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  1. Hi all, I've had my manta for a little while now, but between moving house, changing jobs, buying crappy old motorbikes that break all the time and catching COVID once or twice, I've recently got up to steam with it a little! First, it came to the new house (on the back of a trailer) so I finally live in the same building as the Manta and can work on it a little more consistently. (Also visible is one of the aforementioned crappy old motorbikes) Then, a quick painting up of the fuel pump bracketry ready for all the exciting new bits Then came some real excitement! The engine started coming apart ready for a thorough cleaning up and some shiny new parts. Admittedly we could've probably got the car running as it was with some new lines, but I figure the whole time I've never actually driven it and it's off the road, I might as well do all the finicky bits that would be a pain to do later down the line, like cam chains, tensioners and valve seals Unfortunately the car is not entirely free of the usual manta rust, and somebody has done some shonky repairs on the swan necks in the past, but I'd sooner find out about that while there isn't a pesky 2.0 cih in the way of sorting it out! If anybody knows somebody with the means and skills to sort these swan necks at a reasonable price I'd be very grateful, as I'm far from a fantastic weldist.
  2. I'm away with my partner near Bakewell at the moment, and driving through Grindleford on Wednesday (I think) I saw a white GTE hatchback parked at Mount Pleasant Motoring, and on Tuesday there was a Bronze A series outside the Great British Car Journey museum (but not so much as a Mk 1 Cavalier in the museum itself!)
  3. Hello all, The hard brake lines that run from the master cylinder to the smaller cylinder on the passenger side of my car are in need of replacement, does anyone know if a kit for these exists from someone like Automec or will I need to make some up? Cheers,
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    Nosecone trim

    Hi Si, i've got a spare one indoors, it is a bit old and tattered though. As the others suggest, I think you got the same part on cavaliers.
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    GTE clutch

    Hello all, In need of a decent clutch for my 1987 GTE, getting into the nitty gritty with it now and can't seem to find the right clutch online or in person for the life of me. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Cheers
  6. Will do, thanks! Do you happen to know what size they need to be?
  7. Hello all, I'm in the market for a decent, working fuel pump and some decent fuel lines for a 1987 GTE 2.0, modern repros if possible. I'm in Medway, but happy to pay for a courier for good parts.
  8. I'm astounded- I never even knew there was a difference and yet to some people it's clear as day! The car was involved in a smash in the early nineties that resulted in the bulk of the front end being replaced, which is likely the culprit here.
  9. 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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