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Just had to buy another manta last 3 yrs done 2 tr7v8 Tony pond reps and a Toyota celica  gt4 Carlos  saintz edition but I'm stuck with the manta bug  so it's a 79 non sunroof coupe soda blasted floor in and out fully seam welded .. dry fitting all parts at the moment so when I spray her it's just the matter of putting back together I'll keep pics coming on here as the project comes along  here's a couple to start

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Nice shell indeed :thumbup

What make is the cage? It looks great

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Hi Kevin it's the safety devices cage goes through dash but a real good fit only problem is with the foot plates come precut  but not best for fitting so a bit of fettling here but nothing major

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Har a mare of a job fitting the cage  it was up and down more than the wife's knickers lol loads of fettling with the pre cut steel  boxes / plates, next job cutouts in the dash as cage goes through got a scabby dash to cut first before I cut the good one put up pics when done 👍

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Winters here again so time to start back with the manta

need the rear axle fitting bit of fettling with the kit then spraying her in glacier white hope to complete it by May Day 2019 so I can take it to the classic car show in Swansea 🤞

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Nice car Daily

 driver or weekend fun

me only dry weather lol

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Started fitting  the 4ha floating axle , using original spring cups with avo adjustables and  a 4 link  fro 4 link boxes with rose joints and watts linkage I’ll post some pics later

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This looks like a great build. Watching this with a bit of interest. Would like to fit a 4HA axle to mine as well. Interested to see just how much work has to go into it. Keep the updates coming mate. 

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A little more done fitting the 4ha

all in position ready for welding up . So tomorrow cutting in the link boxes so hopefully it will be rolling soon then take it all apart again ready for painting 

i will finish before mayday 2019 and it will be on show in singleton park classic car show

a good thing it’s now over 40yrs old so no tax or mot HAPPY DAYS AND ONLY £89 insurance 😀

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Hi Peter. Does the 4HA axle come same wheel fitment as Opel/vauxhall? Other thing I noticed here is that it looks like you have the brackets for the disc brakes are they the ones from mantasareme on the forum. If so thats handy cause I've done the brake conversion already and hoping it'll be transferable.

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No I had the hubs  re drilled 

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at my local engineering firm cost 50 quid 

brackets came from manta dare me and fit perfect can’t remember who sold me the Audi discs and Astra calipers all been dry fitted with no problems 

hoping to finish axle Friday only got to cut out for the link boxes

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Sorry for asking what might be a really stupid question Peter, but what are the advantages of fitting this axle type? Is it to handle the power you want to deliver, or are there handling benefits too?

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Fitting this as I’m putting a 16 v red top in which came out of a mk 2 escort also for disc conversion and the lsd 

I’m using a nodiz engine management with launch control 

ive got another manta here which is putting out 400bhp May go for sale on here shortly

link boxes ready

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On 23/10/2018 at 19:57, peter evans said:

HAPPY DAYS AND ONLY £89 insurance 😀

What company, is it agreed value? 

43 minutes ago, IanMc said:

but what are the advantages of fitting this axle type?

? Over standard manta?!

Ian guessing this does away with torque tube, weak link, also lsd are cheaper, 4-500 quid against opel at 8-900.  Also handles the approx,  250bhp better. 

Nice fix over the stud fix, 

1 hour ago, peter evans said:

No I had the hubs  re drilled 

Was this a cavalier for sale approx 2 yrs ago, as a rolling shell, remember the colour! 

Oh, nice work btw, 

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15 hours ago, ®evo03 said:

What company, is it agreed value? 

? Over standard manta?!

Ian guessing this does away with torque tube, weak link, also lsd are cheaper, 4-500 quid against opel at 8-900.  Also handles the approx,  250bhp better. 

Nice fix over the stud fix, 

Was this a cavalier for sale approx 2 yrs ago, as a rolling shell, remember the colour! 

Oh, nice work btw, 

No not a cav it’s the berlinetta it was dry stored for years in a rally preparation garage nr Swansea.

no torque tube 

the axle will take 500 bhp it’s got jaguar internals👍

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Link boxes now in place ready for welding in not that difficult to do in fact it’s quite easy converting to the 4ha axle when you got the right tools 

i might provide a fitting service for this in the new year 

I’ll keep posting pics as the car progresses

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Looks great, I was thinking you used the original Manta-linking arms to find the right position of the axle.

Keeping them would give tensions in the whole set of arms. Did you buy those boxes with the linking arms etc. as a set or 

are they home-made?

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left original arms on so i knew axle was in the right position

the boxes and link rods bought as a package from motor sport co. for £ 153.00 inc bushes 18mm rose joints

ive been putting off fitting this all year but its really easy just takes time but after new year i might offer a fitting service  at a charge of £600.00 inc boxes links etc

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