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
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:
Modified by GEETi at 6:51 PM 10-3-2008
That's a GREAT looking shot...how everything else is blurred out
Got some nice pics there.
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
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 "
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.