acquired a language among themselves. Opelese is akin to learning and speaking Japanese...unless you were born Japanese.

    Jerry
    Since my first car was a '71 Opel (30+ years ago), I have at least a familiarity with the breed. I'll have to re-learn the peculiarities. I paid $400 for that car back in 1985-ish, and probably had $2K in it within a year. (Electrical issues, carburetor issues, brakes, leaking transmission, more coolant leaks than I care to remember, etc.

    I need to dig through my basement-stash of books. Somewhere in there may be an old Haynes manual for the Opel Manta, if I didn't throw it out ove the last 3 decades.

    I've been "into" older Mercedes diesels for a while. I know what you mean about learning to think and speak like the Germans. Hopefully my exposure to the MB diesels and German engineering will give me a "leg up" as compared to when I was a 16 year old kid with his first car.

    Here's a pic of that 16 year old kid. (Posing with my mom in front of the '71 Manta Rallye)...



    When I get this new car back on the road, I'd going to drive my mom to her old house, and re-create this photo.


    This should be a fun adventure.

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    New project retrieval day!

    I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the excitement of that day when you bring a new project home....

    Today is that day for me. After work, I'm heading to "The City" - St Louis city, to retrieve this lovely green machine...



    (not a current photo).

    Some of you may remember the seller, he was fairly active on the board about 10 years ago (Calvin).

    Will post more pics when I get the car tonight.

    Steve.

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    Glad to see that Manta found a home. I was wondering what happened to Calvin and that car. Welcome to the group and we hope to see you at Route 66 in Springfield this year, if not sooner. By the way, I like your story and have a very similar one. I bought my first car, a red '74 Manta for $600 in 1985 when I was 17. Still have it.

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    The Route 66 show in Springfield sounds like a good time - I'll have to look for more details.

    The Manta is my 2nd-in line project right now. It probably won't get much attention before Bonneville Speed Week. I'm working on my land speed racing project right now, trying to chase a 2-liter Diesel Truck record on the salt. We already have the 1.5L DT record, and are moving up in class with a different engine & trans package, along with a bunch of other changes.

    Here's a peek at my G/DT Bonneville racer, which is an '84 Dodge Rampage, which will be powered this year by a Mercedes OM604 (16valve, 4 cyl diesel) mated to a SAAB 6-speed transaxle...



    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hoffmann View Post
    Glad to see that Manta found a home. I was wondering what happened to Calvin and that car. Welcome to the group and we hope to see you at Route 66 in Springfield this year, if not sooner. By the way, I like your story and have a very similar one. I bought my first car, a red '74 Manta for $600 in 1985 when I was 17. Still have it.

    Bill
    Great story, Bill. It's cool that you kept your first car. I'm happy to have this opportunity to buy Calvin's car, which is reported to be a rust-free California car by way of Texas. My old '71 had no such pampered (dry, salt-and-rust free) existence. It probably would have succumbed to the ravages of time.

    Steve.

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    Pics from last night's '73 Manta Purchase.

    Yesterday evening, I met Calvin and purchased his '73 Manta. It was a fun time, had plenty of help from friends to load up and haul out.

    A few quick pics...

    Untitled by Jetmugg, on Flickr

    Untitled by Jetmugg, on Flickr

    Untitled by Jetmugg, on Flickr

    Untitled by Jetmugg, on Flickr

    Yes, it's kind of skanky right now, but seems to be a solid foundation for a project!

    Steve.

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    Looks like a fun project.

    Suggestion: don't start a new thread with each activity. Just keep adding to the initial thread to keep it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opelmel View Post
    Looks like a fun project.

    Suggestion: don't start a new thread with each activity. Just keep adding to the initial thread to keep it all together.
    Agreed - I think I'll delete this thread, and start an official "Build Thread" for this car...

    Steve.

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    I guess in Missouri you don't need more than 2 lug nuts on your wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    I guess in Missouri you don't need more than 2 lug nuts on your wheels.
    Thats the spare tire.....hahaha

    Karl

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    Now THAT is funny...........
    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    Now THAT is funny...........
    Ummm...it is the spare tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opelgtboy70 View Post
    Ummm...it is the spare tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmugg View Post
    Agreed - I think I'll delete this thread, and start an official "Build Thread" for this car...

    Steve.
    MODERATOR'S NOTE:

    I've merged the various threads and posts relating to acquiring your Manta into this one. By all means, start a new thread in the Member Project Forum, or just continue on here. If you wish, I can delete the less relevant posts. Just let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilford View Post
    MODERATOR'S NOTE:

    I've merged the various threads and posts relating to acquiring your Manta into this one. By all means, start a new thread in the Member Project Forum, or just continue on here. If you wish, I can delete the less relevant posts. Just let me know.
    You merged it into the wrong thread, this is the build thread for my 75 manta.
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