Scott’s Manx Project
…. to this!
A new year, a new project. This manx-style buggy is going to be my new project for 2005. Below is a picture of the buggy as received from the previous owner:
The first task was to clean all of the “junk” (boxes and boxes of old parts) out of the interior. Once clean, the buggy is a little easier to get a look at:
The chassis is a VW style pan. It has been narrowed from it’s original 94.5″ wheelbase to what appears to be a 80 inch wheelbase that is common with manx style buggies.
Topics in this section:
- Monster Turbocharged Volkswagen Manx
This guide tells how to add a turbocharger to a stock VW engine for about a hundred bucks. I develop a draw-through turbo system using a junkyard IHI RHB5 turbocharger and my existing weber progressive carb.
- Manx Instrument Panel
The instrument panel that the manx body came with was a crappy mess of ugly gauges and missing and broken switches. I replaced it with an aluminum panel with all the gauges and lights centered and lined up properly.
- Manx Pictures
Pictures of me taking the completed manx buggy to the sand dunes near Florence, OR. The buggy goes up and down the big hill.
- Manx Howto
Building a manx-style buggy involves cutting a section from a stock VW bug pan and welding it back together to shorten the chassis. In this guide, I show how it's done.
- Rebuild IHI RHB5 and add Carbon Seal
If you build a draw-through turbo system, then it better have a carbon seal rather than the much more common dynamic seal. This guide tells how to rebuild an IHI RHB5 turbo and replace the dynamic seal with a carbon seal. I also explain why this is important and the differences between carbon and dynamic seals.