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  1. Mike.

    Wanted coupe

    Wish you all the best in your search for a Manta coupe, something will pop up eventually, I’ll keep a look out and if I see anything I’ll share the information with you, what exactly are your preferences Wayne, early 2 slot b or later 4 slot? SR, Berlinetta, GT/E or Exclusive? Would you consider modified Mantas or hatches if the spec, condition and price was right? The buy of the year for me in all the classified adds was the A reg silver Manta Berlinetta coupe on e bay mid October £8502 ( that to me is a finished price, no other work, welding, paint or trim to do so not too bad ) it looked a real fresh example. its definitely difficult to shake off the Manta bug once it gets a hold of you, great to hear your on the lookout again 👍
  2. I have just purchased an airdry mobile car dehumidifier (Halfords) to leave inside the Manta when it is stored in the garage over winter and covered with an indoor softshell breathable cover. I like your idea of axle stands but don’t have any at the moment I just roll it slightly to stop the flat spots on the tyres.
  3. Definitely worth the 2 week wait 👍
  4. Just seen an add on e bay when browsing for red gsi Recaro’s, welding burns to seat materials, seat frames welded to suit alternative vehicle, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F113988251327
  5. Is there going to be two selling fee costs? probably as far as e bay is concerned they have sold it twice?
  6. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I’m gearing up for the big day........... start up! the last tax disc expired on the Manta in August 1999 so I’m presuming this was the last time she ran, now November 2019 twenty years on I’m hoping all goes to plan and the Manta springs into life again. I have spoken with my local mechanic and he is going to give me two evenings this next week, one evening to fit the new injector seals and gaskets, fit the new powder coated rocker cover, fix the clutch cable into place and then a general check over, the second evening is for the start up. fingers crossed all goes to plan.
  7. Hi Dom400, my garage ceiling height is 2.4m the jig required no alterations to height, I just bought the jig in flat pack form, just meant I had to weld it together following instruction manual then mount the Manta shell. my Manta is now just about complete so it’s off the jig but as can be seen from photos it doesn’t take up a lot more length, just the feet at the bottom would require more room.
  8. https://www.rolloverjigs.com/gallery/ check out these jigs, if you go into customs gallery you can see my Manta on the jig. It works perfectly.
  9. Great job on the door cards IanMc, top work 👍
  10. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Tonight I started the installation of the lower dash parts now that most of the wiring is complete. I still have the binnacle to finalise, speedo cable, heater cables, binnacle cover etc but that’s another night, new gear stick gaiter fitted then centre console including cassette storage fixed into place with two screws below the cassette storage and two screws beside the handbrake, these were covered with the round and rectangle grey concealing covers. The tape deck/radio slot is fitted with a blanking plate for the moment, saves looking at an empty void, looks quite tidy and nice, The boxes in the garage are nearly all empty and most of the parts have found there way back onto the Manta, just some small items to finish off the interior trim, shouldn’t take long now. The ECU cover trim is stored in the boot at the moment, I’ll leave it off until I get her started just incase I need to swap out the ECU for a replacement.
  11. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Just a few gremlins to sort out in the six dial dash binnacle, on the VDO oil pressure sender unit the needle would pop over to max right away, this was traced back to a poor connector in the wiring loom, next issue was a missing red light when ignition was on above the Volt gauge, again that was traced back to a faulty spade connector, after all the wiring looms are 34 years old, Both red lights now work with ignition on now. next job is to start fitting lower dash now the electrics has been completed.
  12. Bronze tint screen plus blue top tint still available new for the Manta b from Auto Windscreens, just got one fitted July time this year.
  13. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Another productive day on Saturday wiring the Manta, new fuel pump wired and plumbed in, i also got the indicators, hazards and reversing lights working, brown plug on ECU loom changed over to a new one as the lugs had become brittle and snapped off, I expected this to be a hassle to do but the new one from edelschmiede fitted perfectly didn’t even need to cut the wiring, just swapped out the plastic plug casing. Ran in the ECU loom, plugged them in. Temporarily fitted the dash binnacle and tested gauges and instrument lighting, few bulbs to change there. Got the heater fan working on both speeds high and low. Fitted all silicone hoses in engine bay ready to be filled. The wings you can see are protected with old sheets to prevent marking the new paint. im now ready to do the engine commissioning checks then get her started, just need to confirm a date with my mechanic who built my engine for me, he says after all his hard work rebuilding the 2.0E cih he doesn’t trust me to start it the first time myself...........I tend to agree with him there 😀
  14. https://www.edelschmiede.com/shop/ try this link, clear, smoke grey or black. i have ordered from these guys multiple times, no problems at all, easy to deal with. Once into online shop click on to picture of green Manta, then select Ascona/Manta b then page 15 right at the bottom.
  15. At the other end of your request, not clear but black if it’s of any interest. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143375684338
  16. someone has just got a cracking Manta at that price!
  17. Bids are at £7700 at the moment, this would have probably been the price when new back in 1985, just goes to show mantas don’t depreciate in value 😜
  18. Quads always look great on the Manta, I’m with you on that one 👍
  19. The sunroof looks exactly the same set up as mine but where you have the felt strip I had rubber strips, which were in 3 sections, one good thing with these types of sunroof is no rust issues with the roof. I did keep my sunroof frame in loosely during my restoration just to keep the shape of the roof, then it was removed again and painted separately along with all the other small bits and pieces, looks great again once fitted. Regarding your headliner, I sent my original one I removed down to East Kent Trim Supplies, asked them to make me a new one using my original as a template and then send up the new one and the old dissected one just so I could retain the original template. The new one fitted perfectly and price was if I remember correctly approx £115. I numbered the roof rods to save mixing them up, I also removed all felt pads on the inside of the roof skin and painted the underside then waxoiled it with some thick paint on stuff, spread it out well, just a thin coat because I hopefully won’t be back in there any time soon. I did leave the foam padding on the exposed inner roll bar, you need to retain that to keep the shape of the headliner. What a difference it made when fitted, worth the spend. It wasn’t too bad to fit, stretched quite easily and creases came out relatively easily using a small convector heater inside the car while fitting. Never fitted one before so was pleasantly surprised with the results although it did take something like 4 evenings.
  20. That’s the same dash clocks as I have in my 1985 coupe.
  21. MOT check reveals a clean bill of health, passes all the way since 2007, not even an advisory in sight. This I would think would be a no brainier for a perspective buyer!
  22. 1985 Manta coupe, looks mint inside and out. States 18,000 genuine miles from new! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F133200834184
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