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Author Topic: Beetle hot rod chassis plans????  (Read 212 times)
melosman
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« on: January 08, 2019, 05:48:18 PM »

I'm after plans to make a chassis for an old beetle to make it front engined RWD, are there any? Does anybody have some they have drawn themselves? Not really decided on the drivetrain, beetle is going to be fitted onto it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 07:19:50 PM »

Nope, you’ll be best having a look at lexibugs build thread on the volksrods forum.

Most involve cutting the frame head off, so you might as well just make a chassis to take the body
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 12:03:10 AM »

lemme hunt my drive. i did have one. rear engine T bucket
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019, 12:16:09 AM »

found the chassis plans but just reread your post. its the opposite of what your after. bug drive with a different body
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 12:22:12 AM »

Go to Facebook and look for front engined Swedish style vw Trikes,  it will show you how to fit the engine in front and how to get the drive to the rear, I think they use an empty gearbox casing to achieve it. Might be of some use for you.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019, 06:27:57 AM »

Probably best to make a simple ladder chassis (basic T or Jago Jeep) or stick the body on a std (unmodified to make registration easy) factory chassis and running gear, like a Suzuki Jimny.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 11:28:08 AM »

http://www.speedhunters.com/2015/09/mad-matts-v8-volkswagen/
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 05:45:19 PM »

Well I've been having a look for ideas and printed a few pictures so hopefully I may have a doable plan, will keep you all posted but please keep the ideas coming.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 06:31:33 PM »

If it's a trike your after,just Google swedish VW strikes for some ideas?
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 08:08:52 AM »

Think he's looking to put the beetle body on a different chassis.
Something like this perhaps. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 02:36:09 PM »

That was my impression
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 09:12:46 PM »

I pinched this off the net a while back.

Also , while looking for a chassis for a VW Nova kitcar, I found a tube chassis made by Sterling cars
in the US.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2019, 02:35:20 AM »

Isn't the Sterling rear engine though ?
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2019, 06:53:05 AM »

Yeah,but he could turn the chassis around? Roll Eyes Tongue Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2019, 01:17:15 PM »

Yeah,but he could turn the chassis around? Roll Eyes Tongue Tongue
Hmmm. Front engine FWD and rear steering, produces some 'interesting' steering at speed. When I say interesting I really mean truly terrifying.  I spent some time at the Chobham vehicle proving ground, testing such vehicles in the late 70's.
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