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  1. Mike.

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  2. Manta Looks Epic in the video, first class 👍
  3. Would these be any use for the Berlinetta rubber trim strips? I hear they are brittle and easy to break. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F303137286677
  4. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I was hoping to get a phone call on Friday to tell me to come and pick up my Manta on Saturday morning, but no such call, I went in past the bodyshop (today) Saturday morning for a progress report, they have been busy with insurance work all week so no progress on the Manta, front wings stone chipped on the inside and painted polar white to match, sealed into place and fixed with a new pack of wing bolts, the old ones had seen better days, I like to see the A post and hinge area clean, A photo of the inner wing, my Manta is the 1985 “B” registration with no side repeater, indicator on the wing, so no holes or wires needed here. The Manta GT/E decals will go just above the wing crease line, the later cars had to drop the decals below the wing crease as the indicator was mounted above, All I can do is wait, I did ask if I could pick her up this coming weekend as it’s the long weekend for May Day, I’ll just have to wait and see.
  5. An exclusive coupe shell on e bay at the moment, worth a look. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Manta-GTE/183782830381?hash=item2aca4f712d:g:tCQAAOSw6JNcvIsu
  6. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    The wings are now going to stay on, the doors are coming off as will the bonnet, the rear quarters at the moment only have one coat of 2K along with the outside of the shell. The whole shell will get another 3-4 coats of 2K and the doors, boot and bonnet will be put on stands and given the same number of top coats. Front and back bumpers sprayed separately as they are plastic and the rubber boot spoiler sprayed with plasticiser added. When the black gutter detail will be added I’m unsure but I have explained the masking lines, I went and looked at an exclusive coupe for this information and the location of the skirts gap below sill level as I couldn’t find decent pictures on the internet. I have requested that the painter keeps some polar white paint for me from his spray gun for touching up stone chips later on, not that I want any!! I will be keen to fit the GTE Decals, as I think these finish off the car but I’m going to wait a good while before fitting just to make sure the paint has cured.
  7. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    You could imagine how excited I was Ian, opening up the e mail hoping it contained photos, this week has been a long week just waiting but now I can envisage next week taking even longer!! I don’t think I could ever get so enthused or excited about a new car as I do on classics, unless it was an expensive sports car or supercar, I can only dream about those......... so I’ll have to make do with the old Manta 👍
  8. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    This week there has been radio silence from the bodyshop, I didn’t want to bother them but was hoping they were working on the Manta, the bodyshop manager has just e mailed me progress photos from this week, Front wings stone chipped and painted inside, then mounted on the wing rails, Front quads and under light trim on for panel alignment testing, Petrol cap and skirts fitted, All good to go, apparently now she will be dismantled for full respray next week, then masked up for semi Matt black gutter and rear quarter window details,
  9. Red Manta GT/J for sale on Gumtree, looks clean enough.Non sunroof going by photos. Any history on this one/ known to the club? https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/opel-manta-gtj-classic-car/1336851443?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social
  10. I looked it up, it’s a 27 hour drive in your Manta 😁 he is retired now, but worked in the co op over there and loves salmon fishing and golf, he looks after the small golf course with 4 other lads keeping it tidy, grass cutting etc. Totem poles and woodworking is another big thing there. I intend going over to see him sometime. your Manta looks a good base to start on, most need welding, sourcing missing parts and trim can be time consuming, welding can test your patience, but it all adds to the fun! I have enjoyed every minute of my build, that’s 3 years in now and I can see light at the end of the tunnel now. All the best with your build, it will be fun.
  11. Hi and welcome, i have an uncle who stays in Masset B.C.
  12. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Finally............my date for final spray was pushed on another week, what’s another week to wait in the grand scheme of things? But now for the final push. Monday 15th April the bodyshop starts work back on the Manta, Delivered the Manta to the paint shop first thing this morning, hopefully in a weeks time she will look completely different, doors, bonnet, boot, wings, skirts and bumpers fitted, dash and wiring loom back in, then hopefully the rest of the work will just fall into place quite quickly, don’t want to miss this summer months ahead!
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