After some time agonizing over the windshield issue, I decided to go the 280ZX route. So I made the deal and drug it home.
There won't be any VW in this build, but mostly Ford. The drive train will be a Duratec 3.0 and MTX-75. The front end will be Mustang 2. Rather than setting it on a bug pan, I'll build a tube chassis.
I know this site is full of big dreamers but this isn't my first rodeo. I'm a millwright so I fab for a living. My daily driver is a v8 manual swapped sport trac with coilovers. Cut and pasting cars together is my hobby.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2018 10:53:01 GMT -5 by damarble
This body has been laying around for some time and seems to have developed some sag. I lifted the rear to get rid of the butt sag but the doors still don't line up well. I'm thinking the windshield frame corners sagged too without glass adding strength?
I think this might have been a driving car at some point, it has an Idaho VIN tag on the driver B pillar. This should help greatly when trying to get it legal.
It's off the trailer and mobile. I screwed some HD 5" casters to some 2x6s and screwed the body to those. After standing next to it I realized I could shim it up just a couple more inches and see what ride height would be. A job for tomorrow night I think.
Best wishes on your project... Like skip20 with SUBARU engine, you have a big project in conversion... My project is just restoration (new wiring, new fuse panels, restoration of old VW engine, new steering box, new transistor switching of lights and headlight motor, replacement of bolts and nuts to stainless, clean off rust, repaint of selected parts, etc etc..) and updating and I find it a BIG BIG BIG project... Like Brad ate my life... I tell friends I'm getting a new car one part at a time?
Haven't been able to work in it today but I did have plenty of brainstorming time. Last night I was sitting in the shell thinking about seats.
The poor situation for tall people is well documented, as well as the problem of fitting seats because of how they sit over the pan flange. The solution is simple, instead of copying the VW pan shape with my frame, there's some serious meat further out I can bolt to. I just need more of a perimeter frame and to cut off the flange, it will gain over 2" sideways! It also puts cage tie in points in much better places.
Moving on from there, I need to figure out a rotisserie to prep the body before mating to the frame. There's a shortage of solid spots to mount to that won't also be in the way. It might be a two stage process...
The best seats for the GT2 are the factory seats. Most aftermarket seats are too wide (even with your lip mod) and you have to lay them too far back and you lose all head support. By design, most VW based kit cars are very narrow.
Also, that flange offers significant stiffness to the side panels. When you remove it you will have a lot of flex that will have to be addressed. You might be able to glass in a new flange pointing outward or add some steel stiffeners to the bottom of the sides.
Took another measurement and my plan leaves me with 47" of empty floor space. With a 20-21" seat that still leaves 5-7" in the middle. I measured my other 4 cars and all the seats fell between that range, so it's a safe number to plan for.
I'm even better news, I made some title progress. It was titled in 99 as a "1983 special construction" in Idaho. I have the last known address and will see if the guy is still around, but after nearly 20 years chances aren't good.
20-21" seats are tough to find. At least ones that fit in the Bradley.
Do you not have a title for it now?
All 4 cars in my driveway have seats in that range, 07 explorer, 01 explorer, 06 mercury montego, 05 Toyota matrix. I did find a local guy with GT2 seats so that option is there, but I would prefer something more modern first. I'm accounting for a significant floor drop and possibly no sliders.
No title yet. I'm not going to sink any more money onto it until I'm sure of getting one. I found a number listed for the last owner but it was disconnected. I'll try mailing a letter to his listed address next.
I've been mulling over what can be the tail light panel, it really is quite ugly. I think more of an undercut and a gentle vertical curve like a C6 corvette would improve the looks immensely.
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2018 12:19:06 GMT -5 by damarble
Wow...I would be shocked to see Explorer (or any of those actually) seats that would fit in a GT2..but I guess the measurements are the measurements. I will be very interested to see what you end up with. Most seats are probably 4-5" tall (at least) and that eats up a lot of headroom.
In order to get something more modern you might want to consider a large floor drop AND a body lift. Unless you are vertically challenged. I did a 3" body lift on stock GT seats with 1" tall sliders in the GT I did and it was barely enough head room for my 6'2" frame.
So do you have a VIN with the pan? Or a State issued VIN with the body? Since you are creating your own frame you could really just remove whatever state sticker was applied to the body since most states that I am aware of really look at the VIN on the frame. Does your state allow you to title a specialty constructed vehicle given the frame will have no VIN number?
Keep in mind I won't have a VW pan, so I have a little more freedom to design extra space into it. I set the body at ride height and set a spare explorer seat on the ground. I set the lean back where I like it. I'm 6 feet, and I think I can come up with enough head room with my floor 3" below the body flange. This is with planning to set the seat base right on the floor. I have some ideas for low profile slides to try out.
I'm also thinking about making or having made the T top windows with a bubble for even more room. I think this can be done with a form and oven, more research is needed of course.
I set a spare wheel/tire of roughly the right size in the opening and drew a mark to try out my corvette styling idea. I think I like it, and I can afford to give up space there with a middy.
Spent time today finishing stripping the interior and then started building a rotisserie. Disappointed to find the dash is glassed in on the back. Will be cutting that out, I want my own design.
I did some research and parts comparing and figured out how to convert the Contour 4x108 hubs to 5x4.5 using Escape parts. Not sure yet if I'll go through with it, it does open up some more wheel options and gets me tophat rotors for a parking brake. It's going to be about $300 in parts which isn't bad, but then again I could put that towards 4x108 wheels. I think staggered Cobra Rs would look great.
glfourniercomcast: I have a Bradley GT with wind shield and other glass doors, would like to sell whole car but if I have enough interest in parting it out I would do so. If interested in parts or whole car call me at 941979-7503 ask for George.
Oct 25, 2018 14:04:52 GMT -5
jchr7485: Hello peeps! Just wanted to let all Bradley fans know that I've got my late father's BGT1 up on E-bay and CL. Would have felt bad about getting rid of it without letting current fans know, just in case. Love the car, just have a few too many. Have a gre
Nov 5, 2018 8:01:17 GMT -5
jchr7485: BTW- Anybody have a spare rear window?
Nov 5, 2018 8:43:13 GMT -5
coach: i have a 78 Bradley GT ( rolling Project ) for sale in NC $1500 call 336-684-6894 for pics Mike
Nov 15, 2018 12:28:59 GMT -5
vw2themaxman: I have a bradley GT2 for sale need some work chicago area reply for pictures $2500
Jan 6, 2019 23:38:40 GMT -5
cocacoladodge: Does anyone know if Skip20s family has plans to keep his projects or undecided at this point? Who to contact? Heck he was one of the first to talk to me on here, I feel like a good friend is gone before his time.
Feb 23, 2019 18:54:39 GMT -5
modnar: sorry things happen, moved, been off line, crazy times. hope you found a rear window.
Mar 30, 2019 17:55:20 GMT -5
modnar: again sorry for not answering.
Mar 30, 2019 17:55:34 GMT -5
jdawg01: Anyone have spare rear window and a driver's side window as well or no where or a distributor?
Apr 1, 2019 13:08:27 GMT -5
bhackler: I have Bradley GT2 in Nashville has been sitting in garage for 30 years at least. Have all parts to complete assembly except windshield of course. Sitting on nice 1969 beetle floor pan with rebuilt engine. Doors and glass never installed $1500.00
Apr 9, 2019 9:18:08 GMT -5
bradleycrazy1: Hey, you still have the garage of parts?
May 9, 2019 20:00:51 GMT -5
wantabradley: Any body have a rear window for sale?
May 15, 2019 8:24:10 GMT -5
aquaticharpy: What's happen to skip20?
Aug 4, 2019 13:53:26 GMT -5
bobevans41: I have about 90 rear hatch glasses for gt2s
Sept 25, 2019 20:21:30 GMT -5
bobevans41: I have lots of Brad gt 2 parts....Just let me know what you need
Sept 25, 2019 20:23:52 GMT -5
awolprod: looking for a bradley gt windshield...
Oct 1, 2019 20:47:56 GMT -5
jbrancazzu: hi i have a bradley gt with the full lexan doors im trying to locate the piston things that open the door ,hold them up please help also has anyone installed linear actuators on them if so how thank you all
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:52 GMT -5