56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works!

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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Sat May 18, 2013 2:42 pm

Any updates??
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Tue May 21, 2013 2:04 pm

itawolf wrote:Any updates??
Oh yeah...thanks for asking. I've been really busy at work and squeezing in a few hours every day to free up my weekends with the family.

Sway-a-way 300m axles came in. For those running 930 CVs, normal width trailing arms and extended flanges...12-1/4" clip to clip length centers the CV's at full droop.

Tried a couple of different brake line setups, but they either got in the way of the CV's/axles or rubbed on the Subamount. Decided since I have to re-powdercoat the trailing arms I might as well add brake line brackets. They are clean and out of the way of everything through full motion.
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Picked up some used 2004 Boxster S adjustable seats with heat. Only had 40K miles on them and are in great shape.
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Got the brake proportioning valve installed and all the brake lines are finished. Now I am cleaning up the pan, filling holes and smoothing things out. I will get better at updating 8)
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Wed May 22, 2013 3:00 pm

Ty looks great

I'm using 95 300zxtt seats but have an eye on some out of new fiat500

Nice nice watching daily
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Wed May 22, 2013 3:01 pm

Are those the mend trailing arms??
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Wed May 22, 2013 4:01 pm

They are. It is the second set, the first set had interference issues with the 930 CV's. Mendeola did great making it right
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:31 pm

Got to work on it a little this weekend. Having the early pan with the straight shock towers I ran into a clearance issue with the coil overs. Even with a 1/2" wide spacer on the shock bolt they were still hitting. Now they have a bout 3/16" clearance from the tower but it weakened the tower. I reinforced them with some 1/4" steel in the webbing. Welding the cast wasn't easy, but I heated it up with a torch to around 400-500 degrees, destressed the area while I welded then wrapped it when finished to let it cool slowly. Came out okay, no cracks.

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I also finished out the transmission / body sheet metal to accept the suby trans with the neutral switch. Making it look like it belongs there 8). I had to replace my accelerator tube anyways, so I switched it with the clutch tube position and moved them both further outward for clearance.
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by CobraJet » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:54 am

Really nice work! I like the care you've taken to rework the towers and weld the cast. That takes a bit of patience to get right, good going!

BTW, what are the boxes you've added atop the front of each chassis arm?

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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:20 am

Thanks for the kind words CobraJet

I am doing the best I can to make it look like the suby conversion belongs there. The boxes on the top of the transmission horns are for a couple of lines. The upper are for 5/8" heater core supply and return lines, the lower are for 3/8" fuel lines. Each one will terminate at a bulkhead fitting making hook up easy.
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by coolrydes » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:16 pm

Sema Rag

Thanks for the kind words, and please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:54 pm

Now that's what I'm talking about
Between u n Thomas u two keep me away from my bug lol
Love the work
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Post by coolrydes » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:48 pm

exhaust 015.jpg
Not trying to high jack just sharing some exhaust work i just did.....
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:36 pm

Now that's nice work
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:27 pm

The old 20 gallon oilless compressor finally gave in. Perfect time for an upgrade. Spent the weekend wiring and plumbing for it.

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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by 56SemaRag » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:52 pm

Got to work this week pulling out the old seat rails and TIG welded the small holes shut.
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I used a 1/8" tungsten vs the 3/32" and it made it a lot easier. For a filler rod I used .30 MIG wire and it worked out great.
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Re: 56' Vdub-aru...VW,Mendeola,Subaru,Porsche,BMW..the works

Post by itawolf » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:01 pm

Fill that 20gal IR with nos n mount it on top n poof
To the moon lol

J/k

Nice work
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