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Oriental blue hatch restoration

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The prospect of a retro project was too much to resist after several years of my lads & me egging each other on and cooing at Manta B's... the blind purchase was made, I stode in awe as the hatchback span off trailer with front brakes binding, Shit i thought this is going to be interesting...

This is my 86 GTE, bought in January 2018 having been off the road since about 2001 starts & runs having 100k miles on the clock the Manta seems to have been well maintained during its time but despite this the last 17 or so static years since have made things crusty. The guy had enjoyed years of ownership and she certainly gave as good as she got in the trading paint stakes, overall a straight Manta with a bit of rust here & there, very original & complete,  just a few dodgy mot patches, should look the part one day...

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Good luck with the restoration. Similar situation to me. I can't wait to get mine back on the road. 

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Cheers Paul, all the best with yours too, think its going to be a couple of years before it gets together again :unsure:but its gonna be worth the labour :thumbup

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Good luck pal, looks a decent base :)

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Some high lights of last years progress with engine removal(enlisted my dad), stripping of shell, fabrication of rotisserie/ & elevating.

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In hindsight should really have got the underside grit blasted in November but ive kind of got wrapped up in honing welding & fabrication technique! so need to get some areas underside blasted back as its going to be a while before the underside is ready,  also would have removed/compressed front springs while suspension was under cars weight as the removal of these was tricky and have read this is the way to do it.

 

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Framework constructed to hang the back, links thro to underside  with 10mm stud.:D

 

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Having a busy start to this year didnt really get as much done on the shell as i wanted,

got decorating at home done (box ticked) & lads moto engine top end rebuild sorted, then..back to the manta, some progress on other bits ..this is after session in the electrolysis tank/bin.....

 

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And now after more time and then a dunk in citric acid as below

 

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left in the sun so tree debris also mixed in !

Then a coat of hydrate 80 just in case. though there is no sign of corrosion left, im going to enamel them when ball joints changed. The de rust process is working while you get on with other stuff 😧so thats a definate plus right?

 

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Hi all,  

Progress i feel has been slow..  blind sided by the extent of this job really, but trying to remain focused on small areas is difficult...

Decided to tackle two floor patches early in the year..first needs revisiting when i do the sills, the second was better as welding "routine" such as cleaning, degreasing &  tweaking become "usual prep". 

I decided to head forwards from rear n/s floor towards the front where lots of corrosion was chilling around the jacking point, this journey was going to meander down the A post  behind the corner wheel arch corner"joiner" part then drag me into inner wing repair and small patch behind the headlight area.I am not going any further forward at the moment althought the nose cone needs work....

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yes maybe the underseal should be stripped first but she has rested for 17 years so any undersurface rust would be visible, stripped back gave bilt hammer until a larger area can be epoxy primered in one go? as its quite slow progress this seemed to be a way to protect small areas short term from flash rust?? or maybe 1k can etch primer is ok??

Nice repair panel from Retro power anyhow!

Thanks, 

 

 

 

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Very similar to my black coupe issues.

I have started to buy & collect some panel sections from donor cars as The patching required would take a massive amount of time once I dig into the rot.

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Are your scuttle to window pillars ok?

My Drivers side is completely shot in the corner where rubber sits. Probably will need a part of the scuttle too.

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