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As per the title, I just wanted to hi to everyone. I've been a petrol head since I was a kid, and have owned 40+ cars down the years but have recently decided to give up riding bikes (Ducati's are my 2 wheeled passion) as I found over the few years I just wasn't enjoying it like I used to..never mind the aching..

Years ago I owned several mantas. My first was a citrus yellow with black bonnet...auto though...I had that back in the 80's. Years later I also owned a metalloc black GT/E coupe with the Irmscher kit, so it looked like the Exclusive. I also had another coupe GT/E in white with the white alloys and checked interior...total Jason and Kylie. It had a 2.2 Carlton engine if i remember correctly.

Ive signed up because for years Ive wanted to get back into an A Series. A couple of years ago, a member on here advertised a stunning yellow A series that had been beautifully restored but I'd not long bought an expensive Impreza.

My dream would be to find that car again, or something similar...Deffo has to be A series..my fave colours are yellow, blue or orange.. A resto mod would be cool.

My weekend toy is currently a Mini Cooper S R53 John Cooper Works (the fake BMW Mini) in British Racing Green..Another car I fancied ticking off the list. Im not usually a fan of FWD, never have been, but I have to admit, the Mini is an absolute riot to chuck about. The Supercharger whine sounds immense, and although it only has about 210hp (at the moment), it has very short gearing so picks up well once it's spinning, has very direct steering with a quick ratio..only about 3 turns lock to lock. The thing can be thrown around like a rag doll and you can drive the wheels off it on the open road without constantly having to be at daft speeds.

Anyway, I'll be dropping in and re acquainting myself with these cars. I had mostly happy times in them...a fair bit of tyre smoke, and a lot of exhaust smoke...I'll talk about the gurgling noises in the C pillar and the swimming pool in the boot another time.

Hope to catch up with you sometime.

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Hi guys,

thanks for the welcome. Manta resources seem a little thin on the ground compared to the Ford scene. Do you guys know of any other places worth looking at. I don't use Facebook though..always seems to end up on Jeremey Kyle.

When life gets back to normal I'd love to come to a group meet...although I won't be in a GM!

its been ages since I've seen a nice one...oh how i miss the cassette storage unit!

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Hi and welcome to the club 

In the process of getting information on a manta A 

just getting basic information,

hopefully will get more information tomorrow evening 

Not giving to much information at this time 

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Welcome to the family! A series don’t really turn up for sale very often, you will have to set your budget high and keep your eyes on here and places like eBay or car and classic, you never know! 

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Hi and a warm welcome to the forum.

How are you with the spanners and welder? If you are happy to get stuck in, then this might give you more options as you hunt for your A.

Good luck!

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On 04/02/2021 at 21:18, king brilliant said:

Hi guys,

thanks for the welcome. Manta resources seem a little thin on the ground compared to the Ford scene. Do you guys know of any other places worth looking at. I don't use Facebook though..always seems to end up on Jeremey Kyle.

When life gets back to normal I'd love to come to a group meet...although I won't be in a GM!

its been ages since I've seen a nice one...oh how i miss the cassette storage unit!

Cassette storage unit in an A? That won't have been standard. The later cars such as the 1800 and GT/E had them though.

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11 hours ago, IanMc said:

Hi and a warm welcome to the forum.

How are you with the spanners and welder? If you are happy to get stuck in, then this might give you more options as you hunt for your A.

Good luck!

Ive never had a go at welding but Im the type of bloke to learn anything and give it crack...but defer to some else's greater skill when i have to. Okay at working on cars. I draw the line at engine rebuilds though. I know all the practical but dont want to ruin everything. Ive had bikes for years, mostly Ducatis, and have done plenty of jobs on those. 

It all comes down to time and expense...That's why it might work out cheaper to buy a restored car, or one that only needs tidying up...I wish I'd bought the yellow one when it came up. I'd been looking on and off for years and years...but eventually just gave up

Then a month or two after I'd bought something else and had no disposable cash, the perfect A Series came along...typical.

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hi simon. welcome .

the trouble with buying a restored car is 

you dont know how well its all been done,what quality of workmanship and whats hiding under paint. thats fine if its cheap enough but a bit dissapointing if you spend a lot of money on a car thats been bodged up to sell. you would need detailed photos and descriptions at the very least unless you 100% know or trust the source.

plus (and the most important thing to me) is that it was built by someone else.that kills it for me. even if i have work done by someone else i would have to dismantle it to check that it was done correctly and to my standards. im having a car painted at the moment( modern car) and they have done more than they originally intended to so have removed door cards and varoius other bits that i would have removed myself first if id have known.when i get it back i will have to take them all off again just to be sure.

i want to drive a car that i have assembled personally as much as possible as is the case with my cavs.

the sense of personal satisfaction knowing that you are driving a car that YOU have built/repaired etc gives me the satisfaction. i actually enjoy working on them more than actually driving them. you know that if it wasnt for your abilities the car would be long gone.

also in my opinion... if you own a classic ( or intend to look after any age of car realy) it is essential that you learn to do and understand most of the work /repairs yourself .especially learning to weld .othrwise you will either spend a forture every year on maintenance (most of which given to garages/mechanics who dont understand classics )of have to have very close friends who can help who you trust.

 

having said all that the end result of driving a classic either occasionally or as everyday transport is an excellent feeling. 

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My 2pence input on buying restored car. 

Get a car that has a portfolio of the restoration, so you can see what and how repairs gave been completed. Best buying off an enthusiast too, as your likely to get a fairer price and honest information. Lastly, even a restored car, might not be 100% restored, so be aware that some maintenance may be required. 
personally, try to get something thats 75/80% done would be ideal, with all bodywork completed & mechanical made good at least. Trim etc whist rare and costly, is far far easier job for finishing off a car.

Save that earning to weld for something that woukd not potentially have its end value impacted as much as a Manta 😎

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exactly.

some people also beleive that restoring a car just means welding it up to mot standard and a respray !

much better in every way to find an original non restored (technically maintained / repaired as req)

all mine were originals that have been maintained by myself every year as and what was found. even thou most if not every nut and bolt has been removed for one reason or other over the years but not actually fully stripped and done in one go .

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HI guys,

Thanks for all of your replies. I agree with all your thoughts. I've owned many cars and have learnt the hard way. I would prefer a restored car with good provenance for many reasons, partly because I've been through it all before, although not with a car of this age.

18 months ago I sold a Subaru Impreza Type R that I, (and lots of professionals) restored from a 39k mile shell...The interior was in flawless, and i mean flawless condition. I had a closed, fully forged engine built, uprated turbo, 480hp with switchable Syvecs ECU, 6 speed short ratio rally spec gearbox etc etc..It went on and on...The car was sold to a company called Dreamcar Giveaways and was raffled off as a prize. It was a wallet busting labour of love, but took so much energy and logistics. A Manta would be easier (famous last words) as the mechanicals are simpler, but it can also be like buying an old house..You peel off layers and layers to reveal new horrors..err opportunities beneath the filler and newspaper.

I think Jessopia hit the nail on the head..Daft as it sounds though, there are certain colours of cars that I just don't like..Some cars look awesome in certain colour that would horrendous on something else...Take the citrus yellow..on an A Series, I personally think it looks gorgeous, but on 99% of other car, it would be horrific...So...IF there was a great car but in the wrong colour I would either have to say goodbye, or factor in the cost/hassle of a respray..Which would be tragic if it was a beautiful paint job..

 

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1 hour ago, king brilliant said:

without a doubt..im not expecting to rock up to someone's house, pull back a dusty old sheet and see a minter for £500. I want something 'with good bones' as the yanks say.

 

Sorry, I did not mean it to maybe come across like that, just best to be prepared you might need to make that compromise 👍

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