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Old 02-11-2018, 02:31 PM   #201
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Been looking around at wheels... any thoughts??
Well what do you plan on doing with it? I'm torn between Methods and something super blingy like Brotiforms
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:01 PM   #202
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Well what do you plan on doing with it? I'm torn between Methods and something super blingy like Brotiforms
It'll be a run-around car and dirt bike hauler, but I don't really see a need to make it off-roady so kinda rather have a street setup.

I'm kinda leaning towards blingy, I feel like it can take a bigger and more modern wheel than I'd put on my 242 so I can do something a little different. I'd like a big 5-spoke, Okoye had some Racing Dynamics I really wanted but didn't think would fit under the car after adapters. I hate rotiform but like some of the styles. They don't seem to do 17" though, and not sure I want to get into 18's.

I'll take a side shot maybe play around with photoshop. Also think if I did the car grey a bright centered wheel for contrast would really pop.

Anyway, hung the rear bumper today. 3/4 of the bumper shock studs were corroded out of the bumper bar, which is why the thing fell on the ground yesterday. I couldn't find a spare one under the snow in the yard so I did a 'temporary' fix that I'll probably never get around to replacing. Just got the studs out and cleaned up, then pounded and welded them into some steel plate over the corroded areas. Used some of the 3M panel adhesive and rivets and off to the races. It's pouring rain so didn't take pictures of the rear together.

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Old 02-11-2018, 10:15 PM   #203
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Shoot, it works. Nice idea.

Also feeling the need to clarify - My earlier post wasn't a dig at you or anyone in particular. I'm not really into wheels like others might be, but I've seen some odd choices on any A-Traktor/Yute "conversions" that were encountered firsthand, haha.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:01 AM   #204
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Going to do some work on the hatch and tailgate next. I also bought some Lexan to make the quarter windows. Pretty soon I'd like to start running the car around a little bit just to enjoy it and shake things out.

Been looking around at wheels... any thoughts??
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:06 AM   #205
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Anyway, hung the rear bumper today. 3/4 of the bumper shock studs were corroded out of the bumper bar, which is why the thing fell on the ground yesterday. I couldn't find a spare one under the snow in the yard so I did a 'temporary' fix that I'll probably never get around to replacing. Just got the studs out and cleaned up, then pounded and welded them into some steel plate over the corroded areas. Used some of the 3M panel adhesive and rivets and off to the races. It's pouring rain so didn't take pictures of the rear together.

Nice job Mike.
that's using your head...
If it becomes a problem in the future, you could make a plate with the studs and slip it inside the bar, and it would make a sandwich with the aluminum being the "meat". But that body adhesive is proving to be pretty tuff stuff, so it's probably not going anywhere.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:02 PM   #206
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I think it will be fine with 18s.

Since you're looking at 5-spokes, Klutch SL5 with painted centers could look cool. Fifteen52 348s cool look great as well.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:06 PM   #207
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Buy Homer's fifteen52s. He needs encouragement to get new wheels and I bet they would look right at home on this.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:07 PM   #208
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Buy Homer's fifteen52s. He needs encouragement to get new wheels and I bet they would look right at home on this.
What he said.
NO ADAPTERS NEEDED
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:48 PM   #209
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Super nice man. What look are you aiming for wheel/tire wise? Personally I like the 15" Omega/Nova/Aries with no hubcaps and offroad tires.

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Old 02-12-2018, 04:53 PM   #210
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Can't go wrong with painted steelies, but that's just my opinion. The current wheel/tire size looks great to me.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #211
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Did you have them made to spec?
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Pegs. Ugly car needs ugly wheels.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:44 PM   #213
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I think it will be fine with 18s.

Since you're looking at 5-spokes, Klutch SL5 with painted centers could look cool. Fifteen52 348s cool look great as well.
Hadn't heard of them before, and Klutch is a dumb name, but yeah I could get down with that


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Old 02-12-2018, 11:13 PM   #214
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Spokes are too chunky for a car with such a thin waistline with the greenhouse gone from the back

Also yes, Klutch is an embarrassingly bad name.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:25 AM   #215
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Wow, looking great! You folks in MA are a hearty bunch -- auto painting with woodstove heat.

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Try googling VW Rabbit Pickup pictures - much more utilitarian pickup-like than yours, but about the same size and lots of interesting ideas.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:06 PM   #216
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Pegs. Ugly car needs ugly wheels.
But it's like the best kind of ugly!

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Spokes are too chunky for a car with such a thin waistline with the greenhouse gone from the back
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Wow, looking great! You folks in MA are a hearty bunch -- auto painting with woodstove heat.

Try googling VW Rabbit Pickup pictures - much more utilitarian pickup-like than yours, but about the same size and lots of interesting ideas.
No doubt New Englanders are a special breed. I have a guy at work from SoCal who was whining about being stuck inside all winter. We all looked at each other and back and him and said "put a damn jacket on and go take care of things". We really do most of our projects over the long dark winter, when Summer comes around I want to be loading the dirt bike in the back of this thing not working on it!

There's actually a hipster dood with a rabbit pickup here at work, we have both looked around the inside of the bed at how VW built it. Definitely an interesting point of reference.
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That turned out much better than i was expecting. This might be my favorite truck conversion.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:54 PM   #218
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That turned out much better than i was expecting. This might be my favorite truck conversion.
high praise! I'm really motivated by the response from everyone. Just wait until we actually finish the thing and put some real paint on it!
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:37 PM   #219
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i got 17x10 ARE's that are corvette PCD.

So lots of room for adapter
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i got 17x10 ARE's that are corvette PCD.

So lots of room for adapter
10's poke out in the front about an inch with barely an mm of clearance to the original strut. Worse if you have coilovers. would need stretch and camber in the front. Will fit fine in the rear.
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Looks great, excited to see it with some paint on it.
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:20 PM   #222
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Working with these pieces this weekend. The short piece got shorter and had some lightness added.





Bed mounted machine gun?





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Old 02-21-2018, 11:49 PM   #223
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Alright, let's explain this then. The problem was that we needed ~6' of bed length to carry a dirt bike. That means the tailgate needs to extend out. The next problem is that the long gate puts too much force on the hatch/tail light area where the hinges mount. We talked about limiting straps/lanyards to carry the load, but that gets to be a pain when the tailgate slides out like a drawer. Also, there would be nothing stopping the gate from slamming forward since it's mounted on slides.

The solution was the 'machine gun'. The piece mounted in the tail gate will be hidden behind a hinge-mounted license plate. The long male piece was made into a hitch mounted support for the tailgate when I need to carry the bike or something else heavy on it.



This allows for the load to be taken off the hinge and is easily hidden and removed for daily use.



I think this is the best thing about the car

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Old 02-22-2018, 01:34 AM   #224
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Whoa, that is way too cool of a piece of engineering!!
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:41 AM   #225
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Geniuos!:D
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