Looks like a good find for the N.E. area..looks clean.....What's that truck way back in the driveway?
Bought her last spring from a Guy in southern NH who claims he bought it from California. I have the original title from the original owner who registered it in Glendale California So it was a west coast car for atleast part of its life. Very little rust, a crappy battery pan repair and a bad respray is all I can really complain about. Its time to start making her mine!
After 48 plus years of service pretty much everything in the front end needed some attention so I purchased a 4" narrowed adjustable beam from Franklins VW the guys were great to deal with and I received it in about 3 weeks from my order.
First I pulled the fuel tank and unbolted everything up top
Then I unbolted the brakes from the spindles. The brake lines were long enough that they had no weight on them so I dont have to remove the brake lines.
Next I unbolted the bottom bolts on the beam and lowered it to the ground with a jack, then rolled the beam forward and slid it out
The new Beam
I cleaned up and painted some things and now I'm just waiting on some caster shims and bolts and some other misc hardware
wow what a find out here in s--t country!!!!
gonna be a sweet ride dude...
hurry up and get thatf thing together and you can cruise on out to anderson show and maybe even the foliage cruise from ctvwa
Horrible two days-Yesterday I got the Beam in place only to snap off one of the top bolts
So out it came. I should have chased the threads in the new beam but its a little late now.Then today I drilled the bolt and set the easy out in place then snap! Nightmare. Hardened easy out broken off flush and stuck in the center of the bolt. Any Ideas? I went and bought a new welder and am planning on cutting off the stub and welding on another one unless someone has a better idea.
problem is he stated he broke the easy out in it's place...if this is jambed in there your gonna have to dig it out first..also if you don't have a existing stud hanging out the "weld to" method ain't gonna work...your gonna need to dig all the chaser peices out,..the redrill the old bolt shank out and retap...one bit size at a time.
...at worse case deal ,you can hole saw out the old nut insert and re weld a new grade 8 nut in it's place...
Last edited by Schell R32; 08-25-2011 at 09:36 AM.
I drilled and chiseled for over an hour with no luck. I went through about ten drill bits so it was getting expensive. I really set the Easy-out in there so I will be cutting and rebuilding. Luckily its a top mounting point so I would assume not as important as the lowers? Either way I will try to do it right. Updates and pictures to come
All right so The Beam is in the car and everything in the area has been cleaned up and replaced New Master cylinder new brake lines hard and soft new fuel line.
The problem is shes now too low for my balloon 165 tires so I still cant go any where. No turning radius at all!
I ordered some 135's today so hopefully I'll be rollin soon
Oh yeah I had bad luck with J bugs they sent me the wrong brake lines and a bum master cylinder any one else had any problems with them?
Next on the list...
Last edited by sethbilodeau; 09-18-2011 at 08:35 AM.
On the first install, "One click" wasn't low enough, even with the adjuster screw adjusted all the way down, my screw adjustment preset could have been off on this first try, too...:
"Two clicks" & some screw adjusting got me in this range:
I used a longer adjuster screw (about 1" longer than the one that comes with them....that way I could set them lower than I thought was "practical", and have enough to adjust UP from there. ) w/ subtle tweaks over the years:
(yeah, needs to go in the "Before & After" thread!!!
Nice, that is the stance I'm shooting for. I love the look of stock smoothies on a properly lowered car I just need to find 2 more decent ones. I got some Ranger tire paint but am reluctant to use it for rear of it not looking right. Is that what you used or are those porta walls?