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Old June 5th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Be warned up front, this build will be a long one. Though retirement looms (25 days) I still have much that must be delt with before I can spare more than an hour at a time on the project. Intent: create a street based Baja that sits low and looks wicked done as much as possible from leftover parts in the back yard. Since roads around here do NOT favor low clearance vehicles, once done it will go right up for sale to help finance the restoration of my 57 Oval. Step one: free up the body from one of the piles that I aquired last winter. He started to cut it down for a baja before he realized the pan was seriously cancered out. Note-- It seems that I have a knack for getting swing axle cars/ chassis that lack the transaxle assembly, therefore not rollers. After draging in and installing the trans on a couple, I figured there must be a better way. I remembered seeing a rack of trailer axels in the the new Tractor Supply store that just opened up in the next town over. Grabbed a tape measure ...and Ta Da ! notch in the torsion plates is exactly the same diameter as the smallest axle in stock.Add a couple of old AMC wheels and a couple of tires from the rafters,a pair of tie down straps, now we have an easy roller ! When time allows I'll weld brackets to the axle that will allow a couple of bolts to be slipped in and be secure enough to acctually flat tow the cars rather than just move them around. Soooo... now it begins.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 12:56 PM   #2
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Alright, step one is done. Shell off the crap pan and onto the body cart. Next will be digging through the piles to choose as good a pan as possible. Also, here is a clear pic of my axle setup. I have moved 6 rigs with this now. Serious time and work saver.
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I'm digging it. Nice rear axle set up. Necessity is the mother of invention they say.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 06:34 AM   #4
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Very cool a lot of the cars I have been seeing built are from extra pieces. Mine started out that way and still sits that way. Can not wait to see the progress
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Old June 6th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #5
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Nice, you have a few VW's laying around

I have an IRS pan with nothing in the rear, I'm gonna weld a piece of tube to the rear transmission mount & put a swivel wheel in it so I can move it around


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Bolt on would be easier to use.
It will bolt onto the frame horns

I have a large stem caster that has a 1" diameter shaft, gonna weld a section of tube that slip over the stem in the center of the mount, bolt it to the rear trans mount holes

I suppose a picture might help, I know I saw one on here some where, I just can't find it

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Seems simple!
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Old June 7th, 2014, 04:51 AM   #9
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Seems simple!
I have a castor made for that. I also fits the frame head on a balljoint beam , not sure if it will a kingpin beam.
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I wish my searching was as simple as that


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Old June 7th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #11
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I do alot of research when I get bored.. Most kids look up porn when they get bored.. I look up vw and other automotive stuff. Saw that mentioned a karmann ghia restoration blog with them using a mexican 1600i engine (the main reason why that popped up on my search.)

Now i just need to find the width of a 1973-1977 gm swivel bucket seat Theres a reason why I like this place.. More debates on non stock parts then fender beading colour
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The trike look and three wheel steering is really unexpected. Do you plan on a belt drive?
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Ran over during a small break in the rainstorm and sorted out a couple of doors. Picked out a usable looking pan (I think) but I'll have to get it unburied and check it out before I'm certain.
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Wish I had parts like that.. I'd kill for a nice roof to chop my 1968.. especially if it has a metal sunroof in it... would love to scalp it then just roll down the sunroof to reverse the sucker
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Got a buch of stuff shifted around and pulled out the pan I plan to use for this project. Nice and solid & already has adjusters and disk brakes. I'll add dropped spindles and reconfigure the rear torsions so it sits a bit lower. It will be sitting out side for a while as I have a lot to do the next few weeks in order to clear out and clean up the building I have been renting for my upholstery shop. As we seem to be having more than the normal rain lately , I drilled a couple of holes in the pan so it will drain and not rust up. I'll either weld up or put removable plugs in later.
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Alright, step one is done. Shell off the crap pan and onto the body cart. Next will be digging through the piles to choose as good a pan as possible. Also, here is a clear pic of my axle setup. I have moved 6 rigs with this now. Serious time and work saver.
Dude, I so want the hood off the blue bug, I found a 40 ford hood here and wound up being for a Super!!!
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Sorry brother, that one has moved on to a new life with a friend of mine. It was actually a delivery van BGW kit.
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Damn, now that I see the whole car I want one, LOL. That would be such a neat ride to play with!!!
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Then you might even like this one too - 37 ford front end... I like the hood better, but the 40 ford looks better over all...

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Then you might even like this one too - 37 ford front end... I like the hood better, but the 40 ford looks better over all...

I really like that one too, I'll find one around here sooner or later, LOL!
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Sorry brother, that one has moved on to a new life with a friend of mine. It was actually a delivery van BGW kit.
I saw one of those for sale on the samba with 1980's airbrushing on the side of it.. Wizard holding a staff over a leaning back nearly naked chick on one side and a dragon over an Nearly naked leaning back elf chick on the other side the mural on the back was primered over. Would love to have a machine that would allow you to see crap during its "hay day"
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Actually got a few things done lately. Pan was cleaned and painted, but was sitting uncovered during a huge dust storm that was followed by a rain storm. Whole pan was full of mud ! Scraped & brushed out what I could, but going to have to lift it up on end and go after the rest with a hose , brushes, and sponge to get it clean again. These pics were to check out the look of the wheel/tire combination that will be used...may have to go for thinner profile on the tires possibly. Next step is to finish cleaning, painting and getting disk brakes on the adjustable beam that will be going on the car. Instal that and drop the rear suspension to match. Don't hold your breath. I only get a few hours a month to work on this.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #23
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Got a bit of time this morning. Pulled the stock beam, cleaned & painted the used adjustable beam I picked up. Still need to do a bit of work on the calipers for the disk brakes. One of the handiest shop tools ever- patient lift. They can easily handle over 300 pounds, so it's no problem to swing a beam, lift engine onto a stand, raise front or back of a bug body to put up on blocks or stand, and lots of other uses. I gave $150 for this one off Craigslist, but had a few before that I got from used medical supply places that I gave $100 to $200 for.
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How far do you have to drive to find a boulevard?
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Grand Junction.....just under a hundred miles.
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