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1981 Manta Coupe Project.

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2 hours ago, H-400 said:

Well done, another Manta saved!

Getting there, but still a long way to go!

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40 minutes ago, jamie077366 said:

Looks like youโ€™re doing a great job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Cheers, much appreciated. I've done a fair bit since but I'm terrible at keeping the posts up to date.

I'll update soon.

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A few jobs done on the driver's side. On the whole it's about the same condition as the passenger side. The back wheel arch is worse but the foot well and A post are better. On the whole not to bad. Mid chassis rails are mint as are the jacking points so can't complain.

A few photos of a hole in the boots before repair.

The cars upside down in the following pictures.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/uBJsnme4BqaVM6BWA

I cut out and replaced the structure that runs up into the boot. Seam welded isn't pretty but its strong and will never be seen. You can also see the small repair to the wheel well. I've tried to keep everything looking original which has meant making lots of small repairs up as the shapes are quite complicated.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6SWqZKM2xwJ3RbyM8

Then I made a repair panel for the inboard side of the repair above. Joddled/joggled/flanged? The edge and spot-welded in place.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LtcqccKUagbyimQb9

Everything is plug welded or seam welded in place with zintec and galv primer.

I can't to the rear wing repair yet as the outer wheel arch is too far gone so I need to buy a repair panel and then see what is left to repair. I think they are about ยฃ40.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pU7UoiriF2pkjMXc8

Next I moved onto the sill. So much easier with the car turned over. And having done the other side I know what to expect.

Sill as found.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/rjNuCunaMLz4zeWw6

And with the filler and rot sanded away.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/87rmZFXkmj9PjSSs8

And then with the previous repair cut out. They seem to have made the repair up with multiple small bits of metal.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gneZyZKmB4LLZxfV9

Again, no real problem with the inside. Got lucky again so just needs the outer sill section put back on. Still to do. The sill is in the rafters and I couldn't be bothered to get it out so I moved onto the foot well.ย 

As found.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/r3VT96z7rm3besvPA

Two repair sections needed.

Cardboard, tape etc and then this.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mAbXCJh7voiHQ9Se6

And then the complex bit that ties into it. Again, I made a template out of gaffer tape, transferred it to card to see where to bend, stretch, shrink, bash, etc, then transfer to steel.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Pzso7xip28cw6Gmw6

Once happy the basic shape is there then an hour with my new Trevor's Blog approved planishing hammer, a few tech screws and the original panel as a buck got me this.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ofYRzrZp8yge6XnS8

A pretty good fit and reasonably true to the original. I'm pleased with these last few repairs.

I've got Sunday to myself which will see all this welded in and I'll share some photos. Nearly there with the underneath. Better start thinking about that roof repair around the screen.

Cheers all.

K.

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The car looked bad but you are doing great!

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9 minutes ago, H-400 said:

The car looked bad but you are doing great!

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Cheers H.

My older brothers all had triumphs, I thought this was good in comparison ๐Ÿ˜€

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Your doing great - good luck at the weekend!

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Coming on well there Kelvin, never seen the gaffer tape method before although seems to work for you a treat:thumbup. Is there much repair needed above the jacking point inside the car?

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12 minutes ago, bris jas said:

Coming on well there Kelvin, never seen the gaffer tape method before although seems to work for you a treat:thumbup. Is there much repair needed above the jacking point inside the car?

Cheers, yes there's a small repair to do inside where the jacking point meets the chassis rail. It looks quite localised. Water has gotten under the sound deadening. Plus side is it came off a treat (gravity helped๐Ÿ˜€), down side is there a couple of repairs to do. Nothing that requires the removal of the jacking point I don't think. I'll take some pictures and post them up.

Feel free to use the gaffer tape method, my gift to the world.๐Ÿค—

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10 hours ago, IanMc said:

Your doing great - good luck at the weekend!

Cheers Ian, will update with some photos as I progress.ย  I love bank holiday weekends!

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