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  1. So this car was the first manta kevin ever bought, and the first manta I ever went in, this is where it all started for us. Kevin sold the car back in the mid 90s and bought D235 JNB 16v coupe to replace it with, the car was never seen by us again. Now this is where it gets interesting. About 2/3 years ago kevin was on holiday in anglesey and took hes red coupe along with him to drive some of the lovely Welsh roads. He stopped for a break and to look at the views on copper mountain where he was approached by a man on a bicycle. "Nice manta mate" he said. I've got one of these sat on my drive I've owned it for years and not had time to get it back on the road. As the conversation thickened the registration D217 KNG was mentioned, kevin couldn't believe hes luck he had bumped into the man he sold the car to back in the 90s on a mountain in anglesey !! What are the chances ?? As they talked further it turns out the bloke only lived 10 mins away from my workshop where the car had been sat on hes drive rotting away for years ! At this point the car was not for sale he was adamant he was going to restore it. Well a few weeks later the bloke had located my yard and popped in to say he wanted to sell the car back to is. A price was agreed and we went to pick it up and brought it home. It's in a bad way and due to us having so many other cars on the go it was placed in dry storage. Well today was finally its day. It's now in our workshop ready for its restoration to begin. This is going to be a mammoth task to undertake between us, but I'm so excited to do this one and very happy this car is back with us after all those years 😊
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  2. Finally after all these years almost 20 years sat on a drive way. it will now live on. One of my all time favourite cars that I've chased for years is finally coming home with me. I'm made up.
    16 points
  3. I needed to pop into work this evening to collect something, so my Son and I decided to take the Cav - well why not?! She ran really well and showed a great turn of speed, which certainly surprised our Son. He had his phone connected to the BT of the cheapo head unit, so we had some new school tunes coming out of the old school car lol In the end we covered about 20 miles - most enjoyable. Here she is during the brief pit stop at the office:
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  4. It's been a few weeks since the updates but the car passed the MOT with no advisories and the new owner came and collected it. Job done.. Compounded, cleaned, dash sorted, wiring tidied up, leaks fixed, new water pump, battery. centres painted and blitz filled Proper graphics ordered from the club shop, much better than ebay rubbish. Perfect to originals, the best graphics I have applied, no bubbles, great adhesive on the graphics, backing easy to remove I even managed to put the front blitz on without creasing it! Never been able to that before! A nice sunset picture All done NEXT MANTA PLEASE THE END
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  5. I needed to get to something in the garage earlier, so rather than risk it falling on the car I decided to roll it out. This seemed like a good opportunity to take a few quick photos. As I walked around it, I found about a dozen other little jobs that I now want to do - as you do... Have a great weekend everyone.
    15 points
  6. Lots of stuff has gone on the car since my last update. Doesn't seem much point in doing a detailed write up on here anymore as the site is dead and only the odd couple of people seem to follow the build here so I'll keep it short and sweet and just update with pictures instead just for future reference. I've been doing my regular updates on my Facebook page which has a much bigger following and more interest in the build. Car is now also running and driving
    14 points
  7. Last weekend me and my wife visited the Belgian Ardennes, the weather looked fine so we did this with the Manta. The car had a rebuild but cause of Corona the overhauled engine had no possibility to make miles. Some pics: Next morning checking the engine, looking for leaks etc.: This pic shows why I need to fit those mudflaps again, so Ian you know why: We had a nice "Morantic" walk in the neighbourhood the same morning but in the afternoon we took the Manta out, some pics: The Ardennes have a second world war past: A turret of a Sherman Firefly tank: When we arrived at our location we took some time for an apéritif, what do you need more? Sunday we took the Manta for another tour, we drove also to the village "La Gleize" where we visited the museum and ofcourse the "KingTiger": Look at the difference of size between the "Tiger" and the Manta: The tank commander said "Ich solte meine Königstiger neben die schöne Manta parken" The "KingTiger" weights the same as 65 Manta's. When we arrived at home the Manta has got 1200km, so I need to torque the head again. The car did fine, noticed when I had the official speed of 120 km/h the tacho gave almost 140 km/h so I need to check the plastic drive wheel in the gearbox... Stay safe & healthy, Herman
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  8. Guys i've been crap at updated this thread, cars moved on loads and today passed its Mot 👍 The interior was reworked, blitz cloth and black leather. Rear shelf was carpeted to match the bottom of the door cards, heated front screen just in case as i had removed the heatbox. Wheels were bespoke ordered, took sometime because of lock down but all good in the end and fit spot on. Tyres how ever were a challenge as i went with 16" wheels especially for the rears but ended up with 245/45/16 which actually look right. Took it to its first mapping session couple of weeks ago, not sure what to expect as it hadn't turned a wheel until then, thankfully all went well. Its got a base map now so i can just gently run the engine in then back for a full on tune. Couple of bits to finish off but almost there
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  9. Had a quick run into Fraserburgh tonight as it was a lovely evening again, I maybe left it a little too late for photos as it was getting dark, the scale of the boats up close is unbelievable,
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  10. Dear All, I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying your wonderful cars, in whatever capacity. This is a little update for you on things here at the moment: 1) Our Son reached the end of his Section 2 last Saturday and we were able to bring him back home with us after a scheduled visit. At that time, he already seemed better than when he had been home previously for 2 weeks, which of course was great to see. He has now had a firm diagnosis of Bipolar, which is being medicated correctly and certainly this has contributed to his wellbeing. Naturally we are watching and listening very closely - especially after the nightmare we experienced a month ago, when he suffered his traumatic relapse. Its an anxious time for us all to be honest, but the signs are positive and therefore we are keen to reinforce this whenever and wherever we can. 2) Our Daughter is heavily pregnant and her due date was yesterday - so we are standing by our phones waiting for news on that. This will be our first Grandchild, which will bring some much needed cheer to the family. We already know its a Girl by the way, so we are looking forward to having a cuddle with her soon. 3) Some more bad news though... Our Daughters partners Mum has been taken to hospital this morning. When we spoke to her last night it was clear that she 'didn't sound right'. With our recent 'experiences' with our Son, we kind of know the signs now and sure enough she is being taken to A&E herself for a mental assessment... You just never know whats just around the corner do you?! 4) I am pleased to report that I have had a couple of hours on the Cav over the last couple of weeks and: - overhauled and refitted a pair front brake calipers. You might recall that I struggled with getting the bleed nipples to seal ages ago. This has been playing on my mind ever since and when a used pair came up for sale, I knew I had to get the job done 100%, so bought them. Below are some photos. - This morning I have taken the passenger seat backrest front and back cover pieces to a local upholsterer for the final stitching together. I had tried twice with my table top sewing machine, but it just wasn't up to it. He said that it would only cost £10, so no brainer as they say! When I get that back next weekend I can fit the cover and put the passenger seat back together and fit in in the car. It will be nice to see one seat fitted and then I can start on the drivers side front. With everything that has happened over the last 3 months, I wont be as 'enthusiastic' with my car work as before, it has been proven that many things are more important I am afraid. I still love to tinker of course, but this whole period of our lives has brought things into sharp focus. Photos of the calipers: a) The old/original ones. b)The refurbished ones at various stages As everyone knows, Red calipers always stop the car better of course Take car everyone, it good to be kind of back - fingers crossed it stays that way.
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  11. The hunting and high revs are now resolved by replacing the idle control valve and cleaning the pins in the mass air flow meter where the plug from the ECU connects in to it, so all good, while spannering In the garage last night the old girl was telling me she is fed up with nearly 21 years collecting dust and cobwebs and she now has the fire back in her belly and she’s raring to get back out on the road, 😜 I still need to strobe the timing and make small adjustments but the bulk of the teething problems hopefully are now resolved, she sounds pretty good now.
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  12. Whooppee Dooo, we're back in one piece. Had a few other bits diddled at the same time, but looking cool again. Thanks again to Dan & Kev for helping me with the bits needed.
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  13. Well not exactly spotted but a get together with a few Manta mates for a Sunday morning coffee. First time we have properly met up since October last year.
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  14. Very sad news about Ian Virco. One of the cornerstones of the OMOC has now passed. Ian had been around in the club for as long as I can remember. I think I first met him back in the early '90's and as a fairly local member to me, we had been friends ever since. He shared many interests with me - being into Music and Trains as well as Mantas. I lost count of the number of Railway events we had been to over the years.....I think the last one was a Diesel Loco Gala at the Severn Valley Railway in 2016 where we had a great Pie and Chips dinner. Some of you may know that Ian was involved in repairing some of the heritage diesel engines, (specifically Sulzer Class 45 Diesels) and was a dab hand at changing brakes and doing general maintenance on these beasts......certainly a lot more to them than a Manta! As well as singing in the local Choir and being mad keen on Ellie Goulding - there are probably quite a few things that would surprise folks about Ian.....he was one of a kind. Encyclopedic Knowledge, quick witted and funny, occasionally quite obstinate but always just and fair and I don't think I ever heard him say a bad word about anybody.....despite what he may have thought! There was nothing he wouldn't do to help someone in need and I'm glad that he had a friend with him when he passed. The last few years had been quite difficult for him and his health had certainly been quite variable. I must admit, I was really quite upset when I heard the news on Sunday and had a few sad moments reflecting on life and our friendships that we make as we go along. It is a real lesson that we should all live life to the full and be kind to one another, just as Ian tried to do.......you never know what is round the corner afterall. I've been in touch with the rest of the OMOC committee and we all agree that we shall try and make arrangements for some representation from the OMOC at his Funeral.....although with current restrictions, that may have to be a message and a wreath of flowers. Pic - Ian receiving his prize for "Old Gold" at Billing in 2010
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  15. I started this in June 2014. I bought it locally with only two owners and reportedly only 82,000 miles. It certainly drives like it's low mileage. It looked like "there's not that much to do." Don't be fooled, it's a thirty one year old Opel manta, made just before someone had the idea of galvanising the steel body panels and chassis. Thank the Lord it didn't have a sunroof!! I've managed to attach a few pictures of progress but some of them don't want to upload unfortunately.It's had a lot of new panels, the seats reupholstered as standard, the list goes on and on. I've got over 500 hundred pictures of this process so far. There's a couple of shortly after it had been taken back to bare metal and painted. It's an exact match for the original Opel Red. Also, the front suspension and rear axle have both been removed, shot blasted and powder coated. See the picture of the new powerflex polyurethane bushes. I've also put a picture of the recently refurbished petrol tank. It has been pressure washed out, pressure tested, any leaks repaired and all of the breather pipes were removed and replaced. hopefully you'll all get to see this car when it's finished at the OMOC stand at the NEC classic car show. As all manta owners - I live in hope!! Thank you to Adam who took it apart, re fabricated, welded, primed, galvanized, wax oiled, replaced door and window seals, refitted floor sound proofing and put it back together with the panels all perfectly positioned. Thank you also to Simon, who has done the front suspension and back axle. He's limbering up to start on replacing all of the engine/gearbox seals. Good job Aaron Radiators on the petrol tank. Happy new year!!
    13 points
  16. Went up to my local park tonight for some exercise, took the Manta out as it was a beautiful still evening, I'm quite happy with how the engine has settled in after the rebuild, I’m now 3 miles short of turning 60,000mls on the speedo, after I got home I thought it would be best to remove the bugs on the front instead of letting them dry on, white paint and bugs are not the best combination 😁
    13 points
  17. Straight pass and the mot guys loved it.many many thanks to all that have given advice,parts and support..
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  18. Dear All, Happy New Year to you all. I am pleased to tell you all that this morning our Son had his section 2 cancelled by his Consultant and he has been allowed to leave hospital. The NHS have put in place a brilliant support network for him going forward, so with every passing day more and more 'normality' should return to all of our lives. Once again, sincere thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers - we are very grateful for your unconditional support. Hopefully in a week or two I can get back into working on the old rust bucket again Ian x
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  19. I’m on holiday at the moment and subsequently there is no progress on the Manta, feet up and relaxing, so I have been looking through my vast collection of photos and came up with comparisons, or as close as I could find, here are some before and after shots, before I got her home, sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, sitting in Gray and Adams Fraserburgh after the final coat of paint early June 2019, The first night I got her home, April 2016, totally unaware of what I had just taken on 🤣 but absolutely delighted with her, my first ever Manta, Sitting in my garage July 2019 after the glass and trims were refitted, Again the first night I got her home April 2016 and before I started the restoration, she was only in the garage one night before I started taking her apart, Sitting in the garage July 2019 awaiting the work done on electrics and quad lights, shouldn’t be long now till complete, Sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, Sitting in my garage, July 2019, still waiting on ECU wiring, engine commission and radiator filling up, again sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, Sitting in my garage July 2019, Sitting on a drive in Birmingham, March 2016, Sitting in Hatton Garage on the 2 post ramp December 2018, you would never guess I’m keen to get home from holiday and start working on the electrics and engine!!! i like the comparison photos they really show progress.
    13 points
  20. 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...
    13 points
  21. Last mot was around 2 years ago amazing how time flys by Quick fluid check mini service checked the brakes whipped it to local testing station passed with no advisory’s 👍👍 finally got my genuine engelman mirrors and irmsher twins also changed bonnet never felt comfortable with the old 1 with the bonnet catches so put 1 with a metal frame so I could have a proper catch ( still needs a little adjustment and the sticker replacing same with the front air dam will sort that next weekend totally forgot the smiles per gallon 😃
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  22. More work done. It's nearly ready for the bloke we are doing it for to collect. Window glass swapped, central locking motor was hitting the glass so we binned that. Bonnet painted New boot trim and Rad tray made from millboard Bonnet cable/ latch sorted Interior cleaned Front discs and pads, calipers re built Boot light fixed New water pump New battery An Andy rutter tune up All satin trim masked off and painted, mirrors painted Seat repaired Fecking masking tape took some of the millboard surface off, note to self, use chalk Boot tank cover made out of the same stuff Loads of other little jobs sorted, parts collected and fitted Nearly done, thank God
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  23. Finally on the road with most of the snags sorted out. Time to enjoy some driving in the nice weather. 2nd day out in a row!! Bodywork next!!
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  24. Lots flatting done gave another coat of primer quick denib ready fire on some colour
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  25. Out for a run last night about 9pm, parked up at the Asco base at Peterhead Lido for a few photos, you can see the bronze glass in the second photo, From September there is going to be big changes for me, at the moment I am a plumbing lecturer teaching the apprentices their SVQ3 Domestic Plumbing and train them up in order for them to complete a Managed Learning Gas Portfolio then ACS Assessment. The company I work for is introducing cost cutting measures and I have opted for the voluntary redundancy option. I see this as an opportunity and I’m away to become self employed running my own Plumbing company, it’s a lot of work at the moment setting up, registering as self employed, setting up trade accounts, public liability insurance, etc. Exciting times ahead.
    12 points
  26. Went on a 170 mile round trip today up to Cairnamount, Laurencekirk. The climb on parts were 14% gradient on a really hot day. I kept a close eye on oil pressure and temp gauge, she ran like a dream, never missed a beat, stopped half way up to take in the scenery, a view from inside the subby, up on top of Cairnamount, I took the chance today to drive with the rear opening quarter glass open, really helped with temperature and comfort control inside on a hot day, no aircon! stopped in past a garden centre in Banchory for a coffee, The Manta was admired in the car park, some lads taking photos of it and chatting about owning one or a friend they had who owned one, great day to be out in her. I’m away to spend the evening removing the flys from the front nosecone and windscreen.
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  27. Tip of the iceberg, loads done and I will try and get more pictures up. so the block is nearly done (starter motor I bought new isn't for a gte!) so the injectors have all been refurbished, all new quality fuel pipe and clips from Demon Tweeks as cheap ones are no good. Plenum has been media blasted and lacquered. Now all new and ready to roll
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  28. Finally............my date for final spray was pushed on another week, what’s another week to wait in the grand scheme of things? But now for the final push. Monday 15th April the bodyshop starts work back on the Manta, Delivered the Manta to the paint shop first thing this morning, hopefully in a weeks time she will look completely different, doors, bonnet, boot, wings, skirts and bumpers fitted, dash and wiring loom back in, then hopefully the rest of the work will just fall into place quite quickly, don’t want to miss this summer months ahead!
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  29. Thanks to everyone that Came along and made the VBOA event such a big success. We wondered how well the event would go and thanks to all the enthusiasm of every club member and guest that attended, it was a great weekend. Special thanks to Shaun Broadbent, Mick Maher, Loobie Meagher, Chris Collier, Simon Peckham and all the others that helped put the show together. We welcome Shaun as the new National meeting organiser.... a baptism of fire! Class winners from this years OMOC Show & Shine. Best A - Tim Rolfe Best B - James Sene (car of the show) Best C - Simon Chapman
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  30. Ha! I took that when I was on booking in duty. The legendary moment when Shug turned up with his "Increasingly Solid A project" This has been threatened for as long as I can remember (but at least 2008) and you made it! Excellent, even if it was on a truck. Persevere and you will get there. Great Mantaray for pulling this all together for those that don't FB and are not part of that group. Interesting that in previous years that most of these would have originated here but FB's upload gives the chance to do it as it happens. That debate is already running elsewhere on the forum. Probably the best weekend for variety and content for about 4 years with some fantastic new members ( some of whom have come to us via FB) and new cars. And I'm just talking about our field! Lots of doom-mongers talking about the magazine, Facebook, the decline of the forum but when it comes to the cars and the people just look at what we turned out. If you take a look at the other single make clubs around the site I think you would struggle to find anyone else who fielded so many cars. I think the OMOC is alive and well irrespective of the platform you use to get your Manta fix.
    12 points
  31. First time its driven out under its own steam and its first wash
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  32. Will do one post per week.
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  33. After a long break from Mantas and Opels in general I’m back and about to get stuck into another Manta project. I thought it was about time I rejoined the club to see what’s new on the scene. A few of you may remember me from many moons ago when I had a few different Mantas. I’ve settled on buying a Hatch shell (some time ago) and have been in planning mode whilst I sorted out my workshop ready for the build. Anyway, hello to all members new and old and I hope to bump into many of you when I get this project running.😉👍 Paul.
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  34. This just goes to show what happens when you Google a name... I worked with Ian as a fellow train driver at Bletchley for 15 years (my time at Bletchley). Reading these posts after googling him just shows how much love you guys had for him. It was a shock to me as it is for you. Thank you for remembering him in the way that you do. I’m going to print these comments and create a memorial for him at my depot if you don’t mind. He was certainly a character and I’ll always remember my time with him retraining him after a long period of absence due to health. We shared many things in common with regards to cars, women and Cornwall! Thanks guys
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  35. Finally, after a very long few months getting the exhaust sorted, we are on the road, and just in time for the end of lockdown 2! Its was a nice sunny morning so after a few last checks it was time to head out on the road for a shakedown!! (i might have to sneak out tomorrow for another run!) Think i need to get the GoPro setup for next time!! Time now to check over and make sure nothing has worked loose and for a few runs over the next couple of months to iron out any issues, but the herd work is done, now its time to look at the body work ready for a paint in spring! I've not done a build thread on here as i have my own blog over at www.theopelproject.com Andy MOV_20201128_1318317 (online-video-cutter.com) (2).mp4
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  36. Morning all, A nice early start to the day. After my usual hour long walk, I decided to try to finish up the boot lining for the Cav. Just to remind you, this is what we started with: Apologies for the strange lack of focus on the last last photo... And now we have this: And it all cost 2p under £30 - quite pleased with that I have to say. Have a nice day and a great weekend everyone
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  37. Well it seems like my ideas worked out and I managed to get the 'big stitch' on the drivers seat done. There are still one or two little bits to finish off, but all things considered I think that it turned out OK. A bit of steam and a punch here and there and it will probably look pretty good.
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  38. Damn forum wont let me post the last few pics 😷 The car is special, ill do right by her
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  39. She’s here! - We are now officially Grandparents. She arrived at 18:58 this evening 👍👍
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  40. It’s been a while. So I have most of the puzzle now sorted. I have a few last bits to get such as new brakes, pipes and other minor items and then the running gear is all done and ready to have the car lowered down onto it. Next is the engine the strip and fit all my new parts along with a freshen-up
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  41. And finally back on the road!! She's back on the road at long last!!
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  42. Hi, I have finally got my hands on a Manta, I had always dreamed of getting a white hatchback and here she is. Currently located at a friend's lock up. I hope to have her back on the road and at some shows for next summer. She is still MOT'ed but there are a couple of wee things I want to attend to. Rory
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  43. Well after a very long time I have at last got some cash to finish the 400r . Took it out for a wash last weekend after it standing for 3 years . new s/s/ exhaust , bonnet diamonds to fit and a quick paint work blow over , then off to be tuned and some fun to be had . Thanks once again to all the club members for the advise ,parts and words of encouragement with this my first project . Col video-1489597757.mp4
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  44. We had a great weekend, some pics: The Missus made some pics with the handy, got to upload them... Herman
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  45. After a year of looking out for a car, i finally took the plunge and bought my first Manta for over 25 years. Looks solid overall, but there are a few areas that will need some welding pretty soon. The car is very original and I plan to keep it that way, or at least so it can easily be returned to original.
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  46. Not quite finished.... but enough to get to Market Harborough yesterday. I've done 500 miles in 48 hours and really drives great....really likes petrol stations......
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  47. Thanks Kev! Well after waiting nearly 6 months to get my engine crane back Ive given in and bought another! Never lend out tools.... Managed to get the engine in on my own though, only chipped a wee bit off paint but it easily touched up. Glad to finally have it in! When I get back to it Ill be finishing the wiring, then onto fuel lines then exhaust so I can fire it up! Looking forward to that day!
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  48. Id like to say a great big thank you to Kenny Dock and his mate, because of him the car has been recovered and is in. police custody so should have it back soon.thanks to the great response to everyone on here its nice to now people care.
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