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Post by The blue dunebuggy on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:11 pm

First I wanted to say I went to my first club meeting last saturday on 6/13 had a good time and will definitely go back. Now I need some help with a purchase of Dune buggy. Trying to get a dune buggy for the wife. I think i found one but i am kind of new at the VW thing. I wanted to see if this dune buggy listed below is a good price..please let me know ..

http://athensga.craigslist.org/cto/5040629340.html
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:53 am

The price seems to be in line with what buggys go for. Those wheels would have to go though. I would definitely check how the tunnel shortening was done and how the pans were done.

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Post by The blue dunebuggy on Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:36 pm

Attorney Isaiah Loophole wrote:I would definitely check how the tunnel shortening was done and how the pans were done.

Is this something to do with the engine?? I am sorry I am new at this that's why I am not understanding.
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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:00 pm

Most buggy bodies are shorter than a beetle body. So the chassis (original pans and center tunnel) have to have a section cut out and then be re welded back together.  Bryce has some pics somewhere from when he did his buggy I'm sure he'll post which will make it easier to understand.

Here's a diagram showing how much needs to be removed for a Manx.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:25 pm

like Eric said most fiberglass buggies are made for a shortened vw chassis....my buggy you saw on saturday is 14" shorter than a beetle

on mine I had to start over because the cut on the chassis was executed terribly.....



I ended up doing a z cut on the replacement (picture before I welded it)



Doing it this way gave me a flat lip to weld cut down factory pans on


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Post by The blue dunebuggy on Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:39 pm

Man I have a lot to learn about these VWs. I thought the fiberglass buggys where just made that way, I didn't know that they came from a beetle frame. One last question about this, Now on the fiberglass bodies on the back seats of them is there enough room for an adult to sit back there and is there enough leg room???? thanks for all the help guys
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:59 pm

I would say no to a shortened pan fiberglass buggy for an adult to sit in the back.....maybe one could but it is tight....

That also brings up another area of concern....You need to find out how the buggy is registered? Sometimes people are not all that honest when it comes down to things like this.

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Post by The blue dunebuggy on Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:18 pm

That's true because it should be title as a dune buggy right ??? Because my dunebuggy is register as a 1971 volkswagon dune buggy..
Do they make a fiberglass bodies that will fit 4 adults ??
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:04 am

I assume they could be registered as a dune buggy, vw kit car, vw roadster or something along those lines...

Yes they make full length buggys that are bigger and sit on a stock pan but most of them look a little odd to me.  Not sure how well they sit four adults though...I assume better than the shortened buggys but you can probably squeeze 4 in a shortened buggy....

Four people in a short Allison buggy



Long version of the same Allison Buggy



This long version looks pretty good though!


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