Got around to buying a Bradley with fast-back rear. It is claimed to have a rebuilt engine and brakes, repaired pan. Hope to go get it on Wednesday. Pretty much complete except for doors which I will have to fabricate. Thinking Vinyl or Canvas with Isinglass windows over simple fabricated frames. Only needed in winter anyway.
I will leave the VW engine in it for now, but expect to convert to Geo 1.0 when the VW dies or I need better mileage. Also recently found a trick to dramatically improve suspension geometry that I hope will work with the Bradley body.
Geo 1.0 engine has to be rebuilt before swapping. KEP makes the adapter. 50+ HP and 6K RPM but with TBI F.I. so gets about 50 MPG in the Geo. Bradley should be lighter and about equal or maybe better aero. Planning to do it the easy way with the Bug trans, using the whole Geo drivetrain would be trick but complex. With most of my cars getting only 20 - 30 MPG or less, a mile-master in the stable would be a good thing.
Bradley is intended as a pretty mundane, but more interesting than a Geo, daily driver while I work on my classic car restorations. It will never be so valuable that I end up selling it and then regretting the sale like so many other cars I have had and not been able to replace.
If it does not blow up too soon, as VW's do so well, I may put the VW engine into a vintage Tatum "Formula Vee" project I have. The F-Vee would be a great Auto-X and Hill-Climb car.
Suspension trick is to copy what was done for a Formula-Vee many years ago. Steering box was inverted and centered, steering arms changed to front steer. This drastically reduced bump-steer. If that does not work I have a short R&P steering rack to use.
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So....a KEP adapter, new clutch, rebuilt geo motor, cooling system design you are probably looking at say $2500 if you do all the fab work yourself?
And lets say you double the mileage from 25 mpg to 50 mpg. Now lets also assume you might put 10,000 miles on the Bradley per year and gas at $2.50 a gallon. You will save about $500 a year in gas...about $10 per week and recover your investment in 5 years of putting 10,000 miles per year.
That would be quite unusual for the typical Bradley owner.
Have you considered the body mods and you will need to clear that steering set up? Very little room up front for moving things around.
Geo engines are incredibly cheap to rebuild. I would put conversion cost at about $1,500 or less. Compare that to the price of a Type 1 VW rebuild every couple of years. Geo engines go 200K miles easily.
I made it home with the Bradley.
'68 pan so swing axle, kind of a bummer there. 1600 DP engine, nothing fancy, claimed to be rebuilt. Brakes are rebuilt and work, even the parking brake. Corvette windshield glass is not broken but may be fatally pitted. Body is going to be the big job. Need to get rid of the faded flake paint and fix somebodies attempt at bonding the rear fast-back plexigalss to the rear deck.
So it's less of a project than some of my other cars but not as simple to make a driver as I had hoped.
Thanks, I do have the light covers/mounts. DPO* hacked off the mounts for the mechanism to raise/lower them, then sort of started to mount rectangular lights on the body.
I see three ways to deal with this, two should be legal. 1. Use short gas struts to raise the original mounts, with latches to keep them down when not in use. That retains the original look but still requires getting out of the car to raise them unless I get more complicated with servos or similar actuators. 2. Replace the original covers with clear plexiglass and mount the lights to the body. Probably not really legal due to low height. 3. Mount 5" lamps into the fenders, use clear curved plexiglass covers. Probably the most attractive and would be high enough to remain legal. Changes the look a bit, probably for the better.
Would you believe I have already had offers on this car for significantly more than I paid? Tallied up what I have into it, the offers are still too low.
Think I will just buy an EMPI type "Buggy" harness to do the wiring over. Once my new concrete floor is done I will pull the body off to make it easier to work on.
* DPO - Dreaded Prior Owner. Seems they are always incompetent at best.
EDIT: Just remembered that we may now use very small projector lamps. That would make fitting them into the fenders even easier but might look odd.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2021 20:28:02 GMT -5 by r3fab: 'Nother thought.
OK, after looking at way too many pics I have decided to fit 5.75" Cibie's to a new location much further outboard, in front of the wheels. They will eventually get clear covers to fair them in. Surprised no one else has done this before. Eliminates all the hassle of "Hidden" lamps and I am sure it will look a LOT better too. I will 'glass-in the original headlamp openings. Not sure what the original purpose of the more or less rectangular openings down low was but they will now become driving light mounts.
I have the original tail lamps with the angled bases but do not like them so looking for something else to use.
I think I found some nice seats too, but pricy at $500.00, so those are one of the last items to get once I'm happy withy the rest of it.
My original light blue interior vinyl is trashed, anyone have a fresh set for sale? Blue not required. As long as I am dreaming of new parts, how about a replacement rear window in the same style I have now?
I have a pair of custom-upholstered aftermarket fiberglass bucket seats that I recently removed from my GT. Send me your email or cell and I will send pics. Seats are medium gray tuck & roll velour with gray Naugahyde trim. Passenger side is excellent, driver is very good. Upholstery attaches with snap buttons and studs. Seat backs are carpeted gray. Headrest portions were designed out to allow easier access to the jump seat (package shelf). Email to [email protected] or call 717-917-3670. My phone won't put through calls from unrecognized numbers, so please leave a message if you choose to call. I will get back to you ASAP.
Ack! Finally got around to playing with the Bradley a little. I do not fit. My Lotus Europa has more room! Yanked out the silly plastic "Racing seats" and sat directly on the floor. Yah, that could work if I can fab up some sort of backrest. Shame to cut the new floors but if I am going to drive this I expect to have to drop the floors. I may try a set of Triumph GT6 seats.
Wiring is hopeless, I will have to start over.
Engine sounds really good for VW. Stock exhaust probably helps a lot with that.
Even Triumph GT-6 seats are too tall. Going to look into just fabricating some seats as I really do not want to cut the floor or raise the body. $500 for a set of Bradley seat shells needing to be recovered is just too much.
I'm 5'7" and I barely fit in my Bradley. My body has a 1/4" wooden spacer between the frame in the front. I'm in the process of putting in a 3/4" spacer all the way around right now for more engine bay space to fit an air filter. You might consider something similar. I just went to Home Depot and bought some wood. I only spend maybe $20? I'm working on drilling holes and cutting the wood to the proper lengths. If you have a bit of free time it's definitely worth the investment. I would check the spacing height with some news paper or something similar in the corners between the pan and body to find what height you need.
Reminded once again why I fled CA way back in '89! I have been informed that they will ONLY accept a CA vehicle verification form before I may have the title I paid for. When I finally reched some one to ask WTF I was told that have to have the emissions information. For a car that is exempt for several reasons, such as being an air cooled 1968 VW, so very "Pre-SMOG". But they are still demanding those lines be filled in on THEIR form! This means the only way to get a title is to trailer the car to CA and pay for another VIN inspection. If I were further away this would make getting a title utterly impractical which I think is the real goal of the feculent CA DMV. Just one more dirty dig to get all ICE cars off the road. I will get the title but at this point I am parting out the car. Seems a clean titled '68 chassis may be more valuable than a complete Bradley. Engine is going into a Sand Rail I have traded away for some labor I need done. Transaxle may wind up in my FV race car. So if someone wants the body or roller less engine let me know. Full set of VDO gauges are still in it, brakes have been rebuilt, otherwise as pictured above. Let me know what you want and make offer.
Well, the Bradley has been moved on to a new home. Sold the body but still have the chassis which may end up under a fiberglass dune-buggy body. New owner intends to put the Bradley body on a 70 chassis.
steve09: I am a pasted Bradley GT II owner, having build 2 of them from scratch. At one time I considered becoming a “dealer”. I have just found a box of old Bradley Sales materials in excellent shape and I was wondering if it might be worth anything.
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chubbaloke: HI, i'm new to this group but not Volkswagons. Just traded for a Bradley GT2, (don't know if thats a good thing yet) Previously having owned Bugs, Bajas, sandrails, Thing and a Volksrod. I'm looking for a good alternative latch for the Hatch or a replac
Jan 15, 2021 11:39:00 GMT -5
superdave008: would love to see your doors.
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superdave008: Iim considering doing the same thing to mine.
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johne026: I have a one Assembly Manual(8.5 x 11) for the Bradley GT and one set of Structural Dimensional Plans(11x17) for the Bradley GT2. Free. $20 for postage. Email me at [email protected]
Apr 23, 2021 0:02:15 GMT -5
r3fab: Tried some Triumph GT-6 seats, about the lowest seats ever made, and still too tall! Quick answer appears to be fabricating seat backs to work with the floor and padding. At only 5'10" this is not an issue I expected.
May 9, 2021 15:43:19 GMT -5
zeitgeist93: I have a GT for sale if anyone is interested. Check out the classifieds!
Jul 6, 2021 21:13:40 GMT -5
modnar: Hello, it's a long shot, have you sold the car. I'm in Spokane
Sept 19, 2021 20:29:16 GMT -5
marduck7: alguien que veda los limpia brisas
Nov 12, 2021 19:33:54 GMT -5
james72: Bradley for sale???
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james72: Anybody have a Bradley GT for sale?
Apr 14, 2022 14:55:01 GMT -5
leonardabell: anyting is for sale for the right price.
Apr 18, 2022 6:45:26 GMT -5
james72: Why do folks list a Bradley for sale and NEVER answer an inquiry about the sale, WHY LIST IT IF YOU WONT ANSWER, it is frustrating and a bit rude!!!
May 17, 2022 9:33:26 GMT -5
br: I see your looking for a Bradley for sale. I have one in Mid Michigan that is complete with the Gull wing doors. Have the original sales materials, invoices, correspondence with Bradley and instruction manuals. [email protected]
Jul 19, 2022 14:32:20 GMT -5
deathtrap: Hello! Seriously interested in your car. I only need two things. I need more pictures, including pictures of the interior and engine compartment, and the transmission/rear axle area. Also need to know if this is an IRS car or a Swingaxle car. If you a
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gt2503: anyone got a tach gauge?
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quentin: There is a VINTAGE VDO JET thingyPIT TACHOMETER on eBay for $159. Looks good. Key search word is JET. I sold my rough one there for $120 if I recall.
Oct 23, 2022 0:00:23 GMT -5
quentin: ThingyPIT. Stupid prudish spell checker! You know... ROOSTER.... WHERE THE PILOT SITS IN THE AIRPLANE,
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