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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-10-2009, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cool V8 powered 69 Convertible Beetle Project

Hello everyone I know this is off of the Cobalt subject, but I thought a few of you might enjoy an update on the project my wife and I are working on.
This is what we are doing if we aren't driving our cobalts, or messing with the hovercrafts

We are putting a 69 convertable beetle body on a modified s10 chassis with a 350 chevy engine on it and 200R4 trans. This is just the work that I did in the last week, but you can see the whole project on my website at ZB Hover Creations Main page- ZBHC Inc, ZBHC personal pages, Wood working, and VW Beetle pages



Over the last week I finally made some more progress, I sliced the beetle in half and widened it 8”. I also got the body sitting on the chassis just about where I want it.





After I tac welded the doors in place to hold the front and back halves of the body together and got every thing squared up, I welded a few 1” angle and tubing supports inside to hold everything square.



I made the side to side supports extra long and out of 2 pieces and clamped them together in the center. This way after I sliced the body in half I could loosen the clamps and slide the body apart.



Next I drew a center line down the car to help get a straight cut.



The next step was to play doctor and slice the body in half with the good old saws all
At this point the only thing holding the body together was my c-clamps on the supports inside.





Next I loosed up all the clamps and slide the two halves apart 8” and then re-clamped everything. This worked out pretty good, it took very little work to get everything lined and squared back up.



The last couple weeks I was working on finishing up the hovercraft that I had in the other half of my garage. Now I have room for our 2nd beetle a 66 hardtop. No real plans for it yet. We did think about putting it on this chassis since it was in better shape, but decided to stick with the convertible.



Next I lowered the body down onto the chassis and it sat on there almost perfectly, almost like it was meant to be this way……. LOL The bar that was under the front of the rear seats sits right on the front bed mounts and the front of the body sits right on the front cab mounts.



I got the fenders centered nicely over the wheels, although its hard to tell in this picture. I also like the height that it is sitting at. The gap between the tire and fender is close to our just a little less than stock.





I still have the old TH-350 trans. on it yet, once I put the 200r4 on, it will bring the engine about 3" closer to the firewall of the body if I use the stock trans mount location. I might move the engine closer to the firewall than that since we lengthened the wheel base about 3". Then I'll think I'll have room for a radiator up front for sure.



Here is another look at the inside with all my bracing. Once I double check everything to make sure it is still square I'll weld a few diagonal braces in.

Also you can see that I have the cross piece where the back seat was sitting right on the front bed mount of the chassis. I put a piece of .75" thick wood in there to simulate a body mount. The front of the car is sitting on the front cab mount pads.

Finally like I said I'm probably going to move the trans. mount back a little. I'm planning on just making a new tranny cross member, mainly because I don't like the hump in it on the passenger side, I don't want to have to have a hump in the floor....


Well that’s about it for now,
Talk to you all later

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wow, thats one hell of an interesting project youve got going there! the results should be awesome! good luck!
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Damn i could only dream my wife knew how to do all that stuff. Hell i dream if i could know how to do half of what your doing lol. This is definatly an interesting project. Keep us updated. Im interested in seeing the final out come!

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It is looking great so far. My father has a 59 convertible fully restored. Can't wait to see more updates in the future!

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scagnetti76: Thanks, I'm happy with the way its turning out so far, and it should be a blast when we get it done.


xyankees214x: My wife doesn't really know how to do much of this stuff, but helps me out when I need a hand.... I did teach her how to fiberglass pretty good though when we were dating and I was building more hovercrafts.

Originally we bought the car not knowing what we were going to do with it, we thought about restoring it, but then my wife found out that it only had 54hp stock....... She said that wasn't enough so I thought about putting a small 4cyl subaru in the back of it. Then one night she said that she didn't really want a "whimmpy" 4cyl in the car and asked if we could put a 6cyl in it.......... I told here that if I was going to do all that work we might as well put a 350 in it.......... She said sure so here we are.............. LOL

We also have a 66 hard top that we accidentally bought................ She said that she'd like to use it for a daily driver and we are thinking about pulling the body off and making a carbon fiber and kevlar floor/uni-body and then buying a fwd V6 donor car and using that to power the car. It would be VERY light weight and with a V6 still be pretty quick and get good gas milage...... We'll see what happens with that car though....... We've also thrown the idea of a 4wd beetle around for the hardtop for a winter car


TGB2009: Thanks, I'll be sure to keep you all updated with our progress..........

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Looking good! I wish I had a project car. I have my balt but I need that for a daily driver so I cant really take it apart lol. I was looking for a bug or a Jeep for a nice size project before I get into what I really want. My ultimate goal is an old F-100

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Thanks........ I've wanted to have a late 40's early 50's chevy truck for a project, but they are pricey...... I almost bought a decent condition and drivable 48' chevy tow truck before we got the beetle. They guy didn't know it was worth any thing and someone offered him $500 cash before I got there and he took the offer........

Also back when I was in highschool I almost bought a rough but all original 78 cuda with a non running but not locked up hemi for like $250, but I passed because of a title issue..... It was rough, but would have been a lot of fun.

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Looking good! I wish I had a project car. I have my balt but I need that for a daily driver so I cant really take it apart lol. I was looking for a bug or a Jeep for a nice size project before I get into what I really want. My ultimate goal is an old F-100

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people have too much free time and money, but i'm sure once its complete it'll look and sound awesome! lol
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Yeah it should look/sound pretty cool when it's done......

We actually don't have much money in it, only around $1350 so far:
Our 1969 VW Beetle Costs

Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of time to work on the bug with all the other things I have going on.......... I'm just the type of person who can't stand sitting around. I always have to be doing something or I'll go crazy

Yeah I know there's probably something wrong with me........... LOL


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people have too much free time and money, but i'm sure once its complete it'll look and sound awesome! lol

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WAY COOL! I posted a pic of it on my usual chevy forum.
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