Hurray, the VW bug's lower frame is complete as far as I can get it for now. I will still need to remove the frame and flip it around a bit to get to all the welds. Next up, compression of the struts to determine ride height and strut top location. So far so good.
Remove all the wooden jigs and see the VW roll #231.mpg
I have reached a big mile-stone in my build. The entire engine and chassis
is up on it's own and rolls very nicely. I have done a lot of jumping up
and down on the front and rear suspension and it seems to perform great. I
will install the steering rack next and then remove the frame from
everything else to finish the welding.
Preppin VW Bug chassis for front frame members #114
Now that I have the VW bug body removed from the platform, I have removed
the main frame rails to be able to line everything up on the front end. I
will start the frame build with the front nose piece. This piece will
contain the front suspension torque arm connections.
VW Bug - Toyota MR2 drivetrain alignment and support #36
In this video you have to look for the changes. The engine is tilted back
at the correct angle for the Toyota MR2 3SGTE engine. I also have blocks
supporting the engine from below (no weight on the chains of the shop
crane). I still need to install the rear cross-member to get everything
exactly where it needs to be in the VW Bug rear end.
VW Bug - MR2 Create masonite template for cutting frame plates #45
Using the VW Bug foam frame templates I constructed a masonite template to
use as a guide for the plasma torch. I made this template .125 inches
smaller that the actual foam template because of the plasma cutters tip.
The template insures that I have an accurate cut on the framing steel which
will go around the Toyota MR2 3SGTE motor.
Will this bug float? You dont want to miss this next contestant try in a
Airkewld 1956 VW Custom Oval Chassis
The Ultimate Chassis for Mark's 56 Oval. 4" Narrowed Ultimate Beam, Bolt on
Air Ride, BAD Series Disc Brakes, Powder coated Chrome & Clear Chassis. All
the parts were bought from Airkewld.
1961 Ragtop Beetle rebuild
Here is months of footage, all rolled down into under 7 minutes, of me
rebuilding my 1961 Ragtop Beetle after an extensive restoration. It was off
the road around two years. I didn't film the whole restoration as that
could get quite boring but I have got all of the stages photographed which
you can find at www.volksworld.com.
I did pop a few photos in at the beginning of the video but stick with it
as the video goes pretty fast!
Will have to remove the VW Bug front apron #99
I bought this VW bug project from a guy that was in mid restoral. Upon the
first sheetmetal mock-up I found out that the front nose apron had been
welded on 1/2 inch out of alignment. I now must remove (cut out) this
existing piece and replace it later.