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  2. Looks reasonable enough in the photos. Not sure it's a £6K car though: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1985-Opel-Manta-GTE-2-0-injection-genuine-survivor-car-3-pre-owners-only-96k/192892885923?hash=item2ce94fdba3:g:6xwAAOSwdzBcuHbM
  3. H-400

    Mike's Manta.

    This car is going to be better than original, keep up the good work!
  4. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    The wings are now going to stay on, the doors are coming off as will the bonnet, the rear quarters at the moment only have one coat of 2K along with the outside of the shell. The whole shell will get another 3-4 coats of 2K and the doors, boot and bonnet will be put on stands and given the same number of top coats. Front and back bumpers sprayed separately as they are plastic and the rubber boot spoiler sprayed with plasticiser added. When the black gutter detail will be added I’m unsure but I have explained the masking lines, I went and looked at an exclusive coupe for this information and the location of the skirts gap below sill level as I couldn’t find decent pictures on the internet. I have requested that the painter keeps some polar white paint for me from his spray gun for touching up stone chips later on, not that I want any!! I will be keen to fit the GTE Decals, as I think these finish off the car but I’m going to wait a good while before fitting just to make sure the paint has cured.
  5. ®evo03

    Mike's Manta.

    Mike, whats happening with the quarters etc, all ready painted? Are they getting another coat? Interesting method how are the doors gonna catch up in paint coats? i read somewhere, even after baking, paint isnt fully cured for a few weeks. great job, looking very good.
  6. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    You could imagine how excited I was Ian, opening up the e mail hoping it contained photos, this week has been a long week just waiting but now I can envisage next week taking even longer!! I don’t think I could ever get so enthused or excited about a new car as I do on classics, unless it was an expensive sports car or supercar, I can only dream about those......... so I’ll have to make do with the old Manta 👍
  7. IanMc

    Mike's Manta.

    Wow, wow, wow!! - I'm excited and its not even my car She's looking stunning already Mike - you must be very, very pleased?
  8. 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. Have a nice evening everyone.
  9. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    This week there has been radio silence from the bodyshop, I didn’t want to bother them but was hoping they were working on the Manta, the bodyshop manager has just e mailed me progress photos from this week, Front wings stone chipped and painted inside, then mounted on the wing rails, Front quads and under light trim on for panel alignment testing, Petrol cap and skirts fitted, All good to go, apparently now she will be dismantled for full respray next week, then masked up for semi Matt black gutter and rear quarter window details,
  10. 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!
  11. H-400

    New swan neck

    Hi Evo, nice I could help you with this. Sprayed them with penetrating oil and gonna press them tuesday at the barracks. Some pics I made today, the fresh painted hood: Happy me! No more sanding. Then they said sanding with a block and "400" untill all the minor faults are gone. Then sanding with the air-tool with "600" and then again with "800". Arrgh... Better news: The bearings arrived today: Pict them up when I came back from the hospital, yeah going 56 and still want to follow those young lads without warming up... A big muscle strain in the upper leg.
  12. After a morning grafting in the back garden, it was finally time for the Cavalier to have some love 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? 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 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 Cheers all - enjoy the Sun!!!!
  13. Nice B series, as the rest on here say, seen a lot worse brought back to life, good luck 😉
  14. Excellent entry level manta...price wise,....sitting really nice in pic 3 showing off the lines of the hatch really well,and for some reason would not look as good if it had side skirts on imho. But I do like the other upgrades seats headlights and wheels which contrast the red paintwork perfectly😎…..looks to have a 4 branch manifold on so may have been fettled in other areas to,maybe with a hot cam and carb and some headwork in the past,still a nice motor either way. Car of the month for me in real world terms.
  15. Hi Evo, they do use rock salt on the roads in Canada not so much here in Alberta where my Manta has resided for most of it's life. For the most part our winters while snowy are pretty dry, the snow is dry and powdery and a blast to ski on. I would say I'm more to the purist side than modernist, I would like to think when my car is finished it will be a decent restomod example (how's that for sitting in the fence). Chris
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  17. I know how you feel. Good to know mantas rust in canada too, out of interest, do they use rock salt on winter roads in canada? Are you a purest or a modernist?
  18. So, finally got a chance to look at this trim clip count. 8 broke out of 28, which isn't bad, I was so careful, used a hot air blower to heat the trim and clip so they were not so brittle but 8 of them just didn't fancy going back on the car.
  19. ®evo03

    New swan neck

    i like this way! Good job, i will be addressing these soon, i learned something today, thanks.
  20. Added some more filler this evening to the bottom of the NSR valance. It looks a real mess from behind (as you can see ) 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.
  21. H-400

    New swan neck

    Did a lot of sanding this week, but yes they started painting! The first part was the bonnet, first in primer and then the inside with mattalic silver so we coold check the paint with the rest of the car. And today there was a package from DHL: The pistons landed! With rings and shafts. So we (my son also) threw the naked engine in the back of the Insignia together with the pistons and went to the engine reconditioning firm. They said end of next week the job will be done. Next thing to do: New bushes in the lower arms (suspension) I went to the barracks to press them hydraulic out and went rather good with the first two. Then I looked to the last two and thought this needs a special way, just look: It has got to go out, but the collar is in our way, the left side is smaller so it has got to go out to the right. To be sure there is something like a special "Opel tool" I checked the Tech. Manual and thats the answer: "Saw in the border and hammer the border to the inside" I Gonna do it "My Way" as Franky said, gonna grind the border away, will be faster: So very carefully and with a lot of smoke (rubber) I done it. Took some time, but well done. So I thought gonna do it the Opel way with the other arm, took the cutting blade in the grinder and "sawed" in different places as Opel wanted: Than hammered the edge to the inside and look: Think the "Opel Way" is the better option, and yet the penetrating oil will work better. Sorry Franky, love "My way" but sometimes you got to do it another way...
  22. Looks decent at a fair price, can't see the underneath but seems tidy. Never understand why people don't give the interior a clean when selling just makes the car look cared for,
  23. I was busy during the day and didn't get into the garage until 7PM next thing I knew it was almost 11. The voice is simple watch TV or work on the Manta, the Manta will win every time.
  24. The normal places, this was my floor looked the same: All those parts (jacking points- floor pannels, arches etc.)are new availeble so don't worry. Noticed you are doing late hours? Must be midnight when you posted that last pic.
  25. Not so lucky on the area around the drivers side front jacking point.
  26. I think you may have dodged a bullet there with those rear floor sections. They normally rot out in the corners where the rear seat belt mounts are. Good news for you!
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