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Safari Registry

Safari Enterprises of Hermosa Beach, CA made both the Safari Trail and the Super Safari

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Safari Trail Registry

The Safari Trail has a classic body with a ridge up the hood.

 

Safari

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Body Best guess I have is that this is Safari Trail. No documentation. The hood skirt is vy distinctive. And the square windshield? Haven't seen another one in any pics.
Engine Stock single port 1600. Nothin' fancy. Built the motor before towing it to WA in '88. Was a 6v-12v conglomeration for yrs til my son got old enough to take an interest and we 12 volted everything. Also didn't run under it's own power from about '91 til 2004. Was on the waaaay back burner. For my taste, that ol' stocker has plenty of go. 45mph in it is just about scary.
Status Kept CA plates on it and he used to send me the tags til CA wouldn't issue them w/out a smog test. Guess that's why it sat so long. Is now licensed and street legal in WA which was no small accomplishment. Insured even.
Front Tires/Wheels Chrome U.S. wheels with adapter to the 56 5 hole. Had a set of some kind of redstripe bias plys on it but they have a memory and for a car that's been parked so long, would take hundreds of miles to make em round again. I replaced em tho the tread depth was fine.
Rear Tires/Wheels These are stagger block bias plys on big ol chrome wheels that bolt to the 56 bug 5 hole. Hot stuff in 1973. At a few hundred miles per yr, they may well last as long as I do. Have thought about putting something with less diameter back there for more zip. Have also thought about a vacation in Tahiti.
Link Photo Gallery
Transaxle Not sure what it is. Seems to have 1st gear synchros so I don't think its a split case..(guess I could crawl under and look).
Location Various places in WA and ID, depends on the season....
Contact rgj_45@hotmail.com
Story My (late) bro Gary got this in trade for svcs rendered. He was one of those back yard VW entrepeneurs in Oakland CA. We used to cruise the hills in it and oft took a 12 pack to Grizzly Peak lookout to conduct the sunset. That was in about '73 or '74. May not be correct today but at the time it seemed like a smart thing to do. Left out in the rain, the body actually held water...once upon a time. As the pics show, the floor was but a memory in 2004.
Previous Owner unknown. Legend has it that it was built by someone in NV. Gary at one time had two of them, the other one was white and had the hydraulic ebrake gadget that would brake one side or the other. Pretty Useless in Oakland and Berkeley., it went away I know not where.

 

SoCal Safari

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Body Classic fiberglass body
Frame 1956 Pan.. slightly butchered... this was done in the '80 before the rise of the splity...
Engine I just bought a used 1600 Stock engine.
Status Disassembled and being rebuilt. Collecting parts stage, fixing pan welds, and body repairs. I now have discs for the front, a 1600 engine and a bunch of small parts...
Front Tires/Wheels Old tires, running wide 5 rims. I will keep this look with the white rims all around.
Link http://superpartsusa.com/Dune%20Buggy.htm
Transaxle '62-'67 transaxle. I haven't run the car yet so I don't know the condition.
Location So Cal
Contact bruce@SuperPartsUSA.com
Story I just sold my T Bucket and wanted a new project. I have had a couple buggies in the past and they were always great fun. So I started looking for a glass buggy. I bought this about 2 months ago from a Samba ad. It's a little rougher that I original thought ( I bought it at night), but I love building cars so I will enjoy the challenge. I believe this car was built in the mid '80 by somebody with a death wish.....
Previous Owner Original owner was from So Cal also.

 

NOVA Joe's Safari

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Body Safari
Frame 1973 pan 14.5" cut
Engine modded
Owner Joe
Rear Tires/Wheels 295/50/15
Transaxle IRS
Location Sterling, VA 20165
Contact Custom built rear seat out of a Jeep CJ-7
Story 3 years to gather parts - 6 months to build

wanted the "cartoon overstuffed toy" look

 

Safari Trail

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1957 Safari Trail

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Body Safari Trail Buggy Kit
When built unknown.
Frame 1957 VW Bug Pan and Drivetrain
Engine 1600 Dual Port
Doghouse Oil Cooler
External Oil Filter
Dual Carbs
Status A work in progress. Still has many things that need work.
Front Tires/Wheels 5 lug - 6 inch Steel Spoked Black Powder Coated Wheels
185/65R15 Street Tires
Rear Tires/Wheels 5 lug - 8 inch Steel Spoked Black Powder Coated Wheels
235/75R15 Street Tires
Transaxle 1964 Swing Arm
Story She has been abused by many people over the years. She is a work in progress.

 

Yellow 58 Safari

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Body 3" body lift 6 point roll bar, removed rear seat, unusable with roll bar.
Frame 58 pan king pin swing axle
Engine 1915 dual port single, weber idf 40, 2014 update, 32mm venturi new main and idle jets adjust air bypass. New Cad plated TriMil exhaust. Corrected valve geometry new adjuster screws and lock nuts. Exchange steel push rods for HD aluminum
Status running, ironing out minor bugs, and adding features, 2 degree caster shims, cb for club runs, new custom made P brake cables new front brakes, replaced ball bearings with tapered rollers. Clean and inspect rear wheel cylinders, new springs(big type 3 rear brakes)
Owner Mike and Kathy.
Front Tires/Wheels 205 75r 15 AS radials on Chrome 5spoke on road. 700-15 on white spoke off road.
Rear Tires/Wheels used up 31 10.5 15 BFG AT wide 5 on chrome 5 spoke
Link http://www.manxclub.com/forum/gallery/album.php?album_id=70 Gallery
Transaxle late SN# made into swing.
Location Sunny So Cal
Story My father bought his high school buggy back, (Buggy Masters) was in the process of redoing it. His nieghbor saw and offered his for sale to us. My wife and bought it, gave it some tlc, needs more, and we all enjoy the 2 buggies as a family.
Clubs The Manx Club 4295
Previous Owner Parents Neighbors

 

Yellow 58 Safari

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Body 3" body lift 6 point roll bar, removed rear seat, unusable with roll bar.
Frame 58 pan king pin swing axle
Engine 1915 dual port single weber idf 44
Status running, ironing out minor bugs, and adding features
Owner Mike and Kathy.
Front Tires/Wheels 205 75r 15 as radials on Chrome 5spoke on road. 700-15 on white spoke off road.
Rear Tires/Wheels used up 31 10.5 15 BFG AT wide 5 on chrome 5 spoke
Transaxle late SN# made into swing.
Location Sunny So Cal
Story My father bought his high school buggy back, (Buggy Masters) was in the process of redoing it. His nieghbor saw and offered his for sale to us. My wife and bought it, gave it some tlc, needs more, and we all enjoy the 2 buggies as a family.
Clubs The Manx Club 4295
Previous Owner Parents Neighbors

 

My Safari Trail

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Body Safari Trail...ignore the Manx emblem I put on it.
Frame 1960 VW
Engine Stock with chrome kit
Owner Ralph Tescar , Cleveland Ohio
Front Tires/Wheels 205/75/15
Rear Tires/Wheels 255/70/15
Transaxle swing axel
Location Cleveland,ohio
Contact http://ralphscorner.homestead.com/contact.html
Story I had a 1978 silver anniversary corvette I had bought on e-bay and restored(I'm a certified master tech) and after having it 5-6 years the wife complained I never drove it I only waxed it...so I traded it for a Harley Ultra classic....but now I had no reason to go to the car show..well I always wanted a dune buggy so I started searching craigslist and found this on in Kentucky(I'm in Cleveland)So we took a road trip and checked it out...it had no brakes but the guy threw in a car hauler to the deal that was out in the corn field and sold be the buggy for 2 grand. Over the next year or so I redid the brakes..Converted the rears to Disc brake,replaced all the lines,welded a leaking gas tank,put in a new fuse box and rewired the dash,put some diamond plate on the dash,new carpet,new clutch,new rims and tires,with the help of the wife made a top,replaced the center link and tie rods and adjusted the torsion bars...The Buggy is named SALLY after my dog...my dog is a certified Therapy dog and we go to events at a local childrens hospital and give the kids rides in the buggy while they pet Sally...I can start this without Sally jumping inside.

 

My Safari Trail

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Body Safari Trail...ignore the Manx emblem I put on it.
Frame 1960 VW
Engine Stock with chrome kit
Owner Ralph Tescar , Cleveland Ohio
Front Tires/Wheels 205/75/15
Rear Tires/Wheels 255/70/15
Transaxle swing axel
Location Cleveland,ohio
Contact http://ralphscorner.homestead.com/contact.html
Story I had a 1978 silver anniversary corvette I had bought on e-bay and restored(I'm a certified master tech) and after having it 5-6 years the wife complained I never drove it I only waxed it...so I traded it for a Harley Ultra classic....but now I had no reason to go to the car show..well I always wanted a dune buggy so I started searching craigslist and found this on in Kentucky(I'm in Cleveland)So we took a road trip and checked it out...it had no brakes but the guy threw in a car hauler to the deal that was out in the corn field and sold be the buggy for 2 grand. Over the next year or so I redid the brakes..Converted the rears to Disc brake,replaced all the lines,welded a leaking gas tank,put in a new fuse box and rewired the dash,put some diamond plate on the dash,new carpet,new clutch,new rims and tires,with the help of the wife made a top,replaced the center link and tie rods and adjusted the torsion bars...The Buggy is named SALLY after my dog...my dog is a certified Therapy dog and we go to events at a local childrens hospital and give the kids rides in the buggy while they pet Sally...I can start this without Sally jumping inside.

 

Safari Trail

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Body This is a Safari Trail fiberglass body from, I'm guessing the mid to late '60's. The lower hood shape, and the rear quarter seem to be pretty distinctive from what I've seen.
Frame Standard, shortened 1969 chassis.
Engine 1600 dual port.
Status Done. After 5 years of building, it's on the road.
Owner Scott Churko, Canada
Front Tires/Wheels 165/80/15
Rear Tires/Wheels 275/60/15
Link http://s1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc486/schurko/Dune%20Buggy/
Transaxle Stock, mid '60's transaxle
Location Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Story I've never owned a VW of any kind before, nor have I ever thought of owing a dune buggy. I saw this one in an auto repair compound with a for sale sign on it. I started looking into dune buggies and got the itch. This buggie had a blown engine, and the paint was some weird flat industrial yellow. It had registration and the owner gave me a contact for a substitute engine. I bought it and towed it home. The kids were thrilled, the wife not so much. Since then I've torn it apart, repainted it and am starting to reassemble. UPDATE. As usual, project car got put on hold due to kids needs (expensive BMX sport). I'm at year 4 and am getting ready to finish it off. Don't give up. Almost sold it once. UPDATE. Buggies on the road. Took 5 years but I insured it this summer, drove it and even put it in one show. So fun.
Previous Owner The previous owner had used this buggie for serious off roading. It had big knobby rear tires, a reinforced chassis and coil over shocks set at maximum clearance. He blew the engine and wasn't interested in fixing it. Good for me. I don't know the history before him.

 

RI 1960 Blue Safari Trail

Body Fiberglass Tail,dash and hood all dead matches. Faded blue just like entry pics
Frame 1960 Vw shortened
Engine VW single port 1500 with stinger exhaust
Status Project. Body off, pan has new floors and been blasted and painted, engine done, Body needs many screw holes filled and sanded currently working on 12/2017
Owner Mine since 2009
Front Tires/Wheels Beat E78-15 Bias ply
Rear Tires/Wheels same as front
Transaxle Rebuilt 67 Swingaxle
Location Hope Valley,R.I.
Contact unclematty@netzero.net
Story Bought out of gravel bank in Danbury,CT Took forever to register but she has tags now
Previous Owner Unknown but was once sold at Marty motors in Ridgefield,CT
They have no record but it still bears the old used car lot sticker for now

 

Lil' Red

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Body Safari Trail
Engine 1500cc
Owner Gary Woolsey
Location Boonville, IN
Story I bought this in the Chicago area. With plans to restoring it.

Super Safari Registry

The Super Safari was a standard shortened buggy with a unique nose and tail. The nose takes cues from the Corvair.