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I’ve been meaning to post details of my project for some time but never seem to get round to it.

Well I’m not putting it off any longer.

KDF 831V has been in my family since around 1985 and was initially driven by my mum but soon ended up in I’m my grubby hands. I drove it around for a few years when I was in my 20’s but then started transferring bits an pieces from other project Mantas I was messing around with at the time. Any way long story short I had too many other things going on in my life and the Manta was never finished and got put on a back burner.

Fast forward to 2017. I decided it was time to get the car finished (to be honest it was encouragement from my kids). First job was to refurb the wheels and get some new tyres - not an obvious place to start but it was something I decided on nearly 30 years earlier.

 


 

 

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Looks great, different style being a b, nice original colour, very different. Did you change hubs or redrill? 

Any future plans?  Great choice to keep and to get stuck in now! 

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Lots has happened to the car in the last 3 years and I’ve been busy doing that and not keeping you all up-to-date with my progress. 
 

Opel Monza front hubs with new bearings and modified steering arms. The rear is a 5 linked Commodore axle with lsd 😁

Some quick fixes needed addressing. This is the gearbox cross-member cut very crudely around the LT77 gearbox from a Rover SD1.

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May 2018

Transmission tunnel needed opening up to clear the SD1 LT77 gearbox. Gearstick remote housing needed shortening slightly (3”) but now the stick is in a nice position.

Shortened prop and knuckle sitting on existing crossmember. 

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June 2018

Commodore rear brake calipers preped and painted.
 

May 2019

Purpose made twin over axel beds fitted.
 

June 2019

Centre console looks a good fit but in reality when the handbrake is off (down) it’s a bit too close to the gearstick. It all works so I can live with it.

November 2019

Final photo is before the strip down starts!

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Great start, very organised with the lists, good idea. Surprising to see original yellow paint. Looks pretty solid, same say early bs are easier welded... not sure if true? ......its always a challenge!

Surprising to see original yellow colour, looks pretty solid for a 40+ yr old car. Has it been welded before? 

Goodluck with your project, and enjoy!

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9 hours ago, ®evo03 said:

Great start, very organised with the lists, good idea. Surprising to see original yellow paint. Looks pretty solid, same say early bs are easier welded... not sure if true? ......its always a challenge!

Surprising to see original yellow colour, looks pretty solid for a 40+ yr old car. Has it been welded before? 

Goodluck with your project, and enjoy!

My sister crashed her so I put on the wings and nose cone from a yellow Manta I had. 

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May - July 2020

The car kept the welder gainfully employed on and off for the next few months. The work took a long time because I needed to keep on top of my costs and wanted to agree the price of the extra work as the repairs were undertaken. I wasn’t going to cut any corners but I’m not made of money either.

I was amazed at the rot we found in what I thought was a very solid car.

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