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Old 11-03-2017, 09:51 PM   #1
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My 1970 Beach Buggy

Long overdue a thread of its own on here so.......





I'll post up more pics and a link to the build/project thread I did later but the story is I built this myself from scratch, using a 1970 VW beetle chassis...This one...



It took me 2 years and the only thing I couldn't do was the welding in the chassis to shorten it....Or build the body. Everything else, I did. Myself.
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Looking forward to the updates. Finished outcome looks great
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This looks like fun.
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Full build thread is here or on a different forum (as the buggy one shut down half way through and got transferred to a new one...) here

Engine build thread is here
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So, the details:

1970 VW beetle chassis
2013 East Coast buggies Sidewinder body in Lime Green metal flake
2.7 flat 6 air-cooled Chevrolet Corvair engine, making 110hp and 160lb/ft torque
Buggy weight approx 550kg
Genuine polished aluminium Centerline wheels from the states
VW Type 3 gauges
Various Flatlands Buggies bits (screen, roll hoop, body supports, front bumper)
Period correct (if there is such a thing on a buggy!) Carello PA JOD spotlights with properly rare covers
BK Engineering wind wings
Cobra Roadster SR seats
Beetle 1300 gearbox with flipped diff as the Corvair engine rotates the other way
Rear engine cage
Superior wood steering wheel
Vintage Speed Black Mamba shifter


Yes, it's fast. Very, very fast. It will pick the front end up under very hard acceleration. It's a proper boot to drive, lethal in the wet, breaking traction and trying to swap ends, despite the 295/50 rear tyres

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2.7 flat 6 air-cooled Chevrolet Corvette engine, making 110hp and 160lb/ft torque
weight approx 550kg
res
must shift a bit

how is described on the log book ...a vw beetle ?
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It picks up the front end....... That's like a dragster. Brilliant.

Did you ever get the final drive ratio / tyre size / speedo issue sorted?

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Nope......VW 1300, body type Saloon! The only beetle that had beetle on the V5 was the Beetle GT.

So with a hardtop and a 1300 badge, who can argue?!
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It picks up the front end....... That's like a dragster. Brilliant.

Did you ever get the final drive ratio / tyre size / speedo issue sorted?

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Cook's, No. I know you did all the calcs for me but I ended up selling the gearbox as an unknown quantity. Dodged a bullet as it turns out 3rd gear on that box was knackered. I've a lead on a good 1500 gearbox which I will use, I will still be swapping the rear tyres to 275/60/15.
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