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Not only that - I saw a post from Joe (Bald Eagle) the plumber !!! :thumbup

Yes mate ,the light does catch the bald bit :rolleyes:

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Just a quick update ,i have not done alot to the car as Billing was coming up fast. Removed the headlights and dropped the fixings in some Bilt hamber Detox C,it worked well but took 2 days to remove all the rust.

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Brackets and lights ready for assembly.

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Headlights fitted and now working after replacing the rotten wiring.

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Fitted replacement ignition lock and stearing colum switch that i got from Adie at Billing who was selling Manta A parts at very reasonable prices to club members, thanks Adie. Just a few more electrical faults to sort out then the welding starts.

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Also found a new set of front indicators in the spares that came with the car as the original ones had dissolved.

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New ones fitted.

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Thats it for now.

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I have been busy with the A over the last few weeks, first job was replacing the rotten fuse box.

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Fitted a six way blade type box inside the original housing and now most of the electrics is ok.

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Next was the antifreeze and found all the heater pipes blocked.

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Replaced them all with some new silicon hoses and flushed the system out.

Next the small bit of welding that always turns into alot of welding. :o

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Not as bad as my Exclusive was and the near side dose not look so bad.

Chassis rails next :blink:

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Started on replacing the chassis rails and jacking point.

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New jacking points came in at 190 euros for a pair, so i had a crack at making them.

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Got the big bolt out ot the chassis rail after alot of swearing :o

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Then made three sections to repair the chassis rail.

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Finished that bit.

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Moved on to the back wheel arch looking for the seatbelt mounting points and found that it was fiberglassed in place :angry:

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It looks like i have abit more to do now.

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That's it for now, just got the welder out again.

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Mick, that hole weren't there on Sat? Did you get carried away? :o

Impressed with the jacking point repair, if you carry on in the same vein it'll be back on the road in no time.

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Wow just got mine stripped down and got rot in exact same place around rear seat belt mountings :mellow:

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Wow just got mine stripped down and got rot in exact same place around rear seat belt mountings :mellow:

mine too

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Dan W

Posted Yesterday, 10:07 PM

Mick, that hole weren't there on Sat? Did you get carried away?

Hey Dan it was there just covered in years of underseal and once i got started i just kept finding holes :blink:

rayman

Posted Yesterday, 10:17 PM

Wow just got mine stripped down and got rot in exact same place around rear seat belt mountings

rayman, yes they all go in the same places just some are worse that others,i had one a few years back that had not been welded on the chassis but had rotten doors, i wish i had it now.

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Started on the a again but had a change of plan, i was going to just do the repairs to get the car through an MOT and run it for a while, not sure if i have made the right decision :huh: but started to strip the hole car down and i am now going to go for a total restoration, glass out engine out respray and the rest :blink:

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Some of the repairs that kept the car on the road over the years ,have now gone by there sell by date and need doing again.

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More to follow as the car gets stripped-down.

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Looks like your hitting at the front end just what i have gone through for the past few months.Keep it up its all worth it :thumbup

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Removed the sunroof and chrome trim today.

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More rust.

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I found some new inner wings on the opel tuning website,they are now on there way to Leicester :D

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Mick, I'd stop taking pictures if I were you mate. The more pictures you take, the more the car seems to be rusting. :lol:

Good luck with the restoration. I'm sure it will be a cracker once it's finished. :thumbup

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czwh42

Posted Today, 12:00 AM

Mick, I'd stop taking pictures if I were you mate. The more pictures you take, the more the car seems to be rusting.

Good luck with the restoration. I'm sure it will be a cracker once it's finished.

Cheers mate ,the bad bits are realy bad but there are alot of very good bits. Removed the front and rear screens yesterday and there was only a couple of very minor rust spots under the rubbers ,also i have now got some new inner wing repair panels so i will be cutting out all the rust on the last few photos :D

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Got some more done over the last week.

Before

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After

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There is still a few repair panels around.

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Another before

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Middle

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After

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I hope to get lots more done in the next few weeks. :thumbup

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At last i have got some time on the A and almost got one inner wing done.

All that was left of the outside headlamp mounting.

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Cardboard template.

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Sometime later.

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New inner wing panel.

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Just a couple of holes left then looking forward to doing the other side :o

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Ay up mate, that is looking like superb work there, what else can a I say... A Crunchy and Chewy combination perhaps :D:thumbup

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Looks like some good work going into saving this A :thumbup . Might just cut and paste your pics as I am sure I will be looking at similar rot when I start my TE replica. :D

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Good to see you taking the car right back Mick its the only way to do one properly, looks like all the typical rust spots are there but have been well covered up over time. Will be a cracking car when ur finished, One thing I found the welding skills get well honed with the A series lol

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Manta again

Posted Today, 08:20 PM

Looks like some good work going into saving this A . Might just cut and paste your pics as I am sure I will be looking at similar rot when I start my TE replica.

I spent some time looking through projects for pictures of inner wings ,so hope this helps you.

Robbie

Posted 20 minutes ago

Good to see you taking the car right back Mick its the only way to do one properly, looks like all the typical rust spots are there but have been well covered up over time. Will be a cracking car when ur finished, One thing I found the welding skills get well honed with the A series lol

A new welder also helps :thumbup

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Finally got the inner wing done,after getting side tracked with Billing and sorting out my exclusive for the show.

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Below is what is left after a day with the angle grinder.

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It looked like the sill had been welded over the original one and so i was not too surprised to see the car had 4 sills :blink:

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Old sill and very old sill.

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Some time later

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Another pile of rust after starting on the A again.

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It was very rusty around the lower rear quarter and inner wheel arch.

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Started the welding on the inner sill.

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Ready for some more welding.

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You can see on the original jacking point was not made from solid tube as it has opened up :blink:

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Isn't that top photo of some bits of a Subaru Mick...?

Joking apart, it's amazing how it keeps throwing up these little surprises. Who'd have thought something that looked so good could

be so rotten.

But I'm certain it won't be for much longer the way you're going.

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[isn't that top photo of some bits of a Subaru Mick...?

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Not quite as rusty as a 52 plate :lol:

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Great work ! The work that need to be done on yours look alot like where my own has rot :) Nice thumbsup.gif

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