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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Quick Steer Kit-pros and cons?
« on: March 03, 2021, 07:57:28 PM »
Has anyone ever used one on the street? I don't really need quicker and hence heavier steering but it looks like an easy way to change my track rods out a bit. I'm getting a little more bump steer than I'd like since I raised the suspension back up.

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: A simple question...
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:37:03 PM »
Exactly that Snoopy.

I remember going for a job a long time ago for a company which was having to go through the wiring loom of a Jag which have headlight wash/wipers.  It appears in Canada a driver died after using his washers in seriously subzero temperatures. The wipers had frozen solid, blew the fuse, which also happened to be for the headlights too, and the driver crashed.

Horrifies me when I see people using the EMPI loom which only has 1 light fuse.

Reminds me of a friend's Audi kept going into limp mode, after many trips to the dealer turns out it was a slight bad earth causing a very occasional delay on the screen wash...the poor car really thought it was it that much danger...bonkers! :-\

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: Wheel suppliers
« on: March 02, 2021, 01:50:42 PM »
Just a reminder.... It`s either this year or next at the latest that the MOT check will fail your buggy that has tyres fitted 10 years or older regardless of tread depth or overall visual condition. (I know a few folks , buggy and other home builds with old NOS tyres fitted).

That's only for the fronts of HGVs and PSVs plus mini bus tyres, from last month. It doesn't apply to cars.

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: A simple question...
« on: March 02, 2021, 12:47:48 PM »
My trusted brands apart from VW are Durite (I've used their stuff all my working life) and Lucas if you can get it. Bosch for ignition parts, NGK or Champion for plugs and that's about it.

Less is more in my world ;-)up

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / A simple question...
« on: March 02, 2021, 10:13:04 AM »
 Okay I've been into buggies for a long time and see them as an antidote to the sickness that modern cars often are, over complicated and unable to be worked on my a layman. I see my buggy to be closer in alignment to something like an MG TC than to a Ferrari. So what is it with relays? Fuses too?

I see people on here and online doing wonderfully neat wiring jobs on buggies but seemingly incorporating banks and banks of relays and multiple fuse boxes. When VW built the car that my buggy is based on they didn't fit one relay unless you include the flasher unit and only six fuses. They just used decent wire, decent quality switches and a foot dip switch. I followed their lead and everything on my car has always worked fine, no electrical gremlins in 20+ years.

Are all these relays to allow thinner wires and crappier switches to be used or are folks just showing off? And the fuses? My old Morris Minor only had two (three if you include the one they hid behind the speedo....grrrr....) What gives? I just don't get why people over complicate a simple vehicle.

Confused of Anglesey :-\

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: Wheel suppliers
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:40:42 PM »
What wheels and what fitment have you got on now and what style do you fancy?

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:54:45 PM »
I wasn't aware that DVLA took any notice of emails or phone calls. I thought they were still just geared up for the written word :-\

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 28, 2021, 10:49:37 AM »

this is really nice but mot checker say no !  :(

You'd need to go by what it actually says on the V5C, the wrong MOT description could have been put in by a confused tester, MOT and DVLA use different data bases.

Toyz For Sale / Re: Classic CB Radio
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:58:04 PM »
Commtron rig sold, York still available. c/w power lead and new mic.

£40 posted.

Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 24, 2021, 10:15:40 AM »
Thanks everyone, buggy in work shop. Taking everyone's advice, looking at thinner front wheels. Getting stuff over here is hard, Dave where did you get the steering wheel? Nothing here at all and when I find something online they don't ship here.
I will keep asking questions and post my progress. Thanks again.

Post a close up pic of the centre of your steering wheel. You can probably get one to fit your current center boss to save a few $$$.

Email it to me if you can't post here. bullbaydavid@yahoo.com

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 06:58:33 PM »
In the past, dvla used to issue new registrations, a firm I used to work for had some foreign  registered trucks, which gained a current registration number when imported, remember it is date of registration  not necessarily  date of manufacture. You are dealing  with a system which has been chopped  and changed, left open to  interpretation, so anything  is possible.
Mercedes lost a shipment of  cars for ten years  then sold as new on current  registration when they found them
Ttfn Glenn

Since SVA/IVA came in in 20+ years ago it actually cleared up the 'open to interpretation' bit. Fewer than 8 points, and 8 points are impossible to attain with any chassis mods, it needs to pass IVA to be legal.

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 12:37:47 PM »
Still with convertible on they are not a 100% ok as the vin would need to be type 15

Not if DVLA or a previous local authority licensing body changed the description from 'saloon' or whatever to 'convertible', it'd retain its original chassis number.

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:59:13 AM »
To be honest as long as the V5C doesn't actually say Beetle then you're very unlikely to have any trouble with the authorities, and I'm guessing that out of all the swb buggies built in the last 20 years including pro builds by Flatlands etc, only a handful if that have been IVA tested. That doesn't make it right though, but if you're set on the buggy then an incorrect V5C description would be a great bargaining tool to get the price down.

Another thing, are you sure that it was newly built 14 years ago and not an earlier buggy build that's been rebuilt/rebodied? I'd certainly drive it with a clearer conscience if that was the case.

MOT description means nothing as they (DVSA) have a different data base to DVLA and often just show the vehicle description put in by the last tester.

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:51:45 PM »
Just put a hardtop on it ét voilà, it's a salon. FF Buggies or East Coast Buggies will sell you one for less than £200.

Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:16:20 PM »
By sketchy do you mean loose, tight, no self centre, bump steer? :-\

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