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Old October 16th, 2011, 11:10 AM   #126
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That's a lot of work. I need to do the same thing to my friend's truck if I get it. But not because I want to lay frame, it would just be the easiest way to get rid of all the rust. I just need a donor Mk1.
Often times you can pickup a MK1 Cab one the cheap. Replacing the entire front clip would certainly be the easiest way to eliminate the common rust areas.

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Old October 16th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #127
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Did a quick strut mock up late last night. This gives you an idea of how tight everything is in here.



Really leaning towards a air over hydraulic setup. At full life the air bag will hit the frame rail. Air over hydro will allow me to keep everything under the hood as well! :thumbup:
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Old October 18th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #128
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damn, i love where this is going. wish i fit in one lol
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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #129
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what size tires are on those wide fives
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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #130
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Ironically the same tires that are on the the Ansen's- 165/50's
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 10:30 PM   #131
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Very little update. Finally got all my tails. Giant fiasco but I am pleased with the results. Still have to have the end caps filled. Unfortunately my original idea to have them pulled on a vacuform machine is bust. I think someday I will find someone to just cast these and make molds for shaved glass versions. :thumbup:

I will likely wire them up to power just so I can see them lit up... cuz thats what I do! :rolleyes:



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Old October 23rd, 2011, 09:24 PM   #132
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I couldnt resist :laugh:

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Old October 24th, 2011, 05:33 AM   #133
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sweet...... now hurry up and fill the old tail light holes
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Great project man! You do some fantastic work!

Just gotta ask, why do you say aircooled meets water cooled? I don't see an aircooled motor?
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Just gotta ask, why do you say aircooled meets water cooled? I don't see an aircooled motor?
He never stated it was going aircooled motor, read the whole thread and you'd see the aircooled parts.



This is looking really sharp! I really dig how the tail lights came out
These days, the more lights, the better!
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Why do you say aircooled meets water cooled?
The best part was the old smoothies but then he replaced them with newer crap. I think the smoothies finished the look for me. Thats just my opinion.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 12:59 PM   #137
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Newer crap? LOL Not sure I would classify the "Ansen" as a newer style. The Sprints were first introduced 1963. ;)

Dont get me wrong... I loved the smoothies as well but I wanted something a little wider and much lower offset. A little more "Hot Rod" if you will.
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You are going all this way and you changed your wheel because you wanted wider and lower profile? I would go to the wild side and get 4 Thing rims and mount the centers on wider rings. You could get what you wanted and still have the old smoothies too. Don't short change yourself because the Ansen's are easier to bolt on.

I like the smoothies on it because it ties the roots of VW's to the Caddy.

Hell don't get me wrong its your Caddy and your design. Its just not want I would want. I like where your are going with it besides the wheels and the tail lights (I can't see the tail lights yet without old hole patched & on the ground, they might grow on me).
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Have you considered doing sequential turn signals? I love the project!
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You are going all this way and you changed your wheel because you wanted wider and lower profile?
Lower OFFSET. The Ansen (and the Astro supreme) are two of my all time favorite wheels. There is no short changing here. As for "easier to bolt on"- There is nothing easy about tucking (inside the fender) a 15x7 0ET wheel on a Rabbit.

I am going all this way because I love the Ansens. And because they will be highly unique to a MK1. There wont be an MK1 like it... this I can guarantee.

I may build be a set of widened smoothies some day but for now I am more than pleased with Ansens.

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Was in the plans before I even got the lights!
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Ansens and Fentons are two of my all time favorites wheels too and when I seen your first pictures showing them tucked under the body I knew it was a good choice. I like the traditional wide fives as much as the next guy but there is just something about having a nicely polished set of aluminum slots that speaks 60's hot rod! I've been watching this progress and it's really coming along great. As for air cooled meets water cooled, it really doesn't matter...it's all volksrod in my opinion. If they would have had a caddy body style back in the 60's you'd have fit right in. Wicked...keep up the great work, I'm sure you are inspiring more than a few people around here.

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Lower OFFSET. The Ansen (and the Astro supreme) are two of my all time favorite wheels. There is no short changing here. As for "easier to bolt on"- There is nothing easy about tucking (inside the fender) a 15x7 0ET wheel on a Rabbit.

I am going all this way because I love the Ansens. And because they will be highly unique to a MK1. There wont be an MK1 like it... this I can guarantee.

I may build be a set of widened smoothies some day but for now I am more than pleased with Ansens.



Was in the plans before I even got the lights!
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This is looking really sharp! I really dig how the tail lights came out
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Nice to see you haven't lost your "Tact" on the board Carlene!
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Thanks for the props Battlebug. If it turns out anything like the finished results in my mind it should be fairly epic.
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Thanks for the props Battlebug. If it turns out anything like the finished results in my mind it should be fairly epic.
I believe it's very epic already. You have what I imagine to be quite a few thread followers just waiting to see what you got done and what you have planned next.
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'Epic' is likely an understatement. Your project is facinating, original and, um, I was going state the obvious that you should run whatever wheels you like. I really wanted a set of Ansen Sprints for my Nailhead powered Ford coupe back in the late 60's, but couldn't get the bucks together.
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LOL... thanks folks! :beer:
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I never get tired of fresh powdercoat :laugh:



Got a chance to fab up a make mock up lower control arm-



Ran it through the motions from laid out to ride height-



Looks like my calculations are bang on. At full drop I still have plenty of fender clearance-



Laid out the wheel will have zero camber. At ride height it will have -3*. Perfectly acceptable IMO.

Here is a shot of full lock up. Even at lock up it will be lower than most :laugh:

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Old November 6th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #148
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My little girl contracted pneumonia about 2 weeks ago, so we have been stuck nursing her back to health hence why very little on the update front. Cut loose a little daddy time and whipped up my plans for front control arms-

I will have the ball joint mounting pad and control arm stiffing plate/strut rod mount cut from one piece of 10ga. Plans are the bend the end to help with ball joint binding then slide it into a piece of 5/8" x .095 wall DOM and weld her up. Tap the other end for an M12 heim. M8 heims for the strut/support rod. Still need to work up the rear mounting pads but that will be easy.

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Old November 7th, 2011, 03:32 AM   #149
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Impressive work, can't wait to see what else comes of it! Hope you're daughter's feeling better soon.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 10:01 AM   #150
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Thank you for the well wishes. We are almost back in the swing of things.
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