Stan,  Yeah a TDI with a 6 speed would be nice.... I'm in Florida the next two weeks,  a guy there that I'll visit that has done two Jetta's and now has three more Beetle kits and a Jetta kit in crates...I plan on getting some Jetta build info from him as the aluminum bed constriction on the Beetle / Jetta kits are similar.  I'll do another truck conversion but right now I am well into a # 50 Speedster build for Carlisle, Pending is a " Meyer's Tow'd "  dune buggy resto for a guy from Philly begins sometime in June, I also have scheduled for " Andy" a Myers buggy body change out to in October.

These kits are simple and very much complete including stainless hardware etc.  I did lean not to toss anything out until the build is done as there are some small oem items that can be reused. Build videos are good,  would run the video ahead a few step to see it what step I was doing now would be related of cause an issue. Do keep in mind you are building a single cab pick up with no room for storing nothing in the cab. 

"Do keep in mind you are building a single cab pick up with no room for storing nothing in the cab. "

That may be an issue but a tonneau cover might be a solution plus if your carrying a lot of weight your rear end might need some extra or more frequent coil and shock changes.

IaM-Ray posted:

Do tell Stan, how would you use it?

No big mystery, Ray. I run a small business and I have a lot of projects going at any given time. There's a lot of instances where a small runabout with an open bed would be handy.

I use trucks every day, and they are (aside from labor) the greatest single cost of doing business. Trucks are a necessary evil and the bane of my existence. I'm always looking for an edge in some unconventional way.

Stan Galat posted:
IaM-Ray posted:

Do tell Stan, how would you use it?

No big mystery, Ray. I run a small business and I have a lot of projects going at any given time. There's a lot of instances where a small runabout with an open bed would be handy.

I use trucks every day, and they are (aside from labor) the greatest single cost of doing business. Trucks are a necessary evil and the bane of my existence. I'm always looking for an edge in some unconventional way.

You might want to decide if the kit fits the 2010 or before model or the  2011 and on model.

BTW 2009-2010 have fully independent rear suspension but a bit smaller inside cabin, but they are better built. IMHO, if you fit it them. 

2011-2012's are new body style have a bit more cabin space and would have an I-Beam rear suspension which may or may not make a difference in what the kit can handle in terms of weight.   Just saying those facts may help you to choose the model you want and the interior options you want. 

For a go around to get an AC compressor etc you might find it handy. 

 

I looked into doing one.  The new Beetle Smyth kit is for 1998-2010 and the Jetta/Golf is for 4 door sedan/station wagon for 1995.5-2010.  I had found a 2014 new Beetle on eBay for $3.5k that was hit in the rear (with salvage title) but regretfully the newer ones won't work with the kit.

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