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Moonmonkey last won the day on January 20

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  1. Don't knock Gold, I used to have a Gold Berlinetta in the 1980's before I could afford the insurance on a GTE, and then when I reached the average mans utopia of Manta ownership, a GTE Exclusive I had to sell it when I moved to N.I. as the insurance was £1,000/year. There are only two things that get better as you get older, wisdom and car insurance.
  2. Just found this in the archives, is the register still running and can you still access it? Thanks for any info on registering
  3. Last few jobs done, full service complete and MOT booked. Fingers crossed should be back on the road next week.
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  5. Know how you feel, lost 6months on mine last year, and mine is nowhere near as big a project as yours. Some good work you are doing there, and big respect for the self taught welding and painting.👍 Got back to mine in last couple of weeks and now really motoring, despite the set backs you always seem to get. Should be going for a MOT this week😊 Good luck and keep going
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  7. Hi Wayne You could try this guy, not sure if he’s a club member but has a shed load of manta stuff https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/opel-manta-Ascona-Mk1-Cavalier/185739766212?pageci=d453348e-3cb8-481c-af72-a2d061aab178&redirect=
  8. Thanks Jonathan, it was a bit of a risk as I thought it may be hiding something but no problems underneath. I agree it looks much better, without the black and even better when polished with the DA. The bigger issue is the previous owner has painted the gap above the rear lights and back infill panel with black paint. Will have to see if I can cut it back to blue! I may have to take the lights and panel off to get at it!
  9. I’ve had multi car policies before and generally found them to be cheaper, and certainly a lot easier to administer. I think you do have to keep an eye on the pricing though, as my last company (one of the majors not CVI) did suddenly become significantly(50%+) more expensive last year after 3 or 4 years of being way cheaper than anyone else. So I am currently back to individual policies, but will look to add cars to the CVI policy when the policies are due for renewal and take a view. I think the benefits with specialist like CVI and others (Eg my TVR is through Manning’s) they are much easier to deal with wrt modifications and agreed values.
  10. I had a good chat with Tom yesterday, and got what I thought was a decent price, so on cover from next Monday, with agreed value on the basis of 6 photographs. A good result, thanks guys👍
  11. However as ever something else went wrong. Just trying to start for the first time in over a year, and found the steel petrol pipe had split in the jacking point! Decided to replace the steel pipe with some 5/16 Kunifer (Copper/Nickel) far easier to work with than steel, and not going to rust. However when I checked my "vintage" Sykes Pickavant 230M flaring tool kit I only had dies for 3/16 and 1/4😠 Seems impossible to get new dies for such an old tool, so just bought a cheapo off Amazon. So while waiting for the kit to arrive decided to do a bit of body work. There was a strange film/ marking on the roof, not sure what it was but an hour with the DA, a firm pad and some Autoglym Rapid Renovator Plus sorted it. Note the mark on the paintwork near the sunroof is actually a reflection of the light sensor on the garage roof. (God knows why the builders install these, had to disconnect it as the lights would go off the minute you got under a car. Some people actually like to spend a long time in their garage🙂) Finally one for Jonathan, whose advice when I bought the car was "The first thing I would tackle is removing the black from under the rear bumper!", I've eventually got round to cleaning it off. I'm not sure why this was done but somebody has done a very professional job, its under the bumper, and very neatly done. While its messy removing it I can't really knock it as all this underseal and waxoyl has kept the body work fairly rust free except for a few rust spots starting to bubble on the roof and bonnet. TBH it just cleaned off with white spirit and a kitchen sponge to leave some nice Monaco Blue paint. I'll need to get it resprayed at some point but focusing on mechanicals first. So just a few jobs left so hoping for a MOT next week. I have therefore had a chat with CVI to get it back insured and have a good price with an agreed value based on 6 photographs, so thank you Ian and Tom.
  12. So, got a bit more time on the Manta this week. Started replacing the old fuel hoses with some new SAE30JR9 hose, having just had a fuel injection fire on the TVR a useful precaution😉, and just in case the Super Unleaded has some Ethanol in it. Fuel pump covered in waxoyl/underseal, so all removed for clean and paint. Two of the bobbins had failed so replaced those as well. Next was the Sportex exhaust, these seem to be the cheapest and easiest exhaust to get these days however I can't say I was impressed with the tail pipe. I know the Japanese tuning world has moved everybody into ridiculously large tailpipes, but I didn't think it looked right on a 1980's car driven by someone the wrong side of 50. Back in the day a 2 inch exhaust was an upgrade (I only had 2.5 on the rally car), and the rest of the system is only 2 inch in any case. I would rather be all trousers and no show😜 Did a trial fit and mocked up a 2 inch pipe for comparison So off with the big end and replaced with a universal 2 inch Jetex stainless pipe for Advantage Motorsport which is just round the corner. Just need to cut to length and knock up a hanger for the tailpipe
  13. Not sure what exactly you are after but this guy on eBay may be able to help https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/opel-manta/185738472928?hash=item2b3ee02de0:g:PekAAOSwKSBjnC4X&pageci=1ab04052-85c4-4388-8b38-8895e0f8eb36&redirect=mobile
  14. Hi Lewis, thanks for the reply. Sent you a PM Thanks
  15. May be a long shot but was wondering if anybody had a spare 1.8 Getrag 240 they would consider selling I’ve got an opportunity on an XE but want to get the gearbox sorted I’m living in hope😊 Many thanks
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