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renebugrod - July 20th, 2008 at 06:58 PM

This is the beginning of a long project! Started as a 1969 Beetle!

Will end up a Bugrod named Rene!

renebugrod - July 20th, 2008 at 07:06 PM

Removing the Body, Not easy on your own!

renebugrod - July 20th, 2008 at 07:12 PM

Just the floor pan, well most of the floor pan!

Good Place to start!

newghia - July 20th, 2008 at 08:27 PM

Work area looks warm, might i suggest a tv as well !!!!
Good Luck, should be moving along well judging by the posts.
Have you seen the "volkxrod" in the latest " volksworld " magazine, very cool !!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 07:46 PM

Welded in the floor!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:08 PM

Floor pan primed and ready for painting.

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:12 PM

Thanks for the post I haven't seen the volksworld magazine with the volksxrod. I must find somewhere that sells the mag.
Heres some more photos of Rene!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:14 PM

Front beam ready for restore!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:17 PM

Front Beam Ready for Painting!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:21 PM

Gearbox Painted ready to go into the floor pan!

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:23 PM

Floor painted Metallic Silver! Ready to be assembled!

roundtoit - July 24th, 2008 at 08:25 PM

watching this build with interest, are you putting in a beam extender, running without guards?
What type of welder do you use for welding in the floor. I only have an old fashioned arc welder, have to b uy a new one soon before i start building my car, what is the best to buy in your opinion? Cheers for any info and good luck with the build..:cool:

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:39 PM

Thanks for watching I'll post some updated photo's soon.

I use a Boss Turbo Dual Purpose 150H Mig welder, gas and gassless, does panel welding and up to 6mm with ease. Set me back about $600.00 was recommended to me by a professional welding engineer.

The car will have no guards, no roof, half windscreen, will be registered for the road so will need to run small trailer style guards at first. Interior will be bare, see photos to come.

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:49 PM

Floor pan Being Assembled. Everything used from the original bug, but using new Brakes, bearings and seals.

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:54 PM

Floor Pan rear. I ground the paint off the gearbox fins. Something different.

renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 08:55 PM

Floor pan rear different angle.

VWFREAK - July 24th, 2008 at 09:04 PM

Great stuff, any idea what the final build will look like.


renebugrod - July 24th, 2008 at 09:24 PM

Working towards something like this!

Will be making a fully road legal Volksrod, that you can build yourself or let us do it. This will be the prototype and a kit will be made from this. I am using everything I can from the original Beetle, to make the project affordable for anyone to build.

newghia - July 25th, 2008 at 06:44 AM

AWESOME work !
the pan looks hot
how long have you been building this?

renebugrod - July 25th, 2008 at 03:25 PM

Been building it for about a Year now, but spending a lot more time on it now. Here are the seats finished.

renebugrod - July 25th, 2008 at 03:28 PM

The back seat, I have padded foam to sit on while driving to give some comfort.

greedy53 - July 25th, 2008 at 07:58 PM

have a look around this site 

renebugrod - July 25th, 2008 at 09:29 PM

Thanks Greedy, been there many times, have got many ideas from the site. This first Volksrod I'm building will be very simple, not too much complicated welding or fabrication. Like the word volkswagen (the peoples car) this Volksrod will be the peoples Hotrod.

Dak-A-Tak - July 25th, 2008 at 09:45 PM

I'd like to know how are going to get full rego in qld ? ( no roof , cut windscreen , no roll cage , no strengthing ).
Like to build one myself but doesn't come under hotrod rules .

kroozzn63 - July 25th, 2008 at 10:04 PM

hmm looks sweet ,will the seats be legal like that? either way go hard dude prove us all wrong rego that little rod,
love the vision

renebugrod - July 25th, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Good Question! Cut roof has been approved, cut windscreen is under engineering certification at present, roll cage is not needed, as for strengthening, this is already approved by engineers, I can post photos but, the plans cost me a pretty penny, so I will post some photos, but not in detail. Thanks for the post. I am happy to answer any Questions. Cheers

renebugrod - July 25th, 2008 at 10:20 PM

The seats are not legal like that, the law says there can be no rips on tears in the seat, (none I can see), the reality is when I go for Road worthy, Just put seat covers on!

renebugrod - July 27th, 2008 at 06:24 PM

This is the Body in a bad way!

renebugrod - July 27th, 2008 at 06:25 PM

Heater channels completely gone!

renebugrod - July 27th, 2008 at 06:26 PM

I bought another body and began to cut and weld!