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  1. paulmanta

    Fuel Tank connection pipes

    This, all day long. I just finished pulling the whole fuel system out of a 1.2 Nova that had suffered from the ethanol in fuel. IT was laid up about 5 years ago with around 15 litres on petrol in, that ethanol petrol has turned into a watery rusty soup, the tank is rusted out and all the plastic pickup pipe had dissolved, the carb was full of green sludge and the fuel pump just didn't work. Car ran perfectly when parked. This was indoors, not outside so its rusted from within. The ethanol absorbs water from the air as well as eating rubber and alloy. Evil stuff. Im now looking for a new nova 5 door tank.
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    Swap manta hatch for Carlton

    I had one of those, in green with a green interior, Auto, Left hand drive, bloody excellent waft-mobile. What sort of money would you want for that as is ? Not that I need any more cars, I have way too many and not enough time to do them but nostalgia is a powerful drug.
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    Swap manta hatch for Carlton

    I see, I will keep my eye out, I get offered all kinds.
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    Swap manta hatch for Carlton

    ahh, ok. I was at GM6 with Derek the other day and he offered me a very tidy Senator, similar age. Didn't know if it was a desire for a big Vauxhall rather than a specific want for a particular car. Very similar though, do they share a platform and the differences are cosmetic ?
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    Swap manta hatch for Carlton

    What shape carlton ?
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    1981 Manta Coupe Project.

    No, I pull the old stuck bolt into the scaff pipe, you weld a nice strong bolt the to the head of the stuck one and then put the tube over it. Then put a thick washer on the new bolt and pop a nut on, simply wind the nut on the new bolt and the old stuck one pulls into the tube. No bush damage ! if you are careful you can cut the bolt you welded on back off the original bolt, tidy it up and use it again.
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    1981 Manta Coupe Project.

    When the bolts are stuck there is very little you can do. I weld a nice long bolt head to head on the stuck bolt and then use a bit of scaffold tube and a thick washer and a nut to pull the old bolt out, the tube sits against the chassis leg and you wind it out with a socket on a long bar. its a good way of saving the bushes. Replace the bolts.
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    old manta B/GTE locks.

    I would like to buy any old Manta door, ignition, and boot locks. Not fussed if they have keys but if you have odd ones with keys marked 105 on the key shaft i am especially interested. Not looking for keys on their own, I have tons of those ! Still want any old fuel caps you might have with or without keys.
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    Standard headlights wanted

    I am looking for a matching pair of standard big glass headlights for a manta 1800 hatch i am restoring. Need to be either brand new or mint used.
  10. paulmanta

    ball & spring

    I assume then that the earlier ones were different to the later ones on the 2 litre ! We are talking about the one in the pump cover ?
  11. paulmanta

    ball & spring

    Its not a ball.... Its a plastic piston, shaped to hold the spring in place. I think the whole assembly including the actual pump cap that bolts on is available new from a few German sellers. To be honest that is what I would be doing.
  12. Never used sealer, always clean the rubber and remove any dirt and old sealer that may be in the grooves, if the rubber is supple then I wash it with very hot water and truck wash, then I dry it off. Then I brush clear waxoil all over the rubber, in the grooves, everywhere and wipe off the excess. I then brush waxoil on the car too, right in the corners and all up the a posts. again, wipe off the excess but you want to leave a bit there. With the screen on a trestle I fit the rubber and then fit the filler strips. Use the cord method to fit the screen. Fit the screen trim corners. Been doing it like this for 25+ years and never had a leak yet. In fact I have had my White coupe all that time and that's still got the original screen rubber and its still in great condition, because I drove that car so much that had at least 4 screens in it over the years, all fitted using that method.
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