This project was inspired by Eryk's Boulevard Buggy. But even before his build I often thought about getting a dune buggy since the weather out here is good for an open type vehicle.
Seen them often in So Cal as kids and remember going with neighbors on dune buggy runs.
So, this is a 1969 Berry Mini T body on a shortened VW pan. I bought the buggy here in town off Craigslist. I wanted a vintage body and not just the usual Meyers Manx.
As you can tell it has a body style that is quite unique. Before buying it I did some research on this body style and found it had a bunch of history.
I always have liked the unusual and like to go outside the box, so I thought this was a perfect fit.
Here is a cover issue of Hot Rod Magazine in September of 1970 with the Berry Mini T on the bottom. But check out the other kool buggies as well. Check out the top one with Supremes on it.
The buggy ran and had no issues. I had Frenchy Dehoux, huge VW guru, look it over and he gave it a big thumbs up.
Next was getting it over to the main man himself, Freddie, to get the ball rolling on a facelift. Here a few pics of how it looked originally, blah, but huge potential.
Now, I wanted to keep a 70's style look so the next thing was laying out some ideas with Freddie. This part was easy because we have the same taste in styles we worked together well on this part. Freddie added his touches to some of my ideas and it went well. Great times!!
If you haven't guessed I'm a huge fan of scallops. The body had great flowing lines so we tried to capture those lines and highlight them while getting everything to flow.
After Freddie shot the basecoat and a pound of .015 cobalt flake it was time to layout the final lines.
Finally shooting the scallops and line with the silver chrome flake.
As prospects, Nick and I have to listen to Freddie's advice.
Next came the pin stripping.
Freddie then shot the clear and was put back together, added some drawer pulls on the grille. Still a bunch of work to do but coming along.