Volkswagen bug Balboa "Lido" street legal dune buggy

Winning Bid: US $5,000.00

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This is a 1962 VW bug chassis with a 1968-'70 Balboa Lido body. It is titled, licensed, and totally street legal. It was a complete nut and bolt restoration, not build, that was intended to be as true to its roots as possible and look every bit what it could have in 1968.

Pan: The entire pan was stripped to bare metal, the battery tray area replaced, sprayed in 2 coats of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator, followed by 2 coats of Eastwood Chassis Black, and finished with just the floorboards being rhino lined. New everything in the brakes front to back was installed during reassembly along with rebuilding the pedal cluster and fitting new wheel bearings.

Front Susp: The front end has had 2 leaves in the lower tube cut for a softer ride, lightweight 0w oil filled shocks fitted, urethane bumpstops, rebuilt steering gear box, removed swaybar, a NOS steering stabilizer installed, and all sitting on 205/70/14 Copper Cobras around a very very nice set of original Keystone mags.

Rear Susp: The rear suspension has been turned down 1 notch, fitted with new bumpstops, shocks, and chrome end caps. It rides on 245/60/14 Cooper Cobras around matching Keystones.

Engine: The engine is a late 1200 from '65 with the more desirable offset rods, #373 heads ( built-in rocker arm stands, extra material everywhere, and an extra cooling fin) that was completely rebuilt with new bearings, pistons/cylinders, valves, and valve guides in front and a new clutch/pressure plate/TO bearing behind. The engine tin has had the shroud ducts shaved and filled, the lower tin trimmed, and everything refinished. A completely new ignition was installed along with an 009 dist., chrome air-cleaner, chrome pulley guard, a new pair of chrome tipped megaduals finished in white, a new stock clutch, PP, TO bearing, and bolted to a refurbished trans with new boots.

Body: From what I can gather, this body, the Balboa "Lido," was made for only 2 years (1968-'70) in CA, but later reproduced and altered slightly to be called an "Enos" and finally reproduced again in the '90s by J Bertram Fiberglass. This one has a nice fresh paintjob sprayed in 1970 Chrysler Corp. "Big Bad Blue." A new buggy wire harness was cleanly installed and loomed with all new connectors, switches, lights, a rebuilt wiper motor, and battery to power it. The functioning chrome gas fill on the hood opens to a recoated gas tank with altered filler tube to match to match the opening. Almost all the hardware used in reassembly is stainless and what is not was cleaned and refinished.

Interior: There are 2 new fiberglass low-back seats with padded diamond pattern black vinyl covers mounted to altered VW seat bottoms that slide and lock on the original tracks.There is a vintage dished steering wheel installed, along with a custom stock shifter, chrome e-brake handle, and all new boots

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