VwfoolParticipantOctober 3, 2017 at 12:19 amPost count: 817
I think the double door is a little closer to making a trip. I installed the new trans adjusted the spring plates. Now I need to pull the front end and do some cut and turn action on it.VwfoolParticipantOctober 3, 2017 at 12:20 amPost count: 817
I think the double door is a little closer to making a trip. I installed the new trans adjusted the spring plates. Now I need to pull the front end and do some cut and turn action on it.AndymParticipantOctober 3, 2017 at 1:25 pmPost count: 979
^^^^ we should have subi swapped that! Closer to being a driver.VwfoolParticipantOctober 3, 2017 at 9:19 pmPost count: 817
No Subi for this beast, the stretched bus needed that. I have wanted to build this bus since I bought it 5 years ago as a Shasta bus. Now I will be happy if I can just make it my exploring bus. I have a plethora of forest roads and isolated areas behind my house that I want to explore plus the countless ghost towns out here in Oregon. It has a very stout built transmission with new everything. Nice new mud terrain tires, a full length rack and a soon to be built custom front bumper made by me.VwfoolParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 10:44 pmPost count: 817
So…….I got a hair up my ass and was scrolling through samba and found an Empi Sportster about 3.5 hours away. I figured it was cheap enough so why not. I put my real deal 4 lug sprint stars on it to drag it home today. Not seen in the picture was the zwitter gas tank that came with it in the bed. Originally it was built on a zwitter pan but the guy scraped it because it was too rusty and put it on the ’71 it is currently on.VwfoolParticipantOctober 11, 2017 at 11:40 pmPost count: 817
So after researching these odd little buggies I have found that most were done prior to IRS and some had bus reduction box trans in them. While I was out picking up the car in Washington I found a guy with a stripped, gutted, pan halves removed, backbone of a pan from a ’61 bug with the original bug body tag and matching title. So I drug it home too. The reason being this thing is mounted on a shortened ’71 pan which mean I would never fit in it. These bodies are crazy how everything either rivets or bolts together, no welds. So all I have to do is unbolt the rocker panels, set the front and rear halves of the body on the new pan and make a new longer rocker that bolts in. Instant leg room.
So I figure I will put the word out. I am looking for whatever adapters they used back in the day to mount a bus reduction box trans in a bug torsion housing. I know there are Johnson no hop kits that were made but I am having limited luck finding any. I am sure creative old school off road guys made something. Franz you always seem to have weird quirky crap laying around or know where to find it. Got anything?
This is my inspiration of what I hope to do with mine minus the rake, I want it to sit levelJohn JonesModeratorOctober 12, 2017 at 6:35 amPost count: 12232
we have a set of those I think.. 😉John JonesModeratorOctober 12, 2017 at 6:36 amPost count: 12232
the biggest guy I know.. and he likes the smallest fucking cars.. He even makes em smaller from time to time..VwfoolParticipantOctober 14, 2017 at 8:03 amPost count: 817
John, you say you might have some of those Johnson no hops laying around?John JonesModeratorOctober 14, 2017 at 8:16 amPost count: 12232
I think there is one over in the clean shop… Franz called it the “Lay back” kit..FranzParticipantOctober 14, 2017 at 8:44 amPost count: 5395
Rusty has a no hop kit that he got with a transaxle a few weeks ago.
The sportster I had used some thick plates to adapt to the reduction boxes. It handled terrible. Acceleration would lift the rear suspension. Bad deal for spirited driving.
Also, from the little I know about sportsters. Is that most of them were home built from plans, so there are many variations of material and construction techniques. I think empi provided a couple hard to make parts like the nose and windshield frame.
The one I had was fully welded on a 57 pan.
Supposedly empi had some turn-key cars that they sold too. I think those are super rare. Like only a handful.volksaddictParticipantOctober 14, 2017 at 8:54 amPost count: 921
po scrapped a zwit pan 😆 🙄 😆VwfoolParticipantOctober 14, 2017 at 10:32 amPost count: 817
Yeah I have been researching these Sportsters. Pretty interesting cars overall and so many variations from the plans. I actually got a set of plans with mine.
In my research the no hop kit helps (but doesn’t completely rid it) keep things from jumping up on hard acceleration. I am not an off-road Kamikaze. Just want low gearing and ground clearance. I have thousands of my miles of forest roads right behind my house to explore, some maintained some not with lots of creeks to cross. Plus the coastal sand dunes are 40 minutes south of my house.
I am also probably just going to run one of the two single port motors it came with.
Rusty, if you’re not wanting to keep your no hop kit let me knowJohn JonesModeratorOctober 15, 2017 at 8:46 amPost count: 12232
Rusty isn’t gonna take that tranny apart to save those pieces for you…. His plans are to cut them off with a cut off wheel… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
I think you would have a BLAST out in the woods with this rig.. I would LOVE to join in with my baja!!!!!
I wouldn’t get “set” on the no hop or reduc’s.. I want you to get it together, solid and mechanically sound so you can enjoy it!!! Keep it light….. Keep it simple.. reducs rob power also… keep that in mind.
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