Drove that for a few miles then decided at xmas 17/18 it needed a better engine - I just happen to have a 139HP 1.8VVT engine from a MK2.5 MX5 - that and a few other bits is all that is left after I bought and stripped one for a kit car project, then decided not to do it!
The engine weight is about the same and I worked out an interesting way of joining them by basically cutting the MX5 gearbox in half and joining it to the 002 without it's bell housing. (the bearing here sits in the housing but too cold to get it in)
Going to cannibalise some splines off the MX5 drive and have them welded to the output shaft (above) and input shaft of the VW. Joining the two bits of Frankenbox with a big Ali plate - That's the theory today anyway.
Meanwhile mocking up the exhaust and engine mounting
So that's where it is today. Will post progress assuming someone is interested !
This is my Fugitive Sandrail, a VW based kit from the 80's. All about them is here fugitives.co.uk/ Mine is a 1600
Bought it as a non runner late 2016. Replaced, fixed and upgraded a bunch of stuff and put it on the road (for the first time ever!) mid 2017.
Decided to do an IRS conversion so bought the back end of a Porsche 944 S2, CVs, Axles and a handbrake set up. Also acquired a 002 VW Bus gearbox
I made a jig, then chopped the torsion bar tube up so I could re use the brackets - to use the after market brackets and bushings was going to be £125 in extra parts of a lower quality!
Welded these on reusing cut off bits of the tube to make spacers between the larger Porsche tube and the beetle one. They wrap round about 250 degs. then the spacers lock them in place.
Not wanting to shell out hundreds for Porsche brakes I bought Golf Mk4 150/180hp Calipers (for 288mm discs). Then de-rusted and painted them. Sprang for a new set of Porsche discs ( which are 299mm x 24mm), and with a tiny bit of alloy removal they fit and work just fine.
The exhausts are a couple of 1300 Hayabusa bike cans
Can I get some exhaust advice please. Not worried about more power and want it reasonably quiet.
I'm bolting a 1.8 MX5 engine to my previously 1600 VW sandrail and currently working on exhaust routing. I can use the standard MX5 manifold and then down to 2x 38mm pipes (that have a crossover).
I want to re-use my twin Hayabusa silencer cans that I put on the VW engine, I am routing the exhaust under the transmission, then back round to the rear left of the car. The rusty section in the pic has a crossover between the two pipes (not visible in pic) and after that they are 38mm. Should I a) keep it as two separate 38mm pipes up to the cans or b) join to one 51mm then use a small oval silencer then split out again to the cans?
All good for me, I put the 944 S2 rear end on, didn't take that long, long write up on the beachbuggy.info site. Used Golf calipers on the Porsche discs and re-drilled the steel wheels to 5x130
Bit fed up with the 1600 VW engine though, it's OK but it's still 1970's, so I have only got about 2 miles on the new IRS set up which works really well and I have just started the MX5 1.8VVT conversion in earnest.