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  1. Couldn't seem to find any of those. Hopefully I'll sort the injection problem out so won't need any conversion stuff, starting to run out of options though.
  2. Thanks Pat, I'll keep these in mind too.
  3. Thanks for the reply. I was wondering about the 14's, I must have been looking about half that long myself and never seen any either. Well then if they're the ones as pictured in the avatar they look perfect, all I'm after really is something with a reasonable dish on it so it doesn't mismatch the rears I've already got. I've got mine on the standard rims at the moment, plus it won't be going anywhere for another month or two so I'm in no rush. If you're going to have a 7 surplus in total I'd be interested to buy 3 from you so I've got a spare too, and also you'll still have a full set left over. Sound any good?
  4. After a pair of the above. They don't need to be genuine Wolfrace. I have a pair of 13" x 7" for the rear, just need some fronts (probably narrower without as large an offset so I don't scrub the front wings). Cheers, Tom.
  5. I imagine these are pretty rare, I see you can get new ones but they're expensive so thought it wouldn't hurt to ask here first. For a 2.0 CIH. Needs to be the short type preferably so I don't have to modify the servo. I have no idea of the availability of these days so sorry if it's an impertinent request.
  6. Hi everyone Not sure how many remember me now, but I've got my life to a point where I can fit a Manta into it again. Been working overseas for a few years and things like that, life was getting between me and my vehicles. I live in the south Greater Manchester area now, and finally once again have a place to work on the cars. I had a Triumph Acclaim project to finish for my mate, then restore my old trailer and get shot of that so now the GT/E is next on the hit list... Mike wherever you are, cheers for the visit the other week and inspiring me to get back in touch with the club. Not sure my GT/E is going to be remotely as good as yours any time soon but still, be good to get it on the road again! I'll be making this official soon and once again become a member of this great club. Long live the Manta. Cheers All Tom.
  7. Thanks everybody, I'll get on it. Sorry I haven't signed in for a while. Dave I'll measure those valves in the next couple days and get back to you, they're the same ones that fit in the standard 2.2 Carlton, I know that because I've measured them before.
  8. Anyone got one of these? I'm not having any luck finding 2.2 valves for my stage 3 head I'm in Somerset at the moment but willing to travel 100 miles or so. Cheers, Tom.
  9. Great, thanks for the info chaps. Yeah from memory the stem diameters are 9mm.
  10. I'll have to measure them again when I go back down country, hopefully that will be in the next week or so. I'll check out Race Engine Components too. Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it.
  11. Thanks Andy, I'll check those out. I did actually find some on Risse previously but I tend to disregard them on account of being outrageously priced. I'm happy to come over to Swansea sometime in the next few weeks if that's where you are Spiney Norman, I haven't been back there since uni! Plus if I see Dinsdale about I'll let you know Cheers guys, Tom.
  12. Hi everyone, I need a few bits to finish my GT/E. It's got a big valve head with the 2.2 CIH valves in it, I need a set of inlets and I can't find any anywhere. Failing that if anyone has a standard cylinder head just so I can get it running that would be good. I'd rather not have a complete engine as last time I ran the car I'd just rebuilt the bottom end so it would be good to make use of it. If that's all there is though I'll settle for it. Some months ago vandals smashed my front windscreen, it's the type with the brown/bronze tint and the sun strip at the top. I have a spare seal. I've joined the club again recently so I should be a member but won't have my OMOC number until I return to my other address in the South West to collect it. Any help would be much appreciated, I'm located anywhere between Oxfordshire and Somerset, and the surrounding areas. Tommmmm.
  13. Hello again everyone, it's been a few years or so but I've just about got myself into a position where I can dig the GT/E out again and finish it off. I was living abroad for a time so I put the cars into storage, only really just got my finances sorted out enough to entertain the thought of getting it ready for summer. Take care everyone. Tom
  14. Thanks guys (and Toni), its gonna be better this time around. I'll have to get my membership sorted out again. I will be about in S. Wales over the next 18 months or so, i'm doing a part-time year at uni this year so I can dedicate some time to things I need to get done. The cars are next on the list, and they need to be done by September as thats when my final year of uni will start. Not sure if I can make the easter monday show, i'll be working over the easter holidays, but in the summer i'll definately be up for some shows. I'll get some of the Firenza resto pics on here when I get some time, i'll have many more in a couple weeks aswell because getting the Firenza running again is first on the hit list. I can put up some pics of the welding in the meantime if anyone is interested. Cheers everyone, thanks for the warm welcome back!
  15. Hello ladies and gents, due to one thing and another (mainly money issues and university) the Manta had to take a back seat for a while. I gave up on it rather abruptly last summer after my newly rebuilt engine was ruined by a broken timing chain tensioner. For those of you who remember, by last year this car had driven me completely insane and i'd completely had enough. Four years of difficult restoration and nothing to show for it. But i'm going to begin work again soon after a long break - I feel fresh and ready. This time there is no messing around. I'm rebuilding the top end of the engine and getting it running, then i'll attempt a few ideas I have to sort out this long standing problem with the fuel injection. The only parts possibly left to replace are the inlet plenum casting and the wiring loom, of which I have both spare. If it doesn't work after that i'll be going to plan B, a 2.5 V6 engine from an Omega (which was always my long term plan anyway). The freshly tuned CIH lump will go in my Firenza, which has benefited from my attention in the last 6 months in place of the Manta. Sorry for being such a mushy git last time I was here, the car just really got to me ya know! I probably came across as a bit of a nutcase to some people Cheers you lot, hopefully some of you remember me! Hope everyone is doing well, and your Mantas are in good order! Tom
  16. I know, can be soul destroying at times can't it. Surely a test of character restoring old cars, so much can go wrong and until its done you really have nothing. Spraying can be a nightmare aswell like you say, its a lot of work to get to the point of getting the spray gun out, its the prep work thats the hard bit. Cheers for the advice Gunman, feel better about it all already just getting it out on here. Tom.
  17. Ahh bad luck Mantadoc... I know you guys are right, I just have no enthusiasm at all with it anymore because i've never actually had any enjoyment from the car despite all the work i've put into it. I know what I said may sound really over the top, but this car and my life have become inexplicably entwined in the last 4 years or more, and its got to such a point in the last year getting it finished has turned more into an obsession which has begun affecting my general well-being. No machine is worth that, which is why im becoming prepared to sell it on. I'll give it one last chance, but if its still not playing ball then it goes. I won't be negatively affected by this pig-iron hell-hole-of-a-life-sucker a moment longer. Thanks for the encouragement people, its appreciated. I had to let it out on here because nobody else understands what its like to own a Manta. Either heaven or hell, and no between
  18. Since trying to get the car running right, yesterday I removed the injection loom and checked all the wires/connections. After that I started the car to try and test a couple of the sensors again to see if I could find where this fault lies. The car began idling steadily higher by itself as I was getting the multimeter out, and by the time I switched it off it was at around 1700rpm. I then restarted the car only to find that it was spluttering and the tappets were noisy. I switched it off, then spun it over a third time to show my mate what had happened and there was no compression at all, on any cylinders. I removed the rocker cover to find some very loose rockers, particularly on valve #2. I then turned the engine over by hand to try to see what the problem was. The engine would turn over so far, then hit firm resistance, at which point the timing chain would begin slipping over the crank pulley teeth. After removing the timing chain, plunger, timing gear, and distributor I had found no problems, and was wondering how on earth this could be happening. All I can guess is that one of the little tensioning shoes inside the timing case has broken off, allowing the chain to become slack. I was further dismayed when I noticed that two of the valve springs remained compressed after I removed all the rockers - a sure sign of bent valves. This car has slowly destroyed me both physically and mentally over the past 4 1/2 years. I have put everything into it (it has needed EVERYTHING doing). I've eaten nothing but tomato sauce sandwiches at university for days on end just to be able to aford the parts for it at times. There has been blood, sweat, tears and endless hours of work late into the night yet it still defies all my efforts to get it sorted. It is utterly cursed, and has been a drain on me for such a long time I feel emotionally numb whenever I think about it. To look at it turns my stomach. The big-valve head im guessing is now ruined, and all my hard work lately has been undone. It's cost me around £2500 over the past few years since i've been at uni, money I really haven't had, and i'm still left with nothing. It's just one unlucky event after another. It is a cursed machine. The physical embodiment of purest evil. It has broken my body, my spirit, my passion for cars, and generally ruined my life. This injection problem that nobody can seem to help with, and now this obscure timing chain problem have finished me with it. I'm making one last effort tomorrow to put it right and get it running, but if that fails then i'm selling it. So anyone interested let me know. Just about every part on it is new or rebuilt by myself, including the gearbox, diff, engine, brakes, suspension, new customised exhaust, fuel lines, brake lines, all re-welded underneath, rust proofed, new steering rack, suspension bushes, wheel bearings, basically everything. My plan was to use it for track racing so it has all been upgraded beyond standard spec, using the best quality components I could afford, and using all my knowledge as an almost now graduated Master of Automotive Engineering to make any improvements I could. I also made some custom improvements to some of the wiring, added loom for parts planned for the future, and fit a full sound system which supports a total of 8 seperate amplified channels. The only things wrong with it at the moment are the injection problem, (now) the bent valves/timing chain problem, the drivers window smashed by the vandals, and the paintwork is faded (but it should polish back, it has done before). It basically just needs a tidy up and a dust off where its been stood so long. Heres a few pics.
  19. Thats spot on then. Good luck with the rest of it Suz
  20. Although the block is a 20S and not a 20E it doesn't necessarily mean that the head isn't from a later car, or indeed the original head which was present when the car was bought. Also, it would take more than 200 miles to do any damage to the valves, so I wouldn't worry about it. It's not the end of the world having a non-unleaded head anyway, I used to use Castrol Valvemaster, which costs around a tenner for the bottle but lasts ages because you only need to put small shots of it in at a time when you fill up with unleaded (in fact, when mine is back on the road soon i'll be using it again because I don't have an unleaded head anyway). With regard to using higher octane fuel like Optimax, remember you'll only really get the benefit from the higher octane if you run slighly more advance on the ignition timing. The main feature of higher octane fuel is the resistance to knock when the timing is advanced, thats how engines run better on it. Newer cars will adjust the timing automatically, but on the Manta you'll have to just rotate the distributor a little bit - use a timing light for it though. Looks like a nice project. All the best, Tom.
  21. Oh so THATS why you're doing another one! Looks like mine used to under there!
  22. This looks excellent. I like the style - no messing around, just solid engineering/fabrication skills for a true, purpose built driving machine. Nice work Fergal, a real ispiration All the best, Tom
  23. Haha, cheers guys, the comments are much appreciated! I definately want to get it to some events this year, i'll let you Wales guys know on here when it's back on the road. Money permitting it should be in a couple months, so if I manage it i'll see you at the meets.
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