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Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: Which electric fuel pumpm
« on: August 10, 2020, 08:21:38 AM »
Having had lots of issues on previous vehicles with Facet Matchbox pumps, the one I have had fitted to my GP (with 34 ICTs) for the past 20 years has been completely faultless.  Even the clatter it makes has been useful as the noise changes if there's an issue with fuel delivery for whatever reason.  I've got a replacement rotary pump and filter ready to go on when the Facet calls time, but that's sat on the shelf for fifteen years. I've changed from being a hater to a fan of the Facet Matchbox!

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I used to be both a crashworthiness Design Engineer and Homologation engineer for a global car company; the collapsible column wasn't introduced by VW to add safety to the Beetle, but to comply with the newly-introduced (1968 iirc) US crashworthiness regulation FMVSS 203 so they could continue to sell vehicles in America.  It's designed to minimise chest injury to an unbelted / lap belted occupant by allowing the steering wheel to travel down a bit when whacked by a forward-moving driver.  As has been said, with the different construction of a buggy and the different relation of wheel position to the occupant's chest, it's not going to perform the same in a buggy. And of course we all wear proper belts now. From a frontal impact perspective, there isn't going to be a whole lot of difference between collapsible and fixed, the steering wheel's going to travel back to meet you whatever.

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Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: Labeling wires
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:07:04 AM »
I used the Dymo, both the handheld and PC versions.  Can't recommend the tape at all.  It appears to stick to start with, then falls away in time.  Even on a flat surface.  Didn't know about the IND variant, and will try to get a hold of that when I come to finish off the job.

For aircraft work I've used Hellermann sleeving - these are pinkish rubber sleeves which can be slipped over the terminal end of the wire using a three-pronged tool.  They can then be marked up using an India ink pen. Non-fading, permanent and simple.

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The hot gases go from right to left on the original setup (gases from 2/4 flow towards 1/3). So the small-holed gasket goes on the left.

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Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: Barn find auction bugle
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:15:53 AM »
I didn't get past the Hustler.  Got to love a bit o' William Towns styling.  Spent most of yesterday trying to work out how I could fit this into the garage...


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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / GLASSING-IN STIFFENER PLATES
« on: October 23, 2019, 11:13:31 AM »
I want to glass in some stiffener plates and captive nut plates to my tub.  Theyíre in mild steel and I want to protect them from corrosion; is there a paint/coating I can use which isnít affected by resin?

Or will it be better to just shell out for plating, or go to stainless?

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Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: Fan shroud?
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:22:56 AM »
I used 48mm (or 45mm dependent on fanshroud type) CORE PLUGS . Not as free as aerosol lids, but give a nicer finished look.

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Parts Wanted / Re: Wanted: fuel tank
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:16:45 AM »
Hi Rob.

Thanks for the offer (itís a great price!) but Iím either after an already-modified one or if it has to be modified, one which hasnít had fuel in.  I know thereís things you can do to mitigate the risk of vapour ignition but Iíd rather eliminate that worry entirely if poss.

Thanks anyway.

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Parts Wanted / Wanted: fuel tank
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:11:48 AM »
My wifeís GT has been off the road for so long that Iím now getting daily Ďremindersí.  The main thing keeping it in the garage is the fuel tank; the old one rotted through and the rust is so extensive that itís really not worth fixing.  Also, as it was fitted to the last GP-tubbed incarnation of the buggy, the filler neckís in slightly the wrong place for the GT hood opening.

So Iím either after a new one to modify, or one in good condition (no rot!) that has the neck as far up the centreline as it can get.  Anyone got anything I can use? If not, whereís the best place to get a tank?

The tank Iíve gotÖ.



The filler position I needÖ



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Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: Elec help wanted for 'real' car!
« on: September 04, 2019, 08:08:11 AM »
The switch on the stalk supplies a signal to the Body Control Module, which should then illuminate the fog lamp.  Have you checked for DTCs?  If there's an issue with the foglamp, it should throw up a B2540 code, which comes in three varieties; 01, a short; 02 a short to ground and 04, an open circuit.

I'm not sure if the BCM can be reprogrammed using OBD software, but it may have a foglamp relay inside which may be changeable.

Good luck!

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Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: Best dizzy
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:13:56 AM »
I've been using 123 on (non-buggy) vehicles since it first came out.  I've never had a single issue in thousands of miles driving.  Great kit, plug and play, instant improvements.

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I used an Oxford Oximiser.

Some time during this winter it failed, causing a deep discharge and failure of my expensive and less than a year old AGM battery.

Not recommended!

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Parts Wanted / Re: Shopping list
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:22:34 AM »
No worries, glad it worked out.

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Parts Wanted / Re: Shopping list
« on: April 11, 2019, 08:54:23 AM »
Colapal79, can I please have second dibs on that if for some unlikely reason Matt changes his mind?

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Parts Wanted / Re: Shopping list
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:04:12 AM »
Matt, I'd buy a new fuel tank.  An old one may look solid on the outside, but you just don't know the state, it's not worth risking it with petrol.

Seconded - guess how I know!

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