low single cab, body off

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low single cab, body off

Postby speedjeans » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:15 am

After always posting my projects on the dutch vwsite, I thought I will go international on this one.

The subject is this sc, that is already really low, but also has the neccesairy bad spots(Rust).


As I always wanted to build a sc like the ConceptRacing one, I thought I will sacrifice this one. Frame is real solid, Panels not so..

12cm / 5inch bodydrop
air suspension
ladderframe rear with removable panels (acces rearwheel)

this will be a cut-as-I-go build, so no real plan. just day by day planning, cutting and welding (and sometimes welding back what I just cut)

I started with the usal cutting.


and some more cutting:

and welded up a 2x2 at the rear bulkhead, 5inch above the new rear frame (As pictured)

cut the cabin loose, and lay tha cabin on the new rear frame.


raingutter at 140cm height, just below my shoulder

took the cabin of the clean up the rear and build the rest of the rear frame

so that was about 2 weeks work done. ( a little headstart)

yesterday I started trying to make the panel for the rear bulkhead. Not much on this car will be original, so I want to make my own panels. Cheapass budget. well I typed b u d g e t (will automaticly be translated as wife's limitation.. nice ;-) ))


this was my first attempt, lines not straight as I do not have a straight guidance, but you'll get the idea

I will try to update once or twice a week. Also I will do (already) a update on my facebook almost everyday, for those who are interested.


BTW, here are some of my previous projects:

52 ragtop split, just finished

some speedsters:



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Postby cookiemonster131 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:23 am

"With all of those VW's in the parking lot i thought it was a Unitarian Church" Hank Hill

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Postby turner-vw » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:02 am

Sweet looking project! love the 52 split!

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Postby Greasy Dave » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:54 pm

Saw your fauxtina 356 at EBI, very nice,to the point it wasmy screen saver for a while.

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Postby speedjeans » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:37 pm


the goal is to be ready may 27th (birthday).. yes 2012!!

here is the new panel. much straigter lines


run out of metal.. need to get some more tommorow.

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Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:33 pm

Wow, that is crazy! I love it!

Now spill the secret on how to make fauxtina on plastic!! :)

carpe diem, one day, one life, no more.

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Postby speedjeans » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:56 pm

You'll probably know it at the end of may.. :-)

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Postby john jones » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:43 am

dude.. your a badd ass... what a project.. I love it.

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Postby Wren » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:13 am

Thats going to be crazy! I've never seen a truck like that. =D>

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Postby speedjeans » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:03 pm

today I went to the shop to get some more metal.

cut most of the tube for the 'box' and did some gastank/airtank mockup to figure out where to place the crossmembers. nothing welded yet as my welding machine is stuck.

still don;t know what to do with the sides of the box

Prob will box gastank area with sheetmetal x-pressed. Want this area waterproof as I want to also put my compressor there.
There rest will be ladder with mesh

also talked to a friend of me who has a metalshop to build the beam and hopfully we can make the side-panel strengtherers/ribs.

if anyone has a cad-file for the sideplates (extra 5degrees version?) please pm me. (or complete beam cad-files

Are the bugpack urethane bushings any good?

here some more pics of today


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Postby Franz » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:24 pm

You are crazy! looking good. I usualy get beam parts from Wagens West. Nate is super cool.

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Postby speedjeans » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:37 am

YES.. I know nate.

bought my first bus from him

also need to track down some ansi40 tube here.. are the busings perfect fit in the 2inch ansi tube, or do they need some tweaking/milling down to fit?

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Postby MichaelDF » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:21 am

I only use the Bug Pack Bushings, they $30 for the set.

They fit sloppy in stock Bus tubing, but they fit great if you use 2" SCH 40 pipe for new construction.

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Postby Flipper_1938 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:21 am

What a cool project! I had never seen the Concept Racing single.

The passenger compartment/floorboards sure look beefy


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Postby speedjeans » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:09 am

Not much welding the last days as my welder was stuck. Now fitted with a new transport roller I can burn again..

in the meantime i worked on the beam with some help from Koolaid. Now have the cad files, and found some airrride parts from a few years ago that may comeup handy.


Did some template work for the ribs on the sidepanels . Will prob make the curves with a roller in 1x1 inch tube.


and replaced the gasfillercap to the top of the tank

more to follow this weekend

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