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    Warp 8 rebuild

    I'm finally going to get my lazy arse in gear and start posting the rebuild this ultra rare car. It will take some time though, I've been building it for over 3 years and have 100s of pictures that will take ages to go through and sort out. At this moment in time it looks pretty much complete, as it's going to the kit car show on 1st and 2nd of May, and will be on the Complete Kit Car magazine stand. I will not be able to post any pics of it in it's current state untill after the show. I know it will be a bit backwards to see the car before seeing the rebuild, but I'm sure a few of you may still find the rebuild interesting.


    Firstly a quick bit of history. Owen Williams designed and built the Warp 8 from scratch in the early 70s, there was only ever going to be 1 built, but the first body out of the mould was a bit of a cock up, the gell coat did not take properly and was left with huge chunks of gel coat missing. So that body was put to one side and another one made, this one was OK. The moulds where then burnt. Not sure why but the first body was then used to build a 2nd car, the one I'm now rebuilding. All I can assume is that a friend of Owens bought the body off him and started the build, we have pictures of both cars together, ULT 455M, and this one. There are pictures of the guy that was building this one but to date we know nothing about him. The pictures we have, show this Warp in the same stage of build as it was when we got it, so it must have remained unfinished for over 35 years. It's been a nightmare of a job and on more than one occasion I've came close to giving up, but at the moment it looks like the other one is gone, so at any cost this one has got to be finished.


    I'm going to sort a few pictures and start putting them up, I may be back asking how to do this now, so please be patient. Cheers Mark
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    Here's the first few pictures

    Bloody hell that was easy, I thought the pictures would come out small, I'm on a roll now.


    This is very much how we got it before any major work was started, not pretty is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discododge View Post
    Here's the first few pictures

    Bloody hell that was easy, I thought the pictures would come out small, I'm on a roll now.


    This is very much how we got it before any major work was started, not pretty is it?
    what pictures ???

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    This is how the floors looked. Over an inch thick fiberglass covering various bits of wood and card to make the beetle floor pan wide enough to fit the body. There was nothing I could do with this so it will have to be removed


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    Here's one of the floor pans after it was cut out. It took biggest part of 2 days to get these out, I had to use grinders, air chissels big hammers and big pry bars to smash them out. It starts to look better with them out


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    Keep us posted. What a cool piece of history.

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    When you see the way it was put together I think it's just as well this one was never finished, I sure that it would have fell apart decades ago and maybe would have been lost forever then. Here's some more of the floor areas
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    I don't know what I've done then, didn't think I picked that picture. Anyway while it's there, this is my boy Lewis trying out the seat for head room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Stude View Post
    Keep us posted. What a cool piece of history.
    +1
    I'm looking forward to this

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    Because the body is bonded to the Beetle chassis I can not remove it to make a new chassis so I have to make sections up, tack them into position in the the car, then take them back out fully weld and then put back in and weld to what's left of the Beetle chassis. I found this quite easy when I got stuck in




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