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Team ElDorado Rack's 'em Up!!!

Team Manresa’s Master Fabricator, Lou Urbina, decide it was time to help out another TGT team... “Team El Dorado”, by constructing a hand built, custom Macho Monster Rack to carry gear and supplies.

Team El Dorado’s Blue Thunder

It all started when Team Manresa’s head P.R. man, Steven Espinoza, donated his trusty ol’ faithful lumber racks to the cause.

Steve E., Team Manresa’s Director of Public Relations

Then came the incredible donation from Eugene Milburn, of Mercury Metals in Watsonville. Eugene provided the team with all the needed materials to convert the lumber racks into the Mega Roof Rack/Film Platform. Thank you Eugene!

Eugene & Lou

Lou wasted no time in cutting and reshaping the black beauty until the shape fit its new steed!

Lou slicing and dicing!

Once the shape was a perfect fit, it was time to beef up the platform (Based on the “soft” film crew that will be perched on it during the film shots), a handful of thick wall steel sticks were strategically place in order to carry the above said load!

Checking the fit!

Then a custom gear cage was added to assist in load shifts and strap wraps.

Lou & Juan, one of many test fits

Team Manresa’s Crew Chief, Juan Villeron, stopped by to lend a hand and give each vehicle a one last “Once-over”, including replacing the U-Joints on the “88 Beast”!

Juan’s little persuasion (Juan has nearly rebuilt the '88 Suburban)

After a final paint job, the rack was installed…a perfect fit!

Juan, Lou & Steven

The boys went completely above and beyond the call of duty in assisting us with our mission. We could never repay their whole-hearted love and talent which they have given to the Baja3000 project.

Thank you guys, for everything!

Comments (1)

Baja Joes:

Mercury Metals are great!!
They once welded a frame for my Car seat and its still there holding tight after several trips the length of Baja.

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