Can Buggies be street legal?
Yes: When built to WOF standards plus a few Low
Volume Vehicle standards, they can be VINed and
Registered for road use in New zealand.
What kind of VW donor car should I buy ?
Donor Car: We suggest that a complete VW Beetle be purchased. Any year will be suitable, provided it has torsion bar front suspension. The models to avoid are, 1302, 1303, 1302S & 1303S. These have Mac Pherson strut front suspension and cannot be used. Swing axle rear suspension is preferred as it will not interfere with the battery box, and is easier to shorten.
Do I have to shorten the chassis ?
Chassis: You will have to shorten the VW Chassis
to build the traditional Manx style short wheel
base buggy. Chassis will need to be shortened by
380 to 400mm. But not for our long wheel base Manx
or our Daytona style bodies which bolt straight
onto the standard length VW beetle chassis.
Can I shorten the chassis myself ?
Shortening: Yes you can shorten your VW chassis yourself if you have basic engineering skills and can weld. Note: It pays to check with your local Low Volume Vehicle certifier first. Some are more practical than others, we suggest using a certifier who is also a constructor themselves.
Can you shorten the chassis for me ?
Shortening: We are currently not able to offer this service, most engineering workshops or panelbeaters should be able to help you and work from our plans and instructions.
Do you have plans and instructions for shortening the Chassis ?
Instructions: Yes we do, Go to our Chassis page for instructions and plans. Or contact us and we will fax to you if required.
What parts should I save from my donor car ?
Donor parts: Complete rolling chassis with engine,
Fuel tank, Steering column if collapsible, Seat
bases, Wiring loom with switches if not replacing,
Speedo and cable if not replacing, Tail lights if
Do you build complete Buggies ?
Complete Beach Buggies: We no longer build complete
buggies ourselves very often due to other commitments,
we have a network of specialists who we can use,
and we can project manage for you if required.
Do you build other kits ?
Rob is known for developing and building 356 Speedsters and kits from the late 90's, as well as a new buggy in 2003, but is no longer building these. We are happy to offer advice about 356 Speedster kits in NZ, and have full structural steel sub frame, bracketry and chassis detail drawings available. Go to http://www.constructorscarclub.org.nz/ for a list of other kit car manufacturers in New Zealand.
Do I need a Certifier?
Certifiers: Yes if building for road use you will need to get a Low Volume Vehicle Certifier involved to check your work, and to fix the cert plate to your buggy once it is finished. We suggest using a certifier who is also a constructor themselves.
What engine options are there ?
Engines: VW engines are simple and reliable, they can also be made for performance in a range of size options by various engine builders, see displacement chart below. Or there are adaptors available for a wide selection of other makes, eg. Subaru, Mazda rotary, Holden V6 etc.