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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Long chassis dune buggy Reply with quote

I have been looking for a long chassis fiberglass dune buggy for a while. I am in a small-ish town (40,000+), so there aren't car lots full of them around here. I am not that familiar with the many types or body styles of long chassis buggies. I am familiar with the Mini-T - does anyone have pictures/info, etc. about other true 4-seaters?

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Light try looking at "Dunebuggy Archives"

http://www.dunebuggyarchives.com/

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ACME that bought out Berrien Buggy makes a Genesis long buggy body:

http://acmecarco.com/index.php/berrien-buggy/dune-buggies/genesis

Texas Buggy's used to make a long body also, but their site is under re-build, but you can contact them to see:

http://www.texasbuggys.com/Buggy_Specific_Products.html

Meyers Manx makes the Manxter and Manxter Dual Sport, which both fit a full length pan:

http://www.meyersmanx.info/forum/index.php?sid=cdd880182bb7327867931af066911392

Here is a dealer not far from you that sells the long bodies made by ACME:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1625981
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, there are a lot of choices. Thanks for the links, guys. I don't plan to buy a new body, but rather prefer an unfinished project. Gotta' polish up my Gazelle for Craigslist.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

drs1023 wrote:
Wow, there are a lot of choices. Thanks for the links, guys. I don't plan to buy a new body, but rather prefer an unfinished project. Gotta' polish up my Gazelle for Craigslist.


Searching for an old Manx style full chassis body is a long, often fruitless search. There weren't many companies that made them over the years, nor was there as much demand in the days of "smaller" Americans. It took me three years of searching and a drive to Massachusetts to find mine.

Other than the The Manx Resorter, Allison, Spatz and Fibrejet are the only three I know for certain made a long manx clone or similar long body. Some of the truggy bodies fit a long pan, but are two seat.


I didn't have the budget to buy a new one when I got mine, but now I'm short on time. If the body was in better shape when i bought it I'd have had a running driving buggy years ago. I've actually considered thinning my heard and buying a new long body from Acme now that Berrien is only about 80 miles away and shipping is no longer a problem/ major expense.



There are also a couple places that make a long body in california but their contact info and or sites seem to come and go. I think Texas Buggies may have actually bough ttheirs from MGM, and there's is one that has a rear cut out in the package shelf area and is both deeper and wider aimed at long travel use.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kyote built a long wheel base buggy

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the new bodies I see are for full size/non-shortened chassis'
I didn't build mine but I think it's just the normal way of doing it nowadays

There's a company near me that makes full length bodies, they run about $1800, here's the link
http://www.mgmplastics.com/buggy.html

Here's mine, just a clone full pan buggy

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StevieC wrote:
All the new bodies I see are for full size/non-shortened chassis'
I didn't build mine but I think it's just the normal way of doing it nowadays


LWB new bodies may be more prevalent in southern California but nation wide I think its probably close to 50/50 now days.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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drs1023 wrote:
I've actually considered thinning my heard


First dibs on the Machette Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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drs1023 wrote:
I've actually considered thinning my heard


First dibs on the Machette Laughing


You and Andy can wrestle for it if I ever decide to part with it. He's wanted it since the guy I got it from delivered it to his house Wink
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