OK...time for a progress update!
No really! I actually made some progress on the the Sled today.
I even have pictures to prove it. Seriously!
About a month or so ago I started working with Phil from Metal Spinning Specialties down in New Zealand. I had seen some smoothy beauty rings he made for one of the Type 3 guys over on the Samba. They looked really nice and were a whole lot less labor intensive (for me at least) then welding up all the oval holes in the stock Type 3 wheels to get the look I wanted. The price was very reasonable so I commissioned a set. Well they arrived today safe and sound all the way from NZ. Beautiful pieces of spun stainless. Fit perfectly.
After: Instant smoothy wheel!
The rings just slip on to the wheel and are held in place by the stock hubcaps. So I had to grab a hub cap and try it out.
....but what is up with that allen head screw in the middle of this cap?
Oh yeah, that's right. I also worked with Phil to come up with a custom one-off bullet for the stock hubcaps. Also spun from stainless steel....
Phil welds a disk inside the bullet with a nut welded to it. Drill one hole in the hubcap and bolt it on. Fits perfectly inside the raised lip around the VW logo.
Here are a couple of other views....
and finally a shot showing them after the install on the Sled.
My plan is to powdercoat the stock hubcaps and the bullets chrome and clear. The stock wheels and the smoothy rings will be powdercoated to match the roof color of the Sled....Mountain Dew Green Metallic. After all that and with a proper attitude adjustment, should end up something like this...
Thanks Phil. Could not be any happier with the pieces. Awesome work!
See I told you I made some progress. Hoping these bits get me completely re-energized to get the Sled on the road. Stay tuned.