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Hot Rods 32 Roadster Body - a new approach. AKA Beetledeuce

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by english gent, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. english gent
    Joined: Jun 20, 2012
    Posts: 225

    english gent
    from England

    So here's the thing, I'd like a steel 32 roadster body, just like everyone else. Being from the UK, the chances of finding one in a barn are small to say the least.
    I don't have the funds to buy a repro body, so is there an alternative?
    I don't have the metalworking tools (or skills!) to hand-form the panels, but I've had an idea which just might work, see what you think..... 0BE5EF7F.JPG 01A947CF.JPG 100_1963.jpg 0DCDDF67.JPG
  2. well, I hope the thread gets to stay, After seeing what the french dude did in his driveway to create his wicked custom, I am curious to what the english gent ends up creating with a bug!
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  3. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    Pretty obvious this guys ISN'T gonna have much of a bug left when he's finished! :D Can't wait to see the updates.
  4. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    Watching with interest...............

  5. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,189

    Deuce Daddy Don

  6. damnfingers
    Joined: Sep 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,287


    I think I shall subscribe....
  7. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,668

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    I'm in. I want to see some cutting and welding. Stu
  8. This is gonna be good,:eek::eek::eek::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  9. I will say it,,,,,, patiently waiting....

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  10. While i'm intrigued about what the finished outcome will look like.. i don't think you should be calling it a '32.. when it obviously isn't.
  11. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,228


    It won't be a '32 roadster when you're done, and others have tried this, most with pretty ugly results. However, I am interested to see what you can come up with, and I'll watch along. I'm not convinced it can't be done, just haven't seen a good one yet.
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  12. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,680

    Atwater Mike

    He said he'd LIKE a '32. He then said he lacks the funds to afford a 'repro' body.
    He didn't say he was making a '32. Don't be so... 'Deuce-fensive'.

    "Be excellent to each other."
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2014
  13. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 819

    from Mt

    It's a post '67. Cut it up and make something rad!
  14. I'd like to see how you put it all togather also.That VW metal should be easy to work.Keep the pictures coming.
  15. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Hey you...
  16. Ok i'll tag along. Very interested to see what comes of this and how.
    I had a 62 Bug 40 years ago and this may be what should happen to then all.
    Watching with great interest. JW
  17. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Ah, what can it hurt ? :) It's always nice to see metal being reshaped, so it might be interesting.

  18. A Rodder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 2,477

    A Rodder

    Some guys are amazing, to assume this won't look good may be a mistake!
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,259


    I'm in, and will follow along. Please post lots of photos of your progress. Bob
  20. It should be cooler than a bug,
    I don't know how things are over there but here the general population doesn't know the difference between a T bucket and a 33 roadster. You're luck if they know its not a dune buggy.
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  21. First thing here that's caught my interest in a long time.



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  22. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Oh No! You DESTROYED a VW!!
    Thanks! Cool!
    Yes, my interest is thoroughly hooked.
    A thought brought on by your emerging cowl...the two indentations there from the boot lid character lines suggested copying in some features based on the circa 1932 cars that used the reveal lines more flamboyantly than Ford did... like the Auburn below.
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  23. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,428


    If you pull this off - you will inflate the price of old VWs - to the point where the average hot rodder wont be able to afford one.
  24. english gent
    Joined: Jun 20, 2012
    Posts: 225

    english gent
    from England

    Thanks for your words of support guys, but there are some people that still need convincing! Tough crowd.
    Yes, of course this is not actually going to be a real 32, but nor is a Brookville, nor is a glass replica. And what about an original car with 80% replacement panels?
    If you consider what the great car builders of the 50's (like Barris etc) did, they took relatively abundant and cheap cars that were 20-30 years old and turned them into something special. That's the way I see the Beetle, something which is cheap enough to cut up and be creative with.
    Anyway, enough of the philosophy, some more pictures.

    This was my first idea, but this project is about trying different things to find out what works.
  25. english gent
    Joined: Jun 20, 2012
    Posts: 225

    english gent
    from England

    0B6D554F.JPG 0B79F8AF.JPG 0BC3B40F.JPG 0B6D554F.JPG 0B79F8AF.JPG 0BC3B40F.JPG 05A630FF.JPG 09AABDD7.JPG 09E3471F.JPG 09FE929F.JPG I decided to use the back edge of the beetle roof as the front edge of the cowl. I then used more pieces of the rear window surround for the front side edges of the cowl.
  26. Well you've got me subscribed!
  27. english gent
    Joined: Jun 20, 2012
    Posts: 225

    english gent
    from England

  28. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,469

    King ford
    from 08302

    Uhhhh dude you said you have no metal skills, i'me I pressed already!...keep the photos comin!

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  29. Damn......with all the talent here.......this is one hell of an introduction for you. From across the pond, some cool tools, and a VW bug's my Deuce roadster. That's....quite astonishing for sure. I already drool watching these guys work. Welcome to their club.....maybe. Thank you sir. Onward!
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2014

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