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    Richard Webb

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  1. All, this one is back on face-ache and Ebay I believe. I went to have a look at this last year and it had already been heavily stripped of any useful parts, I understand it was someone's spares car and had sat under a tree for years. I tried to put a deal together for the bits I wanted - Windscreen, steering wheel and a couple of other smaller bits but the seller's business partner had some unrealistic ideas about what things were worth. He wanted £300 for the screen and I would have to remove it myself! I new one from Pilkingtons starts at £350 so I passed on that one. It was slightly complicated by the fact that it was jointly owned by two guys, one of them was fairly reasonable and realistic and the other thought everything was made out of diamonds or something 🤑 Just in case anyone else wanted some bits and pieces from this car, I will give a quick summary of what I saw & noted down - There are no headlights or front grilles left, no rear axle, no side windows or side trim sets (one of the main bits I was looking for), Bonnet and Front wings are scrap and the interior is no good either. You might be able to salvage some of the front suspension and a few other bits and pieces but not much more to be honest. I do remember there being two centre consoles in black, and a set of rear lights but not much else inside stood out as being worth keeping. The engine wasn't seized and there was a gearbox and some other sundries under the bonnet, but I don't think any of these bits are especially sought after or in demand. The last conversation I had with the seller (the reasonable guy) was this is going to be scrapped and if I wanted anything to make him an offer for what I wanted. Lastly, whatever you want you will have to take it off yourself so not sure there is much chance of getting stuff posted out if you live miles away. My last visit I left empty handed after wasting half a day and half a tank of juice getting up there and back, despite having the pound notes in my pocket and the tools in the car I left empty handed. A bit of a reverse Tyre-kicker situation...... I just hope this helps, if anyone else was looking at this as a source of parts. If I do put a deal together and there are any parts that someone needs I am fine to help out if I can, just let me know and I will take a look and collect on your behalf if that would help another Manta owner
  2. I have just seen this and thought I would post this on the forum. It looks like it might be too far gone for a restoration unless you are very handy with a welder & fabrication! It does look fairly complete though and the interior is very good for a project car. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125021377494?hash=item1d1bdad3d6:g:qDYAAOSwN6lhoNZb
  3. All I have also seen this car for breaking on Facebook marketplace, has anyone had any parts or knows the seller? I understand that he also had a complete shell / Project car which was sold on Ebay a few weeks ago, which I think went for about 3 grand I was just wondering if it would be worth taking a look at this as a source for some of my missing parts. Any comments welcome, thanks Richard
  4. Hi Andy, that paint finish is looking great. As you say, the more your practice the more fussy you are with the finish. It gives all of us the confidence to have a go ourselves and see what we can do. The Lambretta will be painted to perfection I am sure! Great work!👍
  5. Hopefully one of the club members snapped this up as it looks like it has been sold already!
  6. I have just seen this for sale in Scunthorpe, it looks like it has been standing for a long time as there is quite a bit of surface corrosion on it. Could be worth it if you get it cheap. Seller also has some GT/J Front seats for sale So far no bids and only 99p at the moment! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184800366931?hash=item2b06f5d153:g:8jAAAOSwBxJgipE6
  7. Thanks for the comments, I know where I can get the rims welded. My dad is an approved aircraft welder so can weld up practically anything that is weld-able, one of the companies he used to work for used magnesium wheels for their aircraft nose wheels so he knows what he is doing from the welding point of view. I will just need to find someone who can take care of the surface preparation and coatings. There is a friendly local Italian car specialist who has probably come across magnesium Campagnolo or Cromodoro so I can ask him who he uses for wheel preparation. Not a big hurry, so just wanted to find the right specialist to get them done properly.
  8. One step closer on the long road! After a nerve-racking 3 months but, I have finally received a set of Alloy wheels for my car from a seller in Italy. The originals were missing from my car when I bought it so these are probably the closest I am ever likely to find. They are in fairly good condition from what I have seen so far, although they need a good clean-up and surface treatment. One of the wheels has a chunk out of the outer rim but looks like it could be repaired without too much difficulty. I am assuming they are Cast Magnesium which is what the original wheels were so know that repairs and treatments may be a challenge. Any comments and feedback on preparation and repairs for these wheels will be welcome. Although I don't need them right at this moment I could get on with the restoration of them.
  9. I am not sure if this could be modified to fit a Manta, but could be a useful base for someone, so far a realistic price! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Cavalier-Mk1-NOS-genuine-complete-front-panel-Manta-B/294102995872?fits=Model%3ACavalier&hash=item4479e793a0:g:bPYAAOSw9NRgaeYr
  10. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-rear-axle-complete-DIFF-Differential-brakes-KIT-CAR-DRIFT-GTE-etc/383975700994 I saw this today, it looks like the seller has no details or information on the axle but thinks it might be a A Series axle. Has Tie rods, Panhard rod, anti-roll bar & diff so might be a good source of spares for someone and not too expensive. Collect from Derby
  11. The steering rack is still on there: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-A-Series-Steering-Rack-Rhd-Rare-Mk1/274668445604?hash=item3ff383dfa4:g:y-YAAOSwkuxf~K7H It looks like it would probably need to be fully overhauled based on the photo as it looks quite rusty on the steel parts
  12. I had seen one fairly recently on Ebay for sale in Ireland, it was used and the shipping charges were a little high. So that might be an option for you to take a look at I hope that helps?
  13. https://www.gumtree.com/p/opel/opel-manta-1987-1979-cc-/1396795800 It does mention the usual areas that need attention, but given the recent sale prices might well be a worthwhile project for someone. Unfortunately I think most recent enquiries are looking for a Coupe, this one is a Hatchback but looks like a good basis
  14. That car is the original prototype car that was based on an SR rather than a Berlinetta of the 'Production' cars. So no sunroof & different colour interior. It used to be owned by a chap called John Cordon, who I met and purchased some parts from many years ago. I heard that is was sold a few years ago and went across to Europe to it's new owner so may have been on it's way there when these photos were taken. That would also explain why the UK registration was still on the car as that is part of it's significance
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