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  1. Sounds like you are going to be busy! are you replacing inner swan necks etc? saw a template somewhere on a recent post
  2. Having a busy start to this year didnt really get as much done on the shell as i wanted, got decorating at home done (box ticked) & lads moto engine top end rebuild sorted, then..back to the manta, some progress on other bits ..this is after session in the electrolysis tank/bin..... And now after more time and then a dunk in citric acid as below left in the sun so tree debris also mixed in ! Then a coat of hydrate 80 just in case. though there is no sign of corrosion left, im going to enamel them when ball joints changed. The de rust process is working while you get on with other stuff 😧so thats a definate plus right?
  3. Some high lights of last years progress with engine removal(enlisted my dad), stripping of shell, fabrication of rotisserie/ & elevating. In hindsight should really have got the underside grit blasted in November but ive kind of got wrapped up in honing welding & fabrication technique! so need to get some areas underside blasted back as its going to be a while before the underside is ready, also would have removed/compressed front springs while suspension was under cars weight as the removal of these was tricky and have read this is the way to do it. Framework constructed to hang the back, links thro to underside with 10mm stud.
  4. Cheers Paul, all the best with yours too, think its going to be a couple of years before it gets together again but its gonna be worth the labour
  5. The prospect of a retro project was too much to resist after several years of my lads & me egging each other on and cooing at Manta B's... the blind purchase was made, I stode in awe as the hatchback span off trailer with front brakes binding, Shit i thought this is going to be interesting... This is my 86 GTE, bought in January 2018 having been off the road since about 2001 starts & runs having 100k miles on the clock the Manta seems to have been well maintained during its time but despite this the last 17 or so static years since have made things crusty. The guy had enjoyed years of ownership and she certainly gave as good as she got in the trading paint stakes, overall a straight Manta with a bit of rust here & there, very original & complete, just a few dodgy mot patches, should look the part one day...
  6. Impact driver massively helped us to shift this bolt.. needed my lads help, impacccct driver ear defenders & club hammer....it is no longer stuck 😆
  7. Hi, anyone able to help with sourcing a solid panel?
  8. Hi all, I have a 2.0 GTE recently purchased from the very helpful Danny & Carl, I am just starting back into restoration and will have lots of questions as this is quite an ambitious undertaking for me, have not owned a Manta before......but do most of my own vehicles maintenance ....cannot wait to get started on the strip down .........
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