So I brought this home over the weekend. This belonged to my father in law. My wife’s been wanting to bring it home for several years, but it was buried in my sister in law’s garage. She finally clean out the garage and told come get it before she has is scraped.
Not really sure what the plan is yet. I’ve got an old drag race 1915cc that I can shim the jugs and get the compression down for pump gas just to get it Rio and loving. She brought up converting it to an EV. Either way (gas or EV) it’ll be just a little cruiser car
I'd lower the comp. on the race engine as long as using stroker? plates or thick head gaskets wont make the engine not fit, get it mechanically safe and have fun, body & paint jail sucks unless you can do it yourself
Good ones are actually getting to significant value now.
Does not appear to have the usual nose dents, look inside to verify.
Pans rust but are easy and pretty cheap to repair.
And yes, I do know a guy LS swapping one*.
*OK, he's actually dropping the body on a 'Vette chassis.
Cool car. Basically a rebodied Beetle. I thought about getting one but no AC, top speed about 70 mph and supposedly fairly unstable changed my mind. Rust is a common issue. Hope you can redo the body yourself. Way cool though. I’d definitely be all over it for free.
In HS my buddy had one. Cool little car but just as slow as any other VW, well not the bus but in any event a nice little buggy. I would put in a higher HP engine. I doubt the chassis could handle the EV battery weight unless you build a battery chassis and install the body on top of it.
Thanks for all the positive feedback!
the body is in fairly decent shape. The front hood and roof were damaged when a tree fell through the roof of the garage. It’s been years since I’ve done any bodywork, but I’ll be practicing on this one.
The floor pans are shot, but I expected that and have a set coming
she told me at lunch she doesn’t want to do an electric conversion, but wants to put a turbo and fuel injection on the 1915, and that she has ordered a new swing axle trans with a super diff (lsd) and a 3.88 rp, a 4 wheel disc kit set up for wide 5 lugs, chrome wide 5 rims with moon covers and a Porsche fan conversion kit. Oh and we will be painting it a metallic lavender.
German Car Italian designer... It looks good...not many left in decent shape and they are going to get more rare as people electrify them...
The Subaru route seems logical and then you can always put the original back in it is you have everything...?
Nice platform for a build!
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