Got started on the VeeDub body today in preparation to eventually cast it in resin.
This is what I started with.
Sitting on a 4-gear chassis with LWB, fits pretty fair. Did 2 applications of Easy-Off and still some paint left so will be soaking in some Purple Power for a day or two to remove the rest. Have had pretty good luck doing it this way. Ground out a substantial amount of metal on the inside just behind the front fenders so the body would slip over the 4-gear chassis comfortably.
Sawed the air foil off with a hand hacksaw and was lucky not to damage any of the original cooling vents at the top of the hood/bonnet. I have some body putty to put in around it to smooth the saw marks so will need to be careful not to get any in the vents. Would like to keep those. The removed air foil will wind up being a separate casting and will need to be glued on to the finished body. The chute will be cast with the glass as the original glass piece was. The blower and intake will be a separate casting and so will the headers for each side.
There is an original casting/mold line across the front that's gotta go along with mold lines across the top of the rear fenders (they don't show in this photo). The front bottom of the nose is a little rough, needs some fixing. Other than the little bit of body work mentioned, should be an easy cast. Gettin' excited and hopin' for the best!
A 20 hour soak in the Purple Power removed the remainder of the paint. Got some body putty in a few spots that needed it, will be sanding on that tomorrow. Managed to fill in half of three of the vents by the back window . Got it picked out before it set up though. Not the best at applying putty.
Might have to make the chute an individual casting. There's a possibility it might rub on the top of the cluster gear, pretty tight quarters right there in that area.
I REALLY like this one Gale! I'm curious what you have in mind for it but I can see endless possibilities. What a great custom that is going to be
" . . . I'm curious what you have in mind for it . . . " Basically just wanting to do a sorta documentary on going from die cast to a cast resin body. Might wind up containing some handy tips and if nothing else, will show what not to do .
I pretty much like the body as is so don't have any planned custom alterations to do to it at this time. Concentrating on an easy fit and mounting on a 4-Gear chassis, plus have a nice stance. And of course, cast the body as pristine as possible. Hoping that by committing to doing this "how I did it" thread, that it will keep my habitual "that's good nuff" tendencies somewhat in check .
On a side note: when a senior in high school, a half dozen of us rented a 3 bay garage across the street from the high school and one of the projects we worked on was a 283 in a VW. Never was strip legal but was driven to the local hangouts to conjure up some fun street racing for about 3 or 4 months until law enforcement insisted on it not being street legal. Fun stuff!
Funny, I owned a 350 4 speed powered VW way back in the day. Pretty scary ride. Would pull the fronts off the ground in first and second. Never had the nuts to try in third?? Next owner did get it street legal and it become a bit of a local legend.