Project DC - 4 door Dual Cab with 3.2L Porsche engine

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Project DC - 4 door Dual Cab with 3.2L Porsche engine

Postby Dasdubber » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:59 pm

Hi?thought I'd share one of our current restorations with you guys having looked through some of the awesome projects at KCW, and from owners on this forum.

I run DAS Resto Haus - a VW restoration shop on the Gold Coast in Australia?this 71 Dual Cab project was the idea of an owner who wanted an old styled 'ute' (what we call a pickup) but with all the mod cons and handling/performance of a new car.

Without rambling on much more here is what we started with:
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More pics to come, cheers. Al
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Postby Dasdubber » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:04 pm

This thing was destined to be torn down to its bare bones given the brief of the project and the importance to get the panels super straight. So off with the nose:

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As usual rotten a-pillars and inner valance:
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The D-pillar (passenger side) had received a big whack at some stage and rather than fixing it properly, someone decided just to plate over it with a second skin
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Both doglegs were to come off and be replaced with Klassic Fab units:
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Lower a-pillars needed replacing as well
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Postby Dasdubber » Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:59 am

Rear tubs were knackered so the call was made to remove and replace them as well
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The deeper we dig, the more work we find (like all resto's!)
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New Klassic Fab cab floor to come
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Rear pillars were rooted as well
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Off to blasting
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Postby Franz » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:00 am

I bet the owner is felling pretty discouraged about now. Smile

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Postby Dasdubber » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:09 pm

Post blasting things always look a little better (but certainly reveals exactly how much work is ahead)

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Time to start cutting:
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To make way for this:
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After lots of research and talking to our gearbox builder, it was decided an 091 bus box would be mated to the 3.2L Porsche engine?it will have full Albins (weddle) internals and super diff. Whilst it will not withstand 3rd gear burnouts or drag race starts, the owner was happy to compromise some sensible driving to save a load of funds on buying/rebuilding/installing a G50 or 915 box.
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Cheers
Al

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Postby tlambert » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:55 pm

Keep us posted. I like this build. Sleeper!
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Postby jeremy » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:47 pm

Keep the picks coming.

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Postby Dasdubber » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:29 am

Cheers guys.

When mocking up the Porsche engine mated to the 2L bus box using a late bay gearbox top mount, two issues arose - one was the firewall/tranny hump was in the way, and two, engine to ground clearance was very limited if the box was mounted in the factory position.

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As a result, a 2 inch tranny raise was implemented - front torsion housing mount was left in situ and the actual bolt on mount modded?the rear tranny hanger was then set 2 inches higher up on the chassis

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Postby NUG637 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:44 pm

=D> love ya work Al

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Postby john jones » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:49 pm

shit loads of work.. great progress
if you keep going in circles.. Your never gonna get anywhere :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k

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Postby Dasdubber » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:20 pm

Cheers gents.
John, I don't think we could knock it over as quick as you guys but as you know with these full custom builds, you just keep at it and eventually you get there.
Al

Lots of small rust repairs to go along with the major panel replacements
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The left side D-pillar had received a big whack at some stage and needed replacement. Since no repro panels were available Barry (my head fabricator) had to rebuild it from scratch. Of course its Murphy's law that two weeks after we finished the repair, a NOS left side early bay D-pillar came up for sale in Australia! Grrr! If only it was listed a couple months earlier!

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Postby C.Hamburg » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:10 pm

Awesome project!

What's the plans for wheels and is it getting lowered?
-Corey

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Postby Dasdubber » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:58 am

Height will come down a little but not slammed unfortunately - engine to ground clearance even with with the 2in tranny raise will be the limiting factor. Wheels are going to divide opinion as they are not for everyone but our customer had something in mind and I had to mediate the best of the choices available :)

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Postby Franz » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:30 am

Come on, give it up. What is the wheel choice?!

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Postby Dasdubber » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:34 pm

Franz wrote:Come on, give it up. What is the wheel choice?!


Franz, all I'll say for now is they will be black and 17 inch. I'll keep em under wraps until I mock up the tyres etc ;)


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