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  1. After this i hope its just little bits and pieces to do on the project and i can start using her properly! and even get to some shows next year!! Andy
    11 points
  2. Bit of an update as I spoke to Expressed panels today. The battery tray is next to go into production and they hope to have the first items available within the next few weeks. Production starts on Saturday, so I will check in with them again next week and see how things are going.
    8 points
  3. Got the first car home today. Drove off the trailer and onto the drive. Moments later a young woman asked if she could take a picture of it as it was "Cool, not seen one of them before!"
    7 points
  4. Nice new lights fitted
    7 points
  5. Beautiful Carmine Red GTE hatch coming up in Mathewsons’s October auction. Apologies for the picture quality it was crammed in with plenty of other cars so couldn’t get a decent shot. Looks nice though with the best interior IMO
    6 points
  6. Just show the wife the photos of the petrol tank,saying have good that looks The replay “the is something wrong with you people” Dont understand what she means
    6 points
  7. For anyone interested in the red hatch it will now be going to auction, he's getting Mrs pressure to buy a ready done coupe and I wasn't sure I could let mine go, decision made, my coupe is booked in the bodyshop end of November.
    5 points
  8. So it seems that between my test with the compressor from the hire company (which only worked once then kept blowing fuse's, and they still haven called me back about a replacement!) and the one i bought, i had manged to wind the air pressure up which made it have more orange peel!!!! So today i did a bit of playing around while i waited for the garage to warm up as it was a super nice and sunny day! I turned the pressure down to 20 psi, added and extra 5% thinners to the mix and its coming out real nice now 🙂 I got 2 runs on the body, but managed to get 3 good coats on as i think i will be flatting and polishing the car as im never going to get every panel like the nose cone. Its quite hard painting in a garage which is not much bigger than the car!! I will repaint the boot tomorrow as not happy with the edges on it (Which i suppose is an advantage of having bough the compressor, i can just do stuff as i want now.) and although the wings have more orange peel than the rest of the car i think i will leave those and flat them. If i had a double garage and some better extraction i recon with this gun and a bit more time i could get every panel looking pretty spot on. Andy
    5 points
  9. Same color. Its originally Cardinal red (the actual opel color, so i was told years ago!) but the paint people couldn't find anything listed for that in the ranges they use these days so had them color match a wing and this one came as as a very, very good match. Did a quick test spray today on and old wing and the Devilbiss gun is bloody awesome for the price. All being ok tomorrow the compressor should turn up and its time to paint the body and weather being of over the next few days all the panels. Then later i will use the little compressor to do the engine bay, boot etc..
    5 points
  10. So, guess what! more sanding over the last couple of days and i now have the two wings fully prepped, the boot lid, nose cone and valance and 90% of the body. Got the paint on Thursday so just a couple more days prepping and then the compressor arrives on Wednesday, so then its time to paint 🙂 More pics to follow later! The bonnet and doors need a bit more work so im going to get the body, wings and boot all in paint first and then go back to the bonnet and hopefully get that painted before the compressor goes back and then i can do the doors with the small compressor if i don't get time to do those while i have the big one.
    5 points
  11. This is the reply that I received from Thomas at Edelschiede. Hello Steve, I'm not sure, if the seals are ready for E10. The material quality is FPM 75 Shore. Perhaps you can use this information 😊 Best regards from Germany Thomas Nastke I have subsequently spoken to a couple of companies in the UK that manufacture seals and they have confirmed that FPM 75 Shore is suitable for use with E10 fuel.
    5 points
  12. 5 points
  13. Dash done and door glass fitted
    5 points
  14. Also, has anyone ever heard of this auction house? Surely it would have been better to go through a well known auction.
    5 points
  15. Only had time to a bit on the manta Cut out all rot from the n/s inner wing The is nice shiny metal in there Just go to make plates them got it welded,and painted Befor and after photos
    5 points
  16. Some of the pics of my i240 from the CAR SOS shoot that I took on the day of filming. I've now had the go ahead to post pics as the handover has now taken place. Been a great experience to be involved in something like this and I can honestly say what a great bunch of guys Tim, Fuzz and the whole production team are. Looking forward to seeing the show aired next year. 😎
    4 points
  17. Greetings and welcome to my thread for my 1972 A series I am calling Elle. My nephew and fellow car nut mechanic Jon said it looked like a baby Elenor when he first saw it and so the name Elle was born. Elle is a South African import and will be my toy/fun car whilst I build my dream version of a Manta in my other 1972 car. Why 72's? It's my year of birth so why not!
    4 points
  18. Tyres had arrived whilst I been away with work, so today took the rears to get set. 235/40R17 if anyone was wondering and as measured previously fit lovely on the rear axle 😎 it's like the Manta was way ahead of its time with arch size. But remember the overall diameter of these wheels is still only ~30mm larger than 195/60R14 STD GTE rim size (speedo will read 4.8% high) . That's 15mm from hub centre. Still plenty of room IMHO. Current pic shows the 235 fitted to front too, but will fit the 215s as my arms are not quite the size of Dwayne Johnson's 😂 plus we know they would fowl at lock, but just on for effect 😎😎 Did speak to a chap that can high resolution 3D print and might make some covers with blitz logo like the GTE rims to cover the bolts (new skinny bolts are awesome btw), will see how I feel. Semi Forged rims and new modern tyres, so a weight saving too. Looks like it should be lowered 1" now, but it will stay as is as all the springs are new from a matched kit. Still a few bits to do, but now wondering if I should even put the Berlinetta decals on🤔 Underside as said has all been steam cleaned a couple of times now so it's really honest with what can be seen. I do not like under body Shultz black 'hide the poor repairs', but I may invest in having it done in U-Pol Raptor, as my 400 shell floors (inside &out) was done in it and it's excellent stuff. Something is needed now for sure as it's down to bare metal in places as the steam cleaning pressures from these big industrial machines is crazy, strips everything. I dare say with enough time you could virtually strip a whole shell.
    4 points
  19. I was being serious... This is what I'm doing.
    4 points
  20. Yes mountney wheel lower suspension deep rosestyle wheels that's the only changes
    4 points
  21. Over 20 years ago now, I was asked if I could make/reproduce the original radiator tray (the cardboard thing) in aluminium and in stainless steel. The answer was "Yes" but you would never be able to fit it, as soon as you put a folded edge into metal it becomes very rigid and will have no flex. The original cardboard items sit tight left and right at the front of the rad, and had folded edges running the length of the rad If I remember correct. the lips of the Manta rad mount area would stop you getting a rigid metal one put in place, this is why I didn't make these but made my alternate version.
    4 points
  22. Today got the 1.8 back up and running. Was sent 2 crank oil seals rather than a camshaft, so been waiting for replacement to arrive and trying to fit in with tearing the new property to bits 😞 Replaced Crank oil seal, Cam oil seal, water pump, timing belt and thermostat. Seemed a bit of a shame to remove the OE parts tbh, but although they visually looked good, you never know when they are old. Was bit of a pig to bleed coolant system, as usual 🤬
    4 points
  23. I had some fiends round at the weekend from the Autoshite forum and my Manta 1.9 started easily and drove round the field just fine. I just need somebody to weld it for me now.
    4 points
  24. Stainless steel good flat and polish shine it back up
    4 points
  25. Do your manta, if you let it go and you see it done you will be gutted , plus the extra money you will pay out will get your manta sorted
    3 points
  26. Bolt arrived today. Thanks again Jonathan. Really appreciate it. I just need to build a car to use them on...
    3 points
  27. Using this really good stuff
    3 points
  28. Any car is only worth what someone is willing to pay The black GTE was well over priced ( ln my opinion) It might have been his.hers fist car so the price does not matter if only one person is ready interested they get a cheep car
    3 points
  29. That’s the central locking fitted,a bit hit a miss on fitting it .But all Woking now . Check the clock that works, repaired the wiring behind the dash clocks Solwy getting there
    3 points
  30. Has to be the nicest mk1 cav ive ever seen restored, great work. Are they new rear lights or restored? Need a rainy sunday to read this thread again, you should upload this thread to one of them photobook apps, that way you have the history in a book, for the car.
    3 points
  31. Me too but with restrictions easing & lots of people having overspent on holidays etc plus the back to work & school season for lots it’s probably as bad as trying to sell late November. It doesn’t appeal to the concourse brigade either so I’d imagine dealer type investors less likely to take a punt.
    3 points
  32. Thanks Paul. She’s emptied my wallet there a few times !! Got them a few extra viewers as well I imagine .
    3 points
  33. Changed the breather hoses again. Fitted the tank and grommet. Thanks again @mantasrme. Socket set is a good fit between exhaust tunnels 😁
    3 points
  34. ultimate street sleeper manta.....with it making more BHP than a works 400 ...i do love the cih engines,but with this pro conversion already in place i certainly would not remove it. At 15k on pistonheads... i'm surprised its not already sold😍
    3 points
  35. Driver Door glass guides replaced today. Usual cruddy experience, in/out in/out, feck about. all done though and it shuts and seals lovely now. As it's a relatively low mileage car, the seals still have the mechanical movement of the lip as expected to fold in over the glass.
    3 points
  36. Yes, but you need to take the door card off and reposition the glass on the mechanism. Loosen the 13mm bolt and slide the glass back a bit. BUT ! Once you do this you will have to adjust lots of other things that do door glass bumpstop duty. It's Pandora's box to be honest. There are two height adjustment blocks on 10mm bolts along the top of the door There are two 10mm bolts that adjust rake on the latch end of the door and the mirror/window guide assembly has a rake adjustment just in front of the winder stud. Again 10mm but this one has a screw thread too so you can get the front of the glass rake right. Beware moving the glass back too much as it will mean it make a gap at the front by the mirror triangle. Take your time, have a brew on hand and be prepared to get it perfect but as soon as you hang the door card it mucks it all up an you have to put some slack in to make up for the door card. Hateful job !
    3 points
  37. Simon Peckham built that, I remember when he brought it to billing a few years ago. Wasn’t lucky enough to get a ride in it but I bet it’s one hell of a car to drive. No point putting the boat anchor back in it, much more modern engine gives way to a much more modern driving experience!
    3 points
  38. This time off work rotation going to get a bit of time on the Silver Dream Machine. Going to knock a few tasks off the Nice to have list. My Son is helping and learning a bit more. GLASS: I managed to get a new screen to replace mine with the cellular Aerial fitted, so that annoyance will be gone. Rear glass is removed too as the rubber was looking a bit rubbish. Whilst they are out will get valet team in so the pay can get good access to those difficult spots too. Got a new pair of door glass guides and one of the top kits to take a little wobble out of the drivers door glass. ENGINE: Doing a few minor jobs on the engine whilst it's in the Garage, had a couple of minor oil leaks. Camshaft oil seal and the cam cover. So whilst at it, it can have a new timing belt, crank & Cam oil seals and water pump. WHEELS: New ones will be here Wednesday. Nothing much different to what's fitted, but these are old and funnily enough have a buyer that has been asking for them for his Rover. Once taken a good refurb on each into consideration , new was the way to go. FUTURE PREP: running an additional wire to rear, swapping fuel tank to GTE one and putting in new fuel feed/return pipes in. Started rebuild on the c20xe
    3 points
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