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Post by nomercy811 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:09 pm

im a good way into my project. im assuming this is where i need to put my build log. so ill start from the beginning. i bought the car off craigs list for 500. no motor but had a transmission and was mostly all complete. my original plan was a fenderless volksrod. but after researching i found out supers are not really all that good for that look.. so i decided to go for a clean custom.. with a twist. im going to convert the car to a full electric beetle. im obsessed with ev's. i want a tesla more then i want my next breath lol. ive body dropped my super 2 inches and am about to start my floor board fab and suspension modifications.

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Post by fluxcap on Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:33 am

Welcome to the site. Sounds like you have a great build project. Post up lots of pics!

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Post by EJT on Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:53 am

nomercy811 wrote:im going to convert the car to a full electric beetle. im obsessed with ev's. i want a tesla more then i want my next breath lol.


Check out this video I saw on CNN the other day about electric conversions... I would love to do this to my Ghia.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/17/autos/zelectric-bug-electric-vw-beetle/
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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Can you explain the body drop? Not sure how one would go about that on a beetle.
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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:32 am

ill be posting pictures shortly. basically the term body drop comes from mini truckers. its when you move the floorboards up effectively moving the body down on the frame. this tucks the frame under the body so that when the air ride is air'd all the way out the body is able to lay flat on the ground. i have done the necessary mods to lower the body i just need to build new floors and modify the suspension
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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:43 am

ok this is what i started with. a $500 roller from craig's list
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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:02 am

ok skipping to some of the dis assembly and prep work for the body drop...

removing the body...
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sand blasting and restoring the rims..

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seeing what the wheels will look like tucked inside the fender, with baby moons and beauty rings. on 165 50 15 tires..

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and now prepping for the body drop...

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spare tire well must go. itll hit not only the frame but the steering links as well.

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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:14 am

And now the fun stuff. sawzall time...
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and now to burn it back in... 2 inches higher in the body..

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another shot of the amount of body drop


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test fitting the body on its new home. 2 inches lower.

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Ill be ordering metal for the floor this weekend and starting the mods on my suspension.
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Post by nomercy811 on Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:38 pm

ok now for the suspension mods. i skipped the rear mods because most of us have taken torsion bars out before.

ok so i did some searching around and found some strut inserts that will fit. luckily vw made super beetle struts rebuild able so this was very easy to dis assemble.. the struts i found were inserts for a 1980 vw rabbit/jetta and were a full 4 inches shorter then factory super beetle struts.

heres the super bettle struts (red) and rabbit struts (black)

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first thing i did after pulling the strut inserts out was cut the bottom mount off like so

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i was going for a full 4 inches so i removed the very bottom 4 inches of the strut

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now clean everything up and check your fit before welding back together

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using the old (bad) strut insert as a guide to keep the strut strait up and centered i welded in back together

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taking out as much as i did i had to remove the brake line bracket.. ill figure out something for that later on down the road. heres a shot of the modified strut next to the stock unmodified strut.

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how Andrea sits in the front with a 2 inch body drop, 4 inch shorter struts and no springs. the way it will when its bagged.

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and a couple shots of the whole car "laid out". to bad i didnt finsh with day light left lol

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Post by Attack chicken on Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:15 am

Looks good! That's gonna lay running board and fenders and aprons lol. Are you going with 2 inch dropped floors?

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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:34 am

yea i dropped it 2 inches. well 1 15/16ths to be exact
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Post by Attack chicken on Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:16 pm

Cool. How are you going to do the pedals? Keep them in the original spot of the tunnel and just raise the floor there a little or lower the floor of the tunnel roughly 2 in. I drove a kit car that had a 2 in dropped floor but the pedals were not moved and it was a pain, I finally just tossed a 2x4 on the floor to rest my feet on while I was working on it.

We'll.. Seeing as it's gonna be electric, I guess there may not really be a need for the original pedals lol....never mind hahaha

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Post by nomercy811 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:22 am

actually me and my friends had kicked around the idea of doin a hayabusa motor instead. as far as the pedals go. im gonna build the new floors and do a test fit in the factory location. set my seats ill be using in and set my seat location. and see how everything feels to me
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Post by nomercy811 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:26 am

and actually my floors will still techniquely be in the same space as stock relative to the pedals. im just moving where the body mounts down so the frame tucks under the body
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Post by Attack chicken on Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:25 pm

I got ya on the floors. That would be a pretty cool drivetrain, Hudlow's axle in Chattanooga did a version of that and it's sick. I was doing business with them a while back and got to see their build from time to time. Here is a link to a short vid of it...if you havent already seen it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uxUB9h4A_k
Its on bags too. I'm sure it's a blast to drive. They build some cool stuff for sure.

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Post by nomercy811 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:21 pm

yea i freakin love that car
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Post by nomercy811 on Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:32 pm

most resent update i got my floor boards cut out of 1/8th plate and tacked in to the frame. ill be pulling the body off soon to make the side filler pieces that go from my floor down to the lowered body mounts which i also made from 1/8 plate steal...  

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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:28 pm

nearing the finish of my body drop

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Post by fluxcap on Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:40 pm

That's nuts man! Never seen something like that before. Coming along nicely. Keep the progress pics coming.

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Post by nomercy811 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:49 pm

thanks. and oh btw i test fit my back seat to make sure it still fit... im 6'4" 310lbs. and here i am sitting in the back seat of my body dropped super

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Post by nomercy811 on Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:54 am

ok so its been a while since ive updated. i almost couldnt touch my car for a year. but im back on it now and slowly making progress. here are a few update pictures

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:07 am

Glad your back at it! Keep it up!

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Post by nomercy811 on Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:15 pm

thanks. i was out there today making templates for my filler panels in the back seat area
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