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vwsplitty
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:57 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 10 Sep 2009 Posts: 325 Location: Joondalup, WA
So all fellow VW followers....I have had my arm twisted by BJ and Humpty to post the rebuild of my 66 Split screen.

I shall fathom out how to use photobucket and start posting photos which started a 12 month ago.......

http://db.tt/jBXJ1sTN

Cheers
Martin
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Humpty
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:34 pm Reply with quote
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Good to see Martin.... Bring it on! Wink

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vwsplitty
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:57 pm Reply with quote
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Yeah....just setup my photobucket account.
were you able to see the pic from the link?
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Humpty
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:45 pm Reply with quote
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Yeah the drop box link works.... But a photobucket link will show the actual image here...

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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:14 pm Reply with quote
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So....the split started out like this.....had a bay from beam with an adjuster and a kruizinwagen IRS, 1600 twin port and super beetle box and some rust.

I run around with it like this for the last 9+ years. Early last year started planning an upgrade for the girl and deal with the rust!

Some of you remember the ol girl like this.....

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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:27 pm Reply with quote
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First step was to deal with the rust.......Bernie and Co at the helm and what a brilliant job they did too!

Nose job..........




Drivers floor.....


Passenger side too....


then the outriggers....look away purists....shaved off the jack points too.....



removed the chicken wire......from the sills.....



and replaced the whole side....





then time to rebuild the cargo floor...which was in good nick and original paint.....





rebuilt the rear corner....work of art...keeping as much of the original steel as possible......





all sorted....

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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:40 pm Reply with quote
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So now I had a solid bus....my attention turned to drive train and give this ol girl some horsepower and a nice ride!

I had been looking into what was available to upgrade the fairly harsh but competent suspension setup, as you get older the hard ride buggars up your back!!!

I came across Red9Design in the UK.....spoke to them at length and spent the money......I bought the front and rear setup......double wishbone, discs all round the same as whats on an open wheeler racer along with all the adjustment you can imagine.......







Next was engine.....gearbox and interior seating arrangements..........
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Brian
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:16 pm Reply with quote
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Great stuff! Thanks for posting the photos too. Keen to see how it performs with the Red9 setup.

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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:27 pm Reply with quote
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So next was the engine......I finally chose a 2332 with 44mm EMPI carbs, A1 ceramic coated exhaust from Proformance, Orange County. They also supplied the extra heavy duty Rancho box. The engine was dyno'ed on the bench when built and came out at 170HP and 180lbft torque.......

Just as it was removed form the crate.....

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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:34 pm Reply with quote
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While all the drivetrain, suspension was on a ship somewhere.....I started work on the interior......you have probably noticed I'm not painting anything......I'm keeping the original paintwork and will be patching up the exterior later on.......

I settled for Creative Engineering's bulkhead seat and 3 seater/bed........fitted seatbelts all round, polished the paint work and fitted a retrosound stereo, all new knobs, front window seal, etc....etc.....












Next was the big job.......front beam, rear suspension and engine/gearbox.......
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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:19 pm Reply with quote
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The old beam came out and got sold along with everything else.......time to fit the new front beam c/w rack and pinion steering and new steering column.

one side....



the other.....



steering.....





all in.......and only took a few hours.......




sum up the strength to do the rear end now....strip down and clean took a day....there was a lot of grime........then start the re build.......

gearbox mounting......



then the one side........




both sides......



wheels on...after some new parts being machined....by Bernie......



close up......still lots to do tho.....



now the engine goes in......fingers crossed.....



all fits nicely.....



first pics of the car rolling on all 4 wheels again.





Since these photos, it has had the suspension settings fettled with, lowered around 6.5-7" all round.
Also had some brackets made for an external oil cooler which I need to pipe up and need to find someone to take care of the electrics.

Once these are done it will be off to Kev to get trimmed and have the exterior bodywork ripples all fixed.......

It runs very well, lots of good power and great smooth handling....no more harsh ride......more of a modern car........anyone who wants to come and have a look and chat or help me finish it off feel free to contact me.

Cheers
Martin
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Brian
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:54 pm Reply with quote
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Nice work Martin and Bernie.

Would love to have a look sometime. I'm keep on doing the Red9 package for my panel van front and rear. Curious about ground clearances with the front end. I'm hoping to do a little amateur motorsport with mine, Targa's and track days, so not having a narrowed front end is better for handling on that one.

The set up looks awesome. Will you be getting it engineered and across the pits or just hoping it's not picked up?

Again, well done Smile

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REUB
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:46 pm Reply with quote
Reuben'esque even! Joined: 27 May 2008 Posts: 247
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vwsplitty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:50 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Brian
thanks for the compliments. Its been a Labour of love as there are many bespoke parts that I havent mentioned.
I too am looking to use it for some motorsport fun and already thinking of the next upgrade. But for the meantime it will be quick, cool transport for the family!
Feel free to call in sometime, my number is 0417665887.
Cheers
Martin
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Humpty
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:47 pm Reply with quote
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Great to see you getting the bus together Martin.... The Red9 gear is a massive investment, but an awesome one too... Look forward to seeing it in action and a motorsport event real soon!

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