Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

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Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

Postby Brad Connell » Sat May 10, 2014 3:03 pm

Like a lot of our builds this one comes to us with a story attached. You see Lori Ann is the Wife of Mike and we have been giving Mike a hard time about not getting his wifes Tow'd finished yet always finding time to work on his ManxVair. Anyway you have to give him credit for finding a way to shut us up real quick and get his wifes Tow'd finished .... load in into a trailer and drop it off on their way to the Manx Club Baja Run.

Guess that means he either wins the bet and gets it to Big Bear or looses the bet and gets to blame me, who said there is no such thing as a win win :roll:

So onto the build .....

The Tow'd is in for a rebuild / reassemble and some love. It has been together in some way at some time of its life but not for a while. Lori Ann got it in bits and al lot of it is made up from bits and pieces which were picked up around the way from other buggies and shops etc.

Our Mission - Make a cool Tow'd in time for Big Bear ..

Like all our "Projects" we start by doing a layout and parts list. This helps us see what is there and work out what we need to do.

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The Tow'd will be an IRS / King and Link Pin, 4 wheel Drum brakes, Type 2 3 rid transmission and 1600 TP engine. It is getting a full pull down and sand blast followed by some of our special buggy treatment.

Not much to look at yet but give her a few weeks and the boys will have it sorted.

Parts are racked and accounted for, looks like it has made a new friends all ready :D

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From here the boys lay it out, run through it all inspecting the parts and do up a 3 stage build sheet. A 3 stage Build sheet refers to our build stages we use to ensure we don't mis something before we move on.

Stage 1 - Fabrication and Parts ordering. We do a complete dry assemble of the Tow'd. We do any fabrication, drill holes, cut fibreglass, add brackets etc and make sure it is all good to go.

Stage 2 - Strip , repair and paint. We do anything that it needs between dry assemble and final. This includes paint and repair.

Stage 3 - Assembly and mechanical. We get all the parts and put them together, we do all the mechanical, brakes, engine CV's etc and trimming as required.

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Almost done :lol:

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Re: Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

Postby Brad Connell » Mon May 12, 2014 7:16 am

The Tow'd Tub is a rare example of a new tube from 1970. It has never been fitted and still has its original green gel coat.

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This one is number TF849E031S

Deciphered from the archives this makes it "

T = Tow'd
F = Fibrgelass Body Tub not ABS
849 = Production Number
E = Month = May
0 = Year of Production 1970
31S = Colour = Lime Green

Funnily enough it still has the original final inspection tag on it which has a date of 3-70 so I guess the Tag matches, sweet.

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Re: Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

Postby Brad Connell » Tue May 13, 2014 3:27 pm

The Tow'd came with all the parts accept the rear deck lid to make the Tow'd into a Tow'dster.

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The front bar is not original but it is an acceptable copy

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Roll bar is there and a custom rear bar.

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The chassis has had some additional tubes added and a front brace to support the dash.

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And it has a hard mount 3 rib type 2 transmission

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As it hasn't really been apart before we started off by cutting the tub to fit the new support bars.

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Re: Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

Postby Brad Connell » Sat May 17, 2014 11:14 am

With the body in place it was time to turn our attention to a few of the add on's which were wanted.

A grab bar was one but before we could do that we needed to add the dash ( shown later), once that was done we could fit the grab bar support rail in place and get the alignment made. All tube work is done from 1020 DOM in this case 1 1/4.

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Then onto the battery tray. They wanted the battery out of the cargo area, if you call the rear of a tow'd a cargo area :). So it was decided it could go underneath out of the way. In this case we will be using an Odyssey 680C dry cell

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The rest of the fabrication work that was done was mainly clean up and nothing really to show. But we did get out list ticked off before we called in the local car washing crew....

To keep it off the ground she got to sit on a pallet.

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Then came the hose :roll:

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Guess it should clean up ok ....

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Anyone else want a car washed ???

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Re: Lori Ann - Meyers Tow'dster Rebuild

Postby Brad Connell » Fri May 23, 2014 11:18 am

With the chassis and barwork all sand blasted it was time to move it back inside and inspect to see if any issues had been uncovered.

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Like most old cars it is always interesting to see what the work quality was like back in the day, in this case the Tow'd had some interesting welding in places

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Just more stuff to put on the todo list I guess. Once the chassis had dried out it was hit with the first coat of etch prime, this is done to avoid the issues of working on blasted steel such as finger prints and surface rust.

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Once that was done and dry and quick reassemble was needed to get the last items sorted such as indicator tab, dash bar, dash tabs, harness bar and some other weld outs.

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From here we are almost ready for final clean up and etch before applying the seal coat and then beginning the reassemble. Then onto trim, re-wire and mechanical.


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