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Old August 10th, 2018, 10:06 AM   #1
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Here some pictures of V8Transporter's Single Cab Transporter
Very nice work Kim, I love it











I really like the VW emblem on the valve cover, I bet that's not standard equipment

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Old August 10th, 2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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Many thanks to Ron who posted the photos for me. If you haven't guessed, I still haven't figured how to do it myself. But, I was able to e-mail him photos via my i Phone. Ms. Purp, I can hear you snickering from here.
I bought the 'at the time badly banged up' '58 Single Cab off a used car lot a few weeks after I came home from Vietnam in late 1971. At the time she ran a 1200cc 36 hp. In '74 or so I swapped in a '65 110 hp Corvair powertrain including the IRS. In '79 I began the Ford V8 swap. By mid-81 I had her up and running with the current 351 Ford, T-98 truck four speed (has compound low) and 9" Ford with 3.00:1 gears. Front end is a much modified '71 VW Type II with power disc brakes. I located Ford rear wheel cylinders with the same bore and rear VW's so it worked out well.
There's a certain irony in that with the 36 hp she topped out at 50 mph and got me 17 to 18 mpg. With the V8 I've towed a 22' sailboat at 65. See an old photo in the 'Crazy Bastard' posts. Freeway mileage is 22 mpg.
Because of comments by the occasional VW 'purist' I welded in VW hub cap centers into the stock Ford steel valve covers.
The 'wind up key' was for a local parade a few years back. It spins via a old Nissan windshield wiper motor inside the metal housing fastened to the engine cover. It's controlled by a toggle switch between the seats. The 'key' unplugs and lifts out so I can tilt the cover up. And yup, I get some strange looks at times.
I drew the cartoon of the truck back in '80 when I had a small sign and graphics shop in a nearby town. I still hand out copies of it and some of my other 'toons for kids to color.
After over a year of frustrating tinkering and head banging, with the new fuel tank, fuel pump, another carb and new MSD ignition she's back on the road. Last Saturday at our local car show I won the 'Rat Rod' trophy.
Thanks again to Ron for posting the photos for me.
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Love it!
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Awesome. Would love to see the shifter linkage. It manual, right? Im not a Ford guy.
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Bad ass . two of my favorites VW , and Ford .
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Thanks! She's fun to drive and I get a lot of smiles and waves. Yup, it's a manual four speed and took me a few weeks to figure out, along with the cable actuated clutch set up... It's actually more than just a 'linkage,' involving replacing the upper portion of the tranny's shift tower with a shop-fabricated bolt-on box. It'll make sense when you can see it in the photos.
Since she's running well with the new ignition, next comes the new wiring harness installation.
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Yup, it's a manual four speed and took me a few weeks to figure out, along with the cable actuated clutch set up... It's actually more than just a 'linkage,' involving replacing the upper portion of the tranny's shift tower with a shop-fabricated bolt-on box. It'll make sense when you can see it in the photos.
Since she's running well with the new ignition, next comes the new wiring harness installation.
So do you have any pictures of the linkage? If so I can put them here if ya want

A new wiring harness, those aren't much fun to replace, I have never worked on a Transporter/Bus, but then again I'm sure yours isn't a normal wiring harness, but it may be just a few pieces of wire added on to connect the Ford engine
Speaking about a wiring harness, I think I'm gonna hafta start saving every penny I can and buy one for my Volksrod, it's broken and won't start, I'll explain all that in my own ongoing Volksrod page after the weekend

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Bad ass . two of my favorites VW , and Ford .
Two of my favorites as well, FORD means Found On Ron's Driveway
I hope to get my Ford powered Bug back on my things to do list next year

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Thanks Ron, Ill get a couple of shots of the linkage etc. out to you today. I grew up hearing Ford stood for 'Fix Or Repair Daily' by my Chevy and Mopar owning buddies. Though they couldn't tease me too much as I dropped a 322 Buick Nailhead in my '47 Coupe.
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