Here’s how Neil did it

Practical Classics (UK) - - THE BIG RESTORATION -

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.’

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