Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project
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I finally got around to swapping out the TH-350 transmission for the 200r4 that I bought for the bug. I had the engine sitting where it would be for a normal S-10 V8 swap for a starting point, but it was looking like that was going to put the engine too far forwards. It was also obvious that the S-10's transmission cross member wasn't going to work for me either so I removed it.


Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 transmission

Here is the 200R4 trans in the car. I was just using the 2x4 to temperarly sit the trans on. This transmission is also a little more narrow than the th-350 so that should help with foot/leg room in the car when it done.


Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 transmssion In these pictures I still had the engine sitting in the V8 S-10 position untill I decided where I wanted it. Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 2004r transmssion


Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 2004r transmssion

Here you can see that the engine is sitting to far forwards. I was thinking that I could move it back around 4-6" without to much trouble. I figured it would give me more room for a radiator up front, take some weight off of the front end, and hopefully still not sacrifice too much foot/leg room.


Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

About the only problem I could see with moving the engine backwards was going to be the mechanical fuel pump. Its going to end up hitting the old engine mounting area if I move it back to far. But an electric fuel pump will be an easy fix for that.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

Next I was going to worry about the drive shaft. I didn't want to get the engine set in what I though would be the perfect spot and then when I got a driveshaft have to move it an inch this way or that way. At first I was planning on having the S-10 drive shaft cut down and welded to the lenght I wanted.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

So While I was pulling the S-10 driveshaft out of the corner of my garage I stumbled upon the 2 piece drive shaft from the engine 1977 2wd 3/4 ton C20 donor truck. I tried selling it on craigslist several times, but couldn't get any takers for even $5.00, so I stashed it away.

After looking at the rear section of the 2 piece drive shaft I was wondering if by chance it would work for the beetle. So I pulled it out and eye balled it and if I moved the engine/trans back about 6" the drive shaft would fit like it was made for it!!!

The only issue with this was differences in U-joints. The back piece of the drive shaft had a 1310 U joint on one end and a 1350 on the other. The S-10 Drive trans yoke(which also fits the 200R4 trans) uses a 1310 U-joint so it will be no problem on one end of the drive shaft. Now I have a 1350 end on the drive shaft and the S-10 rear end is a 3R sized U-joint. Luckly for me thought they sell combination U-joints for just such a problem. So I ordered the U-joints I needed and took the drive shaft and trans yoke to work (Alcast Company- A permanent Mold Aluminum Foundry www.alcastcompany.com) and glass bead blasted the rust off of them.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

After I assembled the drive shaft, it was time to move the engine back to the drive shaft would fit. It fit like it was ment to be.... LOL Next I'll have to make a new trans cross member.

Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

I'm much happier with where the engine is sitting now.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

This should really help with getting a radiator to fit up front, and also with tucking an air cleaner under a stock hood. I may still have to get a lower mount for the alt. but we will see.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

Eventually I'll have to cut the extra off of the front of the S-10 frame.
Our 350 chevy V8 Powered 1969 VW Beetle Hot Rod Project with 200r4 tranny

I think I'm still going to be able to use the engine mount adaptors I made, I just had to swap sides, that way the adaptor pointed forwards instead of towards the rear. If not it was free steel and I have some more left so I can re-do them if need be.

I am a bit close to the upper control arm bushing and shaft bolt, but A little griding should take care of that.



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