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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.

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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. 

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.

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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. 

 

@Alan Merklin,

I was running a call yesterday at a supermarket in Bloominton, IL when I saw a Smyth Beetle pickup pulling across the lot. I flagged the guy down and looked it over. His was a TDI with GORGEOUS paint - really slick looking bit of kit.

If guys could see these in person, I'm thinking there'd be a lot of interest. Really neat little trucks.

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Stan did you get a photo? The Beetle truck is a style statement that works, easy to cut and assemble w/o any welding  ....there were a few teething pains with the first few that were assembled (including my red one ) we worked through it and Mark Smyth welcome the minor changes we suggested.   I might do another if it were a TDI with a manual "hand fired" trans. Andy at Hestermann Motor works ( I stopped to visit with him last spring in Florida) Andy is a TDI nut and can squeeze some serious TDI - HP w/o breaking the bank.

 

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Hardwired. It's the way I roll. It's a skinny co-ax with a 12v feed wire inside to trigger the radio display. The feed is picked up from the backup light. Less than $25, and replaced a license plate light(includes LED license light). I did replace the incandescent bulb on the other plate light so the lighting color matched(whiter light).

https://www.reverse-cameras.co...-hd-ccd-night-vision

The Cayman camera was on the slow boat, I think it took 4 or 5 weeks, but for the price with shipping I can be patient.

Same way I wired and triggered my tailgate camera in the pickup. SO easy to hook the trailer up now! In the pickup, I merely drilled a hole in the tailgate latch, right where the factory puts the OE camera. Amazon, $20.

Sorry for thread hijack.

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