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Old September 13th, 2016, 09:04 AM   #1
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I didn't realize others couldn't post on my intro thread until notified by nshaddox via PM... Thanks buddy!

So the plan is to build a Limo Beetle. I have always wanted to have one for my wedding (yes I thought about my wedding before even being with someone I wanted to marry) I have a donor 77 Beetle I acquired very cheap by saving it from the crusher. I have many parts laying around and will find another beetle to use as a donor for the stretch. I did get some info from this company http://www.beetle-limo.com/

My beautiful fiancé and I got engaged 8/22/16 and had just bought our first home the week prior. It's a full renovation to add to my daunting task...


The donor:(forgive the messy yard...)




The goal: I only want to lengthen the car by the length of the front doors. No super stretch, no wild interior, etc.






I also thought about doing something like this but it just isn't as cool or a limo really.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:54 AM   #2
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Back in the mid-70s when I managed Small Car Accessories in far off exotic Sunnyvale, CA one of our customers built a limo similar to the white ones in the photos. He and his girlfriend, who actually did most of the welding, started with most of two bugs and a early 60's cargo type II. She bent up couple of top bows out of square tubing so the donated metal roof would follow the bug roof contour. She'd also run square tubing, I think it was 1-1/2" front the front to the rear of the new top opening. The roof section was from the old bus, and modified to fit. The doors were a combo of bug and bus.
The project was built in their back yard. It was summer and a little distracting watching her work. Because of the heat she, a striking redhead, wore a bikini top under her leather welding apron.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:27 PM   #3
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Interesting, I figured it would be tough to get the right roof shape. I bet she was a distraction! I wish I could have seen that myself haha
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Old September 13th, 2016, 02:53 PM   #4
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Very nice, congratulations.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #5
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Have you thought about maybe renting a VW Limo for a wedding? Since it's just for the one day? Would make sense to me... but if you build one, you can always rent yours to folks who want something cool...
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Old September 13th, 2016, 04:46 PM   #6
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Chop the top and go fenderless. Make it a proper Volksrod limo
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And flat black and FLAMES!
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^I love it!
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Old September 14th, 2016, 03:54 AM   #9
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Sorry guys it won't be fenderless of have flames....

I thought about renting but they aren't exactly common and we are super picky. I know what I want it to be and won't be happy. Although if anyone knows where to rent one that would be great to have in my pocket just in case.
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I've looked at this one many times and really dig it but probably not for my wedding. Maybe I'll build this one next. I do have a scrap vert laying around too
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Have you thought about maybe renting a VW Limo for a wedding? Since it's just for the one day? Would make sense to me... but if you build one, you can always rent yours to folks who want something cool...
Maybe I'll build a couple and get into the business? I've been looking for a career change haha
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Oh come on. Build it the way randos on the internet think you should.
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No flat black, no flames? ....sigh. Ooh, slammed with wide fenders?!
Anyway you look at it, a limo is going to be a fun project. So what kind of time line are your working with?
I remember the 'pan' was made up from two, but a single one could be 'stretched.'
We built a dual port dual carb 1835 at the shop for power. The disc brake front end was from a Ghia. Driving the limo was similar to driving a very light by comparison, American station wagon . Most of us had modified bugs and the additional length made things 'interesting' at first. But everyone who got to drive it wore a big grin!
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Old September 15th, 2016, 08:58 PM   #14
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Right around a year is my timeline. We haven't officially set a date yet as we are crazy busy with the house. We move in at the end of the month! Aaahhhh!!!!

I'm hoping to pick up a shell/pan next week in Detroit for $100. Going to use that to stretch the 77's pan and use for the 77's body stretch.
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Watching. I have always wanted to build a bug limo. I built a model of one when I was a kid.
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