Meet Rodney (Hot Rod on completion!). He's a 1970 Beetle/Collander, we bought him as a first car for Luke (Our eldest, due to take the driving test in around 12 months). He's also our test vehicle for some of the techy items on Vanana Splits. The rubberless windows, the Raspberry Pi / BOSE speaker / Ipad system, reversing camera etc. So we intend restoring him over the next 12 months and posting the images on this page, eventually we'll get our webcam streaming live images of the build to you too, throw in a dash of Ideal Clubworld for the tunes and you can watch the blood, sweat and tears as they happen.
Floor pans are new the rest is messy. Perfect starting material for any young driver! Tax free and cheap insurance, it was this or a Corsa (superglue on the bonnet and ramraid Halfords) no thank you!. When your car is in this much need of attention and you've rebuilt it yourself, if it breaks down you can jump straight in and have a go, If your Corsa breaks down you sit and wait for the AA (Other motoring organisations are available) to arrive.
And so to work. We lopped the front end off and proceeded to massage the new front end in.....which is not so easy when the panel is 10mm wider than it should be across the petrol tank support stiffener. Break out the drill and remove the spot welds on the new panel to squeeze the sides in to get the desired measurements, the extreme width across the outer wings was also out by 28mm but that was easily resolved. Now all we need to do is to get it aligned.
The trouble with alfa seats is, the bases are just that little bit wider than the standard beetle ones at the rear and they're just scraping the vw frames at the front. Time for some alterations. I'm going to fit some 40x40x4mm box sections with the alfa bolt hole positions drilled into them, and a second set of holes at the same diameter as the tube that form the existing beetle frames. The plan is to cut out 30mm sections of the vw frames, ease the tubes apart and sit the box section inbetween, the tubes will reposition themselves inside the box and I'll have a nice area to weld around. As there is now a gap inside the box, the bolts that were scraping will slot through and everything will be lovely.
Lets make something today. I like to do stuff differently to others, I like things to look factory but using items that didn't exist in those days. So taking inspiration from the early T1 dashboard design i decided to make a mount for a tablet ( internet ready, blue tooth compatible ) to fix on the dashboard. Thats the template in the photo.