So much to do…

A list of all the jobs to be done during the Mantula build. The green cells show tasks that have been completed.

 Task  Description Date
Prepare workshop Give myself enough space to start working on the Mantula. 2014-09-13
Retrieve the car from storage. Move the car from Newport to Bembridge. 2014-09-20
Swap the engine Remove the old V8 then trial fit the new Thor V8 2014-09-22
Check clearances Decide what can stay and what has to go or be moved. Get bonnet to close 2014-10-12
Climate control Design air-conditioning system layout. 2014-12-20
Throttle adapters Design the new throttle body adapters. 2015-08-30
Plan engine bay Design the revised engine bay layout.
Remove the body. How many screws and where are they? Dig out the expanded foam from sill cavities.
Remove the engine. Hoist the engine and gear box out of the chassis.
Strip the chassis. Remove wheels brakes and suspension components. Mount the chassis on sturdy castors.
Clean chassis. Try to remove Waxoyl from inside the lower frame side tubes. Clean off flaking paint. 2019-03-30
Chassis modifications Transport to Weld Services Ltd for IRS and anti bump steer mods; Galvanise.  2019-03-21
Engine clean and detail Remove and clean all engine external components and brackets. Investigate moving the belt tensioner. Polish or powder coat inlet manifold/plenum, rocker covers and other ancillaries.
Modify aircon pump Redesign the aircon pump’s inlet/outlet manifold; possible new machined part needed.
Obtain radiator To be compatible with the Range Rover engine plumbing…

To be continued…

2 thoughts on “So much to do…”

  1. Hi your article makes interesting reading, I started upgrading my Marcos some 16 years ago. Unfortunately I probably went to far ? My car was originally a 3 Litre Ford which I have now converted to a 4 litre V8 TVR Chamera motor. After buying the whole car which had been involved in an accident . It’s been a job to make everything fit, especially those forward exhausts, radiator, air conditioning etc. I’ll send some photographs.

    Regards Mark Perfett
    Johannesburg, South Africa

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