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By John S 2 Date 2008-03-16 20:40
Check this one out.
Give us the official update on the Lifeguard Manx body style history production ect.. if you would.
We need to get registry entries for this body.

There is only like 4 or something???


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By Scott C 743 Date 2008-03-16 21:12
According to the Manx Club site, there were only 3 of them produced, 2 of them were sold as Lifeguard units, one was destined to be sold to the US Forestry Service, but was stolen before it could be delivered. Not much other info on them there, also no mention of Corvair power, they said they were built with pancake engines for clearance in the trunk area.

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By GreenManx Date 2008-03-16 21:17
i read that too if i remember right bruce knows where the 2 life gaurd ones are so this mist be the stolen one i guess.
Meyer's Manx
By GTMike Date 2008-03-16 22:39
its green, so it would make sense that it would be for the forset preserve??
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By SurviverBlues Date 2008-03-17 04:19
That might explain:

It has been garaged for many years and it has dropped off the system.
By GreenManx Date 2008-03-17 12:31 Edited 2008-03-17 12:42
If that is the one that was stolen I bet Bruce would want to get his hands on it

I looked in the registry and they say they found them all.
Meyer's Manx
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-03-17 15:48 Edited 2008-03-17 21:13
Wow, just noticed the long exhaust on that one. According to the chevy hood badge its turbo charged. With the 1965 tail lights, I'd assume this is the 180 HP Corvair motor.


EDIT: I got a link to the EBay auction and had a look at the motor. Its a disappointing 110HP maximum. This was obviously built from different year Corvairs. The dash is an early dash 1961-64. The tail lights are 1965 (the only year of the large chrome trim ring in the lamps). Its got a late model Corvair shifter 1965-1969 but an early (four lug) transaxle. I believe that makes it a 3 speed only.

Its interesting that the motor and transaxle are all Corvair.
By MonoManx7 (manxologist) Date 2008-03-17 16:49
The Forestry Manx was found already. The molds for the lifeguard manx were sold at auction. There are a few of  these post BFMEYERS production out there. I know of 3, Bart has one I believe, there is one in Atlanta Georgia and this one. Each of the copies I have seen have the rear covers

The 3 original units from BF Meyers are in Southern california and are owned by the same person( the last time I talked to him was a couple of years ago)

None of the original cars were metal flake (2 were yellow and 1 was british racing green) and all of the copies are metal flake.

They are still cool

By GreenManx Date 2008-03-17 18:59
great info Mono i still like to get my hands on one.
Meyer's Manx
By ManxDude Date 2008-03-19 11:17
before this one there were 3 known post Meyers Utilities,  I have the one that's in Atlanta and it is the same color as this one it had the same gas filler,C.B. antenna mount in the same spot, smooth Manx 2 dash and mine had the same mirrors in the same spot as the one that just surfaced, then theres Barts and Greg reid in Ca.
here's mine
By GreenManx Date 2008-03-19 12:07
Manxdude it looks to me that it is taking up alot of space over there if you would like i can do you the favor of taking it away for you. :-)
Meyer's Manx
By MonoManx7 (manxologist) Date 2008-03-20 21:20
I stand corrected. I did not know of the California Greg Reid car.
By glassbuggy Date 2008-07-12 18:32 Edited 2008-07-14 15:26
Here is the link to my Utility album
By Bill K 96 Date 2008-07-27 18:17
Jay H, The Lifeguard Manx pictured has a Transvair kit that uses the early Corvair swingaxles that are 4-lug, regardless of tranny.  The dash looks to be out of a Spyder which would explain the turbo emblem.  It may have been assembled originally from a Spyder? 
You could use the Rampside, Greenbrier, or Corvan axles which have the 5-lug axles.

Manxdude it looks as though your "Manxguard" has the same inner tub as a Manxvair for use with the ConnFerr chassis!? Could this make it even rarer still?

My Series 1 Deserter has the Crown Conversion with reverse rotation 64 Spyder engine soon to get a freshening up. My early Imp has a "homemade" Corvair conversion with the truck axles which will be replaced with the proper Transvair kit I just picked up after the S-1.  I would love to get a Manxvair(Wife says I have enough projects).

Take care, Bill
By Mike B 1734 Date 2009-07-31 23:34
OK, I just looked at one of these for sale yesterdaay.  It has been in a barn for 19 years.  It has the utility back end but the cover is missing.  Does anyone know how many post ones were made?  By coincidence, this one I looked at is painted Dark Green, non-metalflake.
By glassbuggy Date 2009-08-01 05:13
There are only four authenticated post BF Utilities. Bruce has said there are a few more that he has seen or heard of. Mine was built turn key so I have been able to track it back to the fellow that had the shop in Anaheim mold it in the color he wanted (copper metallic). It seems to me that the shop would make one and mold a second one with the leftover materials. There are two green ones and two copper metallic. Other than mine in Pa and Sonny's in Ga they all reside in California.
By Mike B 1734 Date 2009-08-01 23:39
Well, he sold it to someone else on me.  This one is located in ND.
By glassbuggy Date 2009-08-02 13:11
Are you sure on the id ? The Glitterbug Pickups were very similar without the box.
By Mike B 1734 Date 2009-08-17 01:38
Yeah I think you're right
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