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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 👍
  4. 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,
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Hi and welcome, i have an uncle who stays in Masset B.C.
  8. 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!
  9. I’m sure this one has been on e bay for sale before, 1979 should be 2slot grill, 4 slot grill fitted. Different spoiler, back bumper, wheels and engine as well. The tunnel where the gear stick comes through seems to be cut to a different shape. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F183766916097
  10. Part numbers come up with Manta b from 1977-1988, looks good to me, I’m sure it will fit perfectly. 👍
  11. Didn’t you manage to purchase the red exclusive coupe for sale by Alanxr3?
  12. Air brake hose BS AU110/5 SAE J1402 14 Bar W.P. you will need 16mm-18mm hose clips as well. got mine from past parts, Bury St. Edmunds, Tel 01284 750729 hope this helps.
  13. FSG4002 part number for CV boot £8.77 FTR4061 part number for Tie rod end outer £14.54 both available from any decent motor factor, great to see you now pushing on with your Manta 👍
  14. The wheels look spot on for the Manta, real tidy, I also like the chrome strip on the doors 👍
  15. I would agree, you can also see it reflected in the sale prices of projects recently as well, which require loads of work.
  16. Auction ran to end and sold for £4090.00, good strong money for a project.
  17. For sale on e bay, not cheap though! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173837999728 reserve looks to be £129. another one on e bay, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173808852796
  18. Let’s hope Mrs Mc doesn’t read your project thread then!! 🤐
  19. 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.
  20. For sale on e bay, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F293011432065
  21. For sale on e bay, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F293011420218
  22. 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.
  23. What a difference brightwork, badges and trim makes, certainly turning back the years on your cavalier coupe.
  24. 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.
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