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Old December 8th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #26
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Around here Supers are easy to find and a little cheaper, especially those with damage in the front. I am working on one right now. I'd love to have an adapter/extension to stretch it 8-10 inches and drop[ 2-3 inches using either lp or bj beams.
I keep telling people it's really nothing to convert a super pan over to a standard framehead, but no one seems to want to do it. They'll cut em in half, replace pans, z the tunnel, but fuck no, I won't replace a frame head.
You can pick up a half way decent old super all over the place for half what a rusted out standard brings. I bought a wrecked but running driving virtualy rust free 71 for $50. I stripped it, scrapped what wasn't useable, sold anything I didn't need and have a totally driveable dune buggy and MADE almost $1500 o nthe parts I've sold.

If you're gonna chop the front end off, what the hell, you can always find a rusted out standard to donate the front clip.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #27
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Yup. I hear you John, but what we are talking about for me is a bolt on unit. I don't mind chopping and welding any kind of body work, but when it comes to chassis/suspension work I'm not about to trust my ass or anyone on the road with me to my welding skills at this point in time.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 04:20 PM   #28
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Yup. I hear you John, but what we are talking about for me is a bolt on unit. I don't mind chopping and welding any kind of body work, but when it comes to chassis/suspension work I'm not about to trust my ass or anyone on the road with me to my welding skills at this point in time.
I know what you're saying, but honestly, count the factory spot welds in a framehead sometime.There ain't a whole lot holding it all together. I wouldn't have even considered doing unless I had had some practice and someone I knew was a certified welder assisting me with it the first time. It's really not that hard welding the thicker metal in the framehead and tunnel. I had a lot more trouble with getting the welder settings right doing floorpans without blowing through.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #29
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I know what you're saying, but honestly, count the factory spot welds in a framehead sometime.There ain't a whole lot holding it all together. I wouldn't have even considered doing unless I had had some practice and someone I knew was a certified welder assisting me with it the first time. It's really not that hard welding the thicker metal in the framehead and tunnel. I had a lot more trouble with getting the welder settings right doing floorpans without blowing through.

exactly, even 16ga. steel is pretty difficult to burn through, it's the thin stuff like floorpans that can be difficult, especially when the stuff is a little rusty
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Old December 8th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #30
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Frameheads are easy. A little time-consuming with all the leveling and measuring but there is nothing hard about it.
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Old May 24th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #31
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Hey guys!okay so i was planning to do a volksrod conversion on my '74,but decided to rather keep her standard since shes in qiute good shape,so i got myself a '76 1600 twinport yesterday..freakin rustbucket,but has alot of potential to rod.

Im very new to this as this will be my first attempt.
I spoke to a guy who told me hes heard of guys that make easy d.i.y Beam Extenders and braces,but i cant seem to find any blueprints with sizes and materials on how to build your own one.

In one of the threads i saw a beamextender that was built with pipes, and a welded diy brace...can someone maybe draw up some plans so i can build my own?
it will be GREATLY apreciated! I will open a thread with the build as soon as i can get my hands on some details.

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...can someone maybe draw up some plans so i can build my own?
Option A: Make a full size drawing of what you want. Measure the drawing. Make it to match the drawing. Hope it is strong enough. Option B: Spring for a proven design.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 03:04 AM   #33
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Who has the "templete" this week? I know I just saw it here recently.


Oh, and new guy..... Just spend the bucks on one that has been proven. Suspension and brakes are the 2 areas you don't want to be guessing on.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 01:40 PM   #34
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I designed two different extensions using ProEngineer. I now use Creo. Anyway, I could put out a set of drawings but why would I?

I would have to give them away because no one would pay what it actually cost to design something like that. Then, someone could easily start making extensions using my drawings and make money off the design without ever giving me a penny.

Or, they could build one, weld it themselves, crash the car and sue me because the "design was flawed".

Just design and build your own. If you can't do that, buy one.

I have a design degree, worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for 6 years, was a certified welder and now manage a 70k sq ft manufacturing facility for the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturer. I could design an extension that the parts could be cut in 5 minutes, could be tacked in 15 minutes using a simple fixture, welded in 30 minutes, blasted in 5 minutes and painted in 10 minutes. A 5 man crew could pump one of these off the loading dock every 30 minutes 24 hours a day...if there was a market for that. There isn't.

Being a niche product, it is never going to make anyone any money. If you already have the equipment and you're making a variety of products, you can make a few bucks building these. But, it is not a scale-able business that could support anyone.
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Being in South Africa adds a bit of difficulty to a build. If you don't have the capability to design and build it yourself, you (and anyone on the road with you) could be in danger. Far wiser to bite the bullet and order the real deal from DBUG41.
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Stretch the framehead, move the body back, lots of options.
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Being in South Africa adds a bit of difficulty to a build. If you don't have the capability to design and build it yourself, you (and anyone on the road with you) could be in danger. Far wiser to bite the bullet and order the real deal from DBUG41.
I just spoke to DBUG41 just recently and he no longer ships outside the US, says too much hustle with freight, and I’m a site supporter/member who has previously purchased stuff trouble free from him. Excellent products at good prices but the freight is a pain apparently.
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If you can do with only 2 seats and a parcel space you may want to think about shrinking the body instead ... you won't need an extender and it'll still have the wheels out front look .. check my build for more detail, but here's a very fast how-to cartoon ...



Save money on the extender and spend it on tools :)
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Thanks guys! apreciate the replies. Like mentioned before,i can not seem to find an online site that will ship to south africa...if anyone knows of one,please inform me. Also,i wasnt planning on manufacturing the beam exenters,or even building it myself,i wanted plans/drawing so i can take it to a professional to build it for me since i can not seem to import one.
It sucks that we are able to find and save an old beetle but to straat/rat rod it is almost impossible unless you have 20years experience in building your own stuff. Blegh

I will continue to look online,i definetly prefer buying one and knowing it is 100% safe.
But untill then ill just have to try and figure out how to build it
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i said "straat" rod as "Straat" means "Street" in my language
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This guy does Beam Extender's too, he says .... "I will do international, just send me your shipping address for shipping prices. All international customers get free custom center plates, just to help lessen the sting of shipping"

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie....php?id=967484
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I gotcha covered buddy
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So you ship to Africa but not Australia?
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Wow, this went bad....
Here's the deal
shipped from 84405, USA

weight is 30 lbs.
dimensions of shipping boxes are 15"x11"x11"
I ship by FedEx please use their website to get a quote.
so you can see for yourself how expensive it is.
Please direct all issues over shipping cost to FedEx as they are the ones who control that.
95% of the quotes I give never go to sale. It's just to expensive
It takes time for this old guy with fat fingers to go though the quote process.
Please explain the bear droppings comment?


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shipped from 84405, USA

weight is 30 lbs.
dimensions of shipping boxes are 15"x11"x11"
I ship by FedEx please use their website to get a quote.
so you can see for yourself how expensive it is.
Please direct all issues over shipping cost to FedEx as they are the ones who control that.
95% of the quotes I give never go to sale. It's just to expensive
It takes time for this old guy with fat fingers to go though the quote process.
Please explain the bear droppings comment?


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A joke about aussy land. Killer koalas. Drop bears not sure if its a native joke or just a joke on tourists.

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Ok, fair enough, thanks for the explanation.
If you ever get to the States look me up I wanna drink some beers with you guys.
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Hey doug! i sent you an email about the details the freight forwading company sent me,please check it out! thanks man!
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Damn thats crazy.
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