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    Ok so here are the finished pic's! Sorry about the shade and glare, just when you don't want the blazing sun!
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    Back to welding and grinding for a while this evening - boring! Finished welding the top and edges of the lower patch panel in place, then ground down the welds a bit: There are some tiny pin holes to fill with weld, but generally that whole corner and lower edge is coming along fairly well now. The 'flange' that you see hanging down will be pushed up after the wheel well is cut out. I now totally agree with evo03 when he says that grinding is tedious and boring, it really is.... Anyway, Rome wasn't built in a day was it?
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    Had a few spare minutes this afternoon, so decided to take the knotted wire wheel to the 'new' NSF wing to see what horrors were hidden under the surface... It was a pleasant surprise to find only three areas with smallish holes: I will get that cut out during the week and get some little plates welded in, job done. The two small holes above the sill location are for a 'Berlinetta' badge that was fitted, so they will get welded up too. The good news is that it is an original GM wing, so the fit is excellent.
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    I'll be popping down on Saturday, will be good to see you guys on the OMOC stand, my red GTE will be out in the car park. First outing!
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    Another hole patched up in the wheel well tonight - bit tricky to work on this one. Two elbows would have been useful It needs a lot more grinding back and levelling off, but another small step forward all the same.
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    Wishful thinking at £12,500 no matter what it actually cost to build 20 years ago. As has been mentioned previously, I doubt he will get many offers more than £7500. More so as it needs some work done to it. It's definitely a marmite car. He would probably be better holding on to it.
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    A couple of quick jobs done tonight, before the torture of watching England begins... Firstly I welded up the badge holes at the bottom of the wing: Then I cut out the rot from the same area (see above photos) and welded a patch in: Needs a little more work with the grinder, but the rust is gone! C'mon England! Yes it does help - thank you kind Sir!
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    Beyond Awesome...…….a five stud conversion would of finished it off nicely I guess,..but beggers can't be choosers as they say. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-Ascona-400r/153063381330?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49129%26meid%3Da643269e81c54d69ac4cf94ab99a15aa%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D302772811296%26itm%3D153063381330&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
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    Your absolutely right it never will be the genuine article,but it sure as hell is an outstanding effort at being so. As for the five stud thing,for me its just adds to the illusion of the genuine article..i may have ocd lol,....does not make or break the overall appearance of car at all. Not very often you see a two door scone come up for sale let alone a works rep.
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    Which is generally red..........
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    This afternoon my angle grinder fitted with a cutting disc slipped - oops! This was what dropped onto the floor: And after drilling out the remaining spot welds, the parts were seperated: Next stop a cardboard template, then some more metal bashing...
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    I have just removed one from a coupe, it was a runner but had a rattly cam chain, it needs a strip and rebuild but is a good core with a good head. I removed it from an 85 Vauxhall Carlton hearse back in the early 90s, low miles but short trips. Hearse died from rust not mechanical failure at less than 10 year old, the joys of our sea air ! The hearse was an auto, I put the whole 2.2, loom and all in my 86 coupe but put a manual box in so I put a spigot bearing in the crank and blatted about in it for years, always ran well, loads of long trips to go clubbing in London at the weekends. I laid the car up into dry storage because of chassis leg rust back around 2005ish, its sat in the car unused since. I removed it to do the chassis legs and I have a brand new 2.4 going back in so its surplus to requirements. Never ran hot, never leaked and did not blow oil out the breathers, I changed the oil every 5000 miles religiously because I drive fast and like it all to be tip top. Let me know if he might be interested, I am in Cornwall but I can put it on a pallet easily and ship it.
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    Sorted my area rep iso going to do it . Coffee and cake may be required 😂
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    As generally the blue antifreeze is recommended for cars with brass/copper in cooling systems I use that . Only disadvantage is the antcorrosive effect is stronger but only lasts 2 years as opposed to modern 5 year stuff for aluminium and plastic systems.
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    June 2018. So the show season is starting for me tomorrow at the Bristol Classic Car Show at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet. RBY was put away in September 2016 in an "on the road" state but nowhere the standard I wanted- you know how you are never happy with your own work?? I also missed Billing that year as the date moved after I booked the family holiday so the whole thing felt like unfinished business even back then. November 2016 I finished wth my employer of 24 years and put my SR Berlinetta hatch EJO on the road out of necessity to smoke around in running for a year as a daily. Took a very lazy year off (come on, I worked full time for 30 years, I deserved a break!) I then started my own company and had to do some extensive retraining while getting things off the ground. Im not moaning or unhappy about it, everything is very good, but there were obviously far more important things to focus on that playing with silly old cars. FF to now, RBY is back at my place and work is underway to tackle all those details and properly finish the restoration. I've started but have lots to do ahead of Market Harborough in July. First job tonight is wash it, pack and hope we get to Shepton Mallet tomorrow morning. If you are going to the show we hope to see you there!
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    At last after 2 summers off the road and some final tweaking should be on the road in next couple of weeks
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    Hi to all folks reading this Manta forum. My name is Bar which I am very glad 2 be on the forum since recently becoming a first time owner of a pretty clean 2.0 GTE exclusive Hatch owner up in Inverness. Its not running and has been sitting for lets say a couple of years but I really want to revive it and get it fully roadworthy I have always loved these cars and the styling. So far I have enjoyed reading various technical & fixing posts and thru one post found a great parts source in Germany which I ordered a new air intake pipe as old one is shredded. This Mantas engine turns over and has fired a couple times but thats it. I am going to have 2 logically try to get it firing on all cylinders over next week or so and any help or advise would be gratefully welcome. Another thing is the door and boot locks don't lock which is a pain but the single worn key I have does turn the ignition. I looked for replacements and advise on this problem online already but could not find much useful help really. Ideally I think full set of new locks would be best. Can anyone in the know about these GTEs advice me on new or replacement locks? Regards. Bar
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    Just to close this thread got a rear set from garymanc many thanks for the help
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    Oh yes, I'll come over.
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    Cheap car I would say , wheels and body kit if you can get them would be £7k ......... Body kit I priced at £3.5 k about 10 years ago . Not easy to get either wheels or kit . Having something similar myself ,I often find people either love it or hate it. It’s always interesting to hear what people think. The v8 always goes well with this style of car , people expect it to match the looks.. Build one for less than the reserve ............. no chance ! Good luck with the sale.
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    Anything manta replacement may be a lil expensive But any how it's there to help if needed