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Old March 18th, 2008, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default 1973 V8 VW Super Beetle Build - 383 SBC

Hey guys, new here and to building hotrods and just wanted to post my build.

I'm in the process of building a V8 Bug out of my 1973 VW Super Beetle. I currently have a 283 SBC and th350 to put into the bug, but at the moment the motor is the block, with pistons and all, and heads, curticy of my old man.

Here are some pics of my project.

Here's the none running complete Beetle I bought for $500.


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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #3
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V8 Motor Mounts.


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Sounds like a cool project.
You should post a few pictures.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #6
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just what are those little motor mounts gonna attach to (other than the motor), and good luck with the rot in the rear quarters. yours looks pretty far along. when you get in there, there will be alot more
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This woulda made a great INTRO/project post, and then link a few pictures here. Where are you planning on putting the V8?

Here is one you can go buy over in Crockett.

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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:27 AM   #8
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Here's a bug I photoshopped and this is pretty much my goal of how I want the bug to look.






The Chevy S10 chassis I'm using for my build. It's a 94 ext. cab. Bought it for $150 and I sold the VW complete pan for $200.








Shortened S10 chassis.




Body body sitting on top of the shortened S10 chassis.










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just what are those little motor mounts gonna attach to (other than the motor), and good luck with the rot in the rear quarters. yours looks pretty far along. when you get in there, there will be alot more
I wasn't finished posting all my pics. Now you'll have a better idea of where I'm going with this.

Thanks, I could use some advice how to get rid of that rot.
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You should post a few pictures.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #12
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GREAT progress so far and a neat plan/look for the newer body style. It's going to be PISSA when you're finished ! ! ! ! !

I like the way that you think . . .
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This woulda made a great INTRO/project post, and then link a few pictures here. Where are you planning on putting the V8?

Here is one you can go buy over in Crockett.

That's a really cool bug. I saw this yesterday and it's what made me want to post.

Although a cool V8 bug, I intend for this to be a sleeper and not expose the motor. You really wont know it's a V8 bug, but look like a more modern bug with vette wheels, but it'll have that signature flowmaster sound, which I guess would give it away.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #14
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Seems simple enough. I don't know about welding over that foam. I'll remove it some how.
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Damn! And I was looking for something to do with my Lowered S-10 frame... It was all set up & runnig... Was FAST with only a 4.3 V6... I just sold the Body & Frame... Kept the 4.3 though... I could have done this with it! LOL! Oh well... I have enough to do with the Bus anyway!

Looks Great man! Can't wait to see it finished! Kick ass job BTW!
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GREAT progress so far and a neat plan/look for the newer body style. It's going to be PISSA when you're finished ! ! ! ! !

I like the way that you think . . .
Thanks! I want it to look more modern and I wanted to have a fun little car to race some of the ricers out there, but with some old school power.

I'd like to actually make some bumpers, running boards, maybe even a new dash out of carbon fiber to give it that modern edge. But I'll see how that goes, never done that sort of thing before but I've found great links to how to do the process (making mold and then the actually piece).

I'm thinking about using these headlights as well instead of the Mex/Euro lights in the bumpers.



And smoke tail lens....
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Looks pretty solid by northern standards.
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Damn! And I was looking for something to do with my Lowered S-10 frame... It was all set up & runnig... Was FAST with only a 4.3 V6... I just sold the Body & Frame... Kept the 4.3 though... I could have done this with it! LOL! Oh well... I have enough to do with the Bus anyway!

Looks Great man! Can't wait to see it finished! Kick ass job BTW!
Thanks! You could always do one down the road. :)

I will definitely be lowering mine after I get it together and the motor in so I'll know just how much to drop it. I'll also do a body lower,have to really, to get the body sitting low on the frame.
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If you haven't seen it, you might want to check out this thread:
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Old March 18th, 2008, 07:06 AM   #21
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Thanks Scott! I've seen this thread and I'll see what I can do to contribute to it.

There's quite a bit of photos I found and posted on another forum.

v8bugs.com

Here's a neat forum with other V8 builds going on as well a a thread with nothing but V8 bug pics.
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I'd also invest in a good rust encapsulator like rust bullet or por-15 after you clean everything up to seal it up
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Thanks, will do! I might go with POR-15. But I do plan to coat the inside walls with some sort of rust stop paint. I'll have to check around here to see if anyones done that already and how the approached it.
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The side/end sections of early Ghia rear bumpers make a really sweet and slippery looking split front bumper for that year Super Beetle. Hard to picture, maybe. But they really look sweet and modern and euro-bug. Might be worth lookin' into when the time comes. Body colored rather than carbon fiber, drill the bottoms out with one inch lightening holes for a touch of "experimantal aircraft" and done ! ! !
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What part of Houston are you in?
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