Awd 71 VW fastback project

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  1. euro
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    It's time I started a thread for this thing now that progress is actually occurring. I'm building a tube chassis, AWD Hoonicorn/gymkhana inspired 71 Volkswagen Fastback I've dubbed OutlaVw/DTJ-22 to become better at welding and fabrication and to have a fun thrashing car when the project is done. I had been back and forth on my goal over the 3 years I've owned it until I picked up a 70 fastback that is complete to use for a restoration project. I'm going to try to keep this thread organized in a speedhunter like way.

    Type 3 VW history:
    Type 3's were Volkswagens attempt to expand their lineup of air-cooled, rear engine cars beyond the successfully Type 1 Beetle and Type 2 Bus but were short lived with the first Mk1 Rabbits, Jettas and other water-cooled CIS vws that came out around the same time for emissions in the 70's. Type 3's were built in 3 variants; Fastback was the porschesqe model, Squareback the station wagon and notchback the sedan. Offshoots were made such as the Type 34 (Karmann Ghia) and the 411

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    Chassis:

    · Tube chassis and FIA spec roll cage

    · 71 Volkswagen Fastback body

    · Built to accommodate GC and GD subframes

    Suspension and Brakes:

    · BC coilovers (possibly an aircup setup)

    · Tubular control arms, trailing arms and subframes

    · HD or Poly bushings throughout

    · Modified OEM knuckles for 1" drop front and back

    · 07 WRX 4/2 pot brakes with additional 2 pots linked to Kyostar Hydro handbrake

    Wheels:

    · 15" BBS RS 046 (5x114.3) widened to 7" from 6.5

    · Tires undecided

    Drive terrain:

    · Starting with EJ22 with 5-speed (99 Outback sport)

    · Later to upgrade to built EJ20/25 or EJ33 (not sure if it would fit length wise)

    Electronics:

    · ISP West digital vintage speedometer

    · Boat gauge mount headless Bluetooth receiver/amp

    · LED halo headlights around spun aluminum 7" blanks

    · Projector headlights in a Le Mans style flush bumper (wasn't sure how to describe this one)

    · Custom LED tail lights

    Exhaust:

    · Custom stainless 2.5"-3" oval exhaust (oval) for clearance

    · Fake peashooter exhaust tip (1.75" or smaller)

    · Custom single port EJ22 unequal length header

    Interior:

    · Fixed back racing seats (recaro, momo, etc.)

    · Custom door cards, seat covers, headliner and squareweave German carpet

    · 911-esq lower dashboard extension

    · OEM dash pad with custom matching cover (alcantra or something)

    · OEM+ as possible inside

    · Cupholders

    · (to be released) Tactico "The Viceroy" steering wheel

    Exterior:

    · Either

    o Jägermeister 934 livery (with Jägermeister green accents)

    o Metal fleck Onyx black (with bronze gold accents)

    o Metal Fleck Aspen White (with bronze gold accents)

    · ACM.SE Fiberglass wide body fenders, Hood and Trunk lid

    · Custom 934 Jägermeister air dam (we'll see if it even looks okay)

    Other:

    · Fully furnished and functioning trunk

    · I want it to be comfortable enough to daily drive to work in the Twin Cities but still throw it around.


    I planned this project way outside of my comfort zone to force me to learn and practice fabrication at a higher level. Estimated target for completion is 6 years from now (approximately around the time my wife and I plan to build our new home) first three images are of the day it arrived at my house 3 years ago and the last 3 images are a combination of what It might look like when it's done.
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    We'll be watching for updates over the years. LOL. Your words, not mine. ;)
     
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    This looks awesome! Just curious, which look above do you favor the most?
     
  4. euro
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    I have a 1 month old and a full time system engineering job. Time is scarce but I'm thinking it will be rolling by the end of the year.

    I prefer the fastback stock look with a little bit of the jager 934 wide look with livery. Picture is of the ACM fiberglass rear fender I have on order and the aluminum blanks for custom headlights i'm building to be able to put the jager logo on like the 934
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    vape pen, flat brimmed monster energy hat and tight pants if you wanted to be the bell of the ball at either a Subaru or VW meat.
     
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    I have 3 of the 4 requirements...sounds like I need to step up my game.
     
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    You're missing the supreme gear requirement :p
     
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    I said the bell of the ball, not the queen bee.

    Josh, you'll always be the star in my eyes even without the mystical vape cloud, exotic flat hat, or dick outlining tight pants.
     
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    I've been there. My 1974 BMW is 10 years in the making. Still no finished paint job. Doubt it ever will be. Finally just upgrade all the brakes last season. Looks like you got a great project.
     
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    Pretty sure I've had my GC8 for a decade now and haven't done anything other than move it from garage to garage in at least 8.
     
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    Do you have experience in building a chassis, cage?
     
  12. euro
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    I use to help my dad weld rock crawler cages for our rigs in the past. I'm a bit rusty not working in that field but plan to slice up a 5 ft piece of old DOM into 3-6" slices and practice different joints and unions until the test pieces look sufficient for structural welds. I also used to weld stainless and inconel when i was in manufacturing.
     
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    That's a good start for sure. I have plans for bender arms if you need, uses JD2 dies with an air/hydro ram.
    The first full tube rockcrawler I built was VW influenced
     

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    Sure, the dies are easy enough to find, i'll just have to find the hardened pins
     
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    Fleet Farm has them with coated handles, crude pic but here's my bender
     

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    That's pretty similar to the one we made back in the early 2000s. bender 010.jpg
     
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    The front and rear subframe ended up being way too crusty. Engine and trans are still "good" but i'm contemplating whether it would be cheaper to source a 02-07 wrx at this point with subframes going for around $150+.
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    Fabricate them....:thumbup: Haha! I thought you were building a tube chassis.
     
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    Nah those huge holes in the frame Should buff right out lol

    Super cool build!
     
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