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Old 12-29-2012, 05:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Classic VW "aero" trunk

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OK, I looked, then looked, then looked some MORE and can't find the post where aerohead mentions this. So here it is in a new thread.

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thanks Frank Lee I have a 55 vw Not Running presently but that trunk would look sweet on it . now I have to locate one or fab one
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i wonder how adding 110lbs plus behind the rear wheel in rr car changes it's "throttle steering" around corner.
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That's a very interesting accessory, Frank. I suspect 110lb is the capacity, to weigh that empty it would be made of 1/4" plate metal.

Look at this:


Even people who *are* thinking about the aerodynamics use those square end caps and don't think about the air flowing off the drip rail.

I looked at something similar. I use the '58 Canadian Beetle as a 'chicken coop' to store bumper and seats, and it has this cargo pod on top.


I positioned it as a boat tail, replacing the engine lid, to see how much I'd have to chop out for engine clearance


I forget that angle but it looks like ~22.5° to me now. It would need a pie-cut to give it adequate plan taper; something I haven't chosen to do yet.

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1/4" steel plate weight per sqft is 10.20lbs.

ps. what makes it a canadian model?

edjumicated guess would be 184 lbs in 1/4" plate; not including brackets

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has a rebuilt short block and I just need to reassemble that and hang the engine tin,small rust out on drivers side door pillar have that repair panel as well, the body only has 2 bolts holding it to the pan so .bottom line is if I got after it 3weeks to get it running and if I do a full bodyoff myself a year. interior paint is perf! Ultramaroon ;o)
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baldlobo -- Ah well—I was going to change that to 1/8" and didn't. If I had we would pretty much agree.

On the Beetle's bona fides: Any VIN number would have been in the front spare tire well, or on the floorpan. Those are both gone. It has a combination of the big back window with European turn signals (the empty semaphore turn signal pockets).

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These are the images I have.Popular Mechanix may have ben a sister publication,as I believe that this is where my photos originated.I think it is 1955.
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