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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:45 pm

LOL IF YOU GO FAST ENOUGH......YES!

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:27 pm

More caster! More caster! LOL! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:48 am

man Dave you have a Car farm, Im seing novas mustangs all kinds of goodies back there
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:21 am

Some people raise crops, some raise animals, we raise project cars.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:21 pm

Had a little fun with some red paint today.



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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Wed May 02, 2012 8:00 pm

I like direction you are going with this...



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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Wed May 02, 2012 11:07 pm

"Ramming Speeeeeed!!!"

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:46 pm

Ok, I am back at it again.

Transmission.



Installed with a mount. Still waiting on a few parts like axles and a custom fabbed mid-mount to finish the trans install. Probably next weekend.



Cleaned out the interior a little bit. Painted the inside of the doors. Installed the doorpanels, handles and window cranks.



Put a glovebox door and Hurst shifter on Still missing a speedometer.



I removed the back seat. I won't be using it on this build. At least not now, the plan may change.


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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:51 pm

Roof rack and light bar installed. Along with door handles I found (didn't know I had them Very Happy ), changed over the lock cylinders for this car's original keys.

Planning on rebuilding the front suspension next weeked.

Picture this with big tires and tube bumpers....



The back will get a tube bumper also.



lol Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:40 am

Last weekend I was able to repair my busted control arm, and get that mounted along with my new (used) sway bar. Nothings bolted down tight, because I still need to do some modifying, including fabbing up a mounting point for the sway bar mount on the driver's side.

I also am having a motor put together for the car. It will be a 1600 dp. Still needs some parts, like an intake and carb. I think I have all the tin for it. Needs a header.

I also got all the front end parts I need to replace the damaged ones, tie rod, steering dampner and sway bar mounting bracket. Just need to put it all in.

This weekend I should be able to get the transmission squared away. I will be fabbing a nosecone mount and trans strap, bolting the axles on, and hooking up the clutch cable. I also picked up some coil-over shocks for the rear.

I also began welding up the damaged sheetmetal up front. It will never be a show car, but it will serve a purpose. Sad part is, before the wreck this car may have been near show quality with a nice paintjob...

Got the quarter windows in, did some more painting on the car as well.

Today I got some good mock-up tires for the project.

With other plans for Saturday, I'm setting aside Sunday to get a lot of this car done.

Will post updates Sunday.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:43 am

Been a very busy couple weeks, so I havn't had much time to work on it, but at this point, I have the transmission bolted in solid, with a homemade mount, looks awesome, I have coil-over rear shocks in place, and I guess that's about it.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:17 am

Here's the car going into the shop a couple weeks ago.



In this pic you can see the coil overs, my other pics came out blurry. The coil overs raised the rear of the car and made it much stiffer.



My custom nosecone mount. Basically 2 flat plates welded together. I had to do this because I am using a 2 bolt 1970 nosecone in a car that used a 3 bolt 1974 nosecone. This ended up pretty solid, and I think will work well.



Here it is in place. I'm still going to take it out and gusset the corners for strength. I just didn't have any gussets when I built it. Also, I am going to add a tranny strap so I dont break the nosecone.



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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:29 am

Because of the wreck, the framehorn is pushed back on the driver's side about 8 inches. I was not able to pull it out even a tiny bit. My plan was to build a box tube frame up front so I can mount the sway bar, etc. Pretty much just building it off the existing bent framehorn, reinforcing everything, and calling it a day. It would have been fine. Today at work I was all ready to do this in the evening, but alas, the shop was full, and the welder will not reach out to where I was working outside.

Regardless, I did cut out the spare tire well, for ease of getting this project done, and also because it was bashed up pretty bad and would have been a nightmare to fix.

Here you can see how bad the framehorn is.



My first concern, now that I could see what I was dealing with, was whether or not the steering would interfere with the framehorn. It was close, but there was clearance.

But then I got to looking at the tie rod. With the suspension compressed, everything is good, but with the suspension unloaded, like if it was taking a jump, the tie rod rests right on the framehorn, which tells up it will hit and bend, and/or cause a very violent landing. (If this car will even take a jump).

So what to do? I had a lot of thoughts, including going to the junkyard for a framehorn (probably the best thing to do), but I settled on cutting out the part that will interfere and going back to my plan of the tube frame up front.



But like I said, I couldn't get into the shop, so the fab work will have to waittill another day.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:38 am

My motor is done.

Here's a pic in shortblock form.



I got the call on Friday that it is a complete longblock and ready to be picked up at my convenience.

This is the motor I got from Breck, which was supposedly a low-mile 1641 that spun a bearing withing 500 miles of being rebuilt. Well that's almost exactly what it was, other than it was a standard 1600. It had new pistons and cylinders, new crank and rods, new heads, new valvetrain, new everything. What killed it was someone put on the wrong oil pump cover and the oil passages were not lined up with the oil pump.

So I had to replace the case, crank and rods. (and of course, oil pump, bearings, etc). The rest was reused. Should be a pretty good setup.

I was hopling I could have the car done before I get the motor, but it doesn't look like it. I just need like 10 solid hours to get the car ready, or at least driveable.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:06 pm

Dave, I have a header lying around plus misc front end parts off my super. PM me if you want or need anything.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:22 pm

Last week I got the front end solid. I used the piece of front end I cut off and reattached it where it should be. Then reinforced it everywhere. It's actually very solid, I would trust driving on it, but looks are not the greatest.

After that I was able to attach the front bumper and put the headlights on. Not looking bad. Need some paint though.



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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:43 am

Here's the motor. 1600. Got it all for a steal. According to the story, a guy built this motor, only to have it blow up within 500 miles. It comes apart, needs a case and then some, it sits. A couple owners later, I get it, along with a replacement case. I have it built. All I had to get was a crank and rods, plus the little things. So those are brand new, and the parts that are new (less than 500 miles) include the pistons and cylinders, cam, lifters, pushrods and tubes, heads, rocker assembies, oil cooler, and lightened flywheel. Not a bad score.





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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:39 am

Got a couple off road tires.



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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:42 am

The 1600 longblock.



Parts.



Engine tin too boring...



Going together. Tins painted red.

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:43 am

Motor complete minus carburetors.

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:45 am

Motor in the car.





At this point it has fired up and been run. I had an oil leak from a valve cover, and now my starter has siezed up.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:48 am

The rest of the tins are on. Although I am still missing a couple pieces. They will be tracked down and purchased, probably at Bug-O.

I also need air filters for my carbs. And an oil filler tube. All little things.



I think it looks really good, it's too bad everything will be getting so dirty. Oh, well, it's for fun, not for looks.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:01 pm

Way to go David, I like the red.

Should be a kick in the pants. Are you going to run it with all the Baja'ers out at Prairie City?

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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:41 am

Mateo wrote:


Are you going to run it with all the Baja'ers out at Prairie City?

Probably just gonna take it up in the hills. I know some people who know some back roads. Like miles and miles of dirt roads, all accessable with a Bug, and with some jumps tossed in.
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PostSubject: Re: The 74 Super Beetle Resurrection.    Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:47 am

Got the starter issue squared away this morning. Tuned the motor a bit and it runs great. I did take the car for a little drive as well.

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