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Post Post subject: Link Pin Conversion
Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 12:14 AM
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I'm looking to cut off the front of my 58 link pin front end and weld it to the front of my 69' irs pan. Wheres about should i cut this at? Any tips.


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Post Post subject: Link Pin Conversion
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I don't know specifically if you can do that easily; cut one off to weld to another...

I DO know when it goes back on, you have to very carefully make sure the pan and the frame head are level, square, and measure the same from one point to the next, on both sides, identically on diagonal.

Say you measure from the top of the spring plate supports, as good a point as any. The measurement diagonally from the right support to, say, the left upper corner of the frame head has to match the same measurement from the left support to the right upper corner of the frame head...all the while maintaining level and square with the relationships of the other parts. Get it wrong, and the suspension dogwalks, hangs corners higher or lower, or screws the caster/camber relationships up to the point the car can be un-driveable.

See about talking with an experienced pan chassis welder, and heed what they say.

I'm doing the same thing with a '71 pan, but I'm using a new manufactured link-pin frame head, just to be safe, and I'm contracting it out to a welder very experienced with VW pan chassis.

He did my pan floors, and its almost impossible to see how he did it...and they had real problems.

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Post Post subject: Re: Link Pin Conversion
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Here is a bolt in option for you guys.

www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=939587


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Post Post subject: Re: Link Pin Conversion
Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 02:53 PM
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Daryll's conversion is the easy way to do it espcially if your not going to lenghten the pan by moving the beam forward.
If you have the body off it is easy to level the pan and weld in the donor beam head. I used sections of the donor tunnel to fish plate the sectioning from the inside and used rosette welds to strengthen the splice. Tack weld and measure twice and it will weld in straight. On mine I had moved the beam 4" forward.

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Post Post subject: Re: Link Pin Conversion
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BugZyla.com wrote:
Here is a bolt in option for you guys.

www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=939587


will my link pin steering work on this beam?


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Here is a bolt in option for you guys.

www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=939587


will my link pin steering work on this beam?

I could be wrong, but I believe this beam uses EVERYTHING link pin. The tube spacing is all that's different so that it will bolt to a balljoint frame head.


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Tony is right, everything from your stock beam will bolt right on.


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im thinking of getting on of these conversion beams. I'm thinking of getting one thats 4 inch wider and with stock height towers.


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i guess what i'm asking is what is the most idealistic size beam for something i'm going to be messing around with on the weekends. nothing serious. well until i save up the money for a upgrade. Smile


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