desert buggy frame

1992f150

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Im going to be building a 2 seater vw rail/buggy soon for mostly desert play, but alittle sand too. I was wondering what peoples opinions are on different frames. Right now im looking at a chenowth 4LWD, but Im clueless on who else makes a reasonably priced frame (ie not a cromoly 12 car chassis). Also if possible id like to buy just a tack welded frame and weld it out myself to save some $$.
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(here is a pic of the chenowth Im looking at, its about 900 bucks)


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that things looks like fun. Id call mckenzies and kartek and ask them if they dont sell it they will know where to get it or what company makes it.

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That is funny you posted that pic. Before I bought my blazer I wanted to build that exact car. Something about that picture makes that car look super fun and reliable.
 

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that car can be super fun and reliable. i have a friend with a 4lwd. it has alot of off road time on it, and it's still in great shape. with a vw motor about 2200cc, it moves pretty good too. i think its a great car. you can build it with one kyb shock/wheel and cheap torsions, or make it a long travel beam car with some 930's and whatever big-dollar shocks you want. chenowth cars are great, and for use in both dirt and sand - on a budget, the 4lwd is almost unbeatable.



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1992f150

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yes all the points everyone has mentioned I have also had the same thoughts, especially the sand thing, sure would be my truck at glamis. I really wish they would sell the frame just tack welded though, the savings would let my buy more goodies for it.

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I know vw mag has adds for tack welded frames in it not sure what kind thou.

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Wayne_Nosala

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I inquired about that chassis a few years ago when I built
my buggy. Good chassis for the price, but the guys i talked
to at Chenowith didn't want to do any custom variations on the
frame (I wanted one with a longer wheelbase & wide torshin housing)

I ended up having my chassis custom built, My brother & I then copied it
for another one
You can check out the complete construction of the second one
at the following link with PICs, back in year 2000

http://extremebuggies.com/members/builders/2/stage1.asp
Wayne


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chenowth beam frames are one of the best ! look at the old one cars and how long they were competative , Herbst , Gordon , Fortin just to name a few .
 

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Did you call them? In the real old days Chenowyth used to sell it 3 ways, welded, tacked, or just bent depending on what you wanted....I'd also get a Dusty Times and see if you can't buy a "retired" race chassis or whole car since its almost still between seasons and some race teams inevitably fold every year. It always looks cheaper to build it yourself but sometimes it works out to be cheaper to buy used or built by the time your done with it...Curt

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1992f150

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Yes I did call them and ask, was told no.
Wayne I was looking at your buggy in the readers rides section of that site, thnx for a better link of the buildup.
Also thanks for the advice on the dusty times I will look into that.

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DEFINETLY, the only way to go is to buy a used race car. 10 times the bang for the buck...

Unless you are doing a "show car"....
 

1992f150

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I cant really afford a race car right now, and I also dont want/need some tweaked motor that likes to blow up. Maybe if I could find a rolling chassis at a good price.

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Yea, no motor.... roller... There is no way you can do better, even building it yourself...
 

1992f150

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besides dusty times and RDZ classifieds, can you reccomend anywhere else to look?

Thanks.

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1992f150,

Check your private messages

Later
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Hey, if anybody has a hot tip on an older race car (vintage late 80s) with or without motor, please let me know. Any shape welcome. I have been looking for awhile

Thanks
 
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