- MikeKParticipantApril 18, 2020 at 11:58 amPost count: 238
Busracer Super cool bug. So its a 1500cc okrasa then? Do you think it has a stroker crank or big bore cylinders? Look like they even had a intake pre-heat air pump at sometime. Wacky.
That’s the mystery, Franz. The motor is original to the car and from what I can tell has never been apart. I’ve posted in the Samba with hopes that some Okrasa wizard would have some info, but the motor remains a bit of a mystery. I’m hoping to find an Okrasa, stroker in it. I’ve seen a dozen Okrasa motors, but nothing this late. I don’t know what they were thinking… Also, much of the Okrasa parts have been chromed, including the strange pre-heat setup.
That ‘pre-heat’ setup you’re referring to is wonky. It’s more of taking a feed off of the heater tube outlet of one side of the shroud and force feeding it (unpressurised) to the carb.
I’m going to slam a 2ltr in it while I work on the Okrasa motor and hope to mate the car and engine back together in the future. I just don’t want the car to sit anymore.MikeKParticipantApril 18, 2020 at 12:04 pmPost count: 238
See that little box with the Bosch badging? It’s and emergency vehicle, tone generator/amplifier which is hooked up to three Bosch horns and a TOA horn. Dude wanted no one to get in his way!MikeKParticipantApril 19, 2020 at 9:22 amPost count: 238
I haven’t done a bunch or research on it, but I think you’re right. I was surprised to see the TOA horn. I was a TOA dealer for years when I had my AV business. Pretty common in schools for PA systems to this day. If it works or I can fix it, I may put it back in. I want to keep the spirit of the car but make some upgrades.MikeKParticipantApril 20, 2020 at 9:27 amPost count: 238
Pulled the beam and it looks like shit. Lower torsion bars came out in pieces.MikeKParticipantApril 20, 2020 at 9:29 amPost count: 238
My buddy Randy over at Sportcar Service had me covered with a clean core.MikeKParticipantApril 20, 2020 at 9:33 amPost count: 238
After a few tries and what seemed like endless grinding and cutting, I got it nice and straight and welded back together. I also did some stitch welding between the spot welds for a little more strength.
I’m thinking of welding some bosses on the outer ends of the tubes so I can bolt in some stiffening struts from the forward body mounts to the beam…maybe. Also, I’m considering welding some tabs on the lower tube to accept a tow bar which can be attached easily. I don’t think my standard, Beetle tow bar will fit this beam.FranzKeymasterApril 20, 2020 at 9:46 amPost count: 3650
If you cut out the steering stop junk the tow bar will fit better.MikeKParticipantApril 23, 2020 at 9:26 amPost count: 238
I got all the welding done and the parts painted. I welded these 1/4″ tabs to the lower tube so that I can fit frame struts to the pan in order to stiffen things up a bit.MikeKParticipantApril 23, 2020 at 9:32 amPost count: 238
I also added these lower receivers for a tow bar setup.
I went to install the new ball joints but I was having a difficult time with my makeshift tools in the press. I ended up taking them to Sportcar Service where Randy has the proper tools for the job. I narrowed the torsion stacks and re-drilled for the grub screws. If all goes well it should be in the car by this afternoon. I’m hoping the narrowed tie rods and sway bar fit since I went another 1″ on the beam than I originally intended.John JonesKeymasterApril 23, 2020 at 10:32 amPost count: 6735
Looks good!! How is ol Randy Bowen????? I have never been to his shop.. which is so hard for be to believe, after all these years in Colorado… He was/is an Awesome drag racer.. Awesome engine builder. and likes to walk around without his shirt off.. 😎 😎 😎 I met Randy through Eric Madson.. and drag racing…MikeKParticipantApril 26, 2020 at 10:57 amPost count: 238
Randy is doing well. I’m stoked to have such a good VW shop in my town. While I fumble through this beam/Beetle build, Randy is there with good parts and advice. I had the wrong urethane bushings, didn’t have the longer bolts for running caster shims, was missing the ball joint eccentrics, and wasn’t able to get the ball joints in with my tooling. One trip to Randy’s and done. Much like you guys, Randy has been there 100x before and is happy to share his expertise and parts. He’s the last shop standing around here and for good reason.John JonesKeymasterApril 26, 2020 at 11:00 amPost count: 6735
Glad Randy is well… Super Glad his shop is going strong… I’ve almost been here 20 years… Sport Car must be like 50 years old by now…. 😎MikeKParticipantApril 26, 2020 at 11:02 amPost count: 238
I got the beam wrapped up, painted and installed. I had to massage the area around the shock tower ever so slightly, but that may be because this thing looks like it was crashed at some point.MikeKParticipantApril 26, 2020 at 11:05 amPost count: 238
After I carefully marked and drilled the grub screw locations on the torsion bars, I realized that I should have marked and drilled once the trailing arms were in place. Fortunately it worked out perfectly and the arms mated up very nicely to the bushings.
I need to work out what wheel studs I’m going to use, then get this thing back on the ground.
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