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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

I noticed my rear wheel camber when i got new rubber put on. I was wondering if the rear shocks were upgraded for heavier loads and that is why i have my.wheels camber like that. Im sure with passengers and more weight the wheel camber will go back to normal?


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Yeah - what you have is a "Stevenson". Have seen these done really well, really crappy and everywhere in between. I would suggest researching it some to get a better handle on what you have. And having a set of the plans is a really good idea since yours looks like it was pretty much built from them.

I am not blowing my own horn, but I have become a bit of an expert on VW Woodie conversions. I own the first one ever built and one of, if not the last one. Neither of my cars are based on the Stevenson plans, but I did own one at one time...scrapped the body, but used the pan for my 69 VW Woodie.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email or private message me.

And what's the deal with your rear camber?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Mike, I bought a basket case that was built from your plans before I designed and built my car. I used your plans as a jumping off point and a good source of information, but there really was nothing that I built that was directly from the plans.

The other woodie I have was built many many years ago by John Slusar from Milwaukee.

And by the way, the 2 yahoo groups (Vwoodies and Vwoodies2)have recently been brought back to life since the group owner has rise from the dead LOL. The Stevenson cars are the primary cars on those pages.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Nice to see so much interest in VW Woodies! I still drive our prototype all the time. I try to get it out at least once a month, and more if possible.

It's been holding up GREAT, but it has been in a garage for the past 25+ years now. They're great, and I really love mine (but I have been driving it for over 35 years now!)

I need to take it up to the Santa Cruz Woodies On The Wharf, if it's still going...I was invited about 19 or 20 years ago, but something got in the way, and I still have yet to get to that event...My lady is pushing to put the Woody in the Small Car concours in Pacific Grove this August, so we'll see...

Send us pics, if you have one built from our plans! (or inspired by, as I see some heavily modified VW Woodies built from parts of the plans...We were going to do a Town & Country-inspired roadster at one point, but that project got diverted by something else (as many of them do!)

Happy building and driving to everyone!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:37 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Awesome....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

I don't know if someone on the Woodies Yahoo Group helped or the "owner" finally got my emails, but I received access to the two Yahoo Groups this past weekend.

Lots of good information and the photos that I have been looking for showing various parts of the finished VW Woodies so I can see assembly details.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

I have not had any luck with the group owner responding to emails.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Does anyone know someone from the VWoodies2 and the Volkswagen Woodies Yahoo Groups?

I have tried now for the last couple of months to join, but have not had any success.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Gonna tell ya - I started the woodie and just got a running chassis....took me 2 more years to get the balls to start on the rest....and a notebook of sketches and zillions of pics.....
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

I can see using the lumber to make the rails would lead to a much nicer finish to the car, but with my limited woodworking skills, the Stevenson Project build with plywood will suit me just fine.

Thanks everyone for pitching in with suggestions and photos. I always like to research a project to death before I start so I know what I am getting myself into.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Sent you the commentary on the Stevenson plans...The yellow one did the changes using dimensional lumber instead of plywood for the rails....Looks much better.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Here are a few pictures I took at the Woodies on the Wharf car show in Santa Cruz, CA.

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This one was really nice.



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A little funky looking, but variations on the theme.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

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My main interest in the photos is to make the windshield header smooth as some of them are awful.

andk5591-I sent a PM with my email address for the photos you offer to send.

Thanks everyone for your support!

I always thought the convertible windshield header would look best for a woody conversion.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

I would love to take this type of project on. I'm patient enough to make up for some shortcomings in my talent department. Unfortunately, time is not on my side with 4 lil ones.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion to order the plans. I did and they have arrived.

I have poured over them and of course, they answered quite a few questions.

But photos sometimes show more than just the directions can.

My main interest in the photos is to make the windshield header smooth as some of them are awful.

andk5591-I sent a PM with my email address for the photos you offer to send.

Thanks everyone for your support!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Not enough of a market. There are/were "sedan delivery" fiberglass kits such as the Vandetta and the one from BGW. I was contemplating using one of those as the base for mine early on when I was floundering with the design and construction.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Shame there isn't a fiberglass kit for the station wagon "Woody" portion. It is relatively easy to replicate wood grain with paint or even vinyl decals. It would be much more durable that real wood. And not take a wood workers skill. Then just slap on a '40 Ford fiberglass front end.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Thanks Dan. Yeah, the car came out OK and I am having fun at the shop. Just need to get time to work on my own cars LOL.

Carl, what I would suggest is getting the Stevenson VW Woodies plans. http://www.stevproj.com/VWWdyPg1.html They cost $40 and will address your questions. I think this was posted before.

Shoot me your email address and I can send you some pics of a piece of shit VW woodie that I bought and scrapped except for the pan. The doors are typically just covered with a plywood skin and then filled with bondo around the windows. The windshield header is a place that most folks totally mess up because its a real pain in the ass to get right. Many of them are really boxy and can look like a school bus. I don't even want to guess how much time I have in that on my car.

There were 2 yahoo groups on these cars and I don'y know how active they still are. This is one of them https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VWoodies2/info The pics on the first page are actually of my car.

The one thing that really makes a difference if you are doing it is to use a convertible instead of a sedan. Viewed from the front, a sedans A pillars angle in quite a bit more than a vert. Changes everything. I still don't like how mine came out in this area, but it's better than most.

What it really gets down to on these things is how far you want to go. I acquired the very first VW woodie ever built last summer and the construction is totally different from mine. And both of these cars are not constructed at all like a Stevenson. There are no rules for this.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

andk5591 wrote:
If you do an image search on here for woodie or woody, there are a LOT of pics. there are quite a few build pics as well. I know there are a shitload of mine on it.

I did some looking. You did a really great job and you have a very nice shop.Be proud. Really nice job!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

Thank you. I have searched and found quite a few images here on The Samba. But most of the photos are of the entire vehicle. I am looking for close ups of how some areas are handled.

Such as the area around the door windows. Or how the front of the soft roof meets the windshield header.

This is why I asked for photos if possible.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 vw beetle woody wagon Reply with quote

If you do an image search on here for woodie or woody, there are a LOT of pics. there are quite a few build pics as well. I know there are a shitload of mine on it, but you want to ignore the white or real light blue 73 Super woodie since his construction technique is very different that the Stevenson. There was a guy named Pedro I think that showed a lot of Stevenson construction.
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Woodie 69 VW woodie (Hot VWs 7/12).
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