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Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: Barn find auction bugle
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:44:08 AM »
Thatís so Space 1999 or UFO looking.

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Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: Buggy Hunting
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:18:02 PM »
Your current budget is, in my opinion, a good one.  Beware of paying "too much" for what you get.  Just saying... ;-)up ;-)up

Couldn't have put that better  ;-)up ;-)up

At £3500 for a bare 1776 engine with no carbs, exhaust or ancillaries it shows that times and prices have changed, the value and cost of well-built and well spec'd Buggies is on the up. Classic parts such as wheels are demanding premium prices too (https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2244569) so unless you are happy to run Chinese chrome wheels there is another £1000 on wheels and tyres. Stick the stainless roll hoop, front nudge bar, engine cage, if you can find them since Flatlands scaled down on Buggy parts and a screen totalling at £1120 plus fitting kits and you are close to £6K.

Most of the Buggy is still missing at this stage.

I could not afford to build mine now so for a 'nice' one don't be scared of pushing the budget but take someone that knows before joining the smiles per hour club.

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Fuel shut off vave
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:57:22 PM »
Mine was off an old army generator but if you google lots come up.

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Fuel shut off vave
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:32:19 PM »
Before I went full AN/JIC fittings I used a fuel quick disconnect coupling, makes it very easy to shut off fuel for filter changes or draining the tank by pluging in another hose.

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Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Couple of queries
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:48:20 AM »
LWB Doon is a great choice, you can build them in a weekend if you want to?

http://www.manxmaniac.co.uk/holidaysAndShows-VolksWorld2011-ProjectRaspberry.php?album=ProjectRaspberry-FridayNight

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Cheeky tool help request
« on: August 05, 2019, 03:38:21 PM »
Found it at a mates so yours for a borrow if you still need it, email your address and I'll get it in the post this week.

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Members Buggies / Re: BIRTH OF A BUGGY CONTINUED
« on: August 02, 2019, 07:49:35 PM »
Thatís me never going for IVA, I use DOT 5....

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Cheeky tool help request
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:37:28 PM »
I have a ROTHENBERGER ROFLARE 37 degree tool somewhere that I did fuel hardlines with. If I can find it this weekend all it will cost you is secure postage both ways?

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Members Buggies / Re: Buggy rebuild started at last
« on: July 31, 2019, 09:23:41 PM »
Looking good, I have a 4 polnt cage for a swb Volksrod if you are interested.

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Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: IBW 2020
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:37:35 PM »
We thought that may raise doubts but this year my buggy didn't leave the field once from when I got to IBW till I left and I had more laughs with like minded mates than I have for a very long time.

That was with the wife so next year I may just let my hair down.

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Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: IBW 2020
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:54:11 AM »
When we did it as individual drivers in our Buggies but sharing accommodation it still worked out cheaper than the Hook ferry.
An Ibis Budget should work out at about £25 per person, Calais- Wolfsburg is about 130 miles longer which is about £15 each way and the ferry should be sub £100 return. Not forgetting that if you have 4 in a car you will need 2 cabins on the Hook run and the time lost dicking about doing circles while they wait for the port to open makes it less favourable in my eyes.

I'm thinking it's around the Lubeck area as one of their club mentioned it being on the coast but South of Kiel.

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Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: IBW 2020
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:13:35 AM »
IBW 2020 Northern Germany

Some of you will have picked up on the fact that IBW 2020 has shifted to Schleswig-Holstein. For me and a couple of others that Iíve chatted to it is just too far to do in a Buggy for a long weekend so we are looking into alternatives.

One suggestion was a road trip in daily drivers which has all the obvious benefits, being able to fit more to a car, better fuel consumption, maintaining Autobahn speeds and comfort are the main ones.

The proposal is Dover to Dunkirk or Calais on either the Ferry or Euro Tunnel depending on numbers and types of vehicles, which saves a big chunk of cash and means we can make hay when we get to the other side to get some miles in.

These are very loose suggestions and we have plenty of time to hone the plan, We could for instance get an early ferry on Thursday, split the driving and make it to Wolfsburg for an overnight at the Ibis budget to do either the Autostadt or the VW museum in the morning or even both, then arrive at IBW for early Friday evening.
On the return leg 1 suggestion is to make it back to The Irish Bar in Middelkerke, Belgium where Chad, Paddy, Wobbly Bob and myself spent my Birthday a couple of years ago for an end of road trip last night.

Again depending on numbers it may even work out financially viable to hire a minibus between us.

I know IBW is mainly about the Buggies but the event is in May and is at the same Latitude as Leeds, after the weather we experienced this year I think the giggle shelter may well be needed.  Over to you? 

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Where to start?
I suppose itís got to be the thanks to the many but Iíll name and shame a few.

Firstly I think you will agree that my glamorous assistant Karen deserves all of our gratitude for volunteering to give up the cruise to do all the shopping for the buffet and for putting up with the many other tasks I ask her to do normally at short notice. Thanks Pickle.

Also on that subject everyone that mucked in to get the buffet prepared and laid out.

Next up is Chris and Emma, you may not have noticed the beavering they were doing in the background to keep the camping area running, topping up the loo rolls and various other tasks which included disposing of approximately 35 black bin sacks of rubbish and empty bottles at the local skip on Monday morning.

Jazzy and Snowy, complete stars. Without this pair you would not have the BBQ or the Disco which I think turns a Buggy meet into a family affair, the amount of admin and organising to do these on consecutive days is immense so fantastic effort as always.

Chad and Mark, I asked some time ago on the Swanage post for volunteers to take the Show me Yours on and after the tumble weed had long gone Chad stepped up and said he would do it and Mark closely followed. Well done again guys, I reckon you hit the fun factor bang on.

Iím sure you all have your highlights of the weekend but Iím going to list some of mine:

Winning the Pride of Paddy award, Some of you may have noticed a small chink in my armour there but out of all the prizes or awards my Buggy has won this is most poignant and as long as Iím ĎNotí organising Swanage this will happen. Thanks Sonya, Tate and Max.

My almost breakdown. The small circlip that holds the throttle pedal rod on the left of the tunnel parted company whilst on the cruise which is an easy fix but when I climbed out in a rush I stamped on the clutch pedal which also pulled off the temporary repair I had done on the clutch cable shortner, leaving the 2 outside pedals flat to the bulkhead. Ollieís son Ben looked at me slightly bewildered and said ďwhatís the chances of that?Ē and we both burst out laughing. As I said ďIf you can fix it itís not a breakdown!

Angís rather well oiled attempt at the drinking machine, a fair few of us had a go but her complete lack of coordination was outstanding and had us in fits. Good effort Ang.

The last man. After doing this for 12 years now I know that if Gary and Marion are ready then everyone else are ĎCrews mountedí and starting to get bored.

The Village Fete. That ones going to be hard to top for next year, Iíll pass on your thanks to the event organisers but if anyone wants to then please drop them a line on their Facebook page.

The Weather. Iíve told you lot many times that it never rains on Carnival weekend in Swanage and finally it came true(ish).

You lot. Just great to catch up, talk crap and forget about the rest of whatís going on in our lives. Thanks.

So, next year is a definite, 2021 is a very, very strong likelihood and we can play it by ear if the redevelopment plans ever happen.

Iíve also got to pass on a thank you from the club for raising close to £1400 in camping fees.

A couple of you mentioned that the whole atmosphere of the event is completely different to other generic VW shows and it is more like a family gathering. Thatís down to you not me so keep it up and anyone that can support the Littlehampton event that Jazzy and co are organising will find that it has the same laid back vibe.

See you all in 2020.       

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More to follow but a very quick thanks to you lot.
Iíll be back.

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Cleaning Crud off old parts.
« on: July 23, 2019, 10:01:54 PM »
We used trich to clean gun parts back in the 80's, it even removed carbon but they rattled a bit the next time you fired them.

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