Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

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Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:50 pm

My new ride. I've been wanting to get back to daily driving a VW for a while now. I recently came across this 1971 Super Beetle that needed no work to be a daily driver, so I jumped on it! It's rust free, never been taken apart, and is still very original. My dad had a beige '71 Super that he bought new back in the day so this particular year car is a bit sentimental in that respect. I know it's nothing fancy, but I'm excited to drive it, modify it, and make it my own. I definitely don't plan on taking it apart for now. I'll keep it running so I can enjoy it, and maybe I'll be able to make it look cool, even though it's a Super Beetle. :) Here are some pics!

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Woody » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:21 am

Nice! Supers make good daily cars, there's some cool ones out there.
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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby andym » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:28 am

Nice looking car Matt!! Time to order some parts on topline.com for the suspension!!

I'm sure you'll make it cool.. Let's see those rims again!
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Maybe Subaru parts could fix it?

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:43 pm

Wheels. 17x7 and 17x9 Porsche Cup 2. I'm thinking I'll have to widen the rear fenders to get the rears to fit. In the past, I've never really liked the idea of widened fenders on my cars, but I think I might give it a try. I like the thought of doing some different things with this car.

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby rustabus » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:24 am

That's a nice clean Bug! =D> =D> It's hard nowadays to get an unmolested rust free rig =D> =D> =D> Funny how "Late Models" are still over 40 years old :-k I bet you will have that rig lookin good in no time!Smile

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Franz » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:25 am

I think you can afford to be picky when looking at supers.

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:30 pm

First small mod...get rid of those giant front turn signals on top of the fenders! I got some H4 conversion housings that have the turn signal integrated into them. I think they turned out pretty sweet.

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby john jones » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:31 pm

Nice super bro..... \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:36 pm

john jones wrote:Nice super bro..... \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/


LOL...yeah Smile
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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Woody » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:45 pm

Waiting no time
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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:05 pm

Next up...some dash love including these NICELY restored gauges from Specialty Gauge in Manassas, VA. This might take a little longer than the headlights...

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Pat K » Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:38 am

Nice work Matt... =D> =D> =D> .......71' Supers have a spot in my heart.... :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Matt Faulkner » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:18 pm

Working through the gauge conversion now. I've made my bezel for the 914 gauges, and I think I've figured out how to make it all install cleanly with the dash pad and all. I'm excited to see 3 gauges there! I really dig how this conversion looks with the later dash pad model cars.

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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby andym » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:29 pm

That's cool flat windshield or early supers don't have the big stupid steering wheel..

Keep at it Matt! I'm waiting for your subi swap!!
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Re: Matt's '71 SuperBeetle

Postby Kaferfan1 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:56 am

That is really beautiful, great solution! Someone please market this to the hundreds of thousands of mexican beetles out there with the same padded dash..

Really enjoying this thread.

Going to rebuild my 914 gauge set now...


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