Rick-Manta Posted June 7, 2008 Share Posted June 7, 2008 I've owned this car for a few months now but having taken out a lease on a small workshop/garage for the car and paying for the car itself I completely ran out of funding. Couple that with unexpected employment problems (damn immigration!) I haven't been able to pay my bills properly let alone get anything I planned for the car. Thankfully the OMOC forum community is an excellent place to trade so I managed to sell (reluctantly) a lot of my Manta rare and expensive parts stash to enable me to eat, pay a few bills and get the occasional part for the B. I've basically just got do some tidying for the run up to Billing and a few other shows over the summertime, but it will be far from finished anytime soon, I just need to do enough so as not to be embarrased! The car itself is an old S registered 1.9SR berlinetta coupe in sapphire blue with a black vinyl roof and a lovely all black velour interior. Very chuffed to own it since I missed it the first time it was availiable and with a very long mot and some tax it was certainly worth the money. I would describe the condition as fair, to be honest it is quite a bit more grotty than I first expected but it's a 31 year old completely unrestored car and that is the norm with mantas as everyone can appreciate. The car is (was ) in original condition but had a significant amount of 'mot standard' repairs underneath and some very bad repairs to the bodywork and engine bay. This has resulted in a neglected looking underbonnet, rust starting in the later welds, new rot holes in floor and body panels (water trapped in underseal) and patchy paintwork. There are also a few other faults, broken suspension coil, idle at about 5rpm, running cold and a poorly fitted exhaust. My plan is (was) to completely strip back the body shell but leave the excellent condition vinyl roof and have a body shop take care of the holes and dents in the body panels with a deep glossy black repaint afterwards. Before hand, I'll let my new neighbour (at my workshop) who runs an impressive welding facility take care of all the underside and inner wing repairs who would do this to a degree of quality that I or any MOT welder can't comprehend. I would then zinc coat the underside and use a stone chip sealant rather than underseal to protect it. The subframe and rear suspension can either be powdercoated or I'll paint then myself with somekind of enamel paint. In reality this can wait, until I'm back in permanent employment and earning a realistic wage so I'm, in the meantime, to prepare for a respray I have removed all the early B bump trim and late seventies detailing, which I think looks shite, but each to their own eh! I do however absolutely love chrome bumpers which for some God forsaken reason Opel decided it would look better to have a horrible black rubbery plastic fat piece of trim stuck over them!? I'd imagine it was the fashion of the era but I intend to have the whole surface of the chrome showing to contrast the eventual black paintwork. I have removed (and sold ) the overriders and the black cover trim but I'm of course left with a rusty bumper that's full of holes which were to secure the trim. I've bought some new chrome bumper bolts as the overriders secure the bumper to the body originally, but the other holes will have to be professionally filled and I'll end up having the pair of bumpers acid dipped, zinc coated and then rechromed. This would be the one thing I would have liked to do before the show season starts but money just doesn't allow I'm planning on getting a lot done this weekend so hopefully I'll make some good progress. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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