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  1. I'd like to know the location, won't be too far away from me!
  2. Nice car - I'll have to get myself another rally car sometime to take away the temptation of converting this one.
  3. Unfortunately my car doesn't get the chance to hibernate (no garage) and is left outside whatever the weather.
  4. Ems

    Torque Tube Donut

    Thinking about it I never had any problems with the original donut on my old 1.8. The axle had a full rebuild before I put it on the car, haven't thought of balancing the prop. I'll check the universal joints for play. As the input bearing is noisy on the gearbox there's a chance that the one on the output side has worn too which might create a problem. Alternatively as said above it could just be inferior rubber on the donuts.
  5. Thank you for the information Herman, the pictures and descriptions make it look easy! Is anything from the inside likely to fall off when the front of the bellhousing is removed?
  6. Is there a workshop manual available for the 1.8 gearbox?
  7. Ems

    Torque Tube Donut

    I thought I'd bring this to the top again. Last year I fitted a new heavy duty donut from Edelschmiede (I also changed the bearing and gearbox oil seal) and just over a year and 2000 miles later the donut has a lot of cracks in it. There's a lot of free movement in the prop and oil has started to leak out of the gearbox seal again! Would I better off using the softer donut, or is there a better alternative to the donut available? Thanks again.
  8. The input shaft bearing on the 5 speed box is getting noisy. Is it possible to change this without dismantling the gearbox?
  9. The GT had a Zetec engine with type 9 gearbox and standard axle. The Brown Sports Hatch had a Rover V8 with manual gearbox and a standard Manta automatic axle. I don't know who had the mk1 Cav 4dr but there was a wanted ad for 2 replacement front wings written in permanent marker, near the hole in the wing.
  10. Ems

    Sticky Manta

    If you've got one, a steam cleaner with wallpaper attachment will do the job quicker than a heat gun. Any adhesive remaining can be removed with Autoglym tar and adhesive remover.
  11. As already stated it sounds like a blockage or fuel pump problem. I'm sure my old mk1 Cavalier used to have a filter inside the pump housing that you could take out and clean. Another thing worth checking is the carb as a lot of them have a small in-built fuel filter, also check the carb diaphragm for a split.
  12. I've been looking for one for a long time. I think Retro Power use Escort ones on their builds.
  13. You might have a pre production car?
  14. Ems

    Air Ride Manta

    What dampers are you using with the airbags?
  15. Ems

    Air Ride Manta

    Like the look of the car lowered, is that the parked height - do you drive at a higher setting? It's something I had thought about doing to mine, but need clearance for speed bumps and gravel roads. My old Sportshatch had 60mm lowered springs and Spax adjustables, the handling was excellent but it always scraped the exhaust over speed bumps, etc. Love the seats, did you retrim the back seats as well as they look like new.
  16. Tank breather pipe, goes into the hole to the right of the tank
  17. I used ethanol resistant hose on my Manta, got it from Advanced Fluid Solutions.
  18. If I remember correctly, it's 8mm id for the return hose and most of the outlet hose and 12mm id hose from the outlet to the pre filter and pump.
  19. Welcome back to the club. Car looks good from the front!
  20. I've had Carlton 2.2 vented discs and calipers on a previous Manta which were better than the standard brakes. My current Manta has got Wilwood Midilite calipers and vented discs which I got as a kit from Rally Design.
  21. Sorted now , thank you.
  22. Yes, they've seized been sitting in the shed for about 20 years. I'm changing back from discs as the handbrake mechs seize through lack of use.
  23. Does anyone have a pair of early Manta B/C drum backplates with manual adjusters that haven't seized? Thanks
  24. Looks like the head gasket might be on it's way out as water has been coming out of the radiator overflow during the last few journeys. The car hasn't overheated. The engine has done around 2000 miles in 4 years since a rebuild with new thermostat, rad cap, water pump, etc. Are there any known problems with the early Coscast head and are some gaskets better than others? What pressure rad cap should I be using on the standard Manta rad with the C20XE I think the one I've got at the moment is 13.5psi? Thanks
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