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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.


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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



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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

http://www.beachbuggy.info/index.php/topic,20.msg62087.html#msg62087

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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  ;)



 :P

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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    :-\

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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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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: rear light position
« on: February 18, 2021, 09:12:59 AM »
Maybe Flags but you still moaned you couldn't see them driving through Holland. Shoulda gone to Specsavers?

Good call about Specsavers - He moaned that he couldn`t see mine driving through Swanage - Maybe its him  :-\

 ;D  ;-)up

Colourblind? He did build a pink one

I cannot comment on that as I fear I am within distance of his firing range   :-X




Extreme Knighting  http://www.beachbuggy.info/index.php/topic,5071.0.html

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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: rear light position
« on: February 18, 2021, 08:46:15 AM »
Maybe Flags but you still moaned you couldn't see them driving through Holland. Shoulda gone to Specsavers?

Good call about Specsavers - He moaned that he couldn`t see mine driving through Swanage - Maybe its him  :-\

 ;D  ;-)up

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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: rear light position
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:38:10 AM »
Don`t underestimate how critical it is to get LED lights at the right angle -

I`ve tried loads on mine over the years and everyone will tell you that I have the worst back lights to follow   :(

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Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: rear light position
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:56:45 PM »
and whilst I think iím right in believing that I wonít need an IVA - I wonít need MOT due to it being a LWB and over 40 years of age

IVA all depends on what your V5 says and there is a very big difference between changing an old body over and a new build   ;-)up

Mot rules though are very clear.

The AGE of your Chassis DOES NOT entitle you to MOT Exemption Status

The Registration date on your V5c DOES NOT entitle you to MOT Exemption Status

Tax Exemption DOES NOT entitle you to MOT Exemption Status

MOT Exemption is awarded upon the DATE THE BUGGY WAS BUILT and NOT the age of the Donor Chassis

If your Buggy was built less than 30 years ago then you DO NOT QUALIFY for MOT Exemption Status

If DVLA/DVSA were NOTIFIED of Change from Beetle to a Buggy less than 30 years ago then you DO NOT QUALIFY for MOT Exemption Status

If your Buggy was built over 30 years ago AND DVLA WERE NOTIFIED of such - Then you "MAY" Qualify as MOT exempt
(Subject to other other rules and regulations that may apply)


Some FAQ's here
http://www.beachbuggy.info/index.php/topic,429.msg120024.html#msg120024

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: NOVA
« on: February 15, 2021, 09:30:09 AM »
Look at the members map and you may find a few other contacts in South Africa too  ;-)up

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Sand rail site
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:46:08 PM »
A lot of convertibles were registered as 2 seaters as well   ;-)up

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: February 08, 2021, 05:13:14 PM »
Try and keep the Blue Buggy away from any DVLA intervention as that will seriously confuse things

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: February 08, 2021, 04:15:20 PM »
Where is the OP actually up to with this process anyway? Any actual developments that can be broadcast?

I think waiting on DVLA for the next step ?  :-\

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Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: February 08, 2021, 03:12:43 PM »
One barrier that DVLA may put in your way is the shortened chassis.

The v5 lists it as a beach buggy so who is to say the chassis has been modified ?

They have been known to ask what the wheelbase is on receipt of the Built up vehicle report'form, and also prior to sending an SGS inspector out if they deem in necessary.

But if the V5 says BEACH BUGGY, then it could be forcibly argued that the vehicle has already been inspected and met all of the criteria to be awarded that name on the V5. Chassis length is only required for new builds and those trying to claim MOT exemption if incorrectly registered.

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