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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

With your fab skills, you could make a sick cup holder/stash spot for the front of that tunnel. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Looks like VW made it that way Wink Laughing


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

I cut the mat and threw it on there. I think I can dig it.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:22 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

HAHAHA. That might be the case lol. I could probably get them to stick together, just might not be pretty Laughing Good idea though, hadn't thought of that. If I can find a cheap mat at one of the two swap meets this weekend I might have to give it a try.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Looking good!

What about two mats discreetly melded together?

Or are you like me, and a total wizard in one medium but a chump in another? I can't do shit with metal but plastics do whatever I tell them to… Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Got the doghouse for the beam finished up the other day. Still debating on whether or not to cut the walkthru mat to just cover the back 8 or so inches of the walkthru that's still flat, or to trim the sides of it so it would just lay on top of the doghouse but end where it starts curving back down in the front, or just to leave it alone and ditch the mat entirely.

The access panel on it works nice but I still need to put a bit of weather stripping around the perimeter of it.

Here it is, ba-da-bing ba-da-boom

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

K thx!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

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Trashman .........can you post a better view of your outer tie rod ends and what you did there? Is it all custom or have you purchased parts etc ?


I don't have any pictures of the ends but if I get the time to take any I'll pm you. The ends are these QA1 high-misalignment rod ends that I got off of summit. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/QA1-PCYMR8T . The spindles were drilled out and sleeved to be a perfect fit for the 1/2" bolt.

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Its just going under the buddy seat right?


The heater is going under the buddy seat and the fuel tank is going in the engine compartment opposite the battery. I am going to duct the hot air under the bus so that it comes out of the stock vents up front. My main priority with the heater was defogging/defrosting the windshield. The initial 90* after the ducting goes under the floor will be the trickiest because I have to keep it under the frame rails as well as route around all of the cable tubes that run in that vicinity.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Its just going under the buddy seat right?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Trashman .........can you post a better view of your outer tie rod ends and what you did there? Is it all custom or have you purchased parts etc ?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Hahaha I know. I put in a little work on the fuel tank for it the other day. Our winter in Santa Cruz has been rainy, just not very cold so the incentive hasn't been too high to finish it. The ducting is going to be tough since I have to make some custom elbows out of sheet metal.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Bring on that heater love. It might be a hard thing to finish since you haven't needed it since like a week ago Laughing

I went to a Doughnuts & Cars thing this last weekend and ran the heater all the way there. us was nice and warm at 6 am cruising down the highway. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words! Most people doing things in the same vein as me seem to all be afraid to post on the Samba because of the crowd that's on here. I quite like the Samba for all it has to offer in terms of information and community, so I though it needed a little more diversity in the sorts of things people were doing to their buses. I figure most people won't take any of this as a how-to or anything, but I at least hope that it's entertaining and maybe my thread is making people appreciate extremely lowered buses (done properly) a little bit more.

In other news, some of the bigger vw shows around here are coming up in the next couple months, the soonest being Kelley Park, so I've been trying to finish off some jobs that were all almost done. So far I've got a little more of the wood paneling done and I've made and welded in a doghouse to cover the beam since it is now in the passenger compartment and there is a big hole in the floor. I think it's turning out pretty sweet. Picture update soon to come #2gunfire
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Wow this is a great thread. Just caught up on it. Excellent writing skills as well. I had no clue about low riders until I read through this. I was never a big fan because who wants a ridged suspension system? I thought it would ride like a hardtail motorcycle.

Your system is great! I had no idea how these modern system work. Thank you for the education.

The fact you did this work without a garage is amazing. You need to start your own shop pronto.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Just been driving around with no issues and been working slowly on the new engine. Took a few pics the other day. Here's one of them.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Removed the wrap today. Almost wasn't worth it getting covered in fiberglass again. You live and you learn I guess.

Since my engine is trans is raised, there are some areas of the header that are closer to the rear apron than stock would be. Next longer drive I'll take a temp reading of the apron. Then I'll compare it to another reading after installing some sort of heat shield (whatever I can fit in the smaller space).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

something like a TDI or 1.8t from early-mid 2000 vw's have easily accessible heat shields to grab. And they are to keep turbo heat down too, so should be pretty good. More than enough for standard exhaust heat.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Making your own heat shield, or repurposing one from another car, is better in that there is still an air gap between the exhaust AND the apron.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

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Header wrap no, a heat shield would be great though. A quick trip through a junk yard for a heat shield from a modern car would be great. They typically use either a multi-layered aluminum or aluminum/fiber matrix that is easily formed by hand that could used between the exhaust & body work.


To stick with using rolls of stuff for "racecars" lol, what do you guys think about some of that gold reflective heat tape like this under the apron?

https://www.amazon.com/Design-Engineering-010394-High-Temperature-Reflective/dp/B0039Z5TUY

Definitely more expensive than a junk yard heat shield
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:37 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

I primarily saw it on dedicated track cars, the wrap would isolate heat on the pipes & cause the metal to fail at a molecular level, the headers would literally crumble by tapping them with your keys after a few events.

https://www.centuryperformance.com/exhaust-header-heat-wraps-do-not-use.html

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I might entertain a straight stretch of wrap on manifolds 2 & 4 directly under the apron. Nothing like checking your oil at a gas stop and burning your forearm on the apron…

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Header wrap no, a heat shield would be great though. A quick trip through a junk yard for a heat shield from a modern car would be great. They typically use either a multi-layered aluminum or aluminum/fiber matrix that is easily formed by hand that could used between the exhaust & body work.

Or... with Trashman's mad fab skills...
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