might be picking up a new toy within the next week or so

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  1. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Volk...6060QQihZ014QQitemZ330342511518#ht_1106wt_878

    Finances are sitting pretty good (working nonstop with no breaks means no spending). I am preapproved for the loan already, just watching to make sure the bids don't go insane. The owner said the reserve is $7200, which I am willing to pay. Could be a lot of fun, living in such a warm climate for most of the year.

    Ity would be registered as a 1966 vw bug (currently registered and street legal). I would register it as an antique, waiving vehicle inspections and many other safety laws (bumpers, seatbelts, windshield wipers, etc...). The dune buggy has seatbelts and is still safe, just not by conventional means. :D
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    I've never tried to drive on the beach down there but are there lots of places to take that bad boy?
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Its more for street use, but there are a few places down in north carolina where you can run the beaches. They are just like driving a go-kart. Short, damn near zero turn radius (they are basically a volkswagen beetle that has been cut and shortened), weigh practically nothing, and are cheap and easy to maintain. They are just a fun cruiser.

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    Friend had one in High School as his first car. Cool little thing. Make sure to take some cruising down the road pics...
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    I called the owner last night, and talked with him for a while about the dune buggy. He said he was wanting about $7200 out of it, so he would lower the reserve to match that. He lowered the reserve, but not to $7200. He then sent me a private message saying that he will accept $7200 from me and will drop the auction. So, I am running up to PA this Sunday to take a look at it and possibly buy it. Everything is good on my end, and he assures me that I will not be disappointed. He said he would take my word and hold the car for me.

    ~Will Courtier~
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    Yeah, I'm sorry for not replying yet. I checked it last week, and forgot to reply. I'm really sorry for the mess-up on my part, man.

    ~Will Courtier~
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Well, I bought it. Drove it home yesterday. It was definitely a crazy trip. EVERYONE was staring, lots of pictures from other drivers on their cell phones. Always had kids staring and trying to figure it out. Pretty fun time! We did have one issue with it. The rear main seal started leaking pretty bad. It got the clutch oily, and it slips a little now. I called today and got a quote of $400 for a new clutch/pressure plate/rear main seal. The owner agreed to split the cost with me, so it will only cost me $200 out of my pocket. Here are a few better pics. Sorry in advance for the crappy cell phone pics.

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    Pretty fun ride. There was plenty the previous owner didn't advertise, too. Lots of surprises (but god ones!). It has air ride suspension in the rear, CNC machined pedal assembly (with hydraulic clutch and brake), electric fuel pump, stainless steel floor pans, a Scat shifter, and a back-up hydraulic hand brake (which works awesome!), custom built box tube frame (not a VW floor pan), tons of transmission work (different gearing, opened up oil paths, beefed up axles), and an 8 gallon stainless steel cylinder fuel tank. It's a lot of fun to drive, and should hold it's value well.

    ~Will Courtier~
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    ... and Wheelie Bars!

    Looks fun. :)
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    Yeah, he tossed them on a week before it sold. He said they are worth $250, but he didn't want to take the time to take 'em off. They are only there for looks (the motor isn't that powerful). :D

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    That thing is sweet, looks like a lot of fun.
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    Looks sweet, post some better pictures when you get a chance!
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    Its at the shop, now. Getting the rear main seal, cam seal, and clutch replaced. The previous owner agreed to cover half the cost, which worked out quite well. The total bill is $416, so he is getting charged $208. I am then getting a 10% military discount, so my total amount is about $166. Not too shabby for a new clutch! They are also tweaking the muffler so it doesn't rub the exhaust. Just a detail, nothing they are charging me for. They are trying to convince me to show it. They say I will most definitely earn some awards with it. :D

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    So, got it back from the shop tonight. I played with the carbs some, adjusted the linkage, and adjusted the timing. It really livened the car up. It runs much better, is more responsive, and I tuned out a small hesitation I had. It now runs good, the oil leak was fixed, and the clutch grabs perfectly. We drove it around a little bit tonight, got a TON of looks and had a ton of people snapping pics...

    I'm debating on taking it to a show up in Monassas, VA towards the end of September... The guy who worked on my car guaranteed that I would win the class for modified air cooled VW vehicles... Could be a good time, I guess.

    Pics will be posted tomorrow, if I get a free minute. :D

    ~Will Courtier~
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    great buy dude! looks like hella fun time!

    would be a nice beach buggy!