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  1. Hi, Yes, a rough MK1 cavalier sports hatch rolling shell with a good roof, it was a non sunroof car but it's had a britax glass sunroof fitted. Pm me.
  2. The Rover V8 can be quite a nippy motor if it's tuned up properly, mine in my V8 was great fun. They are simple motors to rebuild and improve but at the same time can be leaky old things if they are not buttoned up tight and the seals and gaskets top quality ones. Cam timing is important, if it's had a slightly "hot" or racy cam put in then to get the best from it you need to make sure it is timed up properly. Or it will sound great but lack go. Fueling is important too and needs setting up properly. PM me if you want, I have been into the Rover V8 for 20+ years.
  3. Did you get a front lower panel ?
  4. I did the manifolds on the V8 with a load of these bends, I also found a place that did 2 into 1 pipes and X pipes. Saves a lot of hassle but its time consuming welding up all the joins !
  5. That wooden dowel trick is excellent, I love the colour coding. The steering surrounds are fragile as hell anyway and always were so things like your modification are great for preserving parts that will become a bigger problem the more time goes by.
  6. I do hope he is alright, he's been part of the Manta scene since the beginning !
  7. You can separate by drilling the rivets but then you have to put locking nuts and bolts in place of the rivets. I do have a rubber already removed from a rack, I had to modify the input shaft on my V8 rack to put another uj coupling in and use a slim shaft so it avoids the exhaust. Pm if you want and I can give more details.
  8. It will fit all cam in Head engines, fitting can be done with engine in the car, rocker cover off. It's quite simple. Many engines already have a version fitted, I used to fit a length of copper pipe to any I encountered that did not have it .
  9. Not readily available but other car of the era used them, Astra's and novas etc. I may have some here in a pot but I am halfway through moving most of my stuff from work to home thanks to lockdown ! I will look !
  10. Put a load of penetrating oil down the hinge pins now and it will soak in and help when you do get the tool and pull the pins out. They grow in place ! Keep the plastic caps from the pins if you have them. They save the pins and stop grot getting in. I always have less hassle when the pins have had the plastic covers in both ends.
  11. That lot will stick out of the bonnet by an impressive amount !
  12. I have a dead MK1 here, it's getting cut up so a post chunks could be available.
  13. Totally different handbrake lever too. its on the tunnel rather than in it.
  14. Wow ! The glue will be crap on them by now so will need replacing but they are a cool thing to have on a white or silver Coupe. I have a set, unused, one day I will put them on my White coupe.
  15. You may have to put a new plug on it but to be honest the plug is a better system than those two sloppy spade connectors anyway, they are only standard injector style plugs that can be bought on ebay for pence. Edit to add: Bosch EV1 style plug. SVC wiring do them, as do a few suppliers. Ebay is more expensive than I remember ! Mind you, I tend to go to the scrapyard and snip a bunch off the dead bmw and Vauxhall cars anyway.
  16. Reverse light switch can be bought new from BMW for a 1990 3 series 5 speed manual.
  17. It could be that the little rubber stopper has perished and fallen off, this results in the handle rattling. If it is play then its easier to replace, they are handed but they are available from lots of different people, pop a wanted ad on here and I am sure you will get a reply soon.
  18. I am investigating it because the Cav ones are readily available on ebay for around £40 a pair, cheaper than recon and appeals to my diy ethic. Mind you, its looking like I need to get something sorted soon so I will probably have to get them to do a pair. A mate is going to 3d print the plastic adjusters, they seem very brittle on all my spares units.
  19. I bought a pair of mk3 cav lights made by Lucas and a pair of mk2 cav lights made by Hella. I Dismantled both right hand units and a right hand Manta unit and laid it all out on the bench. In conclusion I cannot see how it is possible to fit either the mk2 or mk3 reflector bowls to the Manta housing. Mk2 reflector is physically larger Mk3 has a big extra bit at one end and is a smaller bowl and is at an angle the means it wont look right when fitted and might affect the beam. So. Im carefully putting them all back together and going back to the drawing board, the two pairs of lamps are going back on ebay !
  20. Take the pipe off that goes to the heater matrix and flush from there, remove the pipe from the matrix, and then put the hose in it, then take off the water pump to thermostat pipe and turn on the hose, it will flush the block. then do the matrix and the radiator.
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