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Post  tommichop on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:22 pm

Hi, this is my volksrod project, i don't know if this will go down well, as this is my first beetle and am new to the VW scene. But have a background with Chops and generally cutting things up to improve them (in my eyes anyway) and if it aint broke, then break it anyway so you can cut it up.

I bought it as a started 1969 project from a bloke in Guildford with the roof chopped (incl. the oval) and tacked together. I've had it a little over a year now and have made a whole new bulkhead (due to the body chop not giving enough room for my feet in the footwell), prettied up the previous work, smoothed the dash with metal and suicided 1 door, plus many other bits as the list could go on and on. Oh and its sitting on the dreaded cross plies and will be running drum brakes.

Apologies for the naff pictures, they don't really show how low it is, with the body and roof chop (the body chop ,due to rust, took out the bottom hinge of the doors) and the top of the roof is a little over my waist




I have a build thread on Volksrods.co.uk but just thought i'd share it with some locals (I'm near Diss),
I will soon be speeding up the work rate, due to finishing Uni and hope to have it on the road for next summer.
Its going to be going down at the back by another 3" and tubbed out at the back to tie up the loose ends.
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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:39 am

Looks wicked dude! Good to see another local chopper Very Happy

I have just chopped a 64, Gasser stylee, and have a rod project lined up for the next one...cant wait to get the disc cutter out again lol

What rims you got on the rear there chap?

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Post  tommichop on Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:54 am

The wheels are old Chevy impala wheels i got off a mate. i've got 2 more if your interested.
Yeh a little resculpt is always good fun. Where did you get your window screen cut down?
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Post  Dubs and Classics on Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:15 am

I havnt got the glass done yet, but I will get U A Glass in Norwich to do it as I used to work there....any glass cutter will do it for you though...are Diss windows still going? I know they are / where mainly double glazing merchants but I am sure there must be someone there that can cut glass.. Smile
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Post  tommichop on Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:51 pm

Cool, that takes a little pressure off, i was expecting to have to find someone with a Doctorate in glass to do it. There seems to be a lot of scare mongering over this part.
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Post  Admin on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:36 am

Yeah there is a lot of scaremongering when it comes to glass....I guess you know that you can only have your original screen cut down if its an old school laminated one...if its a later toughened one then you will need to get a new one cut from scratch.

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Post  tommichop on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:39 pm

I didn't know that, i do have a screen though. so how do you tell the difference? Apart from if you hit it with a hammer.
I'm pretty sure its laminate, as i seem to remember seeing about 3+ layers when looking at the edge. and it was pretty fat and heavy.
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Post  Dubs and Classics on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:56 am

It should have a stamp on it somewhere that will either say "toughened" or "laminated"....or as you say just look at the edge, if it looks like 2 bits of glass either side a thin layer of plasticy stuff its laminated...if its just a smooth edge its toughened.. Smile
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Post  Junkyard Jake on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:39 pm

I like your style! Doing some good work there. Looking forwards to seeing it on the road. You mention that it is waist height but you failed to mention how tall you are cheers Te, he, he.
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Post  tommichop on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:06 pm

Thanks bud,
Well i'm about twice the height of the car, ha ha. 6'2". or the top of the roof is about 1100-1200 mm off the ground, and going lower.
I'm glad they designed the beetle with such a bulbous roof. Otherwise i'd have to have a bit of my head removed to fit in!
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Post  Toxic on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:03 pm

tommichop wrote:I'm glad they designed the beetle with such a bulbous roof. Otherwise i'd have to have a bit of my head removed to fit in!

Or put a sunroof in sunny
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Post  tommichop on Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:25 am

Very true, i've just cut a shed load of gutter rot out from the rain channels, so not keen on them right now. If i do have a problem then i'll get a big whole cutter!!! and put a washing machine door on it. look like something build by the Barris lot.
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