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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I finished restoring a 1950's Pepsi esky today.I bought 2 about 20 years ago and restored the Coke one about 15 years ago.Will take one with me when I attend Hot Rod shows.I have many early Coke and Pepsi bottles still full of their product.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Made a small ally switch panel to fit under dash.Will need a couple of extra switches for the spot lights and perhaps windscreen washers.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Under dash shaped, nice. Ain't easy making that kind of stuff.😀
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:25 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

It is always testing me.2 big holes are to get an 8mm socket up to tighten the 5mm bolts.Makes it so easy to fit it.Will paint it body colour.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Decided to modify later stainless wiper arms for the Oval.Drilled out the rivets,polished everything.I put some more tension on the arms to get the rubbers to wipe better.Shortened and bent the arms like the Oval ones.Assembled with new blades that just arrived from CIP.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:04 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I have made a start on the tray.Cut 6 panels which will be the 4 corners for it.Have made the first one-to go front,drivers side corner.The blue tube has a plate welded to the bottom with a blind 10mm nut welded to it.A 10mm bolt comes up thru the floor.I want the whole tray to be able to lift off with maybe 8 bolts holding it.The 40mm wide plate welded on edge, will be what I weld the sides to.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

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Fine bodywerk. 😀
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

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Fine bodywerk. 😀


Thanks.I can see that 3 months will disappear very swiftly now that I have started the tray
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:14 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Good luck with the body work on the tub,

Will be some fine manipulation.

But very enjoyable.

Just done my air ride's

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Herman,did it work out OK? My rears took ages to get the angles correct to allow good bag deflection between fully expanded and fully compressed.Did you make all the brackets or purchase new stuff?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

On a roll now.More progress
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

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Herman,did it work out OK? My rears took ages to get the angles correct to allow good bag deflection between fully expanded and fully compressed.Did you make all the brackets or purchase new stuff?


No Had to make my own adaptions as it is a Renault scenic back axle widened.

Jacked the car to drop height, took measurements, then jacked to running height, and did the maths.

Then when I had the platforms, I bolted them to the bellow, and fitted them in adjusting height with the jack, in this way I got the platforms parallel and 90Deg to the bellows when welded in place.

Nice work on the tub.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Understand everything you wrote. With the VW IRS rear, there is a large angle change of the bag mounting plates during very small suspension changes.Also went for the parallel plates at 90deg to bag. I am fortunate that I still have normal suspension movement and still have it low because I have lifted the whole lot up 3 inches. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Started to build the tailgate from scratch.Had some sealed stainless hinges here.I have made it 440mm high at this stage,but can shorten it to 400mm if needed.It will pivot on the drivers side so I don't have to walk into traffic to get at the handle.I have to make a panel under it with mesh to let the hot air from the radiator out.Also have to fit the tail/brake/flasher lights and a number plate somewhere on the rear.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:51 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Spent most of the day on it and didn't really go forward much.Cut a rusty superbug door to get the lock and handle.Grit blasted both to check for any wear.Both good.Blow them out then soak in CRC for a while.I made a custom end plate from 3mm flat bar.Used the VW door bits for templates.Tomorrow I will make the tailgate frame and the plate on the LH side for the striker.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:59 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Got a tailgate that opens/closes and stops on the striker.Have to remove it now to fully weld.Got these LED round lights that will fit at the bottom corners of the tailgate.Will buy a 4 pin door jam switch to get power to the lights.Fully weld and skin it,then fill in the back corners each side.
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