Rick's Manta Montage

Rear suspension positioned

Rear suspension positioned

I didn’t have much time to work on the car today but I managed to get the second strut tower located and spot welded in place. This at least let me move the furring...

More rear suspension work.

More rear suspension work.

Today I got one strut tower located and some framing welded up to hold it in place. The passenger side is now located where it is supposed to be but it is not fully...

Building rear suspension

Building rear suspension

The last two days have been getting the car squared up. Since the concrete was flat and the lift arms were square it made getting it lined up much easier. I started by squaring...

Round Headlight Conversion Completed

Round Headlight Conversion Completed

Got the fiberglass work done on the round headlight frames. They are now solidly attached and look good. I will probably sand them down to close to the finished level and put a bit...

Round headlight conversion started

Round headlight conversion started

So getting rid of the square headlights is the first thing I need to do and while the car is basically ripped apart it is the best time to get started on it. I...

Cut the back half off the car

Cut the back half off the car

So to start the new project I need to clean up the mess of the current projects. The Manta was a really fun car with the 500 in it. It was just absolutely terrifying...

aluminum firewall cut out.

aluminum firewall cut out.

The main firewall was cut out using the cardboard template that was cut to fit the opening. I used aluminum for the lower section of the firewall, I figured the footwell area needed to...

Moved pedal mounting

Moved pedal mounting

Well that front firewall might have looked real bad but it did it’s job and I have about 250 miles on the car now. The only real major problem I had was the alignment...