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Postby Jwatt38 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:24 am

Hey everyone, new member here. So when I was a kid I spotted this purple thing under some junk in my grandparent's garage, I was told it was a dune buggy project started by my grandfather and never finished. Fast forward my whole life, my grandparents passed away and the only inheritance I was given was the dune buggy. That's all I wanted besides my grandparents. Now when we got this thing out of the garage we discovered that it was way worse than we ever imagined. Grandpa was not a welder so the "chassis" is garbage, it has a Corvair engine in it but I have already been told I will be severely underwhelmed with the performance, so the engine is no good. It probably works but is no good for me. Same with the front end. This leaves the only real usable part, the body. From my research and conversations, I have learned this was a locally made (Amarillo, Tx) glitter bug knock off. According to one source, it is made to fit a shorted VW pan as the Manx buggy bodies were made. So I have a "glitter bug" body and nothing else. The first thing I want to figure out is what direction I want to take this thing. Do I lift it and stick awesome off-road tires under it and make it my adventure mobile, or do I slam it to the ground and make it my sweet weekend cruiser for me and the lady? I wanted yalls opinions on the matter. Troubles I could run into with either setup, expenses long term. Legality. I get to start from nothing and so it can be whatever. I'm just not sure what I'd like to do. Thanks in advance for any insight or thoughts. I'm sure I will be a frequent poster to these forums as I've never built a car or buggy and will need tons of help. Thanks everyone.
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Re: What to do

Postby Jwatt38 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:41 am

Thought I'd add a picture to help the creative minds.
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Re: What to do

Postby Bryan Porter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:21 pm

I would like to see the frame and motor with the body off .
don't give up on the motor yet they make good HP and torque.
where are you located?
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Re: What to do

Postby Jwatt38 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:36 pm

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Side on Engine.
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Rear looking to Front
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Bryan,
I am in Amarillo, way up at the top. I'll add some more pics for you guys to see this thing. Regarding the engine I was hoping to sell it and put that money right back into this thing. I've heard good things about the Corvair engine but this one is mounted to a 3-speed auto transmission and I am certainly not into automatics lol.
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Re: What to do

Postby Bryan Porter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:09 pm

yes it is looks like all corvair running gear front and rear
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Re: What to do

Postby johber41 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:57 am

Hey Jwatt38,

That looks like a lot of work ahead of you, but my buggy was originally built to run a corvair 6 cyl engine until the original builder found that in order to use the corvair engine with the vw trans, he would have to buy a kit to be installed in the motor that would make it turn in the opposite direction it was originally intended. Since you do not have it adapted to the vw trans, you will not have this issue. The corvair 6 cylinder is generally more powerful then the average vw 1600. You might want to work with what you already have......

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