Now that she is here it is time to start planning and ordering parts. I've assumed responsibility for Sam's 73 Manta that he bought in 1974. It has 86k miles, original paint, and an interior that looks practically new...well... except for the headliner. The details of my plans are still in flux but the basic idea is to keep things generally stock in appearance while making reasonable improvements to the performance capabilities of the car.
I was hoping to avoid major bodywork but I tend to be OCD about that and while the orig. paint is still good, there are plenty of dings and a few small dents. The trunk lid was also resprayed and the shade is off. So far I have found no rust. at all. But I haven't been under the car yet. The car came from Georgia. It may take me a while to decide so in the meantime I am going to start with the undercarriage. I'll be putting her up on blocks and starting to disassemble front and rear suspensions for cleaning/painting/and replacement of worn bushings etc.