VW Beetle Wizard Roadster - Part 3
Build a VW Beetle Wizard Roadster
This is the third installment about my project to build a VW Beetle Wizard Roadster. If you have any interest in VW Beetle's you will certainly want to take a look at this. There is loads of information and pictures about the project along with an opportunity to see loads of other VW Beetle stuff.
Other Wizard Lenses
Previous Wizard Installment.
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GRP Wizard panels for rapid transformation of your Beetle
Finally, you get to see some Wizard bits. The rear wings are 2" over wide GRP. Can't remember where the One piece flip front came from but when I borrowed a van to collect all the Wizard bits from Wizard, the Flip front was collected the same day from a place only a few miles down the road. The Wizard Company is not operating now as far as I am aware, if you know differently, let me know. The best place to get panels now is probably from the Internet eg eBay.
Probably a better picture of the new bits. Lets start getting them fitted.
Windscreen first. If you are building a Wizard, I would strongly recommend you chop the screen, they look so much better for it. Agreed it is a bit more work and you have to sort the doors and so on, but you know you want to.
Mark the windcreen pillers, cut with grinder and there is no going back.
If you don't think you have the skill or the ability to chop the screen you can leave the original in place.
The screen surround has a small strengthening tube in side it which is positioned in the windscreen pillars first, once the height is correct it can be tack welded to the pillars. The GRP screen surround is then bonded to the uprights of the screen pillars and the strengthening tube. Don't roll a Wizard the windcreen will not give you any protection!!!
You can see the strengthening tube better in this picture. There is a lot of work in chopping the screen on a Wizard, you have to sort out the tops of the pillars, blend in the GRP surround with the rest of the windscreen surround and the scuttle panel. Think carefully about doing it. It is well worth all the effort though.
Beetle Gifts - Ideal for the Beetle fan in your life.
VW Wizard Rear End Preparations
Chop your Beetle to fit the Wizard Kit
Now to the rear bodywork, You need to mark out the cuts with masking tape. Accuracy is not too critical as it will all be covered but you don't want to get too carried away.
The grinder has been busy again. Notice the inner bodywork has to be cut as well as the outer. Also note the strengthening box section tube across the middle, This has to be positioned reasonably accurately as the front edge of the GRP rear deck sits over this.
I managed to pick up an engine from the local scrapyard. I removed it from the back of a bay window camper and brought it home in the back of my Mk3 Escort. Started pulling it apart and unfortunately found a bit of a mess on one of the heads! It is going to take quite a lot of work to rebuild this engine and it may be worth going for something else.
Also managed to get hold of a pair of Sway-aways from somewhere, don't remember where, but probably one of the shows. Ready to weld into the beam when the body work is all sorted and I know what sort of ride height I want.
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