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  • Franz
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    Great day. All of the suspension is assembled. CB performance 2” narrowed  beam and dropped spindles bolted-on with caster shims.

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    Needle bearing beam will ride nice.

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    New rubber bushings from an oem supplier.

    Powdered as instructed in the Bentley manual.

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    New cables and bowden tubes installed with plenty of grease.

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    Heavy duty buckpack shift coupler is a nice piece.

    Loc-tite and safety wired.

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    Grey rubber transaxle mounts from a bus are the most durable aside from solid mounts. Heavy-duty fully welded clutch arm/shaft and solid brass bushing. New Sachs throw-out bearing installed with super clips. That number on the case corresponds to a September 64, if I am reading thesamba.com chart correctly? Eddie listed a 1.32 3rd gear that would normally come in a 66 transaxle….Better for acceleration than the 1.26 most other years have.

    I gotta ask, do you plan to do burn-outs or drag race launch this? Because if so, we should probably put the additional strap over the top of the gear carrier housing and maybe a kafer brace.

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    VW/German axle boot clamps were saved from tear-down and reused.

    I haven’t ordered shock yet, Do you have a brand preference Tom? Koni’s are cool because they can be adjusted. Bilstein’s can take big hits better and ride a little more firm. Usually the stock type oil shocks are pretty good on a street machine.

    https://www.shockwarehouse.com/index.cfm?mode=results&selected_model=4513&selected_year=1966&type=C&selected_make=Volkswagen&model_name=Beetle

     

    Pete
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    That pan is some serious eye candy.  So fresh and better than factory new.

    JWDII
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    That pan is some serious eye candy. So fresh and better than factory new.

    I agree, pan porn for sure. 😛

    Pat K
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    Nice Franz!!!

    Working on door parts this morning. FA45B634-F320-42C5-B6E4-84AA500113EE

    Cleaned and lubed window mechs. Both OG and now they work great.0A980654-BEA7-46E7-AC00-AFEBC64F6018

    Drivers door front mech has a broken spring and the rear is just worn the heck out.  OG replacements pulled from the KCW stash. FA8A4A97-9462-46F6-A979-1B89572E51EBF11E3379-5367-4A52-AAC6-44C45AA2095E

    Working on vent wings. Both frames are in good shape  and should clean up nicely.AF39E23E-E735-4FC8-BED5-9836B8747CF3

    Just missing the pass latch.69709BB4-C7C0-42B7-8BB8-D489984AAC35

    We will build it if it comes.

    Franz
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    Empi engine tin parts arrived. Type IV oil cooler/fan shroud. Welded race fan. Copper exhaust gaskets will never blow-out.

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    John Jones
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    It’s all coming from apart!!!!!!!  😎 😎 😎

    All work and no play makes JJ a dull boy🤣
    Keeping a lid on it😎
    Attitude is everything 🤔

    Sunny66Sunroof
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    Looking fantastic guys!!!

    Franz, For shocks I was thinking Koni, but whatever you think gives the best ride…..I’m more of a cruiser than a racer…so not planning to race or any John Force burnouts…lol!

    Really like that shroud…..

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!

    Pat K
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    Finished cleaning and prepping door parts this morning.

    Drivers glass was an aftermarket piece. Found an acceptable one with correct logos after a couple trips out back to the boneyard.

    Parts should arrive next week to start on assy. Happy New year Tom. 5117897C-1413-4E55-9106-D46C3FF8381C1DCD7980-147E-4EBB-8808-F986BA51ABA99FB0D4EE-5DE2-4745-A2B7-8D494293A112E06F31E6-8D1D-4EE1-BB07-58440AC24261

    We will build it if it comes.

    Sunny66Sunroof
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    Thanks Pat!  Happy New Year!!  Thanks for all of your, JJ, & Franz’s attention to details……Really makes the difference in a nice build!!!

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!

    Franz
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    I’m having a fun time assembling all these nice new parts. It’s like a model kit.

    I packed bearings, assembled brakes and steering today. The original steering box was in good shape, it only needed fresh grease and adjustment. New German rag joint too.
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    The disc brake dual circuit master cylinder is going to need a conversion tube to fit the stock single reservoir. Or there is a reservoir that mounts directly to the master cylinder…but it’s kind of hard to access that way.

    Rear brakes assembled and adjusted. Crispy new star adjusters/hardware. I filled the transaxle with oil, ready to go.

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    I had to get out one of the flat4 limited production chrome BRM wheels for pictures. It’s going to look sooo good.

    John Jones
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    Fuchin awesome shit!!!!   Nice pan!!!  Nice way to finish a week and year!!

    the wheels look awesome!!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    All work and no play makes JJ a dull boy🤣
    Keeping a lid on it😎
    Attitude is everything 🤔

    Sunny66Sunroof
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    OMG!!  Brakes look great…..and those wheels….well that looks so good it’s just nucking futs!!!!

    Thought a little more on the shocks…had good luck with the KYB Gas adjust series…..

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!

    unk
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    Car looks awesome.    Cool seeing a bug-build in the shop…….brings back good memories.     Congrats, Tom.

    Sunny66Sunroof
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    Thanks U!  Yeah this is the difference between KCW – Guys that know, build, and live/love these cars vs. a shop that has a picture of a bug on their business card and claim to know what they’re doing….lol!

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!

    John Jones
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    Great post Tom👍🏻
    boxes of parts showed up today, Franz is bending up brake lines👍🏻
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    All work and no play makes JJ a dull boy🤣
    Keeping a lid on it😎
    Attitude is everything 🤔

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