Very few cars have come close to providing an exhilarating ‘wind in the hair’ experience and the VW Beach Buggy is one such mod-car that sits right at the top. VW Beach Buggy is a recreational modified vehicle designed to run mostly on sands, dunes and beaches. It is also referred as a Dune Buggy.
Building a VW Beach Buggy may seem cumbersome but in reality it is a fairly easy project. It basically requires a donor VW Beetle. As long as the VW Beetle predates the 1973 model, you should be fine with it. You don’t need a plush model of beetle to refurbish it into a VW Beach Buggy, since anyways the chassis will be scraped off. The process to build a VW Beach Buggy can be outlined in the following steps :
- The chassis of the beetle is held onto the floor pan by a set of 12 bolts which can be easily unscrewed but before that, it is important to remove the seats, fuel tank, detach the steering mechanism and remove the windshields. VW Beetle has always been a rugged and simple model so building and removing stuff from it is pretty much easy.
- Once the chassis has been separated, the engine is detached unscrewing the 4 bolts holding it to the frame. The VW Beach Buggy needs better power and transmission compared to the Beetle. Hence the engine has to fine-tuned and fuel injector integrated for better fuel discharge. Or if you are really ambitious you can do an engine swap and get some crazy power! A couple of sources to get engine swaps from are ebay, car-part, and wolfautoparts.
- Now you will have to get a new chassis for your body. There are various models of VW Beach Buggy chassis available. I personally like the predator chassis as it provides a certain personality to the VW Beach Buggy
- Before the new chassis is installed, it is imported to shorten the base of the body. This is an important aspect because shorter base allows better control and gives VW Beach Buggy its classical compact look.
- The new chassis is usually a composite material and hence light weight. It can be easily installed on the modified body. Since the original VW Beetle has a larger fuel tank, it might be necessary to cut out a part of the new chassis to accommodate the fuel tank. This again depends upon the type of chassis you choose
- One the chassis is installed, the steering mechanism is re-connected. VW Beach Buggy requires flat tires at the front and thick tires at the rear to provide better traction
- Your VW Beach Buggy is almost ready except for its aesthetics including headlights and a paint job. This is where personal choice are taken into consideration. Thus each modified VW Beach Buggy is unique and reflects the tastes of the owner! I personally like two large headlights at the front and dual tail lamps at the back. A bright sunny yellow paint job will make it look as if belongs at the beach!So building a VW Beach Buggy is all about finding the right parts and a little bit of mechanical work. Exclusive parts like the chassis are easily available in mod-shops and on websites like ebuggies. Moreover there is huge market for VW Beach buggy parts on e-commerce giant e-bay. Other auxiliary parts like the tires, headlights, tail lamps and other suspension parts are pretty standard issues and can be easily obtained from a store or online.
VW Beach Buggy has always been a popular modified car. The vivid feeling of relaxing in bermuda shorts along the beaches and dunes with wind brushing past us, riding in a VW Beach Buggy is sure to turn heads along the way!