for Dune Buggies
Repair by Butch Schmitt
I used 1/4" Black Lucite /
Acrylic (Plexiglas) about 10 years ago as a temporary dash panel and
it has held up well. I had all intentions to make a permanent one but
just never got around to it. You could also use clear Plexiglas,
sand the back slightly and paint it from the back, much like the old
slot or RC cars. This machines and sands pretty easy and hold up
well, in fact sometimes a little too shiny in the sun. My original
dash which was part of the hood, had a million holes in it and I had
to cover it with something, and this worked well.
Here is a pic of the buggy my
younger son and I completed about six years ago. The 'glass is very
thick and we went with polyflake sprayed over a blue tinted base,
then gel coated the entire body. I remember block sanding, buffing and
polishing FOREVER but the result is a blinding, sparkly finish! Cost
was about $900 at a boat repair shop.
Long or Short Axles
Here is a quick primer on swing
axles and the different sizes you will find. People often talk about
"long" and "short" swing axle tubes. Jay clears
it up for us here. ShortVsLong
Composite Lift Kit
Here is way to make your body
lift kit for your dune buggy from Composite material. No welding
grinding or metalworking. A few wood working tools and about $50
worth of deck boards and you can make your own. Make your own dune
buggy Lift Kit here.
I would consider the value of the
car and determine how long you want to keep the car. If you are going
to keep it for a long time I would do a gel coat finish. IF you plan
selling it off in a few years I would do the cheapest alternative.
Read more about Gelcoat
replacement vs. Paint.
Is your rear end tired and
dragging a little lately? Well, I have a fix for you! One of the best
ways to increase the ground clearance at the rear of your buggy is to
adjust the torsion bar tension. If you don't have the right equipment
don't try this because I don't think it is possible without it. This
procedure is somewhat easier to do if the engine and transmission are
already removed from the car but it is not a requirement. Follow the
Plate Adjustment article here.
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