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    Thread: My 1957 Lowered Beetle (What's this 56k stuff???)

    1. Member GEETi's Avatar
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      10-10-2006 10:34 PM #1
      The year: 2004, After I sold my Street (turned AutoX) '86 GTI (after 8 years ) I decided to fill that gap with something a little slower, older & lower. After scouring theSamba classifieds, this car turned up on only 60 miles away from me. (Pretty amazing condition for a Beetle from the North East.)
      Suposedly this car had small time circle track (Seekonk) race history back in the late 70's...odd.(?)

      Anyway, here's the specs:
      '57 Beetle Ragtop on a '63 pan, late 60's trans, '73 1600dp (yeah, it's a mutt....so?) The previous owner did that...I decided to drop it.

      4" narrowed beam w/ empi adjusters (homemade) (It'll adjust lower...but the roads around here.... )
      CB perf. Wide5 disk brake 2.5" dropped spindles
      tie-rod flip
      late model master cylinder
      adjustable rear swing plates
      135r15 front tires, 165r15 rear tires on stock smoothies. I basically lowered it 6" in the front and 4" in the rear (although I think I'm touching the bumpstops back there... )
      Front retractable 3pt. seatbelts, rear 3pt. seatbelts.
      I still have to *freshen up* a few things (clean gas tank & probably a new tunnel hardline), but it runs OK and puts a smile on my face everytime I get behind the wheel. Nothing quite like tapping the windshield with your knuckles with your palm still on the wheel. The smell, the sound, the rag top... Fun stuff.
      I think I'll keep it!
      Thanks for looking

      Here's some pix:

      Pre lowering:





      Modified by GEETi at 6:51 PM 10-3-2008

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    2. Member GEETi's Avatar
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      10-10-2006 10:35 PM #2
      More pix:


      vvSunburst Cap Bling vv

      vvDash was 'pre-cut', so I filled one of the holes with a 2" tach vv




      Some of my misc. Samba pictures

      Sound System

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      10-10-2006 11:03 PM #3
      neat car
      this / is / where / your / sweet / mods / go

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      10-11-2006 10:41 AM #4
      Awesome Cars, Great Pics

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      10-12-2006 01:37 AM #5
      thats sexy

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      10-17-2006 04:12 PM #6
      Thanks guys (Bump )
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    7. 10-17-2006 06:44 PM #7
      That is one sweet auto

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    9. 10-25-2006 09:36 PM #9
      that car is awesome. is is that tach aftermarket?

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      10-26-2006 09:53 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by boxer03 »
      that car is awesome. is is that tach aftermarket?

      Yup. VDO Black cockpit. 2.06"

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      11-01-2006 11:51 PM #11
      box of LOW


      HAHAHAH


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      11-02-2006 08:37 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Deaner »
      box of LOW


      HAHAHAH

      for being the first one to notice/comment in 2 years of posting that photo.

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    13. 01-19-2007 03:27 PM #13
      Is this still for sale Chris?
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      01-20-2007 04:31 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by OLD-GTI »
      Is this still for sale Chris?

      N O P E.

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      01-20-2007 09:56 PM #15

      That's a GREAT looking shot...how everything else is blurred out
      Got some nice pics there.

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      01-20-2007 11:37 PM #16
      car looks great. perfect drop
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      01-21-2007 01:54 AM #17
      Nice. I like it alot. I noticed your Beetle is half a century old this year. Does it keep it's blinker on alot?
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      01-21-2007 02:10 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by El Jarretto »
      Nice. I like it alot. I noticed your Beetle is half a century old this year. Does it keep it's blinker on alot?

      No, but sometimes it forgets how to idle!

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      01-21-2007 08:45 PM #19
      any more pics of the beam? whats the angle iron [or maybe square tubing i cant tell] for?

    20. 01-22-2007 12:48 AM #20
      do you have any rubbing issues??

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      01-22-2007 09:00 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by stigg99 »
      do you have any rubbing issues??

      A little @ Full lock (135's on the Headlight buckets!!!) Yeah, hammering the buckets in helps...I also noticed some on the inner panel at the back side of the front tire.
      Can anyone say 165/45-15's!?!??! Eh...I just won't cut the wheel all the way.

      6" from the middle. (+2" for the adjuster width = 4" narrowed )
      I had to grind ~3/8" off the tops of the stock shock towers, too...I could run shocks up front, but it doesn't really need them AND I'm lazy. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">


      Modified by GEETi at 9:00 AM 12-19-2009


      Modified by GEETi at 9:02 AM 12-19-2009

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      01-22-2007 09:03 AM #22
      Next to the welded adjuster? (Optical illusion.) That's just the unpainted beam in for a test fit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">





      Modified by GEETi at 6:54 PM 10-3-2008

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    23. 06-23-2007 10:28 AM #23
      nice oval !
      nice to meet ya chris!

    24. 06-23-2007 07:58 PM #24
      My dear oval still within reach. Your black oval is a beauty I must say. Here is mine now owned by my bro. I want it back.


      Modified by DAVEURO at 5:00 PM 6-23-2007


      Modified by DAVEURO at 5:02 PM 6-23-2007


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      06-24-2007 08:36 PM #25
      Thanks for bringing my thread back up.
      Here's the latest pic.
      M A Y B E new wheels next year...we'll see.
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      06-27-2007 12:16 PM #26
      Looks pretty good the way it is man.

    27. 06-28-2007 12:01 PM #27
      Looks great, hope the ghia I just got will look as good!!!


      Modified by MarcW at 7:12 AM 6-29-2007

    28. 06-28-2007 08:55 PM #28
      gorgeous oval, man. Makes me jealous.

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      06-29-2007 11:19 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by jpuffer »
      gorgeous oval, man. Makes me jealous.

      Thanks, I looks better than it really is in that last photo...too shiney......but I think the Beatles said it best: " All you need is LOW "

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    30. 08-11-2007 06:02 AM #30
      awesome !!!
      more pics please !!!

    31. 08-11-2007 12:16 PM #31
      Now that is a sweet car

    32. 08-11-2007 12:30 PM #32
      Watch those rear wheel bearings!

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      08-13-2007 09:23 AM #33
      Quote, originally posted by thomaschh »
      Watch those rear wheel bearings!

      You must have jinxed me! (Not really.......)
      ...but over the weekend, I discovered my axle boot has a split in it! (Drip, drip, drip!)
      I don't put that many miles on it, so the "bearing oil feed starvation" isn't that much of a concern,,, but I'll get my boot(s) fixed to keep my trans happy.

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      08-17-2007 09:17 AM #34
      Good work!, VERY nice bug.

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      08-21-2007 08:38 PM #35
      very choice beetle!! hope mine turns out like that.

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