Manta B restoration

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Manta B restoration

Postby jimfytakis » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:15 pm

I bought it last summer for a daily car...It was first hand and the only modification was the engine (initially a 1.6 swapped for a CIH 20E)...Just after I bought it i replaced the stock wheels with a set of 15" (195X50 ) because I found the handling poor..However these rims look awfull on every classic car.

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after a few polishes i used to restore the colour

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lowering springs installed

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me with a friend with his recently restored ascona (C20xe)

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inner wings cleaned and painted with chasis coat

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one of the best shots before the accident that forced me to restore my manta

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Just as we started to strip down the car

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One of the only rusty areas of the car..
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Exterior trim pins cut down as I decided to get a full gte look
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The rear of the car...Really bad condition as the previous owner had a crash...

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a used but flawless rear panel

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rear replaced along with the driver's rear wing
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car primed

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and the best pics...manta almost completed!!!
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Now I will start polishing every aluminium in the engine...It wasnt in my targets to start this car for the next 2 years as i wanted to complete my firenza..However my car had a problem with its distributor and I was forced to leave it and return back to my city as I had some exames...A week later the tow truck brought it back with the front winges damaged and then I decided that repainting the whole car wont cost much more...

Today I feel very relieved as I will have more money and time to spend on vauxhall!
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Re: Manta B restoration

Postby Retro morgs » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:32 pm

You've done a lovely job but i fear you may get a telling off for putting that on here,with it being an opel manta! :?
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Re: Manta B restoration

Postby jimfytakis » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:15 pm

Retro morgs wrote:You've done a lovely job but i fear you may get a telling off for putting that on here,with it being an opel manta! :?


I know but I couldnt find any other category that would fit... I would never posted this in a forum which its main content is vauxhall;however manta is the main reason my firenza is still unfinished..Although I m happy manta is in the condition it deserves,on the other hand I think how much progress I would have done on vauxhall with the money I spent..

Anyway,there is no reason for my to cry over spoiled milk..At least I can say that from now on most of my money and time will be spent on firenza :D
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Re: Manta B restoration

Postby phil dawson » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:49 pm

You have 2 nice cars there and both worth spending time and money on....at the end of the day you will have both up and running and be proud of them whether Vauxhall or Opel badges.

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Re: Manta B restoration

Postby junkyarddog » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:38 pm

Nice car :D
Just one more turn should do it....
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