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Description: I built this buggy using a Dana 44 front and 12 bolt GM rear full size Chevy axles which I narrowed 21 inches, welded the spider & side gears to lock them up then shaved the housings for maximum clearance.


Next I bought a 1980 Honda Civic with a 1.3 litre engine and automatic transmission. I pulled the transmission apart and welded the spider & side gears in the differential of the transmission to lock the axles together and reassembled the transmission.


I set the engine/transmission, axles, rad, etc. in position on stands with the engine turned 90 degrees so the engine sits just forward of the rear axle with the transmission ahead of it.
When I narrowed the axles I took more out of the right rear and left front so the pinions would be aligned to the right.


For my next step I built a frame around all this with 2" square tubing and bolted the axles directly to the frame with U-bolts.


Drive shafts were easy to make. I just found some pipe which fit tightly over the Honda axles, made a couple rings. Tapped them over the axles then ground them down till they fit into the Chevy yolks, slid them in and welded them solid.


For the steering I used the Honda steering colunm complete with ignition switch and a VW bug steering box.


The feature which makes this buggy unique is that by using a front wheel drive transaxle the torque is multiplied through the differential in the transmission before it goes to the axles creating extra low gearing. We chained this buggy to a tree and while sitting on dry pavement it will actually spin all four 33" tires at a rate of about 3MPH. Top end is about 30MPH at about 6500rpm (honest that old Civic motor screams)


Peter Bonenfant
Location North Bay, Ontario Canada


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Review Date: Wed February 14, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Ummm....
Cons: errr...

Why???
Anonymous
Review Date: Thu February 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: Nice cargo rack
Cons: you get the crazy award

If you when to all that trouble, why didn't design a tube buggy or at least put some kind of roll cage around the driver? Looks like a heavy, suspensionless death trap.
Anonymous
Review Date: Mon February 26, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

mudflaps wouldn't hurt
Anonymous
Review Date: Sat April 21, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: ..... not sure.... kinda fun to drive... maybe...
Cons: everything

....uuuhhh, why not just buy a Quad???
Anonymous
Review Date: Mon June 30, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: like ur home made visors
Cons:

looks like something you would get ur ass killed on
Anonymous
Review Date: Mon June 30, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: like ur helmet ad on
Cons:

looks like something u could get ur ass killed on in no time


 
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