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Manx Project
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Post Post subject: Re: Manx Project
Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 04:14 AM
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a lot of crap for a 14 year old, man i gotta slow down:)

Don't think that I don't have my next project all planned out. Laughing Always good to have some direction.

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yea, as soon as im done with the baja im starting on a 68 ford ranchero w/ a 351cleveland.
theres so much rust on my bug its gonna take for ever, how did you do thtose floors on yours?


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joxracing wrote:
how did you do thtose floors on yours?

good question. I haven't even posted a picture of the floors.


Since this is a 'glass car there isn't a whole lot of structure. That became evident when I broke the car in half... twice. Instead of building it on another pan, I decided to build my own frame so the car would gain back the rigidity it lost with the body. The tunnel remains, but on each side I have a piece of 2 x 3 box beam that acts as a structural member and is tied into the rear torsion tube and the front axle. Between the tunnel and each of these beams I didn't have any floors, because I cut them out.

To support sheet metal floors, I welded-in flat bar and angle iron around the perimeter of each side (where the edges of the floorpans would be on a beetle) You can see some of the angle around the edges here, floor is held in by screws tapped into the support:











I also put in a few well-placed transverse supports under the seats and where you step into the car:




All of the bolts that are seen sticking out are to make it easier to assemble and disassemble. When I put it together for the last time, they will be recessed. You can see some of the recess holes for a body bolts on that box beam.




This whole process was a lot of work, but my main goal was to gain rigidity, the floors are secondary. It would be a lot of work to set your car up this way, as it was for me.

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