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Old 11-18-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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The Veep Project

Me and my dad picked up a cool little VW kit car project buggy type thing.


This will be a build thread for it. I think people enjoyed me rolling around in the snow last year for the Wunderbus build, so now you get to enjoy it all over again. This year in a sassy new yellow!

For lack of a better name for it, i'm going to call it the Veep (vw jeep). EMPI made a kit car for beetles that looks sorta like a jeep.


It's close but, no cigar. On that end of things, i'd like some help figuring out what exactly this thing is. I'm sure someone out there has seen one and knows what it's called.


Anyhow, on with the build.

Alright. First things first. These tires and wheels simply will not do. The tires are so badly cracked they no longer hold air, and as lovely as the stock wide five wheels are they are simply too narrow for the tires we plan on using.


So, in the interest of restoring it to actual 'roller' condition, on goes the 'normal' wheels and tires, apparently whatever they put on it when it was built.


Spiffy! If you're thinking 'gee, dude, those tires look awfully weathered' you would be right. But! They're just fine for rolling around the yard.


The next mini project was pulling the tank and cleaning it out. First, it was pulled out, and this is what it revealed


There's a lot going on in that picture. Immediately forground is the coolest gas gauge scheme i've seen so far. It's actually a cable actuated gauge, the float in the tank just has a pivot on the top that pulls and pushes on the cable, moving the needle in the dash. Whats cooler than that, is you can get a whole new assembly for 30 bucks!

Also in that picture you'll see the master cylinder. It actually looks like its in good shape, and it has fluid in it, which i am happy to see. The switch looks fairly new as well. You'd also spot the steering coupling which is absolutely disintegrating, the only thing holding it together is the steel bands that were cast into the rubber when it was new.

Then, of course, all through the gas tank cavity is some of the crispiest wire i've seen. Just a touch and it falls apart. This will be gutted and re-run for sure.

So, back to the gas tank cleaning. All i did was put a bunch of gravel/larger rocks in the tank, add some soapy water, and slosh the shit out of it. It actually worked pretty good, and i got all the gravel back out even (as well as those pine needles )


After all that, it actually looks pretty clean on the inside, some surface rust, but no flaking metal or anything. I'm surprised by that, but i suppose sitting outside for two years did things that the sun could get to (tires, wires, paint, plastics) not the inside of things. That leaves me pretty hopeful for the big ticket items, the motor and the brake system.

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Old 11-18-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Very cool! This is my kind of project!

Me at 18 with a couple of my VW projects:


Truck/Baja project I built.


My buggy. Not very practical in Oregon, but fun.

I have done several rails. I am looking forward to watching this one.

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Old 11-19-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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Very cool! This is my kind of project!

Me at 18 with a couple of my VW projects:


Truck/Baja project I built.


My buggy. Not very practical in Oregon, but fun.

I have done several rails. I am looking forward to watching this one.

Jim
I'm diggin on that truck. That would be an awesome idea if you put a pancake motor in it and extended the bed out. Kinda like a mini single cab. Hmmm.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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I'm diggin on that truck. That would be an awesome idea if you put a pancake motor in it and extended the bed out. Kinda like a mini single cab. Hmmm.
Thanks, I sealed the bed for a keg, and used the back of an early 60's VW van for the back window and edges. I had some help from a very good body man, but I did most of the grunt work.

It was a wrech from a tree falling on the back of it, free was the right price. I wish I had more photos of it.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:13 PM   #5
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Looks very similar to my Empi Sportster (restoration in progress).
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:03 AM   #6
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Looks very similar to my Empi Sportster (restoration in progress).
Hmmm, almost. Little bit different running boards, and the windshield is different too. Maybe it's some kind of empi kit car?
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #7
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Hmmm, almost. Little bit different running boards, and the windshield is different too. Maybe it's some kind of empi kit car?
Empi also sold just the plans (blueprints are available free online) either way you have a cool little buggy and I look forward to watching your build.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #8
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Empi also sold just the plans (blueprints are available free online) either way you have a cool little buggy and I look forward to watching your build.
Right on :)

It wont be the epic struggle the wunderbus was, but it certainly will be more fun when its done
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:09 PM   #9
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Gixxer motor. Just sayin'.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:07 AM   #10
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Looks very similar to my Empi Sportster (restoration in progress).
Is that a 67 Chevelle, or Chevelle El Camino in front of the buggy?

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:45 AM   #11
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Is that a 67 Chevelle, or Chevelle El Camino in front of the buggy?

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That is an Arizona Chevelle, sun bleached and basically rust free, not mine unfortunately.

OP.. how is the buggy rebuild going?
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:59 PM   #12
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That is an Arizona Chevelle, sun bleached and basically rust free, not mine unfortunately.

OP.. how is the buggy rebuild going?
Pretty good so far, i wanted to post today but i didnt take any pictures ><
We got a new distributor (and cap, and points, and rotor, all that) as well as a remarkably clean used carb (factory correct solex 30 pict carb) that we went ahead and rebuilt. I also ran some new (too short by barely) fuel line, and put the battery on a charger (wrong batt, but it'll work.

Next item planned is to stick the new dizzy on there, and the carb, get it hooked up, get some fuel in it, and see if i can get it to run/idle. Get the oil changed, check the valves, replace the fuel sender, clean it out, recarpet it, make a new soft top for it, etc, etc, etc
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:21 AM   #13
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:31 PM   #14
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Man. Winter sucks, cutting into my veep time >
So. Took this old crappy knockoff carb, well, off.


Replaced it with this honest-to-god solex carb (30/31 pict if anyone cares). Period correct (and correct for the motor)


New spiffy dizzy installed. Had it about 30* out initially, apparently.


Crammed this way-too-big battery in there (for the amps, donchaknow)


Then this happened



I would have loved to work on it this weekend, but 15 degrees below freezing and blowing snow is a little too much for me :(
Just have to stick in a fuel pressure regulator (the electric pump overpowers the seat and floods it out). I did get a chance to drive it around, though. Very fun :) Needs seat belts for sure though, felt like i was about to fall out the entire time.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:32 AM   #15
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Cool! Looking forward to more progress!
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