My Speedster-project: a pictorial story...

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My Speedster-project: a pictorial story...

Postby &1 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:36 pm

Well...

Since I'm relatively active on this forum I decided to give you a little insight in my project ;)

I'm building a Speedster on a shortened '67 Beetle floorpan. I wanted and searched for a '67 because I was born in 1967.

I found a abandoned restauration project: the chassis was completely renewed, sandblasted and powdercoated. The beetle body was already removed (and was in a very poor condition; not worth saving).

So I have had the chassis professionally shortened and I have started the buid-up in september of 2007...

Here a little chronological display of my project:

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Getting the chassis et cetera...

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Now... How does that feel?

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I've sprayed the bottom of the chassis in a high gloss chassis coating.
(the pictures are made with my mobile phone that explains te quality)

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And this is the current state of my project...
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Postby Greenberg » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:44 pm

Great pics, very nice detail.
Ya gotta drive it like ya stole it!
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Postby laneco » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:30 pm

Love the pic of you sitting in the chassis! Somewhere I've got one of Steve sitting in the spyder when it was just a body on a frame...

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Postby tim johnson » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:31 pm

Keep us posted. It looks like a great project.
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Postby gotowo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:33 pm

Excellent year to be born in!

Starting that far down the food chain to build a speedster up, you are really going through that midlife crisis aren't you!

keep us posted
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Postby Wayner » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:17 pm

good stuff! [^:]
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Postby &1 » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:41 am

I'm a lawyer and I have no technical knowledge at all...

I always wanted to build a car myself; it's like a childhood dream.

I've already owned a Speedster Replica but I unfortunately had to sell it.

Last year (when I became 40) I decided to let my dream come true and started to look voor a 'build it yourself' car.

I first looked for a Lotus Super 7-like car (a Caterham. Westfield) because that would be less challenging and easier to build. Then I looked at a Citroën 2CV based kit (Lomax, Burton), but those cars are ugly...

So I decided to build my 'dream car': a 356A Speedster Carrera GT in full 60ties race trim...
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Postby TerryB » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:01 am

&1 wrote:I'm a lawyer and I have no technical knowledge at all...
So I decided to build my 'dream car': a 356A Speedster Carrera GT in full 60ties race trim...


Boy, are you in for an adventure! :D

Better make Larry Jowdy one of your best friends. That, and a local mechanic/friend who made house calls were my salvation during my Spyder ownership and upgrade.
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Postby &1 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:07 pm

I somehow forgot to post on this forum for quite a while #-o

I don't know why, but I beg you: please forgive me... [-o<

In the meantime I've worked pretty hard, considering what has happened. My gilfriend has CF and so has her brother. At the end of last year she was in the hospital for 5 weeks and in march again for 3. Furthermore her brother got a lung transplant first Easter day.

Life's what's happening to you, when you were making different plans...

Meanwhile I've been therapeutically working on my car and therefore I forgot to take pictures in the meantime.

So what has happened so far?

I've rebuild the Riechert type 4:

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Nice isn't it?

I had 'special' emblems made:

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The script is identical on the Spyder-script and it is exactly as big. I think that the combination with the typical Porsche GT-script finishes it quite nicely...

A brand new clutch, forged fly-wheel, etcetera are fitted and yesterday was a big day: the engine could be connected to the gear box!

The pics:

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The marriage of the engine to the gear box...

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And then this:

Here's a picture of the black (powder coated) Beetle brake drum:
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I think it looks very sweet with the alu wheels...

Then I fitted these:
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Although I honestly like the black brake drums optically better then the alloy covers, the alloy covers look more like the original 356 than the Beetle brake drums, so I will leave them on!

I sandblasted the drum covers so they look very real...

A view from the rear:

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And then this:
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Of course... :nana:
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Postby gixxerblade » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:45 pm

Very cool pics!
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Postby egrant5329 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:24 pm

I have seen a few of those shrouds in European VW's. Where do you get them in the USA?
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Postby etang707 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:05 pm

Nice work!

Hope that you'll post more pictures as you progress with the car.

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Postby SpyderMike » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:23 pm

Are you in The Netherlands?
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Postby &1 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:55 pm

@egrant5329: That's a Porsche 911 shroud, build to cool 6 cylinders. The set-up; not putting the shroud in upright position, but lying flat above the cylinders was an idea of the -in Europe- famous and well known Porsche engineer Riechert.

I don't know if these kits still are available in the US, but here's someone who sold them in the US (don't know if he still does):

http://www.maehnz.de/riechertmotorentec ... lingt4.htm

I bought one of the first real Riechert engines (created bij Riechert himself) and my engine is somewhat of a prototype. Some of the things never made it to production state (like the coil in the cover), other things are stock in my engine (like the carburators), while in the later version often double Webers are used...

@SpyderMike: Yes, I'm in the Netherlands. Why are you asking?
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Postby Wayner » Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:25 am

I love the fan!
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