I purchased this Van along with the Autobianchi. The goal is to build it in such a way that it will be powerful, handle and brake well and capable of being a daily driver
Here is a poorly manipulated photo of the general look that I am going for. I am considering a canvas top attached to the full cage along with moving the wheels out to the corners.
The current plan is Hayabusa power. Here is a chain drive diff which will be coupled with a much narrowed VW bug suspension with 4 wheel disc brakes. The diff is finished with the exception of a flexplate to utilize an electric reverse.
The body is off the frame now
The frame is actually a lot better than the body
No shortage of body filler but at least the floor is good (except for the spare tire well)
I will be removing all of the stock suspension, brakes and drivetrain. All of which will be used as donor parts for other peoples restorations. The suspension from the bug will be narrowed 11 inches. I am using 944 Turbo PhoneDial wheels and aftermarket 4 wheel disc brakes. I should be able to tuck the tires within the fender wells or at least under a small flare.
Here is the VW beam going in. The frame rails will be beefed at each contact point with the interior cage.
The springs packs will be cut down
The beam will have height adjusters added. The front frame rails have been plated with heavier steel with the beam fitting on the top and bottom of the frame rails
All of the stock front suspension is out and will go on to its new owner
VW beam going in.
Front suspension is nearly done. Just waiting on a 14mm Tap to thread the shortened steering arm
Sandblasted the rear VW trailing arms. Replacing the bearing and seals also
Installing studs in the rear rotors
Starting on the rear suspension