By Rick B 4454 Date 2015-08-11 00:08
Saw this buried in an old service station and couldn't help myself. Wife was not happy when I came home "late from work" with it behind my truck.
Titled. Well built and maintained. Engine in pieces. Cool with Mustang bumper on the front. Towed it home, bought a dual-port off of Craigslist and here we go. Thanks already to this site for helping me to identify it.
Plans? Try to expose the gelcoat....looks great with a little spit. Lower the stocker seats if I can...they're too high. Slant the windshield a bit, roll bar, etc. Open to "budget build" suggestions. Thanks for looking.
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-08-11 21:21 Edited 2015-08-11 21:24
Have you figured the year of the donor car and is it titled as such? Mine is titled as a 1958 VW but I didn't buy the kit and build it until 1968. Part of the chassis, tunnel, brakes steering column & wheel are from the original donor beetle. Neat looking buggy.
P.S. I was able to lower my seats by building my own seat frames from angle iron. They're about 2" off the floor now. Very Comfortable tho. Even when my wife and I took a 2,200 mile trip in it.
By Rick B 4454 Date 2015-08-12 13:48
Yes. It's on a '68 chassis and titled that way.
$2k miles in a buggy is quite a run! On your seats, are you measuring 2" from the bottom side of the seat to the floor pan? How is that ride height compared to the steering wheel? And, did you have to make any adjustments to the steering column height? Thanks for your reply, by the way.
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-08-12 19:40
First, the base I welded up for the seats measure about 3" from the bottom of the seat slider to the floorboard. Doesn't leave much room for storage.
I didn't make any adjustments to the column and I have gone back to the original steering wheel, which comes within about an inch of the windshield. My windshield is slanted. I'll try to attach some photos.
Good luck, have fun...........
By Rick B 4454 Date 2015-08-12 22:43
That's a good looking little "bugger". I'll have the same challenge pulling the windshield back, because the steering wheel right now is only inches from my windshield's upright angle. It's evidently a Honda wheel, so dunno what I'm gonna do yet about that. I'll definitely lower the seats as you did. Thanks.
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-08-13 12:33
You can always buy one of those smaller steering wheels. I did that some years ago, then went back to the original '58.
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