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Old September 26th, 2019, 01:07 PM   #1
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Working on proportions. Ideas welcome.





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'66 - Beetle cab
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Model T grill?

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Old September 26th, 2019, 02:02 PM   #2
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This truck is inspiring, I like the way the back of the cab is done.





There is also this truck in the site's background. Anyone care to share who's it is, or if there is a thread on it?

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Old September 26th, 2019, 02:29 PM   #3
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Side shot with the engine up front


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Old September 26th, 2019, 08:17 PM   #4
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A T grill would go well with the classic pickup look. What kind of front axle do you have in mind? Im looking forward to seeing more.
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Old September 27th, 2019, 05:23 AM   #5
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Another cool roof idea would be to go with a removable Carson top. Whether it be a solid one or something you could fold up and throw in the back. Looks good with or without the top.







Also the T or A Grill gives an awesome look up front. That's the way I went.

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Old September 27th, 2019, 09:02 AM   #6
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Thanks for the ideas guys!
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Old September 27th, 2019, 09:03 AM   #7
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What diameter headlight is on Frankie 2.0?
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Dig up the renderings that John Jaranson did for the UVT rod.
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Old September 27th, 2019, 09:29 AM   #9
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I am planning to use the CJ-2A front axle. Gone back and forth on building a dropped axle instead, but I think with it being a truck I can use a 1/4 elliptical setup, remove the diff and get it looking pretty good. I'm open to other ideas though.
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Old September 27th, 2019, 09:31 AM   #10
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A Carson top is a great idea! Not sure why I hadn't considered it before. We get tons of rain here, but on the nice days it would be great
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What diameter headlight is on Frankie 2.0?
7" Headlights from Speedway Motors.
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Also consider the cab dimension, behind the door.
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Also consider the cab dimension, behind the door.



Kinda what I was thinking.
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Old September 27th, 2019, 03:53 PM   #14
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Use the rear window out of the type 2 hatch...then you have the option to put in the hinged safari window.
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Old September 27th, 2019, 05:37 PM   #15
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Also consider the cab dimension, behind the door.

Been thinking about this, so help me out. I like the look of the trucks that are chopped close behind the door (like at the rear window). I think that will mean I need to extend a foot box into the engine bay and not have a flush firewall? If so, I'm willing to do that. If not, what am I missing?
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Use the rear window out of the type 2 hatch...then you have the option to put in the hinged safari window.

You thinking safari will be better than removable top (suggested above)? Not picking on you, but want to explore the idea further, why do you think so? More water tight? We do get a lot of rain. Also, can you post an example pic? That helps me visualize.
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Adjust the front wheel position and added visors to the front and rear. Kinda reminds me of the thrush mufflers logo:


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Old September 27th, 2019, 05:57 PM   #18
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Also stripped some extra stuff off the frame.


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Tried extending the cowl forward to include the foot well and added cowl steering.


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Old September 29th, 2019, 11:16 AM   #20
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Here are some options I drew. Should I chop more in the top? Make the "A" pillar more vertical? Something else?
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The top drawing appeals the most to me because of the VWesque look. But go with what you like the best. Any way you go shes going to be a cool ride.👍👍
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Been thinking about this, so help me out. I like the look of the trucks that are chopped close behind the door (like at the rear window). I think that will mean I need to extend a foot box into the engine bay and not have a flush firewall? If so, I'm willing to do that. If not, what am I missing?
Just as a reference. I'm 5'11" my floor is about 2.5" higher than stock, and my seat bottom is about 2" off the floor with a 4" thick cushion. My pedal position is about the same as it was in stock form. I have more room in the footwell because I cut the wheel arch out and squared out that area. The below picture gives you an idea of where my seat sits. If I sit in my seat and stretch my legs out they I have just enough room for my feet to touch the firewall. This puts my seat back just behind my b pillar.



If you wanted to go flush firewall then you would need to move everything back and cut behind the b pillar. If you work with the footwell area then you might be able to cut right behind the b pillar. The advantage to that is you keep part of the hood functional and you have a good place to stick all your wiring and battery.

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Coolest front aircooled engine VR Pickup I've seen.



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Old September 30th, 2019, 12:27 PM   #24
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Thats slick. I like the bed design.
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Old October 1st, 2019, 09:11 AM   #25
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My e-mail hasn't been telling me you guys are responding .


I am also 5'11"
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<-- That's what I'm planning so far.


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Super awesome!! I haven't seen a front engine one yet. I'll have to go digging through the build thread. Thanks for the link!
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