Shouldn't be too difficult, see'ns that I have only seen the one I now own
But, for those of you who remember my newbie post, here's the start of the actual build-
It is a 1974 Manta Luxus. Body is in excellent condition, all things considered. The passenger side rear quarter panel is very very slightly starting to rust. I think with a good cleanup and some rust mort it will be good to go with a thin layer of glazing filler. The driver side rear quarter is kinda bad, though. It took a small hit in the rear on the drivers side and it caused a slight colapse, which chipped the paint, and ultimately led to rust. There are two small dings above the rear tire driver side, it's possible that this was caused as a crinkle effect of the rear corner hit, but I don't think so. Trunk lid lines up too perfectly. Still not that bad. Underneath is very nice, with only a couple of minor rusting spots in the frame bracing, but jack stand locations are good and all floor boards are perfect. The interior is excellent and overall I am VERY pleased with the car.
Although I knew that I would either pull the engine and tranny and rebuild with a very hot street engine, or drop something else in- I still wanted to get it running and drive it a bit with the original in there. So, I proceeded to install a pertronix ignition and coil; modern alternator; and an electric fuel pump.
The good news is- it runs like a champ now! Fires right up and purrs like a kitten. The bad news is- Leaking oil like crazy out the rear main. We're talkin 20 seconds= 1cup of oil loss!
More bad news- Auto trans is slipping like crazy. was barely able to pull it into the parking spot.
So- I will be posting all the new stuff that I just purchased to get it running, along with the complete motor and trans in the for sale section along with a full set of original rims. So pm me if you're interested.
So, after many many hours of researching- I have a firm decision for an engine to drop in. Of course measurements must be taken, but I am confident that what I want to use will either be the 2.9 four cylinder or if possible with reasonable effort the 3.7 5 cylinder out of the Chevy Colorado. They are very inexpensive to purchase and provide great hp numbers in factory trim. Let me know if you guys have any good advice with this.
I just got my rims today, wasn't planning on getting them yet but at $900 for rims, tires, and lug nuts- well, I just couldn't pass it up.
They are 18"x7.5" Konig rims with a 45mm offset. Tires are 205x35r18. Size is nearly spot on with some minor cleaning up of the rear fender well (very minor) and some trimming of the front splash guard underneath. Other than that, they hit on the sway bar when turned all the way, but that is something I can live with.