Building Lovebuggy Mk11

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Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Lovebuggy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:29 am

Here is a few photos of the build in progress as people have been asking

I will be saving most of my thoughts about the build for a Manx Mania article or series.

Like all buggies - It started like this.

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After stripping off the floor pans
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It spent a period of time at CVD and came back like this.

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After spending a few hours with a wire brush, it was painted in galv.

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Then a coat of dulux quit rust.

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I managed to pick up a front end that someone didn't think was cool enough :D
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Which meant that I had to get these made to align the rear wheel track with the front.

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Fitted some heavy duty 29mm tortion bars and dual springplates (still need to get bolts) and the rear trailing arms.

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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby manxdune » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:59 am

Lovebuggy,

I was going to do the whole boxed in trailing arms for strength as well but realized i wouldn't be able to mount shock to them as they have no lower shock mount like the OEM arms !

I have seen some buggies on the net cut off the cast upper OEM shock mounts to make way for newly mounted shocks. The NEW top mount being welded to a roll cage inside the body and the NEW bottom mount being welded to the top of the trailing arm in single or up to 3 per side !

This being said i see you have painted the trailing arms already and i cant see a lower shock mount welded to them and the obvious is the cast upper shock mounts remain and have a beautiful coat of GALV and Dulux quit rust paint already !

What are your plans ???

I am watching this one closely !!! hahaha :)

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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby OBU991 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:02 am

don't tell them too much Ben save it for the mag
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby manxdune » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:45 am

OBU991 wrote:don't tell them too much Ben save it for the mag


Well could I at least have my questions from last message answered before all goes quiet for 4 months until the next mag comes out !!! :roll:

Do you have a plan Ben or are you changing and creating as you go ???

Thanks James
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Lovebuggy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:48 am

I will let out a few ideas.

The paint can be easily touched up. I only painted the stuff so it wouldn't rust and once this is altogether, will get a teardown and final prep before being rebuilt.

The NEW top mount being welded to a roll cage inside the body and the NEW bottom mount being welded to the top of the trailing arm in single or up to 3 per side


You are pretty much on the money with this. I will be running long travel shocks.

This is a little down the track at this stage.
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby MarkMark » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:53 am

Are they 3 x 3 rear arms? Are they legal? If so, I want some. They look awesome. 8)
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby AC63 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:12 am

LOVEBUGGY,
Iam excited. So good to see a seriously modified buggy, cannot wait to see
more. Are you going to widen the body to cover the suspension width?
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby OBU991 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:50 am

manxdune wrote:
OBU991 wrote:don't tell them too much Ben save it for the mag


Well could I at least have my questions from last message answered before all goes quiet for 4 months until the next mag comes out !!! :roll:

Do you have a plan Ben or are you changing and creating as you go ???

Thanks James



if he writes an article and a few more folk submit articles I'm hoping it won't be that long, fingers crossed :wink:
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby jacko » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:01 am

Awesome work Ben, I couldnt believe you were selling your yellow Manx, you have had it so long!
Very much looking forward to the updates/article.
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Lovebuggy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:34 pm

Are they 3 x 3 rear arms? Are they legal? If so, I want some. They look awesome


These are 3*2 arms and have been engineer approved.

As far as legals go - yes this will be all legal, as I am doing a full ICV.
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Brad » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:55 pm

Lovebuggy wrote:Here is a few photos of the build in progress as people have been asking

I will be saving most of my thoughts about the build for a Manx Mania article or series.

I managed to pick up a front end that someone didn't think was cool enough :D
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Great job now back to work ...

and I will let other be the judge of what is cool and what isn't...

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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Lovebuggy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:27 pm

HA HA Ok you win. :lol:

That looks like it is about to Transform.
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Brad » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:01 am

Lovebuggy wrote:HA HA Ok you win. :lol:

That looks like it is about to Transform.


Hopefully it is about to transform into a Road Worthy Buggy .. at least it is on the hoist now so it has moved some.

Oh and I found teh ICV application paperwork I submitted that should tell you everything you need to know and do to get LoveBuggy Mk11 approved with all your requested mods.

Might gift wrap it and pass it on at Xmas Time :roll:
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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby Lovebuggy » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:18 am

Update time.

After what feels like an eternity, I finally have the chassis on some wheels and have mounted front subaru and rear EA calipers. These wheels are borrowed for assisting in the shock set up.

I also mocked up the gearbox using the CVD transmission mounting Kit.

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Re: Building Lovebuggy Mk11

Postby VWNuts » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:23 am

Looking good

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