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  1. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    Which weirdly is retropower? Maybe it's allocated for online sales? Hi Carl by the way 😆 - where are my manners?! We're looking forward to getting on with it - our work space isn't vacated yet, so champing at the moment 😁 Oooh, hadn't seen those 👍
  2. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    Powderham is a good show, been there before and really enjoyed it, hopefully see some of your there! Thanks for the suggestions on TJM & Lierdinger, will try them too. This is the reply we had a from RP earlier this week: Manta/Ascona B panels Sill left £27.00 Out of stock Sill right £27.00 Rear wheel arch left £26.00 Rear wheel arch right £26.00 Front floor pan left £79.44 Out of stock Front floor pan right £79.44 Out of stock Front jacking point left £31.00 Front jacking point right £31.00 Rear section front chassis leg £29.00 Rear section front chassis leg £29.00 Spare wheel well £42.00 Out of stock Chassis leg ‘Swan neck’ outer skin repair £26.00 Out of stock ‘A’ panel left £65.00 Out of stock ‘A’ panel right £65.00 Out of stock Manta GTE front valance £62.00 We are now out of stock of quite a few things. The floor pans I should be able to get more of in the next 2-3 weeks or so. The other panels will be longer – at least 6 -8 weeks possibly longer apart from the left sills which I haven’t been able to get hold of for over a year now.
  3. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    No problem, the car is in Whimple at the moment but will soon be moved to Honiton. Yes a Manta is a rare sight nowadays, especially around here!
  4. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    Thanks for the quick replies! Yes the car has been worked on already and yes we got it from Carl. He kindly sorted us out with a load of extra parts to put it back together as well (still minus engine and gearbox) and delivered it down to Devon. We're about to start renting a small unit beginning next month then we can move the car there and get stuck in. We've spoken to the guys at Retropower about replacement panels but a lot of them are on a long back order unfortunately, would be keen to hear if anyone has any other suggestions? There seems to be many companies on the continent that say they can supply but I can't imagine shipping would be cheap. We plan to document everything so there will be many photos during the build. One of my first tasks is to accurately measure the front and rear suspension geometry so we know what we're starting with, should be interesting!
  5. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    As promised, some pics of the car as we received it. It does need a fair amount of welding but overall not too bad. https://imgur.com/a/j1YoDji
  6. Hi Everyone, my good friend I have just bought a 1986 Manta Coupe. It arrived last week as a rolling shell needing welding in all the usual places but already stripped down to a bare shell so we have a bit of a head start! We plan a full restoration with upgrades and have started a project thread to document this. I'm glad to see there so many other enthusiast of this hugely underrated car. Thanks.
  7. 1986 Manta Coupe Restomod

    Last week, my good friend and I took delivery of a 1986 Opel Manta Coupe. It has some rust to sort but thankfully limited in the most part to the underside whilst the bodywork itself is in pretty good condition. Our plan is to restore and build the car so it drives like a modern one: that means increased power output (actual engine model to be decided) backed by a suitable 5/6 speed transmission, uprated brakes and a fully sorted suspension and steering setup both in terms of geometry, spring and dampers rates and ultimately improved handling. This sort of work is what we do with our day jobs but decided we wanted our own project! On the inside the interior will be completely custom to match the theme that will run through the car including paint and wheel design. I won't attempt to explain the appeal of a 'restomod' as this is well documented elsewhere but suffice to say the Opel Manta will be our project car to develop into something very special. Although we may be upgrading or swapping parts (engine) we intended to keep as much as possible with the GM family. Photos to follow..