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What work did you have to do on this dan as poor old jack or young jack even:lol: had to off load this as it was not as it seems,then the poor bugger got hit with the unlucky stick  again with his second manta aswell.:(

Have to say I liked this before jack bought it,but was unaware of any hidden gremlins having not seen it in the flesh I mean metal,no I mean rust:lol: whatever,but I gather its all sorted now.

Does still look good,and white is regarded as one of the best colours for a hatch B)I would go for this over the platinum silver one currently on ebay without a doubt.B)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-GTE-non-sunroof-restored-stunning-car-Fully-MOTd-drive-away-/201507700191?hash=item2eeacb7ddf:g:u2MAAOSwGotWn5zr

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This Manta will be a really good buy for someone because you know exactly what you are getting and who you are buying it from, someone who REALLY knows Mantas, so you can be sure you are getting a Good'un, and the way Manta values are going at the moment the price is a bargin.

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:blink::blink:for the life of me based on what you have done to it  I don't understand  why jack got rid of it for another one which he did the same thing again with..er confused .com.:blink:

However its a cracking manta and good luck with the sale.:thumbup

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Well to be honest it did need quite a bit sorting, it was a death trap when we got it (brakes were DANGEROUS) abs the loads of other jobs which would of cost quite a bit, it's had welding done etc too and has been quite testing at times, I am sure Carl will second that. But as always it's been done and done right. 

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4 hours ago, evo3000 said:

:blink::blink:for the life of me based on what you have done to it  I don't understand  why jack got rid of it for another one which he did the same thing again with..er confused .com.:blink:

However its a cracking manta and good luck with the sale.:thumbup

Why jack did all that will forever be a mystery !!

this car needed a load of sorting out, plenty of big stuff and bloody loads of little niggles and to be honest quite a big portion of jack not knowing what the bloody hell he was talking about or getting himself into .

its been a fairly testing project for me and Dan but we're happy with it now .

its not concours but it looks great , runs great , drives great , sounds great . It's solid and sorted .

 

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1 hour ago, robah said:

Good to see another Manta saved and rebuilt to a very high standard again.

The time and effort put in to this is well worth the money for someone wanting a straight standard car.

Good luck with the sale.

:lol:bit of a over statement mate,the car in question was not rebuilt just needed a few faults sorting,however as long as everyone is happy ..eh.:thumbup

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1 hour ago, Danny D114BCW said:

Yeh we only washed it. 

:lol:I knew it:lol:no.i honestly do not know what the heck jack was up to with his two manta's.its a shame we as a club we did not step in to help him like clive Armstrong & co did with moon monkey's manta all them years ago.:(bring back opel2000:D

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5 hours ago, Danny D114BCW said:

How's your car coming on Rob? Not seen you in ages. 

Some electrical issues that will be sorted once the weather improves, I am looking at early spring to get it back on the road.

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Just out of interest, well okay, I keep having a look at this hatch on ebay everyday, did this need further structural/underside welding on it's recent "recommision" as they're calling it these days? From what I recall, Jack was having some work done on it and it was mentioned more than once that the underneath needed attention. Yet with the documented new sills, jacking points and floors, and this being from the guy in Scotland, 3 owners ago, who had resprayed it a few years ago too, it seemed a bit odd as it's clearly not the case now. Was it someone trying to pull as fast one on Jack or has it had some recent attention with a MIG?

This was definately before Jack's later type GTE.

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2 hours ago, Rick-Manta said:

Just out of interest, well okay, I keep having a look at this hatch on ebay everyday, did this need further structural/underside welding on it's recent "recommision" as they're calling it these days? From what I recall, Jack was having some work done on it and it was mentioned more than once that the underneath needed attention. Yet with the documented new sills, jacking points and floors, and this being from the guy in Scotland, 3 owners ago, who had resprayed it a few years ago too, it seemed a bit odd as it's clearly not the case now. Was it someone trying to pull as fast one on Jack or has it had some recent attention with a MIG?

This was definately before Jack's later type GTE.

Hiya Rick,

Good questions if you are seriously interested ;o)

As I hope is obvious me and Dan partnered up on this one - and we've been making it right for a good long while.

When we picked it up I couldn't believe quite how good it looked considering all the reports on the condition from various sources - mostly to be fair Jack's numerous postings.....

Still we paid the agreed price , chucked the trade plates on and I commenced to driving it home. Holy shit it was dangerous. BRAKES?? What brakes?? Never mentioned by Jack. Coming over Snake Pass they managed to either not stop or throw you off the road. or both. And then bound up solid. FFS. That's all been sorted but was a  little unexpected.

I was expecting a load of welding but to be honest once we got it on my ramp and had a good dig about it wasn't all that bad. Nothing like as bad as had been made out. Goose's work from a while back was all fine. All we have done is the offside jacking point , floor above it, some on the inner sills, bonnet pull bracket, offside rear floor and a little bit on the offside front chassis rail.  It's not the most immaculate Manta you'll ever see underneath - its had a fair amount of work - but it is remarkably straight and solid. You or anyone else who's interested is welcome to run the car up on my ramp and have a proper look round - there's nothing to hide.

Topside the car has some bubbles showing in a few places but nothing horrible looking. The interior is lovely. The engine is an absolute peach - smooth, fast , free revving and very quick for a standard CIH. Clutch, gearbox, axle are all quiet and nice.

The suspension is a particular asset - I have NEVER driven a nicer handling Manta. Low, supple and flat cornering. No banging and crashing. Spax springs.

The Sportex exhaust also sounds terrific. Multi Storey Car Parks have never been more fun. 

The fuel tank was cabbaged - its been out, fully rebuilt by a proper old school (established 1947!!) specialist and reinstalled with all new pipework and clips. Took a whole weekend and really did add up money wise. But it was done right. Waxoyled.

We've got it to a standard where we are happy with it as a mid range price Manta. There is some scope for improvement and tinkering but it's ready to roll and use. We've done a load of shakedown miles and it's ready for a new owner to enjoy.

All I'll say about Jack in general is that he was naive in the extreme - didn't know what he had or was looking at - and had the fear of god put up him by people - mostly fellow club members to be fair - who quoted him repair bills at commercial rates to fully restore a car to perfect condition. And panicked him into selling. TWICE. He wanted perfection and couldn't get his head round the fact that every Manta is an ongoing project that needs at the very least intensive maintenance and sometimes a big dollop of cash spending just to keep the thing operational. And all that is amplified 10 fold if you are using the car as a daily driver.

B49 DUX is a good honest Manta - not perfect - but it runs, drives and handles great. It also looks the absolute business and literally stops traffic and pedestrians alike in their tracks.

 

 

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Yeh I think he deffo exaggerated what people told him. It's had a lot of time spent on it even if the welding wasn't huge. It fought all the way but glad we have done it all and whoever buys it knows it's right. 

When we sell a car we do it a to the book, thoroughly and shake the car down to make sure its all A*. The car even though is one we are only selling on has been kept inside and never got wet. We do care and we make sure they are right as it's a car club and the likelihood of seeing the owner/car is very high and you want that person to be smiling 6 months on at Billing or somewhere not red faced and mad. 

Its here, it's honest with nothing to hide. So come look at it in person instead of at pictures, take it for a spin you won't be disappointed. 

Dan. 

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That is a very honest appraisal of that car Carl.

As someone who also bought a car off  Jack I can see many points to agree with above 

There aren't many Mantas out there that require no maintenance  and if you want a concours car then give retro power 40 grand and you can have one for a few years.

Mantas are getting more expensive and I see that as a good thing for the club, gone are the rusty wrecks. The cars that are left will appreciate in value day after day.

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well done lads, bet you enjoyed the drive over snake pass with no brakes as it's bad enough with cooked ones and manta headlamps' in the pitch black after a day out at billing and Carl is very honest and descriptive with all of his sales

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7 minutes ago, MrCarlos said:

Look Dan it has to be right!! We'll be sitting round the crackle log at billing with the new owner most likely!!

Saturday morning chat at my unit ;o)

That's said in jest to wind Dan up but look at it this way - this car is sold by club members not some random muppet on ebay who says it's mint then you do 300 miles and its a shed. It is what it is and honestly described.

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Rick if you have the cash go for it! it's been sorted by guys who clearly know Manta's inside out not some random tinker type person with a mig and a mate who does mot's and slung on ebay, I'm gutted as I work not far from them twice a week in Nelson and I could nip over easily but right now I don't have that much cash.

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