Step 20: Final Assembly

Now the parts that had been removed for painting could be reassembled. The fenders/headlights, wiring, floor boards, floor mats, seats, mirror, dash, flame effects, palaquin and LED lighting were all installed. A custom stick shift was hand forged, tapped to fit the metric threads on the old one and a ball welded to the top. A final adjustment to the angle of the shaft was done hot on the car to make sure it was just right. An old military spotlight from a Navy ship was added to the palaquin. Seat belts were bolted to the front seats and more attached to the floor for the rear seats. a few throw pillows LED candles....

And finally it was time for a test drive.
<p>I love it!</p>
A wonderful car. Saw it first time in a tv documentary about the burning man festival. <br>Just breath taking!!! Greetings from Switzerland
its an Instructable! I can build this with my Dad! ( he used to restore classic cars AND replaced the transmission TWICE in one #$*!@&amp; car that is now sitting in our pasture.) Truly amazing, my little brother loved snails. he still owns about 20. I'm sure my family would like to drive this car!
i just saw this on tv about 2 days ago
Fantastic, I loved his work, much success in your life.
Awesome! This is inspiring!<br>
You cant do that ! lol do you have a whistle on top for high wind warning?
A splendiferous effort of snail transportation, well done !
that is so cool!
This defiantly isn't street legal. LOL
All you need are plates, lights, and mirrors. Not that hard
oh i've seen you guys before, your artwork is amazing. I never saw the snail car, but i did see the ferry restoration! :D
So... Who here has actually used this Instructable to build one? lol. This is an incredible 'ible, 5/5 and faved.
why pull apart a vw beetle they're the best?
This is fantastic! I would love to see this in person!
truly the most beautiful and impressive creation I've seen on Instructables. <br><br>Bon voyages!
Fabulous, thanks for taking us along.<br><br>And the passenger/crew seating is totally boss...
Bay Area...I Saw This Car Earlier This Year at A Chain Mexican Restaurant.... Very fascinating, Bout time you made an instructable =]
great stuff!
gives me great ideas
there is a special monorail to paradise for those who make the fantastic seem possible.
Oh wow! I love it! It would be fun to put in a parade. I suppose the fire is controllable, so you wouldn't set fire to the shrubbery beside the road, or the trees bent over it.
Please an i have yours?
Why not <i>actually</i> rivet it?
likely the same reason that welding is used over rivets in most applications. Effort and I imagine welds are stronger than rivets.
Amazing art car and fantastic instructable. How did you get the shine on the shell after the patina? I noticed in the pics that it's dull, then suddenly it's shiny. No pictures of the Mean at night (without the flame throwers at full blast)? How long did it take the team to put this together from conception to awesomeness? (I don't want to ask what it cost) What is the purpose of the palaquin? It's hard to tell if it holds much weight. Is that where hitchhikers go? Again, thanks for the instructable. This will prove usefull when (if?) I build my own art car.
I would guess that the dullness comes from being covered with dust... The photos where it's not shiny appear to have been taken out on the alkali flat called Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. It's very, very dusty out there.
I was referring to the photos in step 21 versus step 19. In step 19 you've finished the patina and it looks great but shiny. In step 21 it looks that dull finish that really makes it looks like an amazing snail. It doesn't have that playafied look of having been to burning man though. With your comments, can I safely assume that the different look is due to the lighting, with step 19 photos taken indoors probably with a flash or an open door behind you? Step 21 must be the way it actually looks then.
looks like they used rattle cans of clear coat (clear spray paint, commonly used by graffiti artists with low self esteem). It also &quot;seals&quot; the finish.
Oh I think it is just wonderful. Bravi!!!!!!
thats amazing the cost would be high
That exhaust system is definitely NOT 1966 stock. What engine do you have in that thing? If the exhaust system is anything to go by, it is not snail powered.
It's straight out of &quot;Chowder!!&quot; I'm so jealous...
Totally beautiful!!! Truly art, and many thanks for showing us this in depth look at the detail and effort that went into the making of this amazing vehicle.
whoa. just. whoa.
awesome. just awesome. it looks absolutely amazing. wasn't this on daily planet? good job!
Beautiful, It makes me belive in the Fantacy of humans again. If only more people wopuld do things like this... Teh world would be a prettier and more interesting place.
The Mean is simply gorgeous. &nbsp;I've seen it around town a few times, as well as out on the Playa. &nbsp;John, any chance of an I'ble on the Electrobites as well one of these days? &nbsp;
Nice Instructable! Is this street legal? <br />
Yes! I have it registered as a 1966 VW bug<br />
that is.... that is just plain fantastic<br />
So let me get this straight.... it's a 1966 VW buggie shaped like a snail that has eyes that function as a flame thrower/projector that's also street legal. <br />
this is kind of steampunk
oh burning man. good work on the build. but, remember the days of burning when we all used to have hot glued costumes and a very low (almost embarrassing) budget? And out creations used to be made for the dust, and stayed in the dust. Maybe i'm an old timer, but i miss those simple days.<br />
I freaking love this! Beautiful!<br />
Gorgeous machine! I saw it on the playa at BM 2009. Great work! :-)<br />

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