V8 1973 VW Beetle Project - Help Needed!
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02-13-2010, 10:02 PM
V8 Super Beetle
VW makes it, Chevy shakes it..
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Houston, TX
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Here's the gas pedal and brake mocked up. I have plenty of room, but I should've gave myself more leg room by moving the main hope about 6" back. Oh well, it's a race car and not a cross country cruiser.
You can see I cut out part of the metal tubing to fit in a radiator hose so I could put the radiator up front. So I had to buy another radiator hose to reconnect the rear radiator system. Still attempting to get it to work. IT'S GOT TO...
Primed the bare metal surfaces after grinding to keep from rusting.
Drill a hole and welded in a larger 3/8" fuel outlet. I welded up the stock outlet.
I decided to weld on the front shackle mounts. That was a pain reaching now that the body doesn't come off. Here you can see the paint ground away to bare metal and the mounts tacked in.
This is a picture of how I shimmed the leaf springs. The springs I have are a 1/4" narrower than the S10 springs, so I had to shim the front and the back of each side with three grade 8 washers. Worked like a champ.
Here you can see the front leaf spring mount welded up. I welded up the front, back and the sides. Not to mention I filled in the holes too. So they should be in there nice and strong.
I'll have more soon. Hopefully this thing will be driving by next update.
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