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dub_crazee January 17th 2010 16:27

'69 / '76 Germanlook Project
i started this project october 2008 - starting with a 1976 body and 1969 chassis. I started off with a 1976 beetle i had since i was 15 - and acquired a 1969 chassis to IRS.

a couple of pics before

First up was new heavy duty floorpans and IRS conversion with 944 Turbo a arms

with this being shoe horned in next!

The chassis has also received a couple of small repairs to the framehead, a hydraulic clutch set up a a bug@5 speed shifter

the clutch MC was fitted through the inspection hole (had to be slightly enlarged) and a hole made behind the throttle lever arm cover for access

i think this is a much better way of installing it rather than cutting a large hole in the top of the tunnel as suggested :)

dub_crazee January 17th 2010 16:39

The body has also received extensive work with 2 new heater channels, new front bulkead, 2 new a posts, 1 new front quarter, new front apron / wheel well and panel below the petrol tank. 2 new rear quarters, 2 rear cross members, new rear valance, new front scuttle, 2 boot floor repairs and a couple of small gutter repairs. All panels were NOS with the exception of the a posts (hookys) and the wheel trough panel.

The car was then completely stripped and sandblasted - the coated with kephos

and the man doing the blasting - alex from abs blasting

hopefully my gearbox mount will be finished this week so i may get that fitted- and im also starting to prep the bolt on panels this week. :)

wrenchnride247 January 17th 2010 21:36

Those are some nice MIG welds on the IRS pivot brackets. Well, from the progress so far looks like this bug will be on the road soon then. I'm going to start some rust repairs on my bugs body pretty soon, doing alot of what you have done already. This is good inspiration for me, and others I'm sure! Keep it up!:D

johnnyvee January 17th 2010 23:07


dub_crazee January 22nd 2010 18:53

Thans for the kind comments :)

. ive just received my aluminium gearbox mount adapters from a friend so the rear cradle is now bolted to the gearboxx - when we get some room in the workshop il get the chassis back down and finish fitting the gearbox.

at the moment im just prepping the bolt on panels for paint. not very interesting so i wont bother posting pics of that.



dub_crazee January 22nd 2010 18:55

Wrernchnride from the looks of your build so far - the body will not be a problem for you - do you do it as a job also? im awaiting pics of your clutch slave cylinder install as ive still gota do mine ;) Think im going to mount mine similar to Wally.

wrenchnride247 January 22nd 2010 22:01


Originally Posted by dub_crazee (Post 73636)
Wrernchnride from the looks of your build so far - the body will not be a problem for you - do you do it as a job also? im awaiting pics of your clutch slave cylinder install as ive still gota do mine ;) Think im going to mount mine similar to Wally.

Thanks. The work is no problem...getting the time to work on it is though ;) . This is not what I do for a living (wish I could). By trade I'm a industrial mechanic so must perform many types of repair and rebuilding. My slave cylinder install is on hold due to work hours, building my header, and a friends motorcycle I'm rebuilding the engine on.

NO_H2O January 23rd 2010 01:11

Good looking project so far. Keep the pix coming.

dub_crazee January 24th 2010 08:53

ive got loads of pics of the body resto - but didnt want to bore you guys with all of those.

yesterday my gearbox blocks to mount on the beetle cradle turned up and they work nicely :) i just need to get some countersink bolts but this is it mocked up. im going to bolt it in and then mock up the front mount which i have all the bits for it just need welding together!

i also ordered some 4cm wider rear wings from CSP which dented the bank balance somewhat! Hopefully my Kafer 5 bar set up from vdub engineering will be ready soon too! its all starting to come together :D

anyways more pics! Ally spacer blocks for the beetle mounts

blasted 944 turbo a arms - not sure whether to leave them bare - paint them, powdercoat them or anodise them. ive left an ally springplate cover outside to see if it oxidises

powdercoated goodies :) still awaiting new bearings/bushes etc from pelican parts before i can put it all back together

996 caliper and rotor. 944 front hubs and cb performance dropped spindles away for machining.

finally a nice upright oil filler for my type iv motor build!

offically started prep on my doors yesterday after removing the worn hinge pins. its going to be a slow process but it hsould be worth it!

wrenchnride247 January 24th 2010 21:49

Looking will all be worth it in the end (thats what I keep telling myself anyway :rolleyes::lmao: )

SteveW January 27th 2010 10:44

Who are doing the work on the hubs and spindles?

Cheers Steve

dub_crazee January 27th 2010 17:42

a friend of mine who works in letchworth :)

SteveW January 28th 2010 07:15


Originally Posted by dub_crazee (Post 73795)
a friend of mine who works for chasestead in letchworth :)

Does he want another set to do? ;)

dub_crazee January 28th 2010 17:19

i'l have a word. i havnt managed to get a fixed price from him yet. what hubs are you using? i dont know off the top of my head but are all bearings the same for 944s?

SteveW January 29th 2010 05:23

Using early Turbo hubs (1 year only) and turbo 4 pots. As far as I remember the 944 bearing sizes are the same but spacing between may differ.

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