The Bat Dude

Building the Bat Car




  1. Fabrication and mounting of the bat fins.

  2. Engine Cover and hinge mounting

  3. Complete re wiring

  4. Fabrication of steel windshield frame

  5. Fabrication and construction of Convertible  Top

  6. Fabrication of back window

  7. Fabrication of Front Beam support structure

  8. Fabrication of Gull Wing Doors

  9. Constructing retractable Headlights

  10. Mounting and fitting of front turn signal lights

  11. Mounting and fitting of Gas Tank

  12. Fabrication and installation of side scoops

  13. Fabrication of a 2"body lift

Re-wiring the Bat Car

There was no wiring in the car when I bought it. There was a box of miscellaneous wiring that was in a box of parts with the car. I decided to get a wiring diagram for a Bradley 1 and start from scratch.  I made a frame from 1" angle iron I bolted a piece of 8"x 14" x 1/2" birch plywood to the frame. I mounted rows of wire connectors to the plywood and in the center I mounted the fuse box. I clamped whole assembly to the steering column with 1 1/2" "U" bolts.

I traced all the turn indicator wires, headlight dimmer switch, windshield wiper switch and starter ignition wires from a 1970 VW steering column. Then I extended all of the wiring coming out of the ignition box with the correct color to match the Bradley wiring diagram. I then connected wires according to the wiring diagram with the correct gauge and color, leaving longer wires going to the back of the car such as brake, turn signals and tail lights. I also made a bat instrument cover out of 1/8" aluminum and then had it powder coated black and painted orange trim around the edge.

After getting the approximate lengths of all the wiring going to the rear of the car I cut them all to length, I put a plastic shield around the wiring and ran it through a hole in the passenger side of the wheel well and ran the wiring to the rear through a 2" abs pipe I installed earlier.

 I then used 3M spray mount adhesive to mount the 1/4" foam padding for the dash. I then put the dash cover over the foam padding using the spray adhesive. I then mounted my bat dash and all the instruments. I did later acquire a set of Bradley II cockpit gauges that look better than the originals and installed them.

Below is what the dash and car interior look like today.