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Dunbar Registry

Dunbar was a very popular Nor Eastern maker. I have seen what appears to be the same model they built as the MiniVolks advertised as the Hawk, after "Hawk" Harrelson, the big baseball star, ordered and endorsed them.

I am not sure about the Hawk II?

The Minivolks was one of the first buggies to use what I call the East Coast hood. Many of the small makers who were trying to manufacture the cheapest kit they could, made a hood that had the dash molded into it as one part. It had no convex curves since that would be impossible to pull from a mold. The hood flared at the edges to grab on to the body sides in front of the windshield frame. The dash was usually very flat or had a ridge line molded in.

Dunbar liked to have scoops on the hood. Check out the Beverly Hills to see them up close. The big signature to these bodies though is what I call an exaggerated tail design. The rear fenders have a low, almost mud flap, built in to them. The whole tail has a long low extended look. More engine coverage. East Coast DMV laws were much stricter than the west coast. NJ, CT, DE and others required tire and engine coverage. Many of the 1972 motor vehicle laws nationwide adopted these rules and it was the beginning of the end of buggy production.

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D Roadster Registry

The nose of the hood is vertical and it has a big D on it.

Hawk Registry

The Dunbar Hawk has a pair of hood scoops running along the top of the hood. It is on a full length pan.

 

Dunbar Hawk

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Body Matt's Hawk, in NH. Was originally a blue metal flake, now flamed orange. Still working on the restoration.

 

Dunbar Hawk

Body Dunbar Hawk, looks like.
Frame 1966 shortened frame
Engine 1776 DP
Status Up and running
Owner Michael Pinkston
Transaxle Swing Axle
Location My spot in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Contact mpinksto@water.ca.gov
Story Picked it up from a guy in Petaluma, CA who had had it for about 10 years. He got it from his father who started it over 40 years ago in Connecticut. The pan was cut and body mounted, a new pancake motor installed and it sat there from about 1966 until I picked it up in 2006. Motor was junk after all that sitting. I spent a very intense 10 weeks to finish it and take to my place in Baja. Since then, I've done several more things to it. Wish I could figure out to get some pics for you to see. I've been trying find out what body type this was. All I knew was that it was an East Coast design because of the long rear apron. It's been fun to drive.
Previous Owner David True

 

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Body http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z396/gcdunebuggy/
Dunbar Hawk II
Frame Shortened
Engine VW 1776 cc West Coast Core
Owner Gil Callan
Front Tires/Wheels 15' chevy monte carlo
Rear Tires/Wheels 15' chevy monte carlo
Transaxle swing
Contact gilcallan1@gmail.com
Story just begining to get some work done new brakes, lines, master. New wiring harness. New motor to arrived withih two weeks 1776 west coast core.
Motor in and running. tune-up and break in. So far, so good
Previous Owner purchased from New Hampshire

Hawk II and Hawk 40 II Registry

The Hawk II has wide fenders with louver hood scoops.

From Burn-z - I guys I'm trying to be a little bit of an expert on the Dunbar but it's hard finding information. I actually tracked down Howard Dunbar through his daughter. Asked him about the MiniVolks and sent him pictures of mine to see if he could tell me anything about it. Here is an except of his email "OK Patrick: Good photos. Checked your original pictures and Hawk article. It appears you have a Hawk II, same body we used to build the Hawk 40 II. Engine cover was redesigned with bump out to cover Porsche motor. Original motor was a VW as in description. Ken wanted a hotter motor so we installed the Porsche. VW motor in a Buggy is more dependable. Howard"

After that, I asked for information about old literature, bodies floating about or the molds and he went silent. I'll post the articles that I have in the yahoo site.

 

Hawk II

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Location Massachusetts
Story This was a surprise birthday present from my father-in-law 2 years ago and since then I just can drive it enough. With a little help from burn-z (who come to find out is in the next town over with the same body type) informed me that is was a Hawk II.

 

Burn-z's Hawk II

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Body THis is actually a HAWKII
Frame 64 VW beetle
Engine 1600DP
Status Frame completely rebuilt
Engine rebuilt
Starting on the glasswork soon
Owner Patrick Byrne
Front Tires/Wheels 15" 7"
Rear Tires/Wheels 17" 10"
Transaxle Swing
Location Northbridge, MA
Previous Owner Jeff Holestien
Rick Holstien(orignal owner)

MiniVolks Registry

Compared to the other Dunbar buggies (Hawk, Hawk II and Hawk 40 II), the MiniVolks had no hood scoops.

 

Dunbar Minivolks?

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Body Two piece body with hood and dash molded as one unit. Was told this may be a Minivolks but the rear is what is throwing me
Frame 1968 VW
Engine Single port
Status Recently purchased and in the process of restoring.
Owner Danny and Dewana Tarpley(ok, its hers)
Front Tires/Wheels None selected yet
Rear Tires/Wheels None selected yet
Link http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/danddtarp702t/fiberglass%20buggy/?start=12

All pics we have so far
Location Tyler, Texas
Contact danny_tarpley@yahoo.com
Story Found this on craigslist locally and went to check it out. Body was intact,chassis was there(surprised as this was sitting out in an open field)and the engine turned over. Came home with a fresh set of pics and the wife and I agreed to buy it(for less than offered of course). Got it home and dug out all the trash and debris and got a free weekend to check out the engine. Had it running for less than $20(points and condensor)and it idles and doesnt smoke. The wife is very excited and eager to work on it. Lucky for me, I have a wife thats not afraid to get in there and get dirty too. We have begun to gather up parts and have a set of side pods on the way. More as we make some headway.
Clubs Texas Manx Club

 

Dunbar Minivolks?

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Body Two piece body with hood and dash molded as one unit. Was told this may be a Minivolks but the rear is what is throwing me
Frame 1968 VW
Engine Single port
Status Recently purchased and in the process of restoring.
Owner Danny and Dewana Tarpley(ok, its hers)
Front Tires/Wheels None selected yet
Rear Tires/Wheels None selected yet
Link http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/danddtarp702t/fiberglass%20buggy/?start=12

All pics we have so far
Location Tyler, Texas
Contact danny_tarpley@yahoo.com
Story Found this on craigslist locally and went to check it out. Body was intact,chassis was there(surprised as this was sitting out in an open field)and the engine turned over. Came home with a fresh set of pics and the wife and I agreed to buy it(for less than offered of course). Got it home and dug out all the trash and debris and got a free weekend to check out the engine. Had it running for less than $20(points and condensor)and it idles and doesnt smoke. The wife is very excited and eager to work on it. Lucky for me, I have a wife thats not afraid to get in there and get dirty too. We have begun to gather up parts and have a set of side pods on the way. More as we make some headway.
Clubs Texas Manx Club