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Old 06-15-2017, 05:02 PM   #263 (permalink)
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I got my install manual today for the delivery. Its not as much chopping as the Vandetta image previously shared. In fact in looking at this manual. You could actually revert the delivery back to a beetle without too much drama, as long as you had the rear window panel to weld back on. It separates on the back by drilling out the spot welds. Then the front is cut 8 inches behind the door post. All the side metal is retained for added strength. Although he does mention that some have removed the side window frames. Me, I would want to keep as much original steel as possible to keep the structure of the car as strong as possible. But honestly this kit seems to be a pretty easy install. Especially since I would not be doing the hood install since I prefer the beetle front end. Which BTW has a surprising amount of cutting involved. I would have thought installing a hood would simply be a bolt on. But this one actually requires cuts in the hinge and side hood seal areas.

So at this point, I have a pretty good understanding on what is required to build one of these things. But I do still have a few questions that are not clear in the install manual related to the drip rails. Additionally I have gaps in my understanding of the stock cooling system. But most of those could be resolved by simply comparing the manual to the car.

Here's the suggested directions for the Delivery.

This picture is either the Vandetta or Cube Van, or the owner just went crazy cutting.

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