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#326318 - September 15th 2009 2:11 pm Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: vanatic05]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 8498
Loc: Fircrest, WA
I woner if you could use the hinge off of a late 60s VW van engine cover. Those opened up on the back.

If it were me, I would swap out the drivetrain. Get a 78-79 bus axle and swap in a TDI diesel motor out of a mid 90s Jetta. The TDI bolts up and would give you around 30 MPG in that bus, but getting the parts in AK would be a pain. I grew up in Anchorage so I am aware that there probably aren't many Jettas in boneyards up there.

Alternatively you could drop in a diesel from another VW 80s product and install a turbo. Cheaper, easier, and there are places that sell kits.

Good luck!
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#326332 - September 15th 2009 2:34 pm Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Reed]
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Registered: June 14th 2009 2:29 pm
Posts: 3556
Loc: Leesburg NJ
The factory back hatch opens just like you want (clears drip rail and all) I'd get another set just like that. Although you'd need some assistance struts, and a good welder....




Edited by joshvan (September 15th 2009 3:15 pm)
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#329154 - September 26th 2009 11:03 am Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: vanatic05]
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Registered: July 13th 2009 11:40 am
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Loc: NW Pa
Will be a KOOL Bus, there is a Chopped Mid engine smallblock powered Bus, not far from here.
Google, 1962 Drag Style bus.
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#514050 - November 22nd 2011 9:29 am Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual]
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Registered: March 19th 2007 2:44 pm
Posts: 2096
Loc: Ohio, USA
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There is a school in Ohio building a radical van too. Hope to have some pictures of that soon.


Hmm. I wonder which school?
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#580195 - August 22nd 2012 9:42 am Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual]
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Registered: March 19th 2007 2:44 pm
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Loc: Ohio, USA
What happend to the Radical?
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#580488 - August 23rd 2012 10:31 pm Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual]
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Registered: November 16th 2003 12:00 pm
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Loc: Myrtle Beach, SC
I did a gullwing slider on the VW limo van, regular piano hinge from Lowe's. The good thing about the VW slider is that it's extremely light compared to other van slider doors. You would never believe that the piano hinge would hold up a steel door, but does very well. You can see in this pic that the door is being held up with only one strut, but I'd recommend using 2. The piano hinge needs to be tack welded under the rain gutter. I filled each screw hole with weld and smoothed it off afterward.












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#580683 - August 25th 2012 1:10 am Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual]
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Registered: May 26th 2007 10:41 pm
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Loc: On Route 66 in Bethany Oklahom...
What ever happened with that van Boot?
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#627901 - July 24th 2013 5:24 pm Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Uncle_Fester]
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Registered: November 01st 2011 4:11 pm
Posts: 3747
Loc: Grand Bay NB
Originally Posted By: Uncle_Fester
What ever happened with that van Boot?


Good question!

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