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64 Super standard Bonneville beetle

The car in 2004

Lets fill in the blanks about this car. I got this car in October of 1993 on a trade deal........the guy I got it from wanted the transmission out of it for a buggy. He got it from the original owner who between his kids and other relatives had put on an astounding 280k miles on it since new on the original 64 drivetrain. I gave the transmission back, put in a used one from the shop, re-did the brakes and original 40hp and drove it to and from Las Vegas on the Christmas of 1994. I left the body in its banged and bashed state, it ran perfect (I wound up putting on about 30k miles). Then in 1995 I traded the car for a 62 kombi with a dead transmission (busses sell better) to a friend who had just  crashed his car and needed a car to drive to work. Fast forward to 1997. The car finally died after being run another 120k miles! He gave it back when they were moving out of the area and it became a shop loaner car. I put the Hippie mural on the car as a joke. In the time frame from 1998 to when I non-oped the car (and disposed of the now badly rotted body) in 2005 it had gone an additional 140k miles, a true road warrior!

First meeting in May 2013

Resurrection day, 2013! Bringing home the 74 Super Beetle body on the back of my 67 single cab. I had just finished the chassis repairs, installed a fresh transmission, suspension and brake system.

 

First meeting in May 2013

Mr. Sawzall Attacks! I cut almost 200 pounds of Super Beetle double and triple panels off the front to make way for the 64 standard beetle front clip.

 

First meeting in May 2013

 

First meeting in May 2013

 

First meeting in May 2013

The hybrid W deck lid

 

First meeting in May 2013

Custom one-off hood

 

First meeting in May 2013

Assembly time after a trip to the paint shop

 

First meeting in May 2013

Removable apron

 

Done and running September 2013

The finished car

Done and running September 2013

I later found out that this very car was built in limited numbers in South Africa. They took a 1303 main body (curved screen) and married it to a standard Beetle front clip. The chassis was link pin with a swing axle.....the exact car I have built. The SA car was called a "1600S" 

 

Done and running September 2013

The whole idea of using this body is to take advantage of the curved wind screen.

 

Done and running September 2013

Very roomy cockpit

Done and running September 2013

 

Done and running September 2013

 

Done and running September 2013

 

Done and running September 2013

 

Done and running September 2013

A real different look to the car.

Done and running September 2013

The stone stock 36hp pushes this car down the road easily at 60mph-65mph.