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Old 11-26-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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1971 VW Bug

My first car is my 1971 VW Super Beetle. This car was given to me by my older brother when I was only 15. It was the car I learned stick on and has been a blast since I was able to first drive.

I don't have pictures of it when I first owned it that are digital, but it started out completely stock. My brother helped with all the body work and welding to replace all the usual stock rust areas. We originally painted it Porsche Red, and after a few years, I decided on Porsche Green.

We even attempted suicide doors, but after a few failed attempts, put the doors back to stock.

The motor has been rebuilt twice now. It started as a crate 2110cc, but we changed out the cylinders to increase to 2180cc.

Current mods:
Lowered Struts
KYB shocks
Centerline wheels
Front strut brace
Traction bar
T-bar bumpers
De-trimmed
Custom turn signals and teardrop taillights
Billet running boards
Fiberglass dash with Autometer gauges
Aftermarket seats and door panels
Fabric headliner
Scat short throw shifter
Decklid standoffs for increase cooling to motor
Built trans w/ super diff
Chromoly race axels

Engine Specs:
2180cc VW motor, stroked and bored
Autocraft hi lift rockers
Engle 120 cam
P/P high flow heads, 42 x 37.5 valves
Dual 48 IDF Weber Carbs
Merged headers

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The car is effectively where I want it to be, however it wasn't running 100% last summer. The jetting on the carbs is off and I haven't had a chance to play around with it.

Also, once I have the money, I want to replace the interior, or at least get recovered as I bought them used from another bug owner. Would also love to build a 2275cc with some dual Weber IDA's and get a Gene Berg 5 speed transmission.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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awesome car man...love that thing
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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Having seen this thing in person I can say that it is awesome! It's in very great shape. Just needs to get running again.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
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Signal green,not bad. I love air cooleds,all 48-72hp(sans P-cars)
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I can't wait until I have more garage room at home for it..

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Signal green,not bad. I love air cooleds,all 48-72hp(sans P-cars)
Yup! You can see the fender in the first pic when it was Guard's Red.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:14 PM   #6
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Last summer my brother and I ripped the motor out to replace the cylinders to increase the motor size.











2180cc Idle and Rev Video

Motor has some slight hesitation in this video. The carb linkage wasn't set perfectly and Weber's can be a pain to set on VW's.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:20 AM   #7
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that's awesome man! i've always been a fan of the old school Beetles.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #8
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This thing is so awesome. I've been wanting to build a big bore Beetle forever! Where did you pick up the larger cylinders and performance parts if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the compliments!

The motor was a long block I bought from Gex (not even sure if they still exist) which had the stroker crank in it. The cylinders and pistons are AA from CIP, the head are CB Performance (lots of performance parts from this place) lifters are Scat which I picked up at a VW meet, Webers you can pick up alot of places, transmission was built from a shop in CA, can't remember it's been so long.

Hot VWs was the mag of choice when looking for places to buy parts, ton of vendors.

I consider my motor a kinda budget build, and I would've went top of line everywhere and pieced all together myself when I build my next one.

I did run a 15.0 at Maple Grove about 5 years ago with it though with the 2110. Nothing special, but in a bug I'll take it!
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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The tails aren't my thing but it's hard to not like an aircooled bug, even a fat chick ;)
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #11
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Here's the thread for my 66. Don't update it much but I've kept the car the same. http://www.tristatetuners.com/forum/...ad.php?t=60366
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:20 PM   #12
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Just revived your thread! That thing looks great!

Tail lights are love or hate, I just hate the stock 71 ones.

I would love to get a 60's bug to create a cal-look one aiming for a 12sec street car. Don't think I'll get this one down that quick...
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:35 PM   #13
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that's awesome. having never worked on a motor i feel like i really want a classic beetle to fix up to learn on.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #14
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that's awesome. having never worked on a motor i feel like i really want a classic beetle to fix up to learn on.
Very easy to work on. Jack car up, four 17mm nuts, lower motor on jack, 30 minutes tops and the motor is out. And there isn't much going on for a stock motor while it's in the car. If you can get past the whole really slow part, the stock motors are amazing!
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:14 PM   #15
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Love the Beetle, the pictures do not do it justice
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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I was watching videos from this night,there are some porsche swapped cars running amazing times
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:12 AM   #17
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It's amazing what you see swapped into these cars.

Back in the day it used to be Corvair motors. There's an awesome set-up with a rotary swap, I think the bug is called the black mamba or something. It's absolutely sick!
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:03 AM   #18
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I have a 73, nice to see another bug running around. I'd love to beef up my 1915cc engine a bit next year.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #19
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Very nice! You do the motor work yourself or do you use anyone? Jw where you would get your block clearanced if you go stroker. I'm outside the Reading area and I think Ulrich machines cases.

Shoot me a link if you got a page for the '73, would love to check it out!
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I didn't do anything to the engine I bought it new as a 1915cc. Just want to add dual severs and a bolt on turbo maybe
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