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  1. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202280716874?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=PpEWDwv3QHG&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=EzFkRTiTQ2G&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY Reprotec do new replacement rear quarter glass hinges and new rubber’s, these usually come in at roughly £28 - £30 don’t know what’s happening to the price in the add though? I have bought and fitted a set about 3 years ago and they work well.
  2. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    That’s us heading for home, Orkney has been brilliant, what a beautiful place, well worth the visit, Had a quick look in past The Italian Chapel on our way back to St Margaret’s Hope to board ferry, Queuing up waiting to board, This is the ferry we got when we arrived and it’s the same one on the way home, believe this or not, this shouldn’t have been the ferry we got, the one we booked ran aground about a month ago, they are saying that they put it on autopilot and the guy fell asleep, That’s me on again and happy with the parking space, this ferry was up for sale but they have put it back into service till they get the other one back into service again.
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    Mike's Manta.

    Attended the Orkney Vintage Rally today then the club lad’s went out for a run to tour and see the sights, We stopped for photos outside St Magnus Cathedral before we set off, We made our way to the Ring of Broadgar standing stone’s taking in the view’s as we went, Another photo opportunity at Scapa Beach.
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    Mike's Manta.

    Left to right, Orkney Gold, Scapa special and lastly Dark island 👍
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    Mike's Manta.

    Went to see the St Magnus Cathederal and the grounds of the Bishops and Earl’s Palace this morning, we are going to see the Italian chapel on Monday, this afternoon we went to see a few motors that are tucked away up here, A nice porche 911 targa, An immaculate Vauxhall Lotus Carlton But the most interesting of the lot was this newly completed Manta GT/E coupe, nearly identical to mine, going out with a few lads and wife’s from up here in Orkney to the Kirkwall Hotel and hopefully a few beers. me parked up for the night ready for the vintage rally tomorrow.
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    Mike's Manta.

    We had a 14 mile drive to reach Kirkwall where we are staying at High Park Lodge, on our short journey up we passed the wreckage of the SS Reginald at the third Churchill Barrier, absolutely stunning views, these photos were taken in dwindling light 8.45pm, We Soon reached Kirkwall, Lodge is really nice clean and tidy with parking down the side, parked up for the night and retreat for a beer, Spot of sight seeing tomorrow.
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    Mike's Manta.

    Packed the Manta, as usual the wife had to review how much she was taking, but the boot was still packed full, I packed lightly, but I have taken spares just in case, replacement fuel pump, coil, ECU, air flow meter, tools, clips etc, when I start thinking about it, maybe it’s me that’s packing a lot, The manta was sitting a lot lower than usual, we motored up from Peterhead along the coast road, up through Elgin, Inverness, had a stop at Dunbeath for a Coffee, we had loads of time so while up in the North of Scotland we took a look in past John O Groats, Orkney only 8 miles across the North Sea, We boarded the ferry at Gills bay 7.30pm as you can see we were packed on tightly, must admit I was concerned about parking up but all was good, an hour later on a calm crossing we arrived at St Margaret’s Hope roughly 8.30pm,
  8. Welcome Beeblebrox, I use my Manta b GT/E as much as possible in the spring/summer months. I’m averaging approximately 3000mls per year with it. I’ve been on longer journeys with it roughly 250 miles which amounts to a 4 hour journey, 500 mile round trip with no issues at all, that was last year’s big journey. This week I’m away to drive up to Orkney and take in the vintage rally there including a ferry crossing at Gills bay, that’s again roughly 220mls up the road. The Manta cruses nicely on the roads, sits easy at 60-70mph and keeps up with modern traffic. I do miss cruise control and air conditioning but when you’re driving a Manta you soon forgot about that and just enjoy the car for what it is. If it’s a daily driver you would definitely need to keep on top of servicing and maintenance, stock brake set up is a lot different from modern cars possibly requiring a different driving style and more stopping distance. To be honest even from new I don’t think they were the best at keeping rain out and soaking carpets so I do try and only drive in dry day’s, security when parked I think would be another concern, but yes I think a well look after Manta re maintenance could easily make a daily driver. 👍
  9. Think that would be a reflection of not wishing to part with it and a reluctant sale.
  10. Thanks jessopia74 👍 A local lad to me says I can borrow a spare one of his and I will order a throttle spring set from Edelschmiede, at least now I’m not stuck.
  11. The long arm part of it has worn to half of its thickness and bends making it short of the metal rest it sits on.
  12. Can anyone help, I’m looking to purchase the throttle cable spring that’s missing and marked with the green arrow, only problem is I’m going to Orkney in about a weeks time and hoping to get a replacement before then, my one is worn on the underside of the long arm section and is about to snap at the week point, thank you,
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    Mike's Manta.

    Too much, these thing’s aren’t the cheapest 😜
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    Mike's Manta.

    I’ve just fitted a new rocker cover, the one I had originally I got media blasted and power coated which I thought would keep it looking nice for years to come but the heat of the oil when hot has blistered the powder coating making it look rough, so time for an upgrade, I think the polished rocker cover looks well in the engine bay,
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    Mike's Manta.

    Brodie castle vintage rally next weekend then up to Orkney vintage rally and a ferry crossing early August, fingers crossed for good weather 🤞 I built the Manta to use as much as possible in the spring/summer months, I like to get out and about with it.
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    Mike's Manta.

    Last weekend Saturday July 9th and Sunday 10th was a busy weekend, our local group of OMOC members met up at Blast from the Past at Thainstone Inverurie where we were able to park up together, we had a Manta 400r a Berlinetta GT hatch and my Manta GT/E Coupe, the queues to get the show cars in was backed up to the roundabout early in the morning, good weather allowed a great crowd, we were the only 3 Mantas there, there was a Vauxhall Calibra, MK2 Astra GTE and a Nova GTE. On the Sunday I spent the day with my wife who also shares my enthusiasm for the Manta and we went for a run down to Glamis Castle classic car show near Forfar, a 200 mile round trip. We felt we would rather enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and the run in the Manta than be stuck both days in a car show not being allowed to move till roughly 4pm. The weather here was approximately 20-22 degrees and that’s warm for this corner of the NE of Scotland, we had to laugh on the one at down, we had the sunroof open, both rear quarter windows open and both drivers and passenger windows down and the cold dash vents open doing 70mph on the duel carriageway and still we were cooking inside, I kept a close eye on the Manta’s dash clocks and everything was spot on, that’s the hottest day yet driving the manta up here on a decent journey. For once a convertible up here would have been great. we parked up as visitors on the Glamis castle estate grounds, it was a field used for parking and I was wary of parking there for rough ground and long grass, not knowing if I had clearance for the front bumper and side skirts, she did look low in the long grass, we just took our time parking, all was good. The Glamis Castle vintage rally was huge, the largest one I’ve ever attended, we had a lovely afternoon browsing through all the different motors, stalls and auto jumble, met up with people we knew and had a nice chat. For the size of the show there was not one Manta there, the only one was my one in the car park. We are looking as a club to organise a few Manta’s there next year.
  17. Hi KJS, you have been sent a WhatsApp invitation, can you check you have it, thanks 👍
  18. Never, there is another gold Berlinetta and a red Berlinetta hatch in the group, and a few projects underway, some just starting and some near completion, I’ve contacted the group admin to add you, hopefully he will get you added this evening 👍
  19. Here we are with some of our manta’s, Royal Deeside show last year. if you PM me your name and phone number I can get you added to our WhatsApp group and we can include you in our local meetings and rallies, it would be great to see another manta there 👍
  20. That’s brilliant, Is the owner local as we have a North East OMOC WhatsApp group to organise local meets, members come from areas such as Stonehaven, Peterhead, Elgin, Huntly and Orkney 👍
  21. Spotted today beside Meldrum house Hotel Oldmeldrum, a gold Berlinetta hatch being driven with white ribbons and the groom in the passenger seat, I passed them while driving my white manta gte coupe, gave them the big thumbs up, is this anyone in the club? Think they were surprised to see another manta 😎
  22. Would it be worth considering a Clio sunroof conversion or a solid roof skin replacement at this stage, or would you get years out of the existing roof if the sunroof is left closed and the inside roof cleaned and preserved with rust converter, wax oil etc?
  23. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Attended the Car’s n coffee event at Pitfour Chapel this morning and met up with a few Opel enthusiasts, among them was a Courtenay turbo,
  24. For that price tag, it should require no work or restoration anywhere, it would need to be mint.
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