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Post by hly3rd on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:30 pm

I guess I will start a build thread on my newest project. I'm not sure what to call it. The title says 59, but the numbers and everything about the truck say 58. My plans are to put a 4" narrowed beam up front with flipped spindles and IRS type 3 suspension in the back. I have a 2165 turbo motor for it. I am going to have a set of crows feet rims and a set of speedmasters to switch around every now and then. I have already made the turbo header for the motor and repaired the butchered wheel openings. I have also installed the IRS brackets and am ready to narrow the torsion housing. Today I decided I had to have dual treasure chest, so I cut a hole in the side of a perfectly good and rust free body. After I'm done, you won't be able to tell it from factory. So don't you purist freak out. Here are a few pics to start out.








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Post by bakertim2 on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:47 pm

Did have that done when we were there today?
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Post by hly3rd on Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:26 pm

bakertim2 wrote:Did have that done when we were there today?
Nope, did it a couple hours ago,
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Post by Bugman114 on Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:46 pm

It's ok, once the purists see the word "turbo", they generally leave, since having a turbo usually entails cutting holes, and hacking the body for intakes, exhausts, etc., lol.

one day i hope to be rich enough to buy an all origional split oval, and hack it into a baja, and post very graphic, and details pics on thesamba Twisted Evil affraid

anyhoo, nice bus. i hope its done by yubuggin next year. Very Happy
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Post by hly3rd on Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:16 pm

I finished the type 3 IRS install and narrowed my torsion housing. I re-welded the housing ends 10 degree's up so I have plenty of travel for the spring plates. I also notched the plates so I have unlimited travel in case I want to go extremely low. I also have raised the steering box 1 1/2 inch's. Almost ready for the blaster, then the body shop!





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Post by bumblebuggy on Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:30 pm

Just...WOW. Shocked
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Post by callahan on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:27 pm

what mounts did you use for the rear control arms? i'm thinking about getting some of the bolt on ones so i can make adjustments while setting up the suspension then weld them in place
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:15 pm

Thats the same way my torsion is narrowed. The only way to go if you want to stuff some big meats under there. I was running a 225 and could still get my hand between the tire and spring plate and between the tire and fender lip. Good stuff!! Cool
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Post by hly3rd on Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:27 pm

callahan wrote:what mounts did you use for the rear control arms? i'm thinking about getting some of the bolt on ones so i can make adjustments while setting up the suspension then weld them in place
I used the stock type 3 mounts that I cut off . I made a jig to keep them at the exact placement as they were on the type 3 housing. I had to modify the trans horns to set them inboard so I didn't have to narrow the trailing arms. I wanted everything to have the stock geometry. I figure the Germans knew more about what worked than me. It's alot of work doing it this way, but it turned out sweet.
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Post by fluxcap on Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:56 pm

bumblebuggy wrote:Just...WOW. Shocked
Ditto. Awesome work Hank!

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Post by type901 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:34 pm

Yes that is some serious work there Hank!

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Post by Knumb Knucks on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Hank repost your pictures they have been deleted by photobucket. wanted to check em out.
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Post by callahan on Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:52 pm

Knumb Knucks wrote:Hank repost your pictures they have been deleted by photobucket. wanted to check em out.

x2 wanted to take a look at you control arm mounts. getting ready to tackle mine
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Post by hly3rd on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:31 pm

callahan wrote:
Knumb Knucks wrote:Hank repost your pictures they have been deleted by photobucket. wanted to check em out.

x2 wanted to take a look at you control arm mounts. getting ready to tackle mine
I deleted the pics on photobucket by mistake. I will take more and post tomorrow.
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Post by callahan on Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:18 am

awesome thanks
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Post by hly3rd on Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:56 am

Here are a couple concept drawings a friend of mine did for my latest projects.



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Post by drewBAKER on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:10 am

awesome!
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Post by zabo on Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:54 am

damn tht guy can draw! -looking good
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Post by earlyvwfanatic on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:41 pm

Wow!!! That is a nice drawing!!!!
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:58 pm

Looks awesome! Love those speedmasters!

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Post by sploval53 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:09 pm

Epic can't wait till its done
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Post by hly3rd on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:04 pm

I lost the original photo's, but here are some I took today. I used a type 3 rear IRS. I made a jig to hold the brackets in there original spot before I cut them off the type 3 torsion housing. I then ground them to fit the type 2 torsion housing and cut my trans mounts to accept them. This is kinda tedious, because you want to have them fit as good as possible so you don't have any gaps to fill with weld. I also angled them up more than stock, so I could go pretty low and the geometry would remain the same. After you do this, you need to cut and narrow the torsion housing so you don't have to run offset spring plates. When I did this, I rotated the ends up so I won't have to notch my spring plates as much. Then comes modifying the spring plates. You must cut the spline portion off and lengthen them the same as the amount you narrowed the torsion housing. It's a ton of work, but this is supposed to be the most correct way of doing it.











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Post by Knumb Knucks on Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:50 pm

Very Nice Hank,your work is allways innovative. You have a great talent.
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Post by hly3rd on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:12 pm

Making a little progress. Made my inboard rear shock brackets tonight. Mounted them inside the frame to make room for some meats!


Made a new rear panel. Not original, but much cheaper than Gerson.





Also adapted my steering column to accept a Model T steering wheel.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:20 pm

Nice work! I think I am going to end up narrowing my rear torsion like you did and run the 68 swing that I have. I dont know if I will run bigger wheels/tires but it will be nice to have that extra room to get the rims on and off. Smile

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