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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:37 AM   #1
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Default Channeling how-to
Re:: How I did mine anyway ...   

Occasionally another 'how do I channel my bug' thread pops up so for the sake of posterity, in the spirit of the volksrod brotherhood of sharing, and mostly to massage my own ego ... here's a blow-by-blow account ...

CAVEAT !! .... There are many ways to channel a bug !!! ...

Some people remove the heater boxes to get a 3 inch channel ... Some people section the body horizontally ... there are lots of ways to do this ...

What I did was to cut the bottom of the body and drop it back over the tubes ...

No way is better or worse than any other ... This way is just my way ... It may not be right for you .. all I can say is I did it, this way and it works ... I never tried it any other way ... :)

Because of the Dutch regulations, if you remove the heater channels you have to re-register as a buggy, and replace them with 30x30x3 box .. so you gain nothing ... and anyway - I wanted "Volkswagen Beetle" on the registration papers not "Home-built Buggy" !!

So here's what I did ... in pictures ...

Preparation ... If you intend to keep your original heater channels ... bolt them down to the floor pans before you start ... It keeps it all stiffer.

OK y'all ... fire up your preferred implement of mass mutilation and let's get stuck in !!!!!

Cut away the A pillars from the heater channels ... The wood is actually supporting the body at the original height to stop the body twisting while the other side is still attached ... shows how much was removed too ...


make up a brace for the bottom of A pillar ... (this is a later photo but at least you can see what I did in this one


Now separate the B pillars - you'll need to make up strong stiff braces for the the bottom of the pillar they're a lot floppier than the A pillar bottoms ... BTW - I left the outside sheet-metal the original size and cut only the inside ... it's your choice ...


Floor out ...


Crossbrace out ...


Heater boxes out ... MAN this was getting scary .. make sure you've got a lot of bracing in place !!


Because I was replacing the heater channels I could add the new rear cross-brace in comfort ...


OK ... still with me?? .. good .. now drop it all back on the floor pan with a pair of new heater boxes - Note the 'skirt' at the rear .. remember that I left a bit hanging down at the rear ?? That was to hide the exposed heater boxes ...


... relocate the lower hinge by putting a new repair section at the bottom of the pillar (handy - coz when you come to sectioning the door you can use the 2 hinges as the reference points ...


Apart from fastening it all down .. the only things left are to ... fix up the front end ...


... replace the inner footwell panels ....


... put the rear floor back in ...


BTW ... if you're planning on a tranny raise ... don't wait 'till you've put the floor back in .. I had to go back and cut chunks out to do this ...


... now you can get down to sorting out the door sectioning ...

First cut the door into two modifiable bits ... each with a hinge


Then hang each bit in turn, and mark up the differences in height etc on the door frame ...



Then try out to see if the modifications and the marking out were OK ...


and weld it all back together


fit it and make the new sills ...


... plenty of bondo and fiddling followed by a few coats of shiny juice ... and bingo ... easy peasy ....

and here's how it looks right now with a 4.5 inch chop, 3.5 inches of channeling, a 4.5 inch tranny raise, 1 spline drop at the rear, a 5 inch drop at the front (spindles and avis) and a 9 inch vertical body section ...



I think the stance works great and the whole fit has a good line from top to bottom ... in fact - it's just what I saw when I did the original photoshop ... right back 2.5 years ago.

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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #2
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Holy steel chopping mad skilled batman,that is cool.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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This is DEFIANTLY going into the Tech Bin!

(In a few days, to give folks who never see anything but the cutting board a chance to have a looksy )
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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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That is an honour I'm not sure that I deserve .... but thank you Carlene ...

I owe this bunch of people (the Volksrod family) a lot, and if I can give some back, then I'm happy ...
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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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OF course you deserve it! This is the sort of things that were lost in the "too lazy to search thread" remember? So when one of you guys does a well documented fine job with a finished ending, of course it's gonna go in the Tech Bin.

This is one of the rare ones that I've seen to actually have a completed photo included! I've watched and waited for so many others to 'finish' their threads, but seems they don't.
Ok, my little rant is done, maybe it'll motivate others to finish those 'how to' threads.

But I'll tell you the same thing I tell Rueb with his vwrx,,,,, ANYTIME you want to just get rid of it, put it on a ship and send it t me
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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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ANYTIME you want to just get rid of it, put it on a ship and send it t me
Nawwwww ... I'll just sell it to a rich Greek and put myself on a ship ... that way I'll get to retire in the land of the ultimate petrolhead. building rods for fun ... and that way you'd get lots of them to play with ... not just one ;)

hell gal .. I might even be persuaded to make a purple one !!!!

erm ... purple ??? ...

well ... maybe ...

BTW .. It may be shiny ..
it may be in yer face ...

but it ain't finished yet ...

once it does a coupla hundred klicks under its own steam, signed off and street legal in Europe, with me in the saddle and Carol riding shotgun ... then I'll sign it off as finished ... until then ...

like he said ...

it may be nice now, but it ain't done 'til it's done hon ...
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VWs are NEVER finished!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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Man you are a glutton for work but it sure is NICE!!
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Old February 19th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #9
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Nicely documented process Great work

Thanks for that.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #10
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Super nice work

The time it takes to finish a job such as this takes lots of time, and dedication, I myself have all the time to do a job like this, I only lack the dedication. I plan to do a body drop on my V-Rod someday, my plans take a totally different approach, but then again who knows, my plans could change

I hope to get my 1st VW project (the BitchN Bug) back on the front burner as soon as I can, at the moment I'm just trying to keep my daily driver (the V-Rod) to the point I don't need to fix something every other week. It's almost been a year now since I started driving it, and my garage has been taken over with my old daily driver, I hope to have it out soon so I can get on with my VW addiction

Again, very nice work


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Very informative and awsome job, great looking car.........
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