500 Roll Over Repairs
The Repairs Begin
Damaged Roof Removal 1
Damaged Roof Removal 2
Engine/Transaxle Mount Repairs
Installing the New Roof
Repairing the Bumpers
On the Wheels Again
Body Work and Paint
The repair involves several different
areas: the body damage, roll cage damage, engine mount
damage, suspension damage, engine damage and transmission damage. The engine and trans-
axle were removed and delivered to VW Paradise and Power Box, respectively, for evaluation
and repair. The transaxle will need at least a new bell housing and tail housing - hopefully there
is no internal damage...... The engine will need at least some intake and valve cover parts, we
do not yet know if there is any damage to vital parts.
Trevor and I are responsible for all the
other repairs to the car; suspension, roll cage, body, etc..
Having built the car originally, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to repair/rebuild any
part necessary. Some parts, the roof and doors for example, will simply be replaced with parts
that we acquire from outside sources. It makes no sense to us to spend countless hours trying to
salvage a roof and doors that we can simply replace for very little money.
Suspension and Support Structure
The bent front suspension beam replaced with a straight beam and the damaged
support tubes cut back to undamaged length.
Using a homemade "plumb bob" to measure how "out of square" the car chassis
is after the roll-over
Measuring back to the rear torsion housing. Trevor found the left and right side measurements
to be within 1/4" of each other - straight enough for a desert race car!
Splicing in the lower beam support tube
Building up to the new beam
All the pieces fitted and ready to weld
Front Suspension and support structure repair complete