Ok, I finally <finally> am gonna try to get my Manta going. Dave and others have inspired me to do a build-thread to track progress along the way, and will maybe help me stay on it for a while... I'll take any critiques, questions, comments, or advice as long as it's not too mean-spirited haha.
I am going to do a Rally car, but unlike Dave's Ascona B I'm wanting to do a different class/ level of prep: I'm going to use as much Opel stuff as possible, and be as period-correct as I can for a mid-70'd Pro Rally car. This will keep my speed and expenses down. The goal is Historic-class, or vintage class or the like.
The car is a 1974 Manta Luxus I guess- no GTE or Rallye unfortunately. The car is in pretty solid shape for the age. I bought it from the original owner who lives in my town and is a member of my local gearhead club. The car was used on many a TSD rally, won some smaller local Autocross titles, and was a DD for years. Bob, the original owner, was bought the car while he was in high school. He said it was real fun in the rain and claims he invented drifting in the late 70's but didn't have a name for it haha. He kept it and wanted to make it a resto project that he and his teen daughter could work on and that be her first car, but alas she couldn't imagine being seen in it and wanted the more girl-friendly Honder.... sad, but you all understand that story. So the poor Manta sat for 4+ years in the back yard. I pulled it from his back yard and assured him I would "do something fun with it" and I want to make good on that.
The car is 97% stock:
orig sheet metal (all)
org seat (gettin tossed)
org paint (that's not really a +)
The bad news:
car has, what I have read/been told is common, battery tray rust- not too bad but needs attention.
car needs a cheapo paint job baaad.
car needs lots of mounts, bushings, bearings, etc.
headgasket blew at a December RallyCross.
car needs shocks/springs.
What has been done so far:
- removed and cleaned out gas tank first- yuck. Tank was naaaasty.
- removed and cleaned out/tanked the radiator.
- Harold installed brakelines, front pads, front rotos, rear shoes, rear drums, etc. Brakes are good. Car stops fine...needs improvement but everything 100% stock and working well.
- got Webber 32/36 and had that rebuilt (thanks again Harold)
- new plugs
- new points
- cleaned out fuel pump- that could be better too... I might go electric.
- ran as much new fuel and vent line as I could get to,
- swapped Manta valve cover for cooler-looking GT valve cover.
That's all I can think of for now- she needs lotsa work but has mega-potential to be a fun little car.