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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:16 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Thanks-I have finished all the rear frame today-all tacked together.I have a few more hose and fuel line brackets to weld on,then the motor and trans can come out to fully weld it all.Will do the pan halves and rear floor then.I found a home for the radiator overflow bottle that's out of the way-but still close enough for a short hose.It's really solid-I can lift the pan by the rear lower bar with no deflection of anything.I will fabricate a towbar plate to weld to the rear lower bar and keep it out of sight when no tongue is fitted.I may cut the plastic intake pipe and put the air flow meter just after the bend which will keep the air filter pod inside the engine bay.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:45 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Looking good. Is the plan to have the hot air from the rad to exit the tailgate?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I haven't decided yet how it will happen.Will work out a plan when I start to build the body around the engine.The rad and air con condenser will be sealed with panels to force all air coming into the back through them.I think a scoop of some sort under the car just nearthe bell housing should bring a lot of air in,then there should be a low pressure area behind the air con condenser which should let all hot air exit easily-hoping that's how it works??On my Drag Car, I have fitted a swinging panel just below the spoiler to let air out and it works real good.I have followed the car when it's been on a trailer,and the flap is always opened,even at low road speed.This is what it looked like before and after paint
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:25 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

The front air shocks take an 1/8th inch plastic line-but I want to use 1/4inch high pressure line on the whole car.Couldn't find an adaptor to go up to the 1/4inch line-so will have to make them.First one all machined and waiting to silver solder it.The fitting on the shock is 7/16th UNF,so bought some bolts and machined up a fitting to go up to 1/4inch line.I will weld the round boss to the front beam where I can keep the small line to a bare minimum.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I have made a change to the cooling system.I will now put the air con condenser up front in the spare wheel opening as well as the air compressor.Clears up any issues with getting enough air thru it and the rad.I could put the air tank up front as well in the luggage spot above the fuel tank,which will make routing the air lines and solenoid wires a lot easier.I finally got some 285/35/19 tyres for the rear wheels.That size has become difficult to buy here.Fitted the rear wheels and test fitted one of the guards I have just had made.The angle steel clamped to the temp uprights is close to where the top of the tray should be.The tape measure on the floor indicates the distance my Oval floor pan sits from the ground,which I have set fairly low compared to a stock one.This will give me plenty of suspension movement when I set the air bags there for cruising.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Cool!!! What transaxle are you using?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I am using the auto from an early Bus. It's the 003 Auto and I have had it rebuilt and a lot of upgrades to handle the Suby motor.I went thru the diff and fitted new bearings n seals.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Pulled the auto shifter apart and blasted everything.The shifter pawls were worn badly for N,R and P,so Tigged the worn bits,then hand filed it all.I also bent the lever to sit vertical when in Park.These levers polish up like new after heating-must be good steel.Painted and assembled with plenty of grease.Also pulled the plastic cover apart and cleaned it.The clear plastic strip with the gear lever location polish up like a mirror on the brass polisher-just need to be careful not to get it caught.I was already using a Type3 hand brake lever because of being much shorter than the early ones,but decided to cut 1.5 inches from it so I can fit the power window switches just behind the shifter cover.I cut the cable brackets from an early one and modified it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:02 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Got back onto this and finished a few more jobs.I have made the ally panels to hold the power window switches and an interior light switch.Also made a panel to hold the 4 air bag switches as well as a switch for the air compressor.Bought some black vynl and spray glue to cover the lot.Have never been happy with the front shock top pivots.So cut it all off today and fabbed up some new brackets and welded it all in.I have ordered a 4 valve manifold to operate the air bags, which uses all 8mm high pressure tubing.Also ordered a 2 guage kit with 2 needles in each guage.I went for the electric ones that use an elrctrical sender unit on each solenoid.No need to be running 4 air lines up behind the dash for the guages.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:10 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Can't believe its been more than a year since I was last here.Have been away from the VW scene for a long time.Got back onto my car 5 weeks ago and have been at it everyday.I cut the body in half and took it to the city for the acid dip process.Body is in great shape.I have finished the new floor pan replacements.I fitted the new repos to the front,and made new rear sections from 2mm zinc sheet.Sorry I didn't make the lot.Decided that I would build the back of the cab with a sealed lower sections for the battery and storage.Fabbed new brackets to support a pair of Mitsubishi Starion seats I have had for 20 years.Cut the center dash section to house the air con unit.The new ally dash panel holds a 68 speedo and a modified early Karmann Ghia clock.I bought new repo heater channels for 48-68 Beetle,but they are nothing like the originals,so had to make some serious modifications to look remotely like the OG ones.I bought a universal Hot Rod heater and it mounts in the centre over where the original inspection cover for the gear shift coupler fitted.Because the heater channels are now short,I welded some 2 inch tube into the ends which will be coupled to the heater with the Beetle fresh air tube.I bought a short canvas sunroof from Legacy Products in the US which will need some work to make it fit.The square hole where the ash tray used to be will have a flat plate welded in to house 2 dual dial air guages for the air bags and a digital temp guage for the motor.The player in the middle is a 7 inch DVD player with a digital TV and radio box.It also has front and rear cameras.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:52 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I have cut the B pillars from another body and will use them to as the back of the cab each side.Will then weld the flat panel to these and just fill the top gap with flat sheet.The new B pillar will be 6 inches wide.I have cut the rear window frames from a wreck Type 3 wagon- and reckon I can make them into a new frame 2 feet by 10 inches as the new back window.I can cut 2 new rubbers and super glue together into a new rubber.Can also cut the ally trim to suit.Am going to use an air con compressor as the air pump for the air bagsystem.Reckon I can squeeze it into the gap on the engine where the power steering pump was.Can use a drive belt from the alternator and control the clutch with a high/low pressure switch.
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