From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps

Once, any mediocre wrench could turn a boxed kit and VW Beetle into a dune buggy. One can still do that, or take a worn 1991 Eagle Talon and let pure garage talents determine the outcome.

That's the subject of Project Widowmaker, a strip-out-the-heavy-stuff build thread on the Locost US board, whose noble charter involves sharing knowledge on how to build Lotus Seven replicas. Obviously, this one isn't a Se7en, but it does share the same sentiment — low weight, stiff chassis and fun über alles.

The build watchers at Build Threads note the donor car included a brand new 2.3-liter DSM twin-cam stroker, which should be just fine for power once the front-engined, all-wheel-drive buggy reaches its fruition. And by fruition, we hope that means 1g+ on the skid pad, sans dunes.

From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps

From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps

From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps

From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps

From Eagle Talon to dune buggy in many steps