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volkdent January 13th 2010 22:02

1.8t Mid-Engine 1960 UBRDUB
 
Hey there, my name is Jason. I'm originally from B.C., Canada, but after schooling I now live in Santa Rosa, CA

These are pics as my baby came together. All these shots are in our barn or outside my parents house. In retrospect, I should have been more thorough but this was back in '87 and I wasn't as smart as I am now:lmao:. Kind of rough but it worked. I completely stripped the pan, sandblasted, primered, sanded and painted it in my barn. Had the bodywork done by a stoner and the paint done by a place in Aldergrove. It was single stage and I have to say I think it turned out OK! The color of the pan is from a 60's British Cortina, if memory serves.

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Did I mention it was the '80's? The color was a sort of pastel green that matched one of the Maui and Sons symbols colors... I was a wanna be California surfer dude living in B.C. There was a really cool blue bug in England that was just monochrome that I thought was awesome too...

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It looked like this until about 2002, when I got tired of trying to keep the aircooled motor going, I started thinking about reliable big power for a reasonable price. I started thinking about how a big powered bug would need to handle better, so I started thinking about f/r balance. Mid-engine would make that better right?I bought an old GTI for $100 and started taking measurements off of it and some pictures. I scaled them and a picture of the top of a vw pan and did some measurements and found out a VW watercooled motor would fit in the back of a bug. I didn't want to just open up massive holes in the bug, I still wanted it to be mostly bug, so making it fit without a ton of cutting was really important.

Once I knew it would fit, I ordered a 1.8t and an O2J tranny from a now-defunk place called Ron's Parts Incorporated (RPI). The guy I worked with there had actually amassed some parts to do something like this himself, so he also had a Porsche Boxter shifter linkage and was able to get me some G60 hubs and some big brakes that would be used for the rear. Then the cutting began, and the jig from the GTI fitted. This is all very complicated, but this was my first attempt at something this large, I would have done it much more directly if I did it again.

I also starting thinking that all this power would need to be controlled, so I knew the stock suspension setup wasn't going to handle it and the wishbone suspension idea was born:

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The wishbone buildup forum is here:

Wishbone Suspension Bolt-On Kit

The 1.8t buildup forum is here:

180hp 1.8t in a Bug

And the Brake buildup is here:

Let There Be Brakes

volkdent January 14th 2010 01:17

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volkdent January 14th 2010 01:24

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volkdent January 14th 2010 02:08

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volkdent January 14th 2010 02:20

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volkdent January 14th 2010 02:31

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volkdent January 14th 2010 02:49

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volkdent January 14th 2010 02:56

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volkdent January 14th 2010 03:01

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NO_H2O January 14th 2010 09:44

Lots of nice work in that one Jason. I love the front suspension.

johnnyvee January 14th 2010 11:33

when do you sleep :D

ricola January 14th 2010 15:20

Nice summary!

Any idea how much bhp that intercooler should be good for? I'm vaguely considering sticking with air/air in the back ducted from both wings...

volkdent January 14th 2010 21:32

Thanks guys, long winded, but that's how it is. It's been going on since I was 15 and I'm 37 now, so I won't be resting anytime soon. You've see my signature, right?

Quote:

Originally Posted by ricola (Post 73397)
Nice summary!

Any idea how much bhp that intercooler should be good for? I'm vaguely considering sticking with air/air in the back ducted from both wings...

This is the link to the intercooler, says 350+ hp and I've seen it other places for that hp rating too.

Small Intercooler

BTW, would you consider making your own build thread? I know you maintain your own site updates, but it would be really awesome to have a few pics posted here and at least the update links as they come?

Jason

wrenchnride247 January 14th 2010 22:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by volkdent (Post 73400)
Thanks guys, long winded, but that's how it is. It's been going on since I was 15 and I'm 37 now, so I won't be resting anytime soon. You've see my signature, right?

That is a really long time Jason...don't feel so bad about mine now :rolleyes:
Seriously though, I have enjoyed seeing all the "out of the box" ideas you've been doing with this project. Keep it up man! :D

ricola January 15th 2010 15:19

I've got this one here (not that current really):
http://germanlook.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182

Volkszone:
http://www.volkszone.co.uk/VZi/showthread.php?t=544689

Aussieveedubber forum:
http://forums.aussieveedubbers.com/v....php?tid=75812

Mainly due to higher traffic and thea fact that aussie's are more into subaru conversions...


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