Jun
25
2005
0

Speaking to fabricators…

This week I have spoken to some chassis fabricators, some with buggy knowledge, some without and shown them my plans.

I’ve had rough quotes from them all and the good news is it all seems possible!
There may be a few teething problems as I believe this has never been done before, but all should be well.

I have decided to have the frame made by a chap called John Gurney, a buggy builder for many years who shares my enthusiasm for different buggy designs and new ideas. I have arranged to get the body to him as and when he has some spare room and the body is made.

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Jun
18
2005
2

Designing my own chassis

Armed with a CAD package and some knowledge of designs (mostly ideas stolen from other designs) I have mocked up something which I can talk to fabricators about.

The design is a bit radical, I just hope it can work.

I’ve gone for a 2-piece structure (with the rollbar seperate) which would allow the body to be sandwiched between the 2 pieces. As long as this is bolted down correctly, it shouldn’t affect the strength of the chassis.

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Jun
11
2005
0

Frame chassis designs

With the body ordered, I have started to think about a design for the space frame chassis and to look into finding a reputable fabricator to make it.

After scouring the internet and looking through online forums (2 good ones are http://www.beachbuggy.org.uk and http://www.volkszone.com/VZi), I found a few designs to work with:

I have considered these designs and decided to use some of the ideas to come up with my own frame design.
Daring to be different as always, I want to see if it’s possible to make an ‘exoskeleton’ type frame which would allow the body to be easily removed and not restrict the cabin space. If all goes well, the side bars could also be hidden inside the side pods.

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Jun
04
2005
0

Body ordered and a bargain chassis

So I have now placed an order for a sidewinder.

I’ve decided to go for a standard grey colour with no flowcoat underneath as I plan to hack the body about a bit once I have the chassis.

Luckily whilst ordering this, I found out about an existing beetle chassis nearby which was for sale.
It was in good shape, only had 2 previous owners and is tax exempt!
It was an absolute bargain, so snapped it up.

I now know my next buggy’s registration, it will be CBY 64J :D

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