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Old June 28th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #26
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Did ya see this thing on the samba?
I saw this car when at the Classic a couple weeks ago... interesting, but when viewed from the rear, the roof slopes to the passenger side... quite a bit. Love the front end though.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:01 PM   #27
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Heres a couple I took of the 37ish bug at the classic. You can see the uneven roof to "starboard" side.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #28
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #29
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Al Low Ha, the truck IS going to Lawrence in Waipahu, Hawaii. Not too familiar with Hawaii, sorry.

Lawrence bought my Stoll coupe a little over a year ago. Really great guy. Someone who appreciates unique.

...Yeah I saw that wild looking car over on the samba. I like the flow of the grill and hood top section, but not the lower section between the front fenders where the apron once was or the dropping bodyline of the front hood. I'm thinking more along the same "lines" as the Ford hood and side panels.

Getting anxious. Been scouring all of craigslist for sheetmetal '37 Ford front and rear fenders, hood, grill, hood side panels, running boards and front cowl. Reading that, it sounds like I should just buy a complete '37 and scrap what I don't use? Might be cheaper??

Anyway, thanks for keeping the ideas flowing. Mark
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Old June 28th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #30
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Good luck with the hunt Mark. I know it must have been tough to sell the last one. But certainly, anything from you in the future will top the last one.

That black one is pretty cool, but some of it looks like it could have been resolved a bit better. I would have taken the peak down the center of the rear fenders and tied it back into the rear aprons. The front could have been resolved a bit different to flow better too.

Despite a couple things that stand out to me, it is a cool car and I would roll the hell out it.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #31
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Well, started acquiring parts finally. Going to start a new build thread for the Volkster. Drove over 350 miles today to pick up front fenders, front bumper, hood sides, running boards, dash, and a rear fender. This is going to be fun....Oh, will be picking up a 67 bug with airride front and rear and a 1776 with dual Dellorto carbs and new pans. Perfect donor to start.

Here's one of the fenders! Sexy!

Wednesday, the 28th of July, the bugtruck gets loaded on a trailer on it's way to the Matson port out of Seattle destined for Hawaii. On the way back home, stopping to load the airide 67 on the same trailer. Garage space will be at a minimum.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 12:57 PM   #32
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Anxiously awaiting the first cuts.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #33
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Anyone know where I might be able to find a steel '37 Ford coupe hood and grill? I need these two items to start pulling measurements before I make those first cuts.

Speaking of cutting up, I picked up my donor 67 bug with a working air ride suspension and a strong 1776 with dual Dellortos. Will get photos up soon.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:33 AM   #34
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Give me 30 hours, a sawzall and here is where it sits as of last night. After three weeks of scrounging parts and patience, finally making progress.






I'll be updating my build thread with more progress shots that took me this far. This was the easy part, now it's structural integrity, mounting frames and supports and designing the rear end.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:46 AM   #36
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Wow! That front end is looking great. Nice work. I like that you are keeping the hood low and I presume are going to be cutting down the grill to match.

As for the rear.....the problem I always have with the Heb-like cars (including to some extent the original Heb) is that the rear end is too high and bulbous in order to fit the upright Type 1 cooling fan and intake in there. I would love to see one done with a Type 3 motor with the proper ducting to get the cooling right. It would be about impossible in a regular Beetle due to the lack of space rearward of the engine....

...but it looks like you have the longer stretched '37 rear fenders on this, so you should have plenty of room. The questions is where to pull the air in from the outside. Should have plenty of room immediately behind the rear of the passenger compartment for some tasteful vents....could even do it from inside the rear fender wells if you filtered it.

Going the Type 3 cooling route would let you have a relatively flat rear decklid/trunklid that would be much closer visually to the 37 Hood.

Just my 3 cents. No matter what you do, I am sure it will look killer.
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Going to be your nicest yet!
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Wow! That front end is looking great. Nice work. I like that you are keeping the hood low and I presume are going to be cutting down the grill to match.

As for the rear.....the problem I always have with the Heb-like cars (including to some extent the original Heb) is that the rear end is too high and bulbous in order to fit the upright Type 1 cooling fan and intake in there. I would love to see one done with a Type 3 motor with the proper ducting to get the cooling right. It would be about impossible in a regular Beetle due to the lack of space rearward of the engine....

...but it looks like you have the longer stretched '37 rear fenders on this, so you should have plenty of room. The questions is where to pull the air in from the outside. Should have plenty of room immediately behind the rear of the passenger compartment for some tasteful vents....could even do it from inside the rear fender wells if you filtered it.

Going the Type 3 cooling route would let you have a relatively flat rear decklid/trunklid that would be much closer visually to the 37 Hood.

Just my 3 cents. No matter what you do, I am sure it will look killer.
Short intake manifolds and a Puma fsn shroud from CB Performance will give you some room.
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Rod looks great. I can hear the samba purist already.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 08:24 AM   #39
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Thanks guys.
I have no problem cutting up a bug...It's the cutting up of a '37 Ford that caused me the anxiety. Yes the grill will be cut down 8 bars. Little nervous about cutting up $400 and doing it wrong!!
Because this car will probably never see rain, and the extra width in the rear, I should have no problem drawing air in from the fenderwell area.

I'm going to attempt the upright motor. Haven't even started pulling metal (or hair) for that task. Mark

Oh, I got my build thread updated.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:21 AM   #40
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Short intake manifolds and a Puma fsn shroud from CB Performance will give you some room.
http://cbperformance.com/catalog.asp?ProductID=1523

Still have to clear the Alternator/Generator pulley.

Might be possible to cut down a Corvair fan and shroud.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #41
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Man I'm really loving the progress so far. You might want to consider pulling molds when you get it all in primer. If you get the proportions right you might have a really cool kit in the making. Might even be cool to have a custom chassis to get that front end out there where it belongs.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #42
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Damn you Mark! Have you seen all the drawings and sketches I did back in the 80's?

This was one of my dream builds back then... We had this 37 bodyshell lying around in the bushes at my parents house back then and I had exactly the same plans for that body adapted to beetle body...

Really like the mockups so far!!!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 01:00 PM   #43
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That's funny Hebster! It was Fishguts that submitted all the early renditions...haven't seen yours sorry. Well, at least you know that your idea will really work...putting 37 stuff on a bug. I suppose if PJLOval knew of someone that wanted to pull a mold, we could make that dream of yours come true??

What am I saying...you could build this thing with your eyes closed and probably half scale with one hand tied behind your back?

When I widen the rear, I have my fingers crossed that there will be ample room side to side and over the top??

I think a trip to an old classic car junk yard will turn up a rear coupe trunk lid, hinges and frame that just MIGHT take care of any motor carb clearance?
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Old August 30th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #44
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Damn Mark that looks nice!!
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Wicked. I think I just fell in love.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 04:31 AM   #46
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new here so hello every one, this is what i am talken about! can we see more detial pictures of your build?
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Wow...I'm really impressed! Followed a few of your build threads and always thought your stuff was way out there in terms of creativity but this one tops them all! You, Sir, have vision!
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new here so hello every one, this is what i am talken about! can we see more detial pictures of your build?

http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31397
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Old August 31st, 2010, 06:34 AM   #49
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It's looking even better than I imagined.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 07:25 AM   #50
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Tonight I'm picking up the front cowl section off a '37. Once I have that final piece, I think I'll cut off the bug cowl off and use that for the rear decklid. I know most have used a Super windshield frame to get the arch, but since I have the convertible clip, I don't think I'll need the super piece. Plus I have the front bug hood to cut up.

Last night, also decided to place the gas tank in the rear between the original firewall and the vert firewall. Build a compartment between the two thereby blocking the fuel compartment off from the cab compartment. Just making this stuff up as I go!!
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