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Fifty-Eight Rag
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:20 am    Post subject: 1956 Oval Build "Franky" Reply with quote

I guess you could say I'm strange in the fact that I migrate toward cars that others would deem scrap. I have been this way all my life. I've been building cars for over 35 years now and have gotten back into VWs.
For the last 4 years I've been dragging home parts and parts cars to put together one nice Bug. I know that waiting for the "right" car would save time and head ache but I love a challenge and I cant stand seeing pre-68 Bugs scrapped.
This project has morphed over the years, but now I have a clear plan and focus because I have found a 1956 Oval.
As a kid in high school, my first car was a 1961 Bug and I loved it, but I couldn't help but love the Ovals just a little more.
So fast forward 35 years...my first Oval.
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1967 Beetle Restoration
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1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said before...this project has morphed a time or two but the name has remained the same. I call it Project Das Frankenbug or Franky for short.

I have collected some "kind-of-special" cars over the last few years to build this. The one thing they all have in common is that they are mostly trash with some decent parts to help make a super cool Oval.

I have a 1958 factory sunroof that will donate its top and other parts...this car was in a crash that rolled it on it's side and pretty much mangled the upper LR quarter up into the roof but luckily the slider is still good.

I also have a 1960 Euro semaphore car that will donate alot of things but most importantly the semi posts.

So in the end I will have a 1956 Euro Ragtop (clone).

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1967 Beetle Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said before...this project has been going on for awhile. I'll catch you up on the chassis so far. I found a super rusty 67 with a surprisingly solid pan.
Got the wife involved on clean up.
Only needed a little metal fab...turned out super-sano.

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1956 Oval build thread
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1967 Beetle Restoration
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1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a kid in high school....I destroyed the transaxle in my first Bug (1835cc dual Webers). At that time in the early 80s the 1967 transaxles were sought after for hot street motors, I transplanted one in and never had another issue.
So I figured, if a punk kid with a lead foot couldn't beat it up, an old dude that loves cruisin' low and slow will be fine with another.

Went through the 67 trans and rebuilt it.

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1956 Oval build thread
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1967 Beetle Restoration
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1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to build a sort of German Street Rod theme for this car, so I will lean toward Porsche 356s for influence.
I borrowed this image from another Samba member...but it shows the style build I am planning.
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Hung a new set of KYB's and thought to myself "As cool as these shocks are, they just dont fit my build theme"
After a little head scratching I come up with a plan that I think will work. I looked to the early 356 for inspiration and disguised my shocks as early red Konis.

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1967 Beetle Restoration
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1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turned my attention to the front brakes. I know I could have run a set of discs, but they wouldn't fit my old-school theme.

Took stock 67 backing plates and made functional cooling scoops from scratch.
Used parts from a 1961 Oldsmobile grille for the bars.

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Used copper rivets for a hand crafted, old school feel.
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1956 Oval build thread
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...mp;start=0

1967 Beetle Restoration
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=495269&highlight=larrys

1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again taking inspiration from the old Porsches...sorta

Here's an image of a parking brake from a 550 Spyder

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I drilled speed holes in my parking brake handle

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1956 Oval build thread
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1967 Beetle Restoration
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=495269&highlight=larrys

1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sign me up. I do the same thing as you and typically restore cars others would give up on; I like the challenge and the idea that I'm the reason it's alive.

Nice creative ideas, keep at it. This will be an interesting build.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats on the oval , i always wanted one in high school ...finally got one this year .
looking good , keep the pics and progress coming !
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

speed holes in e-brake handle
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like where your going with this, keep it up , i'll be following along, being creative plus saving/recycling to make new again, dont get better than that. Keep posting
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love your build, I will be following this one for sure.

Going for the pre-1953 early split rear window look like the photo? it will cost you; $750 plus shipping/tax for the metal panel, around $150 for the glass and seals, and your labor and welding skills...

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be sticking with the oval window. I just shared that photo for an overall style that I am after.
This car will be built on a very tight budget, so no room for a $1000 split conversion. I love challenging myself and "recycling" at the same time.
I am currently in the process of gathering more parts...I am looking for inspiration from the 356 Porsches as well and it should be no surprise that finding parts from these cars that fit into a low budget are far and few between.
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1967 Beetle Restoration
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=495269&highlight=larrys

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool build, plus you are right in my neighborhood too. I'm over in St. Charles, have a '55 un-molested/un-restored Oval Sunroof and would love to come check your project out sometime! Keep up the creative work!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being creative, repurposing items and saving a buck. Two thumbs up:)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the positive feedback guys...

Yeah Bill I'd love to see your 55 as well. I've got a buddy that lives up in Lafayette Square that is into VWs too...I just recently finished a 3 year restoration of a 67 Beetle he has owned since 1970. You can see the build thread right here on The Samba.
He also just drug a 62 Single Cab back from Iowa that will be on the road soon.
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1967 Beetle Restoration
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1956 Oval Build "Franky" Reply with quote

Not much happening on the '56...other things are keeping me away.
But I am still collecting parts...just turned 50 the other day and decided to spend all my B'day money on 'ol Franky.
Just got in some treasures from WW.

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1967 Beetle Restoration
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1962 Single Cab Restoration
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 1956 Oval Build "Franky" Reply with quote

Thanks to a fellow Samba member hooking me up... got a KM clear needle speedo to go along with my Euro theme...ready to restore

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1967 Beetle Restoration
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: 1956 Oval Build "Franky" Reply with quote

Any updates ? My 56 is sitting. I did order some 36 Hp parts - rotor, cap, etc ...but I'm going to try to put them on my 59 first to get it running...(1979 is the last registration)....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:49 am    Post subject: Re: 1956 Oval Build "Franky" Reply with quote

Just read through the Franky build....like the work here. I have a build thread going as well asI am diving into a full metal restoration for the first time.
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