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  1. Glad to hear your on the mend Ian, take it easy, everything else can wait.
  2. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Thanks Monaco Blue, its just the basics of wiring so far then I’ll tackle the ECU Loom, then get my mechanic to do final checks on the engine and start it (compression tests, fluids etc) I still have this to look forward to. Just getting the lights to work yesterday felt like a big win and for the first time I actually felt as if there is life in her again, so I can’t imagine how I will feel when I hear her start up for the first time in 20 years.............can’t wait to be honest the help I have been given from the members on here has been brilliant, for instance at the moment I’m working off of a screenshot of the Manta fuse box cover with a sticker on it handwritten, translated into English, saves a lot of time, another OMOC member who specialises in Manta electrics is doing the work for me, I’m just there learning and helping out. He wired the quad light conversion just straight out of his head, no wiring diagrams or books. I appreciate the help, without others knowledge and offers of help restoration jobs would be a lot harder.
  3. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Spent most of Sunday concentrating on the Manta electrics, the mot ran out in August 1999 so hasn’t run since then, the electrics were all disconnected when I got her so now all I can do is start with the basics, good earths, tests, tracing wires, connect and try, I have changed from the standard square lights to Irmscher quads so some adapting of wires was required, now we have side lights, dip and full beam, We also have, interior light, wipers, window washers, boot interior light, number plate light, tail lights, brake lights and fog light. Slow work but definitely heading in the right direction, some things you can’t rush, electrics is definitely a slow process when you have to start from scratch with very little labelling.
  4. You certainly have made a great job of repairing and painting this Manta. The gold paint really suits the coupe, I like it a lot
  5. If I remember correctly, you don’t push it or snap it into position with a big thump, this just bends the plastic tabs on the back of this cover. Firstly check the two plastic tabs and see that they are not distorted, then offer up the cover into position, once in position push up towards the roof, I know the seatbelt chrome loop will be restricting when you do this but all you are looking to achieve here is to locate the two plastic tabs above the thin sheet of metal that holds the chrome loop then you push on it firmly and slide it down behind it, then it sits correctly and fixed in position. An awkward job which will try your patience. I'm sure you’ll master this one.
  6. If you can’t find any, go to your local breakers yard, Vauxhall calibra’s have the exact same ones as the Manta, same part number and GM stamp.
  7. Yes, I purchased the side skirts for the Manta GTE, no problem with the company, communication or delivery, straight forward, only problem was the side skirts took a lot of fetteling and work to fit perfectly.
  8. Twist and pull method is a 50/50 chance of success, the method of removing the circlip which is located under the old rubber gaiter splits the gear leaver in half with the gear knob still attached to the top part and intact which is probably the best method.
  9. Have a look at Mike’s Manta in your project section near the bottom of page 2 you will see a photo of the box section that has been welded inside the sill. I tied in the seatbelt mount at the bottom of the b pillar and the front jacking point at the A post and welded the floor pan to the box along the way, certain adds strength before the outer sill section went on. before I tackled the outer sills I replaced small sections at a time on the inner sill to save it from collapsing then installed new floor pans then rear arches then the box inside sills and finally the outer sills, in that order.
  10. Hi shaunwilli, before fitting my outer sills, I installed box section to add strength then put on the outer sills, it’s never seen but gives peace of mind.
  11. I have heard a rumour that if you pull out your seatbelt and clamp it fully out with a clothes peg then wipe both sides of the seatbelt with fabric softener (what you put into your washing machine) and leave it out to dry, once it’s dry it should retract and pull out a lot easier. I’m going to try this just haven’t got round to it yet.
  12. Looking very tidy indeed, 👍
  13. https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/opel-manta-a/1350330573?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social link above for an Opel Manta A on Gumtree, looks a decent example to start a restoration with.
  14. This lad was selling one on e bay recently and it didn’t sell, you could try contacting him through e bay message? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173990268940
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