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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

yea, i think it is possible to upgrade to the newer shift rod bushing holder under the shifter without cutting the tunnel open. spot welds holding the existing bracket in should be easy enough to see from the top. I imagine with a drill, hammer, and chisel you could remove the old one. it would be tricky but not impossible to snake the old bracket out and new bracket in from the hole where the rod couples with the trans at the back of the tunnel. use some house wire to snake it through. you could pre drill some guide holes on the new bracket using the old one as a guide and hold it in place temporarily with some sheet metal screws, then plug weld from the top.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

Read the latest Dune Buggies and Hot VW's- good story on how to replace the bracket.Very easy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

That is just the coolest Bug I think Ive ever seen! What a beauty!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:53 am    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

If you scroll down about 20 posts-you will see how my second VW truck I am building from scratch is progressing.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:40 am    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

A little off topic but I was in San Antonio and ran a VW shop in 1972 ..where did your uncle have his shop and what was the name. Unfortunately, I did not know of anybody doing this kind of conversion. Later I worked for VW dealership on the southside....he probably knew it well.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

SatireChuck wrote:
That is just the coolest Bug I think Ive ever seen! What a beauty!


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thanks Chuck.. she's been a pain in the a$$ but hopefully it will be all worth it in the end... and that end seems about invisible at this point haha
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

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A little off topic but I was in San Antonio and ran a VW shop in 1972 ..where did your uncle have his shop and what was the name. Unfortunately, I did not know of anybody doing this kind of conversion. Later I worked for VW dealership on the southside....he probably knew it well.



My Uncle never owned a shop.. He actually hung out with a old drug dealer that owned a mechanic shop and he hung out at the mechanic shop. That's where he learned how to work on cars, paint, chop em up and pretty much do everything, and experiment.

The conversion was done in Kerrville, but my whole family grew up on the south side, even myself until I was a teenager. There was one shop there famous called Buggy Warehouse but they moved far about 15-20 miles out of SA. My uncle knew all the mechanic/paint guys in SA and all his good friends worked on cars. He told me he's owned over 100 cars in his day.

He said he buddy the other day called because he was selling a Mercury Comet for only $800. Anyways.. he is basically passing on down the "mechanic vw trade" to me by helping me with my bug-truck, which I'm forever in his debt. He is too old to work on anything by himself but I guess I'm injecting a little life back in to an old gear head.

Last name is Moreno.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

August 18th Update.

Seems like things are moving at a snails pace.. rainy weather, family birthday's to attend to, but finally had a struggling day today. The transmission is in, and the back axles are on. I need to purchase a set of rubber 0-rings for the rear axle. They didn't come with the transmission gasket kit. So I wasn't able to put the brakes and wheels on.

The transmission is a bit hard to turn the back axles which my uncle said it shouldn't be that way, but we started to turn them for a while and they loosened up. He said maybe once the weight of the wheels, disc, and brakes maybe things will be a bit easier and more in alignment. Not sure.

Still trying to look into information about replacing the shift rod bushing, and bracket and then I "SHOULD" be done with the chassis. I got to hammer/crack off some of the fiber glass on the back near the window and lucky for me underneath is metal!! So I'm a little happy as I was worried I was going to have to find some metal and weld the back and it might be all bondo/fiber glass.

Bad thing is my work is going to start picking up making me more tired than I already am and I'm also going out of the country for 2 weeks in September so.. slow it goes. I was hoping to have this whole thing done by the end of the year, but it is not looking good. Sad

Last weekend I did however gut the car "fully ". All the windows, rubber seals and electrical are gone. I have all original windows with vw logo on them so that's good. The electrical will be whole beast and I will worry about it when i get there, which seems far away. Until next time buggers!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

Any more pictures of the restoration?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

no I went out of the country for two weeks and it's basically been rain every week since. My car is not in a garage so I can't work on it. This weekend was the first time I got to start on it in about two months and I ran into some problems. The rear bearing on the axle won't go on. I purchased a set of extra gaskets and right now with five on one side there is still a huge gap like space for about eight more gaskets which doesn't seem right to me so I'm trying to figure out what's wrong as this is pretty much the last thing I need to get the back end together and I can get it back to an inside garage to work on the rest while I blast the body.

I just got my computer back as well because I had to order a new charging adapter as my last one shorted out.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

December 16 2018 Update

I have no photos because I was running out of day light yesterday but finally feel like progress is getting restored after months of bad weather and stoppage over simple things. While re-assembling the back swing axles the bearing were not going correctly all the way in and that made the bearing cap not close. I struggled with this for about two weeks and everyone was giving me the wrong advice. Finally I got some good adviced from a local here who told me, while re-assembling I need to not only take out the fulcrum plates but also the spider gears and then install them all together so they fit within the differential and bingo it worked.

So the transmission, starter, back axles, brakes, and wheels are fully installed. The chassis is about 90% complete. Only thing major left for me to do is take off some of the tar board on the top of the tunnel so I can drill out the welds where the current shift rod bracket is and re-install/re-weld a new one in that takes a shift rod bushing so my shifting won't be sloppy anymore.

I purchased a new MC, and brakes lines but still looking for an OG reservoir. I pretty much think I have one more weekend left until I start welding up some places with the body, installing hood locks, and taking off some of the bondo for when I get it blasted.

Still debating on color, My Uncle wants me to paint it green again, but I'm looking to go all blacked out with yellow head lights.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

December 30th Last of year Update.

It was 40 degrees outside and I told myself I might as well go ahead and freeze my butt of while I weld a new shift rod bracket in Very Happy

Anyways I followed a couple of threads and got kinda lucky with getting the new bracket in. All in All I have a new bracket, bushing, and ring so I believe the shifting should be nice and smooth now. Before there was a spring bracket version and my Uncle told me when he drove it with my father once it was really bad and sloppy all around.

The welding is not perfect, but will get the job done, and once I painted it black you can't even tell. While it is the end of the year I did start this whole re-building process in March/April of this year so "technically" it has not been one full year for me yet, but all in all I'm very happy where I am on this project. Once I get it into a garage I can install new brakes lines, master cylinder, OG reservoir to bleed the brakes. and put new tar board on.

I guess originally had an un-realistic goal of having this whole car done by end of year December, but one day a week is not bad to have the whole engine rebuilt, body gutted and off, and chassis re-done. I have started to take some of the bondo off the back near the window and I can see the weld and braces are pretty shitty (metal is a bit worn and thin) so I will cut them out and re-weld some new pieces in there. I need to find out the original thickness of the metal, because people in San Antonio sell shitty old VW parts for a lot of money, it will probably be easier for me to just go out and purchase some metal sheets of the same thickness. I will also drill out some hood locks before I get the body blasted.

Only bummer is when I was moving some things in my Uncles tool shed to get the welder out, where I have all my parts separated I shattered the corner of the front window, which was OG glass. Sad

Not sure I will be able to find a 1960 OG front window but I will try and hunt one down. I'm excited for the new year and finally getting to the body and learning how to paint my first car!

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