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Old 04-26-2008, 05:16 PM
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Are you going to place back the running boards or use pipe running boards also what type of exhaust set are you planning on using? Can't wait to hear it running it's going to sound mean since it's so short. Looking good!
PS-Might think of placing roll bar in it just in-case.
Thanks! I will put some running boards on. I'll probably just make some of my own cause I plan to widen the rear fenders to fit over the rear wheels, and I might widen the front fenders by an inch or so.

I'm thinking of using either a dual in dual out flowmaster muffler or just dual it with flows. I'm thinking either 40 or 50 series. I love flowmaster's sound! I can't wait to hear it fire up either. Hell, I can't wait to put the completed motor in.

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Old 04-26-2008, 05:19 PM
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I have to admit to not reading the whole thread... but have you heard about the CaddyWagen?

Hear me out...

Some college kid had two cars; a beetle and 75 Cadillac Eldorado. He pulled the body off the bug, cut the rear of the pan off, then pulled the front of an Eldorado up to the bug pan and welded it on. The frame rails match up almost perfectly. Then to fit the body back on, some creativity was required, but he had to discard the rear seat and fabricate an aluminum engine cover, but he basically grafted a FWD caddy 500 to the rear of a VW bug.

He used to have an 8-page website with every technical detail but it went offline last year.

Take a look. 500 cubes in a beetle is pretty crazy.
I remember you mentioning something about the "CaddyWagon", but haven't managed to find a single picture on the project. If you ever find anything on it again send it my way. Sounds like a dope way to do the V8 conversion. It probably handles awesome too!
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:47 PM
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I started widening my fenders. I think I'm not going to keep them as wide as they are. Right now they are 3" wider but I think all I need or want is 1.5" so that way the outer edge of the tire is inline with the outer edge of the fender. So I'll have to go back and grind the welds off, slide the fender in and then weld again.

BTW, this welding was done with my stick welder, if you can't tell. I had a hard time getting it to start an arch because I tried to keep the amps as low as possible to prevent burn through. Seems to work just fine, but there was the occasional burn through. I used 1/16" 6013 rods and the sheet metal is 22 guage. Who's says you can't use an arc welder for sheet metal?







What do you guys think?
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Can you roll it outside to get pix of the fenders?
It is hard to tell what it looks like from the close distance.
My first thought is to leave the 3' in place.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:25 AM
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Can you roll it outside to get pix of the fenders?
It is hard to tell what it looks like from the close distance.
My first thought is to leave the 3' in place.
Yeah, I can do that. I'll roll it out the next chance I get. It doesn't look bad with the extra inch or so, but I think it would look better if it didn't stick out as much. I need to get a good overall look at it myself. I'll have a couple pics up soon.
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I am an old racer and VW mechanic.You are on the right track with your frame idea,but what you need to do is follow the shape of the VW pan up to the front of the doors and then go to the width that will accept a Mustang II cross member and you can use tubular a arms etc. I also would recommend cutting off the front clip and using a fiberglass standard Beetle front(easy to make a tilt front end) I have built a few v8 Beetles and I mostly use Ford 289,302,5.0 because they are lighter,smaller and I have been 8.80 130mph in the 1/4.Be sure and use min..090 wall 2x3 tubing and add a cage for extra stiffness.Hope this helps.Here is my latest project,it will be getting a Subaru WRX power plant.
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Fenders

an old trick I learned is to take beetle front fenders and mount on opposite sides on the rear.It takes a bit of fab but looks way cool and unique.
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I started widening my fenders. I think I'm not going to keep them as wide as they are. Right now they are 3" wider but I think all I need or want is 1.5" so that way the outer edge of the tire is inline with the outer edge of the fender. So I'll have to go back and grind the welds off, slide the fender in and then weld again.

BTW, this welding was done with my stick welder, if you can't tell. I had a hard time getting it to start an arch because I tried to keep the amps as low as possible to prevent burn through. Seems to work just fine, but there was the occasional burn through. I used 1/16" 6013 rods and the sheet metal is 22 guage. Who's says you can't use an arc welder for sheet metal?







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Old 05-05-2008, 12:04 PM
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Thanks for all the helpful hints!

I would've love to have built a 2x3 tube chassis using a Mustang II suspension. I went the route of using a S10 chassis because it was a lot more affordable, budget for this build at this time in my life is limited, but the only draw back is it'll be a heavier vehicle and I had to cut out quick a bit of the bug body to make it work. I've seen the front fenders as the rear idea somewhere before on volksrods.com, cool idea. And using the front fiberglass clip is a cool idea too, but I really like the look of the super front compared to the regular beetle, that and I plan on using the bumpers. So, it'll look pretty much stock except the wider fenders and bigger wheels but that's a pretty common modification on non-V8 bugs.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:09 AM
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I was thinking about maybe doing some similar things that this bug has done to it. Notice the cut out holes in the fenders, front and back, reducing drag and I love the look of these running boards. They direct the air around the vehicle reducing drag. The running boards also kinda act as ground effects. I'm thinking I'll make an air dam / scoop up front that'll act like ground effects with a function. These are only thoughts at this point cause it'll take away more from the sleeper factor, but it'll look more modern and cool. 8-)






I widened the other fender. This one came out a little better as far as the shape. It's hard to tell, but I'll have to go back and redo some of the work on the first fender I did. There's a couple parts that aren't flush and it's about 3/4" - 1" lower at the tail light assembly. I'll probably bring in the fender about 1/4" too to even it out with the other. Turns out the body shifted a little when I lifted it to do the fender work so they're pretty close to the same width. I don't have the body mounted just yet cause I'm waiting to get the motor in so I can be sure the hook will clear the air breather / carb. One is off by about 1/4"-3/8". I'm able to still my four fingers up under the fender between the tires and the inner fender lip.










More to come......
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:10 AM
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Here's a little more for ya!

Here are the shortened front body mounts that originally came on the S10 chassis. I'll use these to support the front end of the bug body.



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Old 05-12-2008, 03:00 PM
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OK, where I left off last is I had to even out the fenders width wise and the measurement from the bottom of the tail light housing was off about an inch. So I completely redid the drivers side rear fender cause some of the extension metal wasn't exactly flush and I fixed the two problems while I was at it.








What do you guys think?! I'm really liking how they are now.
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i like it ,,, how much filler are the fenders going to take ???
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