Swedish 66 Crew Cab

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Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:38 pm

Alex bought his Swedish 66 crew cab to us for metalwork and paint.

As you can see, the chassis is in a bad way:

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We decided the best way to approach this was to build a new chassis. I had been looking for a Celette or Car O Liner chassis jig for ages but couldnt find one so made one, and had a few brackets cut out which were welded up. We used my 61 split to build the jig and brackets as my chassis is nice and original / straight. Here is the finished jig / brackets, and with the replacement chassis trial fitted to the jig:

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Fitted the cab doors to check the gaps were all good before anything was braced or cut out. They are pretty good considering how bad the rest of the van is. The cargo door and gap needs some work. The door is pretty badly twisted:

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Broke up now till the new year and I cant wait to get in and get stuck into this :)

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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:55 pm

Got the rear chassis section removed:

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Started stripping the old chassis rails and handbrake tubes etc off:

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Ready to go to the dippers. Gonna have a few repairs to do though... Was hoping this section was going to be better than it is, oh well:

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Should get back on it the end of the week :)
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:12 pm

Moved onto removing the front section of chassis.

Got the doglegs, tubs and cab floor out. They needed replacing and were in the way. Bulkhead needs a bit of work too:

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Then got the front chassis section out:

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Need to get this cleaned up and off to be blasted ready to fit to the new chassis rails.

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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by vwJim » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:28 am

Great to see another resto place taking the effort to build a chassis jig.
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by markp » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:55 pm

I think you'll find few people who would be happy to rent that jig once you have finished with it


Looks fab ..... good luck and ENJOY !!!!!!


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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:41 pm

vwJim wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:28 am
Great to see another resto place taking the effort to build a chassis jig.
I was originally looking for a Celette or car-o-liner or similar. I missed out on one, and all the others I found were complete with the dozer that Im not too fussed about, and they were all really expensive... Building my own took ages but Im pretty pleased with it. All the brackets are removable so I can use it on Bays and Beetles too when I get around to making more brackets :)
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:43 pm

markp wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:55 pm
I think you'll find few people who would be happy to rent that job once you have finished with it


Looks fab ..... good luck and ENJOY !!!!!!


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Cheers Mark. Looks like your making good progress on your Beetle :)


I got all the original parts that will be reused from the chassis ready for blasting.

Rear parts:
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Front parts:
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The floor section was better than I thought it would be, hopefully its just a small repair at the back corner needed:
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The beam mount sections are going to need some work though:
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Got the seat runner and the extra section thats fitted to the cab tool chest area off and it seems to fit the new BBT panel pretty nice:
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Could do with finding a pair of rear bump stop brackets if anyone has any?
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Cant wait to get the new chassis together :D
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:23 pm

Had the chassis parts blasted:
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Not as nice as I had hoped. Rotten in quite a few places:
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Rest of the parts:
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I repaired the rotten corner of the front floor section:
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Trial assembly of new chassis and front section:
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Found a solid rear cut including the complete rear chassis rails so decided to use the whole rear end as the pressings were nicer than the repro chassis rails around where the support bar is welded. New piece tacked in place temporary:
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The front inner chassis legs were flat and needed shaping to fit the bulge in the bulkhead:
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Thats it for now :)
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by markp » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:16 am

WOW

Loving this thread !!!

great work dude ,,, keep those pics coming

your doing a great job with nice detailing and fab pics

well done


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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by mabbo » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Thanks Mark :)

Not got anything done on it the last couple of weeks Im afraid, been getting a customers 66 Beetle painted after we finished the metalwork:
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After a flat and polish:
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Will be back on the crewcab before the end of the month though :D
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Re: Swedish 66 Crew Cab

Post by vwJim » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:58 pm

Nice!!!!!
Supplying quality in house designed items plus parts from SyncLink, Kennedy Clutches, & CB Performance. Also fitting service including modifications & mechanical upgrades.

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