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  1. 9 points
    Just found this pic from Feb 1985, with polished (filthy at the time) Wolfrace slots & B F Goodrich Radial TA tyres. And currently:
  2. 8 points
    It’s the small details that make a big difference and provide a finishing touch to a project, when I bought the Manta three years ago, there was no boot liner or petrol tank concealing card, I know these can be made but I keep a look out for original parts, not easy to locate but thanks to another Manta owner I now have sourced these and trial fitted to see how it looks, from this, To this, now the boots tidy, Pleased with the result.
  3. 8 points
    Enjoy the video: Grts, Herman
  4. 7 points
    Ok so on to finishing the lower rear 1/4, had to make in 3 sections. Firstly i made the top (in the picture) section, will of course be the bottom when the car is up the right way! Once this is the correct shape and welded in place, it will help making the other sections as this runs the full length. I made the front section first, this is a little easier as the section just has a slight curve The rear section is harder because it curves both ways, i also managed to get a return on it where it fits inside next to the rear panel Next i'll be tackling the cill section, floor and the reinforcement section behind the rear of the cill which also attaches to the b pillar. Its always best where you can to drill out the spot welds, makes it easier in the long run and doesn't cause so much damage to the adjoining panels. As the cill had been patched before and looked pretty rough all over i will replace the whole length, this way i can also treat the inner cill. As you can see there is quite a bit of rust (no change there!) so first i will tackle the section behind the front seat belt mount I started to cut back the reinforcer panel and b post section to get to clean metal, piece that attaches to the back of the cill by the jacking point, i was hoping to save some of this but it had gone worst than i thought so out it came. I also at this point removed the section of the inner arch which had the rear seat belt bracket attached. Now all the rot is out of this section i will make up new sections to fit. The outer 1/4 panel above i will deal with once the cill is all lined up and ready to go in.
  5. 7 points
    Hi all don’t think done up date on my manta A 1.9 auto it back on the road after 10 of storage had tuned up by guy near me who’s a mechanic with krypton tuner ,so now the timing is correct it does not cut out when you brake and the put your foot down to pull out of a very busy junction (I live in village near where the new Hinckley point power station is under construction)loads of lorries and coaches so this could have been the end of the Manta and me hair raising and being an auto no chance of bump starting a case of coasting into the nearest turning . Ps a few photos now it’s had a good clean up a 4 new tyres regards sie willetts
  6. 6 points
  7. 5 points
    Just found some photos of my Manta taken at a local meet on Sunday.
  8. 5 points
    Managed to spend a bit of time in the garage this week, as mentioned above i will concentrate on the rear inner section of the cill, their are 3 parts to this. I had to repair the lower inner arch section where the seatbelt anchor sits first and the floor Once i was happy with that i moved on to the piece that attaches to the cill and also the rear jacking point, this had to be made from thicker metal as it could be supporting the car. I just had to cut out another section of rust first Then plate it up That piece fitted in a treat, so next was making the section that is part of the inner 1/4 panel and also the cill attaches to it as well. Once that was welded in i then repaired the section which attaches to it which is the base of the b post. Bit fiddly this section but best to take your time and also check the cill fits and lines up where it should. I then moved along the cill/ floor and had to fabricate a couple more plates before i got to the jacking point! Once i finish a section i like to coat it in Hydrate 80 for protection. Onto the jacking point To be honest the jacking point and floor around it had rotted but the chassis is very good, there was a small piece of corrosion on the outer skin that i removed and treated the inner but that was just a bit of surface rust. I have closely checked over the rest of the chassis leg and to my amazement its perfect with no signs of any rust issues any where, kinda feels like i'm cheating if i don't replace it!
  9. 5 points
    This afternoon I managed to get a second coat of primer on the bonnet, then left it to dry in the glorious Winter sunshine. With the OS, roof, bonnet and boot lid done I then needed to try to turn it around to give me more room in the garage to do the NS... Getting ready to head out into the big wide world: Well it did start and it did make it up the driveway, just. My Daughter was determined to have a go... The 'to do' side God help me. Oh well, its turned around now and just those three panels to prepare now.
  10. 4 points
    Thanks for your comments, A Manta GT/E for me has always been a real desire of mine since I was 17 and never being able to own or afford one in my younger days (plus a mid life crisis thrown in..... nearly 50 !) has ignited a passion and real interest in this restoration, I have gained for the first time a hobby of which I can loose hours in the garage and love every minute, it’s been so far a huge learning curve, welding, mechanical, trim cleaning and restoration and a vast amount of time searching for spares. My kids are both up and working now, one time served and one through university so I can now devote my spare time to my Manta without feeling guilty of not spending enough time with them. I must admit it started off with the idea of getting a good example for a runabout on the road with an mot, something tidy enough but as time went on and progress is made on the Manta it’s a case of when I’m at this stage I need to do this right, or at least the best I can, then before I know it it’s went from an idea of a decent example to quite a comprehensive restoration. I have had to pay for some professional work which I haven’t been talented or skilled enough to do or brave enough to tackle but I knew that there would be those bills and issues to deal with, and this so far has been three years worth of work, so a slow drip feed of money instead of all spent in one lump sum which does help. What I don’t want is to be welding for every mot so that’s why nows the time to tackle this right in the hope I can run it for years and enjoy it. I’m hoping to do the North Coast 500 run this summer and possibly the North East 250 plus some classic car shows. I’m waiting for it now to go back into the bodyshop for its final coat of paint, panels, doors and bumpers on, hopefully in the next week or two. 👍
  11. 4 points
    This afternoon I inspected the areas I primed earlier and as expected I found a series of small imperfections. So it was out with the trusty stopper filler. Once that has dried I will flat those areas back out and re-prime accordingly. After that I mixed up some more normal body filler and added that to the rear quarter panel. Once that has gone off, its back to even more boring sanding...
  12. 4 points
    Original Grill is Grey/cheesecutter style but i obtained an earlier black grill from a friend, so can swap when i want a change.
  13. 4 points
    Ok bit more of an update! Finished off the o/s arch up to the new sill section, it has had one fitted before but rusted through so that will be replaced, waiting on that part. I took the 1/4 back to bare metal and covered it with hydrate 80, this acts as a great etch primer plus stops the metal getting surface rust. So onto the n/s, this needed the same work as the o/s but also the spare wheel well needed replacing, once that had been done i could then finsh the fitment of the back panel. Onto the wheel well I had to make up another inner support that joins between the well and outer 1/4 panel, this one was a bit trickier than the other side as it had a curve for the wheel to fit. once that was welded in i could then weld in the wheel well and fit the toe eye as this doesn't come with the new one Next will be to finish the rear lower 1/4 section and then move onto the sill section which arrived yesterday along with both jacking points.
  14. 4 points
    Still amazed this hasn't sold yet. i know everyone wants the coupes but really its a great price for a lot of car Assuming its all been bolted together well and there are no hidden issues. Has anyone even been to look at it and driven it?
  15. 4 points
    That needs a strip and a professional spray job and keeping original. No mods at all! I would keep that as it is.
  16. 3 points
    havnt been on in a wile heres a couple a more pics
  17. 3 points
    Not quite, the 1st pic is where I grew up in Blackburn, there is an ASDA, Halfords etc there now, the 2nd pic is in Ramsbottom which refuses to move out of the 1800s.
  18. 3 points
    Spent a sweaty hour this evening grafting on the NSR quarter panel. There is still a loooonnngggg way to go yet, but the motivation is that this is the LAST, yes the last panel, to do on the whole car! If, and that's a very big if, I can get this panel shaped up during the week, who knows what might happen next weekend...
  19. 3 points
    That passengers mirror was the hardest part to source, I found it in an abandoned Ascona on the Greek island of Kefalonia, I borrowed tools to go and take it off and had to have the whole inside door rail too. The Grey grille was the original, I prefer it especially with the clear indicator lenses. But, its not my car anymore ! I am glad its loved and looked after. I do miss it a bit.
  20. 3 points
    An important moment for our "400": the 100.000km on the dash, than it goes back to 00000... Looked to the material of France, is the same but a silver hood. And nothing for us Mantamaniacs. Got something else: We just filled up our gas-tanks and are going to leave that place. Looks rather unorganized but gives a nice look at our cars, enjoy: Grts,Herman
  21. 3 points
    Well have done some work on the Manta, but not that much progress. Lot of time cleaning and degreasing. 10 years ago I gave the car a Dinitrol treatment, by a professional. The result is that all the bodyparts inside have that greasy wet stuff, the engine compartiment also...Takes ages to remove it! This is how the car is at this moment. Question: Never done it without disassamble the dash-board, is it possible to remove the heater box?(engine bay) Tried to look under the dash to check if I can unscrew those 4 bolts but my back is killing me today. Another rust-sensitive part: Removed the rust till naked steel, went into the seem with a Dremel grinding tool and treated it with rust-eater. Later some rust-converter on it and this is the result. Needs ofcourse some work. Found a Recaro-ventilation device in the floor pan! So cutted the steel till it was rustfree and welded a sheet of metal in it. Also a well known problem, the battery-tray. Still looks OK, but needs some minor repairs. The floor-pans were 10years ago welded, but the seams had some "fly-rust". De-rusted them, used rust converter and special metal paint to protect against rust. Grts, Herman
  22. 3 points
    Applied some stopper filler this evening to allow me to sort out the final little defects. After that is sanded down over the next couple of days, two or three decent coats of primer will follow then we can move on to the next panel.
  23. 3 points
    Yes, think I was wrong about the base model not having rubber inserts on the bumpers, but that does look like the base model. Hopefully you'll find it a good home with someone who'll love it for what it is, rather than what it could be. Early SR would've had this wheel.
  24. 2 points
    Armed with some more sand paper and a few dollops of filler I just had another little play: Slowly but surely this panel is coming around.
  25. 2 points
    Very true Jason. To be honest I am almost having to force myself to slow down and to keep being methodical... I’m hoping that around the end of this month I might be ready for some top coat - fingers crossed!
  26. 2 points
    Guys, you've made a middle aged man very happy. That will be going to my photoshop wizard to get it sorted for a desktop wallpaper. Thats her, exactly as I remember her. Interesting they mention the bumpy ride. When I got her she was lowered and had the stock dampers replaced with bilstein all round. Also did a wee bit to the engine with a new cam, improved airflow and a janspeed exhaust with dual tailpipe. I considered the Peter Maiden 2.2 conversion but sold her before I had enough saved up. She ended her time with me after I ran her, at slow speed, into the back of a van at a roundabout. As I remember it Kool and the Gang were blasting out the Alpine stereo and the other driver said at least the radio was working. I was quoted over £1000 to repair her which was too rich for me at the time so I sold her. Subsequently saw her in and around Fife when I moved there. Oddly enough, shortly after that I owned a Lancia HPE but got rid very quickly due to corrosion. I've owned numerous other cars over the years but she was the first and the best. The stories she could tell... .
  27. 2 points
    Motivated by this weekends small milestone, I decided to dive straight into the N/S panels this evening. First off I hit the front wing with the DA sander and some 80 grit. Its not completely done yet, but already I can see that this wing has been a few different colours before - there is some light Blue, Green and Silver now visible Then I moved along a bit and started on the door. Sadly the evidence that this was once a Manta Berlinetta door is quickly disappearing... Next I ground off the side trim mounting 'pegs' (which you can also see in the above photo). This is simply because they are higher up on a Cav door. Finally I made a couple of minor adjustments to the line of the wing to door. Basically the wing was a bit too low from the swage line and downwards. A washers between the wing and the A post in both positions (the two bolts that you access from behind the foot well trim panel) solved that easily. However, this now meant that I need to widen the slot at the very base of the wing by about 2 mm though to allow the last bolt to go in OK. Enjoy your evening guys.
  28. 2 points
    Hes being very bloody cheeky using my pics and my advert wording . £2k was fair for that car . Good topside but deeply deeply rotten in many places floor and chassis wise. Never worth that price and i doubt he will get it
  29. 2 points
    Ian I'm sure it will look fantastic when done and yes I hate this type of work it's the same as decorating and painting 90% prep but worth it if done well.you should look back at the beginning of this epic topic to see how far you have come really looking forward to see this driving around town.
  30. 2 points
    More fun with the sanding block this evening - BORRRINNNNG! Block sanding does warm you up quickly in a very cold garage though I can tell you! I did make some decent progress though, the big NS low point is all but sorted - it now has a good shape and just need stopper filler before final sanding and priming. The OS low point near the washer jet hole is a different story though, that still has a very long way to go. I will chuck some more mud on that tomorrow night.
  31. 2 points
    Some good progress this morning. The boot lid is now in its final shape, which is very pleasing after so much mucking around with it. It seemed like every time I though I had it cracked I noticed another little place to attack. This time of year everything takes so long to dry/go off, so I had to wait hours or until the next day before I could continue. Anyway... that's all in the past now and the first proper coat of primer has just go on - hooray! Another couple of coats and we can move on again. In anticipation of completing the boot lid (and before the primer went on), I dived back in to the bonnet and starting sanding back some of the lumps of filler I had been chucking on there. Basically I kept mixing up too much for the boot lid and needed somewhere worthwhile to put the excess. If I thought that the boot lid was a test of endurance, I think the bonnet will be a whole new level... Cheers all, have a great weekend.
  32. 2 points
    Just thought i would share this in case anyone else was looking to solve the problem where and what to do if you have to remove the original water bottle. I have been scratching my head as the best option and came across a thread on an MX5 site, where they were relocating their washer bottle and nicked their idea. You can see a bit more info on my blog. http://www.theopelproject.com/ Andy
  33. 2 points
    Very interesting car that has to stay standard due to its rarity. To strip prep inc all glass out then a top quality paint job & refit all glass trim headlights etc i reckon would cost £4K-£5K
  34. 2 points
    Paint prices vary a lot depending on the area you live in too. Harrogate is no where near cheap for paintwork because they can charge the earth and people around here will pay, where as i know of a couple of paintjobs on mantas that have been done around 30miles away that were just over half the price you can get in harrogate for the same job. Or if you want to go a bit further i can get a good paintjob on a fully stripped car for £1000 but you have to drag it to the north east
  35. 2 points
    No I get a professional paint job for that price. He painted my coupe 16 years ago and the paint is still like glass. Obviously the car will have to be nearly there body wise and not need hours or welding etc
  36. 2 points
    Depends who is stripping it and how much of a strip you would want. A decent spray job is £2000 inc paint
  37. 2 points
    Just cleaned up the engine bay/under bonnet area where the wiper linkage and motor sits. I ended up removing a combination of 40 years worth of dirt, dust, cobwebs, snail shells and a pile of small nuts stockpiled by something... I also took the opportunity to plug the wiper motor back in to make sure it still worked after my messing around - luckily it does lol
  38. 2 points
    I ordered a sample of this product this afternoon: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-Foil-Tape-Rolls2-48mm-X-45m-Heat-Insulation-Duct-Self-Adhesive-Silver/263110117156?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=562108815246&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 It will be interesting to see how it all works out
  39. 2 points
    Mine is a deluxe model also, DL on the log book Its yellow too! But it is manual. 🤤
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Cheers, we have been together for quite a while now... I wonder if it will outlive that Merc.
  42. 1 point
    Oh, I think we know you will! ☺️ A milestone in progress for sure!
  43. 1 point
    Some decent progress this morning. I got stuck into sanding the NS front wing and the door. Both are coming back into shape quite nicely, I'm pleased with them both so far. After this rough sand I applied some stopper filler to any obvious pin holes and imperfections on both the door bottom and the wing. These are the pale pink areas you can see in the photo below. Apologies I forgot to take a photo of the bottom of the door after I had done this. Suffice to say its boring detail anyway Then to wrap up for the day I decided to mix up some filler and make a bit of a start on the NSR quarter panel where I had grafted in the new arch etc. That work seems like an eternity ago now! Have a great weekend everyone!
  44. 1 point
    If you are not using the lining again then its much easier. You will have to remove the screens, rear quarter glass, seals and grab handles. then its a matter of just picking away until it is hanging on the metal bars which bend out of the location caps along the roof. easy job
  45. 1 point
    The first skim of filler was applied this evening to the front wing and to the door bottom and where I cut the trim 'pegs' off yesterday.
  46. 1 point
    Well there's no assuming about it, it is all bolted together correctly, I did the engine rebuild and conversion a few years ago now with all receipts and print outs available, runs very well, gearbox and axle are all good, no undue noises, part polybushed suspension as renewed old tired bushes with decent stuff as and when needed, has been repaired/restored some years before I got it as there is evidence of repair work to swan necks but all solid now, sills are bubbling a bit where they meet the rear arches and could do with sorting soon before it gets too bad. As for advisory free mots, I can't comment on the tests before I got it but I look after my own stuff and make sure they are right, I am a time served motor mechanic of 30 plus years and also an MOT tester but I don't test my own vehicles or have them tested where I work, I use an independent garage and always have done. If it doesn't sell it doesn't really matter, I could do with the space to carry on with my A series restoration and the cash for some more panels and hopefully paint sometime.
  47. 1 point
    Yep, at some time had to loose them cause they knew the road better than me. And the missus was sitting next to me to record everything. Don't want to hurt my car and her ,in the woods was something like the "Nurburgring", wet when you don't expext it.
  48. 1 point
    Got mine from work but that was aviation standard will stick to the outside of a plane and stay put and made a great exhaust bandage
  49. 1 point
    Thought I’d share a few pics of my latest mods on the old girl. Bought some brand new daytona check material and had the centres of a pair of leather Escort RS Turbo recaros retrimmed. So much comfier than the GM seats. This past weekend has been spent fitting my new air ride set up which I’m glad to say I’m very happy with. I was sick of being pissed off with my ride height so thought this was the only way to go😎 Has anyone else got air ride? If so I’d like to hear what you think of it...good or bad...
  50. 1 point
    I like the black one! Whose is that?
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