Big Restora­tion: Opel Manta

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Neil Boy­lan’s sight-un­seen pur­chase gave him plenty of weld­ing prac­tice.

Neil Boy­lan trained as a brick­layer, be­fore mov­ing into paving ‘be­cause my dad did it’. He lives in a con­verted Shrimp factory that he bought for the garage (or for the ex­tra ac­co­mo­da­tion for his wife’s mother, if they’re both read­ing this). He says he’s al­ways been handy, but prior to own­ing the Manta he’d never at­tempted to weld. His big­gest fan is his daugh­ter Olivia (‘liv), a self-con­fessed petrol­head and Opel Manta fan, who’s known to all in the Own­ers’ Club as his trusty side­kick.

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