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Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / No drive from 4th
« on: December 16, 2018, 05:52:10 PM »
Thoughts please...

Picked up the buggy after the floorpan chassis work, therefore box was removed and refitted. Driving back all gear selections seem fine but no drive from 4th. It felt like it was in gear (ie right position in the H gate if you know what I mean. ) I suppose that it could be that the selector is just a mm or two out on the box to actually engaging drive?

When I got home I did the usual loosen the plate by the gear lever but that was fine (thatís usually just to get 1,2 and reverse)

Before the tear down there were gear selection issues when warm but to be honest we found the friction plate was destroyed so that has been replaced and selection is fine.

So what do you reckon, selector issue still or a knackered box?

Thinking to drain the box oil to see if there are lumps in it (not just minor swarf), may be play with the square bolt on the joint under the inspection plate. 

Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / VW Heritage Floor pans
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:52:13 AM »
Just a quick one... have seen some recent comments which may confirm my thoughts here, meanwhile am getting my chap to talk to Heritage to confirm.

Replacing floor pans - for SWB. have looking at fabrication options, but going down the tradition buy 2x halves, and cut them to fit. But which type?

Cheap black ones - approx. £70 each - traditionally the ones to avoid they're kinda OK but really too weak and thin. But quoted at 1mm think and weigh 1mm thick and weighs 8.5 kg

Red ones - currently reduced from £150 each. - alway had the reputation for the ones to go for, thicker and better quality.
BUT LOOK.... the weight and gauge difference on the website - looks like they are worse now than the cheap black ones?
0.8mm thick and 7.85kg

Or these original spec back ones - at £225 each
Grey - original 18 gauge 1.2mm thick but weight 9.5kg

What has happened to the red ones - are they now the ones to avoid? Do I really need to go to the for £225 a piece ones? Is there really a big difference now between the cheap black ones and the expensive black ones?

Ok itís a little after the event, but Iím finally editing all the videos from the year and so 5months late, Iíve finally done the Stoneleigh meet. Relatively quick edit as usual most from the phone with a tiny bit of go pro on the buggy and that infamous clip on the drone.


OK, its going to take me an age to put together all the videos from the weekend but will gradually post a few on here along with some of the photos.

Here's just the pre-parade line up before we do the street line up (also coming), sorry I missed a few right at the back in the football car park. But you will be shown in the next video (with the cakes!  ;)  )

I know what you did last Summer . . . / Dunstable classic car rally
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:30:24 PM »
Popped along to this show on Saturday as I haven't been before yet it's only 10mins from home and a fine day. Nice little show with some interesting motors.

You know me, armed with my iPhone and GoPro to capture a bit of the day... sadly no other buggies there.


Beach Buggies For Sale / Orange GT Hustler
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:19:53 PM »
For sale - advertising for a friend - just contact me direct.

GT Hustler - (And I thought they were rare)

Located in High Wycombe.

Low mileage, fantastic orange metal flake. Super reliable Type 4 engine, hardly used between rebuilds, with custom exhaust. Led headlights.
Sound system, CB.
Price £10,000

I know what you did last Summer . . . / Clear the cobwebs
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:46:38 PM »
well it was such a lovely morning today I thought I would risk the freezing fog at 7.30am this morning and drive the buggy down to a car meet that a few bears organised. I wasn't going to bother especially as it was a 130mile round trip to BlackBush airfield and to say it was cold is an understatement!!!! Was pretty numb when I got there and back again. Still it certainly cleared the Christmas cobwebs. Who says a buggy is just for summer!

Sadly I didn't take any photos but one of the chaps just posted this link:


Beach Buggies For Sale / GP Mk2 Super Buggy
« on: November 01, 2016, 07:33:11 PM »
Advertising on behalf of Poacher (you know what he's like with inserting photos!  ;D ;D ;D )

1971 1600 dual port GP mk2 superbuggy. 4 seats. Solex H30/31 pict carb.
MOT June 17, tax exempt. Never failed since I have owned it in 4 years.
2006 engine rebuild inc new ignition system, new carbs, brakes, suspension re-haul, fully rewired.
Brushed steel dash, original vw steering coloum, starter button.
Lockable rear boot which holds battery(3 yrs old) and sub woofer & tools.
Mamba bucket seats, 4-point harness.
Modular 4 stud chrome wheels (year old) on good rubber.
Cannon exhausts (year old)
Caged roll bar to front.
Chrome headlamps, halogen bulbs. Rear led frenched lights, spot lights on but not wired up, twin air horns.
New Pioneer radio/usb system. Black & white plates.
Full wet weather gear, strips down to bikini, Designed and fit by HUKES.(4yrs old)
Full respray 2014 raspberry red metal flake (tuskan red)
Lots of bolt on chrome, all history and bills from previous owner. 70,000 miles on clock.
Decals (year old )removable with hair dryer,ie stars and the stripes on body.
Last full engine tune up by Tim Flynn 4 months ago. All filters changed, new ht leads, dizzy cap, points.
Flux insured and estimated by pics at £6500-7,000. £110 pa.
Very reluctant to sell her but not used enough and sits in the garage now, starts on the button every time, no breakdowns!

£6500 Sensible offers please.
Located in Hemel Hempstead (Herts.)

Contact Poacher (Graham) by pm > http://www.beachbuggy.info/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=155

I know its the wrong time to sell her but you have at least 5 months to bring her up to your personal spec.
thanks graham.

Hi folks,

Found out about this little car meet on a monthly basis over at Kew, London. (Just near the A406 North Circular meets the M4), kept missing it during the summer due to other events so weather was fine Sunday morning and thought I would head over. Free to get in, first come first served, all the ask is a donation to Cancer Research for a cuppa and a slice of cake.

Lots of photos - taken on my phone (with a little bit of processing on it)

OK folks, I'm finally getting around to sorting out my brakes. I have the chevy 5 pattern wheels and the old PCD wheel adapters will no longer be used. Custom drums on the back and disk brakes for the front. But because mine is an early '65 chassis, I'm still with the king and link. Can folks advise on the best options on getting the disc kit to fit.

This is the kit I'm looking at:

To be honest, I don't know as I type this whether I have dropped spindles or not (pretty sure I don't)

Is this the standard mounting "adapter" I would need?

Of course I haven't spoken to Machine 7 or Heritage yet which would be the obvious thing to do but thought I would just get your feedback/suggestions first....  ;-)up

I know what you did last Summer . . . / Swanage 2016 - Video
« on: October 03, 2016, 06:47:57 PM »
Ok, so I have been v slow finally editing the video footage I captured during that weekend. It does take a while!
There was so much footage I could probably do several more over again. I should warn you its long..... very long all 18mins of it. BUT it does include the parade though I haven't shown as much as I have done in the past - plus I included that drone footage at the very end over the pirate ship taken just after dawn on the Saturday.

Please remember I am only an amateur playing with this stuff (Gopro and iPhone .... oh and the drone of course) and am teaching myself the editing as I go along. I've tried to avoid too much of the usual filming the buggy in front footage but of course got to have some.

So for those that remember the old Seaside Specials from the 70's ... here you go (and have I suggest get a warm drink and a couple of hobnobs..... actually it will drag on... better make that a whole packet!)


PS thanks to Chad for his Gopro footage,
Dave Dream and Dave As seen on TV Cole for mounting my cameras on their buggies
Sarah (Mark Ratitude's daughter) for helping with the cameras whilst on the cruise....

I know what you did last Summer . . . / London Cruise - 2nd attempt?
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:32:14 AM »
So folks shall we try another time to do the London Cruise (which may or may not include the Ace)?

I would suggest a Saturday in the next few weeks, we can keep it very casual. We can do the route that we were going to do on Saturday but we can adapt it also - for one thing we may not be able to get into the Ace if they have another club booked in. But likewise we can add extra bits on the cruise so may be add more of oxford street or regents street, whatever folks want.

May be we have no set destination or time so no worries if folks do their own route or peel off half way through.

All weather dependent of course. Any thoughts?

I know this coming Saturday many are busy with other shows or meets so may be Saturday 24th Sept? could even been in October as long as its not getting too wet/cold by then for most.

Gary (big GP) jazzy and myself are going for a last min drive across town on Saturday (6th August) morning weather permitting. Why? Well why not!

Actually we are going to try out the Ace cafe run route as there has been a few changes in recent months so just ant to make sure it's all good. Besides any excuse to drive across town in a buggy! Starting at beckton at 11.00am, we will follow the typical run we do across town with a few variations.

If this route works as good as planned, then we will use it in September for the actual proper ace run itself. Anyone else want to join us, just let us know below.

I'm heading to this on Sunday and will be with the Sporting Bears helping out but certainly worth coming along if you are in the area.

Tunerfest 2016 is a monumental automotive event showcasing modern and iconic performance cars from across the UK. Working in partnership with one of the most iconic and famous circuits, this is an event for the serious performance car owner. Brought to you by the promoters of the iconic Time Attack series, there will be an opportunity to see some of the fastest and uniquely tuned cars on and off track. Tunerfest embraces everything that the modern car tuning scene has to offer, from public track time, car club displays and exhibitors from leading aftermarket tuners, parts and accessory suppliers. As well as Dream Rides on the open road we have also been asked to provide Dream Rides on track! Ever driven the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit before?



Great chance to seem some super and hyper cars up close and on the track. (in addition to riding in some via the Dream Rides for charity)

Though I'm there in the buggy, I ain't kidding myself and don't anyone will be riding in instead of the Lambo/Mclarens and ferraris etc.  ;D ;D ;D But hopefully should be a great day out and all that.

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Rear drum brake swap
« on: June 11, 2016, 09:13:58 AM »
Essentially I'm swapping my pre 65 drums to post 67 drums - what do I need to change?

Finally able to ditch the rear Chevy pattern adapters on wide 5 drums (30mm shoes) to the later 40mm shoe drums with the Chevy 5 holes drilled. A couple of years ago the transaxle was swapped to the later ones when I changed to a 1500 box. Managed to keep the same backing plate and drums then, but added the spacer for the hub nut (longer axle spline)

1, what else do I need to change other than the bigger shoes? Are the cylinder, springs, and even backing plates different?

2, for my wheels (centreline copy style) what's the best option - separate studs and nuts or just bolts? I need to check whether the drums are drilled metric or imperial. I bought them in the sale earlier at machine7.

3, have folks used speedycables and like for the handbrake cables as well the clutch cable before?

Cheers  ;-)up

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