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  1. Looks like the sunroof has been removed and plated over, but the sunroof tray is still in there and the roll cage is bellow that. Which is just odd, why not remove the tray and then you can fit the cage right up to the roof So the roll cage is over an inch lower than its supposed to be. looks like it is a bolt in though so could be removed, mounts raised and refitted but thats a lot of work when it could have just been done right in the first place. Othe than that the shell looks quite good, if you are wanting to put a silly big engine in and 400 kit it might not be a bad option. But returning that to standard would be a lot of work with the front inner structure (and a good portion of chassis rail) removed. Plus those arch extensions at the rear are very high up. if the inner arch has been trimed that far back it could be an issue trying to rebuild it.
  2. The 284mm setup is for sale, its Shaun who has it (Shaun400r on here)
  3. I have discs on order then need to get my engineer to modify them for me, so probably a couple of weeks from now i will have stock again. I've never managed to find a supplier of the carriers, you can get a lot of them from germany through ebay (like mk4 astra rears that i use at the rear end) but i haven't found the mk2 astra fronts yet. One of my customers has a full 284mm setup discs and calipers all ready to bolt on for sale, i removed them from his car to go to the 256mm setup so it could return to 14" wheels.
  4. I've got a pair that i'm probably not going to use. Drivers side is new, passanger side has been fitted poorly (was in a project shell i bought a while back, that got chopped up) with a little trimming around the edge. Depends how much of the pans you are after for your project. £150 for the pair collected from near Wetherby , West Yorks
  5. The 288 calipers are too large for the front of the manta. The body of the caliper hits the spring on full lock...... You can use the 284mm caliper from a NG900 saab if its a 1994-96 model (1996-1998 changerd to 288mm calipers) but thats the only one i know of that works on the manta. Not sure any saab had the small 256mm calipers fitted when they were sharing parts with vauxhall Also the 284's require 15" wheels at least for clearance, the caliper requires 284mm discs for which you can use the 2wd sierra cosworth disc (with mods) The Audi discs astra/cavalier calipers fit under the original 14" wheels and are very popular as an upgrade. I normally have the discs available already modified, but am currently out of stock. Don't think i have any calipers currently but i will check at the unit later
  6. If you are running a standard lead acid battery i'd put it in the boot, but put it in a battery box also (available in plastic or fiberglass) as its in the drivers compartment still on a hatch. Alternatively look at dry cell race batteries like the Varley red top. They are less than half the size of an original type and can be tucked into a much smaller space.
  7. That looks to have some serious rust in it around the rear window. Which will most likely have taken out some of the structure inside the 1/4 which is very hard to repair
  8. Its a 2.0 sri engine in the hatch. But any 2.0 injection 8 valve has the same cover, think 1.8 is the same but there are less of them around
  9. I have a coupe petrol flap. £4 plus postage at cost
  10. With the gte injection system it could be many little things, there have been many similar topics on the forum with a lot of info about how the system works and what issues can cause what symptoms. As its been sat for so long i would start with checking the inlet pipes for splits as thats quite common, air leaks can easily cause your running symptoms. Both the large flexy pipe from the air flow meter to the inlet but also the smaller pipes off this to the idle control valve and then onto the manifold. Its also worth checking the brake servo vacuum pipe for the same issue. However these won't be visible you'll need to spray the outside with a flammible spray (brake cleaner was the old go to but an awful lot of that is now not flammible) to see if the revs rise. The servo pipes tend to deteriorate over the years and allow air in but have no outward signs. Then there are the obvious ones of changing the spark plugs, leads, dizzy cap and rotor arm as a weak spark from old items can also cause issues.
  11. None sunroof by the look of it, and earlier car so the metal is better. But it does look very tired
  12. As shug says they are the same design just with different length tubes and halfshafts, think its 55mm difference from memory. Damper mounts and trailing arm brackets are in the same place so that all lines up perfectly, can't remember if the panhard rod does though.
  13. One of the wings is a non genuine replacement wing, think its the drivers side. Which is why the shape along the top is not quite right
  14. I built it in 2011 for a friend of mine, he ran it for about 3 years before i bought it off him and ran it myself for several years. Then sold it to Shaun in Jan 2017, Ricky bought it in March this year and now has it on eBay Everything is solid on the car. When i first built it back in 2011 it was a standard rusty 1.8 hatch that hadn't been on the road in a few years and had a seized engine. All the rust was cut out and new metal welded in to the A panels, chassis rails, floors, battery tray, spare wheel well. It also had full sills both sides and has had rear arches since then. Everything has been treated with bilt hamber and waxed everywhere (although wouldn't hurt another dose of that by now i would think) Front jacking points were replaced with box section rather than the original style ones. As i have never and would never use a standard jacking point to lift a Manta, plus i think at that point replacements weren't available. There are a few things on the spec of the car that are not in the advert for it on eBay, this was the listing i did when it was last sold to Ricky: For sale on behalf of a customer. 1984 Manta hatchback in white, MOT till Jan 2020 105,000 miles on clock This started life as a 1.8s Berlinetta but now has an SRi130 injection engine from a cavalier, along with GTe wheels and sideskirts. The interior is the original black apart from Astra GTe front seats for more comfort. Specifications: SRi130 engine, tubular exhaust manifold, stainless exhaust system (standard pipe size so nice and quiet), updated alternator, electric radiator fan + thermo switch, cone filter, hyd bonnet struts, HID headlights, quickshift, electric power steering, updated interior fan, remote central locking, updated front brakes with Astra 16v calipers and Audi discs, bilstein dampers, updated front springs, dealer glass sunroof so no rusty roof issues. New recon calipers with new pads and discs just fitted. Plus wheels freshly powder coated with matching tyres with good tread. The engine was freshly rebuilt when fitted around 8 years ago with new rings, bearings and oil pump, new clutch, timing belt, water pump, gaskets etc. Had a re-spray last year, looks ok but not done to show car standards. But perfect for a useable classic/ weekend car or even daily driver. Could even be improved with some attention from a good detailer/bodyshop. Owned by an OMOC member (as were the last 3 owners) Very solid car, has had welding done in the past (mostly by me) it's all very solid still and well waxed. Mechanically perfect, great car to drive very reliable and good economy.
  15. What would you like to know? I built it so should be able to answer any questions (assuming i can remember the relevant details, as i've done a lot of mantas since then )
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