Here’s how Neil did it
MARCH 2004 Sill or no sill
When removing the side skirts most of each sill came away attached, revealing, well, not much.
APRIL 2004 At the heart of it
The original 2-litre engine was removed and stored while Neil began the process of making the Manta solid once more.
JUNE 2006 Rusty front end
The front axle comes out as one section with the subframe, making access for repair and restoration relatively easy. Here ready for stripdown.
OCT 2006 Roof repairs
‘I only told you to take the bloody roof off’ or similar quote from a film. He did, you know. He only went and took the bloody roof off. Brave, but the finished result speaks for itself.
DEC 2006 That’s better
Working mostly on Saturdays, it took just under two years before the body was prepared and ready for paint.
MARCH 2007 A right card
Neil’s trimmer said ‘leave it to me’ and produced these bespoke door cards from scratch. ‘I absolutely love them, they’re unique to my Manta.’