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Old July 11th, 2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Well Its been awhile since I was here last and thought I had better dive in and ask some questions from those who know best. With my shop full of un finished pre 40's hot rods in the process of being completed what does one do in his free time... Yep start another project!

Ive had it in my mind to start this project for a few years now and cant tell you guys how many nights Ive designed this thing in my head before dosing off. The one thing I cant get my head around is how to turn the bugs ass end into a coupe and still keep it bug looking? I'm thinking another hood back wards might do the job or even just fab'ing up something up from scratch. I really like what Mark is doing with his "A" coupe body. But I'm wanting to keep this close to the art work concept as possible. My 62 bug arrives tomorrow less engine which is being used as a boat anchor in the San Diego bay. Ive gathered some parts I think I will most likely be using on the build including a 30 Model A Sedan top that I have already started whittling down to size. Some glass rear 34'ish Ford style fenders and a mountain of little things that might come in handy. Being the motor is not available and the need for less body modification room in making the bug into a coupe I'm going to be using a Honda ssi motor. I salvaged the motor, trans, and axles after we put the car on its lid playing rally racer. The plan is to move the front wheel drive unit to the rear making for a mid engine set up. The boys are already looking for the turbo they want to install on it so who knows where this thing will end up?

While the concept drawing is really sweet I plan on making this more rat rod than the finished ride pictured... or at least until I get the bugs worked out.

So all this to ask... What is the hot set up in turning the egg shaped body into an old school coupe... In a peoples car kind of way?
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Old July 12th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #2
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I have no answers for you but it sounds like it is going to be a helluva project. Watching.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 07:15 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, Ive been watching Marks build thread very closely. In fact I have spoken to him a while back about the mounting of the front fenders on his blue car. Think I have that kinda of figured out... It's how to build the ass end and have it look like something VW would of done had they built a bug coupe. The bug should be here before noon so I'm kinda of anxious to see what shows up? It's a lofty project but why not? At least it keeps the wheels turning. As soon as I get the car and shoot some pics and will start a build thread. Thanks in advance guys.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 04:45 PM   #4
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Looks like a good challenge. Always loved that rendering.
As you know, the arse of a bug narrows at the rear apron. Those A-type rear fenders mount to a flat-faced surface. When you get your bug, pull a rear fender, set your A-fender up to it and figure out the rest. Easy as pie!

I cheated by using the A quarter panels. A reversed and widened front hood might do the job?

There are plenty of coupe style projects going on to get ideas.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I was looking at the body this morning for a few minutes before I had to get busy. As you mentioned I think another hood is in order and squaring off the body in the back shouldn't be an issue either. Might be kinda of challenging to square off a hood at the bottom... Humm That would be different.

I got the donor in yesterday morning... This is what I have to start with.
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This will be interesting for sure............
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I always liked the Stoll coupe look. Then there are the home builts....
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In that second pic it looks like he was taking the pinch out of the back and trying to make it more traditional square back like similar to the Model A's. I'M thinking that is the approach I want to go with If I can? Thanks for the pics... Its a great help to see what else has been accomplished.
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I think there may be a build thread on here for that car, I just can't remember who's or where/when it was active. I saved a couple of pics to my concepts file because I really liked it. + a couple more thoughts. The vert with the volksrod tag in the corner is called the splitster I think. You can probably look it up .
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I always liked the Stoll coupe look. Then there are the home builts....
I love the first 2.
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