Rick's Manta Montage

Trunk Hinges

Trunk Hinges

I worked out how to attach the hinges to the roll bar. It was hard to get them lined up and attached. I ended up bolting a plate onto the hinges and welding the...

Trunk Lid Cut Out

Trunk Lid Cut Out

Managed to get the trunk lid cut apart today. It didn’t take long to get it apart and the lower section bolted down solidly. After checking it for square it seems to sit on...

More Fiberglass Work

More Fiberglass Work

Still working on the trunk lid. I have it thick enough now to be nice and strong. It is pretty close to level now and you can finally start to see what it is...

More Fiberglass Work on Trunk Lid

More Fiberglass Work on Trunk Lid

It has been cold and terrible weather for fiberglass work so not much has been done the last week or so. But the weather is looking better now so it is time to get...

Started Fiberglassing the Trunk Lid

Started Fiberglassing the Trunk Lid

I didn’t get much time today to work on the car but I managed to get a few things done. First thing was level out the new trunk lid lip. I started by clamping...

Started Reshaping the Back End

Started Reshaping the Back End

After spending a few days measuring and trying to find the best square on the trunk lid I managed to get a line that looked pretty good. So today it was time to cut...

Forming a wing

Forming a wing

I started trying to build a wing for the trunk lid. I am using foam and shaping it to get the look I am after. Then I will make it out of fiberglass and...

Trunk Lid Bolted Down

Trunk Lid Bolted Down

Didn’t get much time to work on the car today but I did manage to get the trunk lid bolted down solidly.

Aligning the trunk lid

Aligning the trunk lid

I unbolted the trunk lid from the car and hung it from the ceiling with straps to position it on the car. The trunk has is warped and will not sit flat on the...

Installing Dropped Spindles

Installing Dropped Spindles

I should be getting some time to start back on this car. All the structural parts are mostly in place so I think it is time to start putting some things together for the...

Wiper Assembly Installed

Wiper Assembly Installed

After a short break from working on the car I am back on it at least occasionally. One of the last fitment problems is getting the wipers and heater box to fit in the...

Firewall and pedal mounting started.

Firewall and pedal mounting started.

Today I started by framing up the front section of the floor. I will make the floor later. I mostly wanted it framed in so I could start building the firewall and getting everything...

Back half of the floor area built

Back half of the floor area built

I decided to split the floor into two parts. The back part will be welded in and the seats and seat belt hardware will be mounted solidly on it. The front half will be...

Starting on the floor

Starting on the floor

I got the body lined back up on the car so now it is time to start fitting the interior of the car together. First thing is to get the seat area finished so...

Body lifted 1 inch

Body lifted 1 inch

After a overly long break from working on the car I finally got time to start back on it. I have most of the major frame work done but there are a few changes...

Shifter installed

Shifter installed

Got a working shifter setup installed in the car today. Since the front wheel drive setup had a shift rod running straight out the back it was not that hard to bend a section...

CV axles installed

CV axles installed

I managed to get the CV axles made up and installed today. I ended up using two axles on one side. I just stuck them both in one in the engine and one in...

Gas tank finished

Gas tank finished

Didn’t get a lot of time to work on it today but I at least managed to finish mounting the fuel pump and get it wired up and everything on it working properly.  With...

Rear suspension mounted

Rear suspension mounted

The hubs came back from the machine shop today. So I started putting the rear suspension together properly. I didn’t have a large enough bolt for the lower control arm mount so I will...