The Fun Buggy is done! It has been built, fixed, raced, fixed, gone on Ultimate Adventure, fixed, and is now settling in as my extreme wheeler of choice. It started out as a pile of tubes on the floor of Poly Performance's fabrication shop and is now both a great wheeling and street-legal machine in the state of California.
Getting it ready for Ultimate Adventure 2009 required another round of upgrades and repairs, but it made the 1,000-plus-mile trip without too many issues and is now ready for wheeling anywhere, anytime. In fact, finding time to wheel is the biggest problem I have with the buggy these days.
Legalize it! In California there is a system where you can register a specially constructed vehicle and every year 500 of these applicants can apply for an emissions-free verification known as SB100. This allows the vehicle to be judged on its appearance, not its engine. I got one of these Specially Constructed Sequence Numbers for the Fun Buggy. All that was left was a trip to the state emissions referee to verify that the buggy was indeed street legal.
Since the buggy didn't represent any known make, model, or year of vehicle, it only had to pass 1960s emission rules. All this requires is a PCV valve and system. I installed about $20 of valve and hoses, passed the inspection, and was street legal. Find out more at www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/spcns.htm.