Hello all, I am building a '72 square for my wife, We got this project about a year and a half or so ago. It was last regestered in O.K. in '07. I'm assuming that it was wrecked right around that time.
This is one of the only pictures I have of this car from when we first got him home. Notice its a late model in this picture.
Originaly, Rocky was going to be stripped for parts. We were working out the notch deal and the po told me he had this late model auto square that he also had. He told me about the accident and all. I told him I would bring a trailer big enough for both, but wasnt sure yet if we would take the square or not until we saw it the following weekend. (plannde notch pickup day)
So, we get there (me, my wife and a club buddy) and my wife saw the back of the square and got that smile, the smile that all husbands fear. The one that means that now we have to hand over some money cause Momma wants that, and when Momma aint happy, aint no one happy!!!
THe deal was struck and the notch and square were loaded on the trailer and brought home to Outhaus Customs. Thats our shop name, its a very small oppreation. I sell some used parts locally and work on some club members cars.
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At home at the Outhaus. We got home at like 4am so we unloaded the next day in the daytime.
As you may be able to see, the nose was cut off mid gas tank forward. With the 2 cars came many parts, including a '66 front clip from the dash forward originally intended to go on this car.
The first order of buisness was to graft on the 66 front clip. Unfortunatly my camera was broken by this time (wouldnt focus) and the cell phone i was taking pics with took a crap also, so no pics are around of the graft
But I do have pics of the nose mostly done!
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At this point, I was really digging the car alot now( I dont care for the late model nose). The only issues i was having was its ride height
. It looked ok, but... what was wrong? Too high, thats what!
Around the same time I was stripping a '58 beetle I had, (trans raise, air ride, patina and a metric boat load of rust). This car (beetle) was bought off a club member. Due to the height off the ground the po rolled it (1/2in off ground literally!) the pan was JUNK!! I did the air ride about 2yrs ago with all custom built parts. Anyway, while it looked awesome, a piece of rust came loose one day while driving and lodged itself in my right eyeball causing a trip to the er and to an eye specialist
! I promply said F' YOU CAR! Point of that little sub story is to lead up the fact that the 58 ended up in the scrap pile and the air stuff ended up on the shelf. Remember before I was saying it wasnt low enough, well...
New plan!! After a brief meeting with the owner (my wife) we decided to use some of the leftover parts out of the beetle for this project
THE OLD PLAN: graft on the nose, drop the front a little, prime it, and roll it
THE REVISED PLAN: air ride (to lay pan), body drop (to lay rocker) type 3 beam, torsion housing raise, frame head raise, make it all work correctly
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body off, pan being stripped
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to get the pan closer to the ground I had to clearance the junk out of the torsion housing
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Not to fear, everything will be re enforced later on in the build. Next I moved up front. The plan to use the type 3 beam is mainly due to money. It came with the car so no money was spent on it. The downfall was the front end sat fairly high even with no torsions due to balljoint bind, This was holding the front end up 3 3/4" off the ground on 165s. You can see what I mean in this picture, pan all the way down
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Wasnt low enough, so time to break out the various metal cutters and fix this issue! No pictures of the beam raise as of now, my camera is at the shop and Im home. I raised the beam mounts 4 1/4" so the pan sets on the ground. The front end is only in the mock up stage as of now. We fit the body back on to see where everything sits. After the body was put back on and the wheel wells were clearanced (pretty well removed out back) it was time to step back, take it all in and check where Im at.
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Looks good, but some other issues have come up, such as setting the auto trans pan/ bottom of motor on the ground, sitting on the center torsion housing mount, and no clearance up front between tires and fenders, even on 145s up front.
The next update will be soon, I have been working on the torsion housing raise to eliminate the trans/engine issue. This will also help with the body drop. Speaking of body drop, I ask you, stf members, should I go to the pinch weld or eliminate the pinch weld and go flat on the rocker?
I will leave you for now with a few more pics and a promise to take some pictures of the front end, while its far from being done, you will be able to get a feel for what I have in store! Any input is welcome and thanks for reading. Feel free to ask any questions, Im not the best at putting thoughts to key strokes.