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    Default Agent Orange (74 Opel Manta)

    So a friend mentioned that I should make a thread over here, so here I am. I have had 2 Opel GTs, and a Datsun 1200 but have always wanted a Manta. About two weeks ago I finally got one. It's a 74 Manta Rallye. Anyway I have fitted 200SX fronts seats, a steering wheel I had laying around, and E30 projectors.







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    Last edited by OpelWagenGT; 01-02-2012 at 11:32 AM.
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    WTF those bumpers.

    Please, try to get a set of euro bumpers.



    They make the car look SO much more elegant.

    Other than that, this looks like it's off to a great start and could be really promising!

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    I **** to say it but I am not messing with the bumpers. At least not for now. According to every other Manta owner I have talked to they make the car pretty invincible. Also those aren't Euro bumpers they are just pre-1973 1/2.

    oh and these are in the mail on their way to my house right now.

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    Those US-bumpers are just so damn fugly lol.
    The guy who designed them sure must've been drunk as fuck... and he must've worked for VW later on, designing the US MKII Scirocco bumpers.

    But nice car anyway, I like that shifter hehe.

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    These came in the mail yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shepherd View Post
    Those US-bumpers are just so damn fugly lol.
    The guy who designed them sure must've been drunk as fuck... and he must've worked for VW later on, designing the US MKII Scirocco bumpers.

    But nice car anyway, I like that shifter hehe.
    yes the bumpers were only offered in the US but every Manta before 1974 came with the small bumpers you guys keep calling "Euro" bumpers.

    The shifter is temporary not sure what I want long term.
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    I approve of this thread. Lots of cool things are about to happen with this thing.

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    A bagged Manta sounds epic look forward to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedKreation View Post
    A bagged Manta sounds epic look forward to this!
    (.)(.)

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    really interesting "to do" list, can't wait to see any progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by projektzwo View Post
    really interesting "to do" list, can't wait to see any progress...
    You just reminded me that I forgot to make a to-do list.

    Headers with 2" pipe and single muffler
    Dual Carbs on the stock motor for a while (I have a different motor for later)
    fiberglass GTE front air dam
    13/7 ARE wheels
    Not sure what tires yet was thinking a 185/60/13
    Universal Air bag over shock bags for the front
    Compressor
    Lines
    Fittings/valves/gauges
    Install sound system
    Mount up back seat
    "Living life a quarter turn at a time"



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    holy bumpers lol

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    count me in. old opels are desirable.

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    So I know I haven't posted in a while but I have made some progress. Since this is my daily, I also have many other hobbies, and I don't have a wage that supports lots of spending I make progress very slow.

    I have however removed the front bumper and supports, in there place are some home built directional signals.

    And I installed a fiberglass GT-E front lip.

    I believe since I last posted I chopped a bit off the front springs and move the shocks to the lower position.

    I took it out for a shoot the other day and decided to do a little photoshop to give me motivation to get this project going. Come spring time I have a freshly rebuilt 1.9L going in with dual Weber 40s, headers, isky cam, high comp pistons, and bored .05 over.

    Enjoy, more photos to come.
    as it sits now

    photoshop


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    So thanks to a good friend of mine I picked up this pile of goodies for $20 bucks tonight!

    some 1/2", 1/4", and even some 1/8" line. Also a good assortment of fittings



    every bit is one step closer.

    -Aron
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    Default New hardware

    I need to make some custom upper a-arms that will clear the 6" diameter air bag.
    So I ran some errands today first off was Everett Steel Co. where I picked up 8ft of 1" OD .095 wall thickness tube for 7 bucks. They didn't have 1.125" like I had originally planned to use so I went with 1"

    Then I stopped at Tacoma screw to get some heim joints. I brought an upper a-arm stud a for sizing. The 1/2" bore was just a tad too big so I opted for the 5/8" since it fits over the metal sleeves that go inside the stock bushings.



    here is a photo of someone else custom control arm. This is pretty much what I'm doing minus the custom lower arm.




    More progress pics soon.
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    So I found this vid on youtube last night. It gives me a lot of inspiration and shows manual paddle valves in action. They get dissed on a lot for being slow but this simple setup seems plenty fast.


    A 1976 Mercedes 300D with aftermarket air suspension.
    Custom adaptation of Slam Specialties RE-5 air bags up front and RE-6 in the back.
    One 6 gallon air tank and one Viar 280c compressor.All of this controlled through four manual paddle valves.

    See my complete build thread for more infohttp://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...olour-of-Money
    -Aron
    Last edited by OpelWagenGT; 01-04-2012 at 05:53 PM.
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    Looking forward to this build....

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    There are more goodies in the mail and on their way right now.... :P

    -Aron
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    I was working in the garage this morning when the mail man showed up at the door!

    My valves came!


    I might start mocking up where there are going to go today, if I get the motivation.

    Also when I was at Pick-N-Pull the other day there was an E28 and I snagged the high beams off of it. I haven't decided if I want to keep them for my Manta or sell them off. They even came with yellow Laminex.




    More progress soon.

    -Aron
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    Decided to get off my butt and install the Valves. I figured that I should everything installed that I can. That way when it comes to the final things all the piddly stuff is done.










    I want to install a switch for the compressor where the cigarette lighter is but I didn't get to that. My cigarette lighter doesn't work anyway.

    -Aron
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    SWEEEEEEEET.
    I can't wait to do some welding for this project.

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    Got my gauges in the mail yesterday so this morning I made a mounting plate for them. I also wired in their illumination. I forgot to post earlier that I made my cigarette lighter into a switch that I will use for the compressor.






    My bag plates should be coming in soon.

    -Aron
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    Love the set up the simpler the better

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