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Hi Ian, as you all know I own an original Manta-400. The car is something special, I pamper it. Give it the best oil an owner can.

Do the maintenance on it, as only one can do. But that car is not perfect. The oil seal behind the rear of the engine needs repair,noticed 

those rubber things at the end of your steering arms need replacement.  Gonna do it, but I also drive with that car to Switserland, Germany, Holland, 

Denmark, and so on. Some say I am nuts, such a car but I enjoy it. I drive it. This is what a car is made to do. 

So if you find those minor points of imperfection repair it when you have time, but don't forget to drive that car. 

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Wise words, thanks Herman.

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A small update tonight, but it is one that has given me back my positive attitude again.

The OSR quarter behind the wheel was 'lumpy' and after taking a closer look I think that the metal might have distorted during the weld repairs in that area. Yesterday I knocked down the humps with a panel beating hammer and put a skim of filler over the now slightly indented metal.

Some sanding in that area tonight has left me feel much happier with the whole area. This is it after the sanding and the application of some stopper filler in a few areas:

 

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Then I moved around the corner to sand back the filler that I had applied to that side of the lower rear panel in an attempt to tidy up some imperfections. Again some small amounts of stopper have been applied here and left to dry. This area is also looking much tidier already:

 

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Have a nice evening everyone.  :thumbup

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Some more bodywork remedial work tonight.

I decided to make a start on the lower part of the NSR quarter, behind the door. Already the lines are better and I have only just dumped some filler on there after using my template to indicate where the lowest sections were:

 

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hi Ian have to agree with Herman don't try to be a perfectionist I know this all too well myself.to me from what you started with to what you have now looks stunning.

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Hello Ian, nice to seen you are busy again.

Had also a bummer monday. Went back to the body-shop and nothing happened with the car.

Told the boss of the workshop if he had a some time left he could work on the GSI cause I'm more busy with mecanical problems.

So I am sanding and keep on sanding... Hope they paint it soon, so the rebuils at my place can begin.

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A bit more progress this evening.

More work reshaping the NSR quarter panel. First I roughly sanded the filler I had slapped on last night, then went over it with my shape template, then a second coat was applied to the areas that were still too low.

So this is how it sits this evening:

 

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As I had a little bit of filler left over, I decided to make a start in bringing down the NS rear panel in an attempt to level it up better with the other side:

 

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We have a nice long weekend coming up, so hopefully I can make some serious progress.  :D

14 hours ago, hoobby said:

hi Ian have to agree with Herman don't try to be a perfectionist I know this all too well myself.to me from what you started with to what you have now looks stunning.

Thank you Graeme, much appreciated.

8 hours ago, H-400 said:

Hello Ian, nice to seen you are busy again.

Had also a bummer monday. Went back to the body-shop and nothing happened with the car.

Tolled the boss of the workshop if he had a some time left he could work on the GSI cause I'm more busy with mecanical problems.

So I am sanding and keep on sanding... Hope they paint it soon, so the rebuils at my place can begin.

I am sure it will be worth all the hard work and the wait Herman, you can is really beautiful.  :thumbup

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Added some more filler this evening to the bottom of the NSR valance.

It looks a real mess from behind (as you can see  :lol:) at the moment, but I have really been concentrating on getting some support behind the curtain I am trying to bring down. By taking that behind onto the boot floor/spare wheel well it will be strong and support the front and give the whole area a much better look - at least thats what I'm hoping...

Then just when I felt that I was getting somewhere I ran out of mixed filler. Oh well I will wait for that to go off, then add some more in the morning. I can then have a measure up again, draw and line and start to sand/shape things again.

 

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After a morning grafting in the back garden, it was finally time for the Cavalier to have some love  :rolleyes:

I have started to reshape the NS rear valance - hopefully you will agree when I say it looks much more in balance now with the other side?

 

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A with just a little more filler added to help blend in some of the low spots and also to take it back to the floor etc 

 

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There is actually only a tiny difference between the two images from the rear, as most of the filler went under the lip to blend it into the floor better. In fact it would not surprise me if I even had them the wrong way round above  :lol:

Cheers all - enjoy the Sun!!!!

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Hey Ian, got to respect your patience. Sanding is not my thing.

The sun: I'm enjoying it with a beer in the garden on my terracce. 

That same sun says the top pic is later than the bottom one.😁 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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After a little stroll into town with my Wife, I returned to do a little more sanding, then apply some stopper filler.

I'm feeling pretty pleased with this area now. Another quick sand and we can move on again.  :thumbup

 

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Have a nice evening everyone.

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A couple of hours messing around this afternoon on the NSR quarter and some other areas.

The quarter panel itself is coming along quite well, but will need a ton more work before I will be truly happy with it. Why I ever decided this was OK to paint I do not know... Anyway:

 

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After that I put some filler on the dent in the roof I had missed, then some on the low spot at the top of the scuttle panel. As usual I have put ten times more on than I probably need and also made a mess of actually putting it on :rolleyes:

 

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Lets all keep our fingers crossed that the Easter Bunny does the business tomorrow!  :lol:  :thumbup

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Keep going Ian! After doing my back arches I couldn’t bare to see another pot of filler! I think it can be soul destroying as you think you’ve done a good job, put some primer on and.....agh... still not right! 3 hours later and you’re little further on. Iv left mine and been doing other stuff but I know they’re still waiting... keep going, it’s you that’s got to happy with the job 👍 looks great btw! 

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This morning I have been a fairly busy bee, fueled by a popular malted breakfast cereal knitted by Nana's, coffee and a whole Easter egg shell and its entire contents!  :lol:   :thumbup

Firstly, I sanded back the filler added to the small dent on the roof:

 

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Then the low spot on the front scuttle - this is the rough filler:

 

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Then with the stopper filler added. Once this has fully dried a light sanding will see that defect fixed:

 

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Then back to the NSR quarter. Further investigation and templates etc, revealed more errors than I had realised previously. Oh well, I'm an idiot and now I'm learning the hard way - there really is no short cuts to this work  :rolleyes:

 

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At least I am keeping the local sellers of body filler and wet and dry in business

Happy Easter everyone!

 

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After cleaning the BBQ down before the relatives arrive, I managed to sneak in another 45 minutes on the Cav - its amazing how quickly you can revive a BBQ thats been under cover for over 6 months when you try  :lol:  - and its all in a good cause of course.

I'm feeling more positive about this panel now. Here it is after a lot of sanding then then application of a little skim of filler in the low areas:

 

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Enjoy your afternoon everyone - I'm now looking forward to an afternoon lounging in the garden with a fruit cider or two to keep me company.

As you can determine, I'm not much of a drinker, but I know what I like, and thats really all that counts.  :thumbup

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Some more sanding done this morning. God knows it is boring, but I just keep remembering how disappointed I felt looking back at the photos while I was away and that seems to spur me on again for a few more minutes  :lol: 

So after some more sanding another few strategically placed smears of filler, we are slowly edging forward on this panel:

 

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Enjoy your day guys!

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