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Poll What type of Sears Rascal dune buggy do you have???
Early small tail opening.... 5 38%
Late Larger Tail Box.... 7 54%
Sears Manx body with metalflake dash... 0 0%
Other Sears Catalog buggy .... 1 8%
By John S 2 Date 2006-03-26 17:47
This thread is for Sears Rascal disscussions.
John Shepard the DBA
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-04-04 19:38 Edited 2006-09-01 10:21
looking for acc. for sears rascal. 
By John S 2 Date 2006-07-02 13:25
How about voting as to what type you have so we can see some results.
And you can keep your link there.
John Shepard the DBA
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-07-04 03:01 Edited 2006-07-04 03:03
I thought I did vote?   It won't let me vote now and just shows the stats  
By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-07-19 14:45
I see 2 votes for "Late Larger Tail Box" - are these from you, buggy b?  Poll management is not very comprehensive in this forum software - we'd have to delete and recreate the poll for you to vote if you now only see the results.

Chicago, IL
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-07-19 16:51
I'm pretty sure 1 is mine and the other is buggyblues II.   how come you guys don't go with the phb forums much easier to use, add pics and avatars.   WHERES ALL THE RASCALS
By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-07-20 23:26
Hi Buggy B - I'm a perl programmer by trade so mwForum integrates into our existing environment.  I can modify it, but when the next release comes out, it takes some extra time to integrate any changes. 

We also use older versions of mwForum on Grade Saver and The Spice House.  Our sys admin hates trying to keep PHP patched also.  The mwForum software is actually pretty complete once you dig into it a bit.  It has a lot of features without a lot of flashy things that annoy me in other forum software.

So - If you see room for improvement, let me have it!  But lets move this into another area so the Sears Rascal owners don't get pissed off... Paul...
Chicago, IL
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
By Buggy Bum 2 Date 2006-10-30 13:09
I am restoring a pickup dune buggy that has two stickers on it that says SEARS. One is on the hood & the other is on the rear. It is on a 69 full length pan.Should be done in a year or two.
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-10-31 00:33
not aware of any pickup truck version sold at sears got any pics  also the gliterbug I believe has a pick up truck that looks like a rascal.   bart and john will know better than me but I 've gotten just about every sears publication that I could find by the way thanks bart for your help.
By Buggy Bum 2 Date 2006-11-01 01:22
Yes, But I don't know how to put them on this darn thing. Lucky I can do this.
I'll see if i can get my son to put them on.
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-11-01 03:36
email to me at if you don't mind I'll post up also
By Buggy Bum 2 Date 2006-11-02 00:58
OK. Had my son e-mail pic to you. Let me know where to look at them.
By buggy b 38 Date 2006-11-02 04:49

thanks like I said need interior dash and emblem pics also hopefully Bart or John can help and posting up the pics glad I could help with atleast that.  Take care
By buggy b 38 Date 2007-03-13 03:26
So where are the rascal owners...................Just an update I've spent the last couple of weekends taking off the engine and cleaning up everything in back of the buggy ,from spraying it black, cleaning up all the amatuer wiring,  correct size battery and tiedown for the torsion box and chroming out and cleaning up the engine.   Next is a new set of wheels and seats and mybe installing my flat side panels thou I really want some bubble pods but one step at a time first time car has been this far apart in 8 years and the weather is perfect for the buggy so gotta put it back together. 
By buggy b 38 Date 2007-03-28 22:57
well I don't know the link now but I should've posted it here sorry guys   there is a sears rascal listed on ebay it is not mine I posted it on another site and they removed it I guys it can only be there if it supports their site. but was a pretty nice start on a buggy
By Brian G 840 Date 2008-03-19 13:15
I have a sears rascal. thanks to the great guys in the forum. I know that now.

By Brian G 840 Date 2008-03-19 13:22
I found this gem on a google image search

By glassbuggy Date 2008-07-12 18:50
Here's mine back in the 80's

By 71 sand flea Date 2008-07-14 22:31
the car in the picture looks like a sand flea made in oldsmar fl.
By glassbuggy Date 2008-07-19 22:06
You are correct about the Sandflea Pickup.
There is an odd bit of info to add here. Years ago before we (dunebuggyarchives) found info on Sandflea we were curious if Terra Buggy made a pickup version of the Cyote. We have no info that suggests that they did, however this Pickup definitely uses the Cyote hood/dash.
Sears had several suppliers, it is obvious that this pickup ended up being sold through them resulting in the stickers, a pickup was never offered in the catalogs though.
Of interest here is - Sears didn't make bodies, they were drop shipped to you from the factory, thus the Sears stickers were put on at the factory. This would confirm the Terra Buggy orrgin of this body. However i do have ads for the sandflea pickup and it is identical in every way.
By Kirt M 1177 Date 2008-11-02 21:00
Hi Guys,

   I'm trying to figure out if my Manx clone is a late tail Sears or a Glitterbug or Terra maybe. Mine is a full length four seat uncut pan. The tail has a large box in center, though my air filter on single carb is a tight squeeze and sticks out a bit... too much to mount tag there. The left side of dash (just right of steering wheel) is about an inch bigger I suppose for more space for speedo. But there is not a passenger side dash molding for a radio. Hood has single ridge down center but there is no bump of any kind where a decal may have been. Molded in battery box under right rear seat, other side smooth. Outside it has flat bolt on side panels with a sort of mud flap molded in just behind the front tire. The original finish seems to be red paint on white fiberglass (no gelcoat or metal flake). Dash seems to have been glassed onto hood after molding.

   I have not seen a buggy that has all these ID features on the same body. Sears Rascal seems to be the closest match. Did Terra make a full size body for Sears ?

By Buggy Bum 2 Date 2009-05-03 14:20
found this catalog at a yard sale.

By Bill K 96 Date 2009-05-03 21:22
Holy cow, they even used a picture of Bruce Meyers!  Not only did they copy the Manx but then they used Bruce too!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2009-05-03 22:47
Holy cow, they even used a picture of Bruce Meyers!  Not only did they copy the Manx but then they used Bruce too!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.

I believe the early Sears buggies were actually Manxes.
By Bill K 96 Date 2009-05-04 00:50
You're right.  The shipping of the bodies to Chicago was cost prohibitive so Sears had a local shop produce them.  Did they actually sell any Manx's through Sears before they pulled the plug?
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2009-05-04 03:55
I recall Bruce at Funfest last year say they shipped only one truckload of MANXs and it was then that Sears realized the cost of shipping and canceled the contract. How many of the actual bodies that fit on the truck I don't know.

By John S 2 Date 2009-05-04 12:32
I have only talked to 2 people in the 10 years I have had the DBA that have
100% Manx2 buggies they bought at Sears through the catalog.

Sears went back to Terra Buggy for the bodies. The pages even show the single ridge hood in the accessories and it says shipped from Crawfordsville Indiana factory.

How about a scan of page 86.
It might give me some info on my Sears engine.
John Shepard the DBA
By Buggy Bum 2 Date 2009-05-04 23:29
here are the 2 pages of vw motors from the sears catalog. hope it helps.

By ameridan Date 2009-05-20 17:01
You might enjoy this article I found in Popular Science...
By JIM S 836 Date 2009-06-03 15:50
Hi I think this is a Sand Flea, There is a post on here with some pics at some show.
I believe these pics are of MY old buggy.

By John S 2 Date 2009-06-04 03:54
I have some ads of the Sand Flea pickups out of Florida.
I agree with you that it is very much like the Sand Flea if not one.

The puzzling think is the round Sears logos it had on it.
1. Sears may have also sold pickup bodies even though they never advertised them.
2. They may have made a deal with some one to produce this for them Terra Knife?
3. The OG owner may have been a DIEHARD (pun intended) Sears fan, and put the logos on himself.

"The truth is out there," as Mulder would say.

But for now this truggy remains an unknown fiberglass buggy. A UFB.
John Shepard the DBA
By GREG M 1612 Date 2009-07-23 02:17
Ok now i'm really confused as to what kind of buggy i have. everyone keeps telling me it is a rascal, but I keep arguing with them because the rascal shown in the Buggy ID section shows the headlights mounted on the fenders,not on the small (pods for lack of a better word) on the inside of the fender. The car in that picture doesn" even have those little "pods" molded into the fenders. Then looking at the picture out of the sears catalog here all i see is a purple meyers manx. It even has the manx badge on it.No hint of the ridge in the center of the hood? Help!!!
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2009-08-15 04:09
Greg, the type 1 had light mounted on top of fender, I had a type 2 and it had the pods, allso the 2 had the larger tail box over engine, I may have got this picture from d.b.a but it is the only one I have to share with you, Ken

By shakey Date 2009-08-15 15:24
Sears has always had lawyers. That ad is from back before America got stupid. C'mon a lady sued McD's because her coffee was hot. And won. How did anyone born before 1970 survive childhood. We had no airbags, slept in the back window on long trips without seatbelts, and jumped bicycles off homemade ramps without helmets. Maybe thats why kids play video games instead of outside. Laws have taken the fun out of outside play.
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2009-08-15 16:01
Yea I know what you mean, born in 59 so been there done that, remember when we used to pour lighter fluid ( OR GAS ) on our model cars and burn them down, sorry about the sears thing, just had to vent a little, POWER TO THE BUGGYS !
By Kellison Jim Date 2009-08-15 17:41
Also born in the late 50's. When I was growing up you learned a valuble lesson when you did something stupid. You just didn't do it again! Nowadays people sue for their own stupidity and win.
Kellison Jim
By shakey Date 2009-08-16 17:24
And if you screwed up Mrs Johnson beat your a** then sent you on your way and called your parents. Something to that it takes a village thing.
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2009-08-16 23:38 Edited 2009-08-16 23:44
Our principal in eleamentry school used a paddle with holes drilled in it, he kept it hanging on the wall behind his desk, they called our parents to come watch, I guess that is why the switch we cut was never big enough. well this is a sears site so I better get off it HUH Jerry, hey he hasnt been here yet so we wont tell him, 
By Stitcher_guy Date 2010-12-20 07:13
Wow. It's been awhile since anyone added to the Rascal thread. Oh well. Better late than never. I've put it in the Registry, pretty sure based on what I have found through here that mine is an early tailed rascal. Just the body, hood and windshield frame, but I have everything else. Can't wait to get started on it. How To Build a Dune Buggy is on it's way to double check how I think I'm going to go about shortening the frame. I'm picturing myself driving down the highway in front of my house, so now have to make it happen.
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2010-12-21 13:36
I think you can go to the manx club site on the internet and look at directions on how to shorten the frame also.        Ken.......
By Marty E 2810 Date 2011-06-28 17:30
Hi..........I need some help from somebody, please.  I know I have a Sears Rascal, but I do not know what model I have.  Can someone please lend a hand.  thanks.....Marty

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By glassbuggy Date 2011-06-29 01:21
Marty that's not like any Sears body I know of , how do you believe it was purchaced through them? Post me some better pics as I think I may be able to id it
By Marty E 2810 Date 2011-06-29 13:50
Hi Bart.....

Thanks for taking the time to respond to me.  I could use your help.  I got this body from a guy who had owned it for many years.  It was in terrible condition.  It took me quite a while to restore it to the condition you see.  During my process of restoring, I found nothing on the body which told me anything of make or model.  He told me that it was a Rascal.  He had a copy of the 1969 Popular Mechanics magazine which features the Sears Rascal.  But every Rascal that I see here in DBA has a totally different tail to it.  Hence, my confusion as to what exactly I have.  I placed it on a reinforced '56 pan.  I have many pics of all angles.  Looking forward to hearing from you again.


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By Marty E 2810 Date 2011-06-29 14:01

Also, I bought a pair of Manx side pods and fashioned them to the sides myself.  I like the side pod look much better than without.  I didn't want to throw you off in trying to determine the make and model.

By kanaka Date 2011-07-22 20:23
That's the same tail Vegas Buggies has on their new bodies.  Might want to contact them to find out what make/model their molds were copied from.
By glassbuggy Date 2011-07-24 12:27
Take me a pic from the passenger side so I can get a good dash view, I'll look in my database and see what I can find, seems that it could be a Fibertech Manx but I'l need that pic to compare them
By Marty E 2810 Date 2011-07-25 11:35
Hey Bart,

Here is a pic of the dash.  I really appreciate all of your time and help on this.  Thanks.  Marty

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By glassbuggy Date 2011-07-27 01:22 Edited 2011-07-27 01:27
Ok, I believe you have the Fibertech Manx, but it might be more correct to call it a Dooner Schooner (I'll check on the spelling)
RTS Enterprises manufactures these bodies for Fiber Tech (how long I am not sure) RTS had been in business for quite some time, they still make this body and here is their web site :

RTS Calls it the Dooner Schooner and have it in both long and short versions, check out their company history link on their site, The bodies are a bit wider in the fender area than a Manx ( I bought a set of pods from them in the 90's - back then no one made pods for anything) Fibertech told me they wouldn't fit and at the time I didn't care lol  if you were close by I might consider swapping pods I can tell your body is wider just from the way your pods fit.

Now get off the Rascal page and make a new one for Fibertech and RTS owners ! :-)
By glassbuggy Date 2011-07-27 01:41
Too funny,  was just over on the Samba and look what pops up for sale - a long body RTS body
By chuck b 2320 Date 2011-07-28 19:26
im thinking my meyers clone may be a sears rascal. it looks like one from what i can tell.

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