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.
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!
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.
Position all VW Bug front sheet metal #111
This VW bug body, no doubt, took a lick sometime in it's life. I guess
thats why the front apron had already been replaced (incorrectly
positioned). I had to remove the other front apron and am now trying to
reposition the new one as well as the front fenders. I am doing this all at
the same time to try and get the front end lined up exactly. This fitting
is mainly for front wheel positioning.
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.
Will this bug float? You dont want to miss this next contestant try in a
Create VW Bug front lower control arm mounts 2 #123
The VW bug needs lower front control arm mounts. I am building these from
3.5x3.5x3/16" box tubing. After cutting each mount out, I need to bend the
tabs over to create the actual mount points. I am using a small piece of
the 3x3 inch tubing for leverage. Once clamped in the vise, I just need to
add a little muscle to bend them over.
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.
VW bug frame flipped up-side-down #344.mpg
I again have flipped the frame over for some additional work. I will be
adding the e-brake cabel mounts as well as the front say bar mounts. Once
everything is figured out I will finish all the welding on the bottom and