It needed a little mechanical work and I proceeded to do the necessary repairs to make it a good driver. At the WPRAACA Car Club picnic, Tom Link was surveying the Limo Golf Cart, and suggested that what it really needed was a VW chassis underneath instead of the Club Car drive train. Tom and I were talking casually about building a Rat Rod over the winter, and so we decided that merging a VW Beetle with the Limo would be a good undertaking.
We took a lot of measurements and looked up all the dimensions on a Beetle. It appeared that the 2 vehicles were close enough that we could pursue finding an air cooled VW Bug.
Limo golf cart dimensions VS VW Bug
Golf cart VW Bug
Rear Width – 65 inches 60.5 inches
Rear WB – 39 inches approximate 50.5 inches
Wheelbase Length – 105 inches 94.5 inches
Front WB – 33 inches approximate 50.5 inches
Vehicle OAL – 150 inches 160 inches
And so the search began for a suitable VW donor car. We wanted something that had a good pan. We were not overly concerned about the body condition, as we were not going to need the shell. We looked at a few on line and even made a full day trip to Vermont to look at a Type II station wagon. Tom, Dave Peterson and I towed my car trailer up and finally found the car. We found that the car was not as presented, and had to pass on the purchase and drive home with an empty trailer.
We located a BAHA project that someone had started, and wanted to sell, just before we went to Hershey. Over the week, I communicated with the seller and was able to set up an appointment to look at it when we returned. Tom & I inspected the 1967 Beetle and found the condition to be more than acceptable for the price. We brought it home, and the restoration work began.
At this point I started taking videos of the progress and the photos and videos that are included in this blog are pretty self-explanatory. The videos will show the progress I have described and the last few months of merging the vehicles together.
You can watch the entire video (20 minutes) by clicking on the first screen below. You can also watch just part of it and return later and pick up at any point by dragging the red button that appears on the video. If you want to view it full screen just click on the little TV screen icon in the lower right of the video.