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In Topic: VW Type 1 Motors

21 September 2014 - 07:42 AM

Regarding the type 1 engine and trans that I modified for the master... The caster will have them cast up in late sept early oct according to our last conversation. He was hoping to sell a bunch of the rims out of his first batch of castings to help fund the engines, but has sold very few sets. Sounds like he is a little apprehensive with investing too much money in casting the engine parts if all he gets is lots of interest and no orders. Just my interpretation. He is selling right now just on Facebook which may not reach everyone?

In Topic: VW Type 1 Motors

03 August 2014 - 05:34 PM

Regarding the engine parts...the Resin caster is working hard on getting some test shots done by mid August to work out any problems before producing some inventory. Because of the Baja bug kit, we agreed to push some offroad wheels and tires ahead of the engine block. I mastered a Jackman style rim along with some other surprises.

Randy.... The Porsche and VW engine are very different, but are based on a similar platform, shape and principles....air/oil cooled, flat four, opposed cylinders, upright fan, Mounted at the rear behind the transmission and rear wheels. The problem is that the model versions in plastic have been poor representations except for the fujimi porsche 356 version and the Tamiya 66 beetle/ Ghia version. How to hot rod vw engines is a great magazine/ book to learn the lingo. Hot VW's magazine is also helpful. Sometimes website or paper catalogs will give you learnings into the differences...check out Mid America motorworks or EMPI or others that advertise in Hot VW magazine. funny thing is, many of the differences of these different engines and parts can't really be seen in 1/25 scale very clearly once most of the parts are placed on the engine. It all depends on how accurate or detailed you want to get.
The kubelwagen engine is a good example of the very early vw engine...25 horse...that would probably not be accurate for a late 60's Baja bug. This engine is also molded a little flat and looks good Detail painted inside the Kubelwagen, but does not look right outside of the engine compartment with no engine tin. I have seen 36 horse engines in Baja bugs....like the amt Meyers Manx kit version, but the trans was the earlier version. Post or send me any questions you may have and I will be glad to help.

In Topic: VW Phantom Barndoor Custom Crewcab progress

29 June 2014 - 01:06 PM

Thanks Darren, Richard, Herve and Blair!
The wheels are from a Revell 56 chevy, early issue, custom version (body painted green on box). I converted them to the wide 5 bolt pattern with nut/bolt detail.

In Topic: VW Phantom Barndoor Custom Crewcab progress

29 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

Body on Chassis!

Almost finished, plus have a few more ideas to add interest.


Mounted photo etch safari windows and added hardware including wing nuts. Glass and latches next along with the sliding door glass.

Mounted stationary glass pieces in door, sides and rear.

Hard to see, but i added detail to the dash pod (speedo, 2 knobs and ignition/key).

I scratch built the interior heater tube and added 2 tone interior panels to the door/sidepanels and front kick panel (copied from a Gunze hi tech pattern).

Added weathered Meyers Manx Company decals, a hint of it's purpose.


In Topic: VW Type 1 Motors

01 June 2014 - 05:57 AM

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Here is an update:

I added detail to the altenator stand, adding the distinctive ribs and little hole. Also added a hoop to mimic the strap and added the electrical hook up to the top of the altenator.


I took your requests for an IRS tranny and created the side covers which could be added to the Tamiya Tranny. Will also have 2 types of axles/CV joints, one from a 930 Porsche. I custom made IRS trailing arms. These are a little lengthy and beefier(?) for Baja versions, but could be downsized for street versions. I also adjusted a Porsche 5spd tranny to fit the Tamiya chassis. Will add pics later as it is dechroming.