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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Welcome to Skidmarks Garage, Shop Truck Build

Hi guys, some of you know me already as I've been on here as Halfastvw for a few years.
The Volxrod has been sold and I've since built a full tilt 21 window bus.
Well, it's for sale now and I've started my newest project "Shop Truck" which I think you all may enjoy, not a Volxrod but not a custom bus either. I found this site after my rod was finished and didn't think the bus would fit here but my truck just may, If not just let me know.
I'm now a full time builder at my shop Skidmarks Garage in Belleview, Fl. Right now have 2 Fridolins, a single cab, 60 15 window and 66 Kombi all in for massive restorations.
(To the Mods, My Halfastvw account is still up so what should be done with it and also I may have registered as skidmark a long time back)
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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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My inspiration for this build..........
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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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A link to others to pull ideas from...............
http://www.pinterest.com/skidmarksga...b-over-engine/
Some early befores.........

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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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I'm struggling a little to get text between and after the Pic's. ,I know there are instructions and I'll just need to go study that but at least I got started for now.
Actually have done a lot more since these pictures were taken but need to get back to work for now and will post more after I figger out better how the pictures works
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Old December 12th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #5
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Alright, I read the how to photo thing and still don't see how to "talk" between pictures, I'll be using Photobucket for most photos..........
So here's what I started with..........

After seeing the rendering I decided to buy an old derelict bug and chop it up and play with the pieces to see how they might fit together as a C.O.E.

Deciding that a front engine configuration would not work without too much effort I decided that it would be possible as a rear engine truck.
So the build is on ! and I start looking for a donor bug and decide I like the early look better because of window size and dashboard Etc.......I'm thinking 64 or earlier and then this Oval pops up!.....

Up to Alabama I go and drag this baby home with me.......
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Old December 13th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #6
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Got it home and unloaded onto the roller plates....


Johnny fived this thing.............



Original 57 pan, didn't put up much of a fight coming apart....


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Welded some bracing in the body and started to whittle away to get down to what I need of it..........


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Heater channels were absent so made up my own heavy duty version..........


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Picked up some nice early fenders..........
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Still picking away at the body got it down to the essentials now.........
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Old December 13th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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Time for a little mocking up and stand back to see where I'm going............
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Bought the remainders of a 73 bay bus for it's beam and some steering and brake parts then scrapped the rest.......
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That bay beam, some tubing and the rear end of that first bug will be the chassis.......
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Body and doors are going to

http://www.autorestorationdepot.com/
for a dip in their "pool", the parts come back clean !.....
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At least now I know what I have ( and have not )
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The body and doors then got a coat of epoxy primer....


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The beam was taken apart and Beefcake adjusters from Wagenswest were added.......


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C.B. Performance disc kit added to the rear along with the new tires and wheels...............
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Which center caps you like best.....
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Old December 25th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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Made a floor "board" to help mock-up the seating, steering, brakes, clutch, shifter, Etc...

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One of my favorites..........


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The super side plates will be trimmed later, after the chassis rails are mounted to them.....
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Front frame kick-up.........


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Old December 27th, 2013, 08:33 AM   #10
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Some steering going on.............

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Bay bus box and frame chunk.......
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Had to make a non conductive bushing.........
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Getting the shifter and pedals mocked-up.........
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