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kirby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2006-01-11 4:51 pm   Permalink

This is my dune buggie, I got it a few years ago and put sum work into it, got it running slapped on this junky flame paint job and then it has sat for at least a year at my father inlaws house. Recently I got tired of it waisting away and desided to bring it home...The dam bug started on the first crank, I think thats a great sign....
Now its in for a Tiki makeover. My first order of business was to carve a shift nob and extend the shifter so its above my head when I drive(it looks so cool like that).Next I will just let my imagination go wild...
I would realy appreciate any suggestions you may have to totaly tiki it out..I have many ideas of my own but your input would be great.
If any body lives near sunland and would like to partisipate in the make over just pm me...






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kirby
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Posted: 2006-01-11 5:35 pm   Permalink

oh yeah a couple ideas i have are some bamboo framed lahula matting pannels where the doors arent, mabey sum bamboo running bars, I was also thinking of mabey using sum bondo or sumthing and sculpt sum foe bamboo on the role bar and the bumper cages, mabey use sum cool retro bark cloth or tiki paternd fabric for the seats, the paint sceme might be yellow or brown with i nice framed tiki mask on the hood,possibly sum pinstrip accents hear and there . I guess i could go on and on... what do you guys think...mahalo...
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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-01-11 5:43 pm   Permalink

Kirby,

That looks like a Meyer's Manx (sp?). Tiki G, give me a hand here.....I think those are worth some cashish nowadays.

Either way, hook that badboy up. I freaking love buggies and rails. I think they are the ultimate tiki mobile. I wish I could afford one....

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hewey
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Posted: 2006-01-11 6:09 pm   Permalink

Awesome dude! Even if its not a genuine manx, the stylin is right on! There are some damn ugly buggies out there. Im as jealous as hell! Id love to buggyify my beetle but itws way outta my league and budget.

I got lots of ideas - chunky metalflake paint, pinstriped tikis, chunky 70's mags, wooden floor boards (to bring in some woodie influence), hibiscus seat covers (use beach towels! like a tiki mexican blanket), some longboards overhead for a roof if you want...

Im gonna go through my inventory of VW mags and scan some cool pics for ya. For now check out the mooneyes buggy:
http://www.mooneyes.co.jp/garage/vw/buggy.html

One more thing - dude, ya gotta give it a cool name!
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kirby
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Posted: 2006-01-11 6:37 pm   Permalink

Hmm, there are no marking to identify it as a true meyers, but it is pretty close in body style, there were many knock offs back in the sixtys and seventies, in my town alone there used to be about 4 or more manufacturers according to my pops who grew up here too...
Hewey... I new you would chime in and im looking forward to all your ideas. To bad you cant be here to help me fix it up....
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Posted: 2006-01-11 7:04 pm   Permalink

I'll look through my Hot VW mags to see if I can find some cool/cheap retro mods too!

First off, I would have third brake light on the bar that was a light up tiki....

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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2006-01-11 7:23 pm   Permalink

Way to go Kirby , Thats gonna be a great ride.

I think that you should do the faux bamboo around the roll and nerf bars
here is a good thread on painting it and using some wire and bondo to make the nodes.

I think you should throw some tiki pinstriping on it. I have lots of pics saved of for tiki pins if you want I will post some.

Keep us updated as to how it goes.


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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2006-01-11 7:41 pm   Permalink

Way to go Kirby!
I look forward to owning a buggy someday.
Not to steal your thunder, but who was the dude that road in with a cool dune buggy, during Tiki Oasis last year?


 
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Posted: 2006-01-11 8:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-11 19:41, Unga Bunga wrote:
Way to go Kirby!
I look forward to owning a buggy someday.
Not to steal your thunder, but who was the dude that road in with a cool dune buggy, during Tiki Oasis last year?



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kirby
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Posted: 2006-01-11 8:50 pm   Permalink

a thread is not complete with out benboos mug on it hahaha...

 
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john
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Posted: 2006-01-12 03:23 am   Permalink

custom painted kirby surfboards on a rack!

 
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Loki
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Posted: 2006-01-12 05:08 am   Permalink

Kirby...you gotta leave the Porsche badge on...what a touch of class...

What a fun project...man, i would love to have her....

Could throw on some Moon hubcaps with etched tiki's in the center...
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2006-01-12 08:15 am   Permalink

Replace the steering wheel with a Faux bamboo one, or one carved with small tikis all around it with Tiki shaped spokes. Remove all the metal pieces and mask into a tapa cloth pattern and have them anodized. Buy a Tiki Farm License Plate Frame. Have the seat cover material quilted with tiki images. Add an 8-ball to the top of the Tiki shifter's head, and paint flames coming off the 8-ball. Replace the backseat bench with a carved Maori meeting house panel. Mount Tiki pendants with flashing red eyes to those little holes where the windshield wipers are supposed to go. Replace the Dashboard with a Bamboo or Lauhala covered one, and put the gauges into the mouths of Tikis. Replace the gas pedal with a Moai shaped one, the brake pedal with one shaped like a Maori Tiki, and the clutch pedal with a Marq. If you do put the framed Tiki mask on the hood have flames coming back off his head. Replace the brake lights with blowfish lamps hanging on the end of short bamboo poles. Put a Hawaiian state flag on the end of a whip antenna. Mound gimballed mug holders to the dashboard with a Mai Tai dispenser between'em. Add a special slot below the passenger's "door" to hold your Book of Tiki. Add a DVD player & built in monitors playing Big Wednesday, Rapa Nui, She Gods of Shark Reef and The Secret of Easter Island on a continuous loop. And finally, make sure you involve a really cool artist like Kirby.
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kirby
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Posted: 2006-01-12 08:44 am   Permalink

man freedie,nice list, I got a lot of paintings to sell to buy all those supplies.......A dvd player?? hahaha
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Kanaka
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Posted: 2006-01-12 12:02 pm   Permalink

Kirby,

I'm building a tikified dune buggy too with a little rat rod thrown in for good measure.

I've got a late 60's buggy that was set up for a FWD Oldsmobile Toronado 455 engine and turbo 425 FWD auto tranny in the back. The front clip of the Toro was cut and welded to a custom frame front. The stock Toro torsion bars were then flipped around to the front and all mounts rewelded.





I've just acquired the drivetrain and title donor car, a 1973 Toronado w/ 455.


I'm going to use the GM steering column with shifter so I can have a completely flat floor and do a Model T/model A roadster style tuck and roll interior with bench seat in green and silver metal flake vinyl and a matching tuck and roll upholstered engine cover over the back seat area. After I work all the bugs out I'm getting a new green metal flake manx style body and side panels from
http://www.dunebuggybody.com here in Atlanta.

I plan on using the Mooneyes surfboard rear view mirror and Iron cross fender mount mirrors, getting a tiki shifter knob and doing lots of tiki pin stripping on the body.

I wish someone made some Tiki or Hang Loose/Shaka sign style tail lights but for now I'm using these peace sign lites as a 60's throw back!


Should be a real wheelie machine!

Scotty




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