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  • Brian E
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    Hello, my name is Brian and I am a long time lurker around here.  I live in Rapid City, SD and I make obsolete gun parts for my families business.  I figured I should finally introduce myself and put up a few pics of my silly little single cab.

    The truck was found about 20min from here where it had been sitting since the late ’80’s.  I got it home, added my complete new front hybrid suspension, my bolt-in IRS kit, and a little 1835cc.  I left most the previous owners metal work, and buffed the paint.  I did restore the interior so it would be pleasant to drive.

    It was shortened 32″, and it goes down the road WAY better than I thought it would.  It is actually pretty fun to drive.

    lfront (4)lfront (3)

    I would like to let anyone on here know if they are up here in the Black Hills and have VW trouble let me know. I have a full machine shop and I keep lots of parts on hand.

    We are planning another bus road trip with the family this summer, and I think we are going to head through GJ down to southern Utah, so I might be hitting you guys up for some trip suggestions.

    Thanks,

    Brian

    Rustabus
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    Welcome!!!!! LOVE that Single!!!!!!!!!!

    volksaddict
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    Wow! Og paint 55 or 56? Nice stubby truck!

    mtnbus
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    Hello Brian !

    Cool rig. Im north of durango if you’re out this way

    ColeB
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    That is some good looking paint! Cool truck

    MikeK
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    That thing looks like a blast.  Tell us more about the suspension.

    Brian E
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    Wow! Og paint 55 or 56? Nice stubby truck!

    Thanks guys.  It is an early ’57.

    tlambert
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    Cool ride!

    My favorite John Jones quote:

    sanding sucks my balls and there is no need for any pics.. 😎

    Jb
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    Ya Brian, show some pics of your suspension stuff! I love this truck, makes me want a shorty even more than before, thanks😱

    This guy has put some serious time and effort into building a bulletproof kit 👊 and very affordable to boot.

    if anyone needs motor work, Brian is your man….not many builders go the distance this dude does🙌 My bus runs a set of ported Type-E heads, they are killer💪

    John Jones
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    That truck is sick!!!   A mini to Rusty’s truck.. 😎  I hope I make it up to your place soon!!!  😎  Brian E’s that is!

    Kleake
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    Welcome !!! Love the shorty 😎😎😎

    Willy
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    What a cool shorty! Probably my favorite that I’ve ever seen

    Brian E
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    The front suspension was designed for people who drive their buses a lot.  I ditched the pack-able wheel bearings for modern sealed hub assemblies.  The spindle’s are 3.5” drop with corrected Ackerman for the narrowed beam.  The hubs, calipers, and big 10.5” vented rotors are off-the-shelf modern American truck stuff.  The parts are available at most every parts store across the country.  I also built the beam and spindles to use bay window ball joint rather than link pins.  This was for no maintenance, better ride, and easy alignment.  The spindle are near flush on the outside, with no hub snout sticking out.

     

    Brian E
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    Brian E
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    The beam is 4” narrowed and adjustable, and the center pin has been moved up ¾” for ground clearance.  Split and Bay bolt patterns.  New Nylatron machined bushings.  Reamed in place after they are installed.

    Brian E
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    I will add some of the installed pics and IRS pics later.  I cant figure out how to add more than one pic at a time.

     

    Brian

    Brian E
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    Here are some installed pics from under the Shawty.  The combo uses stock bay window torsion arms and springs.  These are the only core parts that need to be sourced right now, but I have a better option coming soon.

    Brian E
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    Brian E
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    Brian E
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    The steering angles are all set up for no bump steer, and straight tracking.  I added some caster to the beam as well.

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