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By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2014-07-23 18:11 Edited 2015-05-14 00:15
2 piece body, I had to remove the hood , a PITA, to do. There was no gas tank fuel sending unit installed. That was an easy fix to add one in. The gas tank is molded into the main body in the front. Definitely flatter in the rear than any other buggy curved rear areas, there is no exposed wheel wells in the rear seat area(pic below), the hood drops down from the center from the windshield, to a very wide V shape. It goes very low where the (arrow shaped) point is , Pics are further down in this post of it. I flipped the hood and there is no ID under it, the dash is fiberglass and part of the hood. There is no visible ID tag in the front of the interior body with the carpet removed.
I would like to find an exterior body cage and  T-Top roll cage (2pc), http://www.meyersmanx.info/Docs/Manxter2+2ExpandedViewWebready.jpg I like the chassis on the new style 2+2 manx, pics show cage separately (in this page) http://www.flatlandsengineering.co.uk/fle/fle_manx.htm but it seems the Authorized fabricator is in England, a local fab shop might be big bucks to do it the same way. I have not researched it as of yet..I have seen other buggy shops sell the bodies but no mention of who does their chassis work.. Any one have ideas? the lower cage bolts bolts outside the body and on to existing chassis/body points. the inside cage bolts into the outside cage frame. as you can see in the pics..

By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2014-07-24 04:16
Will need good picture of Dash, rear end. Front end/hood, and a good whole side picture to try to help Identify.
By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2014-07-24 17:43 Edited 2015-05-14 00:20
Hmmm, are you not able to see the 3 pics above?  did i upload them correct? Chassis is a full pan length 1970 year (4-5 seater buggy), motor was 1600cc 1974( now 1970, higher h.p.), trans is rebuilt swing axle 1966.. I modded it internally to accept the 200mm flywheel, a local Porsche 914 racing shop assisted me on what to grind out to make it fit ..the 74 motor had the 180mm flywheel on it. The dashboard is part of the hood(vertical,flat and straight across, like a long rectangle ), comes 8-9" down from the bottom of the windshield with a small cut out for the steering wheel column ( pic below). The side is shown on the top pic, only 1 i have for now.. generic pic is drawn of what the front looks like(before newer posted pics below).

By Kellison Jim Date 2014-08-15 02:47
Seems like it has an interesting body. How bout some clear photos of it without the blankets on it.
Kellison Jim
By Lloyd B 2301 Date 2014-08-15 15:19
Where about did you find this gem?  sometimes location can give a clue as to possible manufacture.
By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2014-08-15 20:59 Edited 2015-05-14 00:35

I know different hoods can be used on them, so that is why i took more detailed pics of the back instead. the front fenders seem to look like every other buggy..
the car came from eastern long island ny, not much help, due to no known fabricators of this body style within 300 miles i am the 4th owner, no one cared who made it, registered as a 1970 vw , as it was a fun dune buggy to drive
The wheels are from a 1978(?) ford thunderbird (rubber coated steel factory wheels 15") with adapter plates on the VW drums.

2nd pic shows no exposed wheel wells in the backseat area(flat sides)
3rd pic shows the dash
4th pic shows hood partially removed to see the profile of it better and the gas tank fill location.

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By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2015-05-13 23:40
front of buggy/ updated pics

By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2015-05-28 21:39
rear of buggy/ updated pics

By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2015-05-28 22:05
dash

By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2015-05-28 22:18
85" wheel base

By Unlimited 1 4127 Date 2015-05-28 22:25 Edited 2015-05-28 22:28
possible ID location but nothing attached, relay never used/wired in. It is drivers side by steering column. You can see the location where the new brake master has not been installed yet

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