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By Justin N 3051 Date 2012-01-15 18:18
Hello All
I found this buggy in the back of a business located in the town I work. I was there checking the building after the alarm went off and found this thing sitting in the back next to a Zamboni.  Asked what the story was and he said that if I wanted it I could have it. So here it is.

I hope to have my family riding around in this thing at some point this summer so I have alot of work ahead of me. I plan to replace a large amount of items, mostly for safety reasons, and have just begun the "ripping apart" stage. Ill keep a photo history of the work and try to keep this up to date.

I have no idea what make the body is, so any help would be great. It has alot of the characteristics of the Myers without the bump on the hood and supports under the fenders. It is built on a 63 pan with the matching engine. The paint is very unique so I have to think this thing was seen around CT by someone on this site.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy.  

By Justin N 3051 Date 2012-01-15 19:04
I wanted to put some of the pics of the buggy the day that I found it.

By JACK 1467 Date 2012-01-16 20:48
nice find .
By Brad H 1498 Date 2012-01-17 12:15
Cool find, looks better with the drag slick sitting on it already :-) If  you are going to race it at an NHRA sanctioned track get a rule book and find the tech guy for your area, there'll be some hoops to jump through.

By Tom & Kathleen I 639 Date 2012-01-17 22:21
I have lived in CT for over 50 years and had VW's for over 40 years and don't remember that car.  Where did you find it?  Tom
Tom & Kathleen Manxter #16, Kick-Out SS #16 & FiberFab Buggy
Manx Club #1030, CVA, RBC, SCCA
By Jeffrey P 655 Date 2012-01-18 02:22
I am thinking Dunbar Minivolks maybe? Made in Mass I think. The windshield frame looks familiar. Does it have plywood supports in the back?

Here was my old one that I thought was a minivolks.

By Justin N 3051 Date 2012-01-18 20:25
I think that you may be correct on the Dunbar Minivolks body. I keep looking at the pictures you posted and walking into my garage to compare and everything seem to fit. Are the supports your asking about vertical in the rear, near the tail lights. If so then this one has them. The windshield does seem the same. Thanks for your help. 

I ordered a copy of the NHRA rules today so that I can build it in a way that will make it legal in the 12 second range. I don't think I will have an engine capable of that for quite some time but I may as well build for the future. I am not sure how streetable a 12 second buggy will be, but it will be fun. Atleast Ill know it will be safe.

Ordered the plans to build basic bomber seats. Always wanted to build a set. May not use on this car but would be really cool, and go well with my basic design idea.

Got all the body bolt off the car a few days ago, almost every bolt snapped on the way out. Time to get the scrapers out and pry the body away from the pan.  Ive got the night off so Ill be in the garage working.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments. I'm going to need all the help I can get.


By bruce s 1555 Date 2012-01-23 20:05
any chance the Zamboni is available ?it looks old enough that it could have a vw aircooled engine in it you might be able to use .
By Justin N 3051 Date 2012-01-26 21:34
Got to spend an hour or so on the buggy today. My buddy John came over to help.  He is also in the middle of building a buggy. His is a Kelson Sandpiper XP. He has build alot of air cooled vw's over the years and is a great help.
We were able to get the body off today. Finally able to see the engine, we think that someone stopped running it because it wouldn't start. The bushing that the starter sets in is shot and allows the starter gear to jump around really bad. The flywheel is all chipped up from this. We think it will start so thats something.
There is a skid plate under the motor that is attached at just under the pulley on the engine and then, using a barn door hinge, is screwed to the tunnel. The joys of other peoples projects. Well, here are the pics. More cleaning for me.

By Justin N 3051 Date 2012-03-07 21:32
Hey guys
Its been a little while since i posted. Got the floors off and still taking things apart. Got a question for anyone who can answer it. Can i use a 1600 cc motor with my 1963 swing axle trans?  My buddy let me use a 200mm flywheel from a 1600 and it doesnt seem to fit. I have the original engine, 1300cc , with a smaller flywheel. I am pretty sure I can make it work but want experience to tell me I can.  Any help would be great thanks.  
By @ManxBug Date 2012-03-08 05:22
You need to clearance the bell housing with a die grinder. Be careful, hot magnesium dust can catch fire and burn quickly.
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