The Meyers Manx is all things to all men Š the perfect car for the man whoÕd rather build his own.
The Meyers Manx is a kit car you can build for $635 plus old V.W. parts. A fun car that you can license, insure and drive anywhere, anytime.
With the top and side curtains in place itÕs snug as a bug and waterproof. In cold weather you can hook up the heater and make it warm. Put snow tires on it and itÕll go through a blizzard that would stop a snowmobile. With super balloon tires itÕs the perfect dune buggy. Equip it with racing tires and itÕll outhandle and out-brake most any sports car.
Bruce F. Meyers proprietor of F. Meyers and Company, Newport Beach, California, is the originator, designer, and builder of the MeyerÕs Manx.
The Manx, originally designed as a dune buggy, but equally at home on the pavement, got its start when Meyers, a gifted fiberglass artist, was looking for new designs to conquer. He decided on building his own car when he learned that a Porsche he had purchased was out of alignment because of a previous accident.
Most dune buggies at that time were very ugly in appearance Š no compound curves Š in fact not much of anything in the way of beauty. So Meyers decided he was going to make the best looking dune buggy ever and thus the Manx I was born. It was a full fiberglass "bathtub" carrying Volkswagen running gear. Many of MeyerÕs friends, after seeing the car, wanted copies, so he set up shop in an old garage and began to produce the Manx I in a kit form that sold for $985. MeyerÕs soon discovered he was losing money on each car he produced decided to redesign the Manx I. The result was the Mark II which was not a full fiberglass " bathtub: abut a fiberglass body that bolted onto a Volkswagen bell pan.
The Mark II was shorter, stiffer, better riding, better handling, lighter, stronger and cheaper than was the Manx I.
Meyers was satisfied, that is almost satisfied. He had hoped to sell the Manx II Manx as a complete car as well as in kit form. He later discovered to his disappointment that the Volkswagen people sell the little bug as a complete car only and to assemble each Volkswagen chassis from parts would be far too costly. So the Mark II Manx is offered in kit form only with two different kits available.
One is stripped down version that sells for $498 and consist of a beautifully finished laminated fiberglass body shell and front deck lid and a vacuum formed Cycolac dashboard. The other sells for $635 and includes the above plus windshield and frame headlight housings. Cowl frame, rear deck covering, aluminum trim, rubber weather stripping, fender welts and all the necessary hardware.
Painting of a Manx is not necessary because color is impregnated right into the fiberglass and you can choose from such wild colors as Red, Tangerine, Royal blue, Yama Yellow, Marine Green or Off White.
The Manx is not difficult to assemble and anyone with average mechanical agility can do the job in a couple of weekends. The complete cost of your Manx is, of course, dependent on what you pay for the necessary V. W. parts and how far you want to carry the project Š the only limitation being you imagination.
For example you can use the VW engine for power of you can switch to a Corvair or Porsche engine, all the way up to 200 H.P. if you wish.
You can install a luxury interior, hardtop, side curtains, mag wheels, 4 wheel disc brakes, fully adjustable suspension and racing tires. You can even put on an exotic metalflake paint job if you wish.
The next two pages show a step by step picture story of how the Meyers Mark II Manx is assembled.
Whether you purchase the Manx Kit "A: or Kit "B" you are going to need a Volkswagen 1200 Sedan (1961 or later preferred) floor plan complete with pedal assembly; shift lever and linkage assembly; rear transaxle, torsion bar trailing arm assemblies; engine from any year VW sedan, truck, variant, Porsche or Corvair.
ItÕs cheapest to try and pickup a VW that has been wrecked, usually a roll over, since this type accident usually leaves all the necessary parts intact.
After the body has been removed the above parts should remain assembled as a unit on the wheels for ease of construction.
The Volkswagen chassis must be shortened 14 inches plus or minus a _ inch to give an 80 inch wheelbase. This is done by removing a section of the floor pan (see sketch) with a torch or chisel and then welded back together again.
Complete step by step instructions for preparing the chassis and assembly of the Manx are included in the kit.
After the chassis work has been completed the Manx body is mounted. Wiring harness. brake reservoir, and gas tank are now installed. Next comes the front and rear body supports along with the license plate light.
After this has been completed you are now ready for installation of the dash frame and dash to the hood and the installation of instrumentation.
Next the hood and dash assembly are attached to the body.
Last but not least is the mounting of the headlights. Steering column, and windshield.
Your Meyers Manx is now about ready to roll unless you want to add some of the many options that are available. These include wide rim wheels, upswept exhaust, skid plate, front and rear bumpers, roll bar, carpeting, and fiberglass top only to mention a few.
Whether you want a stripped down or deluxe mild or wild fun car it can al be had with the Meyers Manx.
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