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Manta 1972 Sr Auto Project

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monzta

Posted 39 minutes ago

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

Thanks,i have a long way to go yet. They all seem to rot in the same places ,just mine had a fresh coat of paint on it that covered some of it over.

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It's been some time since i updated this project ,here is a few pictures from this weekend after making a start on it again.

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I'm not to sure about keeping the auto box,anyone have any experience on them?

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Hi Mick,

THe car is looking a lot better than when I last saw it about a year ago. Great work mate - I shall have to make an excuse to get over and see it again. I'm Manta-less at the moment as mine sold last September to a guy whos family run a Classic car rental business. He took one look & fell in love !!

I'm getting my fix helping a neighbour rebuild a white Manta Coupe of 85 vintage in the same state as your 'A'. Will be looking for replacement front wings/lights/sills etc shortly - the next is a chassis rail rebuild x2. Just as well he's good with a welder - I'm the holder/gopher/tea provider & advisor. Pity I can't get really involved - need to bend for that !!

Good luck with the resto - will have to phone & Joe son.

George

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Last weeks progress.

After removing alot of very rusty bolts the back axle was removed.

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I made a rollover spit from a modified engine stand and the other end welded some angle iron into a support.

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The Manta is now on the spit and should be alot easier to get it welded up.

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George (Bogwart) ,give us a call and you can pop over when you want.

As Mrs H pointed out the bask axle was a death trap :blink: .

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Nice work Mick, there is only one way to do an A series and thats strip them :) will be a great job when your finished and a car thats around for a long long time. :thumbup

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This is turning into a fine restoration. You have the undercover space to work and the tools and know-how for the job. This is going to be a blinder of a car when finished.

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Thanks Robbie and Neil ,there's a long way to go,and the original or modified thing is still going on,you know me :D

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the original or modified thing is still going on,you know me :D

Yup and eerrrrrrrrr emmmm its not going to be original, I thought about doing a Manta original once,,,,,,,,,,,,, well maybe for 10 mins :D

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Yup and eerrrrrrrrr emmmm its not going to be original, I thought about doing a Manta original once,,,,,,,,,,,,, well maybe for 10 mins :D

Cos its harder to do an original manta than a modified one? :P

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Ha ha I wish :P , done a couple of cars here for people that were original and they were way way easier to do than a real tasty retro one. Hardest thing with the modified ones apart from all the extra work is getting them to look as if all the bits belong in there.

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Ha ha I wish :P , done a couple of cars here for people that were original and they were way way easier to do than a real tasty retro one. Hardest thing with the modified ones apart from all the extra work is getting them to look as if all the bits belong in there.

I second that Robbie! In the process of modifying the front suspension of mine at the moment. Will up-date my very old thread soon.

Manta88 your work on this car is first class you should be proud :thumbup

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Thanks Paul1393.

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I have not updated my project for some time so here are a few photo's.

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Joe lent me some industrial paint stripper to try and it worked in seconds ,unlike the B&Q stuff.

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Some bits were good :)

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Some bits were not so good :(

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And some bits were bad :wacko:

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Manta88 can you give details on the paint stripper? Id love some that worked.

Cheers

Tony

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Using products that make the job easier - I like the sound of that! Hope the nasty bits don't get too nasty!

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Progress over the last few weeks.

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Now for the wheel arch.

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New inner and outer arch.

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This arrived today.

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Only ordered it Sunday night from Leidinger Tuning in Germany, it takes longer to get parts delivered in the UK.

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It should fill this rusty hole :D

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2013 Update ,pic's below.

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I have found some time over the last few weeks so things are moving along now.

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