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VW Bobby Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:30 am

My grandsons and I have a DIY dune buggy that was built in the early sixties by an uncle of mine. The buggy was purchased by another Uncle and it has been in his possession since the late sixties.

The original motor was removed and replaced by one that appears to be from 1973. Although we are not sure about that.

We have placed Marvel Mystery Oil in the carb and cylinders and it is still locked up. Does anyone know someone that can rebuild the motor in Oklahoma or have one for sale?

The buggy was chain hoisted up into the barn rafters for over twenty years now when my grandsons and I went to pick it up. I remember helping my uncle deliver newspapers out of this buggy when I was a young kid. Fun indeed!











Dale M. Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:56 am

Wow, great build and wonderful history....

IF you have rudimentary knowledge of how motors work and a have a few metric wrenches, get the book "How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen Air-Cooled Engine", by Tom Wilson, HP Books, and have a go at it... Its about the simplest engine one can ever work on... Only thing simpler is the Briggs & Stratton on a lawn mower...

Since it's been stored in side, it probably only has a slight bit of rust film in cylinders, keep up with the mystery oil or Kroil or PB Blaster and keep tying to turn it, if you can get it to move a little you might possibly free it up to a point where it will at least run... Biggest danger may be breaking piston rings, so be gentile but firm...

Dale

VW Bobby Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:16 am

Thank you, much appreciated!

Our engine and transmission knowledge are basic. We try and do everything else ourselves but engine / trans overhauls have been farmed out, or we received help from others. Itís probably about time we learned how to do it.

Dale M. Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:09 pm

Another resourse written in more comical style may be thios...

"How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive". By John Muir

A bit comical but accurate enough...

Dale

cbeck Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:21 pm

Clubs in ok. Somebody puts them together.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/clubs/index.php

VW Bobby Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:39 pm

Dale M. wrote: Another resourse written in more comical style may be thios...

"How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive". By John Muir

A bit comical but accurate enough...

Dale

Thanks Dale

VW Bobby Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:40 pm

cbeck wrote: Clubs in ok. Somebody puts them together.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/clubs/index.php

My son joined a facebook VW group and he's found a few leads for us to check out.

I'll do the search as well, thanks.

dustymojave Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:28 pm

That's a really neat buggy. It has elements of the "Chimp" Buggy by Scott McKenzie, the EMPI Sportster, the PepperTree Automotive "Rivets" and Mountain Goat, and the Burro buggy. All were built in the late 50s (Chimp) up through the mid 60s and all were fine buggies.

dustymojave Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:06 pm

Looking at it closer, I am inclined to say that is probably a "Burro" with certain features like the flying fenders and the rear cargo shelf being personalization from how Tiny Thompson built them.

rayjay Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:07 pm

I see mechanical steering brake levers which is cool old school :)

dustymojave Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:57 pm

The 1" square tube frame with a 2" round tube roll bar that is wider at the top say distinctly "Burro". Such things might be copied. But not probable.

VW Bobby Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:00 pm

dustymojave wrote: That's a really neat buggy. It has elements of the "Chimp" Buggy by Scott McKenzie, the EMPI Sportster, the PepperTree Automotive "Rivets" and Mountain Goat, and the Burro buggy. All were built in the late 50s (Chimp) up through the mid 60s and all were fine buggies.

Thanks, my grandkids like the old style look of it.

Added some LED brake/turn/signal lights, spot lights, and modified some Baja Side Bars to fit today. Really enjoying the build.

Purchased a universal street rod fuse panel and wiring, and a marine 6 switch control panel to run light bars, spot lights, floor lighting, etc.. We plan to start the re-wire job on Friday.

VW Bobby Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:04 pm

rayjay wrote: I see mechanical steering brake levers which is cool old school :)

Can't wait to get it running again. My Uncle got fired for using the cutting brakes while we were delivering papers on his route. Noboday was on the streets that early of a morning so he used the cutting brakes quite often. I guess someone in the neighborhood didn't much care for it and turned us in, lol.

rayjay Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:05 am

dustymojave wrote: The 1" square tube frame with a 2" round tube roll bar that is wider at the top say distinctly "Burro". Such things might be copied. But not probable.

I think you are right. The treatment of the upper side bars at the rear is distinctly Burro. Burro's are my favorite VW based vehicle and if it wasn't such a pita to get one insured and registered in GA that is probably what I would have today.

There is lots of Burro info on the net. There is also a short yt vid with a walk around of an original Burro.


rayjay Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:08 am

Here is the vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByizEhvlgFE

rayjay Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:10 am

I regret not buying this that was about 50 miles away but resisting was probably for the best :(


VW Bobby Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:59 am

rayjay wrote: dustymojave wrote: The 1" square tube frame with a 2" round tube roll bar that is wider at the top say distinctly "Burro". Such things might be copied. But not probable.

I think you are right. The treatment of the upper side bars at the rear is distinctly Burro. Burro's are my favorite VW based vehicle and if it wasn't such a pita to get one insured and registered in GA that is probably what I would have today.

There is lots of Burro info on the net. There is also a short yt vid with a walk around of an original Burro.



That's awesome, thanks for posting! The buggy frame looks exactly like the one in the pic.

The uncle of mine who put the buggy together lived in California and made his living as a machinist. The other uncle we got the buggy from says itís titled as a 1957. Although, we havenít found the title yet amongst all of his other projects he has accumulated over many years.

We are new to VWís but what Iíve read the 1957 and older wheel cylinders are placed on the bottom while 1958 and up are on the top. Rebuilding the brake system is next up on our list so weíll find out pretty soon.

Hereís the modified tow bar and the Baja side bars.






Mirrors



rayjay Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:47 am

I would take a body hammer with a pointy tip and tap tap along the bottom of the various frame members to see if there is any substantial corrosion that needs to be dealt with.

liquidrush Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:41 am

rayjay wrote: I would take a body hammer with a pointy tip and tap tap along the bottom of the various frame members to see if there is any substantial corrosion that needs to be dealt with.

Drill the frame for thickness!

VW Bobby Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:10 am

rayjay wrote: I would take a body hammer with a pointy tip and tap tap along the bottom of the various frame members to see if there is any substantial corrosion that needs to be dealt with.

liquidrush wrote: Drill the frame for thickness!

So far so good with the buggy frame. We have drilled holes in the tubing for seats, side bars, cable clamps, etc... and it seems to be solid.



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