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Build Your Own Off-road Buggy Hardcover – 28 Mar 2002


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; 1st Edition edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606421
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Champion is best-known as the inventor of the 'Locost' sports car, which now has an international following. As a former teacher of motor engineering at a public school he communicates ideas in an easy-going style, and his previous step-by-step book has inspired many people to build their own two-seaters. He lives at Blatherwycke, near Peterborough.

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By ruuman on 13 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had already bought ron's other book "build your own sports car for 250" and was impressed by the quallity of that book, so when I saw "build an off-road buggy" I decided to get it.
At first look it seemed like a good effot, clean layout and good photograph's. After reading the book cover to cover a couple of time, my friend and I decided to go for it and build the buggy.
We have now finished the buggy and I have a number of critisims about this book, though the total cost is actually quite acievable if your very lucky (ours worked out at about just over 100 quid)
Ron obviously has access to a very good workshop, so he always talks about machining things to size, and that if you don't have access to a lathe then a company will be able to do it for little cost. All the shops we went to were asking £40 just for a tiny amount of work.
He says to use a 30mm axle, and then use diff flanges as sproket holders. In my opinion this is a bad idea.
The diff flanges are not 30mm and require re-sizing, but they are hardend steel so it costs a small fortune to machine them.
In the end we manged to purchase some proper aluminum go-cart item for a fraction of the cost of machining the drive flanges.
We used a 200cc engine for our cart, the 30mm axle can't really cut the amount of power that is produced, though ron states the cart should be good for 250cc.
I would use 40mm axles to build your carts because this is far stronger, and it's the go-carting standard so you can get hold of plenty of cheap bits to fit it.
He skips any details on wheel hubs which have been a major stumbling block for us. In the book his mate kindly gave him a decent set of hubs, and thats all he says about them. Not very helpfully ron.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Jones on 16 Aug. 2005
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Some people I have spoken to seemed to think that this book would hold your hand through every tiny step of the build. I don't think the book sets out to do that. For example it is not within the scope of this book to teach welding, if you have never welded before you should either seek professional instruction or buy a good book on the subject and practice, practice, practice. The same goes for other skills needed for the build.
Once you have achieved the basic fabrication and welding skills required you should find the build fairly easy.
The advice given on components is sound, however it is up to the builder to ensure that the components are up to scratch. For example it is important that the grade of steel used for all the fabricated components (from the chassis frame to the tiniest bracket) is adequate. A good quality 30mm bar for the axle will be adequate for all but the heaviest drivers and most powerful engines, bear in mind the size of the driveshafts on many cars. A poor grade of steel however would probably lead to a bent or broken axle in fairly short order. For this reason I would advise against using scrap steel. The only way to be sure of the quality of your components is to buy new.
The basic buggy can easilly be improved upon, meaning that this could be the start of a continous adventure in development. There's no reason why somebody starting with this book could not be designing and building their own full suspension rail after a few years.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
On reading this book I was suprised with the simplisty of building my own off road buggy. This book is a extreamley pratical book ideal for the budding engineer it has comprehensive infomation on how to build your own off road buggy using a old motorbike engine,infomation on design, materials, tool use and much much more. The book even includes scale drawings of parts of the buggy.
The book is ideal for any youngster wanting to get into pratical engineering and design, even though some basic tools and equipment are required to construct the buggy including welding.
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Always good to know, I may never make a buggy but its nice to know how to make something like this out of old crap.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward on 12 May 2013
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Excellent material and very well written and obviously has been tried and tested many times over. You do have to have a fair knowledge of bench fitting and simple engineering and understanding of Health & Safety to fully build and operate in a safe environment. It is very well laid out on the ideas of where to source materials and then terrific knowledge in planning and building. I feel some thought should be given to the age group that you wish to build it for as in younger person or older person as in speed and if you wish to add to the safety characteristics of the finished article. I would give it top marks. Build this and you can mover on to building bigger and better with the greatest of ease as not only do you learn to build a great idea and if it is your first time and have some engineering knowledge. Then there is lots of scope to advance your skills as you build. If you do not posses some skill, I would advise after you read the book and before you start that you take some type of bench fitting course where you have some chance to use Pipe benders and various welding tools with Health & safety as an added bonus from professionals as there is a serious and quite definite element of danger if you take a chance and do or get it wrong in the process of building it for yourself and other persons using the finished project. Skill is important and Health & safety is paramount and a good knowledge of all of the tools that you will be using as other peoples lives as well as your own will depend on the quality of the finished article
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