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By Mark M 204 Date 2006-08-03 00:04 Edited 2006-08-04 20:30
I know that this might be hard to do, but I'd like some help. Seeing how there were seemingly endless numbers of kit manufacturers over the years, it might be next to impossible to determine the maker. Here is my body that I got for free. It needs some work, but it's pretty good.

Now, what is it and who made it? It looks as if the tail-light area has been cut out a little in the center, but i'm not sure. I'll try and get some better pics soon. Thanks everyone.

By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-08-03 13:55
Hi Mark - I took a quick look through our Buggy ID and did not come up with anything based on your pictures so far.  Once you get some better pictures (especially of the tail and a better one of the design on the front hood), please add it to the "New X-Files" Registry so we can keep track of it.  The hood looks pretty unique - I'm not sure we even have a category to define that yet.  I remember John talking about a bugg with a Beetle hood pattern on it - this may be it.

Thanks, Paul...
Chicago, IL
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
By Mark M 204 Date 2006-08-04 20:35
Well I was wrong about the similarities of mine and the other pic I put up here. I went and got some more pics. Still not very good ones, but they should be able to help. I still couldn't find it in the registry... The fenders are flat and so is the rear, with no box cover and no recess for lights. The rear might have been cut to that shape though...

By Mark M 204 Date 2006-08-04 21:19
For ID purposes, it has a battery box cut-out in the normal beetle location and cut out for installing a factory gas tank (I think). To me it looks closest to the Sand Flea, but I cant see the back in those pics or the Terra Buggy Coyote, but I cant see if it has the licsence plate recess in the front hood in any pics. Any other ideas?
By John S 2 Date 2006-09-01 02:58
The Dash and the single ridge on the hood take you one of two possible matches.
ABS black plastic Manx style dash was only found in a Kellison SP1 and a Corsair.
The Corsair had a Glitterbug style (late rascal) tail with the single hood ridge, and the Manx style dash.
With the tail cut off, it is hard to tell which.

Not a Glitterbug because they used a fiberglass dash with a square speedo  shape dropped below the dash.
Not a Terra buggy or Rascal because the dash they used had a leg over to the passenger side for your radio and was also fiberglass.

I would strip the underside and look for business cards glassed into the body from the resin layer of the mold.
Who knows, might find one like this.

John Shepard the DBA
By Mark M 204 Date 2006-08-10 23:03 Edited 2006-09-14 04:22
It looks like a Sandpiper sp1. Thanks for your help guys! Here are the pics from the id section:

By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-08-13 19:27 Edited 2006-09-14 04:22
Hi Mark - Sure looks to me like your buggy matches the one in these pictures.  I was just about to refer you to the Kellison Registry when I noticed we have one SP-1 there already.  After digging a little further, I'm now wondering if   Brad Rice's SP-1 is actually an XP-1. 

Here's a link to John Shepard's  Kellison Sandpiper XP1 photo gallery and his Roadster gallery.

I'm hoping someone who's a bit more of a Kellison expert than I am can clear this up.  Mark - Please go ahead and add your entry to the SP-1 Registry.  I can move Brad's if we can determine that his is actually an XP-1.

Mark, I'm curious if you used the "Buggy ID" system & what you thought of it.  How easy was it and how many passes did you have to go through to find a matching body?

Chicago, IL
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
By bradley r 135 Date 2006-08-13 21:17
I always refer to the buggy as a Kellison. It is in fact a XP-1 and not the SP-1 ("The Dune Buggy Phenomenon" pg #37). Sorry for the mix up, too many gas fumes I guess. I will make the change after this post.

By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2006-09-01 00:23
Thanks, Brad! For some reason, I find the Kellison line of buggies very confusing.  This will help get at least these two buggies straight in my head now.

Chicago, IL
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
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