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Old 18-10-2005, 16:16
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Default 50's Retro Ruffrod cab project...

Hello all!

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Tought I'd make a tread about my project that has been lurking in my garage for a while. Slowly but surely developing....

The car, an '81 cabby with a 1.8 GTI engine with a carb mounted, don't ask me why, previous owner business!

Been playing around with the idea of making a 50's Bonneville ruffrod style cab for along time. So when this baby entered my garage it was time to set the plan into life.

Matte black paint, white top with no rear window, 14 inch steelies powdercoated red, with whitewall tires and Moondiscs.
Some other period pieces will also find it's way to this project. Peep-mirror, A-pillar search light, lionpaw exhaust tail, and also some "until further notice" secret parts!

The car is painted in my own garage by yours truely! Just to get that real homemade ruffrod 50's finish on the paintjob.
I've also started putting the car back together.

I'm posting som in progress shots from this winter, and also some pics of parts and other stuff I'll be mounting on the car.

Waddaya all think?

Ripped, but with new doors, new brakes and adjustable coilovers mounted. I also cleaned the car totally on the underside and applied new anti-rust goo! shitty job!




Some bodywork, new front and front fenders, plus welding shut the old mirror holes.






All spray spackled and primered ready for the matte black paint.




The paint is on, with just the ruffrod finish I wanted.






Went overboard one day when I was working from home. Not much work that day as you can see. Masked and painted flames in true 50's custom spirit.






Original rearlamps ready for modification.




Modified and mounted! Here you can see the lionpaw and part of the restored chromebumper as well.






Whitewalls, the lionpaw (before mounting, of course) and a couple of secret trick parts!




And I just had to get this, kinda blends in with the rest of the car...




The front is slowly turning cool.....
I did a small trick on the lower grills by adding a chromestrip to the top and bottom of them, to kinda resemble the frontgrille.






Polished doorlock mechanisms




TMI carpet and rear seatcover arrived!!






Old style chrome handles mounted, just sitting there waiting for their little black inserts....




Matte black and chrome, kinda cool don't ya think??




Since I was temporarily short of funds this summer I mounted stuff that I've had laying around since spring.
I mounted the rear hatch, the new upholstered rear seat, new TMI carpet, the cabframe and also polished some parts and added some chrome...

Here's some pics....

Polished doorlock bolt....



Rearhatch mounted...the hatch is being modified this winter but it'll do for now!




The rearseat with the TMI upholstery...




The carpet set also included new carpet for the rearshelf and sides too...nice!




Some rock'n roll stuff!




Some windowframe chrome...




Hmm... I wonder what this is??




A sneak-peek of how it'll look with the Moondiscs. Smaller rubber and whitewalls will be added shortly.




Things were moving slowly forward this summer...

Got started mounting the top, plus I also got my hands on some more Moon parts. The Grant steeringwheel in red flake will blend right in with the rest of the theme, in my opinion.
I just had to have the Moon hornbutton with the Maltese cross on it.
A Moon Brody knob and 3" Moon peep mirror just complements the look I'm going for.

Here's some pics....

Started the cab mounting...






Da steeringwheel and Brody knob.....




3" Moon Peep....






Da wheel mounted, I just dig this ....




Here's some more pics, starting to look really bitchin' now, don't you think??






















...more to follow!
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:20
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looks fucking great!!!
Love the paint!!!
keep on doing the good work!!!
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:22
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Default More pics and stuff...

Yihaaa... made my own dials! I went with a pinup babe theme and here's the result.... =)

Found an old 50's Caltex logo that I used as a sign above the gasgauge, looks better than the standard one I think...

So waddaya guys think??

Speedo...



Tacho...



Tank...



Temp...



Well, here's the finished instrument cluster!

I think it turned out great, the pic doesn't do it quite justice, but you get the idea.

Painted the needles in a color called Garnet Pearl and the screws and needlebases in Silver fox.

I also applied a small text in the empty black area below the indicator lights, just to indicate that this IS a driver....

Anyways, here it is...




Oh yes!!!

Took her for a little spin on some local roads this weekend, and man she worked! Stiff as hell but it's supposed to be like that!

Got the seatupholstery on the front seats mounted yesterday, and mounted the seats this morning. Man, I love my job solution, working from home!
Some minor details left to do inside and outside.
Next in line is mounting of my CD player and some speakers with retro covers. And this winter, back into the garage for removal of the engine, and a paint and finish job in the enginecompartment.

Here's some pics after the little testdrive...




































Later.....
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:27
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Yeah, man! What a great ride! Very cool details, I like the brody knob and the dials.
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:29
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Nice to see all at ones it looks GREAT I ALSO LOVE the PAINT JOB.

Lots of fun with the car!!!
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:34
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:42
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Very nice ride Love tha looks!
Are those upholstery sets also available for the ''standard'' seats of a Golf 1 (1975)??
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:44
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Very nice ride Love tha looks!
Are those upholstery sets also available for the ''standard'' seats of a Golf 1 (1975)??


Thanx!
Yup, they are! My front seats are from a 1976 Golf!
Can't use sportseats in a ruffrod...

You can get them here: http://evwparts.com/TMIRabbitCabriolet.htm
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:52
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Old 18-10-2005, 16:52
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Excellent Job !!!!!!!!!!!

Looks very "old".................keep it up !!!!


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Yeah keep up the good work . An awesome rod
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Old 18-10-2005, 17:22
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What can I say that isnt said already ?
"Low" budget rules

And I love the lionpaw
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whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooottttttt tttttt
realy fits in the volksforum style
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nice nice!!

what kind of coilovers are you running? is that Catec?
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nice nice!!

what kind of coilovers are you running? is that Catec?


Thanx!

The coilovers are Formel K, bought on eBay.
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Old 18-10-2005, 20:45
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SICK ride dude, love the flames and steering wheel! keep us posted....
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wouw , what a awesome car.
everything is absolutly great.

good luck.


maybe one thing i also would love. painting the mooncapes Red.

photoshop somebody?
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Old 18-10-2005, 21:17
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I'm not gonna say much about it....
A fat A!!!! (A is the highest grade for a exam, isnt it?)

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It's fun to see that this car got the same kind of praise here as in the Norwegian club forum.
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