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Old November 2nd, 2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Hello all! After being away from this forum for a couple years, I am back and with my own Volksrod this time.

You may not recall me, but you might recall the Panel Beetle I helped my old roommate in Virginia Beach build using inspiration from the Milkwagen:



It seemed to get a pretty good response on here from all but one person.

Here it is in it's current state with a Ford V6 hanging off the back:



Now on to my current project. It started with a '66 parts car that I picked up for less than $200, along with a spare passenger door, two engine covers and an extra Kingpin front end:



Then I picked up a '70 runner Arizona car for a good deal that is quite straight and rather rust free:



After a month and a half of removing some things and adding others, and having a blast driving her:



I ended up building my own 12" beam extension incorporating a 2" drop and 8 degree castor adjustment, added an Astro steering shaft to allow for turning left and right again, and added air shocks to some taller Shock towers I added. Rekeyed the rear and pulled the bumpstops so it sits nice and low in the rear to match the front. Then did the usual lighting mods along with LED tails and turns. Engine mods include the Empi Buggy Duals and cone air filter from Cip1.

Once again, I'm taking someone else's ideas and incorporating them into my project. I've always wanted to build a Beetle truck ever since seeing one driving the strip in Virginia Beach in the late '90s. After saving all the pictures I could of Bugtrucks, I came across MarkH's post and found his method to be the best way about finishing off the cab that I've seen. So, I aquired this:



Right now, the plan is for a 7" chop and building my own faux truck bed/engine cover. Gonna source out some Chevy wheels and adapters for the rear, and probably do some sort of Transaxle raise to get the rear wheels back straight and to prepare the car for bags once I can afford some more air management. It will end up at least being a rear of pan dragger, maybe I'll end up dropping the pan flat on the ground, but that will take some serious work on the front sheetmetal to make it look correct.

The '66 is getting rolled into the garage tomorrow afternoon to start removing parts and prepping for any sections of roof I may need to build the truck. Once it get's too cold for me to drive the '70 around, it will also be strategically parked in the garage and cutting will begin.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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Hey Man,
Is the roof a bus or type III ?
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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Roof looks like a Type III. I like the V-6, it looks like a alien creature humping a suitcase
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 03:07 AM   #4
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I can recall who that 'one person' was
no worries on that anymore~
Glad to see ya back.

Look forward to seeing the build on the truck

btw , those interested, more pics here
of the panel
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 03:11 AM   #5
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That thing is Really Cool looking!!!

Can't wait to see how your Truck comes out. Markh's Truck IS very inspirational!
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 06:59 AM   #6
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The roof was from a Dodge fullsized windowless van.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:09 AM   #7
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I'm excited to see what and how you do your bugtruck. It sounds like it'll be really cool! If you ever need any "hind sight" on what I did...or should I say, did wrong, send me a message.

That panel looks great.

We all borrow inspiration from somewhere and it was Fonzy's build that got me pointed in the truck direction. Mark
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:46 AM   #8
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Thanks Mark, all your measurements will be greatly appreciated. Or, you could just chop it an extra 2 inches and send it my way and I'll give you a really nice body and cab to start over with. Just keep posting your pictures, they will soon be hanging around my garage.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:03 AM   #9
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The old truck looks better with the taller rear tires.
And I bet it sounds nasty.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 11:51 AM   #10
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Measurements??? The first, second, third or 29th set of measurements? I do know there was a whole lot of ass scratchin' when I started cutting. There are a ton of photos over in my photobucket. http://s294.photobucket.com/albums/m...klh/?start=200 for reference. Looking back at that phase really makes me wonder how I pulled it off.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 09:51 AM   #11
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So I'm contemplating starting the cutting this weekend, but I'm having too much fun driving right now. Anyway, I like the look of wide 5 wheels and was wondering if I can just swap the drums on my '66 kingpin front over to the balljoint '70 front and run those wheels? Will I have to move the whole brake setup or can I just swap the drums?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #12
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After searching through post after post about about guys trying to adapt to Ford wire wheels, and rear wheel swaps, I finally found what seems to be a nod in the direction of me being able to just swap my front drums between the two cars.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #13
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So 12 days after my last post I've finally got wheels and tires and the front suspension all sorted out. Of course I'll have to drive the car for the next couple days to make sure everything is working properly.

The '66 all Flintstoned out!


Wheels from the '66 after beating the worn out tires off of them:


'66 drums after blasting:


Wheels primered and drums painted "aluminum":


Painted:


Next to the gallon of paint going on the body:


Rear wheels, S-10s with 205/75-14 rubber:


Rears primered:


Painted:


Another demonstration of the color scheme:
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Old November 24th, 2009, 07:54 PM   #14
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Now for the front.

Drop spindles and wheel adapters:


155/60-15 Smart car tires:




A crappy night picture of how she sits now:


On the concrete!


I'm pretty sure I can lift the front tires off the ground an inch or two without lifting the pan off the concrete.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #15
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OVERSPRAY on the PARQUE FLOOR! I'd be SOOOOO much trouble! Looks good though. BTW, what size rubber on the front tires?
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Old November 25th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #16
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OVERSPRAY on the PARQUE FLOOR! I'd be SOOOOO much trouble! Looks good though. BTW, what size rubber on the front tires?
That floor is just the adhesive backed faux wood tiles that I stuck on just to break up the difference between the tool room and garage.

Front tires are 155/50-15, factory Smart car fronts.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #17
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Took some photos in better light this afternoon:





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Old November 28th, 2009, 11:33 AM   #18
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I think I will be cutting the top this week as it has gotten a little too cold to drive now.

Now I just need to decide on how I want to chop: 7" level, 5" level, or angled front to rear 9" & 7" or 7" & 5". Or I could do a more agressive rake to sort of cartoon an already cartoonish stance.

Any inspirational photos of these sort of chops you may have would be greatly appreciated.
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Or just build this creation from my head so i dont have to.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 05:11 PM   #20
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I have another drawing saved that I found elsewhere on the internet that is very similar to that. I won't be doing an engine swap, but it may end up quite similar to that.
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Nate's drawing reminds me of an old project on here where a guy used a type 3 beam, front engine, etc...Griznant I think it was. Another project (The Rocket?) with the Funny Car looking motor in the back, and something Boyd Coddington would have built in the 90's. I see bits of all of this in that sketch. And I really like it...Did John ever do a more finished version of that sketch?

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not yet. no money to have him finish it for me.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #23
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im diggin this....
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Here are the other two renderings I've been throwing around in my head for inspiration:

This one is from customcory that I found on the H.A.M.B. forum:


It's the one I mentioned that is very similar to yours bigguy. I hope cory doesn't mind me posting it on here.

And the other one I found in the photoshop thread on here:


For being my first time really chopping a top on my own, I think the second one would be quite a challenge, not that the other two would be much easier. You have to learn somehow right? I've also really been wanting to do more of a five-window/extended cab anyway. I guess I just need to get the tools out and see what happens.
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the second one i believe hebster52 did.
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