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Old 05-10-2009, 01:55 PM
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Update on V8 Convertible Beetle Project - with pics

Hello everyone I just thought that I you all an update on our V8 convertible beetle project.

Over the last week I finally made some more progress, I sliced the beetle in half and widened it 8”. I also got the body sitting on the chassis just about where I want it.

Below are a few pictures of the progress, but I also added 24 new picture to my website, if you would like to take a look at them go to my profile and look at my website. Just click on the VW banner and the new pics are in the body work section.



After I tac welded the doors in place to hold the front and back halves of the body together and got every thing squared up, I welded a few 1” angle and tubing supports inside to hold everything square.



I made the side to side supports extra long and out of 2 pieces and clamped them together in the center. This way after I sliced the body in half I could loosen the clamps and slide the body apart.



Next I drew a center line down the car to help get a straight cut.



The next step was to play doctor and slice the body in half with the good old saws all
At this point the only thing holding the body together was my c-clamps on the supports inside.





Next I loosed up all the clamps and slide the two halves apart 8” and then re-clamped everything. This worked out pretty good, it took very little work to get everything lined and squared back up.



The last couple weeks I was working on finishing up the hovercraft that I had in the other half of my garage. Now I have room for our 2nd beetle a 66 hardtop. No real plans for it yet. We did think about putting it on this chassis since it was in better shape, but decided to stick with the convertible.



Next I lowered the body down onto the chassis and it sat on there almost perfectly, almost like it was meant to be this way……. LOL The bar that was under the front of the rear seats sits right on the front bed mounts and the front of the body sits right on the front cab mounts.



I got the fenders centered nicely over the wheels, although its hard to tell in this picture. I also like the height that it is sitting at. The gap between the tire and fender is close to our just a little less than stock.





I still have the old TH-350 trans. on it yet, once I put the 200r4 on, it will bring the engine about 3" closer to the firewall of the body if I use the stock trans mount location. I might move the engine closer to the firewall than that since we lengthened the wheel base about 3". Then I'll think I'll have room for a radiator up front for sure.



Here is another look at the inside with all my bracing. Once I double check everything to make sure it is still square I'll weld a few diagonal braces in.

Also you can see that I have the cross piece where the back seat was sitting right on the front bed mount of the chassis. I put a piece of .75" thick wood in there to simulate a body mount. The front of the car is sitting on the front cab mount pads.

Finally like I said I'm probably going to move the trans. mount back a little. I'm planning on just making a new tranny cross member, mainly because I don't like the hump in it on the passenger side, I don't want to have to have a hump in the floor....


Well that’s about it for now,
Talk to you all later

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That's an interesting project ya got there. Keep us updated!
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Thanks, I'm taking lots of pics along the way so I'll be sure to keep you all updated............ Might just be a while because I'm also working on finishing my basement and doing some landscaping in our front yard at the same time.............. Along with about 50 other projects................... LOL

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Thanks, I'm taking lots of pics along the way so I'll be sure to keep you all updated............ Might just be a while because I'm also working on finishing my basement and doing some landscaping in our front yard at the same time.............. Along with about 50 other projects................... LOL
So, are you somehow related to the Energizer Bunny? When do you sleep?
I agree that you have a very interesting and ambitious project there. Thanks for the pics and writeup. Keep us posted? Definitely!
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:53 PM
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No relation to the energizer bunny..... at least not that I know of........

If I could get by without sleeping and eating I would.......... Just think how much I could get done
Half of the time I lay there thinking about what I'm going to do next on a project any ways............

I guess I think best in my sleep too......... Many times I've woke up wide awake with an idea for something I was working on....

I always take lots and lots of pics so I'll be sure to keep you all updated.....


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I agree that you have a very interesting and ambitious project there. Thanks for the pics and writeup. Keep us posted? Definitely!
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sooo... that's how its supposed to be done...when i was in high school,('69) 2 were built in auto shop .they never split body.1-motor sat in front seat -driver straddled pumpkin like in dragster, 1-was rear mounted (flipped over trans axle?) also 2 corvair v-8's.all were really quick, buy squarlly as well..(sub w for H)yours looks like you planned ahead and know what you are doing!like to see pictures and hear how it handles!!
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Yeah there lots of ways of going about it....... Hopefully ours turns out pretty good, I'm pretty sure it will............ I'm used to building hovercrafts from scratch so I've gotten good at the planning ahead thing.....

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sooo... that's how its supposed to be done...when i was in high school,('69) 2 were built in auto shop .they never split body.1-motor sat in front seat -driver straddled pumpkin like in dragster, 1-was rear mounted (flipped over trans axle?) also 2 corvair v-8's.all were really quick, buy squarlly as well..(sub w for H)yours looks like you planned ahead and know what you are doing!like to see pictures and hear how it handles!!
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