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By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-12 03:20
I started my build by purchasing a Nostalgia 2" square tube chassis from Fisher Buggies with the fiberglass floorpan, the frame is coated w/ tough stuff oil based black enamel.  I had a completely rusted out 67 Beetle that I used many parts from, (front beam, gas tank, master cyl., transaxle, steering column, speedo, fuel gauge, pedal assembly).  Then I ran new brake lines, new fuel line, shortened the stock shifting rod.  I purchased the body from Bugjam 1999 in Dade City, FL for $150 w/ windshield and frame.  My plan is to have it in Bugjam 2009, this time painted and running!!!

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By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-12 03:23
Got the body back from the paint shop Friday here are some pics.  I have one month to get this all together for Bugjam 2009 in Dade City, Fl (November 8, 2009)

By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-12 03:46
Worked on the rollcage today, made to bolt to the fiberglass, mine will be bolted to the frame with my new brackets it will be bolted down to the frame in 6 locations

By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2009-10-12 14:16
Sweet! looks like you'll be on the fast track with your build. Can't wait for more pics.

By jim s 1837 Date 2009-10-13 00:03 Edited 2009-10-13 00:08
  i sure like the color of your buggy,

  jim s from groveland,florida
By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-13 00:31
Thanks Jim,
It's Orange crush pearl and was only available on the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX.  Pictures do not do it justice, will you be at Bugjam?
By jim s 1837 Date 2009-10-13 02:36
I work for the city of Groveland, So as long as there is no problems, and I`m not on call i will go to Bugjam
By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-19 00:34
Weekend update!  I completed my engine this weekend and installed it.  I set my side pods in place.  Replaced my master cylinder, mounted my brake resevoir and gas tank.  I also designed a template for the rear seat that will fit perfectly in the rollcage and took that to have it built.

By Nuttybar Date 2009-10-26 01:25
I worked all weekend but didn't seem to make much progress.  I did fab my dash which is still not comlpete but only finishing work now, see the progressive pics.  Installed an electronic fuel sending unit since I had a speedo w/ elec. fuel gauge in it.  Fitted my hood and fuel filler and laid out my wires just waiting for final assembly w/ the dash to cut and connect.  Also picked out my material for my seats, they will start to make those tommorrow.

By Michael P 1852 Date 2009-10-26 02:06
Very Interesting dash panel design.
By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-01 05:31 Edited 2009-11-01 05:38
Finished my dash today attached it to my cage and painted it all radiant silver metallic.

Installed my headlights and some small LED blinker lights.

Installed my Stinger exhaust, had a real hard time with a few of the pipes they did not want to slide in took some hammering reshaping, filling, and a whole lot of sanding!!!

Then I took and set in place my cage.  And put new axle boots on.

Finally I mounted my monster 33x12.5 A/T's on the rear and set it down off the jack stands and blocks, still a lot to do this week. 1 week till my first show!!

By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2009-11-01 14:10
Nice job. I like the custom dash. At first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but it's growing on me now that I see the finished product. Maybe it's the fact that I'm 6'-0" and all I thought about was how close my knees come to the "flat" dash in my buggy now. :-) I see now though that it's considerably higher that my dash would be located.

Anyway, One thought that comes to mind is that you may not be happy with the dash color once you get it out there on the open road with the sun shining. If you are going to stay with an open top, you may find that it reflects too much sunlight back at you. Just something to think about. My dash is black, and when driving east in the PM or west in the AM, the chrome 3 spoke steering wheel with the chrome horn button is enough to give me a tan!

Kudos on the build. It's coming along nicely. I love the meaty tires and the stance. Is that a Honda behind the buggy? It resembles my old Honda CB450.

By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-01 18:35
Yeah I hadn't thought about looking into a metallic dash in this bright Florida sun!!!  We will see how it goes.  Yeah I am 6' 2"  these buggy's get a little tight for us taller guys, I will most likely change my cage soon moving the upper bars to the middle to make easier access getting inside.  Oh the things we think about too late!

Anyway the bike is a 1981 Kawasaki LTD my first bike was a Honda 360T, fun little bike.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2009-11-02 14:23
I have the same problem with my steering wheel and adapter haha. Very nice work indeed Nuttybar.

By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-09 23:08
What a week I tried my best to get it ready for Bugjam didn't finish, but it was in the show.  I Made the rear brackets for the cage, installed the steering column, wheel, directional  switch.  Cleaned up all my wiring got it running perfect thanks to the help of my friend.  Picked up my seats and unfortunately hey did not fit right so I will be taking those back to be cut and fitted, (had them sitting in the buggy for the show).  Fixed about 5 brake leaks, picked up my windshield but did not get a chance to install it before the show.

It was a great show huge turnout the biggest I've seen the 13 years I have went, never did here a total count.  We did break a record by fitting 17 people into a Volkswagen Beetle, here are some picks of mine and I'll put a few other buggies I snapped some shots of.

By Brad H 1498 Date 2009-11-09 23:59
All I gotta say is NICE!!!! ....and drop the front 6 inches ;-)

Car looks great, be proud

By SommerTime Date 2009-11-11 01:48
The car looks great! I just started my build could you tell me where you got your headlight buckets from with the visors? Thanks
By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-11 02:03
I got mine from Fisher Buggies here in Tampa, they are 7", the visors were seperate took a little CAREFUL bending to get them to fit (must be careful not to mess up the chrome).  Most places carry them both!
By jim s 1837 Date 2009-11-11 12:22
can you tell me what carb you have on your buggy?2

  jim s
By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-11 14:31
A Solex 34PICT
By Nuttybar Date 2009-11-15 02:30
Bled brakes, normally an easy task but this system has been dry for 10 years and there were many clogs and air locks in the system.  I will probally need to replace the wheel cylinders soon from being dry so long.  I finally clean up my front end, had clumps of grease and dirt all over just check the before and after pics.  Hooked up my throttle cable and adjusted my clutch, but I am still having issues with my shifter I may put the original beetle shifter back in I think the bugpack T handle is the issue.  Is anyone else running one of these?

By Brad H 1498 Date 2009-12-01 14:15
I'd also replace allthe rubber hoses as they are prone to colapsing. They will then allow presure to the wheel cylinders but will not allow it to bleed off and the brakes will lock up. Cheap insurance.

By Nuttybar Date 2009-12-02 13:28
Yeah, I need to replace the hoses also, they are starting to dry rot.  I did figure out the stop plate for my shifter was the issue I put the stock stop plate under my Bugpack T handle shifter and now it works.
By Nuttybar Date 2009-12-31 02:02
Took the buggy to its second show and won 3rd place for open bodies and a real masculine award "Cutest Volkswagen" it was one of the 6 or so major awards so I'll take it!  Finally have pics of me on the road with it.

By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2010-01-01 23:00
Hey Man. It turned out great. Looks good sitting in the sun. I watched the video of you in another post. What do you mean it took you 10 years to build it?

By Nuttybar Date 2010-01-02 14:01
Well actual working time was only about 3-4 months. I started the project and ran out of money, then didn't have a place to work on it, then got a place to work on it and once again didn't have the money, so most of the 10 years it was sitting. The majority of work was done in September-November 2009.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2010-01-03 01:18
Ahhh, so its been in the works for 10 years. I thought the build time was shorter that that. You did a great job in a short time period. Now you can enjoy it. Looking good!

By Brad H 1498 Date 2010-01-03 16:18
Congrats on a great looking car. Wish I could take mine out mid December but at -30 that's not going to happen LOL

BTW the "cute" thing is something you'll have to get used to :-) Somehow it's not as bad when it comes from twenty year old girls ;-) LOL

Well done! And it only took 10 years! All good things take time

By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2010-01-03 19:19 Edited 2010-01-03 19:26
This SUX I will be like 60 when the Allison is done, maby I should go ahead and paint a walker red flake with white stripes to go with it instead of the surf board lol, Hey what is Don doing in his buggy beside yours ? SORRY guess I am off the christmas card list.         Ken..........
By Nuttybar Date 2010-01-03 23:15
Yeah, Don won 1st place with his awesome Allison.  Can't wait to see the "mobility scooter lift" on the back of your Allison Ken!!!
By Brad H 1498 Date 2010-01-04 00:28
  Can't wait to see the "mobility scooter lift" on the back of your Allison Ken!!

LOL :-) :-)
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2010-01-04 13:04
Mom still has Dads scooter, guess I could pull out the electic running gear and find a crashed v-rod for a engine donor, or maby one of those boss hogg bar stools with the V-8. But then I would have to put weight in the front of the buggy lol,               Ken..........................
By Brad H 1498 Date 2010-01-04 13:50

Ken, this is what you need buddy.... ;-)

By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2010-01-04 15:48
Yep put a pottie on it and your in buisness, or doing buisness something like that ROFLMAO.         Ken
By ramir m 2456 Date 2010-12-07 00:24 Edited 2010-12-07 18:29
wow that's a very good and very best design i ever seen for an old car. that dash panel is really amazing. i love it.
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