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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:06 am    Post subject: The KidVRod. (By request..) Reply with quote

Ok. So, here it goes by request. After I posted some pictures of my latest project in the gallery, I have been getting some requests to give it an own thread... Laughing

The idea for this originally came when me and my son (4 years old) went on a local Soapbox derby in the late May this spring...

The first question my son asked me was:
Daddy, why doesn't I have a car like that?? Confused Embarassed

And to top it off a few of my work collegues who hade built their traditional soapbox carts challenged me that I would have a beetle there next year... As I'm easy on taking such a challenge and I happened to have a complete -74 standard body sitting behind the shed I thought that it would just suit as the donor for the complete project... Very Happy

I mean what else is a such a new body worth using for than scrapmetal?? Wink

Here is the donorcar before butchering:(My wife to the right and my kid on the trailer)
This picture was taken about the 1st of June this year...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first cuts on the fronthood:

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Here it is back in one piece. Shortened 15" and narrowed 18"...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frontcowl narrowed, still waiting for a 6.5 inch sectioning...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Left door shortened 10 inches and sectioned 6.5 inches and chopped 5.5 inches...
(Also tested the front quarterpanel fitting..)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here I started working on the B-pillars after the second door was made:

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Here you see the difference in size comparedt to a stock door.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The steeringwheel a good friend and collegue made in aviation aluminium and mahogany for me. He even donated it for free. Very Happy

It is 12 inches in diameter.. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What tells me your kid is gonna have the coolest kid-car around?! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are from yesterday when I started working on the roof and finished off the frontsection of it.

Me testing it... Laughing

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Me beside it..

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Front and rear of the same car side by side...

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More updates to come later.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

are you going fender-less?....You definately have some skill on getting that thing looking proportionate....you'd have some mad skills on getting fenders sectioned/narrowed!...Your gonna have to slap a briggs and straton in that thing when he's done race'n it so he can take it around the house! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KombiMonster wrote:
are you going fender-less?....You definately have some skill on getting that thing looking proportionate....you'd have some mad skills on getting fenders sectioned/narrowed!...Your gonna have to slap a briggs and straton in that thing when he's done race'n it so he can take it around the house! Cool


Yes, it will become fenderless, but I have noticed that if I would want to go fullfendered I just would use the rear inner wheelwells as half of the fenders. They have the perfect shape for it... Wink

Forgot to say that it will get a 8hp B&S including transmission from a driveable Lawnmower...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want one of these... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool so you can paint it just like yours, if you got one, or make a rat rod out of it Laughing be pretty cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been around at volksrods.com since before the day one but never built an own or had one my self.. Just been building the Hebster and now this is partly as a final testwork for me until I finish the Hebster for the next season...

I have also wanted to chop a bug but never had the opportunity and blessing from my wife until now. Secondly a fenderless Volksrod is out of question here in Finland due to the regulations... Evil or Very Mad This is the closest I can get and it will be a cool car to cruise around in on the VW events next year. Wink

The engine will be easily removed so it can be used as soapbox car occasionally..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

padron my French but THAT IS THE FUCKING SHIT!!

Please tell me you will make a ghia next, I WILL buy one of those Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is very cool......... i cannot wait to see the end result.. That "mini-me" door is awesome.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some progess. Worked on the rearquarterwindows and rear vent.
Tomorrow I hopefully will get the rear window and the roof finished.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is F*cking great, i love it, looking at the door handle to the size of the door really shows how much was taken out from all angles........love the work, keep up with the pictures.................we are all curious how it will come out.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty crazy looking, Keep the pics comming.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt K. wrote:
That is F*cking great, i love it, looking at the door handle to the size of the door really shows how much was taken out from all angles........love the work, keep up with the pictures.................we are all curious how it will come out.


Maybe this shows the size some too? Wink
I'm just 5.64 feet tall... Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

man
that is great
I especially love how it's all proportional
keep up the great work
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