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  1. Been digging through a few pictures to find if i had any of Virco. Excuse my scruffyness, but this was around 2004? the poor manta being broken was refered to as BOJ, given the inner and outer sills had disolved, the foot wells gone, sections of the rear floor , roof and front end were all rusting away. It honestly was too far gone to save. The funniest bit was when i kicked the rear arch currently in the pictuer, and we discovered there was a full arch repair section stuck on with filler! We all couldn't stop laughing how bad this was as there was NO welding, just stuck there with filler. Ironically the repair section was still in reasonable condition ,so it was saved if i recall. Good times, and figured if anyone's got pictures, post them here.
    6 points
  2. R.I.P. Ian, I joined the club in 1991 and left in 2008 and said to Ian, Thats my Manta owning days over, Then in 2015 i bought another and rejoined the club again. The first time i saw him again, he reminded me of what i said, and then he carried on reminding me every time we saw each other. He was a font of knowledge on the Manta and will be missed by many.
    5 points
  3. His stories were funny. I remember he came over to our camp (North-West riff-raff) as he rightly named us. Anyway he came over for one drink and saw we were playing a drinking game..........one bottle of whiskey he had in about 2 hours. Safe to say he was a tad delicate the day after but my God we had a laugh......and he was well up on his dance music too which it turns out he loved. Then there was the time at Market Harborough when i told him a riddle on the Friday night and ALL weekend i just said it as he couldn't grasp it; There are thirty cows in a field and twenty eight chickens. How many didn't? By the end of the weekend i just got "oh piss off Ormerod!" but it was the fact that at 1am i could here him saying it trying to work it out. Great times.
    4 points
  4. Thinking back, it was Ian who named my workshops "the Cornish Manta Sanctuary" during one of his visits. Possibly the one where he broke down on Bodmin moor with his father in an ancient Bedford CF with a Cih engine in it, I rescued him in my blue Astramax and we replaced the fuel pump (dizzy driven) at the side of the road. In an earlier version of the omoc forum he did a big write up on that trip with pics, I can't find it now so can't check my memory regarding what the fault was but I'm pretty sure it was pump. We were swapping mantas around, it probably involved other people in a kind of manta delivery relay around the south of England!
    4 points
  5. Anyone feeling adventurous https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313303551912
    1 point
  6. A true gent, i remember Ian advertised a car for an old guy he knew that had passed away, all this was explained in the advert, phoned Ian, and had a crack about the car, this was back in the day when a solid manta was a solid manta, anyway Ian passed on the contact details, i phoned the seller who was the old mans wife, evelyn if i remember correctly, any way introduced myself, had a chat, and asked her about the car, first question, whats the car like? Answer was, well, its white! Ok this is funny, i asked for photos and exchanged contact numbers, emails, addresses, three days later i got chemist developed 33mm photos in the post, this was around 2010, so to cut a long story short, bought the car in london not viewed, and picked up by a transport company based on Ians honest trustworthy recommendation, and a few photos of a white car. Verdict, not a wrong word, as honest as the days long, phoned Ian, and thanked him for his honesty. A great loss to the OMOC, Met him a few times at Billing, honest, trustworthy, friendly and very knowledgeable, and some storys! Isnt there a video of Ian being interviewed at NEC not so long ago. Wasnt there one time he had close to twenty mantas, aka, theres only one MANTAMAN, rip lad. Didnt he have names for his cars, young gold, old gold, thats taken me back about twenty years, reading manta magic, which was the omoc mag, before forums where forums, and face book was used for homework? He did own the oldest Manta b, id ever seen, think it was a orange 1976, so would have been one of the very first.
    1 point
  7. Yes mate it is ,one of them anyway. Tge other one has to stay along with the grey hatch
    1 point
  8. Hi matt ,I'm glad you found your way on here I saw your post just by browsing. I don't use this forum much as prefer the Facebook omoc pages for faster quick responses. In question to your electronic ignition query, I didnt get to fit it to this car but ive fitted accuspark to my other mk1 cavalier. Basically just a unit ,simple to install in the distributor and looks stock so no clumsy boxes to fit on the inner wing ect .. I never actually adjusted the points on your car it ran so very well. With more comfy seats manta ones are a direct fit ,recaro ones from a gt/e even better for comfort. I did try and source a dash but met with no avail ,I did replace the binnacle over the clocks as that was more broken than the dash itself . Oh and if you decide to remove the towbar as recommended ,please sell it as it was brand new and I only fitted it in April, the holes were already there from a previous towbar.. Any help needed please contact me . Regards paul
    1 point
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