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OK.... Here we go....

I guess I'm gonna be the newbie here for awhile, but I'm sure you'll hear from me regularly, so you might as well know a bit about me. As my screen name says, I have a '57 oval window baja. No, I didn't cut it, for those of you who might think I'm guilty of blasphemy. I bought it about 17 years ago for way more than it was worth at the time ($500) and it was your typical pile of... well... you know...

I built it up once on a very tight budget with hundreds (perhaps thousands) of hours of blood, sweat, and tears; knowing in the back of my mind that later on in life I'd build it again. I drove it daily and loved it. It has become a part of my family. In 1998, after it was 92.5% complete, I broke a rear stub axle getting onto the freeway and basically hauled it back to the house where it sat for a while until I could get to it. A neighborhood kid bashed in all my windows, tore out my headliner, and smashed in my new paint job, so in all my frustration, I shelved the project for longer than I anticipated.

Until now...

It is running again. Meaner, badder, beefier than ever before.

WE'RE BACK!

I spent the last couple of years (on and off) redoing everything and it's up and running again. I have about 300 miles on it since it's been driveable again , and I'm working some bugs out before I head out into the great unknown.

...And that's my story...

I'd love to put a picture of my machine up, but it's been raining like a big dog here in SoCal, preventing me from driving it anywhere. For now, here's a brief description...

1957 Body, 1970 Pan
Full roll cage front to rear
IRS Close ratio bus 002 tranny, 3x3's, 930 CV's, rear disc brakes
6" wider king/link beam, 4" longer, 1-3/4" wider front beam, front disc brakes
King coilover long travel suspension all the way around
Rack and pinion steering
2187cc (94x78.8), Engle 110, Dual Weber 44's, blah... blah... blah...
33x10.5's in the rear and 8.00 x 15's up front

It's been a lot of fun, and I hope to get a couple of pictures up soon. I hope to contribute to this forum, both on the fun side, as well as the technical end. I've run into about every problem that you'd ever imagine, and many that no one could have ever imagined, during the last 20 some-odd years of VW-ing, so I hope I can add a bit of insight here.

For now though, I'll be the newbie and try my best to behave myself.

....It's a great website, BTW, and it brings great joy to me to see that there are a few others that share my same disease...



Anyone else here from the LA area?

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Post Post subject: Re: 57baja
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Welcome!

Two questions.... what did you do to the kid who did the remodel on your car? and where abouts in the LA area? I'm up in Fillmore!

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Well you found a great place to start, or in your case restart.


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Thank you for the welcome! Actually, I'm in Pasadena, but we may be moving to Simi Valley sometime this year. As far as the kid goes... we put a petition together in the neighborhood and had the family evicted. I guess my incident was one of many.

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Welcome! Can't wait to see the pics!


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It was finally a nice enough day to drive the car to work and take a few pictures. Sorry, my work camera is pretty weak. Here's the bug


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Post Post subject: Re: 57baja
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Really nice!!


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Shocked Shocked NOW THATS ONE SWEET RIDE!!!!! WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO WITH IT,,, MAKE THE REST OF US LOOK BAD!! Smile REALLY NICE RIDE!!! Wink


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jamesr6168 wrote:
8O Shocked NOW THATS ONE SWEET RIDE!!!!! WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO WITH IT,,, MAKE THE REST OF US LOOK BAD!! Smile REALLY NICE RIDE!!! Wink

That's for sure Wink . That is one very nice car... Cool

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Are you bagging on the color, Hedrock? LOL!

Thanks guys. It's a work in progress and there's still a lot I need to do to it to make it what it needs to be.

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Woot! Shocked


Oh ya, welcome.

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How is that a work in progress?


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That suspension gives me a- never mind.


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Jox - The pixtures don't show the details, but there's a list of stuff that still needs to be fixed. It's about a page and a half long. At least it's running (for now) and it's been fun to drive. I've got about 400 miles on it trying to break things in before I need to tear the engine down again.

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Laughing THEY ARE NEVER " DONE " ,NOW ARE THEY!! Wink


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