1980 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

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I have decided to sell my dune buggy since I don't use it much anymore. It is just too nice to sit in the garage and not get driven.

I built this dune buggy to be used at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. No expense was spared on this multi-year build.

I found an original metal flake body that had never been built and thus never had single hole drilled in it. I wet sanded the gel coat and applied 3 coats of PPG automotive clear coat and finished it by wet sanding and polishing. The metal flake is absolutely awesome in the sunshine. You just don't get the large, heavy metal flake in a paint. I purchased a Berrien full frame and fiberglass floor and added a new ball joint front end and a double spring plate rear suspension. The complete frame and suspension was painted with a PPG single stage urethane of semi-gloss black. The front suspension has new tie rods, solid tie rod sleeves and disc brakes. The rear has new bushings and Sway-Away torsion bars.

The drivetrain is completely new and/or rebuilt. The engine is a 2276cc VW engine. It started with a brand new case, 94mm big bore kit, stroker crank, performance cam, straight-cut cam gear, dual weber 44's, Petronix ignition, CB performance heads and more. The exhaust is a ceramic coated stinger style, topped with a stainless steel, tuneable baffle muffler made by Camco Fab. This was required in Michigan for meeting decibel and spark arrestor requirements. The engine oil system is full-flowed and is routed through a K&N spin-on filter, an Oberg race style filter and an external oil cooler. The fuel is run through a Bugpack electric fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator. The transmission is a 6-Rib bus trans, which has the perfect gear ratio for running on the dunes and the street. It is in perfect condition as it shifts smoothly through a short throw shifter. I also installed a set of Datsun 280Z half-shafts and custom fabricated axle stubs. The buggy also has a set of turning brakes which can brake either rear wheel individually to help turn in the soft sand. These are the levers between the front seats behind the shifter.

The roll cage was fabricated by a stock car chassis builder in Michigan using certified tubing. The cage is tied to the Berrien chassis and is removeable. The front 5-point harnesses and rear seat belts are anchored to the roll cage structure. After fabrication, I removed the cage and sent it out for powdercoating, along with the front and rear bumpers. Since the body never had a single hole drilled in it when I purchased it, I could design my own gauge package. I installed a full set of VDO gauges, which includes an electronic speedo driven through a wheel speed sensor, tach, volts, fuel, oil pressure and a quartz clock. I also installed an Alpine AM/FM/CD player and a 100W 4-channel Alpine amp. The dash also includes turn signal, ignition and high beam indicators. All wiring was from scratch and all electrical components are wired through Delphi-Packard automotive style weatherproof locking connectors. Exterior lighting is mounted to the bumpers, with the exception of the headlights, so I didn't drill any holes in the body. I also added a 1000 LB Superwinch on the front bumper.

The dune buggy sits on a new set of American Racing Torq-Thrust D wheels and radial tires, 14" in the front and 15" in the rear. They are a standard 5 lug pattern so I use a set of wheel adaptors to adapt to the chassis 4 lug hubs. I went through the process to make the buggy street legal, which required the State of Michigan to assign a VIN number after a full safety inspection by the State Police. The title lists this buggy as a 2002 Roadster. It was much easier to be street legal and drive to the dunes "Dune Ready". If someone is interested, I also have a set of 12" wide aluminum rims with paddle tires that can be included with the buggy. I now live in Ohio and the buggy has a clear Ohio title.

Included with this buggy is a custom made T-trailer. The buggy has special bracketry under the front axle for guiding up the trailer and locking in place. The tires are new, but the chrome wheels have surface rust over the last few years. The trailer has fold-down ramps. It is a neat little trailer that tows the buggy great. I used to tow it behind a motorhome.

I have never seen a nicer fiberglass body dune buggy ever. It is hand-built and custom from front to back. It grabs a lot of attention when I drive it. It has accumulated less than 1000 miles since it was built. The pictures just don't do the metal flake justice. Also I noticed the underside looks a little dusty/dirty after I took the pictures. I have a LOT of money in this buggy and a lot of time.

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