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Old December 23rd, 2009, 05:59 AM   #1
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i ahve been wanting crotch coolers on the mangler for a while now and i have been watching the prices on the samba . now i know you can buy new or get some crusty old pieces but i finaly decided to just bite the bullet and make a set . they really are not to hard to make . i started buy making a cardboard templet for the door size . then i got two pieces of wood . i used the templet and marked around one piece of wood. i made sure that the edges were sanded and streight . then i took that piece of wood and nailed it to the other . i thend used a grinder to shape the top piece of wood (that had the opening for the door in it) to the contour of the body. now i cut a piece of metal that was bigger than the opening for the dooor by at least 1 1/4 . now i fastened the metal to my buck. now start shaping it to the buck. i took about two hours total to shape it , then cut out the center and made the connector ( 3 1/8 wide)to go from the door to the inside of the body. then i made a door . i will leave you one your own on the hinge . this part was alittle tricky. these are not totaly authentic but close enough. here are some photos
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 06:04 AM   #2
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I want to make a set for my project. Thanks for the post!
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 06:05 AM   #3
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Looks good.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 06:11 AM   #4
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Nicely done! How's it gonna open?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 08:19 AM   #6
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when it reaches 86 mph.
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is that forward or backwards ?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 10:25 AM   #8
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looks like if installed forwards. seriously tho, that does present itself with a mild boggle.
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its mounted just like vw did . forward and open just like vw did . on the opening device . it is hinged but i hva enot made a handle or anything to keep it shut or open yet . more to come
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Kd , Nice work! Can you post some pictures of the hinges and the interior mount?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 02:10 PM   #11
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Wasnt Hebster 52 making a set of these awhile back? I know its been done before. I tried a search, but I cant find it. Either way, KDF if you want any detail pics of an OG set shoot me a PM.
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How does the original ducting work on the inside ?
Or is there any ?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 02:19 PM   #13
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if you want any detail pics of an OG set shoot me a PM.
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Its dark out now.... I'll try in the AM. Any particular spots?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 03:08 PM   #15
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Its dark out now.... I'll try in the AM. Any particular spots?
Anything that shows the ducting, controls and what the vents look like inside the car.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 03:45 PM   #16
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Can do, whoever had the thread before had dimentions with pics as well.

Here is an old pic from my photo bucket, shows the inside
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Here's a few ealier threads
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Looks good.
I had a thought though, if you were to press these or stamp them it might go alot faster and easier. Betcha if you drilled holes in the center where you cut them out and used long bolts you could simply tighten them up and it would press your shapes in.
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Please keep us posted on that. that looks awsome
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I was thinking the same thing too Jon. Possibly rigged up in a Bearing Press.
Nice work Kd, esp the strainer thing on the door.
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you could make a die and press them . i used heavier 16ga metah to make mine . the front quarters on my car were not in the best shape and the metal was not that good so i cheated and made the opening thicker for something to weld to. i will post more photos later as i finish the hanle to open it.
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Some pics of mine
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thanks for the photos ratlook63 . i was not sure totaly what the inside looked like . looks like i need to made a deflector.
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