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Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello everybody
« on: May 23, 2020, 09:41:10 AM »
Hello and welcome! I'm glad you made it over here!

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: First buggy
« on: May 23, 2020, 09:39:55 AM »
Hello and welcome!

It looks like a Vulture buggy that you've got there. There was a later version called the Kombat but I'm pretty sure yours is a Vulture.

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: doesnít look right
« on: May 22, 2020, 01:46:01 PM »
Once you get the engine in and roll it around a bit it'll come down a fair bit, don't worry until then. If it had a full Beetle body on it then it may need to come down a spline.

Custom made have always been beyond my budget I'm afraid, home made or second hand has always been more my thing ;D

They were only 1.7 litre but as I say almost new. It's a shame you can't get a good looking off the shelf buggy exhaust for a T4.

To throw in a curved ball, why not also consider a T25 /T4 2.0 lump ?

I had one of those from Farmer Rob - loads of power and grunt from a standard spec and unstressed engine - dead easy conversion  ;)

That reminds me, I must look up an old friend that I lost contact with 20+ years ago. He bought a job lot of army surplus Type 4 engines from a scrap yard. We fitted a couple into campers after we converted them from 24 volts and magnetos. They had about 70 hours each on them after powering anti aircraft guns.


The ManxDavid  specí is the engine Rob built for me. Running twin Kadrons with a Beezledub exhaust. Spot on  ;-)up

Same spec engine with 1641 b&p's works really well too if you're an a budget as it saves £££ on machine work. ;-)up

X2, I'd get Farmer Rob to rebuild your engine.

My favourite buggy engine ever was:


Standard valves for good torque

Engle w110 cam, chrom moly rods, single stronger valve springs, bolt together rocker shafts

8 doweled 200mm flywheel lightened, balanced bottom end

Twin Weber 34 ict's or twin Kadron Solex 40 carbs.

Ask Robs advice though.

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: urethane beam bushes
« on: May 17, 2020, 09:10:16 AM »
Were the original roller bearings and grease seals that bad? Could they not be refitted? They are so much better that the urethane ones.

If not you could cut down the red ones to replace just the outers if the inner bushes are still in good order. To look like these...


Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: centre cap straightening
« on: May 14, 2020, 08:40:12 AM »
I used to buy them new from the Reliant Scimitar place in Chester a long long time ago...

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: schoolboy error
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:31:12 AM »
Torque master tool is the best money you'll ever spend, you can remove and refit hubs and flywheels with a 3/8 ratchet.


Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: 1200cc tinware
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:21:22 AM »
1200 engines are about 3/4 inch narrower than 1300+ engines, I think fan housings are the same fitting as long as you get the earlier, pre dog house style but cylinder head tins  are slightly different. You may get away with a few mods with a pair of tin snips but tbh it's a long time since I worked on a 1200.

Somewhere like Megabug should have a stock of second hand pieces in stock.

Just in case you're not aware when it comes to buggy exhaust systems you're pretty much limited to dual cannon types as merged typeset ups will only fit the larger, wider engines.

Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: reseating piston
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:23:57 PM »
Take the gudgeon pin out the piston, put the piston in the barrel using a ring compressor or tin can suffice with a jubilee clip and then refit the assembly,

Bloody Hell, I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Grissley...... Nurse!!!  ;D

Parts Wanted / Re: SOLEX CARB
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:01:18 PM »
You're welcome. ;-)up

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: covid buggy
« on: April 29, 2020, 09:50:41 AM »
Currently available kits listed here; FF, Doon, GT, Volksrod and Jas etc all available in long wheelbase. Starting with a new body in nice shiney gel coat is almost always cheaper and longer lasting than fixing up an old shell and getting it painted.

Any roll bar or cage would need custom making for the chosen shell.

Take pics of the original Beetle body with license plates still fitted if you can as they may help you at a later date with the re-registration process.


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