Post by Gary Hammond on Feb 13, 2017 23:04:23 GMT -5
The GT is a little more difficult to get in and out of because the sides are a little higher off the ground and are not level!
Don't know what you are calling the "rear main" seal. The crankshaft has a lip seal only on the front of the engine under the flywheel. The pulley end (rear of engine) doesn't have a lip seal, only threaded grooves in the pulley and a close tolerance fit that is supposed to "screw" the oil back into the engine unless someone has installed an aftermarket "sand seal pulley".
As the rings and main bearings become worn it is not uncommon for oil leakage around the pulley. Blow-by can also cause oil to exit through the breather tube if it has one. And the paper gaskets between the crankcase and cylinder jugs frequently blow out and let oil leak out while the engine is running. The O-rings on the oil cooler are also a common source for oil leaks as are the valve cover gaskets and cylinder head to jug mating surface. Stock engines have no head gasket.
Post by Gary Hammond on Feb 13, 2017 19:22:34 GMT -5
Welcome to the Bradly GT forum. Sounds like you have lots of VW experience. We would all enjoy seeing pictures of your new ride! To post pics they have to exist somewhere else on the internet and they can then be linked to.
To answer some of your questions:
1. The doors can get badly out of alignment due to "butt sag". This is a chronic problem with the GT II. It can be remedied with slowly applied pressure and extra support. Do a site search for "butt sag" on this forum. There have been a lot of posts about it!
2. Bob Evans had some side glass for sale a couple of years ago and maybe some door glass as well. Don't know if he has any left or not. I think some people have used plexiglass. There have been several posts on this as well.
3. To the best of my knowledge, the kit didn't include anything to seal the engine with. Most people have just fabricated their own baffles to seal against the original VW tin work. There are also some posts on this subject.
There is a wealth of information on this forum that can be quickly accessed with the search feature.
Post by Gary Hammond on Oct 29, 2016 18:33:44 GMT -5
It's lookin real good! I like the color ....... even if its not red. LOL
In your attached video you said it is being made to sell. Are you building it for someone as a custom job, or are you going to offer it for sale when it's finished? What engine are you going to install? Still planning on the 2.2L Subby?
Post by Gary Hammond on Aug 31, 2016 19:37:21 GMT -5
Where in eastern Iowa are you located???
I'm in west central Illinois, Macomb to be exact. I have a strong running GT that I might be talked into selling for the right price. Send me an e-mail or private message if you're interested in seeing and/or driving it. I will be out of town for the next couple of weeks, but will still be able to access this board and my e-mail.
..................Regarding brakes - I was assuming the front disc was part of the original Bradley "kit". Hoping they are not something custom to the car but instead something VW based.
Nope! The "kit" was only the body parts. The chassis came from a separately purchased "donor car" (type 1 VW) with the body removed. And there may have been a few Karmann Ghia "donor cars" used. But if I remember correctly the "Ghia" floor pan had to be modified to use it.
There were a few "factory assembled" or "dealer assembled" cars as well, but I'd bet these all had drum brakes. If you have disc brakes I would bet that the builder, or some previous owner, changed it over with what ever he could at the time! Could be either Karmann Ghia (VW based) or after market.
Post by Gary Hammond on Aug 4, 2016 19:26:39 GMT -5
I don't think any of the regular Type 1 Beetles used disc brakes, only the Karmann Ghia. However, I think the Karmann Ghia brakes can be adapted to the Beetle chassis. And several different companies have made after market disc brake kits for the Beetle. So it's hard to know what you have without comparing them to what's out there. If they are Karmann Ghia brakes, you can probably get them from Auto Zone, O'Reillys, NAPA, etc. However, If they are aftermarket you may have to get them from an after market source that sells which ever brand you have.
As for your doors, it looked to me in the pictures like the driver's door didn't exactly line up with body in either the front or back. That's usually an indication of "butt sag". But yours doesn't look nearly as bad as some I've seen. Hard to tell just from the pictures. Maybe the door wasn't completely latched?
Post by Gary Hammond on Aug 4, 2016 15:42:38 GMT -5
Welcome to the Bradley club!
Looks like you have a pretty complete GT II with a good windshield. The windshields for these are no longer available, so treat it with respect!
It also looks to be suffering from "butt sag", which causes the doors to not fit properly. There is a lot of info on how to correct it on this web site. Just do a search for "butt sag". The original plans don't provide for enough support for the rear end, which causes it to eventually sag and pull the roof back out of alignment with the doors. The fix is to slowly warp the fiberglass back into position with steady pressure and some heat, and then give it extra support.
The GT II design is also known to recirculate the engine heat, so a heat shield, or baffle, is recommended as in the VW Beetle. You can also cut out the air scoop to help bring in fresh outside air.
I live in Riverton, Il. About 4 miles from Springfield.
My wife and I lived in Riverton the second year we were married ........... back in 1968 - 1969. But we have lived in Macomb, IL from 1971 to present. (I'm 74.)
I think there were three or four different versions of the stripe, and were either black or white depending on color of vehicle. (Not sure if there were any other colors available or not.) The 1979 limited version was a white body with special blue decals and stripes. Most of the variations in the kits were running model changes and not actual yearly model changes. So except for some pre-1976 and 1976-on changes, it's nearly impossible to figure out the year of manufacture. And if your kit has a serial number, no one I know of has been able to relate it to any code that would reveal the date of manufacture. I think Jeff Troy's CD may have more information about this.
As for the cover for the Corvair engine, I have no clue whether it was available from Bradley or not. Again, Jeff Troy may know the answer to this.
My car had "lollypop" front turn signal/parking lights mounted on the bumpers, but the pre-1976 ones had small ones like yours mounted in or under the front openings beneath the bumpers. I didn't like either, so mounted different rectangular ones in cutouts I made in the front fenders.
I don't have any badging on mine, and am constantly asked "what is it". Or even "what year Vette is that?" Makes for lots of interesting conversations when I tell them its a "slightly modified ACVW with a body kit." You wouldn't believe how many people go out of their way to check it out or take pictures of it.
Post by Gary Hammond on Mar 25, 2016 20:03:56 GMT -5
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Post by Gary Hammond on Mar 6, 2016 20:22:18 GMT -5
Condolences on the loss of your father.
As for your questions, we need to know if it's a GT or GT II. A picture would help. The chassis is an older air cooled VW and probably has the original VW engine for that chassis, or it may not. These are owner built cars with a body kit applied to a donor (VW) chassis, and each one can be unique to itself.
The serial numbers of the chassis and engine (along with photos) will enable us to determine what you have. And the horse power could be anywhere from 36HP to over 200hp depending on which engine you have and how it has been updated or modified with after market parts. There is no universal standard for these. That was all up to the individual builder.
Post by Gary Hammond on Jan 17, 2016 23:13:44 GMT -5
Since these are owner built kit cars there is no standard wheel and/or tire size. Chassis could be swing axle or IRS with any after market wheels that would fit or be adapted to fit. Or could be original Beetle wheels and tires which varied in size from year to year. But most cars will have after market wheels and tires.
Post by Gary Hammond on Nov 21, 2015 8:37:21 GMT -5
A super beetle won't work without major modifications, as the Bradley body won't mount the front struts. You need a regular beetle. The floor pan has to completely contain the front suspension. It is possible to replace the front frame head, but that requires cutting, welding, and very good alignment of parts.
.........Both cars are located on Long Island in New York. Cars will be sold with just a bill of sale. .........Buyer will have to figure out transport of vehicles. This is a great opportunity for someone to gain a real GTE and a lot of parts including 2 full sets of glass. PM me with offers and contact info. Again, they must go as soon as possible. Thanks for looking, scroll down for the pictures!
Post by Gary Hammond on Jul 1, 2015 11:43:26 GMT -5
I see Patrick Stiller has rejoined our forum.
Welcome back Pat!
k1286: need to find body parts (gull wing doors and rear glass) for early Bradley gt, just bought this car and need help finding a source for parts
Oct 1, 2016 17:17:48 GMT -5
kitcarguy: You have to make them yourself . They are not available anymore
Oct 4, 2016 15:51:03 GMT -5
skip20: Pictures would help alot!!
Oct 5, 2016 11:17:36 GMT -5
rangerxp: I have one of your Ranger Xp's in Chico! Please reply
Oct 17, 2016 18:32:05 GMT -5
kitcarguy: What Rangerxp?
Nov 4, 2016 20:28:59 GMT -5
dx1: Just bought gt2 HOw do I know what year it is and is there an id # on the body anywhere?
Jan 6, 2017 15:44:31 GMT -5
kitcarguy: dx1 There is no way to tell what year the body is. The Dataplate (if there is one) will not give you any useful info.
Jan 10, 2017 12:13:18 GMT -5
leglehookr: does someone have an idea for a door lift replacement? I dont really care for the originals.
May 1, 2017 23:44:11 GMT -5
manwithplan: where is the serial number located on a gt2?
Jun 6, 2017 13:20:54 GMT -5
kitcarguy: Hey manwithplan mine were both in the battery area in the rear of the car (behind right tail light) If yours does not have one not to worry, they do not mean anything lol
Jun 12, 2017 14:39:09 GMT -5