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Old 05-17-2005, 05:39 PM
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The car that most folks have seen it the "stinkbug" owned by Fred Heldigo (sp?)

It is a killer car. Allso Walt Leatherman's "Rat Patrol" that looks like a hotrod cop car. I'll post some pictures.

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Old 05-17-2005, 05:43 PM
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Rat Patrol




6 weeks to build the rat patrol.
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Old 05-17-2005, 07:11 PM
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The black one is the one I was talking about. If you think it looks good in the photos, it was even better in person.

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Old 05-17-2005, 09:47 PM
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Pictures don't do it justice. Fred's stinkbug is great.
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love the seats! very original....
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:11 PM
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here is one of Walt's and his son Manx's 34 Pickup. Note the VW-Porsche Engine and tranny in back.

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Old 05-20-2005, 09:17 PM
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This is my 68 VW type3 Squareback (station wagon). It has a 1 piece side window with a angle chop top.
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Check out: www.runtrod.com for an article on VW chops.

I ran a lexan windshield for years. It had margard, a coating that resists abrasion. I've seen video footage of testing where they shot a roaster chicken out of a canon at a helicoptor lexan windscreen and it did not break. It can resist bullets if thick enough. The trick is to mount it securely so it does not pop inside the vehicle when hit. A face full of safety glass is not any safer than lexan in my opinion.

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Old 05-29-2005, 07:50 PM
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A face full of safety glass is not any safer than lexan in my opinion.

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Ahmen to that Brotha! I am thinking the same thing if i go with my chop.

How thick os Lexan did you end up using? How much did that spraying cost?
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:27 AM
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It's been years since I did that windshield....what I remember... The protective coating came on the lexan from the factory. It was pricey. I got it the same thickness as the stock windshield so I could use the stock window rubber.

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The easiest way to chop a beetle roof is to idealy get a second roof. the year doesn't matter as you'll only be using sections. failing that you'd have to be pretty good with an English wheel. If you cut the roof into quarters and remove the sections of frame to drop required you'll be able to drop the sections of roof down at the corners and use a doner roof to join the sections. This will keep the natural curve and if you install an oval window in the back (you can buy these sections in both steel and fibre glass) it finishes the look off well in my opinion, and the rear window at least will be readily available.
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i helped a little on one and they used 2 extra roofs
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