Beetle/bug Pickup project

Hi all
for a while now, I have been toying with the idea of making a beetle
pickup for me to use for work.
It would be more or less a 'standard' pickup design, but with a roof
rack capable of carrying full 8x4 sheets .
It will probably take me a year (or more) to complete.
Also thinking of using a type 3 engine/motor for more load space.
Are these becoming too rare/hard to find for this to be a good idea ?
Any links or ideas would be muchly appreciated :)
Thanks
Rich
hmmm.... just thinking now, that a beetle/bug "van" might be more useful
Reply to
tricky
Since we're on r.a.m.v.a we can assume you're going to do this with an air cooled beetle?
A thread where someone builds a Beetle pickup:
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A picture of a factory built 1946 Beetle pickup:
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Perhaps something more like what you've got in mind:
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Video about a conversion using a later model air cooled:
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A short article (summary, really) of a '72 conversion:
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Something like the Mini van?
- Bill
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Bill Leary
Total cost of which item? Not that I'd know anyway, since I didn't read through all of any of those links.
- Bill
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Bill Leary


Yes .,.. Totaly Aircooled :)
If I did a van, maybe something like a morris traveller
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a bit of 'woody' going on I have a couple of likely candidates for the project
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I have a 'spare' roof I can use too, and a 72 Type2 pickup to take inspiration from too
I'm in a place where I am fed up with the VW communitiy slowly tuning water cooled, and find myself withdrawing to my own little AC corner
Rich
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tricky
I haven't owned an air cooled VW in twenty-five years. I had two beetles before that. A '64 which I souped up which ended it's life in a collision with a bridge abutment during an ice storm. And later a '68 which had the engine seize. Since the early '90's I've owned Scirocco's. Four of them overall. I still have two, one driven the other as a parts car.
I'd like to find a restorable late '60's bug to work on after I retire. But I'd want it pretty much just as a bug. I'm not looking for anything like your objective.
- Bill
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Bill Leary
In article ,
I just got done cutting a '71 type two down into a pick-up. It was pretty rusty . One thing the transporter has the beetle doesn't, a real frame. a beetle needs the roof for structural reasons.
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Jorge
I have a couple of beetles with the roof already cut off. The heater channels have the Cabriolet strengthening beams fitted
There are other panels and bracing that need to be fitted too.
Unless I make it into a van
Reply to
tricky
le pickup for me to use for work. It would be more or less a 'standard' pic kup design, but with a roof rack capable of carrying full 8x4 sheets . It w ill probably take me a year (or more) to complete. Also thinking of using a type 3 engine/motor for more load space. Are these becoming too rare/hard to find for this to be a good idea ? Any links or ideas would be muchly app reciated :) Thanks Rich hmmm.... just thinking now, that a beetle/bug "van" might be more useful
I have always wanted to convert a type 3 into a truck.
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Kafertoys
Nice pickup build here
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interesting how the 'cab' is full floorpan length, so keep the body strength.
> Hi all > > for a while now, I have been toying with the idea of making a beetle > pickup for me to use for work. > > It would be more or less a 'standard' pickup design, but with a roof > rack capable of carrying full 8x4 sheets . > > It will probably take me a year (or more) to complete. > > Also thinking of using a type 3 engine/motor for more load space. > Are these becoming too rare/hard to find for this to be a good idea ? > > Any links or ideas would be muchly appreciated :) > > Thanks > Rich > > hmmm.... just thinking now, that a beetle/bug "van" might be more useful
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tricky
Arrrgh! I can't find a picture of my "Fonzie" Beetle wagon. It was an aweso me NZ designed and built fibreglass kit to go on the back of a beetle which had been choppedbehind the b pillar down to the bottom of the window, and cut straight out the back. It was awesome retro 80's with a spoiler on the back and a beetle engine in the rear. I could sit inside the and repair the engine. Awesome, as it stopped pretty often! There was louunge suit built innto the back to sit on, at the height of the dogbox in the rear of a beet le... HEAPS of legroom!
Go on, do it!
Allan.
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AllanW
NZ designed and built fibreglass kit to go on the back of a beetle which had been choppedbehind the b pillar down to the bottom of the window, and cut straight out the back. It was awesome retro 80's with a spoiler on the back and a beetle engine in the rear. I could sit inside the and repair the engine. Awesome, as it stopped pretty often! There was louunge suit built innto the back to sit on, at the height of the dogbox in the rear of a beetle... HEAPS of legroom!
I can see I'm going to have to do two. A pickup, and a woody van :)
Reply to
tricky
HAHA! Found a piccie:
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It was actually proper bright yellow though, not washed out like in the pics 8-)
Allan.
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AllanW
Thanks Alan I enjoyed looking through your photostream :) A good reminder too, that you drive on the 'correct' side of the road ! LOL. The Beetle Van is something completely different to anything I have seen so far !
Richard
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tricky
Wow! One post with 19 replies. Nice to see Ramva rockin again. I remember back in the late 70's seeing a Beetle pick-up conversion abandoned with no engine that would have been mine for the taking. Should have grabbed it t hen, but was driving a 73 Beetle at the time and still living at my parents house. A VW pickup in front of the house with no motor would not have gon e over very well. I should have just taken it home and asked for forgivness later.
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Bill Berckman

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