CRAZYDAVE Posted January 28, 2008 Share Posted January 28, 2008 Hi everyone this is my first post my names dave and i stay in fife scotland. Been browsing the forums with interest for a while now and finally got signed up! Heres some pics of my project to date. A 1986 Opel manta Gt/e coupe in white. Standard barring the wheels an absolutely horrible dtm style exhaust and a much nicer than standard (imo)earlier manta sr steering wheel.Opinions and ideas much appreciated. Here she is as bought autumn 2007. Note the borbet a alloys finished in a disgusting (imo) shade of blue! And massively high rear end! Wheels now sold.  Now for the pics as she is now after being stripped down ready for the rebuild. First step got busy with the heat gun and scraper removing the tar from the floor. From past experience with mantas knew what a horrendous water trap this is and knew there would be something lurking! Have to admit to being pleasantly surprised with this one. Some rust above front jacking points and chassis legs but this was expected.Just need to get busy with the rags and white spirit and remove all the tacky browny yellow glue left behind now! Good points are perfect inner sills perfect a post and water bottle tray on drivers side [:0] And minimal rust on passenger side as seen in the pic. Also small hole along front seam of battery tray. Rear floor with tar removed. Got a good feel inside rear of sills only to find no rust and them brim full of wax! Pleasant surprise as this area has always been an issue on my previous mantas. Small hole in spare wheel well but boot floor otherwise fine. Boot needs new lock barrel after being forced in the past no probs though as have spare. Clearly visible in this kind of blurry pic.[:I] That abortion of an exhaust! Soon to find its way to the bin![^] Well stripped out ready for rebuild inside. Small hole in rear corner of rear arch. Same both sides. Look to have had a light skim of filler when car painted in the past not too bad but need redone properly. Engine bay still fitted with the original cih. (For now) Not decided what engine to use yet. Dont want to go down the usual xe route but would like something a little different but still in keeping with the car. Suggestions welcome.  That gorgeous sr steering wheel. Best wheel for a manta imho.  [8D] And finally got a friend to have a little play with photoshop. Got the car sitting lower and the back down to match the front along with compomotive mo style 6 spoke alloys. Want to do someting a bit different to the usual 5 spoke options and think a 6 spoke really suits the car. Opinions welcome. [8D] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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