Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:37 pm

Baja_Wes wrote:I see the RX has been put back into service :)



Yeah Terry has dropped it back for me to sell, so if anyone wants a Lifted RX Turbo Sedan with EJ22 Conversion, new tyres, alloy mags, 2" lift kit ( with mod papers), 4 wheel disc brakes, rear LSD blah blah blah Terry is after $3k for it
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:04 am

So things have slowed a little on Sunshine as one of the tasks I must sort is ensuring that we can duplicate everything I do on all the other Manxter 2+2 kits. This will mean all the customers get a bolt together solution but it also means that it takes more time to do it.

One of the major areas of concern with the Manxter 2+2 kit and getting compliance in Australia was with what Meyers Manx USA call the roof support system. It does not ship with any sort of seat belt mounts and the design and material used is not legal in Australia.

So we need to change this. The Australian Manxter 2+2 kits will all have roll bars which are CNC Bent from 1020 grade CDW Tube at 44.45 OD(1/3/4) with a 2.6mm wall. Meyers Manx USA do offer a 1020 grade upgrade on their barwork but it was still undersized for Australian use. Now some states such as Queensland call for a minimum OD of 45mm in the main hoop. We have been allowed to use 44.45 by increasing the grade of tube and gaining engineer approval. As far as seat belts go we will be fitting several compliant seatbelt boss kits to the main and rear hoops. Along with all this is the increase of the mounting plate and fasters to comply as well as the chassis ( floor pan ) mounting points and an additional upright support to remove the issues with the bent main hoop upright.

So with all the in mind it sounds simple enough until you realise the roll cage OD is very important to the roof fitment as well as fitting in the body and it also needs to clear the dash and a few other points.

Ah the fun of building approved cars ...

Luckily for me I have Dave onside and he will make the mods and enhancements look sweet and hopefully be very hard to pick without us telling you. The style of the Manxter Cage is one of the defining features of the Manxter and something I am very keen to retain.

I must say though after playing around with it for a few hours yesterday I will be VERY happy to put my wife and kid into it. After working on a lot of different buggies and barwork setups I am very happy with the way it all ties in and not only compliments and reinforces the body but looks and feels very safe.

So stage 1 was to get the bits of barwork we got from Meyers Manx USA assembled and tacked out in the body, brace it all up and then start building a jig to suit the OD of the factory bars.

Then we work backwards to build our new bars.

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Even sitting naked the skeleton looks sexy ....
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby VWNuts » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:31 am

It does look good
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:06 pm

Yes it does the barwork really does look awesome ... should have some better pics by monday :D
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby MIN76 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:13 pm

It`s got some nice looking lines, you just wouldn`t bother trying to do your own barwork now.
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby dbryar » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:50 pm

I concur. That is a very good lookin' frame/shape
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:29 pm

Ok so with my time line drawing to an end I am no where near where I want to be. Luckily I have a few guys up my sleeve and over the weekend I was lucky enough to find some guy silly enough to come and start making the Manxter Loom for me. Well not really silly as he has been working on the production buggy looms for a while and we should have one in the Manxter to test it out and if it all works fine they should be in the shop within a month or two.

No doubt people will tell me they can do it cheaper, quicker and with little effort but I am not so lucky. It has cost me a packed just to buy all the good bits to put into the looms. Ben has spent a lot of time doing the custom wiring diagrams and working out termination etc. I reckon when it is all said and done the 1st loom will have about 60 hrs and more than a few $$$ tied up in it. Anyway for those who have ever had electrical issues you know a good loom is money well spent.

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The Wire Mistro at work ! 8)

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What you will see once install is complete, water resistant, dust sealed and all dones with top spec gear.

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What you see when you look in side ... 16 Fused circuits, 11 Primary relays powered and fused, 2 fuseable links and a hole heap of nice termination and neatness.
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:08 pm

hmm now I wonder what we have going on here then ....

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Tratty » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:28 pm

Looks like rear discs being drilled to me :)
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby manxiberty » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:41 pm

looks like subaru pcd with my calibrated eye!!!
if in doubt hit it with speed.... just don't hit the cactus!

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:33 pm

manxiberty wrote:looks like subaru pcd with my calibrated eye!!!



Subaru would be 5 on 100 what you see is 1 on 50
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby manxiberty » Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:16 am

sorry ...was getting ahead of myself......if you only want to hold your rim on with one nut usually it goes on the centre like formula one cars..... hehe
if in doubt hit it with speed.... just don't hit the cactus!

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby finchy » Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:54 am

Obviously new steering wheel, drilling for boss kit :mrgreen:
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Tratty » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:49 am

Mmm rudge whitworth wheel nuts with wheels to suit, now there's a project for you Brad :lol:
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:06 am

really I was reoving excess weight so when I am pushing it to Fraser it doesn't weigh as much
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