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Old March 29th, 2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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Been around the forum for awhile now just gathering information, but figured now that there was some real progress of my own to be shown I could start a build thread. This started as a DD with occasional weekend projects like a quick mask and repaint and some rust repairs behind the side vents, but decided to dig in a lil deeper and start a roof chop.
It all snowballed from there..
It's already been a while in the making, but here are some pics from then up to now.






Had a BIG red nose to match the antlers for Christmas!


I had made galvanized riveted door panels, but I can't find any pics before I took the car apart


The project kinda took off when I dove in and hit that too late to turn back now stage..
More pics to come, it gets better!
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Old March 29th, 2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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All taped and ready to chop 6"







Is now the time to panic?

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Old March 29th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #3
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Old March 29th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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The drip rail in this pic looks crooked, but I think that's just an unfinished pic.. Either way it's not now..


made pieces for the doors

Made door tops from scratch, no 2 roofs or extra doors here.. trust me, it's not that I didn't regret deciding to do it this way, but at least it got done. just with a whole lotta extra


Cut and angled top curve of the firewall to compensate for how I widened and moved the back grill around.
Still some finishing work to do all around, but getting the worst of it for now.




Whew! bout wrapped up the worst of it when I decided to do a lil mockup of how I would like to get the stance.. Well it got me to thinking... and when we think, we cut!

6" out of the body






That's about where she sits now, but there is A LOT more in the works..
Pics will come as progress happens.

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Old March 29th, 2015, 10:40 PM   #5
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Holy shit! You're bloody mad!

and I fuckin' love it! You're insane for cutting up a super like that! Keep it up! it's starting to look really cool. Are you going to be going for a Super beam extender?
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Old March 30th, 2015, 09:56 AM   #6
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Looking good :)
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Old March 30th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #7
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Good grief. She looked great with just the chop! And now s e c t i o n e d ....
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Old March 30th, 2015, 07:05 PM   #8
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Holy shit! You're bloody mad!

and I fuckin' love it! You're insane for cutting up a super like that! Keep it up! it's starting to look really cool. Are you going to be going for a Super beam extender?
I really usually prefer the look of standards, but you don't see much of this kinda work on supers, So in the interest of being a little different I figured this would be a good platform.

I AM! I have an idea in the works for a front end swap to a adjustable beam style axle and a home fabricated extension with some drop built in. It will be alot like the beam extenders already availible for bugs, but talor made for my application( and on the front of a super! )

Thanks for the replys! We all do this for the love of it, but it's comments like these that keep the spirits up sometimes..
I do it for the 'What The Fuck?s' haha
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Thanks for the replys! We all do this for the love of it, but it's comments like these that keep the spirits up sometimes..
I do it for the 'What The Fuck?s' haha
I wasn't expecting the fat lip of a super to look good chopped it makes it look .. Hmm mean? It looks great. Just how are you going to handle the glass issue?
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Old March 31st, 2015, 07:51 AM   #10
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Well, looks like you have the and pretty much in hand. Should be a lot of fun when you get to the part. Don't slow down now.
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http://http://www.superbeetlesonly.c...howtopic=11533

Here's a link to a nicely done 4" chop on a 73 super. He made a fiberglass template off the stock glass, cut it to fit and then used it to mark/mask the glass. I believe they used a sand blaster to cut the glass...
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Old March 31st, 2015, 09:21 AM   #12
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I figured the ugliest thing about a super in my opinion is the big front end, so Ill just keep cuting till it looks a little more proportional to the rest of the body. I think i like the way it turned out so far. Cutting the top that much made this car look looong and I think that helped the front look better.

As far as the glass goes, im going to completely redo the back window to something way smaller, sides im going to cut down the existing glass and convery to cal-look windows in front. The windshied I hope to just cut down. I cant get that link to load with the aweful signal i have right now, but Im pretty sure that is what I looked at when this project first got started.

You can actually see the fiber glass template for the windshield laying ontop of the car in post #3 few pics up from the bottom. I havn't made a nice rigid one yet, but it served it's purpose for mockups untill i go to cut the windshield
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I figured the ugliest thing about a super in my opinion is the big front end, so Ill just keep cuting till it looks a little more proportional to the rest of the body. I think i like the way it turned out so far. Cutting the top that much made this car look looong and I think that helped the front look better.

As far as the glass goes, im going to completely redo the back window to something way smaller, sides im going to cut down the existing glass and convery to cal-look windows in front. The windshied I hope to just cut down. I cant get that link to load with the aweful signal i have right now, but Im pretty sure that is what I looked at when this project first got started.

You can actually see the fiber glass template for the windshield laying ontop of the car in post #3 few pics up from the bottom. I havn't made a nice rigid one yet, but it served it's purpose for mockups untill i go to cut the windshield
Theres a guy who chopped a super here and put an oval window in it. Look it up it may help you.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 02:16 PM   #14
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I'll check it out! I've always loved the oval in volksrods, but dont think i've seen a super with one.
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Old April 1st, 2015, 10:35 AM   #15
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Hey blndreaper

I loved it with no fenders and the highboy look...now well....we'll have to see how it all turns out.....you are a brave man for sure...

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Have a little more progres to show , but Im not able to upload the pics yet. Got the body cut down, made a body hoist and cut the trunk and front end. Pics to come!
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I loved it with no fenders and the highboy look...

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Sounds like now not so much? Haha Tis not everyone's cup of tea for sure! That's ok with me. And if its the workmanship that your disliking I understand that too. There are definitely imperfections aplenty, but its my first real attempt at doing ANY of this. I dabbled in welding very little, and had zero bodywork or fabrication knowledge, the long story short, I haven't known what the hell I was doing since I started That's no lie.
But I think It's turning out alright and I enjoy it.

Everyone's build threads here on volksrods forum is just always something that I have learned a TON from. I may only have 10 post but I have been around here awhile and I love these build threads. Maybe someone will benefit here. If nothing else learn what not to do. haha



















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"Imperfections plenty?" My friend, we are the poster children for that category.
Love your project!
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Old April 4th, 2015, 07:47 PM   #19
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I am intruiged to see this attempt on a Super! The curved windscreen, strut suspension out front, Big nose...... All sorts of cons to doing this.....
Much respect for your diving in, and a big "attaboy" for your progress so far!

The chop and section are going to make this fat chick look like you stretched it too!

Can't wait to see how your sort the front end out.. Keep the progress coming!!
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Once you get this thing done it's gonna look like it was born on the salt flats..I can see it already.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #21
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Been a little while with no updates, but I have a little progress to show Pics to come!

One of my goals is to get as low as possible without MAJOR modification.. so I dropped a couple (3 I think, It was a while ago now) splines and started trailing arm swap




I plan on using the original seat setup after I take the cutoff to it and change things around a little, but it's just gonna be too tall with the roof chop.. So, these gotta go..



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In the true rat rod spirit I'm reusing, salvaging or re purposing almost everything on this project just trying to keep it as cheap as possible, even at the expense of a couple more hours of work. So I set to suicide the door using all stock hinges and latches, and handles.

The first door took some time just to plan and measure everything out and making templates and backing plates to reinforce everything took awhile, but once one was made it was quick to trace for the second. The second Door is going much faster and is almost done!

Reinforcement plate 1 of 4. 2 plates per side, one on door and one on b pillar.
B pillar plate: (This plate will be on the inside of the post when finished, but the door plate is external.)


The door bottom needed pie cut and re angled on the inside to match up after the sectioning. I don't think I have pics of the first door without the reinforcement so the actual cuts are visible, but you can see it on this one a little..
Passenger door reinforcement plate :



B pillar cut vertically from heater channels to bottom of window to allow plate to slide in from side and mount flush:



View inside of plate installed. Plate will be secured by drilling holes in front and welding back up and by welding entire side that was cut in b pillar.



Slits cut through side to slide hinges in. with holes drilled. I saved the original nut plate for the hinges and I'm using a similar setup for adjustment of the hinges.




Half way there



Noooo, noooo


Yes.




I have more pics of the latch setup, but they haven't been uploaded yet.. More to come..
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Getting it '"low without MAJOR modifications"????? Good lord, what do you consider and "MAJOR mod? Anyway, your work is brilliant!
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Old July 5th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #24
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Great work!!!
Nice that you took on a Super.
Will be interested to see how you tackle that front end.
Keep up the great work!
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Excellent work and approach to cutting it the way you want it, nice one.....carry on!
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