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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Good to see some progress going again....

Love it

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Got my bumper ends back from the chrome plater.Awesome job.Cut the towbar tongue receiver and welded into position.Used the offcut to make a place to store the tongue when not being used.Is in behind where the rear grille will be.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Forgot I had these.Was the reason I used a Beetle bumper to make the short end ones.Happy now how the back end is going to look.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:18 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I bought a length of electrical cable tray.Will fab a grille to fit below the tailgate and have it powdercoated in a metallic silver.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 1:09 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Nice to see progress again,

Looking good, are you fitting a screen back under the tail gate ?

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1952 Split Beetle 1835cc. twin 34 ICT's (Azur blue)
1975 Split Bus Type 4 1914cc. twin 34 ICT's (wh/aqua)
1972 Bay Panel-van with type 4 2 Lt. twin 34 ICT's (white)
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 10:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Finished my bumper today and mounted it.Cut a piece of 2mm zinc plate to close the end in.Used a stock bumper iron cut down to mount it.Got my 2 inch trailer hitch to weld on.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 2:57 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I bought another pair of Aussie Aero front guards.Made an alloy jig to make sure the holes are exactly 15mm from the top edge.Had a go at making a bumperette for the back from a standard early Beetle bumper.Will have them chromed when I am happy with the finish.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

I am in one of 2 local clubs here and they have a really good annual show each November.I live 400klm's from the city,so it always takes a bit of effort to get there.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:06 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

nbturbo wrote:
.......the biggest VW show we have here.....


Which show would that be if I may ask.

Herman
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1952 Split Beetle 1835cc. twin 34 ICT's (Azur blue)
1975 Split Bus Type 4 1914cc. twin 34 ICT's (wh/aqua)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Discovered a long time ago, not to set deadlines in concrete, when you have to involve other people in your project.I needed an air con condenser and push fan for the Falcon project.Got the bloke to call round March 31st to measure up.He was going to order the stuff next day.Monday 6th went to see if it had arrived.He had completely forgotten about it.Stuff arrived Friday 10th.It's the only place here where I can source stuff.I would really like mine finished by last weekend November to take it to the biggest VW show we have here.Pretty sure it will be the 2021 show I get to.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Great that you helping someone else, Sad that your Ute is standing.

But yours was always a open project or did you have a completion date set in stone.??

Well we are also stuck with this lockdown issues, so my MeFusco is also standing awaiting paint.

So not sure if I will still make my deadline of 1st Jan 2021

Well that is how it is, keep well

Herman
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1952 Split Beetle 1835cc. twin 34 ICT's (Azur blue)
1975 Split Bus Type 4 1914cc. twin 34 ICT's (wh/aqua)
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2019 Beetle Flatbed Truck called MeFusco
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

No Retro.Because I am a softy,got talked into helping a bloke with a 63 Ford Falcon.He bought it from pics from another State here.When it arrived on a transporter-it was an absolute POS.I have had a diff from a V8 Falcon ute here modified.Had 340mm cut from it and earlier disc brakes fitted with the hand brake in the caliper.Had to fabricate a complete rear chassis to be able to fit the Ford 351 Windsor V8 that it came with.The Authorities here are very strict on engine conversionsThat motor was junk,so he bought a new 302 Windsor fully rebuilt from your Country.Had to cut the front radiator panel to fit a much wider and thicker radiator.Also had to fit an air con condenser and push fan.Still have to modify the grille and front body panel.It has kept me from my project.I am getting very short on patience now.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

Love the work so far,

Have you been working on the ute ?

Can not wait for updates. Very Happy

Thanks for sharing

Herman
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1952 Split Beetle 1835cc. twin 34 ICT's (Azur blue)
1975 Split Bus Type 4 1914cc. twin 34 ICT's (wh/aqua)
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2019 Beetle Flatbed Truck called MeFusco
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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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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: 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: 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: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Hot Rod Beetle Ute Reply with quote

nbturbo wrote:
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.

Herman
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1952 Split Beetle 1835cc. twin 34 ICT's (Azur blue)
1975 Split Bus Type 4 1914cc. twin 34 ICT's (wh/aqua)
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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: 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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