On 08 Sep 2004 23:40:17 GMT, email@example.com (Kafertoys) wrote:
Motor aside, what about the frame (or lack of)?
I've seen tow hitches that bolt to the bumper and run a thin walled tub
down under the motor to the tranny mounts. So what kind of tongue weight
can that do? Jack shit!
I've seen modified Uhaul type hitches that bolt to the bumper mounts and
have a crossbar with the ball mount in the middle. Even if it was a
modified class2 hitch, the mount point for the bumpers is still weak.
That isn't a frame point, it's the body. The nearest frame point are the
shock mounts which is the most rear point where the body bolts to the
Maybe someone, someday will make a real hitch that can handle 300lbs of
tongue weight and 3000lbs gross.
I have some ideas how to fab one, and it's on my todo list for my `73.
Besides the mounting hitch issues,ACVWs are not the first choice for boat
launching.The engine is in the rear remember-that's the end that goes in the
water.Bad combination.I have seen fishing(small Jon type)that have a ball on
the front bumper and launch that way.Might work.
I'm sure you haven't seen one like I have and its for sale. its a nicely bent
4" pipe that has end plates that mount to the bumper braces on the body. it
seems to be something that would hold up real well as a bumper and I don't know
what the bug was used to tow but I could ask the past owner, but it being a
local car here in central NC bet what ever it towed had an out board engine.
I just gave away a late model (68 and up) bug tow hitch. Made by Kovil,
the number 1 manufacturer out in my part of the world. All solid one
piece construction, attaches to the bumper bracket mounting holes and
still allows use of stock bumper brackets.
I don't think I have any pics, but it was simple enough for me to draw a
picture if anyone is interested.
Meets all the strictest safety requirements. Some years back we werent
allowed to fab our own hitches, they all had to be factory made and
safety approved by the big brother.
Now we can make hitches for older cars without permit. I have made one
for a 78 Dodge pickup, I copied a Kovil design from a Chevy. :)
I'd build it big, with a very mild cam, and using thiiiiick wall
A stock 69mm crank would work great (keeping costs down) because you
revving it high. If money is not an object, then a stroker crank would
be on the shopping list. Meaning a couple of steps more work and
details, more difficult engine to put together if you haven't done many
before. (I would think you have, but I am going through some very basic
issues here for the benefit of other readers)
Also keep the valve size relatively small, as well as intake port
diameter and carb venturies. Small passages flow more aggressively at
lower revs, and this wont be a high rpm screamer. You lose top end
ponies but gain low end torque and driveability.
Compression ratio of course is a big factor, and is mostly dependant on
I guess my choice for this purpose would be something like 78x90.5 with
a W110 cam (no bigger) and run 8.5:1 compression ratio with good high
That's a good healthy 2007cc with over 120hp and tonnnns of torque. Will
last forever too, and you can let your mother drive it, it would run as
smooth and easy as any modern day car. (Assuming the carbs and ignition
are built and tuned right).
Plus at this performance level you have the luxury of building a very
quiet exhaust system, and you can use boxed (quiet) air cleaners for the
Just my opinions of course.
Hi Jan.What carbs would you use on an engine that big to get a
smooth,dependable motor?Distributor?I agree with the cam,maybe even going to
a 120(in a bug or ghia).Any idea on MPG.Is this combo based on personal
experience?Sorry for all the questions but a dependable,hot-rod Ghia vert is
waiting for answers and this O.G. was going 1776(tradition).This ones a
keeper so if bigger works affordably why not.Thanks
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