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Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: LWB floor pan replacement ...woking area?
« Last Post by Eagle on July 07, 2020, 09:20:09 PM »
Looking at the picture the pans they seem to be fairly decent. Are they the original ones. If so it may well be worth considering localised repairs. Possibly take the seam sealer off and cleaning and repainting then reapplying the seam sealer.
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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Manx steering column
« Last Post by Speedy on July 07, 2020, 06:17:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies very useful, I'm a fan of rivnuts too never used them in fibreglass though, it's definitely all about being able to take it apart again.
Not sure if anyone has seen or used these before but going to use them to hold the body to chassis instead of just panel washers. We used to use them when my son was Karting.
Didn't know if the smaller ones would fit under the windscreen rubber.


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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Manx steering column
« Last Post by Doon L001 on July 07, 2020, 05:30:00 PM »
I am a fan of Rivnuts and dome head bolts with hex sockets. Saves a lot of contortionism (thinking ahead to old age) ant the bolts will usually hold on a socket driver with the right head saving even more grief when fitting.

Never tried countersink in fibreglass for the reason stated.

You can even get dome head screws with a spreader, like a fixed washer, making them even easier
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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Manx steering column
« Last Post by Paul1953 on July 07, 2020, 03:40:16 PM »
Some really useful tips there....  I have a stainless sheet plate filling the gap between glassfibre tub wall and bonnet underside so this gave a good structure to "hang" the two arms on. (Sheet goes well below tub upper edge). This sheet being an iva requirement but brackets are just as good and maybe better.

The tip re- electrical connections is also spot on.  ;-)up ;-)up

Just another quick thing..... take care with the screw\bolt countersunk holes in the windscreen area. So very easily to drill too deep leaving nothing in depth to stop the screw\bolt head from pulling through when tightening from the underside.
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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Manx steering column
« Last Post by cunningstunt on July 07, 2020, 03:21:19 PM »
Yes that's correct. I have one on mine and very impressed with it. Gives plenty of adjustment options and support for the column.  If you combine it with one of the alloy supports where it goes through the firewall then it doesn't move at all. Its easy to unbolt a part of it to remove the front end should you need to and i do also recommend having the electrics done with plug joints to dash and any part that will need to be removed to get the front off. All of mine are on lugs and 4 in total to undo, 4 bolts for the column support and the bonnet screws and it just lifts off. Well worth thinking ahead of future issues.
Easiest way i found to do the support under the screen rubber was to fit the screen, use a pencil to mark where it sits, take it off and lay the bracket on it and mark the holes from the top, you'll also need to use countersunk head bolts with that and be careful of the wiper motor mounts interfering
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Members Buggies / Re: Start of wifeys buggy - Manx
« Last Post by Manxdavid on July 07, 2020, 08:17:23 AM »
What a very strange way to do business  :-\
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Members Buggies / Re: Start of wifeys buggy - Manx
« Last Post by Paul1953 on July 07, 2020, 07:46:24 AM »
Heard the same myself.. Maybe thats why he has a web site currently under construction.  ;-)up ;-)up
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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Manx steering column
« Last Post by Paul1953 on July 07, 2020, 07:37:31 AM »
Yes you have this right.... While you have the brace off the buggy take a look at the "split tube" the steering column tube goes through. This is a precise fit on the tube. However before trying to slide the column tube through the brace support tube take a file, preferably round or half round, and carefully relieve the inside edges of the brace tube and the edges of the cut that makes the split. If you do this the steering column tube will slide through the support tube with ease and avoids scraping the column tube paint. Also ensures you can slide each tube section with ease when adjusting for best alignment of column. (I have high regard for this bit of engineering).
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Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: LWB floor pan replacement ...woking area?
« Last Post by Roman on July 07, 2020, 06:49:18 AM »
I am Learning all the time. Thanks.
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For future reference WD40 is not actually a very good penetrating oil. Plus Gas and Wurth are much better, a 50/50 mix of nail varnish remover (ie acetone) and auto trans fluid is best by far. ;-)up
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