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  1. Brilliant effort, so now on to the drivers seat 😜
  2. I will definitely be keeping up with the project thread, great news it’s being saved 👍
  3. I’m sure one weekend with a welder would see it ready for an MOT 😂😜 I hate seeing manta’s in that state, looks like only plastics and glass salvageable but I’m sure there will be more, rust has just ravaged this one. Two spoilers on the boot? Strange.
  4. I do like the square headlights with the wiper set up, it suit’s the Manta. 👍
  5. That’s a fantastic garage set up you have there, great progress on your Manta 👍
  6. Re the Manta graveyard, Multiple issues are at work here, firstly by the late 80’s early to mid 90’s depreciation had hit rock bottom, rust, welding or engine repairs would cost more than the cars worth, plus by the end of 1988 the Manta was old news, the new Vauxhall calibra was being launched and it did make the Manta look old and tired ( from day one of launch I didn’t like the calibra as much still preferring the Manta ) . From the early nineties in came a host of standard kit like ABS brakes, electric windows, Air conditioning, ESP, which was a big leap forward in car comfort and safety, the scrapage schemes seen a lot of old school motors disappear as well, I feel this made owners fall out of love with the Manta, BUT the true Manta nuts laid their cars up in garages and lock ups keeping some examples safe and away from the breakers and now thanks to these lads we still have survivors today 👍
  7. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Manta picked up tonight in a covered trailer and away to get MOT prep work done this coming week, she fits in quite snugly, had to work the ratchet straps from the side doors of the trailer.
  8. Looks like a first class paint job, it’s going to look great when fully assembled and finished 👍 are you intending to put decals on at some point?
  9. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    The hunting and high revs are now resolved by replacing the idle control valve and cleaning the pins in the mass air flow meter where the plug from the ECU connects in to it, so all good, while spannering In the garage last night the old girl was telling me she is fed up with nearly 21 years collecting dust and cobwebs and she now has the fire back in her belly and she’s raring to get back out on the road, 😜 I still need to strobe the timing and make small adjustments but the bulk of the teething problems hopefully are now resolved, she sounds pretty good now.
  10. Those speaker casings were definitely made to house 6x9’s Opel missed a trick there 👍
  11. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Took the Manta out today for a small shakedown just to see, ofcourse on a private road, oil pressure gauge was reading healthy on the run, volt, temp, tank, revs and speedometer all working. She seemed very responsive to throttle, immediate get up and go when accelerator pressed, overall quite happy so far, still as you would expect from a complete strip down and rebuild spanning four years, there is still some little things to sort out, despite the haunting, high and low revs on idle which I’m trying to resolve what else did I find? the seal in the back of the getrag 240 gearbox to the driveshaft, the one just above the gearbox mount needs replacing as a slight oil leak found there, can anyone point me in the right direction with identifying this seal from edelschmiede as they sell front and back seals, which one do I need? I get used to seeing the Manta in the garage but today seeing her out on the road she looked completely different, I’m looking forward to getting out in her this coming spring 👍
  12. I like to see the the subframes all painted and fresh, looks great, you’ll just need to keep them like this once they are on the car, should be easier to keep now they are in this condition.
  13. Welcome back Tormod65 any photos of your Ascona or Manta 👍
  14. My thoughts are with you and your family Ian, hopefully a resolution will be swift.
  15. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    After a marathon effort this weekend, for the first time in 20years B414 EOC started and drove under her own steam, the Sportex exhaust sounds brilliant. still setting up and timing issues to sort but nothing major, just small fettling jobs..........the project end is well within reach now, roll on spring, summer and NC500.
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