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B&N Fiberglass Registry

B&N Fiberglass of Springfield Ohio created several body styles during the dune buggy hay day. For some reason unknown to us, they preferred to use the names of snakes for the buggies. The most famous of their buggies was the Rattler. A unique detailed body kit with a classic structure but, very different in style and design.

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Rattler Registry

 

Rattler

Body Gold metal flake...paint maroon in 1982.
Frame '67 pan
Engine '67 stock
Status My nephew has this car in Columbia Missouri. It was restored twice.
Front Tires/Wheels 235 R 14 with chrome wheels
Rear Tires/Wheels 265R15 with chrome wheels
Transaxle stock '67
Location Columbia Missouri
Contact scott@scottstearman.com
Story I built this car while in high school in Detroit. As a teenager I drove it to Maine and worked for the summer. Then took it to Oklahoma for college. I made several trips in this little car to Colorado and Southern Cal.

 

Kentucky Rattler

Body Layers of old paint, have spots of gold metal flake...
Frame 1967 with new pans
Engine 1971 1600 AE dual port, Weber carb,
Status Ugly, in process of restoring. Plans at this time is to stretch body to standard wheelbase and paint like Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine. My 9 y/o son's idea.
Owner Chuck and "Trey" Davis
Front Tires/Wheels Old...still trying to choose the right rims
Rear Tires/Wheels Old...still trying to choose the right rims
Transaxle Stock 1967
Location Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Contact majdavis226@hotmail.com
Story I've owned VWs on and off my whole life. Stock beetles, a couple of rail buggies. I always wanted to build a dune buggy, one day while at Advance Auto Parts an employee told me about one he saw for sale. I bought it that afternoon, it's cracked, faded, been cut on, and been repainted numerous times. It had all the signs of an orginal 60's buggy: 1964 Mustang tail lights, Dodge charger gas cap, metal flake base. Thanks to Dune Buggy.com I was able to ID it, " Thanks Guys". I bought a 1967 Baja Bug that has seen it's better days, rusted out, beat up and ugly. It had an valid title, good running. So after buying alot of manuals, countless hours on internet, and now knowing the UPS man by his first name it's taking shape. 67 pan looks new and after installing the new brake lines, it'll be time to tackle the body, more "How to books" this time on fiberglass repair, more UPS visits and telling my wife she'll have her carport, porch, and spare bedroom back soon, the body and pan will be united. I've made mistakes, got mad, but would do it again in a heartbeat.

 

Rattler

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Body Green metel flake, now yellow paint
Frame 68 beatle
Engine 1600 dual port from a 72 suber beatle
Status Weekend driver
Owner Jim Guinnip
Front Tires/Wheels 15x7 keystone classics
Rear Tires/Wheels 15x10 keystone clasics
Transaxle 68 IRS
Location Elmira NY
Contact budley2@hotmail.com
Story Found dead in a junk yard in Buffalo NY

 

deadhead rattler

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Body Was a gold flake but now is silver
Frame 65 beetle
Engine 1600 dp for the time being...
Status nearly done ....
Transaxle old swing ...
Location Middletown Ohio
Story Bought it 7 years ago from a guy who owned a storage place. It was defaulted along with a 69 bug. Just started working on it in the last year or so. Hope to drive it soon.

 

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RATTLER

Body ORIGINAL GREEN GEL COAT WITH NATURAL PATINA PERIOD CORRECT FORD GALAXY TAIL LIGHTS ORIGNAL CHROME ROLL BAR BUMPERS WINDSHIELD SKID PLATE FIBER GLASS SEATS DASH COMPONENTS
Frame 1960 RESTORED PAINTED CHARCOAL METALLIC COMPONENTS DETAILED IN MATT NICKLE VERY DETAILED AND POLISHED TO SHINE
Engine 1970 SINGLE PORT 1600 STOCK
Status CRUISE SHOWS FUN AT THE BEACH
Front Tires/Wheels GOODYEAR EAGLE P/195 ON AMERICAN RACING CHROME 15X6 RALLY'S
Rear Tires/Wheels GOODYEAR EAGLE P/295 ON AMERICAN RACING CHROME 15X10 RALLY'S
Transaxle 1965 STOCK
Location STOWE PA SOMETIMES REHOBETH BEACH DE
Contact DUNERODDER@AOL.COM
Story BOUGHT BACK IN 2001 AS A DRIVER , RESTORED IN 2002 GREAT EFFORT WAS MADE TO STAY PERIOD CORRECT WITH ACCESSORIES HAS DONE QUITE WELL AT THE LOCAL VW SHOWS
Clubs MANX CLUB
Previous Owner SOME WHERE IN LEHIGHTON PA ONLY WISH I COULD HAVE BOUGHT IT FROM THE GUY BEFORE HIM, WHO BUILT AND GARAGED IT SINCE 1967

 

niterambler rattler !

Body not sure of year, needs a new paint job. but ok for now
Frame its a 1968 vw buggy shortened about 15in i think.
Engine got me a 1600 dual port in it. just chromed out the whole thing just about
Status weekend driver. but getting ready to pull the motor to put a nice new rebuilt trans in it. If i dont sell the buggy
Owner fred yarosz live in nj nevernasty@embarqmail.com give me a e mail
Front Tires/Wheels think they are american raceing rims with 14in 70s on the front
Rear Tires/Wheels american raceing rims with 15in 50s
Link e mail nevernasty@embarqmail.com
Transaxle 4 speed vw not sure yet
Location sussex county nj
Contact nevernasty@embarqmail.com
Story i sold 3 buggies that i had before and wanted a another one after years went bye. i see this on e bay in ohio and like the body sytle. drove down and bought her!!
Clubs none yet looking

 

Rattler

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Body B&N Rattler
Frame 62 VW
Engine 1966 VW 1300
Status Driving & loving it
Owner Tim Hamm
Link http://s1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb426/Hamm62/?action=view&current=62VW-9.jpg
Location Aubrey, Texas
Contact thehamms@cebridge.net
Story I just purchased this buggy 10/16/10. Still learning about it, I do know it had a ground up restoration in 2007 & I have a cd of 180 pics to document. The mechanical is very good, but the paint is not! I plan on painting this winter and would like to add a snap on top soon after.

Tarantula Registry

 

B&N Tarantula

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Body B&N Tarantula shot in metalflake red and metalflake gunmetal grey striped
Frame Shortened VW with 3/16 steel plate welded in as floor and poured with roofing tar
Engine VW 40Hp with dual webbers
Status Unknown alst seen 1988 in San Diego
Owner I am the former owner who did a temp trade with a friend who sold her (sniff) before I had a chance to buy her back
Transaxle Swing Axle
Location Last known California
Contact miltuna@gmail.com
Story I bought her for $750 running with a slippery clutch in 1974 in South Carolina...my first car purchase. Drove her through college and met some nice ? girls as a result. Later tore her down and rebuilt her doing an extensive stripe job using multiple masks to shoot metalflake red and then fine flake gunmetal grey for the stripes... hours and hours.Clear coated the whole thing with about 14 layers of clear acrylic and a couple of years later had some blisters form on the forward fender fronts. Sandblasted the pan welded in plate in place of the rusted floor pans...then had a layer of roofing tar poured into the pans to seal everything watertight. Ultimately she ended up being a bit heavy...better for street...offroad not so much. I welded reinforcements on many suspension parts and created tranny straps.
I went into this project knowing very little and learned a lot. Should have done more with the engine but she was strong and pretty being well chromed out. I had a book 'Building Your VW Based Dune Buggy' and kept Bug Pack in business for a few years.
Details: Put in dual independent hand brakes for spin arounds. Glassed in the area under the sides to collect less mud under the arm rest area. Never did get away from the original 6v system so a did lot of push starts over the years (dum dum dum dum dum).
Later I moved her to AZ then to CA where I went sailing and temp traded her to a friend who sold her. Lost track afterwards.
I just found what I am convinced to be her ID as the B&N 'Tarantula' from the rear deck over the engine and rear fender curves and height/width. The two hood bumps would confirm better but they aren't visible in the archive B&Ws. All the visible body shapes match up with my former baby.
Previous Owner Milton Sanders, Kurt Vrosh

 

CinCity Tarantula

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Body Soon to be a long body. Original blue metalflake, then black then purple then oversprayed with primer and some sand textured yellow...all will be sanded down to blue gel coat. There are Bondo plugs an inch thick filling up the hole where the gas filler tube penetrated the center of the hood. Some nice work by the previous owner(s).
Frame 69 Karmann-Ghia, Needs a custom floor pan and 3 inch lift to clear the brake lines and IRS suspension
Engine 1600 Dual Port
Status Just beginning this project
Owner Moon Dawg
Front Tires/Wheels Stock rollers
Rear Tires/Wheels Stock rollers
Location Cincinnati, OH
Contact gscurtis@yahoo
Story Taken in trade at a body shop in Lexington KY, Then put up for sale on eBay...Looks like it had a full life and needs some work to get it back into shape.
Previous Owner Unknown

 

Tarantula

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Viper Registry

Another of the bodies B&N made was called the Viper. The Viper at first glance was very manx like. There were two raised long features in the hood. Like 3D stripes I guess. Very distinct, no other body copied these hood details. The other very distinct and individual treatment was the headlight mounting, or really the lack there of. This body is the only one I know of that used standard round buckets with sealed beam but, made a semi circular recess to mount them low into the hood. No pedestals for the chrome buckets to stand on. The tail was a semi standard mild flip, with a license box raised. I am not sure if there were indentions around the lights or not. Our photos are not that clear. The only documentation from B&N is a photo copy of a mimeographed single sheet with a front view of the buggy body, circa 1969.

 

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Body Viper body, nice condition
Frame complete tube chassis
Engine 1776, dual port, pic 34 tri-mill exhaust
Status currently stored for winter, in good running condition, and a blast to drive.
Owner Darren and LeAnn Blair
Front Tires/Wheels 7.00x15's on centerlines
Rear Tires/Wheels 31x10.50x15's on centerlines
Transaxle stock swing
Location Spokane,WA
Contact roddin49@comcast.net

 

west virginia viper

buggy
Body Viper by B&N Fiberglass orange pearl
Frame 1970 VW, SHORTENED 14 1/2 INCHES
Engine 1974 1600 DUAL PORT, STOCK ALL CHROMED
Status JUST FINISHED RESTORATION APRIL 2008, WORKED ON IT FOR 18 MONTHS
Owner JEFF JOHNSON
Front Tires/Wheels P215/60R14
Rear Tires/Wheels P295/50R15
Transaxle 4 SPEED, REVERSE DOESNT WORK
Location PETERSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA
Contact whitetoy_01@hotmail.com

 

Chillicothe ohio viper

Body viper
Frame 1966 pan shorten 14 1/2"
Engine 1641
Owner Patrick Riley
Front Tires/Wheels 195/70R-15 on chrome wide 5
Rear Tires/Wheels 225/70R-15 on chrome wide 5
Transaxle stock 66
Location Chillicothe Ohio
Contact goodguy925905@yahoo.com
Story my father bilt it in 68&69 he sold it in 71 and it had many owners. then i found it in 2006 and but it back on the road.

 

Mountain Viper

Body B & N Viper body in excellent condition. New paint all over.
Frame 1963 beetle swing axle of course shortened the usual 14.5 inches.
Engine Original engine torn down and found to be a excellent condition 40 horse case with 85.5mm pistons. Case has been machined for 94mm, reassembled with a 74 mm crank, 5.4" h beam rods, cb performance Los panchitos heads, kadron dual carbs, full flowed, VZ15 camshaft, new lifters, CSP pressure relief pump cover, eliminated stock relief valve, remote filter screen, remote oil cooler and fan assembly with thermostat control.
Status Restoration completed. Removed the body from the pan and formed a game plan on the sequence and procedures to restore. Repaired body damage. Replaced pans and restored remaining chassis with new bushings, seals etc. New disc brakes on all wheels. All new instrumentation (except speedometer) and wiring. Every last part of this buggy was taken apart, cleaned, restored and painted or replaced. New front seats and seat belts. Fabricated a front roll over structure tied to the rear.
Owner Wayne Clagg
Milton, Wv
rclaggf4u@yahoo.com
Front Tires/Wheels 14" ET Mag slotted mags, couldn't get the pits and corrosion out so I sand blasted them and painted them the same color as the body. New Mastercraft 225/60 all season radials.
Rear Tires/Wheels 15" ET mag slotted mags, same as the front, painted. Mastercraft 255/60 radials.
Transaxle 1963 swingaxle gone through and reassembled with new gaskets, seals, beef a diff, aluminum side cover. Original 4.37 ring gear and gear ratio's were retained for maximum performance on country roads, hills and red light to red light.
Location Milton, West Virginia
Contact rclaggf4u@yahoo.com
Story My family owned this buggy in the middle 70's. It was sold to a friend of the family, actually my bus driver. He kept it for sometime then sold it to a fellow driver. This owner put a top on it and drove all over like a daily driver. I kept track of it's location then one day it disappeared. Approx. 15 years later I was talking to the guy we sold it to and he told me the second owner still had it. I expressed disbelief but he said the guys daughter had moved it away but he had retaken possession of it, that's why it had disappeared suddenly. I sent word that I was VERY interested in it if he ever sold it fully expecting that I would never see it. A few months later he walked in my office and asked me to make an offer on it.......and now it's in my garage undergoing restoration!!! I just can't beleive it! The man asked I not disclose what I paid for it and I will respect his wishes, but I will say there were three digits in the price with the decimal point in the usual place.
Previous Owner undisclosed

 

Ohio Viper

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Body Viper by B&N Fiberglass - Ocean Blue metallic, mint condition.
Frame 1969 VW pan shorted 14 1/2 inches
Engine 1971 -1600cc stock all chrome
Front Tires/Wheels 26 x 8.50 - 15 LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman's on Centerline rims with spinners
Rear Tires/Wheels 29 x 12.50 - 15 LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman's on Centerline rims with spinners
Transaxle IRS Swing axle