found the car on eBay last June, and
it didn't sell. I called the guy and
went and looked at it, I made an offer
and he took it. So I brought it home
and did a few updates to drive it until
October, then took it completely apart.
The frame was done in 12 gauge steel,
all new brakes, lines, cylinders, master
cylinder, front end, shocks, gas tank,
fuel lines, king pins, shift linkage,
trans mounts and everything else it
needed replaced, painted the frame with
POR-15. Then I redid the motor and painted
it the same color as the car. Added
all new chrome, generator, regulator,
electronic ignition, extended oil sump,
new headers, 009 Dist, aluminum pulleys,
new carb, and all the other goodies.
Next I sanded the body, applied the
sealer primer, blocked and primered
it again, and then painted it a Hawaiian
Orchid Poly. Clear coated it, sanded
it again, applied the satin silver pearl
flames, and cleared it again.
then took an 1989 Blazer, and redid
the wiring harness for the buggy, front
seats are also from the Blazer, as well
as the seat belt harness. Then I made templates
of cardboard to make all the inside
panels, padded and carpeted the floor
with the rear seat being custom made.
I made an aluminum dash and installed
the VDO gauges, the steering column
is tilt and came from a 1989 Z-24 Cavalier.
All the steering arms were custom made
to fit the VW steering box. Also
new shifter, brake and clutch
and throttle cables and roller pedal
were installed. Then on to the new windshield,
with Harley Davidson Billet Mirrors.
The gas tank cover on the hood, and
is a Hummer billet cover. Assembly also
consisted of new wheels and tires, and
powdered coated bumpers.
after 8 months of constant work, It
now is a 1965 VW pan, shortened to 84",
with a 1970-1600SP, with a 110 cam,
with a 1967 Deserter Series 1 body,
which was made in Marblehead MAby Autodynamics,
and designed by Alex Dearborn. The car
is a trophy winner, and I received 2
trophy's, out of 3 shows. The car is
listed on the Deserters owners group,
and the detailed pictures can be viewed
from start to finish. Look under, gladiator1052,
photos. I have owned three other Buggy's
and this one turned out the best. The
car turns heads everywhere it goes,
and have been told that the detailing
and the paint was done with precision.
I plan on doing many more shows this