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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
DeRanged #290880 May 12th 2009 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by DeRanged
I don't have any pics of the van you mentioned but this style of hinge would do the trick
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These are off a Bedford van, probably prove difficult to get over there, but the same style of hinge is used on alot of comercial trucks so hit up the truck wreakers

Cheers Reece


Those are very close to the correct hinges...


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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
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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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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
Reed #326332 September 15th 2009 2:34 pm
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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....



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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
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Will be a KOOL Bus, there is a Chopped Mid engine smallblock powered Bus, not far from here.
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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
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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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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
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What happend to the Radical?


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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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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed
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What ever happened with that van Boot?


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Originally Posted by Uncle_Fester
What ever happened with that van Boot?


Good question!

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