My Buggy Page
This page contains photos of past, present and possibly future projects.
Heres a group of photos of my original VW car. It's a Deserter GT. Kept it in the family for about a dozen years. Took it to the
beach, used it in autocross events and drove it just about everywhere. Hurt it driving on local trails and smashed it onece,
rebuilt it combining a couple of bodies and modified it to eliminate the hood and side pod seams. Thought it was pretty cool
More photos of this car can be found at - My Original Deserter GT - .
Not a dune buggy, but what a blast at the time. 1979 Scirrocco, wide ratio 5 speed, injected 1.8L engine and Reccarro's.
This car loved to cruise at 80+ mph and still get great mileage. Good all around car, fairly dependable, but the absolute
worst car I've ever owned in the snow! In hind sight, it might have been the tires (Kleber), but really awfull especially for a
front driver. Great summer car though. Drove it four years, 80-84 and gave it away after the wife spun out with it twice in one
OK, again it's not a dune buggy, but related or a VW anyway . Here's a picture of a 1970 Porsche 914 I owned at one time.
I matured and was too old for buggies, or so I thought, 89-92. Good little car, ran strong with the injected 1.7 (upped to 1.9
with big barrels) but, could not enjoy the car for long. It had this uncanny ability to rust faster than I could keep up with. If
your interested in this type car, spend your money on the best rust free example you can find and afford. Walk, no run away
from a fixer-upper. Loved the top, the five speed and the type IV engine!
More photos of this car can be found at - My Porcshe 914 - .
Here's a couple of shots of a dune buggy I did back in 92. I found a NOS "Ranger" body,
a local (Lancaster, later Hudson, MA) Manx clone and just had to build it. (Click here to
see an old RANGER Buggy add)
It has a real nice hand laid fiberglass body with big gelcoat metalflake, and a nice color.
Speedo is from a superbug and included the fuel gauge, seats from a 80's Honda Civic
and they fit pretty nice.
The idea at the time was to keep it plain and simple. Used a swing axle to IRS
conversion on the pan and front-end adjusters. Gave a pretty nice ride at the time.
The car is now in the hands of a good friend and gets plenty of use in the summer
This is another VW based fiberglass car I really liked. Built it in 94 from the now defunct Classic Motor Carriages (CMC)
outfit in Florida. It's a 57 Porsche Speedster replicar. I drove it pretty regularly spring to fall and add 4-5k miles each year
and sold it in 2011 with more than 50k miles showing on the odometer. A Speedster replica is just a fun car with a
As a kit car or replicar, this car is true to the original Porsche design with an air-cooled rear engine. I ran a CB
Performance 2180cc engine with dual 44 Weber's driving through a 3:44 IRS transaxle. For me, a real good combination
for this car with better reliability than an original car, and more power!!.
More photos of this car can be found at - My Porsche Speedster Replicar.
This project was a total reconstruction of an early Autodynamic's Series 1 Deserter GS. It was conceived back in 1969 as
a street version of the popular Autodynamic's Formula Vee, mid-engined track cars and allowed 2 person seating and
larger engines to be used. It was wildly popular in SCCA Autocross events at the time.
I had to replicate and build from scratch the entire frame and restore all of the fiberglass parts in addition to fresh
mechanicals. Ended up making a mold of the engine cover to complete the fiberglass parts?
Way lot of work and more time consuming than originally anticipated, big surprise there..
Once again, the idea is to keep is simple and not to stray to far from the original design with a Corviar engine and VW
suspension components. Started fall of 03, finished, summer 08, sold it in 2011. It now resides in Perth, Australia!!
More photos of this car can be found at - My Autodynamics Deserter GS - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
This is the current rebuild project, and possibly my last? This time, I found another Deserter GT looking for another
chance at life, it's the purple buggy in the background. OK, I have admit a soft spot for these cars. I obtained a junker
body in 2010 and officially, the re-construction started in 2012, I plan to keep it pretty simple and hopefully end up with a
solid driver, VW based rear engine buggy. Just as it always has been.
As alway,s I'll document the build and more photos of this car can be found at -My Purple Deserter GT -