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  1. 1.8 GT Hatch in red for sale in Gumtree, https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/1983-opel-manta-18-gt-3-door-hatchback/1346786741?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social
  2. Well done on your purchase, what a lovely coupe, 👍
  3. Welcome Paul, I'm a web member on here and currently have a restoration project which has been ongoing for roughly 3.5 years, without the help, knowledge and information from this club and members plus being able to trade and source parts, my project would have been a lot more difficult to do.
  4. Red gte coupe project, needs work. Looks as if there is no boot lid. just thought I would share as I seen it on Gumtree, https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/opel-manta-coupe-gte-84k-genuine-miles/1346186739?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social
  5. Definitely worth the effort re doing the snagging work, car now looks great 👍
  6. Opel Manta 1.8S coupe, only 2 owners. Looks really clean. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F293144780702
  7. Paint is looking good, nice and shiny 👍
  8. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Good progress again tonight, exterior black trim fitted on drivers door and B pillar louvres, same on passenger door, door cards fitted, interior handles latch and lock surrounds plus lower door seals, I feel quite lucky that no previous owners cut holes for speakers in the door cards, they make a big difference to the interior now they are fitted, front view now, apart from quad lights the exterior is just about complete, Still the Ariel to fit on the rear quarter, I’m going black mast to match the black trim, still wiring, lower dash and engine commission to do, my list is definitely getting smaller.
  9. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Both drivers and passengers door glass fitted tonight, it took me ages to get my bearings with arms, slides, bolts, adjustments and sitting right with the rubbers every time you close the door but eventually got there in the end, everything fell into place with the passenger side as I knew where everything went and what I was looking to achieve, was able to do it in half the time. Both doors now seal perfectly with the glass rubbers every time I close the doors, quite happy with the results tonight.
  10. Would be fine to have a list from the club of which panels they have been able to source for re manufacture at some point and which ones they are still looking for, just for clarity.
  11. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    It definitely wasn’t like that when I got it 3.5 years ago! As with most projects once you start digging you find more and more that needs done, the further I got into it I had invested a huge amount of time and effort and the only option was to do it right, as I don’t want to be visiting that area or issues again. Probably the best thing I did was to strip the Manta right back to the shell and put her on the roll over jig, that made access everywhere real easy. Welding and fabrication probably turned out better because of ease of the access. I’m quite keen to start polishing the Manta but I read online that it’s better to wait 30-60 days after new paint to let it harden. The Manta is very clean at the moment, engine bay and underside is as clean as the top, don’t know how easy this will be to keep her like this, but I’m going to try, I’m quite looking forward to polishing and cleaning the Manta instead of cutting, welding and grinding I think it will be a nice change. One thing is for sure I want to use the Manta, run her in nice evenings and weekends. I don’t want to have gone to all this work just to keep it in my garage never to see an open road again. Mantas is for driving 👍
  12. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Todays job was fitting the Daytona check Recaro seats, I found it easier to split the base frames from the seats, fit the frames to the floor pans then all it left was four M8 bolts on each seat to secure them into position, It took me all afternoon just to fit them, they are quite cumbersome to lift in and out, didn’t want to mark anything, Now she is looking like a Manta again, i see light at the end of the tunnel now, jobs still to do are: • drivers and passenger door glass, • drivers and passenger door cards, • carpet to sill threshold plates, • wiring looms are in but just need to connect them up in the right order, • instrument binnacle and lower dash, • kick panels and ECU, • quad light sealed beam units. • commission the refurbished engine before I try and start it, I’ll get my mechanic that reconditioned it to do these checks, im sure there’s more but surely there can’t be much I have forgotten, all my boxes and cupboards are getting empty now which is a good sign.
  13. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    PM’d you both 👍 I asked Auto windscreens if they would supply only a front windscreen and they said no, supply and fit only.
  14. Looks like great progress IanMc, keep up the good work, “make hay when the sun shines” they say so make the best of the nice weather 👍
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