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Simon

posted on 28/7/19 at 08:21 PM Reply With Quote
V8 Bug

Thinking about a VW Beetle project and building a chassis from scratch. Might use a V8 or may go for something else, either way, it'll be front engine and rwd.

Keep seeing others that have been built using 3" x 2" box which seems a bit ott.

I'm thinking about using 2" box - the body chassis will probably be welded together. Given that toy car was 1" box and had Rover V8 in, I reckon 2" will be just fine.

Thoughts either way please

Thanks

S

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Slater

posted on 28/7/19 at 09:01 PM Reply With Quote
This South African U tube series will give you some ideas

V8 Stealth Beetle, there is some excellent engineering in the design and fabrication.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HAgrsC9Izo





Youtube Link





Why do they call Port Harcourt "The Garden City"?...... Becauase they can't spell Stramash.

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Bigheppy

posted on 28/7/19 at 09:17 PM Reply With Quote
http://build-threads.com/build-threads/v8-volksrod-aka-lexibug/

I was watching this thread for quite a while but it seems to have disappeared. Wonder if it ever got finished.

[Edited on 28/7/19 by Bigheppy]

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nick205

posted on 29/7/19 at 12:47 PM Reply With Quote
Is 3" x 2" box significantly cheaper (or more readily available) than 2" x 2" box - that might be a factor in some peoples decision to use it.


Another thought (unlikely though) does the wall thickness of 3" x 2" box perhaps lend itself better to MIG welding than 2" x 2" box? Both should be available in a variety of wall thicknesses though.




[Edited on 29/7/19 by nick205]

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Simon

posted on 29/7/19 at 09:27 PM Reply With Quote
I have access to plenty of free 2 x 2
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nick205

posted on 30/7/19 at 11:18 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Simon
I have access to plenty of free 2 x 2



If it's strong enough and right for welding then free's always good and beats paying for more

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Mr Whippy

posted on 30/7/19 at 04:44 PM Reply With Quote
Tbh 3x2 seems fine to me for a ladder frame and was that for my JBA Falcon with a pinto in it. Classic bugs were dangerous flimsy things, I've restored 2 and I'd not include the shells strength cos it doesn't have any.
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DanP

posted on 31/7/19 at 07:49 AM Reply With Quote
Have a look at the “Rorty designs” beetle plans online: https://rorty.net/mid-engine-v8-beetle
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