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Its only 40 minutes from the campsite with a route that looks like mostly left turns.

Left turns is always good for keeping everyone together on a cruise   ;-)up

Website says opening this summer so maybe we'll be a bit early this year but definitely worth considering for 22

Definitely worth giving them a shout then as they may well open up early for a group of us - providing of course that they are allowed to   :-\

The "Great British Car Joirney" museum is nearby and was due to open last spring/summer. With any luck they'll get the doors open this year.

Don`t know that one ?  Sounds like a good place for a venture out to though - Some of these little car museums can hide some real gems   ;-)up

Worth giving them a heads up though, as I have often found that places like this will welcome a club with open arms, and put aside a small area for parking so that they can also take a few photos themselves for marketing purposes, and in return, they usually give a guided tour

Its a tough one as I am also very mindful of living smack in the middle of a tourist hotspot, and what happened last year during the holidays. The locals down here have also been locked up and would also like to go out cautiously into their own streets and shops, but the minute that dates are announced then everybody feels they must go on holiday, they need their holiday, and they have little or no respect for anyone else in the area they are traveling to. Last year saw a huge number of deaths in Torbay and a truly significant percentage of our population were wiped out by tourists bringing the virus with them. We cannot stay locked up forever, I get that, but the minute we are allowed out, I would first like to be able to go to my local shops to buy a pint of milk in safety, without having to clamber across the selfish non mask wearing tourists to get it. I have recently witnessed a few small groups of bikers traveling down to the seafront here, and whilst they would usually be met with open arms, the locals are now downright hostile towards any visitors and I would hate for that attitude to be shown towards our Buggies wherever we may end up. I am hearing the same from other tourist destinations across the country too. People are still scared, the majority of the denial covidiots out there are in an age group that will be the last to be vaccinated and we need to be a bit mindful and respectful of this when coming out to play. The tourism venues desperately need visitors and revenues to survive, but the people living in those areas also need a bit of time to adjust to being outside again before being swamped with outsiders, yet nobody seems to be prepared to give or allow them this time.

Cautious and realistic is a brilliant way to do things, but that does not mean everybody must party or go on holiday within the first few days.

I too cannot wait to meet up with everyone, it has been a very long time and I really do hope that the vaccine is the game changer we all hope it to be, but I also want the locals to be smiling and waving at us like they always did and not snarling with their burning pitchforks as we go past.

I`m really interested and desperately want to come out and play   >:(

However, I`m not putting my name down to anything just yet as it simply feels too premature considering we are still currently in a national lockdown   :'(

Buggy is still dead too  :'(

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:41:10 PM »
Still with convertible on they are not a 100% ok as the vin would need to be type 15

Not if DVLA or a previous local authority licensing body changed the description from 'saloon' or whatever to 'convertible', it'd retain its original chassis number.

Correct  ;-)up ;-)up

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 11:51:31 AM »
.......Still with convertible on they are not a 100% ok as the vin would need to be type 15

No, that is not correct

and the Dvla would know when convertible was added.. ...

Again, not strictly correct, which were some of the reasons behind the INF26 vehicle amnesty

I was talking to a 4x4 guy that was in a big crash and someone past away... why doing a road rally in 2018 he had beedlock wheels on the 4x4 it had an mot and a full logbook of work he had been pulled by the police and not a thing ...The landy was re mot by vosa. He end up with No insurance why as beedlooks are not Dot or E marked so making them not for UK road use as so no UK insurance can cover them...

Doesn't really apply here as you are referring to vehicle modifications that are outside of the constructions and useage legislation.But, it is a worthy reminder to all of us self building cars that rules and compliance must be strictly adhered to.

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 10:17:05 AM »
i guess even if i was by some miracle able to get the body type changed to convertible, it could still be pulled as it never had a sva  :-\

Not necessarily . . . . .

If the body type was changed to Convertible (or for that matter anything else) then it means that DVLA are content with what you have as a description at the time of application


Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 09:37:24 AM »
To be honest as long as the V5C doesn't actually say Beetle then you're very unlikely to have any trouble with the authorities, and I'm guessing that out of all the swb buggies built in the last 20 years including pro builds by Flatlands etc, only a handful if that have been IVA tested. That doesn't make it right though, but if you're set on the buggy then an incorrect V5C description would be a great bargaining tool to get the price down.

Another thing, are you sure that it was newly built 14 years ago and not an earlier buggy build that's been rebuilt/rebodied? I'd certainly drive it with a clearer conscience if that was the case.

MOT description means nothing as they (DVSA) have a different data base to DVLA and often just show the vehicle description put in by the last tester.

And if it did say BEETLE as well, then stick a Beetle badge on the back


Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:18:06 PM »
By sketchy do you mean loose, tight, no self centre, bump steer? :-\

And if you have ALL of those . . . . I think you may be driving mine  ;D

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: Quality wire for buggy build
« on: February 20, 2021, 02:25:52 PM »
I have often found RS to be overpriced - sure, quality is generally good, but you will be paying top dollar for the RS association.

For general wiring stuff that we do here, we buy 100m rolls which can work out quite expensive if making a one off loom, especially as you would need a roll for each colour. For some of the wiring, where you only need a few meters of a particular colour, or even the cables with a striped identifier, I would suggest to make a list of the lengths you want and search for a thinwall automotive cable supplier through the likes of ebay as they will sell it by the meter rather than the roll. Buy what you can in one hit to save on the postage. For very heavy cable and audio cable, yes, spend a bit for some good quality, but the general purpose stuff, I`ve not noticed much difference between suppliers.

Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 20, 2021, 09:04:47 AM »
If you absolutely had to go for power steering, then you are probably better off looking at the setup from the Vauxhall Corsa as a starting point as its electric powered and does not need any alterations for oil pipes or engine pumps. Its a popular conversion with the VW Bus fraternity, but no idea where you would start with a Buggy in making it fit

Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 19, 2021, 06:49:48 PM »
Problem is that most of us have gone a bit soft with our daily drivers and expect the steering to be ultra light - as others have said, mess about with tyre sizes and pressures and you will soon find something you are happy with - Power steering isn`t really a viable option, but if you are that determined that you cannot live with it, then look at a modern steering rack conversion.

Front disc brake conversion is dead easy and here are a few pictures on my build thread from when I did mine


Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: electrical journey begins
« on: February 19, 2021, 12:41:43 PM »
You can't make music metric  ;-)up

I beg to differ  ;)


Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: electrical journey begins
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:45:52 AM »
4AWG (4 gauge)

Hi Dave hope all is well down your way.....  AWG.....  a while since I heard this term from our pals across the pond.. ;-)up

For some strange reason, Car Audio power cable never made it into metrification, irrespective of where it came from    :-\

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: electrical journey begins
« on: February 19, 2021, 08:32:08 AM »
I used 4AWG (4 gauge) Car Audio Amplifier Power cable on mine - (pro stuff, not the thin crap you get in Halfords)

Certainly man enough for the high current of a starter motor, but unlike battery cable its a lot more flexible and a lot easier to route

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