Bruce has dreamed for years of driving a Meyers Manx coast-to-coast. Why not do it in in a brand spankin’ new Kickout SS? This section follows Bruce as he assembles a state-of-the-art buggy from start to finish. Once completed, Bruce and Winnie Meyers will drive from San Diego, CA. to Nags Head, NC, arriving just in time to attend the 3rd Annual Manx on the Banx event. Click here to visit the site.
July 7th, 2013 – The beautiful BarnFab chassis is back after having been shortened, gussets installed, hydraulic clutch plates added and powder coating completed. Assembly begins tomorrow!
July 7th, 2013 – Bruce is busy doing what he does best – Engineering innovative new components . . . Like this new fiberglass cover that conceals the notched area where the SubaruGears transaxle protrudes slightly into the rear seat area. This is the Kickout SS body Bruce and Winnie generously donated to the cause:
July 7th, 2013 – Or, this retractable convertible top frame that mounts on vert1cal slides, allowing the folded top to store neatly behind the front seats, Here it is in the “up” position:
July 7th, 2013 – Here it is in the “down” position:
July 18th, 2013 – Master Mechanic Joseph Sellars lends his considerable talent to refresh and reassemble the front and rear end of the chassis. Including the install of that beautiful SubaruGears 5- speed reverse-rotation transaxle!
July 18th, 2013 – Thanks to Joseph, it’s almost a roller!
July 18th, 2013 – Here’s a great view of Joseph’s progress, as well as the Tom Iacoboni / BLT Racing drilled and machined brake assemblies.
August 3rd, 2013 – It’s a ROLLER! Rising up onto it’s old Ford wheels. I ‘ve approached a well-known custom wheel manufacturer and asked for a sponsorship, if they agree, be ready for some amazing rims!
August 3rd, 2013 – Here’s Bruce and Joseph, checking out the progress. Quality of build workmanship is evident. Outstanding job!
August 3rd, 2013 – Front end features NOS German tie rods, and a bunch of parts from one of our generous sponsors: Dan’s Performance Parts.
August 3rd, 2013 – Any modified chassis opening was double reinforced with thick steel plates – Talk about attention to detail, check out the Manx logo that’s been cut into the emergency brake gusset! I’ve never seen a nicer pan, thanks to the skills of Brad Connell at Barn Fab, another wonderful sponsor of the Sea-to- Safari.
August 3rd, 2013 – Here’s the double-plated gusset around the access port to the hydraulic clutch cylinder. The buggy uses a stock pedal assembly that’s been modified for hydraulics. Really clean looking installation thanks to Joseph Sellars, who spent hours adapting these parts to work flawlessly.
August 3rd, 2013 – Beautiful reverse-rotation Subaru five-speed transmission donated by our extremely generous donor, Todd Triebler of SubaruGears. I thought we were going to show just how reliable this transmission is to the buggy world! Only to find out, that has already been proven: Todd has shipped over 100 of his reverse -rotation transaxles to America for daily use in buggies, beetles, kombis, and Vanagons. Engine block attached is a junk core, but we hope to have one of the Subaru engine gurus lined up as a sponsor this week. UPDATE! John Rykowski and his team at Outfront Motorsports are building us a beautiful Subaru engine, complete with ECU and harness!
August 3rd, 2013 – OK, The chassis still has a tiny amount of work left before the body can be permanently mounted. But, you have six guys and two ladies standing around staring at a fiberglass work of art. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t have done the same thing!!!
August 3rd, 2013 – This buggy is going to be spectacular!
August 3rd, 2013 – The side pods await up in the rafters. But they’ll be down soon to join the body.
August 3rd, 2013 – Hey! You know the hood is partially assembled and just hanging there . . .
August 3rd, 2013 – Voilà! Great progress this week thanks to the hard work of Joseph Sellars and Bruce.
August 31st, 2013 – Bruce and Miguel made a ton of progress with the body over the past couple of weeks. The windshield, dash, rear hatch, and sound deadening padding is now installed.
August 31st, 2013 – Manx Club Member, Director, and Secretary, Mike Dario and I drove down to Manx HQ today to see if we could help. One of our great sponsors, Tom Thompson, of TJ KUSTOMS, donated some beautiful interior items. If you already have, or are in the process of building a buggy, you MUST see Tom’s molded carpet kits. I am stunned at how well they fit. We were fortunate that Bruce had a shortened pan that served as some type of jig so we could test fit the carpet. A picture is worth a thousand words. Look at this . . . We simply laid the carpet down and it looked this good! It is molded to fit your pan precisely,
August 31st, 2013 – Next we got to work making various cuts in the carpet so we could run it around the parking brake, shifter, pedal cluster, and seat tracks. Here you can see the heavy padding that is built into the carpet. You won’t believe how plush it is.
August 31st, 2013 – The finished product:
August 31st, 2013 – Mike took this opportunity to glue and rivet down the rubber gasket that fits between the body and the pan.
August 31st, 2013 – Then we put the body on to see how the carpet looked . . . Fantastic!
August 31st, 2013 – While we were working on the carpet, Bruce was cutting down some ’68 VW beetle taillights (by hand!) to make them proportionate to the size of the buggy. Talk about attention to detail! You simply can’t believe how great an eye Bruce has. The curves and angles in this area are so complex, Bruce likened figuring out the placement to “trying to find the corner of an egg”.
August 31st, 2013 – One the carpet and gasket were installed, we moved on to install the show bar with the drop-top assembly.
August 31st, 2013 – After we got the show bar installed, we then put the assembled body back onto the work bench. We figured it’ll be easier to install the engine with the body off.
August 31st, 2013 – That’s about it for this update. Special Thanks again to Tom Thompson and all he’s done for the club. in addition to the molded carpet kit, Tom provided lumbar supports, massagers, and heaters to our seat manufacturer, PRP Products. Please buy one of these carpet kits . . . we need to support a supplier that invests so heavily to make such a great product for our buggies. The next update will include the motor install. Our sponsor Outfront Motorsports will have our chromed Subaru engine ready to go Tuesday, September 3rd. This buggy will really be coming together now!
September 22nd, 2013 – A lot has happened since our last update! First, the body is now permanently mated to the frame.
September 22nd, 2013 – Here’s a few pictures of the newly installed Subaru motor. Again, made possible by the kind folks at Outfront Motorsports. And, look at the taillights. Although they look like stock ’68 units, they have been trimmed down by hand by Bruce, who then fabricated buckets behind the fiberglass to hold the light bulb mechanisms. To him, it’s all about proportion.
September 22nd, 2013 – Here’s some pics of the brackets that Bruce has been hand fabricating for the bumper assemblies, as well as the brake drums and exhaust. All beautiful stuff!
That’s it for now! But, a lot of activity in the coming week including completion of all of the wiring, installation and plumbing to the front-mounted radiator, seat installation, mounting of the steering column and gauges. Best of all . . . It will be running within two weeks!
Stay tuned . . . . .More updates to come!