the Dune Buggy Archives
DBA Forum - Not logged in
Previous Next Up Topic Public / Introduce Yourself and Your Buggy / Newbie looking to pull the trigger (1657 hits)
By Glenn B 5726 Date 2020-05-14 01:42
looking at buying a buggy 3 hours away in a different state and don't know the body maker and if any issues with the company so could use help with identification.

By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2020-05-14 03:08
Quick answer, not sure the body style. similar to a manx maybe.  main questions I would have, do they have a title, and can you register it in your state?  Then, do you like it, does it run, what issues do you see?  Price, is it in your range?  Most manufactures of buggies of the 60's-70's are more than likely NOT in business anymore.  Fiber glass is repairable, fancy paint is repairable.  chassis and engine are repairable to a point.  I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert.   First consideration should be can you license it/register it/insure it in your state being it is from out of state.
By Glenn B 5726 Date 2020-05-14 03:30
Thanks Lloyd
Title matches the car and no issues besides needing seat belts for me to put it on the street in my state (delaware)
Comes with tow bar, 2 sets of wheels/tires, and in my state being a 72 it only gets inspected when I tag it and then it has classic tags so can pretty much run no muffler ect
Insurance 178 a year.  Price is 4900, runs and drives well with plenty of power. 
My worry is a cheap(thin) body. I can do most of the work myself.
Also has 5 lug hubs.
By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2020-05-14 19:54
If it is a real thin body, probably not a Manx, but a close cousin.  I have seen as thick as 3/16" fiberglass and a little thinner, I suppose there are some that are thicker.  These buggies would never stand up to a direct hit from another vehicle.  But again, it is fiberglass, and not that hard to work on.  I used to rebuild fiberglass parts for Semi trucks, That was generally thicker than the buggy bodies, and it still cracked fairly easy in a low speed bump.   As an old fat guy, my days of getting in and out of low to the ground vehicles are mostly over.  That one looks like a good deal, especially if you are happy with it.    enjoy!
By Glenn B 5726 Date 2020-05-15 00:50
Thanks Lloyd, body just has a few blemishes as far as I seen in a few videos he sent and looks like a nice tub.
Started with ease and no drips or anything that I could notice and motor looked good.
The seats look like non padded with cutouts for a 3 point harness.
E brake handle has a issue locking, no horn and thats about it.
Going tomorrow to pick it up(as long as no big issues)
By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2020-05-17 05:16
All sound like minor issues that should be fairly easy to fix. 
Previous Next Up Topic Public / Introduce Yourself and Your Buggy / Newbie looking to pull the trigger (1657 hits)

Powered by mwForum 2.10.2 © 1999-2007 Markus Wichitill