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Old 15-01-2020, 12:17 AM   #131
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Headliner is now finished as is my rear view mirror. This is a early Beetle mirror that has been modified & painted satin black.
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I have just completed my new steering rack mounting bracket. I wasn’t completely happy with it being partially mounted on the frame head.
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Coming together nicely. Love that wing mirror, work of art, I think you have a crush on it
Have you got any pics of the whole car yet? Be nice to see some.
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Coming together nicely. Love that wing mirror, work of art, I think you have a crush on it
Have you got any pics of the whole car yet? Be nice to see some.
Big crush lol
Currently I’m unable to take photos of the whole car as it’s sitting up on axle stands & the wheels are off. I’ve just ordered some 50mm M14x1.5 wheel studs for the front wheels. Previously the front wheels were mounted with Porsche bolts & the rears with studs & black anodised aluminium nuts. I then need to make some final adjustments to the track rods prior to removal & powder coating. I will try to get some reasonable pictures then.

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Hey Phil,

Very nice project with some well considered mods. I have a couple questions regarding the steering rack conversion - first, any reason for going with the Saxo rack opposed to the Polo one? Second, what material did you use for making the tie rods?

Only ask as I bought a laser cut kit from a member on the Cal Look forum a couple years ago and then sourced the Polo rack. Yet to assemble it all, but planning too very soon.

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Hi Steven, thanks for your interest. The reasons for using a Saxo rack are predominately that it’s a quicker steering rack, a Polo has slow witted steering & the whole point was to speed up the steering but also to make the steering lighter, my steering wheel is quite small & I’m running Wide (205) front tyres.
Another reason is that I have not seen another Beetle with a Saxo rack and finally parts availability, Mk2 Polo racks are quite hard to come by.
The Polo & Saxo racks are very similar in design.
For the track rods I used cold drawn mild steel this is a seamless (not welded) tube. the threads are M14x1.5 tapped left handed on the inners & right handed outers.

If you need anymore info please ask.

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Final mock-up of the rack conversion with revised steering lock stops. RH turns are limited by the adjustable bolt that touches the end of the rack to limit travel. LH turns are limited by the collar on the rack shaft. This comes into contact with the racks aluminium housing to limit travel. Tomorrow I’m refitting all the wheels to check the track rods for length before stripping then it’s all going away to be blasted and powder coated.

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Interior trimming complete, l fitted 10x6mm steel reinforced edge beading down the B pillar flanges.
It was always my intention to prioritise the interior, as every car I’ve built prior to this the interior has never been completed to my satisfaction.
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As it’s back on its wheels for final adjustments I thought it was the ideal time to wash the dust off after being in the garage for 2 years.
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Looking very neat.
How close is the rack to the bottom of the fuel tank?
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