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ByJohn Mickle

Well Nuts…

Since our purchase of the Berrien Buggy assets, and subsequently the assets of Colonial Fiberglass, we here at Acme have worked very hard to keep our pricing at it’s lowest possible levels. Led by Bob Bennetts’ efforts in bulk purchasing, price shopping, searching for cheaper or free shipping, as well as other efficiencies; we have managed to accomplish that. The addition of new machinery and bringing as much production “in house” as we could has also managed to keep the prices of our products constant. We have now however; reached the point where we have to say, “WELL NUTS”.
 
We have absorbed at least 4 price increases in the cost of materials in the fiberglass shop over the last year, hoping that costs would level out. They have not. We have received notice of yet more price increases in standard materials. Additionally, as we place our latest steel order we received shocking news. The price of the various steel (tubing through steel plate) has risen from 35% (square tubing) to 96% (flat plate in various thicknesses). Even though we are still buying in large bulk quantities, this is the reality we face.
 
WELL NUTS, We have no choice but to raise prices on all the products we produce. We are not happy about the need to do the price increases but have no choice. The new pricing will be effective on all products purchased or ordered beginning December 1, 2018.
 
We here at the Acme Companies appreciate all the customers who have purchased our products, and look forward to many more years of supplying dune buggy , sandrail, and fiberglass products for your use and pleasure. We ask for your understanding as our new pricing structure is implemented.
 
Sincerely,
John Mickle
President”
ByJohn Mickle

The Gob-Stopper

At 4:00 PM. The guys had the GTX ready to go on its’ first trip. I hopped in, started the motor and pulled out of the shop. I made 3 short laps around our parking lot as a first test. In the video you will notice quite a few trucks and trailers sitting around. Because of that I kept things calm. The last run was full throttle for about 1 second. We are now going to go over everything, and there is a pair of braces we need to install. After that a full blown road test will be done.
First impressions are that it is quick, and stable. After the first pass I got fairly comfortable. No shimmy, no wobble and I didn’t need to fight it under acceleration. The brakes worked fine, although we will need to work on the bias settings, as I had too much rear brake. It felt great, I cant’ wait to do the next drive.

The last time we weighed the car it was at 1650 pounds. We have 180 horsepower at the flywheel. That works out to about 9.1 pounds per horsepower, a pretty good figure. We are going to weigh it again before the next run to see where we are now.

Stay tuned. This is getting’ good!

ByDan Mickle

Welcome to our new site!

You talked, and we listened.  We have updated our site to make it more mobile friendly and easier to find information!  We hope you enjoy.

Our new site will be faster, more mobile friendly, and have more dynamic content.