Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

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Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby swannysmanx » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:47 pm

Ok guys, sharing with no shame. I must have one of the most busted Manx buggies out there, but I'm committed to the rebuild so the show goes on.
The poor old 45y.o body has had hits in both front corners, all hidden by bodyfiller and hi fill primer.
I'm an eleco by trade but whilst building trains I snuck in a few overtime shifts helping vehicle builders repair gelcoat cracks, so with that limited experience in hand I have attacked this tired old buggy body with no mercy in the hope that the cracks won't reappear.
All of the old repairs were dodgey so I'm redoing them also.
Here's a few progress photos of the gelcoat and fibreglass repairs for those interested.
Trust me it's not as scary as it looks. the trenched out cracks now get filled with resin, sliced back and filled over, and then they shouldn't reappear.
It will be a solid body when I'm done with it.
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Watch this space, more to come soon, laying glass matt tomorrow.
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby bajabone » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:39 am

Good stuff. I have many gel coat cracks also in my Baja kit that I need to fix (between beach trips). Keep photos coming.
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby Huffypilot » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:53 pm

If you need a hand drop me a pm, this is something I need to learn also.

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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby PUD » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:54 am

G'day Swanny, hows the glassing coming along? Pud
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby swannysmanx » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:08 am

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G'day Pud, It's going well. The laminating on the top is done. I reglassed both front guards, front valance, repaired tail light holes and numberplate cut out, so its back to original shape now. Next I'll beef up the rear firewall and side panels and anywhere else underneath which looks too thin.
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby PUD » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:15 am

Looks good, should stiffen & tidy things up a bit, it's great to see you giving a buggy another life! Did you end up getting hold of a bonnet?
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby swannysmanx » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:43 am

Yes I did but I got carried away and bought a complete body.
I'll still use my bonnet,I'm better at fibreglassing now so I'm sure I can save it.

Can you tell me if this one is a real Meyers Manx or just a copy.
My concerns were the rear number plate area looks odd.
Could it be an american body, or early manx.
The odd parts are wrong dash of course, no bonnet badge bulge, rear numberplate box is wrong, no wiring conduits under the sides but everything else checks out as per manx verification.

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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby Lovebuggy » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:14 am

Can you tell me if this one is a real Meyers Manx or just a copy.


If it doesn't have the key Signature Markings that make it a Meyers Manx, then it is not a Meyers Manx.

Plenty of copies out there.
Are you a financial member of the club??

Go to "http://www.manxclub.org/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=1667" and sign up today.
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby finchy » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:34 pm

keep posts coming, interesting for Novus. :lol:
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby Brad » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:33 am

Lovebuggy wrote:
Can you tell me if this one is a real Meyers Manx or just a copy.


If it doesn't have the key Signature Markings that make it a Meyers Manx, then it is not a Meyers Manx.

Plenty of copies out there.


I think that is Ben trying to say the Buggy Body shown in the above pictures IS NOT A MEYERS MANX

BUT it is still a buggy and Buggies are cool
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby swannysmanx » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:00 am

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I finally identified the second buggy I bought. It's a Glitterbug!
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby Brad » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:13 am

It looks like what Troy has.

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I think he found where his had come from so maybe ask him
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby kitcar » Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:20 pm

Glitterbugs were made on the central coast nsw.
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby PUD » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:20 am

G'day Swanny, hows the glass repairs on the manx coming along? Do you have plans on building another buggy too & using the other body? 8) Pud
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Re: Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs

Postby swannysmanx » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:24 am

G'day Pud, I sold the glitterbug body to a friend. My yellow manx fibreglass repairs are almost finished so I should have it painted before christmas. Chassis is nearly ready also. Bodies pop up on gumtree and ebay, just keep an eye out, or ask Brad for details as new manx bodies are not too expensive.

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