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By StreetLegal Date 2006-08-22 11:29
I am wanting to build a street legal buggy and am thinking about using a custom built chassis but wanted some advice.

I have found this one and click on custom chassis, the only problem I see is that there are no top mounts for the rear shocks, and there is no centre tunnel so I am not sure how gear rod, handbrake and accelerator cable would work.

Berrien Buggy do a nice looking chassis but it is a shortened pan, and I want a standard length pan (looking at the manxter 2+2 body), apart from that it looks good.

Another option would be to buy a reconditioned chassis from these guys but $2300 seems a lot considering I would have to add IRS and disk brakes to that, and maybe I would be better to buy a rusted out beetle and get someone to replace the floorpans for me then start building on that.

Has anyone had experience with any of these chassis and what was good or bad about them. Does anyone know of any other custom chassis builders? what would you all suggest is the best way to go?

Oh yeah, north east USA is where I will be building.
By Sandsurfer Date 2006-08-22 11:53 Did you talk to Vegas Buggy about the concerns you have? They may have the answers for you. I have heard Berrien will build a full length chassis if you ask them. I don't know for sure. $2300? It seems like about twice the price it should cost.

If you don't have the equiptment or ability to shorten a VW floorpan I would at least buy a junk VW and have someone local shorten it for you. If you find an IRS doner car it can save you a bundle of money in the end.

Keep in mind, even with an aftermarket chassis there will still be alot of fabrication and welding to complete the car.

By kitcar Date 2006-08-22 19:05
I asked Berrien about a full pan they said they could do it for I think $175-200 more, but that was a while ago. They were talking about doing a full length FG at one time.

By michael c #69 Date 2006-08-23 00:00
I have a berrien frame short version !!!  if you go with theirs you should be happy if I was going to do it again I would see if they could move the front end supports about 2" closer together then you could use a narowed beam and tuck tires under fenders better mike
By LoCashJohn Date 2006-08-31 02:31
Speaking of custom chassis...

A year or two ago there was a guy or a shop that had a unique new buggy chassis for sale on The Samba and eBay.
It was unique because it was sort of like a sand rail frame, but the typical Manx clone tub dropped down inside of it.  When you looked at it from the side, you could see chassis tubing along the sides of the tub. It used a regular type 1 beam clamped into the front and had a VW torsion housing welded into the back.

As I recall, the description said it was designed originally for a buggy rental company down in the Caribbean or somewhere.  Does anyone recall see these chassis?

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By Genom Date 2006-08-31 03:02
I remember that was actually pretty cool and well thought out. IIRC, wasn't that one of Dave Barrett's  chassis designs? I know he makes a bunch of different things.
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By jason l 225 Date 2006-08-31 03:43 Edited 2006-09-01 01:10
yep, that was one of davids chassis. he builds a great chassis and any type of rollcage you want. he's in fresno, ca. 559-260-5947


By yellermanx y 25 Date 2006-08-31 13:06 Edited 2006-09-01 02:39
I believe Texas Buggys and/or Hawkeye Bugggys makes a chassis like that also.
By John S 2 Date 2006-09-01 02:40
John Shepard the DBA
By LoCashJohn Date 2006-09-02 03:33
Well, I guess several people/shops have gone this route.  I really like the design.
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By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-09-12 04:23
Just came across these pictures in John's Boss Bug Gallery.

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