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VW Beetle Roadster Rat Rod

Chuck Most

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I don't remember all that went into this, so let's just call it a hodge-podge of cast off parts on a scratchbuilt frame, a front-mounted VW engine, a cut down Ferguson grille, and some Cranky decals. It's similar to one I built 8 or 9 years back- I'd originally planned to stick the supercharged engine into that, but decided to build a new model around the new engine instead. 







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Glad you mentioned that it started life as a VW. Great mixture of body parts. Front axle turned around, front mounted engine with a drive shaft to the differential ? Extensive plumbing from the super charger to the heads. I'd love to see what you would do if you would only let your imagination run wild.  

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The first generation of the VW Gol (not Golf) had the air cooled engine on the front, but it was a FWD car. I think this model is really interesting, and could actually be done in 1:1 form. The transmission would be a problem. How to make the torque actually go to the back?

Turning the engine around and using a VW Buss transmission to drive the front wheels would work, but a different suspension would be in order, with some CV joints, and maybe longitudinal torsion bars from a 4X4 S-10, or something like that. Making a shift linkage would require some very creative engineering.   

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