View original topic: "Rat King" rat rod Roof Test fit
King80 Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:52 pm

Just a quick update to my 1974 rat rod, "Rat King" Test fitting the roof onto the body for the first time!!! Enjoy! (thoughts, ideas and comments welcome... still working ideas out in my head, never too late to change things lol.)[/youtube]

vaughn bros. Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:17 pm

I see a shape now that I didn't see before.😀 If I had any suggestions it would be to put it all in one thread. But for now, keep on doing wild sh#t. Like the rest of us.

King80 Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:54 am

Its been a cold, wet week here in town, but I managed to get a little bit done last night...

King80 Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:21 pm

Bit more progress this week while dodging rain and bad weather.

vaughn bros. Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:43 pm

Well I didn't see that coming. Interesting enough.😀

King80 Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:12 pm

A long past due update on the Rat King Rat Rod VW Beetle.... and we have DOORS! Too much rain and snow recently and a bit of the flu got me behind. lol... here's the new update.

SBD Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:56 pm


King80 Sat May 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Rat King, 1974 vw beetle rat rod finally gets its lid put back on!!! Check it out!

King80 Sat May 23, 2020 5:44 am

Rear end body work on the Rat King Rat Rod. its starting to come together...

rayjay Sun May 24, 2020 7:00 am

Some buddies of mine were doing Bug pickup conversions back in the 70s. What they found was that over time the structure sagged down in the middle trapping the doors. This was with the original roof in place. I see your braces to the B pillar but you will need to do more I believe.

There is a Bug pu on page 84 of the book "Baja Prepping VW Sedans and Dune Buggies". I don't know what it is but I like the way it looks. It may just be the headlights .

King80 Tue May 26, 2020 5:02 pm

I agree that more needs done, I have some 2x2 (1/4" thick) angle from the post down through the heater channel into some 1/2" bar stock under the body. it spans the entire length of the side on both sides. (similar to what they did on the convertible beetles but with a much thicker piece of metal) It seems pretty stout but I will be making sure I have more bracing within the "cab" portion as well.
Thanks for the heads up and the info though!
Hope you enjoy the build, I cannot wait to get it on the street.

rayjay Tue May 26, 2020 8:12 pm

I'm thinking about 'plating' the rockers and A and B pillars on my Bug. The doors close nice and I would like to keep it that way. There is a lot of hidden rust that will eventually cause body sag if I don't brace things up.

vndin Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:48 pm

Much delayed UPDATE on the Rat King Rat Rod VW and everything that has slowed me down.... 2020 has sucked ass.... just sayin.

rayjay Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:44 pm

I've been doing some "fun" stuff on my bug.

vndin Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:07 pm

After way too long I got the rat king rat rod back inside a garage... now we're waiting for new concrete outside and a future garage addition... cannot wait. if you want to keep up with the build please subscribe to my youtube channel.

vndin Thu May 16, 2024 3:24 pm



sorry about the lack of updates on here. had a rough few years, had some health issues and such. all good now, hope you enjoy what you see.

NJ John Fri May 17, 2024 9:52 pm

I like it. I wouldn’t put a window behind the door. Just fill the “C” pillar in right up to the door. Plus, it’s probably not too hard to do. Keep it up.

MrGoodtunes Sat May 18, 2024 5:09 pm

vndin wrote:

Lots to like on this. For example, those twisted connecting rod headlight mounts!!

mikec4193 Sat Jun 01, 2024 4:32 pm

Love the way the old Volks rod is coming together...a very cool build...

Keep up the great work...the stance is spot on for sure.


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