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By Lawrence B 3431 Date 2012-10-07 15:30
Hi i have a 68 frame and i have no clue as to what the buggy body this is here is the pics please help thanks.

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By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2012-10-07 19:10
Lawrence, you will need to make your pictures somewhere in the size of 80 to maybe 120 . the best way I have found is: if pictures are on your computer,and you have Paint- import them to paint and resize by around 40%. resave them with an additional letter or a -1 in your picture folder(that way you have original and resized)

Hope this helps

By dustymojave Date 2012-10-28 20:54
Lawrence, looking at your pics, I've been able to narrow down what your buggy is. I started off by trying the ID system and it came up with Martin, but it changed a couple of categories of answers I entered. Martin is clearly NOT correct.

I suggest you look at the alphabetical list of brands.

I suspect Lido and El Lobo. Probably out of the same molds. I've been told that The prime difference between them is the mudflap behind the front wheels on the El Lobo. But this Lido ad from the gallery here shows it with the flap before the El Lobo came out:

You photos don't include one showing the side where the flap would be. A flap NOT being there could indicate it never was, or that someone has removed them. But I would say it is most probably one of the 2 brands. There were some other brands which look similar.

By dustymojave Date 2012-10-28 23:51
The Lithia MarkIII buggy is very similar and may have been from the same tooling, but the nose has a more pronounced point to the top of the "grille" opening recess in the nose.

By Lawrence B 3431 Date 2012-11-25 20:02
Is this the mud flap you are talking about ( drivers side front wheel well)?

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By dustymojave Date 2012-11-28 07:55
Yes. That's it. Lido and El Lobo had them. Yours is probably one or the other.
By Lawrence B 3431 Date 2012-11-30 02:12
I was wondering are these a rare type of buggy ? How much are they worth Im trying to figure out how much money i should put into restoring it
By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2012-11-30 03:07
I know this doesn't help but, put as much money as you can afford.  Safety First, the Go power, If you can do the rest, then great.  One thing I have found over the years, and it is probably because of the Types of vehicles I like, is that you rarely get back in monetary value, what you put into it.  Build it, enjoy it, have fun!

Just my 1/5th of a dime.
By Jeffrey P 655 Date 2012-11-30 22:39
Rarity rarely has anything to do with value. You don't have a super rare buggy. You have a nice one...but thats about it. There are lots of buggies out there that were produced in small quantities (thus potentially "rare") but they were usually produced in small amounts because of miserable quality or terrible design. Sure there are some exceptions....but your is not one of them.

That being said, a well built buggy will fetch between $5-$7k in my opinion. On the higher side with a very nice motor. On the lower side with a stock 1600 DP. That range would include a nice interior, well laid out dash, good wiring, nice paint, no cracks, etc etc.

Unless you do all the work yourself (mechnicals, interior, bodywork, paint, etc etc) is not easy to make money on a project like this. I do ALL the work myself and I barely make money...and clearly not a decent hourly wage for my labor.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2012-12-01 02:02
There was only 17 bodies like mine made originally so it is rare, is it worth more becasue of it's rarity? no, it's worth good money becasue the body is exceptionally well made. The builder took some pride in his work and produced quality rather than quantity. I've seen a couple of other bodies that were "iconic" that were not nearly as well made. As far as restoring it for resale. Unless you have a big pile of good used parts and can do everyhitng yourself. It'll be tough to make a dime. If you have to sublet everything, only do it if you plan on keeping the car for yourself

I have always started spending money on a good chassis. Get the brakes and suspension top notch and a good sturdy floor pan or frame and work from there. Once you get a solid foundation you can work from there. Even if you only get the body done in primer for a while, get seats that are comfortable and get them placed so you have a nice comfortable driving position. Get a good running engine and tranny even if only a small stocker and hook it all together with the best wiring harness you can afford, even if you make it yourself. Use good quality electrics and keep the layout nice and neat. Nothing is worse than being stuck in the parking lot trying to figure out why the car won't start or it's night and you have no lights because something fell off. These cars bounce around a lot and are more exposed to the elements thatn your average car so work on building a bulletproof electrical system and your life will be much nicer.

By Funnybug Date 2012-12-01 17:32
TO ME [QUOTE]"I was wondering are these a rare type of buggy ? How much are they worth Im trying to figure out how much money i should put into restoring it "[/QUOTE] sounds more like "How much should I list it on Craigslist for?"

To answer that depends on where you live and what the demand is. I woud say $300-$800 as it sits

As far as how much to put into it depends on what your end plans are. If you're building a dune buggy for personal use to enjoy and play with then there is no ceiling other than what your wallet tells you

If on the other hand, your plan is to build a dune buggy and make a killing selling it for profit, I recommend the craigslist option above. These are niche vehicles that are typically built to ones personal preference (& budget). Of the dozen or so I have owned over the years, typically one of the 1st questions I have heard is "did you build it?"

.. and that matters
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