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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: vanatic05] #326318
September 15th 2009 2:11 pm
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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 [Re: 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 [Re: vanatic05] #329154
September 26th 2009 11:03 am
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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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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual] #514050
November 22nd 2011 10:29 am
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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 [Re: Virtual] #580195
August 22nd 2012 9:42 am
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What happend to the Radical?


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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Virtual] #580488
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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 [Re: Virtual] #580683
August 25th 2012 1:10 am
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On Route 66 in Bethany Oklahom...
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What ever happened with that van Boot?


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5.2 tbi V8, auto trans, and junk yard parts....


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Re: School project VW in Alaska, gull wing help needed [Re: Uncle_Fester] #627901
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Originally Posted by Uncle_Fester
What ever happened with that van Boot?


Good question!

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