I am a dyed-in-the-wool VW guy, but I can across a 80,000 mile all original 74 Manta that I got from a guy who bought it new. Was a fellow in my autocross region who had run it in the 70's and done some autocrossing and road rallying in it, and kept it in decent/driver condition. Southern car all its life so minimal rust if you don't count the battery tray which I understand is common. The price was right so I just had to have it- it called to me! haha.
I am planning on making this car a vintage-class rally car. Been doing some web-cruising and these cars have a solid rally pedigree and are supposedly well balanced- good for going sideways frequently.
Rallybob's helping me out with some stuff to get this thing off on the right foot.
This is my first Opel and I'm pretty interested in it already, even though having yet to drive it. Car was sitting for 4 years so I'm having the gas tank cleaned out properly, new lines run, and rebuild the carb before we try to crank her up. If the motor runs decently it will stay mobile and I'll putt it around and Rallycross it until I can build a stout motor and install a cage, which will probably take a while.
I'll have to see if I can legally run a 2.2 or 2.4 motor within the spirit or letter of the law. Could you plunk in a 2.2 back in 1975? Most of the vintage rally guys go by "You can do anything that they COULD have done back then" so I'll do some research. If I can't build a bigger motor then I'll do up the 1.9 with bigger carb, cam, valves, header, limited slip rear, and some manifold work via Bob.
Any suggestions or goddies for a vintage-class rally car- please let me know.
anyone have pics/specs on a 74-era Manta in Rallytrim? I thought I read that Opel had a factory team back then but can't remember where I read that.
Don't want to build a replica or anything, just curious as to any specs or how some 74 Mantas looked back when they were rallied in the 70's so mine can look period-correct.