Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

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Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:24 pm

This Manxter is being Built by Meyers Manx for export to a far away land. It will be based on a Manxter 2+2 Kit and built as a Right Hand Drive. The build is based on a Manxter 2+2 Kit with the following Specifications:

  • Manxter 2+2 - Sherbet Orange, Hard Top, 6 Point Roof Support
  • Manxter Stainless Front and Rear Bars
  • Meyers Manx IRS / BJ Floor Pan
  • PRP Seats in front, Covered Manx Buckets in Rear
  • SubaruGears 5 Speed Transmission
  • SubiWorks EJ 25 SOHC Subaru Engine with factory ECU

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Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:06 pm

Like all the builds it starts with an Order which once filled out is given to Paige in the Office to get the logistics in place and make sure nothing is missed.

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From there we begin getting everything into the shop.

For this build it will be Right Hand Drive so we needed to get the RHD Mold out and cleaned as the majority of the builds in the USA are Left Hand Drive. Like all the kits Meyers Manx has them in both LHD and RHD.

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The Roof Support System needs to be setup for RHD as well as it supports the steering column which funnily enough is on the other side.

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Re: Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:20 pm

The Manxter will be built on a Type 1 VW Floor pan and go through the entire build process as per all our Builds.

We start with a suitable donor bug or pan. We have a few to choose from and usually have a suitable candidate in stock.

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Once we have selected a donor we begin the pull down. All our floor pans get new heavy duty floor pan halves so the old ones are removed and then everything is pressure washed and inspected.

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One of the less fun jobs is removing all the factory tar to ensure the pan tunnel is in good condition

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With that off we get them Sand Blasted with wet media. We use Wet Media over dry as it gets the seam sealer off and gives a much cleaner finish without any heat.

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Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:30 pm

With the tunnel sand blasted we carry out any repairs before welding in new Heavy Duty Pan halves and doing our usual modifications of Tunnel Access holes, Pivot Bolt retainers and clearancing for the Subaru 5 Speed Transmission.

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The pan is then sealed, coated and left to dry.

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Meanwhile we rebuild all the other mechanical parts

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Re: Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:33 pm

Once all this is done the parts can start to come togeather.

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As this Manxter will be getting a Subaru Engine and transmission it has a few modifications such as rear access hole, twin fuel lines, hydraulic clutch etc.

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Re: Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:38 pm

With the floor pan sorted we can turn our attention to the Body. Due to the design of the Subaru Engine we have to cut out the rear area to clear the bell housing and throttle body. Luckily Meyers Manx has a cover for this exact purpose.

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Being Right Hand Drive we also need to cut out the front section where the steering box goes as the relief is on the left hand side :roll:

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Re: Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:39 pm

Once the holes are done we test fit the rear cover to make sure it will all seal up fine.

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Looks good, almost time to get it bolted down...

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Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:03 pm

With the last of the test fitting done it is time to remove the body again.

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Once the body is off we lay it all out and apply the sealant and get the fitting kits ready.

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The roll cage is back from Powder Coating

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We find it easier to put the roll cage in the body and then put the body on the pan. This means we don't have to lift it as hi and there is less chance of damage.

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Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:06 pm

The body is then lifted onto the chassis and sealed and fitted for the last time

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Starting to look like a Manxter :D

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Re: Manxter #168 - Sherbert Orange Subaru Powered

Postby Brad Connell » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:09 pm

It has been raining and a lot wetter than we like. The rain always slows things down as being in SOCAL we do a lot of work in the open.

The wheels are tires are sorted and the lifting roof is fitted.

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The wheels and tires we use are a BFG A/T and a set of Custom Offset Buggy Mags. These are an 8" in the rear and a 6" up front.


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