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  1. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Today I had another shot at getting the long bolts off the wishbone. This time had success. Used oil, wd and some heat and a big hammer. Actually went not too bad today considering the last time they never moved. Got all the bushes off the front end now. New bushes look to be easy enough the fit one the painting is done. Ordered another 2 tins of rustoleum. Satin black this time as Matt was out of stock. Don't think there will be much difference. All's good.
  2. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Back axle cleaned up with a wire wheel today. A coat of anti rust primer and a top coat of Matt black. Happy with the result. Have to say thats the 1st I've heard of rustoleum and it seemed pretty good.
  3. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Nice find Jess
  4. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Changed task tonight and sanded the body down for primer using a new DA I bought a few weeks ago. Had it coupled up to my little extraction hoover I use for work. Worked well next to no dust at all. Still got bonnet boot and doors to do should manage them this week.
  5. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    I've got the full kit Jess. It's from strong flex don't know what it'll be like but it was nearly half that price of the one there but it doesn't have the sock bushes included. I don't think the super pro one does either.
  6. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Bit more progress over the weekend. Managed to get the rear axle bushes all removed. Looked like the standard Opel ones, possibly 35 years old some were tough but used some heat and oil again and a bit of persistence. Removed the shock bushes as well. Anyone know where I'd be able to get new ones or if it's worth trying to source poly ones for the shock? The front might be more difficult. The upper wishbone has a long bolt that won't budge, both sides. Might have to cut them as well. I'm going to renew all the bolts and nuts thought out while I'm at it. Does it need to be a certain grade/ type of bolt?
  7. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    After 45 minutes of heating,pouring oil in the hinge and mashing it with a hammer the pin finally came out...that'll do for today. Next up seats out then prep the axles for paint and remove the old bushes. Try and get this done for the weekend.
  8. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Had a look at the rustoleum. They do a hard hat range which is industrial so should be good stuff. I'll get the hard hat primer as well.
  9. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Well I got 3 out of the 4 door hinge pins out today and I'm confident I'll get the last one out tomorrow. Removed the back axle today, can't get one of the rear shock bolts out and one of the arms to the chassis is stuck at the axle side. Soaked them with oil and I'll give them a try again. I take it the bolt is seized in the centre pin of the bushes. I need to remove all the old bushes from the rear axle and front subframe. I've ordered a set of poly bushes from strong flex to give them I try. Probably be a nightmare to fit but I'll give it a bash. Looking through some old posts to get ideas. I'm going to give front subframe and rear axle a lick of paint.What do people generally use from this and I'll get some ordered up.
  10. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Back at it again this time its getting the sub frame to bits to paint and fit new bushes. 30odd years of gunk holding some of the bushes together. Sheared one of the anti roll bar brackets that attached to the sub frame but should be able to make a new bit up with a long bolt and a sleeve. The passenger side engine mounting is hanging by a thread. Still got the 2 top wishbone bolts to get out so I'm off back to it.
  11. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Cheers Mike. I'll give them a soak for the next few days before I try again.
  12. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    I got one pin out pretty easy on the driver's door the rest are stuck. Tried a bit of heat with mapp gas as I've no oxycetoline. Need to try again. Want them off to Paint.
  13. Bonga

    Manta Hatch

    Well the hatch is back on. Engine and gearbox is out, subframe off and I've bought a Rollover jig to turn it to have a crack at floor, chassis rails and swan neck sections that need attention. Need to get it attached to the jig in the next few days then see where we are. I have a few panels, outer sill, floor pan, chassis rail and lower swan neck and a few cuttings of sheet metal. So ready 5o crack on. While I've got the car at this stage I'm going to try and make a tidier job then the last person. I'm going to give everything a bash. It's only going to be used as a run around so details don't really matter as long as it's tidy enough. I need to locate a few bits and bobs so any help is appreciated. 1. I had to cut the subframe to chassis bolts at the bottom corner of the swan neck. So need to replace these. 2. The bush above needs replaced. I'm thinking of changing all the front bushes though. Any recommendations on what type? I've seen ones on flea bay called strong flex they are nearly half the price of super pro for a full kit. I'm actually really enjoying it hopefully keep the momentum going. One other thing if anyone has any ideas. I want to take the doors off. I tried the sealey pin remover but it's just not up to the task and I broke it.
  14. Nice car Jess. I would have kept the c20xe in it and made a normally aspirated 400 rep but the Saab will be quicker. Mine has the 4 link bars and went through a not no problem. I got my Saab engined manta from Peter about a year ago. He is a decent genuine guy.
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