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More progress made this week, Front cross member, engine and box installed, started to run the wiring back in after 're taping parts and a good clean up. Painted rear axle installed, painted and installed front and rear anti roll bars, steering column fitted, I sent a load of stuff off to be sink plated, that's now back so I can begin to fit more stuff a all the bits and bolts I needed was in the zink pile 😀 

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This is a stunning project, love the way  you restore it in all the details. All those yellow galvanised parts... Respect.

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5 minutes ago, H-400 said:

This is a stunning project, love the way  you restore it in all the details. All those yellow galvanised parts... Respect.

Thanks for that. We do try our best this will most likely be our best build to date. Only down side is I think the budget is going out the window 😂

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Yeah, the budget. Had a visit today while I was working on the Manta. He said it is nice you can do all this yourself, looking at the engine that was hanging in the stand. Bore and hone the engine, surfacing the deck 300€, new pistons with rings and pins 500€ and a new gasket set 100€??  Only the engine...

The Missus let me do what needs to be done, take some cars in and out so money comes back in and our own cars are also done by me. And she loves spending time with the other girls/wives of the petrol-heads we are.

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thats alot of zinc, any heads up on a good company? wouldnt do this much, cost me a fortune in transport, does the zinc damage items like petrol damper, steering knuckle, clock!, and boot lock. 

13 minutes ago, H-400 said:

The Missus let me do what needs to be done, take some cars in and out so money comes back in and our own cars are also done by me. And she loves spending time with the other girls/wives of the petrol-heads we are.

yeh, its all good, cant see them selling a pair of stilettos and making even 2% back......as for the new forecourt motors they love,  just money wasters.

 

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The clock was not sent I just put it there for safe keeping. I've sent the uj just as a sample to see how it came out, along with damper, pressure regulator and a few other bits that I have multiple spares of. I'm going to swap out the bearings in the uj to be safe, and the other bits I'll run a trial on at a later date. He said it should not affect plastic or rubber, but it will strip all the grease from bearings. A friend owns the place i used he does not post items but if anyone wants stuff doing I'm happy to help in the way of receiving and posting back the stuff, he's only down the road from me and he's not to expensive either.

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A little progress made over the last couple of days, but not much due to being busy at work. Managed to get bonett release cable and catch fitted, air box rubber mounts replaced, wiring loom routed correctly and re wrapped, swapped out the tempory bolts in rear axle with the zink plated ones i had done. Zink plated front anti roll bar brackets fitted, new drop links fitted dug out the heater box and a few other parts ready for tomorrow. Hoping to get a full day in tomorrow. 😊

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That’s looking very very sweet if l can get my car any where near that l will be a happy bunny 

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Made some good progress today. We got fuel and brake lines ran. Bias valve and bracket installed, Heater box in, mesh in scuttle panel 're painted and fitted, more routing of wires, zink plated pedal box fitted, swapped out front cross member bolts for the ones I had zink plated, fuel pump and filter fitted to zink plated brackets and wired in, and new rubber fuel hose fitted.new rubber bobbin was also used on fuel pump bracket, fuel tank flushed, dried and painted, door new door switches fitted in A posts for interior light, bonett stay and rubbers fitted, floor gromits all fitted. There's so many small little parts to hunt out, clean, replace it's takes up so much time. You forget how many little bits there are till you start putting them back together. 😂

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Great work, great car! 👍

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Yes been a long day, had 3 of us working on it today with Kevin and a friend also helping. It helped us move along and get a bit done. 😊

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Not much has been done with this over the past months due to being so busy. However I managed to get a few bits done today. Handbrake that I had zink plated fitted and new cable attached, rear lights deep cleaned inside and out and all contacts 're surfaced including bulb holders, rear lights fitted to car, rear bumper fitted and original exclusive loom ran into number plate lights, spoiler side pieces fitted, rears shelf cover wet vac and fitted, rear speakers fitted, carpets previously deep cleaned and left to dry and now fitted, rear infill panel prepped, painted and fitted, going to have another good day on it tomorrow so I'll update again 😊 on another note I've managed to track down a real nice clean pair of door cards, a new old stock genuine rear box with stainless tail pipe, genuine GM rubber floor mats. I've also managed to track down the original service booklet, and all thanks to a few of our fellow members, thanks gents 👍👍

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Productive day today, front bumper fitted, front indicators stripped cleaned and fitted, bulk head rubbers fitted, brake servo fitted, bits of wiring routed and fitted around engine bay, new pipes from tank to fuel filter and pump fitted, zink plated wiper mech built up and fitted, door seals fitted and plastic tread strips fitted, Ariel fitted, oil pressure switch fitted and wired in, injection relay mounted to inner wing on zink plated mount, new dizzy cap and rotor arm fitted, recon radiator fitted, fan fitted, new fan belt fitted, rear anti roll bar fitted with zink plated brackets, lower part of dash fitted, steering wheel cowling fitted, plus lots of time spent hunting parts inbetween 😀

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Managed a bit of time on this today with the help of Kevin. We got the doors all built up with window mechs, locks, catches, mirrors, handle, glass etc.... the satin black parts was also prepped and painted before fitting. Also got the boot spoiler fitted to boot lid.

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Those all look great! You had a busy day and not in your new garage! ;)

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29 minutes ago, Monaco Blue said:

Those all look great! You had a busy day and not in your new garage! ;)

Yeah, I can't fit them all in unfortunately 😂 although I wish I could. Quite a productive day today. Was nice to have our Kevin back on the scene after him being so busy the past year, and not really having any spare time to help out on the cars. There was 3 of us on the go today. Tom my in-house body man on the i240, and me and kev on this one was a nice steady, enjoyable day. 😀

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Forgot you even had this on the go...........colour of my first manta, great colour. Silver/ chrome manta graphics look good on this colour.

Q? Do you ever get sick of working on the one brand of car? Ever do anything interesting, and non opel? At this stage you probably have manta nightmares.  

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Mantamares lol, I get those already ☠️

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