Buggy with his own hands

Buggy with his own hands.

History of creation of completely homemade transport.


Ever since I was a kid, I loved doing things with my own hands, fixing bikes, mopeds. I had a dream of getting a quad bike or a buggy. As I got older, smarter and wiser, I thought, “Shouldn’t I do something of my own?” I started reading articles and watching videos of homemade construction. The first buggy was making from what I had in stock.

I was very excited about my first homemade transport. Everyone wanted to take a picture and take a ride on such a “miracle” technique that I was very excited! But in the process of operation, I found many flaws and design errors that interfered with the ride. By that time I had learned computer modeling and decided to build a new buggy in Compass 3D, taking into account previous errors. Inspired by the new idea and great experience behind my shoulders, I decided to design a new buggy.

It took a lot of time, effort and money to build the new buggy. The buggy was designed for about one year, on weekends. On weekdays after university, he sat at his computer, watched a 3D model and planned what he would do next. Just a little bit, in small steps, that’s how my new buggy was going to be.

The first stage. Frame

The frame was boiled from a 35mm diameter pipe. The whole project took about 45 meters. With the help of a 3D model, it was easy to know the right size. This buggy is suitable for a person not taller than 180cm.

The second stage. Suspension levers

The buggy suspension at the front and back consists of levers. Since the levers are the same everywhere, I decided to weld the “conductor”, with it the process of assembling the lever will be faster and more accurate.

In the assembly of the lever used: a pipe diameter of 35 mm (18 pieces)

Step three. Steering control

The steering rack was used from the Daewoo Nexia.

The rail was subjected to turning works, because the size of the rail did not match the size of the buggy. More precisely, the body of the rail itself was shortened and a symmetrical arrangement of holes for the steering ends was made.

The most important thing is the length of the shaft. Its ends should be equal to the beginning of the suspension lever to avoid the buggy being thrown on uneven roads. Another nuance in steering is the corner of Ackerman. This corner is adjusted for proper wheel spin when turning.

Step four. Shock absorbers

For rear suspension used shock absorbers and springs. I used them, because the shock absorber has a high stroke of the rod, and the springs provide the necessary stiffness, suitable for the buggy.

I used such design.

The shock absorbers and springs from Oka were used for front suspension. Such a configuration is very good for the easy front of the buggy.

And it turns out to be assembled with such design.

The fifth stage. The braking system

The braking system is only installed at the rear, as installation in the front is complicated by some factors (but may be done in the future). At the rear, swivel cams from the 2109 vase and brake calipers from the same vase are used. The main brake cylinder is from the 2106 vase.

The front circuit has been blanked because it is not needed. The brake tube is led from the rear circuit to the rear calipers via a tee.

Step six. Powertrain

This buggy was equipped with a motor and a gearbox from the Ant scooter. The drive from the gearbox to the hub was converted. Everything works very well. The motor is weak for such wheels, of course, but you can ride. There was one drawback that didn’t leave me alone – a chain gear from motor to gearbox.

The buggy was designed for a ride where you have to put a lot of stress on the gearing of the wheels, but the chain couldn’t cope with it, it broke off. And the engine from the OCA car came to mind, because it is small in size and has the right power. But there was a problem: when trying on the engine and the Oka gearbox, they wouldn’t fit into the buggy’s engine compartment. I didn’t want to remake the entire frame: there were no means or desire. Fortunately, I had a gearbox from Moskvich 2141. It had a very interesting drive arrangement, which was perfect for this buggy. Thought I’d try to put it together.

Started making an adapter plate. First I cut the template on the cardboard, marking the holes, then moved it to a 7mm thick metal plate.

Replaced a native Oka clutch basket. First, the primary shaft of the Moskvich gearbox on splines fits this clutch. Secondly, it is bigger, which means that it can withstand more load. When connecting the gearbox and the engine everything fits perfectly, but there is one “But”. The primary shaft entered the clutch disc by about 3 mm, which is 10 times less than the one you should. The only way out was to disassemble the gearbox and lengthen the primary shaft by the correct size.

After the lengthening, everything worked out. There were also small changes in the squeezing fork of the bearing and the bushing on which the squeezing bearing slides. Since the bushing also had to be extended by 3cm, it was necessary to make the whole part new from metal (plastic goes factory).

After all the work had been done, everything worked out!

Next, we had to figure out how to start the engine, because the standard starter mounts did not fully fit due to this arrangement. I found a suitable place in the bell and made an opening there. The starter was used as a gearbox from the front drive vase, as it is small in size.

After a couple of hours of adjustment, it was all twisted up.

Step seven. Drive

Since the drives have different designs, we had to connect two in one.

The eighth stage. Shift lever

After installing the motor on the frame, he started thinking about the switching mechanism. The mechanism was assembled from the stabilizer racks.

Ninth stage. Complete assembly

After assembly of the switching mechanism, it remains to connect the ignition system and engine cooling system. There are no major problems.

Step ten. Testing. Painting .
After installing the new units, we got a completely different buggy! There was speed, traction from the bottom and a lot of other advantages. After 3 months of riding the buggy, no problems were detected. The road holds up well, dirt and fields are not afraid of him. Very pleased with the work done!

In the future the necessary sensors (temperature, speed, oil pressure and battery charge) will be installed.


Buggy concepts

MI-TECH CONCEPT(マイテックコンセプト)

Mitsubishi created a buggy with a gas turbine and augmented reality…

The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech experimental SUV with a gas turbine, four electric motors and an augmented reality display on the windshield made its debut in Tokyo.

Mitsubishi company presented at the Tokyo Motor Show a conceptual off-road vehicle Mi-Tech. The vehicle, which received a power unit with a gas turbine, is a mixture of SUV and buggy, which has no roof and doors.

The concept car was equipped with a hybrid power unit with four electric motors. In this case, instead of the classic gasoline internal combustion engine, the role of the generator for recharging the batteries is a small gas turbine motor. Four large round fans are used for additional cooling of the power plant.

A system called Quad Motor with Dual Motor AYC is capable of transmitting traction and braking forces to each of the wheels separately depending on the specific road conditions. This scheme provides additional maneuverability – for example, the wheels on the starboard and left side can rotate in the opposite direction, so that the car can turn 180 degrees on the spot.

At Mitsubishi Mi-Tech, the new generation of Mi-Pilot driver assistance systems were used, which is capable of giving hints and interfering not only on the highway, but also on off-road.

Another feature of Mitsubishi Mi-Tech was an automatic control system with human-machine interface. Analysis of information received from the complex of cameras and sensors will help to avoid dangerous situations on the road. All basic data and advice to the driver are displayed on a special display on the windshield with augmented reality.

Volkswagen showed the concept of an electric buggy

Volkswgen has announced that its range of electric cars will consist not only of classic sedans and crossovers. And now the concern has shown what the most unusual transport will look like.

At the end of last year, during the announcement of a seven-seater electric I.D. Lounge on the platform MEB, Volkswagen shared its plans for the production of a buggy. At that time, VW did not disclose the design of the novelty, saying only that it would be a reference to the beach buggy Meyers Manx, which was produced in the 1960s.

The classic Meyers Manx was a roofless two-seater vehicle with free standing windscreen and large wheels. Now on the published Volkswagen teaser we can say that the main features of the original model has been preserved, but at the same time it is a completely different car. If Meyers Manx today looks like a monument to retro design, the new version, on the contrary, tries to seem as futuristic as possible. “It’s a modern, not retro, interpretation of the classics”, the designers explain.

At the same time for Volkswagen it is more than just a car for entertainment, reports The Verge. The designers explain that the buggy is direct proof of the versatility of the MEB electric platform.

The manufacturer is going to produce 15 million electric cars on it, including affordable and small sedans, electric vans and large electrical analogues of modern Touareg.

Of course, the buggy is not just proof of concept. This vehicle will not leave the owners indifferent, promise the VW. “The buggy is more than a car. It’s about resonance and clean energy on four wheels,” says Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff.

The concept of the all-electric VW I.D. BUGGY is based on cars that were created in 1960s in California. Back then, the Beetle chassis served as the basis for these buggies, but now the modular electric platform MEB represents its flexibility. Like the original cars, this reinterpretation of the buggy for dunes does not have a fixed roof or regular doors, but has large wheels, off-road tires and open side sills.

Volkswagen will present the concept of an electric buggy on the MEB platform in Geneva.
At the International Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen will present the first fully electric version of the new buggy for dunes. Based on replicas of the popular American buggy, the concept electric car is based on the MEB modular drive matrix, demonstrating how versatile the new platform is.

“The buggy is more than a car. It’s vibration and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied in the new electric buggy, which demonstrates what a modern, non-retro-interpretation of classics can look like and, above all, the emotional connection that electric mobility can create,” says Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

The new concept car at MEB shows that this all-electric platform can be used not only for serial models. Like the Beetle chassis of previous years, MEB has the potential to contribute to the development of niche cars.

The history of leisure vehicles and Volkswagen technology is long. From Beetle chassis and special bodies made by companies such as Hebmüller and Rometsch to buggies for dunes such as Meyers Manx, Beetle chassis have made it possible to create creative non-standard solutions for decades.

Volkswagen will spend 44 billion euros on electrification. Group head Herbert Diss believes the electric car market is the most promising and most profitable for manufacturers. The company plans to sell 50 million EV cars. For this purpose, it will increase the productivity of its plants by 30% by 2025.

Nissan is not building a beach buggy at the moment. The Japanese corporation is quite proficient in producing sedans, crossovers and sports cars. But the work of the Brazilian artist Fernando Andrade can help the car giant in developing a new model.

Beach Buggy’s concept gives an idea of what a brand-name Nissan car can look like. With a low landing, the two-seater car has a bold angular appearance, a power reserve, and most importantly, a place to surf in the back.

“I live in Brazil and Nissan just opened a studio in Rio de Janeiro, so I tried to connect Nissan’s personality with the lifestyle of Rio,” explains Andrade. “I used the influence of architecture and products that represent the landscape of Rio.”

The design is very appropriate for a beach buggy. The front of the car bears the features that were shown on the new Nissan Maxima 2016 model, including a greasy double V-shaped grille. The rear part is styled together with a glass awning, which includes a rack for storing a set of surfboards. Its theme is simple: sand, sun, fun, and autocross on the CCC wood exchange or on the city beach of Amurska with beer bottles and trees.

The artist can hardly see this car in reality, as the concept is only the idea of a perfect image. “The focus of this project was on a plan to bring Nissan closer to the Brazilian people,” the artist said.

And what do you think? Is Nissan supposed to “feel the ground” with an off-road buggy beach in the 21st century?

image taken from www.autotimesnews.com

The online auction on eBay sells a Porsche 911, which was converted into a buggy by American tuners from Smash Customs.

The car received reinforced wheels with 30-inch off-road tires, new suspension, LED lighting and a roof rack for spare parts. The car is painted black.

The buggy has all but the windshield glass removed. A safety frame and sports seats have been installed to protect the driver and passenger.

The car received a 2.3-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 200 hp and manual gearbox.

The car is located in Muscott, Florida (USA). The price of the car is $23 700.

January 23 it was reported that the armored car Cadillac Town Sedan 1928, owned by American gangster Al Capone, is offered for sale by Celebrity Cars of Las Vegas (USA).