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  1. Welcome back, great find. back in the 80’s there were two early mantas in Peterhead that I remember, one an orange hatch and the other an orange coupe, both looked the business.
  2. For sale on e bay, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F293011432065
  3. For sale on e bay, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F293011420218
  4. At the back where the box section bolts on to the rear bumper bolt holes I placed a piece of rubber in there to stop any excessive marks from forming, the nylock nuts were given a good tighten up, and a large piece of metal inside boot was used to spread the load. I, like you was wary of the rear valence being single skinned and possibly flimsy but it held the weight fine with no problems or issues. The mounting points for height and centre of gravity I had to adjust a few times front and back to get the proper weight distribution, then it turned easily, a one man job. The pin in the front to hold the angle on my one bent after a while so I replaced it with a stainless steel rod, heated with oxy-acet and bent to the same L shape worked better.
  5. What a difference brightwork, badges and trim makes, certainly turning back the years on your cavalier coupe.
  6. LPR Brakes, Part number. 6T46120 brake hose front-left/right opel ascona/ Manta b £8.97 each + VAT https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332296466087 up in price slightly since 2017, just check e bay link is the proper ones required.
  7. Yes you can veron, I was able to purchase these from my local motor factor, they are fitted and brakes blead, I did re use the two original copper washers though they sealed great. if you want I will get the part numbers for you tonight after I finish work.
  8. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F352605312982 Blitz Recaro seats on e bay, some marks and a hole in one bolster, doesn’t look like seat runners are included.no rear bench seat.
  9. Great job IanMc, coming together nicely now, on the home straight 👍
  10. https://youtu.be/Lw0ObOdWnRE Great progress IanMc, now you have an afternoon free, check out this video from Eastwood, they flat between coats and achieve great results painting outside with no spray booths, feels like I’m learning along the way with you 👍
  11. Good luck tomorrow, I’m sure you have your strategy all planned out, prep is key, top to bottom? How many coats are you planning? Just noticed you have two scuttle vents in your cavalier one each side, the Manta b only has one in the passenger side.
  12. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I have just received an order from Thomas at edelschmiede for the next jobs I have to tackle, the two rubber grommets for the fuel flow and return hoses entering the boot area through the floorpan are beyond salvage due to perishing, so new ones sourced. The thermostat housing is on the list of jobs so I ordered new gaskets for this as well, was able to source a new thermostat locally. Fuel injector housing gasket and seals will also be renewed when I’m at it, should do the job perfectly, spoke to my bodyshop this week to fix a date to get back into the spray booth....... 6 weeks to wait, 8th April is the date I have been given, I still have a lot of work to do once I get her back home, I can see my chances of the North Coast 500 run slipping this year, ah well there is always another time, once I get her back I will feel I have turned a corner and the end is in sight. Should only leave petrol tank, engine hoses, dash, wiring looms, headlining, glass, carpets, door cards, seats, door, boot, bonnet catches and locks, gutter trims, plastic louvres on b pillars, heater matrix, wire up quad lights which I’m expecting won’t be straight forward ........ quite a list when you start. Maybe it will just fall into place when I get going again.
  13. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Thanks for your comments, A Manta GT/E for me has always been a real desire of mine since I was 17 and never being able to own or afford one in my younger days (plus a mid life crisis thrown in..... nearly 50 !) has ignited a passion and real interest in this restoration, I have gained for the first time a hobby of which I can loose hours in the garage and love every minute, it’s been so far a huge learning curve, welding, mechanical, trim cleaning and restoration and a vast amount of time searching for spares. My kids are both up and working now, one time served and one through university so I can now devote my spare time to my Manta without feeling guilty of not spending enough time with them. I must admit it started off with the idea of getting a good example for a runabout on the road with an mot, something tidy enough but as time went on and progress is made on the Manta it’s a case of when I’m at this stage I need to do this right, or at least the best I can, then before I know it it’s went from an idea of a decent example to quite a comprehensive restoration. I have had to pay for some professional work which I haven’t been talented or skilled enough to do or brave enough to tackle but I knew that there would be those bills and issues to deal with, and this so far has been three years worth of work, so a slow drip feed of money instead of all spent in one lump sum which does help. What I don’t want is to be welding for every mot so that’s why nows the time to tackle this right in the hope I can run it for years and enjoy it. I’m hoping to do the North Coast 500 run this summer and possibly the North East 250 plus some classic car shows. I’m waiting for it now to go back into the bodyshop for its final coat of paint, panels, doors and bumpers on, hopefully in the next week or two. 👍
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