Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop.
Forum Index -> Other VW Vehicles/Volksrods Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
phyregod
Samba Member


Joined: November 20, 2017
Posts: 20
Location: TX
phyregod is offline 

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

This Beetle more or less fell in my lap. A dry, solid Ď66 with a couple dents and a million little dings. Iíd never considered building a beetle other than my wifeís Ď64. But itís here.. and iím Building it. I pulled the fender to fix the dents and figured iíd Do some shaving while I was at it. That kind of creatively spread like wild fire and I suddenly found myself mid-chop with a diced up beetle. I want to build something different. Thatís pretty hard being that these cars have been modified for decades. But.. stay tuned. I have some fresh ideas to throw out there! This car has become a platform to practice metalwork and fab. This lady is going to be poked and prodded a hundred different ways. Hence the name, Harlot.

The beginning:


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
phyregod
Samba Member


Joined: November 20, 2017
Posts: 20
Location: TX
phyregod is offline 

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Iíd bounced around ideas for how to Chop her, and how much. After googling a while and looking at different styles I kind of came up with my own. 13cm from the windshield posts which comes out to 11.025cm vertical. Iíve decided to go metric to make things easier all around.

I removed paint from the areas around most planned cut/weld lines. Easier to do it now than when itís in 100 pieces and all edges.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



Windows and doors pulled.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Bracing added so the body doesnít move/collapse when I chop the roof off.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After much staring and dreaming and measuring.. Its time to start cutting.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Little snack!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Windshield frame split in two and dropped
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


B pillars measured and cut.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
phyregod
Samba Member


Joined: November 20, 2017
Posts: 20
Location: TX
phyregod is offline 

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

So.. Chopping the A and B pillars were child's play compared to figuring out this rear end.. I measured and stared for at least a week before cutting. I suppose this will be a modified Capella chop? Something like that. Hell, If it's original, lets call it a Harlot chop! 11cm vertical from the windshield and B pillars, back laid down to match.


Finally made a rear cut. This was measured a thousand different ways.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Cut all the way across the back. Only took half an inch here. Yup. Inch. Old habits die hard I suppose.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Inner and outer sides are cut. I plan on re-shaping that rear window.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


The entire rear end is now cut loose save for these little bits by the decklid. They will act as a pivot while keeping the rear end in line.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


B pillar removed, rear end initially Laid down.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Stretched the roof wider. I acutally ended up splitting the rear roof in two as well, as the stretch flattened the top a little too much. The framework here is what I had laying around, and honestly, it got a bit silly.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Used plywood to line up the window channels and clamped in place.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



This is my finely calibrated laser cut marking device.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


With... umm.. fine tuning tape. Screwed to the roof above Harlot.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


High tech beetle choppin!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


This poor baby.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Just had to do a little mock up. She's coming along! Pillars chopped, rear laid down! Now all I have to do is make it all fit and weld it up! Easy, right?!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
rmh60bug
Samba Member


Joined: October 02, 2015
Posts: 114
Location: Northwest PA
rmh60bug is offline 

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Love it !
_________________
1960 Volksrod in progress
40 Hp with 12v flywheel
6"chop, 5" drop, 10" ext
Slow & Steady is the key
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
eyetzr Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: October 09, 2013
Posts: 1169
Location: Toronto, Ontario. Canada
eyetzr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Love it. Mint, rust free, complete car fell into your lap & you felt the need to cut it up. Very nice. I can here the purists crying foul already. Looks great.
_________________
I think he meant "rare", as in "not well-done"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
heywebonya
Samba Member


Joined: July 08, 2010
Posts: 760
Location: Portage, MI
heywebonya is offline 

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Wow, great progress and documentation. Bodywork amazes me!
_________________
If I knew what I was doing; I wouldn't be building a buggy!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
phyregod
Samba Member


Joined: November 20, 2017
Posts: 20
Location: TX
phyregod is offline 

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

rmh60bug wrote:
Love it !


Thanks!

eyetzr wrote:
Love it. Mint, rust free, complete car fell into your lap & you felt the need to cut it up. Very nice. I can here the purists crying foul already. Looks great.


Yeah.. If this car were wearing its original paint I'd have shined her up like a pretty penny and flipped her. But the second paint job was awful and there was a few pounds of bondo in the roof. I think a tree fell on the car at some point. The driver door pillar was bent to the point that the door wouldn't shut all the way, etc. Its mostly rust free, has some little spots here and there I'm going to cut out and fix. I'd still felt bad for cutting her up. But.. No way was I going to sell this solid, weldable steel one and hunt down a mess of a rust bucket beetle to cut up. That would be pure insanity. And add months of work.

We do have a well cared for '64 as well. So maybe the purists can give me a little break.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
vaughn bros.
Samba Member


Joined: October 13, 2003
Posts: 2002
Location: Hickory, NC
vaughn bros. is offline 

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Looks f'n great!😀
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
phyregod
Samba Member


Joined: November 20, 2017
Posts: 20
Location: TX
phyregod is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

Update! More work done. Lots of cutting, fitting, and modifying.


This is the driver door gap filled in from a piece of my donor roof. Looks like it isnít straight, but it is. Some fitting of the roof skin is needed before final bends and cuts are made.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I cut an 8Ē wide section from the front windshield. This will allow me to fit a donor piece with the full rear view mirror section centered up.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


The windshield pillars need a tiny bit of fitting. A simple slice and some hammer work.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Donor roof skin. I cut off as much of the skin as I could. Placed the skin on the car and slid it around until I found the shape I wanted. The high point of the roof is in the factory location instead of shifting to the rear as you see with many chops. I didnít want that high back stanced hot rod look. Trying to make her smooth.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I cut the donor skin straight and square. (Chopped it off free-hand). Laid it on the roof, set the curves where I wanted them, clamped it up, and marked my final cut lines on the beetle. Then cut it. I was in the groove and forgot to snap pics of all of that.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Started tacking. This chop is 100% butt-welded. No lap welds. If iím Going to practice metal work, iíd might as well do it right. This will eliminate a ton of filler later.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Itís amazing how much the shape of the car has changed. Comparing the stock beetle (Alice) roof in the background to Harlotís.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


This is where I left off. It was pushing midnight. Tacks were done from the outside corners in, as I can adjust the gap in the rear window frame. Otherwise iíd Have started in the middle and worked my way out.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
vaughn bros.
Samba Member


Joined: October 13, 2003
Posts: 2002
Location: Hickory, NC
vaughn bros. is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: JBCustoms Presents: Harlot. A Ď66 Beetle Chop. Reply with quote

The sign of pro. This top is going to flow great.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Other VW Vehicles/Volksrods All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2018, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB