Couple of days ago we featured a story of an avid car enthusiasts from Kerala’s Cherthala town in Alappuzha district who had built a smaller version of the Volkswagen Beetle. The video went viral on the internet and Rakesh Babu who had built the car has now come up with another video that shows the making of the homemade Beetle. It shows the how the creation looked like at various stages and what all things did he use to give it a VW Beetle like finish.
The video has been uploaded by sudus custom youtube channel. The video starts by explaining how did he recreated the headlamps on his Beetle. He explains in the video that he took the headlights from an auto rickshaw which already has a chrome like rim on the outside. With normal lights, battery had a tendency to discharge very fast. Rakesh bought aftermarket LED lights that were bright enough and would not put a load on the battery as well.
Next is the bumper which is made out of motorcycle crash guard. Similarly, the tyres which is also borrowed from an auto rickshaw gets a white wall finish to give the car a retro look. The front glass of the car is made out of polycarbonate sheet and the whole body work is done by the artist using metal sheets.
Rakesh has never seen a Beetle in person and has done this job by only referring to pictures of the original car which commendable looking at the attention given to the details. The mirrors are from a TVS Fiero FX motorcycle and door handles are from Ambassador car.
The interiors like the seats, and the seats are also very similar to the one seen in the original Beetle. Coming to the mechanical bits of the car, it uses an old 2-stroke engine of a Suzuki Samurai motorcycle. In an earlier video he had said that the car returned him a fuel efficiency of around 30 kmpl. The engine is mounted at the rear and also gets a reverse gear.
There is a self start and Rakesh has also given a provision to start it using a normal kick starter. It took him around 3 months to complete this project and the total amount spent in making this car is around Rs 40,000 only. This makes it one of the most tasteful yet cost-effective home-made mini cars we’ve seen in India.