Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What is required for 6 Volt - 12 Volt system conversion.

Surfing the internet and found this beautiful site on what we need and what to look for when performing a  6 Volt to 12 Volt system conversion on a Volkswagon Beetle.

Was searching for some answers

Instead I found more possibilities! Check out the links below: More information at your finger tips!!

Some basic engine info and numbers: 

Cool Engine stand if we tear the motor apart:

Some cyclinder head work we could do if we want more power:

Teenager builds VW Beetle by herself (with professional advice of course):

Some blueprints:

Ghia tear down and build by same teenager:

Info on making a body dolly:

Person's blog on restoring and converting a beetle to Electric motor drive:!/2009/03/another-great-weekend.html

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Taking a stroll through Ault Park

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm in Ohio visiting family and spotted this little gem in the park. Can anyone guess what year this is?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Very carefully.

Yesterday the students pulled the doors off and began making templates for the door braces. Gotta keep the body square when we separate it from the pan. The engine team was still cleaning up the motor. Maybe today they will put it on a stand?!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Single-port vs. twin-port

Today the student groups made a great effort at explaining their findings to the other groups. I only captured some parts.

- Center of gravity on the bus.
- HORIZONTAL OPPOSED 4-cylinder air-cooled.
- bracing the door openings for the dolly
- hands on the car when working only

Look for our article in the pilot.

Check the link below.

We have our first article in the newspaper, the Cliffview Pilot! All of our names are listed; some are misspelled. No Big Deal. LOL

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Today was a good day"

My head was spinning today watching the groups at work. I am impressed more and more each day. There was deep research, deep cleaning, disassembly and inventory all happening at once. Mini lessons and challenges occurred flawlessly. WHAT GREAT FUN!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


For the day! Everyone keeps mentioning how much they love the open wheel look. It reminds me of a hot rod. If I had one to build myself, it would look like this with the fender mounts shaved and smoothed out.


We are the HTHS Automotive Tech program and we are building a 1962 VW beetle convertible. We've partnered up with the local PBA #18 to pilot their program called "Bugs Against Drugs."

Follow our blog for pictures of progress, updates and fun facts.

Work has started.

> So time to get to work!