Joined: March 29, 2004 Posts: 26 Location: Kent, England
Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:42 am Post subject:
That article did refer to the number 10 car and it was found.
The Conquistador poster that Meyers Manx put out touting their wins at the Mexican1000 features that car.
On my car, the plywood slipped back and rested against the rear torsion assembly. There are 6 or 8 bolts across the front of the plywood, then 4 larger carriage or truss head screws that hold the wider portion of the board to the underside of the body. There are no fasteners for the rear tail portion of the board to hold it in place. I have to say that once the bolts that hold the plate to the body are bolted in, that little tail portion is extremely rigid and does not move at all. It is about all I can do to grab it and bend it down.
I think...and I say that as I am not 100% positive...the tabs acted as locators and a mounting point for holding the torsion assembly in place while being glassed into position. It would make sense to true everything up and hold it in place.
Regarding my fuel tank, I began looking into fuel bladders. I have sent out drawings and photos of the interior of the tank to a few bladder builders...none have responded as of yet. This is such a small project I am sure they are into much larger and costlier programs.
I did receive some unexpected good news. the number 3 Manx was restored and the owner had a mold made of his fuel tank lid. He too had fuel tank issues. The mold maker and part maker made his part and put the mold in storage. He called me the other day to say that he had found the mold.
With that information, I am (gulp) beginning the process of cutting the old fuel tank lid out and will start the process of prepping the car for a new lid and a fuel tank insert. ALthough it will not be 100% original, it will resolve my fuel tank leak and warpage of the old lid which is also showing further signs of delamination.
Thanks for all your information, it is so interesting hearing all this stuff from someone with hands on experience of these cars.
Good luck with your tank work. Bet you can't wait to finally enjoy your manx without any nagging worries.
Joined: September 25, 2004 Posts: 243 Location: Southeast
Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:00 am Post subject:
On my car, the front end had been in a pretty bad accident and the beam which was in it had been bent. I rebuilt a 1965 beam and removed the 4 outer half leaves on either side of the main spring leaves. The original beam had all of the leaves in it but the left had side springs were actually broken.
however since the beam was bent, the springs did not function quite right.
Since the was no fuel tank in the front, I removed the two outer most springs (8 total)
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