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The first step of designing your buggy is determining your drivetrain. I decided to go with a tried-and-true recipe of small-block Chevy V-8, automatic transmission (I'm using a 700R4 built by TCI), two-speed transfer case (I'm using an Atlas with a 3.8:1 low range), and 1-ton Dana 60 axles. The drivetrain recipe can be adjusted depending on the terrain you run, tire size you want, and your budget. However, putting tubes around the drivetrain parts is not exactly easy. Needless to say, I was ready to go wheeling before my buggy was ready.