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Old 09-29-2011, 09:59 PM
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V8 Convertible beetle update with pics

Just another quick update on the 1969 V8 Convertible Bug Project........


This time I got some work done on the rear suspension, I got the old spring perches cut off of the ford 8.8" rear end and some new perches to weld on. I also got some new rear shackle hangers and got those welded on.

I should have another update soon, it will be of the new transmission cross member I'm working on, etc........


You can see all the new pictures in the chassis section of http://www.v8beetleresource.com

or click on this direct link to the newest update: http://www.v8beetleresource.com/chassis16.html

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At first I was thinking to adapt the ford 8.8" rear end to the s-10 chassis I would make some adaptor plates for the spring perches. I was thinking I could make some angled plates that would get my pinion angle correct and that were also offset to match up the leaf spring center to center width and the spring perch width.

I took a couple days off of work, and its been rare that I had time to work on the bug, so instead of wasting time making these adaptor plates I decided to buy new perches and also new rear shackle mounts. Not only did I not want to waste time when I could be making progress, but the adaptor plates would have left me with little suspension travel.




Here are the spring perches and rear shackle hangers that I got from www.ruffstuffspecialties.com The parts were of real good quality, and at the time they were the only people I could find with the offset shackle hangers, they call them way back shackle hangers, which worked better for my application. The pricing was also great!




Here I have the Ruff Stuff Specialties way back rear shackle hangers assembled and ready to weld up.





Next I needed to do some more trimming to the s-10 chassis. Before I had some shackle mounts welded into the frame rails, but this was going to leave me with little suspension travel, and I also just wasn't happy with them. So instead I cut frame rails off even with the old welded in mounts, and then welded a plate across the back of each rail. My new ruff stuff specialties hangers will then weld to these plates. This lowered my hanger mounts from where they were giving me more suspension travel and also looks nicer.




Next I welded the shackle hangers to the back end of the frame rails, I really like how these turned out versus what I had before.

You can also see that I have the rear end clamped to the springs with the new spring perches on the 8.8" rear end. I'll wait until further down the road to weld the new perches on because I want to make sure the pinion angle is just right.




I left the plates that I welded to the frame rails a little extra long yet because I'm not sure what I'm going to do for a rear cross member. I'll have a bolt in cross member at the back of the chassis to keep the end of the frame rails from twisting.





The rear tires are the same size that I will be using on the bug in the end, but the front tires are a little larger dia. I put a couple boards under the rear tires to get the same stance on the frame. It puts just a slight down hill stance from the back to the front, which I think will work perfectly. Now I can't wait to be able to drop the body back on the chassis to see what it looks like, because with the old cab and bed mounts cut off I'll be able to lower the body down to where I want it to sit.


Thanks for following my V8 Beetle project!

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Hello,

really nice project! What size of engine you wanna use? In germany most of the enthusiatic beetle drivers drive it in pure original condition or with Porsche update. The restrictions for cars are very hard here. They use a modified 916 chassis e.g. and 911 aircooled engines. All the parts has to be streetprooved and need a approval for use by manufacturer. My neighbour drives a convertible beetle, but its perfect original condition.

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I have a pretty much stock chevy 350 and a 2004R transmission I'll be putting in it. You can see them in the engine/trans section of my website: http://www.v8beetleresource.com/donor.html

Eventually I'd like to build an engine with some more power, but this should be plenty for now.......


Over here in the US, or at least her in IL where I live you can register it as a specialty constructed vehicle, hot rod, or street rod. I'll be going with a specialty constructed vehicle as there are less restrictions on the car: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/pu...sos_dop171.pdf
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The engine looks nice. I'd like to see the faces of german beetle enthusiats on a meet e.g. when you open the trunk...hehe...should be an 'aaah' effect. Especially when the engine runs

Does the engine fit under the hood, or you`re going to use a scoop?

Has anybody a Mini Cooper with chevy V8?
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I've already had some threatning emails from a few hard, because I. Am "ruining" a bug.......... I look at it as I saved a bug from being scrapped because the bug was very rough....

It looks like my engine will fit under the hood without a scoop depending on what I do for an air filter.

Never seen a v8 mini, but I sold the 2.8l v6 from the s10 to a guy who was going to crame it into an mg midget.....


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The engine looks nice. I'd like to see the faces of german beetle enthusiats on a meet e.g. when you open the trunk...hehe...should be an 'aaah' effect. Especially when the engine runs

Does the engine fit under the hood, or you`re going to use a scoop?

Has anybody a Mini Cooper with chevy V8?
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I've already had some threatning emails from a few hard, because I. Am "ruining" a bug.......... I look at it as I saved a bug from being scrapped because the bug was very rough....

It looks like my engine will fit under the hood without a scoop depending on what I do for an air filter.

Never seen a v8 mini, but I sold the 2.8l v6 from the s10 to a guy who was going to crame it into an mg midget.....

hehe...i expected that from the hard ones. But they have to admit that a v8 ride make more fun most notably in a bug. I've seen a rover v8 in a mini on youtube, but the ignition order is not that fine.

Keep on screwing.
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