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

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I know what you did last Summer . . . / Swanage number 12
« on: April 25, 2019, 09:33:09 PM »
Swanage 12

It's official, please read this :

Swanage 2019
Iíve finally got some details for this yearís carnival soÖ.

Dates are Thursday 25th to Monday the 29th of July for those that can do a long weekend break but anyone is welcome at any time. We will always find some room.

Location Swanage Football club.

Dress as per IBW, Hippy, Flower power, Disco or 70ís

Do not bring your own rain as we will provide it if needed!

Normal rules apply over the weekend but for any first timers hereís a quick summary:
Please keep all camping areas as small as possible.
Tents take priority over any other form of sleeping accommodation in the gated grass area next to the pitch.
All motor homes and caravans are to be kept on the car park in front of the clubhouse.
Please do not be offended if you are asked to move gazebos or Coleman shelters if we need the space for more tentage.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but please keep them off the pitch.
All visible signs of alcohol or empty cans/bottles must be removed for match day on the Saturday.
No emptying of chemical toilets with anything more solid than wet custard into the club house toilets.
After a complaint from the committee last year if you have any broken tents or chairs please take them home with you as some were left which the binmen refused to take.

And thatís about it for the pesky rules!
The weekend will consist of:

Thursday Ė Early arrivals are welcome.

Friday Ė Troops arrive, make camp and catch up with long lost Buggiests. The bar will be open and if folks want to do a BBQ I suggest this would be the best night?

Saturday am Ė Mystery cruise (donít ask me?), ready to leave the club by 1100 (full tank etc) with a suitable location for a picnic.

Saturday pm Ė Arrive back at the club for 1700, the bar is open and itís PARTY night in the clubhouse. If you want and if numbers hit 30 the club are willing to do a buffet? You donít have to dress up but you know you want to.

Sunday am Ė Full English in the clubhouse, timings TBC.

Sunday am Ė Stupid games (TBC)

Sunday midday Ė Fun show and shine (TBC) more details later.

Sunday 1430 Ė Form up ready to leave for the Carnival procession, for those that want to depart straight after, you will be able to peel away at the end of the route.

Sunday pm Ė Relax, fish and chips in town, Sandpit field for some music and beer.

Monday am Ė Clean up the camping field and depart.

There is also the possibility of an extended stay for those that are interested from Wed 24th Jul to Wed 31st Jul for those that want to enjoy the beautiful Jurassic coast for the week for an impromptu summer break BUT this has yet to be sanctioned by the Football club committee.       

Prices:
£7 per adult per night
£2.50 per child per night
£5 per head for the buffet if we want to do 1?
£6 per head for breakfast

I stress that no monies go anywhere but back into the Football club funds, last year we raised over £1200

Iíd appreciate a little help this year to not organise the event, Iím happy to deal with the Football club and act as camping warden.

So Iím looking for someone local to sort the cruise or Iíll take you where I want to go again.

Someone to sort the Show & Shine, as we do this as a charity event there are no funds for prizes. Last year Chad and I threw together what we could as a bit of fun so over to you.

Fun games IBW style for Sun am

If in doubt have a look in the previous years posts.

And add your names.
Flags & Kaz - Thur 26th to Mon 30th - 1 buggy - 1 tent - 2 Buffet - 2 Breakfast


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VW Parts For Sale / Roll cage and engine nudge bar
« on: April 23, 2019, 02:14:53 PM »
Came out of a SWB Volksrod but may fit others (don't ask me though), £100

In good condition but some chips to the paint, collection only from Dorchester area.

Let me know if you want only one of them, I'll get a better pic when I can.

https://imgur.com/g0FfBGh


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VW Parts For Sale / Wheels and tyres
« on: April 22, 2019, 10:10:15 PM »
Selling for a mate, 31x10.5 rears on 10 inch rims, tyres are near new but need a polish if you are into that, wheels are painted grey and are in overall good condition.
Fronts are starting to show signs of perishing but would be great for fitting up etc.
Collection from Dorchester area only, £200

https://imgur.com/a/iLN4h9k

https://imgur.com/mtMEk3g

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Members Buggies / It won't be yellow when it's finished
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:50:13 PM »
So after a year long Raspberry shapped hole in the garden I've finaly got the next project home.

Boy is it rough.










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It's official, please read this :

Swanage 2018
Iíve finally got some details for this yearís carnival soÖ.
Dates are Thursday 26th to Monday the 30th of July for those that can do a long weekend break but anyone is welcome at any time. We will always find some room.
Normal rules apply over the weekend but for any first timers hereís a quick summary:
Please keep all camping areas as small as possible.
Tents take priority over any other form of sleeping accommodation in the gated grass area next to the pitch.
All motor homes and caravans are to be kept on the car park in front of the clubhouse.
Please do not be offended if you are asked to move gazebos or Coleman shelters if we need the space for more tentage.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but please keep them off the pitch.
All visible signs of alcohol or empty cans/bottles must be removed for match day on the Saturday.
No emptying of chemical toilets with anything more solid than wet custard into the club house toilets.

And thatís about it for the pesky rules!
The weekend will consist of:
Thursday Ė Early arrivals are welcome from 1300 onwards, if you get there before please wait until I have taken over the facilities from the club rep.
Friday Ė Troops arrive, make camp and catch up with long lost Buggiests. The bar will be open and if folks want to do a BBQ I suggest this would be the best night?
Saturday am Ė Mystery cruise (donít ask me?), ready to leave the club by 1100 (full tank etc) with a suitable location for a picnic.
Saturday pm Ė Arrive back at the club for 1700, the bar is open and itís PARTY night in the clubhouse. DJ Jazzy has volunteered to do the decks again (Thanks Matey) and the theme for this year is ĎCome as someone famousí So Music Icons, celebrities ETC, You donít have to dress up but you know you want to. There will be the same kind of buffet as last year.
Sunday am Ė Full English in the clubhouse, timings TBC.
Sunday midday Ė Fun show and shine (TBC) more details later.
Sunday 1430 Ė Form up ready to leave for the Carnival procession, for those that want to depart straight after, you will be able to peel away at the end of the route.
Sunday pm Ė Relax, fish and chips in town, Sandpit field for some music and beer.
Monday am Ė Clean up the camping field and depart.

Prices:
£6 per adult per night
£2.50 per child per night
£5 per head for the Disco & buffet
£5.50 per head for breakfast
I stress that no monies go anywhere but back into the Football club funds
Due to work load and family matters Iíd appreciate a little help this year to not organise the event, Iím happy to deal with the Football club and act as camping warden, Jazzy and Snowy have volunteered to sort the Disco.
So Iím looking for someone local to sort the cruise?
Someone to collate numbers for the Disco, print tickets and collect the cash as they sell tickets, or on the night?
Someone to sort the Show & Shine, as we do this as a charity event there are no funds for prizes. Last year I threw together what I could as a bit of fun so over to you.

And add your names.

Flags & Kaz - Thur 26th to Mon 30th - 1 buggy - 1 tent - 2 party - 2 Breakfast
 

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Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Magic Smoke has all gone.
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:39:36 PM »
On the return run from Stoneleigh my indicator relay lost all the smoke that works the electrical innards!

I've traced the fault to 1 of the rear lights which is done  but I've now got a strange 1.....

I've fitted a new relay and I'm getting a click from it when I turn the Ignition on without using the indicators, the left side works fine but I have nothing on the right?

I'm thinking it burnt the contacts in the switch on that side when it went puff but can't work out why the relay is energising when I turn the key?

I've tried 3 relays and all the same so any ideas welcome before I strip the column.

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Parts Wanted / 12V Bread Loaf Wiper motor
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:42:47 PM »
As above, must be 4 terminal with 2 speed and park function.
I don't need the whole mech just the motor.

Ta.

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Beach Buggy General Help / 8 Tracks
« on: March 02, 2018, 09:09:44 PM »
A bit of a long shot.

Iíve just fitted a NOS 8 track for a bit of retro entertainment when Iím stuck in traffic because thatís the only time Iíll hear it over the 120 cam.

It came with a few cartridges (I canít believe that you old and bold called Charles Aznavour music back in the day) and Iíve got a couple of Motown/Disco tapes incoming but from what I have learnt so far is:

Tapes that are nearly 50 years old and have not been used for 30 years tend to spill their guts the first time the sensing strip passes the head.
There is a lot of tape inside/outside a cartridge, or the 8 Track player when the sensing strip does fail.
The foam pressure pads are made of vampire like material and turn to dust due to UV damage.
A continuous loop of tape held within an impregnable, black magic filled cartridge was never going to cut the mustard.   
Not being able to FF or RWD was a really good idea. NO honestly you listen to the whole album so you get to hear gems that were never released as singles. 
Itís not an 8 Track, 4 x stereo does not = 8!
After rewinding a complete tape back on to the reel by hand which took an evening that I will never see again, it sounds like the Antichrist if you got it backwards.
Old speakers that were cheap when new give you the best authentic screech.   
They are so retro cool when compared with anything that has MP or digital in the format BUT

I need some
ľĒ tape splices
Foil sensing strips/tape
Foam pressure pads
Felt tension pads
And the Holy Grail of a splicing block

If anyone is still into Reel to Reel, has any of the above to sell or knows of any old school audio shops that still deal in brown spaghetti then Iíd love to know.
Iíve done the usual Google/EBay/internet searches and as per the place to buy is the land of the AR 14 but the shipping is 3x the price of the item so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Or if you have any Disco Disco Disco 8 Tracks you want to sell Iím in the market.
Ta.

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Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Steering boxes
« on: January 15, 2018, 11:33:21 PM »
Steering boxes
Types of box fitted to or commonly found on Buggies, Type 1ís, 3ís and KGís.

Very early box.
Same as early box but with a small output (Sector) shaft for details see below.

Early box.
Easiest way to identify the early box is the large output sector shaft to the pitman arm
This is a worm and sector type box that has a half ball shaped phosphor bronze sector that follows the parallel worm in a consistent pressure across the whole range of movement.
They are oil filled (SAE90), never use grease as the sector acts as a wiper across the worm which would result in damage even if full.
Less lock to lock but due to the smoother action of the internals donít result in heavier steering in my experience. They are getting harder to come by but worth it if you can find a good 1. They are not a straight swap as the input (worm) shaft is slightly longer so require some modification to the column length, you must also use the early pitman arm which does not have the steering stop extension for BJ beams, again a fairly easy fix. Also it uses the smaller early inner track rod ends; this can be sorted by using early inner ends.     

Mid-production type box.  Part number 311 415 131
These look very similar to what most vehicles have fitted (Late type) but are again oil filled and have 1 square shaped filler plug on top rather than the 2 plastic plugs. Internally they are identical to the late box.
For the description see the Late Type Box. Not too many of these around and if you have a leaky box that is otherwise good I can see no reason why you could not convert it to grease if you do not want to do a full rebuild.

Late type box. Part number 311 415 131A
These are a worm and roller type box, the worm is slightly hour glass shaped to allow the double roller to remain in contact across the arc of travel. Due to the roller pivoting on the output shaft, only 1 half of the roller is in contact with the worm at the extremities which is the main cause of play on full lock. 
They are or should be filled with semi-liquid grease such as MILLERGREASE EPL0 and are fairly bomb proof if looked after. Their main drawback is no provision for changing or topping up the grease without removing the top cover, you can pull out the plastic plugs which normally snap and are difficult to obtain to get the grease in but it is a messy task.  A solution to this is to remove the cover and tap the holes for large grease nipples; Iíve seen photos of this done but never tried it.  VW sold rebuild kits for these in the past but unfortunately they are no longer available.
 
Last VW box. Part number 311 415 131B
Same as above but with a stronger top cover so the 1 to go for if thinking about the muddy side.

Aftermarket TRW Brand box
These look very similar to the late box but internally they are a different beast.
The top cover on a VW box has an oilite bush that the top section of the roller shaft pivots in; on a TRW box it runs direct in a recess in the aluminium top cover.
VW shimmed the worm to be central to the roller which is the sweet spot on this type of setup; the TRW has no shim which results in any adjustment to the worm altering the alignment of the 2 components.
The worm in a VW box is supported by 2 x 13 ball bearing races in a metal cage or 2 x 11 balls in a Delrin cage in the last boxes. The TRW box has 2 x 11 balls in a soft plastic (it feels like Nylon) cage.
The machining to the bare core on some of the TRW boxes is also suspect, I have seen 1 that had the 2 axis so far out that it jammed solid on half lock in 1 direction but was sloppy in the other direction.
If you have ever fitted 1 and wondered why your steering wheel was no longer straight the answer is that the cut out for the pinch bolt on the input shaft for the lower steering T piece is 90` out when the box is set at midway.
Most of the TRW boxes I have seen are adjusted way too tight on both the roller and worm from new which will result in rapid wear and early failure of the bearing cages if not sorted but to do this you must break the anti-tamper seals. (yellow paint marks)
 
There is another box, sold as a VW type 1 generic or economy steering box out there but from the limited research I have done the should be avoided as they are Far East rubbish.

In some respects we are fortunate that aftermarket replacement parts such as a steering box are still available and some have used them with no issues but the dubious quality control lets them down.
   
Iím no expert but I have rebuilt/adjusted a few and have 1 on the bench ready to start so will do a bit of a write-up on what to look for and pass on any details of parts still available.

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VW Parts For Sale / 1300 Gearbox 4.375 final drive
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:21:07 AM »
This is a known good box as it came out of my Buggy and has no issues with noise or jumping out of gear etc.  Only swapped as I got myself a 1500 box with 4.125 ratio.

2 bolt nose cone, late style thrust support and quite clean overall.

Axle tubes not included as I used these on the new box but axles & fulcrums are.

No bearing forks with it as these were HD fully welded so also put on new box.

As the Axles are off it will fit in a car boot no problems.

£80 collect or hump & dump.

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I know what you did last Summer . . . / Thanks
« on: August 01, 2017, 10:23:42 AM »
Hi Folks.

Iíve got to say a big thanks again for making it a great weekend even though it was mildly moist at times.

Iíve had some feedback from a few locals that attended the carnival procession and they all said that the Beach Buggies at the start set the atmosphere for the rest of the parade so well done you lot.

The Football club are very, very happy with the funds we have put into the club this year which includes camping/donations for parking this is the largest part, and totals about £900.  The Disco/Buffet, which after costs raised about £140 plus the breakfast and bar takings. 

From what I picked up from you on the weekend is that we keep the format fairly much the same for next year?  All comments either public or by email are welcome.

Fancy Dress theme has been fairly much fixed as Pop/Rock/Music Icons from any period; I can see 40 plus Elvis/Madonna combinations already.  That gives you a year to sort out the costumes so no excuses that you didnít know.   

Results from the prize giving are:-

Driversí choice Ė Steve (Frome Flyer)
Best Idea Ė Chad for the whole Doon concept
Trailer Queen - Patrick as he actually needs to trailer it
Dancing Queen Ė Micky B, He danced his butt off all night
Chromophobic Ė Paul (mm289) but he needs to get rid of the chrome cheese grater
1200 and Proud Ė The Governor, after a service on Fri he drove half the cruise on 3 pots so technically it was a 1200 and he was proud to make it that far.

For those in the know Iím still munching my way through the voting slips that had my name, my registration and that voted for me! 

Iíll happily run with it next year but will ask for volunteers to take on a few of the tasks like T-Shirts, Buffet/Disco tickets and the Cruise, Jazzy has already poked his head above the parapet for the Sounds.

Finally another thank to you all and a special mention to Jazzy & Snowy for the Disco Disco Disco and to my glamorous Admin/Beer assistant Karen for the help.

See you all on the Weekend of the 28th-29th July 2018 for Swanage 2.0 Reloaded?

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I know what you did last Summer . . . / Swanage, The FINAL list
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:51:33 PM »
Hi all,

I've got a meeting with the Football club chairman this weekend to go through some details but this is the outline plan:

Thu 27th -  Campsite opens from lunch for early arrivals. Fees TBC but looking like £6 phpn for adults and £2.50 phpn.
Fri 28th - Main party arrive, fish and chips in town for those that want to, bar open at the Football club.
Sat 29th - Cruise leaves at 1100 to wherever it goes and back to the campsite by 1700, Disco starts at 1900, buffet at 2000. Party till late.
Sun 30th - Breakfast from 0800 £5ph (tbc), Twisted show what you own from 1000, talk crap till 1430 when we form up for the parade. Break camp after the parade and drive home.
Mon 30th - For those that want to stay the extra night clean up and leave by lunch time (ish).

SMALL PRINT.
1 - This page is for the list, please just add to it by copy and pasting the list above your post. Any comments or ideas can be posted here:   http://www.beachbuggy.info/index.php/topic,9592.30/topicseen.html

2 - The fancy dress for the weekend is following the 10 year anniversary Disco theme and is DISCO.

3 - I'm looking at an estimate of £5ph (tbc)entry fee for the Disco to include the buffet and bar staff, all funds raised at the weekend by us go straight back to the Football club funds.

4 - Please keep all encampments to a bare minimum; tents have priority over caravans, campervans and any other thing that is not a tent.

5 - No chemical toilets that contain anything bigger or more solid than a soggy Mars bar to be emptied into the club toilets.

6 - Do you want T Shirts for the cruise? If yes and we get enough interest I'll sort them & ask for sizes later.

Obviously IBW and a couple of other events in the wind before this but I need to start looking at numbers.

Thanks folks

Flags & Kaz, camping Thu to Mon, 2 x adult Breakfast, 2 x Disco, 1 buggy - 2 x T shirts
Dai & Donna, camping Fri to Sun, 2 x adult & 2 x kids Breakfast, 2 x Disco, 1 buggy - 4 x T shirts
Ollie & Jackie, camping Fri to Sun, 1 x  adult Breakfast, 2 x Disco, 1 buggy - 2 x T shirts

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Parts Wanted / Bread Loaf
« on: March 31, 2017, 09:01:38 PM »
Anyone got a spare 12v 2 speed bread loaf?

I only need the motor as park is a bit hit & miss on mine.

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Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Why?
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:55:48 PM »
Why did VW send power from the battery/regulator/alternator to the light switch before the unfused side of the fuse panel? Seems like it was just because it is in the middle of the 2 to me.

Why are the speedo lamps not fused? This 1 seems like shear madness to me as any short will fry the rheostat dimmer in the switch, not forgetting that VW were very lapse in providing any insulation on even +ive terminals.

Random earth points? For example using a terminal on the wiper switch to provide the main/dip earth drop but not putting a proper terminal on the wiper motor.

Random colour changes? They start with 1 colour but then a brown and white will hit a joiner and change to orange!

Only 1 way to sort this.......

12 core trailer cable, scotch locks and chocolate block here I come.

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