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Kellison Registry

Kellison, Inc. Hwy 99E, Lincoln, California

Better known for non-vw kits. See www.kellisoncars.com. Bought rights to Sandpiper from someone else. Unable to find original manufacter, Suspect Allied Fiberglass.

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Kellison Sandpiper SP-1 Registry

 

New Kellison body

Body I found a like-new, untouched Sandpiper body! It sat in a barn since 1970, and is one clearcoat from being brand new.
Frame Berrien Nostalgia, swing rear, kingpin front. 4 wheel disc.
Engine 1641, Engle cam, Weber progressive carb, full flow oil filter, stock crank and heads.
Status In progress. Up to a rolling chassis. Working on the brakes next.
Front Tires/Wheels 245/40R18
Rear Tires/Wheels 245/40R18
Location Rootstown, Ohio
Story I found the car on Craigslist for $600, and stripped it completely. Sold the extras and ended up breaking even on the purchase price. Found the incredible Sandpiper body about an hour west of here and wasted no time begging it off of the seller. Hoping to have it done as a family project in a couple of years.

 

New Kellison body

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Body I found a like-new, untouched Sandpiper body! It sat in a barn since 1970, and is one clearcoat from being brand new.
Frame Berrien Nostalgia, swing rear, kingpin front. 4 wheel disc.
Engine 1641, Engle cam, Weber progressive carb, full flow oil filter, stock crank and heads.
Status In progress. Up to a rolling chassis. Working on the brakes next.
Front Tires/Wheels 245/40R18
Rear Tires/Wheels 245/40R18
Location Rootstown, Ohio
Contact Vwnv@att.net
Story I found the car on Craigslist for $600, and stripped it completely. Sold the extras and ended up breaking even on the purchase price. Found the incredible Sandpiper body about an hour west of here and wasted no time begging it off of the seller. Hoping to have it done as a family project in a couple of years.

 

kellison sandpiper xp1

Body kellison sandpiper xp1
Frame has full frame
Engine 1600
Status restored
Owner James
Front Tires/Wheels 50 spoke 8in
Rear Tires/Wheels 50 spoke 10in
Transaxle 3 rib bus irs
Location Oroville ca
Contact for sale 530-589-4494

 

kellison sandpiper xp1

Body kellison sandpiper xp1
Frame has full frame
Engine 1600
Status restored
Owner James
Front Tires/Wheels 50 spoke 8in
Rear Tires/Wheels 50 spoke 10in
Transaxle 3 rib bus irs
Location Oroville ca
Contact for sale 530-589-4494

Kellison Sandpiper TBodied Roadster Registry

Kellison Super T bodied roadster: Model T styled front end, different dash with Kellison logo on passenger side of dash, molded in.

 

KELLISON SUPER T

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Body Year unknown
Frame 1969
Engine 1600
Owner Alan Kirlin, Seattle WA.
Link PHOTO BUCKET
Location Seattle Wa.
Contact 206-9546498 flyfreebird@comcast.net
Story Just recently got this from a friend who is moving. Finishing the work he didn't have time to finish. New Wireing. Cleaned the Carb. New starter. New Battery. Gets up and goes. Needs front grill work. Original light green metal flake. I'll be selling this soon. Contact me. ASP.
Previous Owner Hated to part with it.

 

Kellison Super T

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Body Body is 196? super t. I have repainted it with metallic silver and blue flames (tipped gold). It was red originally.
Frame 66 VW pan. I shortened and moved the shifter and e-brake tunnel back for super t body, at the time i restored it. Also I built a 2 inch body lift for more leg and seat room but it didn't help much. There is still a ledge that won't allow you to lower the seat.
Engine 64 type 3 1500 super. built it into an upright. Plans for 2100 dual port soon. 1500 was fine until I added all the weight during the restoring process.
Status The car turned out awesome. It was funny to see some of the things I did when I was a teenager and had no money but at least i finished it! This time I built it, I had a plan and all the knowledge of 30yrs. Boy, what difference that makes!
Owner Tim Larsen
Front Tires/Wheels Slot aluminum 14 inch Toyo spectrum 4 lug VW with stud kit from EMPI
Rear Tires/Wheels Slotted aluminum 15 inch 60 series BFG TA 5 lug Chevy with adapters
Link georgi_55@hotmail.com
Transaxle 64 type 3
Location Kettle Falls, Washington
Contact Tim Larsen
Story Owned for 30 years, took 3 yrs to build the first time. I restored it in 2005 and it took a year and half to finish . It turned out awesome. I have pictures of whole restore and finished car! I had my daughter put them on. My parents bought me the kit used for 500 dollars in 1975! It took 3yrs to build. I started restoring it in 2005 and the restoration finished in 2006!

 

Super T buggy

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Story I have one of these. I sent you a photo a while back to help identify it. Maybe the following info will help. I am not sure but I think it was manufactured in CA in the late 60's or early 70's. I have only seen the pictures you have and pictures of one other Super T, located in southern CA. I don't know if there are more or where they may be.
Here is some info:

Dune Buggy Model: Super T
Manufacturer: Kellison
City and State: California ?
Hood Description: Model T
Dash Description: Molded with hood - "Kellison" on passenger side
Rear Seat Area: none
Fender Description: Flat running boards with curved fenders
Tail Description: Box - "Kellison" on rear panel

I have attached two pics of my Kellison Super T. Hope you can use them. Will get more angles and dash later.

 

Jim's Super T

Body Originally when I purchased my Kellison Super T Buggy in May of '08, it had a 1970 Kellison Super T body legthened 9 inches so that a Corvair engine could fit under the rear deck. However, I decided to do away with the Corvair power and go with a VW Engine. One year later in May of '09, the gentleman who's property the buggy was on told me that his brother bought the exact same buggy back in 1970 and never built it. I paid his brother a visit and bought the Blue Metalflake Body that is used on the buggy as you see it.
Frame The frame is a shortened 1962 frame that has beed completely re-done. New Floor Pans along with frame being taken down to bare metal and re-painted. Almost everything was redone, repaired or replaced!
Engine Engine is a 1967 Type III 1776 w/Fuel injected head with a mild port job (high comp/non-step) and all new valves. Balanced and lightened and boxed # 3 cylinder, aligned bored, W-3 cam, bored, case savers, and full flow oil filter system, 8-doweled, shimmed rockers and swivel feet adjusters, chrome molly push rods,
full crankcase ventilation system, with 050 Bosch distributor, 12v generator. Kadron Carbs, K&N filters, super tins, heavy duty clutch and ridge disc.

Status Completed, but as you all know, buggies are never completely done. There is always something you want to add, replace or improve on
Owner Jim C. in West Carrollton, Ohio
Front Tires/Wheels Wheels are 14x8 American Racing Torque Thrust w/ 225/60-14's B.F. Goodrich T/A Radials.
Rear Tires/Wheels Wheels are 14x8 American Racing Torque Thrust w/ 245/60-14's B.F. Goodrich T/A Radials.

 

1968 Kellison Sandpiper Pick Up

Body Kellison Sandpiper Pick Up

Frame 1970 VW
Engine 1600 DP VW
Owner John Farber
Location Morgantown, PA

 

Kellison 23 T Bucket

Body Kellison 23 T Bucket
Frame 1967 VW Shorten 14"
Engine 1500 cc Stock
Status Needs some work Not much
Owner Karen & James Newman & ( Buddy )
Transaxle Swing Axle
Location Wallard,Mo.
Contact James Newman newman195248@yahoo.com
Story I went to Carthage,Mo. To pick up a 1965 Berry T Bucket . When my wife and I got home I was looking at E-Bay and I saw a Kellison T Bucket and my wife had to have it . But one thing , it was in Ca. 1,700 Miles away . Ok if you seen my wife you would get for to . So now she has her T Bucket & I have a T Bucket Woody .

 

1964 Kellison "Super T"

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Body Fiberglass
Frame 1964 shortened VW
Engine 1600 single port dual carb
Status for sale
Front Tires/Wheels new centerline wheels and tires
Rear Tires/Wheels new centerline wheels and tires
Transaxle four speed with reverse
Location Carmel Indiana at Abreu Motors

 

Kellison Holiday Super T

Body Kellison S/T is in gel-coat "Diamond Dust". A sort of metal flake purple with multicolored flakes.
Frame '69 VW, shortened 14 1/2 inches.
Engine 1600 pancake with DP heads, single carb.
Status I love driving this car around my town....it's fairly well known.
Owner "Tsunami" Don Frank
Front Tires/Wheels 12" slotted mags.
Rear Tires/Wheels 14" slotted mags
Link N/a
Transaxle Standard VW IRS.
Location Boise, Idaho
Contact TsunamiDon1@icloud.com
Story I built my first dune buggy in '72.....a gel-coat metal flake green (Kellison) Manx-style. Sold it in '78. Bought this body about '79 and stored it for years. Started assembly in 2011 and have been able to drive it for 3years.
Clubs None
Previous Owner Dan's Tune-Up of Paul, I'd bought about a dozen Kellison bodies about '69/'70 and sold them to me and other local friends.

Sand Piper Pickup Registry

Kellison Sandpiper Pickup came in two length's. shortened 14 1/2" and standard length for VW platforms. Optional hard top. One piece body, upswept rear fenders, double ridge hood, matching ridge on hardtop, with oval rear window.

 

Shawn Smith

Body Kellison Sandpiper Pickup
Sorry no pictures yet.
Frame 1959 bug
Engine 1500 for now
Status Just starting project
Owner Shawn Smith
Transaxle Early bus gear reduction
Location Pocatello Idaho
Story Found it on thesamba, and traded
my sandrail for it.

 

R Whetsel

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Body Kellison Sand Piper Pickup
Frame "53" chassis
Engine 1600cc dual port, dual 34ict carbs.
Status Running and driving
Owner Richard Whetsel
Front Tires/Wheels 185/70r14 on aluminum slots chevy adapters
Rear Tires/Wheels M/T N50/15 aluminum slots on chevy adapters
Link PhotoBucket Gallery
Transaxle swingaxle with camber compensator
Location Greenville, Virginia
Contact whetselr@earthlink.net

 

Unkown 1969

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Body All I know is that it is a 1969 Volkswagen, with a type III engine, and have been trying to find out more about it!! If anyone knows anyhing about it, then it would be more then appreciated!!!
Engine Type III is all I know for now
Contact If there is any kind of information about this found please e-mail at MBRANDOWUSMC@HOTMAIL.COM
Story Right now I am currently serving in the USMC and have not had a chance to work on it for about a year, and next year when I get a house then I would like to start rebuilding it. I have not been able to find anything like it anywhere!!

 

BFH - Buggy From Hell!!

Body Kellison Sand Piper Pickup, currently purple.
Frame '66 Bug, shortened nicely with actual steel Buggy pans. I have to fix a couple small oopsies, but not many
Engine Stock '66 Bug 1300 SP with period Type 3 dual carbs, about to be rebuilt by yours truly.
Status Restoration pending vacation. Currently assembled enough to flat tow.
Owner Me!!
Front Tires/Wheels Chevy pattern aftermarket 5-spokes, with wide-5 adapters.
Rear Tires/Wheels Chevy pattern aftermarket 5-spokes, with wide-5 adapters.
Link http://community.webshots.com/album/552273350qLHiQH
Transaxle Stock '66 Type 1 swinger
Location In my buddy's garage.
Contact cheilan@comcast.net
Story I bought this for a song from a Craigslist ad, after looking for a local affordable Buggy for a year. The chassis just needs a bit of cleanup and paint. The body has a couple small cracks and the dash is cut, but it's amazingly straight. It's a project for a specific trip, once it's restored. Follow the link for pics.
Previous Owner A nice young couple about to have their second child.

 

Sand Piper Pickup

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Frame 1969 pan
Engine 1600
Status Driven all the time
Owner Mel Taylor
Link Photobucket Gallery
Location Las Cruces, New Mexico
Story Bought from a guy that had it parked in his back yard,spent next four months restoring it. Then found a top for it from somebody else.

 

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Body Kessison Sand Piper Pickup
Frame 1966
Engine 1600 Single Port
Status I have finally finished the project after 2 and a half years
Owner Patrick Goodger
Front Tires/Wheels 6 inch wide Chrome modular rims with 205-60-R15
Rear Tires/Wheels 8 inch wide Crome modular rims with 255-60-r15 Tires
Link http://s526.photobucket.com/albums/cc345/pgoodger/
Location Moberly Missouri
Contact pgoodger@moberly.k12.mo.us

 

sand piper pickup

Body kellison sand piper pickup
Frame 1958 bug
Engine 2110cc engine
Status currently in progress
Owner Joe Makowski
Front Tires/Wheels undicided though whant craiger ss rims
Rear Tires/Wheels undicided though whant craiger ss rims
Transaxle built for the engine
Location Rhode Island
Contact jtmski2yahoo.com
Story started with a manx though to many people have them found this body noticed it was different so i like it
Clubs dragoons

 

1968 Kellison Sandpiper Pick Up

Body Kellison Sandpiper Pick Up
Frame 1970 VW
Engine 1600 DP VW
Owner John Farber
Location Morgantown PA

 

Hawaii

Body Kellison Sand Piper Pickup
Frame Shorten 68 pan
Engine Stock 1600
Status Running and street legal.
Owner Derek
Front Tires/Wheels 6 x 14" Aluminum slots
Rear Tires/Wheels 8 x 15" Aluminum slots.
Location Hawaii
Story My brother purchase the car in 1978 and I bought it from my brother in 1980 for $500.00 This car was on the island of Maui and then was ship to the island of Hawaii. The body was sitting on 66 chassis at first. Then transferred unto a 68. This car is fun to drive on a beautiful day in Hawaii.
Clubs None

 

Pickup # 1

Body Pickup
Owner G.T. Collins Crete Il.
Contact gttorino@att.net
Story Uncle Fred "now 82" claims this the hand formed original used to make the pickup mold. purchased near Chicago at a Chevrolet dealer he worked at in 1958

 

Trukdub

Body Swb pickup
Engine Rebuiding my 1641 w/ Holley progressive
Status Project
Front Tires/Wheels White spoke
Rear Tires/Wheels White spoke, sandpaddles
Transaxle Bus irs
Contact Skat02@gmail.com
Clubs Old volks and folks

Sand Piper XP 1 Registry

 

Bad Habit

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Body Kellison XP-1
Frame This Kellison sits upon a 1965 VW pan shortened 14.5".
Engine 1600 Dual-Port
Status Soccer Bug/ Saturday grocery getter
Owner Pauline and Brad Rice
Front Tires/Wheels Western Slot Mags, with Mickey Thompson Indy Profile S/S Bias Ply
Rear Tires/Wheels Fenton Slot Mags, with Mickey Thompson Indy Profile S/S Bias Ply.
Link PhotoBucket Gallery
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Story This was my introduction into the VW world. I have always admired the fiberglass Dune Buggy. On a nice March day while my wife was out of town I felt a little spring fever and couldn't resist the charm of this convertible. I bought it without telling her ahead of time, but I was only in trouble for a moment. Now she loves it as much as I do. Its a real conversation piece wherever we go, especially with the kids friends -- my daughter even asked me why everyone smiles and waves at us as they pass by.

 

snoopin

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Body Kellison Sandpiper XP1
Frame 1600 ??
Engine Rebuilt except motor converted generator to alternator and new plugs and wires. Still a work in progress.
Status bigcomb
Link http://s668.photobucket.com/albums/vv43/bigcomb/
Location bigcomb@yahoo.com
Contact My husband bought me the buggy 2 years ago. Started taking it apart in Nov. 07. I am sanding the body to paint. Hopefully will have it together by July 08. I got low back cloth seats, autometer gauges(they make a 5in. speedometer) new gas tank, pretty much everything new except the motor. Buggy will be midnight blue with dark gray when done.

 

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project complete

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Body Kellison Sandpiper XP 1
Frame VW short swing/ link pin pan, modified
Engine 2180 with dual 45 Dells
Status Driven often!
Owner Mongo
Front Tires/Wheels Summit stars 15X7 with Interco TSL in 27X9.5
Rear Tires/Wheels Summit stars 15X10 with Interco TSL in 33 12.50's
Link http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=277309
Transaxle Sand pro 091 with all the goodies and some 3X3 arms.
Location Joliet, IL
Contact Mongo63@comcast.net
Story Been sittin about 7 years, pans rotten, single port engine seized. Got a 2180 going together and a pan in progress. Got an aluminum beam and a set of PRP lowbacks upstairs waiting for this project. I've wanted to build a glass buggy for a long time and have been collecting all the right parts for years. This buggy will serve as a recreational drag racer, street toy and family sand car. 2 year project finally complete. The only things on this buggy I didn't personally build or fabricate are the soda blast on the body and the transaxle assembly.
Clubs Southside Buggistas
Previous Owner ??

 

XP1 Sandpiper with rare roof

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Body XP1 Sandpiper
Frame Done remember what its on
Engine None
Status Future project.
Location Florida
Story I bought this years ago in NW Indiana. I emailed Jim Kellison back in 2001 and this is what he told me about the XP1 and roof.

Hi Dave,
We made over 3000 of the XP1s,but only sold about 40 of the hard tops for
them,so the hardtop is rare.

Someday I'll get around to finishing the site,including the Dune Buggies.

Best Regards
Jim

I guess the picture didnt work. Here is the link to a picture.

http://s775.photobucket.com/albums/yy31/OddBuggy/?action=view&current=KellisonXP1Sandpiper.jpg