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Old February 26th, 2019, 09:28 AM   #1
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Just joined the site, so we'll jump into this build mid-process. It's a 72 Beetle body on a box tube frame. 1966 SBC 283 with a 7040263 4MV Quadrajet. 72 Chevelle rear end and Chevelle Hubs on all 4 corners. The car has been roughed out, but all the refined details, rust repair, etc is in process.

This is as it looked this weekend.



I'll follow up to get this thread posted with details that got me here. I've just been chomping at the bit to get a thread started on the forum since I joined.

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Old February 26th, 2019, 11:02 AM   #2
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I like where you are going with this.

Welcome to the site, and I look forward to any updates as they come. Keep up the good work!
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Old February 28th, 2019, 08:38 AM   #3
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Your project absolutely screams VOLKSROD! I'm looking forward to seeing more. Welcome to the site.
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Old February 28th, 2019, 10:17 AM   #4
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Thanks, fellas. I'll have to get some posts going that catch the build up. For now, this is what I have going this week:

I'm went with sprint headers, but unfortunately they didn't quite clear the body out of the box. So, I cut them at the mounting brackets, flipped the brackets, and welded them back in to get me the right angle to clear under the body. Then, because I don't have tube bender and I didn't want to fork out $150+ on buying mandrel bends, I decided to pie cut these 3" tubes to put together my exhaust. 38 pie cuts and 40lbs of industrial mix later, I kinda question the intelligence of my thriftiness.

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Old February 28th, 2019, 01:06 PM   #5
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this is awesome! Welcome! I look forward to seeing more of your build!
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Old February 28th, 2019, 02:47 PM   #6
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38 pie cuts? This is what keeps us out of trouble. Plus, it looks slick.
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Old February 28th, 2019, 05:33 PM   #7
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38 pie cuts?
I am quite fond of pie.
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Old March 3rd, 2019, 10:51 AM   #8
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I machined up some trim rings to retrofit Pontiac Catalina lenses for tail light. Still waiting on the buckets to complete the job.

I’m installing halo and bullet LEDs to act a brake and running lights.

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Nice work! They should really get some attention.
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Old March 8th, 2019, 01:56 PM   #10
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Lookin' good !
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Old March 25th, 2019, 05:02 PM   #11
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Been working on the engine a bunch lately and rebuilding the front end. I'm running a quadrajet from a GTO judge, which was built before the heavy handed EPA days, so it vents to the atmosphere. As such, I've been having some issues with the float needle seating consistently. I completely rebuilt the carb, but as these things are famous for, there's probably some crud under the needle valve seats or something that's getting into the jet and letting enough fuel to bypass and dump all over my intake. I'll get it sorted, but until then it's annoying AF. I scored a nice spreadbore Edelbrock Performer intake for cheap on Ebay, so I have to pull the carb anyway.

In the meantime, I'll keep working out kinks in the front end. I can't fully identify the grill I'd been running, but I think it's from an International truck, or possibly even a tractor. It's not a bad look, but IMO it's too big and it didn't fit to the backside of the radiator which drove me nuts. Plus, I had to cut the bottom off of it and notch it to fit over the leaf spring, which in itself wasn't a great look. When I pulled it this weekend to properly planish the top hood metal, I realized it was way worse than I thought, with over 1/2" Bondo in places. It's not worth the effort to me, so I'm going to try some other options. With a $55 Model A score on Ebay, I got the last bit of motivation to push me over the edge.

Since I'm running mostly Chevelle running gear, I've had to do some altering to this frame. The centerlink on the steering is essentially backwards, so the bend wants to go on top. I cut it into three pieces and flipped the bend downwards...



This allowed me to drop my radiator to give it better height compared to the engine and body, plus move it back closer to the engine. Running an electric fan means it can be much closer to the front of the engine.



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Old March 26th, 2019, 06:27 AM   #12
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This thing rules!! I'm doing something similar. Using an S10 chassis for now, but will be going with the same tube frame design down the road. Had the chassis given to me so can't go wrong with that price...lol Just want to get it rolling for now and then work on the new chassis after. What axle did you use on the front?
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Please keep the updates coming !
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Old March 30th, 2019, 10:34 AM   #14
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What axle did you use on the front?
Thanks, man. I appreciate it. It's a spring over axle from Speedway with Chevy spindles.
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Old March 31st, 2019, 05:55 PM   #15
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Awesome build, love it

That's what I had in mine when I started my V8 Bug, but I decided I wanted something I could drive daily, straight axles just aren't my thing for a daily driver
Just maybe I'll get back to work on it, it will be 10 years this summer since I pushed it out of the garage

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The Model A housing just looks sooo right! Slick work.
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Old April 16th, 2019, 03:51 PM   #17
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I installed an Edelbrock Performer intake for a spread bore carb to match the Quadrajet carb. Finally, this engine is pretty well tuned.



This is what she looked like before a weekend of crunching miles.



I even added a cool logo on the grille surround.



Then, I installed some hole-less valve covers that look much prettier. This required me drilling one to run a PCV. Beings it's a 62 block, the intake vent on the PCV system is where the draft tube used to reside on the backside of the block, just behind the intake.



Finally, my weekend ended like this...



The lesson is this: No matter how DOT a drag tire is, it's not really very DOT at all.

I ran through some nice twisties through Sumter National Forest and cut a tire in a turn. As a bias-ply tire, they have zero side wall strength. Because, despite the DOT moniker, they're still wrinkle slicks and they are not supposed to do anything but go straight. I got about 4 miles from that turn, and within a mile from home when the tire went down. It was a nice finish to a weekend on a wrecker.



I've already ordered a set of Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R Performance radial tires. They should let me go around corners a few more times.
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Good to hear the only damage was to your wallet for the tow home. From my experience, if you're going to run on the road, road type tires are the way to go.
Back in the early 70's for a short time I ran a set of Bruce's recap slicks on 8" wide Corvette wheels at the my Corvair powered bug. One evening on the way home from work I found a large puddle of water under a freeway overpass. I did a 360 in light traffic, recovering in the next lane over. After that, it was nice street tires all around.
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Old April 19th, 2019, 05:20 AM   #19
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I machined a base and installed a hood ornament for my Model A grille surround. This is an aluminum trophy. It's a motorcycle because I'm mostly a bike builder and avid rider, so I had to put a little bit of bike in this build.

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Nice touch. A lot of us also build things on two wheels. What kind of bikes catch your fancy?
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Nice touch. A lot of us also build things on two wheels. What kind of bikes catch your fancy?
I tend to gravitate towards Hondas and BMWs. I have a CB750 chopper that I built and another that I'm building. I also have two BMWs- a 77 R100/7 and a 97 F650st that I turned into a custom dual sport. I also have 78 Suzuki DR370 and DR125. A Honda XR200 and a 75 GL1000. The GL I am working out a trade for an FT500. Plus a CB550 I just got into my shop and a Suzuki GT185 waiting for the summer. There's also an XR80 and a Z50 I am planning something really stupid for to take to Mid-Ohio this summer.









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Since I had that blowout, I've gotten a new set of rear radials. I like them a lot, minus the fact that I don't have them balanced yet. Funny how few shops can balance a wheel with this much dish. I haven't called around too much, tho. I can't remember if I posted this already, but I also changed the exhaust. It's strangely louder this way, but a much better look, me thinks. I may machine end caps to tone it down a bit...



Today I made another set of tie rods for the steering. This will be the third set as I try to figure out how to get something good through the small space between this frame and suspension. Hopefully, my final solution is in the picture. I machined a couple of threaded ends and heated/bent the tie rod end to give it the necessary angle to send the rest of the tie rod level through the frame and suspension. So far, so good.

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Drooling over the bikes !
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Old May 7th, 2019, 08:05 PM   #25
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I scored a couple of virtually rust free and complete doors to replace my rotted doors. I had a great time getting the hinge screws out. I literally had to weld bolts to every one of the screws to get them out they were so rusted and frozen...




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