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Old December 26th, 2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hello to a group of people that seem to enjoy the true nature of "Kustoms" no matter the shape or size.
My name is Ken Stewart, better know as the "Volkswagnut" of Stewart's Rod Shop, from North Carolina U.S.A.. Our motto "Built to drive not decorate" (Check out the new Facebook page).
In case you recognize the name, yep it's me the guy that changes the VW belt in 5 seconds (give or take) on the bad days. I'm sure that video has made its rounds.
Our shop started with a 51 Mercury and we have yet to look back. The shop currently has 2 projects a Ford Maverick Sprint and its refined brother a Mercury Comet GT.
I have been around here for a while, and decided to finally join in. I am not known for jumping on the social wagon, but you guys seem real with similar interest. My ongoing project, started in late 2011, is a Volksrod like so many of you have artfully created. I truly admire the creativity of kustoms. The plan, as of now, 66/67 Beetle, chopped top with a Corvair heart transplant, plus some personal kustom touches by the "Volkswagnut". Its name is "Operation X". This final outcome is always subject to change by welds and filler and the artist discretion. It may not be as skillfully created as so many of you have show cased, but it wont be a cookie cutter car either. Nice to meet you, I'll be around.

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Old February 1st, 2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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The project "Operation X" has commenced.


The base Beetle






The 65/66 Corvair Powerplant







3.25 Chop.






2 1/2 month progress point...

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Old April 11th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #3
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Still working on Operation X, Soon to be unveiled at Steel in Motion 2012,



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Old April 16th, 2012, 05:35 AM   #4
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More done



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Old July 2nd, 2012, 08:47 AM   #5
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A little bling added... Found a chrome fan shroud...






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Old November 13th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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More pic updates...

Play by play..

The updates....Red pin stripe added to center of chrome, change in front tire size from 165/80/15, to 155/60/15...ahhhhhh much better.





Hood, headlights and center stripe
Notice I lost the yellow tinted headlamps...





The Rat Fink, and tail lamp pinstriping




LF quarter




Louvers added to front quarters.. Look familiar?... snagged from under the rear air inlet grille of a certain 64......




Decals
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Race trim headlights.. easy on and easy off...



Engine Candy Transparent plug wires

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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #7
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Not really my "Style", I just wanted to be one of the first...

Kustom Copper Roof Rack....





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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:03 AM   #8
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More updates...

Step 1 upgrade a one of my switches to hold the "Roadranger" knob...and add the circuits for lighting control....

Taped off the inside of my lower extra tail/stop/license lights, 1 to create arrows for the stop and turns, and 2 to tone down the overly bright tag lights.
These are brake and turns only..... The small inner is a tail/license lamp.


Moving on to some eye candy now...
Even tough these come off in pictures as a little orange, they are deep red... LED's..
A little ole school meets new school..
Best viewed in person...
Parked...


Running...


This always my favorite photo angle of this car....
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Running

Shield your eyes.... 8)


Had the tank out so gave it shot coat of paint, and the "Fossil Fuels Are Yummy" decal...
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 06:58 AM   #9
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After a winter down time transaxle change... (1968 4.125, welded 3/4 hubs)





Decided to clean up and change the ass end a little, changed to a more refined deck lid...and a 6 port side exhaust... and a few other small details...



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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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Ditched the flat caps, went with Jackman style and lug covers for a weeeee bit more aggresive look.



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Old September 19th, 2013, 04:49 AM   #11
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And...

Update... Rack is for sale...



Added caps to my caps...



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Old September 13th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #12
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Bump...
Operation X is still going strong..
Been fooling around with carb settings and jets.
Now smoother and faster than ever.
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Gear change...by way of rear rubbers..
Can you say..... meat...

Size jump from 225/70/15.. to the wopping 255/70/15... (same 15x7 wheels)
Bout 1.75 taller and 1.75 wider... 8)

Lets see what snaps first.. :lol:

Probably will have to jack the torsions back up a smidge..
Back of my mind... thinking IRS swap....maybe.. maybe not..






Ahhhhhh... yeah....







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Old July 6th, 2015, 06:43 AM   #14
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And.. raised the suspension...
I will probably even go up a smidge more soon.
Damn Negative Camber..




Real Glass Blue dots baby..

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