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  1. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Thanks for your comments, A Manta GT/E for me has always been a real desire of mine since I was 17 and never being able to own or afford one in my younger days (plus a mid life crisis thrown in..... nearly 50 !) has ignited a passion and real interest in this restoration, I have gained for the first time a hobby of which I can loose hours in the garage and love every minute, it’s been so far a huge learning curve, welding, mechanical, trim cleaning and restoration and a vast amount of time searching for spares. My kids are both up and working now, one time served and one through university so I can now devote my spare time to my Manta without feeling guilty of not spending enough time with them. I must admit it started off with the idea of getting a good example for a runabout on the road with an mot, something tidy enough but as time went on and progress is made on the Manta it’s a case of when I’m at this stage I need to do this right, or at least the best I can, then before I know it it’s went from an idea of a decent example to quite a comprehensive restoration. I have had to pay for some professional work which I haven’t been talented or skilled enough to do or brave enough to tackle but I knew that there would be those bills and issues to deal with, and this so far has been three years worth of work, so a slow drip feed of money instead of all spent in one lump sum which does help. What I don’t want is to be welding for every mot so that’s why nows the time to tackle this right in the hope I can run it for years and enjoy it. I’m hoping to do the North Coast 500 run this summer and possibly the North East 250 plus some classic car shows. I’m waiting for it now to go back into the bodyshop for its final coat of paint, panels, doors and bumpers on, hopefully in the next week or two. 👍
  2. Looks similar but can’t verify thread type or length, maybe worth a look? https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/1?q=headlight+adjustment+screw&start=20&client=safari&sa=N&hl=en-gb&biw=375&bih=553&tbs=vw:l,ss:44&prmd=sivn&prds=num:1,of:1,epd:15195448513809083754,paur:ClkAsKraX_YYk7eZ0UENIgqJYMIwsdj_JrmenADyjNnf76IHU9zShoikHaT7OKNtWbU2-PheOqVXMEIAxiMTYxos4V6CIqRjqjJmyfDFfaLzz3Oxv06dwPycchIZAFPVH73oRDSp9P-t23XyVAMBUoGu5fD3Vw,prmr:1,pid:15195448513809083754,cs:1&ved=0ahUKEwj-_7L43brgAhXGThUIHS0EDlM4FBCCNgjXAw Or this? https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/1?q=headlight+adjustment+screw&start=20&client=safari&sa=N&hl=en-gb&biw=375&bih=553&tbs=vw:l,ss:44&prmd=sivn&prds=num:1,of:1,epd:16540578636331930069,paur:ClkAsKraX5KgaDzsYC3GvYywxMptQILp58LGf9BWKXkJvMldxGAoWHnuSSG1Ffrjv48aT-qsPlUkMlJzLWAClIGtlghdw6ML10yPmUxEd8WW1y9O3GB7hTCEyBIZAFPVH73lvSFeai05zRyU_03ynENRiJbs5Q,prmr:1,pid:16540578636331930069,cs:1&ved=0ahUKEwjVse6A37rgAhVFSBUIHfDDD1o4FBCCNgjXAw
  3. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    It’s the small details that make a big difference and provide a finishing touch to a project, when I bought the Manta three years ago, there was no boot liner or petrol tank concealing card, I know these can be made but I keep a look out for original parts, not easy to locate but thanks to another Manta owner I now have sourced these and trial fitted to see how it looks, from this, To this, now the boots tidy, Pleased with the result.
  4. Just seen an A series offered as a project on Gumtree, thought I would share the link, https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/opel-manta-series-a/1329512261?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social
  5. I require one plastic T shaped clip to hold in place the bottom of the tank concealing card and the boot Matt in place inside the coupe boot, one of my clips has a tang missing and it just keeps dropping out, there should be two tangs on the bottom of it like a double fish hook idea, thanks.
  6. It’s also a common place for rust, i had to drill out the spot welds, repair the inner wing with a new steel patch then reinstated the bracket just to keep originality, the car never had rear seatbelts and I don’t intend to fit them but the bracket I wanted to keep. 👍
  7. If it’s the bracket spot welded on to your inner wheel arch then it’s possibly an anchor point for seatbelts if you wanted to fit them, if not usually there will be a plastic blanking plug pushed in to seal the threads and keep water from getting inside your car. Got this on my Manta b and it came without rear seatbelts from factory, but can retrofit if needed.
  8. Great video 👍 i see you also have a huge problem with pot holes 🤪 scenery beautiful though.
  9. 1200bandit, Good shout, with that system you minimise the amount of filler required by pulling the steel as much as possible into its original position,then possibly hammer and dolly into final shape then finish off with a light skim of filler, seen Edd China use this method.
  10. Mike.


    Hi Blitzi, TJMotorsport at the moment show they have one klockerholm Ascona B wing mounting rail O/S in stock £29.99 would this be able to fit with fettling?
  11. Hi ianMc, the wipers are so easy to take out, just slacken and remove the two top nuts and drop it under the scuttle Pannel, then screw the nuts back on for safe keeping, you haven’t stuck at anything yet and a small job like this by what I’ve seen is well within your capabilities, take the wiper mechanism out and save yourself the masking up, it all comes out in one unit , motor attached, can’t go wrong 👍
  12. A really nice addition to your A, looks great 👍
  13. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1058294 Another one to check out, Manta GSI Coupe, no price given so deep pockets required!
  14. https://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/products.php?cat=1790 try Tjmotorsport, they have a good selection of klockerholm repair panels for the manta b. retropower press to order the A section forward of the door hinges, this panel includes 1/2 the wing mounting rail and the original lip on the inner wheel arch.
  15. 400r in orange, looks decent if you’re pockets are deep, https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F352543698792
  16. Looking forward to reading your updates 👍
  17. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Spent today on fluids, filled brake fluid resivoir and bled brake system starting at the back brakes and working forward, then put new genuine Vauxhall oil into the gearbox and the rear diff, I was going to tackle the build up in my garage but speaking to these lads they lent me the use of their garage and ramps for the weekend, it really did make the assembly of the Manta easier having the right tools and equipment, Finally before I finished for the day I let her down on her wheels then went through all the front subframe bolts and tightened them up, after letting the new rubber bushes settle, she is sitting high at the back at the moment but I’ll see if it’s going to drop slightly once I get her fully assembled with Petrol tank, bumpers, boot, glass etc,
  18. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Thanks evo03, originally my Manta would have been a non sunroof, but I have the addition of the pop up type glass roof. All working perfectly, no drain tubes to worry about and none of the dreaded rust issues that go along with the Opel cassette type tilt or slide versions as the later cars were fitted with, so all good on a sunny day,
  19. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    One whole day, 7am start till 5pm finish has taken this from a shell on a dolly to a rolling project, engine and gearbox in, subframes and wheels on plus exhaust, I’m happy with that for a days work,
  20. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Manta shell removed from the dolly and lifted on the 2 poster ramp, I intend to fit the engine, gearbox, subframes from below by lowering the shell onto them, Engine and gearbox bolted together and stored on a wooden pallet then wheeled under the raised shell and positioned carefully then the shell lowered down slowly, inch by inch, a few tense moments and plenty of double checking, Engine fitted like a glove, trailing arm bolt holes lined up, bolts through chassis and training arms fitted, then front shocks, Front subframe fitted now on to the rear, To be honest fitting the rear subframe, panhard rod and prop shaft was more of a hassle than the front, but got there in the end, Next was on to the Sportex exhaust, first a new gasket on the exhaust manifold then downpipe, Middle section and back box went on really easily, Clear celofane still on chrome exhaust tip, but I’m happy with the look of the exhaust. The Sportex system fitted spot on, no hassle or heating with oxy-acetylene, straight bolt on, no alterations, clearances throughout was perfect,
  21. Mike.

    Mike's Manta.

    Before removing the 2.0E CIH from the Manta I made sure it ran.... all good so out it came for a full strip down and rebuild, Fairly quickly it was realised a new camshaft was required, Heavy scoring was evident so new camshaft sourced, Cylinder head removed and sent up to Precision Engine Services in Inverness, they vacuum checked the head for cracks, de-coked, cut seats and lapped in valves, rebuilt head with new camshaft and new seals and dressed cam bearings, The old sump was so rusty I put a wire brush through it trying to clean it up so a new sump was sourced, Engine now fully reconditioned with a complete top and bottom set of gaskets, new water pump, belt, oil pressure sender, NGK spark plugs, sump and camshaft. Gear box fitted along with new clutch and release bearing, all ready to be fitted,
  22. I used them on both sides too and as you say bris jas a good fit, in my opinion worth the spend, looks great when fitted, you are also able to reinstate the original lip edge on the inner arch, and eliminates loads of patches.
  23. That A post sections are available to order from Retropower, they press them to order, hope this helps.
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