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Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: rja47 ()
Date: June 21, 2018 06:48AM

I bought this buggy and was looking for a little info on it. I've never seen this corvair buggy before. It looks like empi sportster but it has all corvair components. If anyone knows anything about it I sure would appreciate it.

Thanks,
Rodney

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: June 21, 2018 07:01AM

Hello Rodney: welcome to CCF. What is the frame? Magazines such as Mechanics Illustrated offered detailed plans to build cars similar to the sportster.

You might try dunebuggyarchives There are pics and text on almost any buggy ever thought of in that site.

Good luck in searching the history. You might give your location too, someone reading here might recognize it from their past.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: rja47 ()
Date: June 21, 2018 07:04AM

Thanks for the info. I'm in Orange County, CA.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: June 21, 2018 07:15AM

rja47 Wrote:
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> Thanks for the info. I'm in Orange County, CA.


Steve sez: the buggy capitol of the world.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: June 21, 2018 07:58AM

Welcome to the CCF!

I did a Google pic search... no other found... I'll be Steve is right... Bet it was THE ONE built for the PM article????





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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:05AM

All be it VW powered here is a complete set of plans for the Empi Sportster.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: rja47 ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:10AM

The frame is built from rectangle steel tube. I bet you guys are right that it was built from a PM kit. I'll try to dig around a bit. Do you have any idea on what it might be worth?

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:11AM

Upon further review one of them is Corvair powered.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:12AM

Worth? put it on ebay with a high hidden reserve...start bidding at 99 cents...





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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:14AM

Pop Mech Project Vehicles





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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:17AM

Is it running, driving, and registered?

Wego way back with Corvair powered buggies.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: vairchet ()
Date: June 21, 2018 01:07PM

Yup, you're quite correct Phil:

Chet in Ramona

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: June 21, 2018 01:36PM

It's a dead-ringer for the one on the magazine cover. Since license plates stay with the vehicle in California, it might even have the same license plate as the magazine car!

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: June 21, 2018 01:46PM

cnicol Wrote:
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> It's a dead-ringer for the one on the magazine
> cover. Since license plates stay with the vehicle
> in California, it might even have the same license
> plate as the magazine car!


Nope, not quite.
It is definitely NOT either of the ones in the magazine!
Both of those have slanted fenders, with headlight pods, like most dunebuggies, while rja47's has straight vertical fenders with built in headlights.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza - 140 4-spd. driver

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: June 21, 2018 02:04PM

American Mel Wrote:
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> Nope, not quite.
> It is definitely NOT either of the ones in the
> magazine!
> Both of those have slanted fenders, with headlight
> pods, like most dunebuggies, while rja47's has
> straight vertical fenders with built in
> headlights.

Craig replies:
"Definitely"????

In 50-60 years' time I can imagine someone adding a vertical panel to the front of the red car's fender and changing the headlight. Other than that, the red buggies look pretty-much the same to me including the bent rail next to the seat.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: June 21, 2018 04:55PM

Yes, you do have a point.
But as for the bent rail next to the seat, everyone else who bought that particular kit got the bent rail next to the seat also!
So, that is not really a definitive indicator either.eye rolling smiley
In reading the article, it seem that there were a few versions of the kits available, ranging from a set of plans, to a Deluxe Kit that comes assembled.

Since we are talking buggy's here, here is a pair from CL right now.

> > > VW & Vair powered Buggies < < <

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza - 140 4-spd. driver

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: June 21, 2018 05:04PM

RODNEY - This is exactly the type of Corvair powered vehicle the SCC club would really like to see at their show Sept. 18, 2018 on Saturday in El Segundo, CA.

As is appearance is fine - trailer it if you have too!!

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: rja47 ()
Date: June 21, 2018 08:26PM

It runs and drives but it needs some love to get it truly road worthy. I'm not sure what engine is in it. I will add a few more pictures tomorrow. I'd love to take it to the show, its a super cool car. Thanks to everyone for the info.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: rja47 ()
Date: June 22, 2018 07:22AM

It runs,drives and stops but could use some love to make it a good driver. I have the pink for it but it hasn't been registered for a bunch of years.

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Re: Can you identify this buggy?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: June 22, 2018 07:45AM

Does the title say Special Construction?





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