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  1. it will make next to no difference, unless it was climate controlled for humidity and temperature. Trailers get hot as hell and cold as ice, for 15 years. the seals on the engine might do a little while before they let go, likewise you might get a good pedal with the brakes for a bit but as soon as you get a bit of use and heat in them stuff will seize/leak and generally fail. I am sure its a great car, I for one would be interested in it simply because its not going to be the usual amount of work to get it right. buts its still a lot of work needs doing to makes sure it is safe and reliable. I am halfway through putting an 1800 hatch back together that was liberated from a 16 year dry barn slumber, its got 56k on it and I have it down to a bare shell to make sure its all "right" before I use it. So far I have found dry rotted suspension bushes, seals that are hard as rock and rear wheel cylinders that are totally seized. This is a car that was also never used in the rain and garaged its whole life. I believe this because the petrol tank is pretty much perfect. no rust or mud anywhere. I hope the GTE gets the six grand, it will be a happy day for Manta values !
  2. Its a restoration no matter how you look at it, it will need a really good clean up and if you are lucky you might get away with not painting it but it will still need a good clean and mop and plenty of other re-commissioning, engine, brakes and any rubber parts will need lots of attention. I would not trust the brakes until I had completely rebuilt all of it from the master cyl to the pads and calipers. The petrol tank is the Achilles heel here, its done nearly 100k, so its been used in the wet and will have mud and muck all round the tank, the little breather pipes will have been eaten away and when you remove the tank to sort out the leaks you will be into a lot of work to sort it out, that's before you get to look inside the tank. Its a 6k car if it was done and on the road in my opinion but I am happy to be surprised, we all want values to go up and they are getting rarer.
  3. So, finally got a chance to look at this trim clip count. 8 broke out of 28, which isn't bad, I was so careful, used a hot air blower to heat the trim and clip so they were not so brittle but 8 of them just didn't fancy going back on the car.
  4. That's got to be an error, £45 maybe.
  5. Not me any more, too much to do to it to spend more than the £700 I was willing to go to. At least it stands a chance of staying whole and not being broken for the "bits"
  6. I thought that it would have a sunroof, I just hoped it didn't. I just sold my last roof too, I had a good non sunroof roof from a hatch cut off at the pillars... Hey ho. This might go over my buying budget anyway, im not planning to go high with it because of all the unknowns, its probably got rat damage and that is a horrible thing to get rid of. unless a dog did the knob.
  7. Its going to be crusty, I know it by looking at it, it will be all the usual places and then a few different ones just for variety. The only thing I cant tell is if its got a sunroof or not, I think it has but I am not 100% sure. That gear knob is well chewed too !
  8. Not that I need another project but I am bidding on this, it looks like a nice car to restore, keep it original. I seem to be "in to" standard 1800 hatches at the moment.
  9. Of course, it doesn't solve the mystery of where the original one went. I had to remove all the inner boot trim to find it was not there, there are no rust holes it could have fallen out on the road and a good look with the camera on a stick turned up nothing.
  10. Thanks, its a strange thing, this has the early style bulb holders as seen in the red framed lights but the light frame is black. But its the same design as the red frame, The later ones are totally different around the holders. here are a couple more pics, I cant find any numbers, only the word "BOSCH" on the back. ExclusiveOpel, Yes please, That's the one. Thanks to everyone else who has offered help here. All the best Paul.
  11. Hi, I was investigating why the left indicator doesn't work on this red 1800 hatch and once I got in behind the boot trims I found out the reason it doesn't work is that the bulb holder is not there ! I checked the 1/4 cavity and the void behind the rear panel ( the bulb holders can fall out and hide themselves) with the endoscopic camera, nothing, no rust either which is nice but the bulb holder is utterly missing. So, I am after an early Bosch indicator bulb holder for a 1981 Manta Hatch Berlinetta. looks like this if anyone has one, I have lots of later ones but I want to keep this original.
  12. Mine says "drag files here to attach, or Choose files..." I go to choose files and it opens a box that I then use to get the pic I want from the file on my pc.
  13. Ahh, ok, still, I would get a good fabrication workshop to fix it, anyone worth the money will have a jig and be able to true the body with no bother.
  14. Too much for you or too much generally ? I only ask because it not impossible to have a fully stripped shell welded up professionally, an outfit like RetroPower could do a fantastic job of sorting it out. Its a big spend but then so is a new (almost certainly unobtainable) or good shell.
  15. I have now done half the car and half the clips are broken, they really are feeble ! Later I will pop a post up with the number needed !
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