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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:11 pm    Post subject: Rear apron help Reply with quote

I just got an autocraft engineering rear apron for my 57. I am not really happy with the stamping. I am thinking of getting a 55 and earlier apron from Wolfparts because I have read good things about his parts and grafting in the exhaust cutouts and inner shield. Is the only difference between the 56-60 and 55-earlier aprons the exhaust cutouts? Would this be worth doing or should I just stick with the autocraft one?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:27 am    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

The stamping on the AC apron looks swollen to me and is easily identifiable as aftermarket. The wolf part looks much more correct but as you mentioned lacks the inner assembly and seal channel. Other than the cutouts I believe them to be the same as 56-60 aprons.

depending what engine you will be putting in you may want to sell the AC apron and use a later apron to graft so the rear tin will fit without cutting
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

- i'd go with an original... but many in early 1955 had no cut-outs for twin pea shooters - a late '55 to 60 would be nice - and 1961 to 1963 would work, but no H-pattern.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

I will be using a 36hp so engine fitment won’t be an issue. I would like to get a good original apron but they all seem to be rusty or hammered. They would also take a lot of work to make right. I think I will be going with a wolfparts apron and cutting up the autocraft one for the pieces.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

I have bought several pieces from Wolfparts and have been very happy with them. It is unfortunate he does not make the correct apron from your year of car because it would be pretty much perfect.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

scotty timmerman wrote:
I will be using a 36hp so engine fitment won’t be an issue. I would like to get a good original apron but they all seem to be rusty or hammered. They would also take a lot of work to make right. I think I will be going with a wolfparts apron and cutting up the autocraft one for the pieces.


i hear ya - found a pretty nice apron, from a 1959 - sept has pretty hacked pea shooter cut outs - not looking for perfection - will be very functional...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

Easiest way to tell they’re aftermarket is the lock tab. Correct is with square corners but I have only seen rounded. Wolfs looks correct.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

Are these the autocraft aprons? They look solid but I haven't heard anyone say anything about these...advertised from Florida, Kafer Nostalgie. Anyone know any thing about them?

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=844105

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=380161
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

tehillah1 wrote:
Are these the autocraft aprons? They look solid but I haven't heard anyone say anything about these...advertised from Florida, Kafer Nostalgie. Anyone know any thing about them?

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=844105

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=380161


I bought one from there and they are autocraft.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

It looks like they have the inner breast plate area in them. Is that accurate?
Did you purchase a cutout version or the early 55 version?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

I bought a cut out version. They do have the inner breast plate in them. There are some differences compared to an original from a 57. Some parts of stamping are swollen also.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear apron help Reply with quote

Good info to know. Thanks.
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