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  1. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Heater box inside engine bay fitted in evenings this week, along with some radiator hoses, I have had the heater running on the bench and have confirmed it works well both in high and low settings, I ran in the window washer jet hoses and the under bonnet light, is there a mercury filled glass bulb on this one, just beside the spade connectors, how does this work? The bulb that is in has blown so I will get a replacement soon, heater pipes also fitted into and under dashboard, still some cabling to run in so lower dash and glovebox will be fitted at a later point. The wiring looms in the engine bay is another area I will need to spend some time on, tidying it up, hopefully this coming weekend.
  2. I made both of my kick panels with 0.8mm sheet steel, drilled all holes and slots needed and got them powder coated black, then fitted the plastic service book holder on the passenger side one. Looks great.
  3. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    The headliner was a bit of a nightmare to fit if I’m honest, I took four nights to fit, slow going, just to make sure all creases were out and it wasn’t stretched too much, perseverance got me through in the end. The door catch assembly’s took forever to fit as well, I started on the drivers door but couldn’t get the lock to work, I moved on to the passenger side to see how it fitted and it worked first time, but I noticed one rod was in a different location, I removed a rod from the driver side and adjusted it so it was the same set up as the passenger side and it worked spot on. The rod must have been put in the wrong place after it was removed for storage. It’s always a bonus to have another side for comparison. I would agree a bit of nerves when trying to close the doors for the first time. Just double checking everything before I moved on to the next stage. Petrol tank concealing card, boot liner, spare wheel and jack set fitted tonight,
  4. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Another productive day spent assembling the Manta trim, both door mirrors fitted, The passenger door originally came with a blank, but I had chosen to fit a mirror to the passenger side purely for ease of reversing into spaces, garage etc, both latch and lock assemblies fitted, Door shut adjusted on both sides, Finished off the headliner by fitting both sun visors, rear view mirror and courtesy light, Vectra b battery tray works well with original manta retaining bracket, Finished off the day by adding new switches to the A pillars,
  5. Mike.

    Track Manta

    Look at your bump stops on the front subframe, if they are about touching your swing arms the front and back springs have been mixed up. should be Long springs on the front and short springs on back. The longer springs on front is to supplement the weight of the engine, short ones on back have very little weight to deal with. I made this mistake building my one and had to swap them over. Sits better now.
  6. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    The cover is from Specialised covers, mine is the prestige plus. This one is an indoor cover as my Manta will always be garaged. I bought it to keep the dust off and to save dampness during winter months. It’s soft shell on top with microfibre inside, breathable and Machine washable. They embroidered the Opel blitz badge on the front, I had to source the internet to get the correct logo then forward it to them in an e mail, it adds a touch of detail. It’s amazing when you go looking how much the Opel logo has changed over the years, I wanted to keep it the same as the blitz on the nosecone of the Manta. It fits quite tight which I like. It will also protect it in the garage from scuffs and scratches from people passing by. Two minutes takes it off or puts it on. There is external waterproof options if you wanted.
  7. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I ordered a new headliner from east Kent trim supplies, they cut the new one from the pattern of the old liner. It’s taken me four evenings to fit it, firstly I placed the rods into the pockets and hung it up, measuring carefully to centre it side to side. I couldn’t go wrong front to back as the exposed roll bar on b pillar inside was my starting point. Then I used a small convector heater to soften the material and I was able to use 3M contact adhesive and pull out the creases on the roll bar and tack into place. Then I finished off the back, then onto the front. After it was all fitted I put contact adhesive around the sunroof waited till it dried then stuck the liner to the sunroof surround without creasing, then cut out the excess, folded the overlaps into sunroof channels, fitted rubber covers then sunroof, Next was on to the rear quarter cards, seatbelts, rubbers and bronze glass, still got sun visors and rear view mirror to fit, I’ll leave that for tomorrow.
  8. I put in a vectra b battery tray, works very well and the original manta battery retaining bracket can be used with it. Maybe you want to keep standard though?
  9. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    This weekend I ran in the wiring loom to the back lights, number plate and the wire to the fuel sender. I then renewed both braided fuel pipes exiting the bottom of the fuel tank and fitted it in the boot, along with the rubber grommet on the filler neck. I also fitted a new fuel pump underneath the rear of the Manta. I bought a car cover last year and I’ve always been keen to get it fitted as they made it especially for the Manta GT/E coupe from a temple they have, trust us it will fit exactly they said, true enough it certainly hugs all the curves. Its softshell material on top with microfibre inside, Opel blitz embroidered on the bonnet, machine washable, there is pockets for the door mirrors but I will be a while yet before I get round to fitting these, I have just tucked these in for now,
  10. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    A busy Friday on the Manta, Brian the local sign writer fitted the Manta GT/E decals and engine bay sticker, A bit of detail for the engine bay, Manta ready to come home, bodyshop has completed all the work required to bring her up to spec, making her like new again, That’s me on the right picking up my Manta from Gray and Adams bodyshop in Fraserburgh this afternoon, Darren the bodyshop manager and Ross. The team have went above and beyond, their attention to detail has been brilliant, 475 hours labour has went into this part of the bodywork alone, panel prep, alignment, guide coat, sanding and spraying, to be honest the finished job has way exceeded my expectations, absolutely delighted with the results, back home in my garage now, I’m keen to start finishing off the small jobs still to do, the decals really finished Off the exterior, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the build, probably towards the end of the year I envisage for completion,
  11. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Hi evo03, the rear fog light for me is just one of those odd things that make the rear of the Manta special for me, you just wouldn’t see an add on like this with any other make, I’m going to stick with the one .... I like it. decals will be fitted Friday morning, for me that is another exciting step, that will finish off the paintwork and add the final touches to the exterior. The rear quarter glass was temporarily fitted today as well, both of them had one metal tab which had fallen off, so the bodyshop used some metal to glass adhesive to reattach the tabs and I sourced some new reprotec rubber b pillar inserts to cushion and locate the tabs into. I’m sure these will be used in the sunny days, The new rubbers for b pillar, I still need to fit headliner then window and door rubbers, so these will need to come out again, just fitted in so it’s easier to take home this weekend.
  12. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Dash and wiring looms now being installed today, Rear fog light fitted, just a small detail but adds to the character of the back of the Manta, Wax oil is going to be applied today, wheels will be put back on and raised on a four poster ramp for this job, Front number plate fitted, rear number plate fitted, she’s starting to come together nicely now, it’s all the small jobs that seem to make a difference, Friday is the target finish date with the bodyshop, I’m all organised for collection on Friday with a trailer, I’m hoping the weather is favourable.
  13. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Hi 1200bandit, the paint code for my Manta is E452 which is polar white, this is located off the VIN PLATE, the later Exclusives had glacier white but I didn’t know the paint code for them. polar white has a warm look, slight touch of cream in it under certain lights, Glacier white is colder looking, pure white.
  14. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I am trying to restore as much of the original details as possible, some missing parts have been difficult to find but perseverance always pays off, what I won’t miss when she is complete is the hours lost searching on line, e bay etc trying to find or source parts. I’m hoping to be able to put the mobile away or off every evening and weekend and free up my time to drive her. i have kept a build portfolio of all receipts, records and paperwork associated with purchasing parts, professional labour, materials etc. I haven’t been brave enough yet to tally these up, but I have tried to keep a lid on expenses by doing as much as possible myself then I don’t feel too bad about getting experts on the job for the skills I don’t have. its nice to keep a record, all filed in date order, from the receipt of sale up to present, hopefully not a lot more to go in! I have also amassed approx 1500 progress photos again taken from delivery up to present, at every part of the build. Manta GT/E decals looked out for application next week, I think these add a nice contrast to the polar white paint, looking forward to seeing them on, engine bay sticker will be added at the same time.
  15. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Went in past the bodyshop today to have a look at the black detail that was applied this week along with all the panels fitted, Under the bonnet all painted but the box section cavity’s will be treated to some wax oil, she is now sitting better in height at the back but I still have petrol tank, glass and interior trim so she will still have to settle a little more yet, matt blank masking detail on B pillars, coupe louvres still to go on, Matt black masking detail on A pillars, front quad light and under bumper trim detail, lights to fit yet and adjust beam for MOT, Original small black rubber bump stop fitted inside petrol flap to keep fuel cap flush with rear quarter, I’m absolutely delighted with the paint finish and panel gaps, Manta GT/E decals being fitted next week, along with laser wheel alignment, wax oil all cavities, chassis rails, Sean necks, inner wings, sills etc Im getting her home next Friday/Saturday weather dependant, got to get her home dry. Boot lip spoiler has turned out really well, fits perfectly, bolt holes treated with wax oil before being fitted, again box sections inside boot lid going to be wax oiled, new rubber boot seal fitted, Side skirts and rear arches all fitted, retaining original joints between straight sections and arches,
  16. For those with a keen eye Ian....... I noticed the subtle message on your windscreen, you’ll get there eventually, chin up I know you won’t be beet😜
  17. Well done on your purchase, hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it, I’m sure you will 👍 just an observation, the round blitz logo on your bonnet is the wrong way round? Looking at it from the front bumper the flash should go from left/high part of flash to right/lowest part of flash.
  18. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Hi evo03, the Manta was into the bodyshop first time on a dolly to get all the underside painted and stone chipped, engine bay finished coated and inside boot Matt black finish, then only one coat on top to keep her from rusting, then I took her home to install engine, running gear etc then now here we are back at the bodyshop a rolling shell for finishing, didn’t want to put a ding in it when I was doing all the heavy engine, box and subframe work.
  19. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    True to their word, progress at last, into the spray booth for finishing coats of polar white, black trims all prepared for tomorrow, bumpers, skirts and my spoiler from Shetland all prepared for paint, bonnet and boot all seam sealed, flatted and all good to go, Doors look nice and shiny, manta shell all coated, can’t wait to see her in the flesh all panels, bumpers and skirts fitted, Front scuttle panel and wing, hopefully tomorrow the black gutter detail is applied and the trims finished off.
  20. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Too right they do! Every weekend I’m checking for progress photos, to no avail, the bodyshop gave me a date for final spraying, then moved it back a week and gave a new date for a weeks work, car went in and some work done that week but not completed and five weeks on and still waiting, getting the Manta painted has been the difficult job and most time consuming of the build jobs. One thing I can be sure of is they will make a first class paint job, that’s why I’m so patient. heres hoping this weekend...............
  21. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Hi bris jas, the door hinge pins was a new set sourced from Autovaux, originally they came as a set of four but my bodyshop has cut them in half and if you look closely they have chamfered the ends so they start easier. The doors have been on and off for fitting a lot and the access is tight when the doors are on, they find it easier working with shorter door pins so as not to mark the Hinge post paint. Put both half’s together and it’s still roughly the same length. Small details like this I spot right away as well.
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