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Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 09:41 PM
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oh ok ya i definitely dont want a super.

how do you tell difference between a super and a "normal" ?


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oh ok ya i definitely dont want a super.

how do you tell difference between a super and a "normal" ?

Supers have frt struts instead of a beam.


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and after 72' they have a curved windshield,and actually have a dash.

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Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 11:02 PM
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Super front suspension doesn't deal with offroad, but works fine on pavement. It's McPherson Strut like many other cars which are worthless offroad. But perhaps you've learnedabout that on the Samba. There is a thread which is a sticky in the OffRoad forum there.

The homegrown ragtop sunroof is definitely NOT a good thing, especially in Ohio. Not so bad in AZ. But not desirable even there.

#2 actually looks pretty decent for a starter. More info based would be needed as to rust condition. You say it's pretty rusted, yet it doesn't show in the ad. Maybe you've learned more than is in the ad. Some cleanup and paint would make it a much more valuable car. Check out what engine it has, hope for a 1600. I spent 300,000 miles with a 40hp 1200 engine with the stock carb on the freeways and offroad of SoCal. The speed limit was 55 then though.

85 mph is pushing lifting the front tires off the ground on many Bajas. Stock bodied Bugs don't do that until about 110. A 1600 dual-port with a pair of Kadron carbs will achieve 80 mph with no big issue. Bugs pull away from a stop VERY quickly with a stock motor.

So how about what many call a "Class 11" bug. It will get better top speed and better fuel mpg than a cut Baja. Ground clearance is a little limited, but they have been raced in the Baja 1000 since the 1960s and have one of the best finishing rates of all classes in offroad racing.

I was trying to add a picture of an example, but Photobucket isn't working for some strange reason.


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just curios, why you would say a ragtop would be bad in ohio??

the guy said its a super body on a normal chassis it tittled as a '69
i asked for a pic of the front so i could see what kind of suspension it has.

i emailed the guy with the 2nd one and he already sold it.
but he has like everything you could ever want for v-dubs i guess he owns a massive repair shop he said he has 200+ truckloads of parts.
so if i need anything for my baja i know where to go now.
(he lives in alexandria, indianna anyone heard of him??)


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Well, if it's a Super body, it can't be a factory ragtop as far as I know. That means it's either an old ragtop roof grafted to the Super body, or (worse) it's an aftermarket ragtop kit. They can be pretty neat from what I understand, if someone who's VERY finicky and detail-oriented installs them. Out of the box, I've heard most people say the kit SUCKS.

As for the ragtop in Ohio, I think they can cause rust problems in the roof and down the a-pillar, from what I understand, especially in a damp climate. The channels that the ragtop mechanism slides in can collect water.

I'm guessing this is basically what Mojave is alluding to, or at least part of what he's talking about.


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well i found these to....there trashed

www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=783741








i sent him a email and hes said
"The car is rough, the floors are gone but repairable, the channels are not too bad. Trans seems to be good and the wheels turn freely. There are no brakes in the car. The shell is solid. The baja kit is pretty good"

www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=692263










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Yikes! Those two will need a LOT of TLC. Wow.


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Unless they're free, keep looking. Patience is hard but pays off in the end!

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what do yall think of this idea??
what if i bought both and used the body of the white one and put it on the frame of the blue one????
am i insane or would that work, cuz the body of the white one is in pretty good condition but the frame about junk, but the frame of the blue one is in decent condition....
does that sound like a reasonable idea???
how much should i offer the guy for both of them together?? (remember they dont hav engines are rusted like nobodys business and the white one has no brakes, and the blue ones seats are gone)
lol or should i not?


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I'm not saying it can not be done. I have just seen a lot of people try to resurrect the dead on a budget and get burned. If you want a driving Baja for about $1000 you can have it, it just takes patience. You would be surprised how much money you would sink into those Bajas and still not be able to drive them.

I would never go over $200 on those and frankly, I would pass at free right now.

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Good advice Mykul


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hey i found this on craigs list

bloomington.craigslist...95093.html







i called and he said its in really good condition and hes including a brand new good quality passenger side pan.

how hard is it to take a baja kit off a car?
cuz i was thinking of buying the baja kit off of the white bug





what do yall think?


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The 75 looks like a good start. Is it the pictures, or is the windshield taped in? The Baja kit on the white one looks rough. You may be better off getting a new one, then buying and repairing the white one.


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the windshield on it is plexiglass so i would hav to get a new one but those are only 20-30 bucks so it wouldnt be to much of a problem.
and the door knobs are missing but he said he would find some and include them.

do yall think i should buy it??


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