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  1. This lad was selling one on e bay recently and it didn’t sell, you could try contacting him through e bay message? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173990268940
  2. Hi DeeBob and a warm welcome, this is a question for all the anoraks on here, some geekery to start you off:- your Manta is an 1987 model which has the side indicators on the front wings........ shouldn’t the indicators be above the wing crease body line and the Manta GTE decals below it, just like the exclusive? Nice Manta you have there, I have a very similar one but it’s an 1985.
  3. East Kent trim supplies will be able to make you a brand new headliner in grey perforated material, simmer to the OE headliner, give them a call.
  4. Wow Ian what a difference, first class, just goes to show what a bit of effort can achieve 👍
  5. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Opel got the styling, colour scheme and interior trim spot on back in 1985 and Irmscher adding a few nice features 👍
  6. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Started on the work to connect up the wiring looms, I’m getting help from a friend who knows his way around Manta looms, as I wouldn’t have a clue 😁 all wiring in the boot has been done, rear light clusters, courtesy boot light, fog light, fuel tank sender and rear screen de- mist. Front quad light wiring have been started, bumper off, black trim off, metal light holders removed and 5 3/4” sealed beam units fitted. The White irmscher surrounds were a tight fit over the glass, a coating of vasalene over the metal retaining rings helped them locate fully home in the bezels. inside the engine bay the pump for the washer jets has been plugged in, as has the oil pressure sender, brake fluid resivoir, wiper motor, front indicators and horn. still some way to go with the wiring, all the interior electrical work and instrument binnacle and ECU still to do. Again the front of the Manta has changed, fitting the lights now finishes off the exterior. At this stage there is no rush now, trying to trace and find colour codes, relays, fuses, switches, changing from standard square headlights to quad lights etc can all be time consuming but definitely a rewarding and productive day.
  7. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Definitely evo03, I will be using the Manta at every opportunity I can get once she is complete. 100% agree with you on the Recaro seats, it just makes the Manta interior, they were great back in the 80’s and still look the part today 👍
  8. The hole in the end of the threaded handbrake rod is a really tight fit for the spring, you are right.
  9. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    I’m on holiday at the moment and subsequently there is no progress on the Manta, feet up and relaxing, so I have been looking through my vast collection of photos and came up with comparisons, or as close as I could find, here are some before and after shots, before I got her home, sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, sitting in Gray and Adams Fraserburgh after the final coat of paint early June 2019, The first night I got her home, April 2016, totally unaware of what I had just taken on 🤣 but absolutely delighted with her, my first ever Manta, Sitting in my garage July 2019 after the glass and trims were refitted, Again the first night I got her home April 2016 and before I started the restoration, she was only in the garage one night before I started taking her apart, Sitting in the garage July 2019 awaiting the work done on electrics and quad lights, shouldn’t be long now till complete, Sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, Sitting in my garage, July 2019, still waiting on ECU wiring, engine commission and radiator filling up, again sitting on a drive in Birmingham March 2016, Sitting in my garage July 2019, Sitting on a drive in Birmingham, March 2016, Sitting in Hatton Garage on the 2 post ramp December 2018, you would never guess I’m keen to get home from holiday and start working on the electrics and engine!!! i like the comparison photos they really show progress.
  10. The long ones look like the spring for the handbrake and attaches to a slot in the rear subframe.
  11. 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
  12. Well done on your purchase, what a lovely coupe, 👍
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Definitely worth the effort re doing the snagging work, car now looks great 👍
  16. 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
  17. Paint is looking good, nice and shiny 👍
  18. 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.
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    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 👍
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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