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kustomkreep86 September 21st, 2018 07:52 AM

Frankie 2.0
 
Hey everyone,
It's been a while. This thread as you can see in the title is gonna be for Frankie 2.0. Got Frankie running and driving and had some fun with her, but it's time for a change. As much as I love the little bug, I can't shake my hot rod ways. This was kind of my plan form the start, but I had the parts, and had never drivin a bug before so I had to see what it was all about. Here's a rough photoshop idea of what's going to be going on. I was trying to do as much eyeballing as I could as accurately as possible to see what I was working with.Keep in mind my finished product won't have rear fenders. I'm heading into actual volksrod territory now!

https://vgy.me/GrXuhV.jpg

I've had a chevy 355 and an 82 s10 chassis lying in wait for a good project and I think this is going to be it. The S10 Chassis is for an extended cab short box, so the frame is way too long. They have a 122" wheel base and my design above is brought down to 100" wheels base. I bought a pair of leaf springs for an early model Jeep Yj to shorten up the back end. I'm going to leave the front spring mount in the stock location. The Jeep springs are 44" long vs the S10 springs which are 54". This will move the axle forward slightly and let me take a lot off the back end. I should be able to keep my shock mounts in the stock location as well.

I'm going with the open engine hot rod look so I will be cutting the front end of the body off but I'm gong to keep some of it and go with a flat firewall. I'm going to try and keep the stock hood hinges in place and make like a mini hood. I want to have a place closed off from the engine and elemnets for my wiring and fuse blocks. This way if I have to do work I can just pop it open and work from the top rather than having to climb under the dash. I'll be finding an old grill shell and rad for up front. Just didn't include that in my design. Just going to work with what I can find or make something.

That's all I have for now. I will keep updating here as I go. Plan is to have it all ready to go for cruising in the spring.

kustomkreep86 September 21st, 2018 08:23 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
I forgot I started to talk about these seats in my last thread, but didn't end up showing the finished product.

https://vgy.me/Lgpvs0.jpg

https://vgy.me/xJcnJB.jpg

https://vgy.me/QnEk4o.jpg

https://vgy.me/Wyr66H.jpg

Oh and I did get one thing done so far. since I won't have any back fenders I needed some new tail lights. Had some old trailer lights and some old 350 pistons so I put the 2 together.

https://vgy.me/MA3jWV.jpg

https://vgy.me/UVDMq2.jpg

V8Transporter September 21st, 2018 08:45 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Your new project looks pretty cool. A Street Vee-Rod.:thumbsup::thumbsup: Love the tail lights!

Unkl Ian September 21st, 2018 10:08 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Seat bottoms look very horizontal.
Might work better, angled back a touch.

kustomkreep86 September 24th, 2018 04:36 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Unkl Ian (Post 590111)
Seat bottoms look very horizontal.
Might work better, angled back a touch.

Yeah, they were a little flat. I'm going to address that when they go back in.

kustomkreep86 September 24th, 2018 04:52 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Finally getting back to the fun stuff. Hopefully getting my chassis back in the next couple weeks so I can get going on that. In the meantime, I worked on getting the body cut back off the chassis. If you saw my first thread you know the body got welded down. I bassically have just cut the floor out. I'm going to keep the frame rail/"heater channel" pieces I made and will put my body mounts through them.

I took off the fenders and cut away what was left of the rear apron mounts. I'm going to follow the shape of the deck lid and fill in the back to make it like a trunk. I will also be putting my fuel cell in there.

https://vgy.me/RdSxvd.jpg

https://vgy.me/1Hy72E.jpg

I also got to work measuring and marking out where the front was going to get cut off at. I stopped it right in front of the hinges. This will let me keep the hinges in place and have a mini hood. I wanted to do this so I could have access to all my wiring under the dash. stopping it here also put my pedal placement pretty close to where it was stock. I also won't need to move my steering wheel location. The front line in the picture is where it will be cut off. I will be making a flat panel from top to bottom where the wheel arch is.

https://vgy.me/7q7cpS.jpg

V8Transporter September 24th, 2018 11:14 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
So, you're cutting back the sheet metal to eliminate the, um, 'WRENCHEADS Excess?" :blink::wink::grin:

Harold September 24th, 2018 01:45 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Love me some Super Rats , did one a long time ago . Was a lot of fun .

alykat September 30th, 2018 06:16 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Nice work on the seats...and boy are they GREEN ! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

kustomkreep86 October 1st, 2018 03:37 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Back at is this weekend. Scored this 1925 Chevy grill shell for up front. Came with 2 rads, but they are beat. Probably going to end up ordering in something new. Stoked to find this though!

https://vgy.me/NHHjZc.jpg

Got to chopping on the front. No going back now! hahaha

https://vgy.me/922hMS.jpg

My plan was to cut the hood right in front of the hinges so I can still use the mini hood. I'm going to fill in under the dash and use this for access to my wiring and battery. I'm going to use hood locks to make sure it's all nice and secure.

https://vgy.me/jNwgcC.jpg

This is a quick rough idea of how I'm going to square off the front of the body. The red squiggly area will be where my engine is sitting and the front wheels will be farther forward.

https://vgy.me/tN3a90.jpg

V8Transporter October 1st, 2018 09:45 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Slick. The curvature of the top of the Chevy radiator looks like an excellent match for the Bug. Should go well with the Chevy engine too. :thumbsup::thumbsup: Plus, there's a classic Chevrolet emblem.:clapping::clapping:

kustomkreep86 November 14th, 2018 04:12 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Progress has been a little slow, but I got back to it this weekend. Got into some more cutting on the body. Just a few more cuts and it will be free again.

https://vgy.me/AB1Md2.jpg

Finally got my chassis back home so I can get going on that. It's a 2004 GMC Sanoma chassis. Regular cab, short box. It has a 108" wheel base so I won't have to cut the middle of the frame for what I'm doing.

https://vgy.me/Blyo0m.jpg

Here's my new leaf springs. They are for a Jeep YJ. They are the same width as the Sanoma springs. But they are are 44" eye to eye instead of 57". this will bring my rear end forward a couple inches and lower the car a bit too. I was eyeballing them in the below picture. You can see a bit how much it will shorten the end.

https://vgy.me/UEqrrZ.jpg

This picture shows how much my new shackle mount will come forward.

https://vgy.me/HCQicm.jpg

This is the new rad I picked up. It's a champion 3 core aluminum rad. Looking like it should do good to keep things cool.

https://vgy.me/Sv3wyt.jpg

Here it is sitting in my grill shell. Was eye balling it to check the fit.

https://vgy.me/ADp5uh.jpg

Got these headlight buckets from Speedway Motors. Really diggin em. I'm going to run the conversion bulb with led lights. Use the little built in amber leds for my signal lights. Have a pretty good idea for headlight brackets. Just need to see how it all works out.

https://vgy.me/AoeN1V.jpg

Zee November 14th, 2018 07:37 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
That's awesome! Love the tail lights and how it's looking overall.

kustomkreep86 January 9th, 2019 08:46 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Well things have been a little slow, but over the holidays I managed to get a big step done. New leafs on the back and the body resting on the new chassis!

Here's a look at the new leaf spring mounts all welded in. Just used poly bushing for a Jeep CJ and it worked out good.

https://vgy.me/Gd8Zft.jpg

https://vgy.me/CdEOaG.jpg

Here's a shot of everything all mounted. leaving the back open for now, because I may be working on a hitch to tow a teardrop trailer.

https://vgy.me/vEppdX.jpg

https://vgy.me/kDhGZL.jpg

https://vgy.me/9mEum2.jpg

https://vgy.me/FQJozv.jpg

Here's mow much I was able to take off the frame. Brought my wheelbase down to 105"

https://vgy.me/negUza.jpg

Time for these two to get to know each other!!

https://vgy.me/zwqjSa.jpg

Here's the body resting on the S10 chassis. Now onto the fun stuff! mounts and floors!

https://vgy.me/uxo3Hq.jpg

https://vgy.me/ckc8gW.jpg

https://vgy.me/Wcln9v.jpg

Body is sitting right about where I thought it would. Will definitely be getting some blocks and springs or spindles to bring the altitude down a bit. Still got lots of work do to, but stoked to be at this point!!

metalmaster1766 January 11th, 2019 09:50 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Looking good

alykat January 12th, 2019 09:10 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Shaping right up !

V8Transporter January 12th, 2019 10:23 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
'Rod looks cool with a nice aggressive stance. You're mods to the frame are First Class.:thumbsup::thumbsup: Looking forward to seeing more. :grin::grin:

kustomkreep86 March 26th, 2019 06:15 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
What's up everyone. Here's a little update. Been cold, but I've been working away with my little 1970 space heater and lots of layers...haha I've only really been able to get a couple days a week of work in, but trying to make the best of that time. Now that I got some more daylight and some warmer weather, I should be able to get moving on this. My goal is to hit a big show that goes on around here on June 1st. I would like to be driving before then, but that's my real goal.

First Item on the list was to get new rocker rails in there becuase I cut the old ones out.

https://vgy.me/Y45v6V.jpg

https://vgy.me/TJ9P2Z.jpg

https://vgy.me/mjfaZc.jpg

https://vgy.me/Q6vDnr.jpg

Next I mocked up my filler panel so I knew were I had to pie cut the front to match the body line.

https://vgy.me/8olyo4.jpg

https://vgy.me/kuCAv7.jpg

https://vgy.me/LlPdWf.jpg

https://vgy.me/LlPdWf.jpg

Did some reshaping of the A pillar to flow a little better and match the witch of my rocker bar.

https://vgy.me/7yUrER.jpg

Next up was fire wall structure and support. There will still be some more support going across the front, but I want to get the engine and trans in first to see where it needs to go.

https://vgy.me/vvTZ4x.jpg

https://vgy.me/isiZC5.jpg

Next I got started on some floor structure. Wanted to get solid side to side bracing in and a rough idea of where my tunnel structure was going to be.

https://vgy.me/Fzw5Te.jpg

https://vgy.me/kcpzId.jpg

Once that was all put in there I got stared on the body mounts. Just used some 3" x 3" .125" I sleeved the rocker bar so it wouldn't crush. Found a good idea to use a boat roller for Body mounts. We'll see how long they actually hold up, but seems like some sturdy rubber. It was $9 for the roller and I got 8 mounts out of it will some extra left over. Used 1/2" grade 8 bolts and welded a nut to the topside of my rocker bar. I have 4 mount done and I'm going to add 2 more at the back under the package tray.

https://vgy.me/z8Nt15.jpg

https://vgy.me/9GnXhY.jpg

https://vgy.me/jAH8jk.jpg

https://vgy.me/o2EPjq.jpg

I welded a bar in the front of the package tray to give some support between the wheel wells, but also to make a mounting point for my floor structure.

https://vgy.me/pMC4nT.jpg

https://vgy.me/aPLkSm.jpg

Next I added more bars but inside the rocker bars. I wanted a nice solid mounting point where my floor meets the rocker, so I welded the floor bar solid to the rocker bar. This gives me a nice 1" sill and I will just spot wold and seam seal my floor pans to the top. I didn't want use seam seal there so I just welded it all they way across. some some bonus extra strength as well. Started working on the tunnel structure as well.

https://vgy.me/hhDZBN.jpg

https://vgy.me/BLxNj7.jpg

https://vgy.me/21QmoX.jpg

Once I had a couple of the tunnel hoops fully welded in, I cut the center out of the back support. I haven't added the front one yet because I need to see where the trans will end up.

https://vgy.me/OWa15v.jpg

Added some rod around the back for some structure and to make a latch for my deck lid. Which will now be my trunk lid. I also started working on the template for the trunk. Making it as large as I can. I have a small fuel cell I pickup up for cheap, but i will get a larger one in the future. Well as Larger as I can anyway....lol

https://vgy.me/UhPkcD.jpg

https://vgy.me/HgKC6C.jpg

https://vgy.me/nlQtP4.jpg

https://vgy.me/YzJgR1.jpg

Scored these nice headlight housings with a blue dot center and a signal light built in. Will help keep the front nice and clean.

https://vgy.me/CJsHRH.jpg

https://vgy.me/IbgulM.jpg

Also Pickup up some 3" blocks to bring it down some. Was sitting a little too high for my liking. Need to get some springs for the front to do the same. Sitting pretty funny right now...lol

https://vgy.me/sNYtzs.jpg

Things are moving at a pretty good pace now so you'll probably see more frequent updates. Hope to be rolling soon!

alykat March 26th, 2019 07:23 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Nice work. Headlights look killer !

kustomkreep86 March 26th, 2019 08:08 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590544)
Nice work. Headlights look killer !

Thanks! Itchin to get this rollin!

V8Transporter March 26th, 2019 04:03 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Excellent work! :thumbsup::thumbsup: I'm looking forward to see how she sits. Your project has what we used to refer to as, "a high impression ratio." :clapping::clapping:

kustomkreep86 March 27th, 2019 03:55 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590547)
Excellent work! :thumbsup::thumbsup: I'm looking forward to see how she sits. Your project has what we used to refer to as, "a high impression ratio." :clapping::clapping:

Haha right on! Thank you! I want to get the the engine and front springs in so I can see exactly how it's going to sit. Has a bit of a gasser look going on right now...lol I know the front end is going to look a bit weird due to using the S10 chassis. The rad is going to sit out front of the wheels a bit. The plan is to get it rolling on the S10 chassis so I can have some fun with it, being free and all, and start collecting parts and building a tube frame with a straight axle out front. Just trying to work with what I got for now.

Bugula March 27th, 2019 04:00 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Some of the longest welds I've ever seen. Lol I would have blown a breaker!
Looks cool

kustomkreep86 March 27th, 2019 09:08 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bugula (Post 590549)
Some of the longest welds I've ever seen. Lol I would have blown a breaker!
Looks cool

I only did about 6" at a time moving around and taking some time in between to let the machine have some down time. I try not to go too crazy with it.

kustomkreep86 April 8th, 2019 08:34 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Got my floor frame from the a pillar back all done this week. Need to drop my engine and trans in to do from the a pillar forward. That should be going in this week. I used grade 8 bolts welded into 1/8" c channel for my seat mounts. Wanted to made sure I had them mounted into something solid.

https://i.vgy.me/BRirYZ.jpg

Got started on some templates for the floor pan. Time to get going on some sheet metal!

https://i.vgy.me/ya1AKp.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/VfiK29.jpg

Rolled it out of the tent this weekend so I could turn it around. Finally got to take a step back and get a good look. Happy with how things are looking so far! Still need to bring the front end down a bit. I have a set of Cragar Drag Lites to go on it. Fatties int eh back and skinny's up front. Have a set of 31" tires coming for the back and still haven't figured out what I'm going to run on the front.

https://i.vgy.me/rougsO.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/m0ZqDT.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/rD9dxr.jpg


Now that the front is facing out, I had to set the grill shell in place and see what it's going to look like. I still need to cut the front rails short and built my core support. Like how it's looking though! Like I mentioned before, it's gong to have a bit of a goofy looking side profile. But as soon as it's driving, I'm going to get started on another chassis for it.

https://i.vgy.me/h7udvb.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/9FoVC2.jpg

V8Transporter April 8th, 2019 11:52 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
"Goofy looking side profile?":huh:
How 'bout, "imaginative modern version of Classic Hot Rod look?" :clapping::clapping:

kustomkreep86 April 9th, 2019 04:21 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590573)
"Goofy looking side profile?":huh:
How 'bout, "imaginative modern version of Classic Hot Rod look?" :clapping::clapping:

Haha Yeah I like that!! Let's go with that one! Thanks!

alykat April 9th, 2019 02:15 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Looking very Volks-rodish !

kustomkreep86 April 22nd, 2019 04:07 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Had a good productive weekend. Gotta love the long weekends! Got my hood lock installed. Wanted to make sure I got locking hood pins because this is where my battery and all my witing will be housed.

https://i.vgy.me/pbDN4h.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/aMGRPA.jpg

Also got the bottom of the dash/wiring compartment put in. Threw and old battery in there to make sure my fit was good. Was close but more than enough room.

https://i.vgy.me/XD9hA2.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/bwp6fI.jpg

Got my rad cradle installed and the frame horns removed. I still need to plate in the frame, but had to throw the rad on there to get a look.

https://i.vgy.me/Hg4OCk.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/0SPP5G.jpg

Stoked with how that looks on there. Can't wait to get the engine in!

Trimmed and capped off the rear frame rails. Just cleans things up nicely.

https://i.vgy.me/k4HNaz.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/pDQbA7.jpg

Got my piston tail light installed. Just need to put the electronics and lenses on.really diggin' these!

https://i.vgy.me/Me8Jwv.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/UHPYM3.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/1qM2wA.jpg

Had to get a shot with the rad and the cowl templates on there for a more complete picture. Can't wait to get the engine in there and get the cowl finished up. Stoked with how this is all coming along!

https://i.vgy.me/YAYfAL.jpg

alykat April 22nd, 2019 01:15 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Tail lights look great !

V8Transporter April 22nd, 2019 05:16 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
First time I've seen 'four valve' tail lights.:wink::grin::thumbsup::thumbsup:

kustomkreep86 April 23rd, 2019 08:44 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590613)
Tail lights look great !

Thanks! I'll put up another picture after I get the lenses on there.

Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590614)
First time I've seen 'four valve' tail lights.:wink::grin::thumbsup::thumbsup:

In my research, I found that these just flow so much better than the traditional no valve tail light...haha :funny:

V8Transporter April 23rd, 2019 10:55 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Oh, right...um, you're talking high compression tail lights? :blink::blink:

V8Transporter April 23rd, 2019 02:30 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
I had a thought about the ends of the front frame rails. Use some round tubing and turn then into housings for driving lights.

kustomkreep86 April 25th, 2019 03:23 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590618)
I had a thought about the ends of the front frame rails. Use some round tubing and turn then into housings for driving lights.

I thought about doing something like that, but I think I just want to keep things simple up front and just have the headlights. I got headlights that have built in signals so that I didn't have a separate signal light as well. But things change all the time so who knows what'll happen...lol

kustomkreep86 April 25th, 2019 03:24 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Here's how the tail lights look with the lenses on there. I still need to get the right screws and tap the holes.

https://i.vgy.me/EAWYH1.jpg

alykat April 27th, 2019 06:31 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Good job !

kustomkreep86 May 6th, 2019 06:10 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Had a really productive weekend! Got some headlight mounts made.

https://i.vgy.me/dvd2CG.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/WjGzVa.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/zXCiWf.jpg

Once those were done I have to put everything on the front so I could get a more complete look at it.

https://i.vgy.me/iE9sGA.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/9T5sK2.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/8ffSIw.jpg

Loving how everything is looking! I also got my cowl side panels in.

https://i.vgy.me/Y2xd0x.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/qBibiR.jpg

Most importanatly, the engine is in!! Well mostly. I still need to make a tranny crossmember.

https://i.vgy.me/GtrUBI.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/oP9jZl.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/JV3P7o.jpg

Now I can finish up the floors and get the firewall done!

These are the rims I got. Picked up a set of Center Lines. Wide in the back and narrower up front. My buddy also got me a set of 31's for the back. There are gonna look sweet!

https://i.vgy.me/w7wOWF.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/tygxaV.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/68ozct.jpg

Little bit of a difference from the stock tire size! hahaha I'm shooting to have this driving for a big show coming up June first. Got quite a bit to do, but I think I can do it.

kustomkreep86 May 13th, 2019 04:18 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Got in another good productive weekend! Lots of big stuff off the list.

Got my tranny crossmember made so now the engine and trans are officially bolted in.

https://i.vgy.me/KcajhF.jpg

Got the firewall fitted and welded in.

https://i.vgy.me/LKb5Ec.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/ppGsvX.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/uCF3Hb.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/kjAohr.jpg

I also got the front panel of the "Hood" filled in.

https://i.vgy.me/T8Y31s.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/KAucoc.jpg

I also got the first piece of my floor pans in. The passenger side floor pan is in!

https://i.vgy.me/aDTxbi.jpg

alykat May 13th, 2019 01:32 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Great progress !

kustomkreep86 May 21st, 2019 05:50 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Had a great weekend, got lots of stuff checked off the list! Floors are all done. Just need to put some seam seal on and paint.

https://i.vgy.me/sWuDN3.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/2vmxDM.jpg

Got the hole for the column put into the firewall. Used a piece of 2" exhaust pipe to support the end of the column and for the column grommet to fit into.

https://i.vgy.me/vFLQlo.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/H1DUt6.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/AvEUKz.jpg

Got the accelerator pedal, brake pedal and master cylinder installed.

https://i.vgy.me/sEYWgP.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/nQACBQ.jpg

Got my shifter mounted. Just need to lower it down a bit. It's the truck style one so it's super tall, but has an adjust able mount.

https://i.vgy.me/w2W4JG.jpg

Threw the seat in to chesk fitment and make sure everything was comfortable. Nice to see all these things going in!

https://i.vgy.me/r0nd2v.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/J9FEXw.jpg

Adjusted the height of the shifter and trimmed down the cover. Perfect fit!

https://i.vgy.me/EfFjjH.jpg

Everyday this view gets a little bit better! Can't wait to get this thing rolling!

https://i.vgy.me/A0OsYH.jpg

alykat May 27th, 2019 05:48 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
This rig will be street ready before you know it. Good work !

mkparker May 29th, 2019 12:05 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Just ran across this build! Great work and great ideas for mine that will commence at some point! I really dig the GREEN seats!!

kustomkreep86 May 31st, 2019 08:35 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mkparker (Post 590692)
Just ran across this build! Great work and great ideas for mine that will commence at some point! I really dig the GREEN seats!!

Thanks! Right on, can't wait to see another rod getting built!

kustomkreep86 June 5th, 2019 03:31 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Well I didn't meet my goal of having the bug ready for a big show that happened this past weekend in my area, but I did get damn close. Managed to get a lot done in the last few months! Pretty stoked on that. And now it won't be long before I'm cruising again. Had Frankie out to do some work on the rear area so I had to throw the rad on and grab a couple shots.

https://i.vgy.me/eYKrtI.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/5QDdaI.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/3ETbfM.jpg

kustomkreep86 June 11th, 2019 10:44 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Finally got my big wheels on the back! Love these Center Line rims. Tires are 265/75/15. Gave the big the look it needed. Leveled out the ride height. I'm glad I didn't lower the front yet. Might have been sitting a little too low. I wasn't sure how I'd feel with it being this height, but now that those tires are on there it's growing on me.

https://i.vgy.me/Vgit8v.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/I5bt5q.jpg

alykat June 12th, 2019 03:43 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Stance looks pretty good as is.

V8Transporter June 15th, 2019 10:16 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
I agree, you’re pulling off the Classic Hot Rod look.👍👍

kustomkreep86 June 17th, 2019 03:21 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590708)
Stance looks pretty good as is.

Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590711)
I agree, you’re pulling off the Classic Hot Rod look.👍👍

Yeah that's what I keep seeing too. I'm really diggin the way this is all coming together. My plan was to drive it like this for a while and build a new frame for it, but it may just end up staying like this.

kustomkreep86 June 17th, 2019 03:25 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
It's all coming together! Slowly but surely!

https://i.vgy.me/EdW3G6.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/vk9W0j.jpg

Really can't wait to fire this up! Hopefully within the next week or so.

alykat June 18th, 2019 11:19 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Don't slow down now. You almost got it whipped !
:dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing:

metalmaster1766 June 22nd, 2019 08:34 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Looking good :thumbsup:

Ron

kustomkreep86 July 4th, 2019 03:52 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Got the front frame rails capped up. Looking much better now!

https://i.vgy.me/rxpOf2.jpg

Got started on doing some body work. Cleaned up the cowl area and filled in the vent on the deck lid. Body work is my least favorite part of building a car. I don't have the skill and patience to pull it off well. Just want to smooth out some of the seams left from welding.

https://i.vgy.me/KBDkhp.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/zEk48a.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/il53Qy.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/wda2My.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/KpKdUv.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/bFw4MU.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/PsRGQK.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/eInD16.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/GyQzvJ.jpg

Ran out of primer while I was doing the deck lid, but wanted to make sure I sealed up all my bare metal. I had just enough self etching primer to seal up the metal and I threw some paint on. Still need to go back and smooth some things out. Threw the license plate light housing on there. The more parts I put on, the more and more stoked I get.

When I was picking up metal for the trunk I saw this perforated sheet metal so I used it for my grill. Really happy with how this turned out. Turned out better than I thought it would. Now I won't have to worry about the rad catching any stones.

https://i.vgy.me/odYi0I.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/L3ZIX4.jpg

I think I'm getting into the final stretch of being able to drive this. I still have a few more parts to collect, but getting real close!

alykat July 5th, 2019 12:56 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
You are getting close ! Good job !

kustomkreep86 July 8th, 2019 03:25 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Got the trunk floor in this weekend. I'll have to get another picture of it all complete. At this stage I needed to put in the couple little filler pieces on either side. But it's all done and painted now.

https://i.vgy.me/kcCRYC.jpg

My fuel cell has a home now. Just need to strap it in. Eventually I will get a bigger cell, but for now I picked this one up cheap. It's about 30 litres, and I can fit a 20 litre jerrycan next to it.

https://i.vgy.me/w8t78s.jpg

alykat July 8th, 2019 12:47 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
You are getting to the point now where even the small steps are big steps !

kustomkreep86 July 9th, 2019 03:20 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590735)
You are getting to the point now where even the small steps are big steps !

Yeah it feels good! All my major fabrication is done. Just lots of little jobs now. A guy I know is putting on a car show on the 26th so I'm trying to have it drive-able for that.

V8Transporter July 10th, 2019 09:34 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
She’s looking great, with lots of very cool details on a ride that just scream ‘VolksRod!’

kustomkreep86 July 17th, 2019 03:40 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590741)
She’s looking great, with lots of very cool details on a ride that just scream ‘VolksRod!’

Thanks! Getting so close to cruising! Just a few more things to button up.

kustomkreep86 July 17th, 2019 03:50 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
My buddy randomly bought a truck load of random exhaust bends and systems which worked out awesome for me! He let me go digging and I found exactly what I needed!

https://i.vgy.me/BJFAOb.jpg

He also hooked me up with on old set of Flowmaster mufflers he had laying around. Having friends with parts supplies is awesome!

https://i.vgy.me/Ga4JMl.jpg

I got my cowl painted so I could get started on my wiring. Still need to body work and paint the hood but I was itching to get some wiring done. I want to fire this thing up! I'm trying to work on it a bit everyday. Even if I just get an hour or so on it. Pushing to get this together.

https://i.vgy.me/HXwmqa.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/axEd62.jpg

kustomkreep86 July 22nd, 2019 03:48 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Lots done this weekend. Just onto the slow tedious little things. Got most of my wiring sorted out. Just need to sort out my brake switch and hook up some grounds. Need to finish up plumbing my fuel system and strapping my fuel cell down. Then it's onto new brakes and lines and I think I will be rolling!

Finally got the tail light tapped and mounted. Also found a spot for my reverse light.

https://i.vgy.me/BKl2SF.jpg

Really diggin how these turned out.

https://i.vgy.me/lxxoD5.jpg

Decided to go back to a stock rear view. The backup camera worked ok, but the screen was too small and the camera was useless at night. Glare from light behind you would make it impossible to see anything else. Stripped the vinyl off and it had a cool casting to it. So I colour matched my other accents.

https://i.vgy.me/xpRHdf.jpg

The ass end is pretty well all buttoned up. Tail lights and revers light are on, wiring is all done, painted the license plate cover, colour matched and threw on my flying eyeball. Still need to body work and repaint the trunk lid...but I'll get to that eventually. haha

https://i.vgy.me/ZXr2Wj.jpg

V8Transporter July 22nd, 2019 07:57 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
She looking fantastic! Those taillights are sooo cool. Can’t wait to hear you’re ‘bumping along down the road.

d3ghia July 23rd, 2019 09:31 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Very nice!

kustomkreep86 July 26th, 2019 04:00 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Always good, after hours of wiring, to throw the battery in, hit the switch, and light things up!

https://i.vgy.me/1xlzZ2.jpg

So Stoked on how these tail light turned out!

https://i.vgy.me/52tuxN.jpg

So close to cruising again! Can't wait to be behind the wheel of this car again. Especially with a V8 in front of me...haha

https://i.vgy.me/hdF6mm.jpg

kustomkreep86 July 29th, 2019 08:08 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
This weekend I got the hood body worked, painted and back on the car. Got the fuel level sender put in my fuel cell. Sorted out my coolant over flow, and pretty much wrapped up my wiring. I'm just down to brake and brake lines, driveshaft, fluids, putting bottoms on my doors and driving!

https://i.vgy.me/wBRXNj.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/qEWDdP.jpg

The misses was out shopping and grabbed me this aluminum water bottle. Kind of looks like an urn so fitting with the style of the car. using as a coolant catch can. Just need to put some paint on my strap.

https://i.vgy.me/ZFUNQR.jpg

metalmaster1766 July 30th, 2019 11:05 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Lookin good :thumbsup:

Ron

kustomkreep86 July 31st, 2019 03:50 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Thanks Ron! Fingers crossed, I will be driving it this weekend.

Quote:

Originally Posted by metalmaster1766 (Post 590777)
Lookin good :thumbsup:

Ron


alykat August 4th, 2019 12:18 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Just about ready to melt some tires !

V8Transporter August 4th, 2019 05:01 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
The ‘catch tank’ with its copper line is a slick detail. Is that burning rubber I smell?😲😄😄

kustomkreep86 August 6th, 2019 03:33 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590795)
Just about ready to melt some tires !


Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590797)
The ‘catch tank’ with its copper line is a slick detail. Is that burning rubber I smell?😲😄😄

Almost! Got almost all of my plumbing done this weekend. Just need one more fitting for my brake lines. Got the engine fired. it needs some tweaking, but it's good to know that it seems to be healthy! Besides the brake fitting and bleeding the brakes, I just have to put in seats and seat belts and she's ready to roll!

alykat August 6th, 2019 01:20 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Closer and closer ! So this coming weekend for sure ?

kustomkreep86 August 7th, 2019 03:22 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
If you want to hear a beautiful sound, you need to check out the link below. Figured it was the easiest way to share my video. So pumped right now. Bleed some breaks, seats and seat belts, go for a cruise!

https://www.facebook.com/wrencheadsc...1242978416490/

kustomkreep86 August 7th, 2019 03:22 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590805)
Closer and closer ! So this coming weekend for sure ?

It's looking to be that way!

kustomkreep86 August 12th, 2019 04:29 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Success!! What a weekend! Lots of hard work paid off. Frankie finally made it out to a show. actually a couple different ones in the same day. Me and my good buddy spent every night this past week buttoning up the last few details to get it rolling for the weekend. 200+km driven over the weekend and no issues so far! Still lots of work to be done, but at least I can drive it and enjoy it! Engine ran beautifully, trans was shifting awesome. Lots of fun when you throw a lot of power into something that hardly weighs anything.

A lot of the shows around here are full of mostly factory restorations, or typical popular muscle, or hot rod cars, so I thought I might get some mixed reviews on it. But I was surprised it drew a crowd and people had a lot of positive things to say about it. It was fun to watch a lot of people try and figure out what was going on, or how I managed to get everything together. Had a lot of fun chatting with folks and think I inspired a few to do the same.

https://i.vgy.me/My7rOG.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/1QIAsD.jpg

My little monster was pumped to be back out to the car shows with our own ride. She was having a blast!

https://i.vgy.me/2gtB1J.jpg

The boys all getting ready to hit the show. It was the first show we've been to with all our cars since 2017. so good to have all of us rollin!

https://i.vgy.me/5d7H23.jpg

Later in the day, between shows, Frank made it way to his new home. My lady grabbed this quick shot of him.

https://i.vgy.me/ALDeBb.jpg

My lady said I couldn't keep the smile off my face all day. it felt so good to be behind the wheel of my car again! and even better that it had a nice rumble and some speed to it!

https://i.vgy.me/VTNSZ3.jpg

tattooed_pariah August 12th, 2019 05:24 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
awesome work man! always good when a project gets back on the road!

V8Transporter August 12th, 2019 09:57 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Fantastic! It really shows off ‘thinking outside of the four wheel box.’ With all that grinning, careful your jaw doesn’t cramp up.

alykat August 13th, 2019 06:58 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Great job. I think that smile is going to last for a looooong time.

kustomkreep86 August 14th, 2019 03:33 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
First picture popped up in my Facebook memories from 2 years ago today. The second picture was taken last night. Something is a little different...

https://i.vgy.me/Iz5l0D.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/AakNLW.jpg

V8Transporter August 14th, 2019 09:04 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Yeah, just a “little different.” Is that a nick in the door?😲

kustomkreep86 August 15th, 2019 03:22 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590828)
Yeah, just a “little different.” Is that a nick in the door?😲

Oh yeah. The whole body needs body work and paint. having too much fun driving it now...haha

alykat August 15th, 2019 07:02 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Yeah. Couple of tiny little changes here and there.:clapping::clapping::thumbsup::thumbsup::thu mbsup::thumbsup:

kustomkreep86 August 20th, 2019 03:32 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Here's a shot a local photographer grabbed of Frankie at a car show a couple weeks ago. He makes this car look good! He runs a car enthusiast website that covers my local area. It's stanceiseverything.com if you want to check it out. There's a little bit of everything for everyone on there.

https://i.vgy.me/VeYwNx.jpg

kustomkreep86 September 4th, 2019 03:28 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
My buddy and I worked hard the last couple of weeks to get this blazer on the road. He picked it up on a trade for work deal. Has full air ride, we just needed to do some floor and rocker work, and pull the 283 from one of his other trucks to get it rolling. I grabbed this shot while we were out cruising last weekend. Frankie is looking and driving good!

https://i.vgy.me/yZ7fAY.jpg

If you want to check out a quick little video of the cruise, I threw one up on my dropbox. This one is a stripped down video I made for instagram complete with fun car sounds!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vzl3ljyef6...insta.MOV?dl=0

This version is the more edit version with some music.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/abrerp13ay...%20PM.mov?dl=0

V8Transporter September 4th, 2019 10:45 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Slick video and good choice of ‘cruise along music. 👍👍 Frankie’s looking sooo cool!

kustomkreep86 September 5th, 2019 06:35 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590886)
Slick video and good choice of ‘cruise along music. 👍👍 Frankie’s looking sooo cool!

Thanks! I wanted to get more footage and angles, but my other cameras wouldn't cooperate.

kustomkreep86 September 5th, 2019 06:37 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Some cool shots I grabbed of Frankie at work this morning.

https://i.vgy.me/XZTA0N.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/6SuySY.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/lWjXXx.jpg

Any day I get to drive her is a good day!

kustomkreep86 September 6th, 2019 05:42 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Having some fun at work. Only doing what any good employee does when your boss says “Let er rip!” Haha

https://www.dropbox.com/s/88cbz25gdp...%20PM.mov?dl=0

alykat September 11th, 2019 06:30 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Bet you have the tire store on speed dial by now !

kustomkreep86 September 11th, 2019 10:38 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alykat (Post 590911)
Bet you have the tire store on speed dial by now !

One of the guys in my car club has a tire shop...haha I'm all set!

alykat September 14th, 2019 10:48 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kustomkreep86 (Post 590912)
One of the guys in my car club has a tire shop...haha I'm all set!

Always good to have friends in the proper places !

V8Transporter September 14th, 2019 09:15 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Especially when it’s time to ‘re-tire.’

metalmaster1766 September 21st, 2019 09:34 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Keep the tires turning :thumbsup:


Ron

speedbug78 September 27th, 2019 06:45 PM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
looks like a lot of fun! Have you been doing anything new to him?

kustomkreep86 September 30th, 2019 04:19 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by speedbug78 (Post 590972)
looks like a lot of fun! Have you been doing anything new to him?

Just fixing all the little bugs that pop up. This weekend just did a new ignition, and turn signal switch. Trying to drive it as much as I can before the snow flies. Then once it's away for the winter, I'm going to work on the rest of the body work and start on the interior work.

speedbug78 October 1st, 2019 08:18 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Sweet! What ignition did you use? Have any more diving pics/video to share?

kustomkreep86 October 28th, 2019 04:08 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by speedbug78 (Post 590985)
Sweet! What ignition did you use? Have any more diving pics/video to share?

Just a universal ignition switch I grabbed at the part store.

kustomkreep86 October 28th, 2019 04:17 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
I was out and about yesterday and finally found an 8 ball to use for a shift knob. I know you can just buy them, but what's the fun in that? I also wanted one that had been used and was a little beat up. Showing that it was actually used and a little beat up. Didn't want something new and perfect.

https://i.vgy.me/AjyrEr.jpg

I have these metal spiked that I got from a friend. They are drilled and tapped for a smaller thread. So I cut the point off, Drilled an tapped to match my shifter, and hit it with some paint.

https://i.vgy.me/QZGRU1.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/8Od5A2.jpg

Then I just had to drill out the ball and JB Weld my insert in.

https://i.vgy.me/X48j4o.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/DQzWzw.jpg

Stoked on how this turned out. Nice comfortable fit.

https://i.vgy.me/iaGxIR.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/1XSXvz.jpg

tattooed_pariah October 28th, 2019 06:11 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
looks great!

alykat October 28th, 2019 06:54 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Very nice !

V8Transporter October 28th, 2019 08:00 AM

Re: Frankie 2.0
 
Slick addition to Frankie. I enjoy watching your work in progress.👍👍


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