I was into air-cooled VWs for decades, but haven't had one for a few years. Lately I've been thinking I'd like to have another. Then, a few days ago I stumbled on a Bradley GT II for sale locally. It's built on a '71 model pan. Overall the chassis is solid with minor rust in the floor pans as is typical. No problem, easy fix with my new wire welder and some replacement panels, been there, done that. The windshield is perfect! The rear hatch glass is fine. The top panels are broken and the door windows are missing, but I'm not worried about them. I can handle that. There are a few small parts that I need, like the bezels for the outside door lock buttons and the rear Bradley emblem that belongs on the engine cover. The glove box lid is gone, but I can make one. Some of the engine tin pieces are missing, but I will probably order all chrome stuff for the engine anyway.
I haven't had time to try and start it yet. It has been stored in a basement for several years but will need the tank and fuel system flushed and some lubrication in the sparkplug holes before crank up. I might go ahead and remove the engine and freshen up the gaskets and seals first. I'm sure the entire brake system except maybe the drums, will be replaced during the restoration. OOPS! Sorry about the giant size pic. My first try at posting a pic here and I can't figure out how to fix or delete it. Moderator please feel free to downsize or remove my pic. thanks.
Something I learned that might save a new GTII buyer/owner some trouble...don't buy your's and take a regular VW tow-bar like you've probably pulled bugs home with to go get it. I tried that. Didn't work. The length of the bar was OK and the ground clearance would have been good, but there are two pieces clamped around the beam that are part of the body conversion that are right where the tow-bar normally clamps around the lower beam. A "normal" VW tow-bar would need tb be narrowed at least 4" to work on a GTII. Luckily I knew someone nearby with a pickup and trailer that could come haul mine home for me.
kitcarguy: sandy they should just be normal batteries.
Jul 5, 2018 13:10:41 GMT -5
baron: Hi All! I am building a Baron kit that was never completed. I am currently working on the VW chassis. I have rebuilt the engine and getting it set up to the car. My tranaxle has been sitting for 40 years. What is the best way to clean its insides?
Jul 8, 2018 19:43:23 GMT -5
4bettsmotorsports: My Bradley gt 2 is on eBay for 6 more days
Jul 17, 2018 17:47:50 GMT -5
dakota: hey does anyone know what wind shield glass is in the gtll? I know its a corvette but I don't know witch year
Oct 7, 2018 14:57:50 GMT -5
leonardabell: Dakota, if you are looking for a GTII windshield, you may be SOL. They were made just for those cars and scarce as hens teeth.
Oct 12, 2018 16:32:08 GMT -5
recog: YES, check with skip20... Have to buy a body to get glass... Thinking about buying a spare body myself... UGH !!!
Oct 15, 2018 6:44:52 GMT -5
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