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    I will be slacking off for a week myself, I’m going away back to work for a rest ! 🥵🥵
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    after a police style search of the garden....eureka!!. seriously tho over the years had to remove everything that he could possibly pick up he came in with a house brick once.and yes his feet are massive he's a big lump.will put the nuts back onto the studs in future.
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    Hello there everybody, Dropping in to say hi, and to show off my most prized possession- my 1987 Manta GTE! This was my stepdad's car, and before I picked it up a couple of weeks ago, i'd only ever seen it once before it was tucked away and hidden in a garage forever- I was five years old, and the year was 2004. Around the age of 10, my interest in cars developed- Top Gear, Car SOS and Wheeler Dealers were all on telly, and I had a computer game called Rallisport Challenge that got me really into rally cars and the idea of driving fast off road. By the time I was 16, I'd discovered Mad Max (last of the i4 interceptors?) Mighty Car Mods and Roadkill, and I had a gaggle of car friends, some of whom already had their first restos on the go, and my enthusiasm for cars was really growing. Every time I saw my stepdad, I would joke with him about him giving me his rotten old Manta so I could do it up, and he always jokingly said "Maybe one day." April this year, I'm in the pub with him and I say "So, when are you going to give me this manta?" and to my incredible surprise, he tells me I can have it as soon as I have space to keep it. Soon enough i'd struck a deal to get myself a garage to keep it in, and in late June it was time to collect it. I'd been up to look at it a grand total of once in the gap between being told I could have it and collecting it, and to my great surprise, there really wasn't that much wrong with it- there were a few things I knew about, brake lines, fuel pump and lines, and a few rust patches which had put this car into the garage in the first place, but the rust was nowhere near as bad as expected. When pickup day rolled around, it only took myself and another strong lad a couple of minutes to rock the car into unsiezing the back brakes, and within the hour it was on the back of a truck heading to its new home. As my first ever total restoration of a car (myself and the motley crew that are helping me out joke that it's a barn find because of how filthy it is!) I'm here for all the knowledge, advice and parts I can get, as well as for all the Manta related geekery. I'm DeeBob, and this is my Manta-
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    It’s the small details like this that makes this club 👍 I would never have noticed it 🙀
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    Sometimes being an insomniac is helpful. On this occasion it allowed me to get a first top coat applied to the underside of the bonnet
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    Spot-on Mike. They should indeed. I suspect it's had replacement wings fitted and the holes for the indicators were drilled in the wrong position.
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    Evening all, been lurking for awhile, just bought another manta ( 25 years since my last one!) no doubt going to need advice & parts in the near future, hopefully it's not going to be a long term project. It's an 87 reg 2 ltr, 5 speed manual gte hatch, with sunroof, which was advertised locally, showing 69000 miles & MOT expired september 2014, (58k in 2006) miles may well be genuine but could also have been around the clock, doesn't really matter to me. already had a lot of welding done, tidy enough welding on the inside, however not not so tidy on the underside, but solid enough & just wants some of the welds dressed up & a bit of sealer brushed about & undersealed / wax oiled Bodywork is rough in the sense of dents but not actually that rotten, door bottoms good, wheel arches good, front wings not great but repairable. scabs on roof and bonnet Bought not running but was told it was a runner, so some fresh fuel squirted in , booster pack on & it fired straight up & sounded fine, its pretty much a basic shell at the minute, having been stripped out to be welded. I Paid a lot less than half of the advertised price as the seller was fed up of time wasters, ( under £500) so we'll see how it goes, aiming for a road legal manta, with a nice interior & nice coat of paint rather than a full nut and bolt restoration. It has an Opel mantas Owners club plaque stuck on the dash (from july 2 &3 2011) and a matching tax disc holder, maybe someone recognises it? Anyway- cheers & I look forward to picking your brains and getting another old manta back on the road- its not half as bad as some i've seen on here, just hope it ends up half as good!! is using photobucket the only way to insert pics? only got this one on as it was available through a link?
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    Think if you join, you u can just upload pictures. Plus some content is n members section only, so for the price of a few beers well worth it.
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    Wow Ian. I've been mostly offline for a month or so, part of a sort of self-imposed de-stress. You've made some progress since early July! Fair play, delighted for you.
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    More progress today. Remaining roof lining out, door glass removed. Side skirts off, front bumper removed, and wings off. Heater box out. We finally had an hour left and use of a ramp, so we removed the gearbox/propshaft. the loom is virtually all pulled back to the dash, so hope to remove it tomorrow. Anyone got any top tips for the door hinge pin removal? We hit a snag today with these as they are solid, bar cutting the Hinges off completely not sure how I can get them out. Unless new hinges are available? A few pictures of progress.
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    Hi DeeBob and a warm welcome, this is a question for all the anoraks on here, some geekery to start you off:- your Manta is an 1987 model which has the side indicators on the front wings........ shouldn’t the indicators be above the wing crease body line and the Manta GTE decals below it, just like the exclusive? Nice Manta you have there, I have a very similar one but it’s an 1985.
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    Good stuff Ian! Can't help think it would have been better/less hassle to have done the underside before painting the topside?
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    After a long winter of fettling, finally got my 1987 GTE on the road. In weather like this, it makes all these seized bolts and cold garage floors worthwhile!
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