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Since my Intro back in April I have had many questions and received unbelievable responses and advice from forum members. For this I sincerely thank everyone. I am sure that some individuals patience were put to the test!
I figure I should finally get on the stick an learn how to post Pics and give updates on my progress.
Photo shows my Baja just after I purchased it in South West AZ. It is just before the long tow home to NY.
The two Germans got along fine on the long haul.


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We did get to use it a little before heading East. However, not knowing much about the history of the Baja I kept things pretty mild. Also the low profile tires from PO severely limited ground clearance.
Goal for the Baja is to make a reliable vehicle that will allow me to explore out of the way places with confidence and also use as a utility vehicle for errands etc. It will see a fair share of gravel and unimproved roads. However anything really rough will be in first gear at crawling speeds. We enjoy hiking so parking in a remote area and footing it from there is acceptable.
Pretty much stock suspension with new components is planned while trying to gain some ground clearance.


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Type 181 spindles and arms were used to gain some ground clearance.
New ball joints, tie rod ends and steering damper were installed.
All torsion leaves were removed everything cleaned very well. (Torsion tube needle bearings, inside tube, leaves and wheel bearings ). Lubed everything well and reassembled.
One tube has type 181 torsion leaves because some of the stock ones were broken on the ends. The 181 leaves were available so I used them. Front seems pretty stiff. I may have to soften things up in the future, but I will wait and see how it is after some use. Some used but good serviceable KYB gas adjusts were installed which may be adding to the stiffness. I was hoping that being used that they may be a bit more compliant than new ones.

Type 181 right side tie rod was used with the old stabilizer bar used inside for reinforcement. Short side tie rod was also reinforced in the same way.
New brakes, wheel cylinders as well as hard and flexible brake lines were replaced.


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The increase in clearance the Thing components made was actually more than I expected.
I was worried that I would not be able to gain enough in the rear with re indexing the torsions. Because I am staying with type 1 CV's I really did not want to go too many degrees on the increase. Another complicating factor was that I already purchased some different tires. I wanted to keep then at around 28 inches in diameter because of the dual purpose use of the car. ( Highway & off road )
So I went 9 degrees on the re index. That was a little more than I was planning but I had to get the rear up. As it is I think the rear may be slightly lower than the front. ( Still hoping the front will settle some ) When the rears wear out I may go with a bigger tire. That would help in the rear. Rears are now 215/75/15 Fronts are 205/75/15.
Rear spring plate is resting on it's stop. I guess I will have to live with that for now. OUCH! on rebound. I did not notch because of using the stock axles/CV's.
As in the front all components were replaced with new. ( bushings, seals etc in urethane) Bearings were in great shape and cleaned/repacked and reassembled with new seals. Used KYB's in the rear as well.


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Need to get the alignment done. Also will install a rebuilt Solex to replace the Bocar ( both 34/3's ) and also replace the 009 with a rebuilt 034 SVDA.
I am also hoping to replace the "Looker" chrome wheels with some stock VW steel wheels as soon as I locate some. ( Decent ones are not that easy to find this side of the country) Also got to find some stock valve covers and wire bails.
That will most likely be all I accomplish as planned departure from NY is Nov. 20th and I still need to get the MH ready and prepare the house for it's hibernation this winter.
I have had Don at "Dons Bus Box" build me a type1 Trans.
Single side cover ( heavy duty ), super Diff. older style 3rd an 4th welded, 3 bolt nose cone, 3.78 first gear, steel shift forks, 0.89 fourth gear, 4.375 R/P.
We will be stopping at BugZyla Fabrication to see Daryl for the transmission swap around the first of December.
Anyone around when I come through I would love to meet some of the characters that hang out on the forum.
As always I am open to suggestions, comments and criticism( Constructive?)


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Post Post subject: Re: PR0GRESS
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That's looking great, I like the stance. I need to reindex mine too. I have found that 235's in the rear seem reasonable for dual purpose. I think that trans is going to make it feel totally different. Keep the updates coming

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Post Post subject: Re: PR0GRESS
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 01:27 AM
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Looking good DD.
My Baja is also dual purpose. I'm running 31x10.5x15 rear and 205/65 15's in the front. I want to go to a taller tire up front when these wear. With that said, my Baja does great off and on road with this tire size combo. I can crawl in 1st and keep up highway speeds (70+mph) fairly easy. I am running a 74ish Type1 IRS trans tho. I think (not a tranmission guy) the gearing is a bit more suitable for highway speeds but still have a pretty fair low gear ratio to climb hills and such.

Dunno how fast your looking to get those wheels you mentioned but since your on the east coast (me too, I'm in Va.) there's a bi-annual event in Manassas, Va called Bug-Out. I've seen a multitude of VW wheels at this event. They're held in May and September.
If your traveling back to Az, you'll probably have good luck finding some in your travels.
Any way. Nice looking ride and keep the updates/pic's coming.


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Post Post subject: Re: PR0GRESS
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That's looking great, I like the stance. I need to reindex mine too. I have found that 235's in the rear seem reasonable for dual purpose. I think that trans is going to make it feel totally different. Keep the updates coming
235's may be in my future.
Actually I wish I could stay with a narrower tire but taller. I was thinking of 7.00X15's on the rear.
I also have to keep the street use in mind. Plus the very long distances that I tow it.
Ultimately, after I have gone completely through the car ( Wiring needs some attention ) I want to take it along on a trip to Alaska and drive it up the Dalton Highway ( Haul Road ) to the Artic Circle.
The reason I got the 4.375 R/P was so I could get a low overall final ratio when in first gear for crawling. I really will not be going fast in the rough stuff I encounter. But, with the 0.89 fourth I would still be able to run on the highway at the RPM I wanted. This was calculated using 28 inch tires. Of course that will change some if I go larger on the rear tires.
I was a little worried about the durability of the 4.375 R/P. But I will not be abusing it and most likely will never run more than stock horsepower.


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[quote="locutisj"]Looking good DD.
My Baja is also dual purpose. I'm running 31x10.5x15 rear and 205/65 15's in the front. I want to go to a taller tire up front when these wear. With that said, my Baja does great off and on road with this tire size combo. I can crawl in 1st and keep up highway speeds (70+mph) fairly easy. I am running a 74ish Type1 IRS trans tho. I think (not a tranmission guy) the gearing is a bit more suitable for highway speeds but still have a pretty fair low gear ratio to climb hills and such.

Edit: Messed up the quote thing somehow.

If your Trans. is stock it is probably the same as mine. Though my car is a 1972 it has a later Transaxle. That would give you the 3.88 R/P. Interesting to know you can turn those tires on the highway. That is what I was afraid of not being able to do. Though I do want to be able to run the fan at around 3,000 RPM for cooling. Also, my car will not see much long distance freeway use if ever! Except behind the MH.


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Dunno how fast your looking to get those wheels you mentioned but since your on the east coast (me too, I'm in Va.) there's a bi-annual event in Manassas, Va called Bug-Out. I've seen a multitude of VW wheels at this event. They're held in May and September.
If your traveling back to Az, you'll probably have good luck finding some in your travels.
Any way. Nice looking ride and keep the updates/pic's coming.
Well the wheels are another story. In the last 3 weeks or so I have purchased 10 or 12 wheels with tires mounted. I get them home and pay to have the tires removed plus a $2.50 per tire disposal fee. All but two turned out to be 4 inch rims. The two that are 4 1/2 inch are the sport wheels.
I am hopeful that I have found four 4 1/2 inch rims in Vermont. I am willing to drive over there to get them if they turn out to be 4 1/2 inch wide.
The guy in VT said he is getting a car ready for the Baja 1,000. Long way to go from VT to the Baja. Hope he does well.
Hell, he may even be on this forum for all I know.


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Decided to install the new Carb. and Dist. today.
Keep in mind I have never had the engine area of an ACV apart.
I came across what I will call a "throttle cable chafe tube". ( See Picsc.)
Obviously the PO had done some fabricating. ( Red tape , and I believe added a washer on the end.)
Does this tube just fit loosely in the fan shroud ? I am wondering if the washer was added because the aftermarket shroud had a larger hole in it than stock. Seems to me like something is missing. I have searched some catalogs that I have and can only find the tube. Also find some reference to the earlier models having a cone and spring arrangement to hold the tube in place. Nothing on later models though.
Anyone have a blowup of the cable and tube assembly?
Also, when that tube passes through the fan housing how close does it come to the fan? I took the red tape off but did replace it with a winding of duct tape to try to take up some slop where it passes out the back side. Now I am thinking that if any of that tape came loose and found its way into the fan it would be a "BAD THING".
Comments or suggestions?
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Edit: I did find a rubber grommet that fit the hole in the shroud and also fits the tube. That does steady it a lot. Left the washer on. Still kind of worried about the tape on the other side though.


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The washer keeps it from falling into the housing. Use a washer and hose clamp on the other side to keep it from backing out. If your going to ride it in Az or CA it neeeds a quit muffler. Anything over 96 db at a certain distance at a certain rpm will get you a ticket. Something I learned at the States OHV Ambassador training Saturday. If you have an RV plate it needs a muffler and spark aresster. I have been keeping the trails warm for you.

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The washer keeps it from falling into the housing. Use a washer and hose clamp on the other side to keep it from backing out. If your going to ride it in Az or CA it neeeds a quit muffler. Anything over 96 db at a certain distance at a certain rpm will get you a ticket. Something I learned at the States OHV Ambassador training Saturday. If you have an RV plate it needs a muffler and spark aresster. I have been keeping the trails warm for you.
Thank Perrib,
Seems like it will be difficult to get my ham hand into the back side for the clamp an washer but I will give it a try.
I have regular highway plates on the car.
When I bought it all that was on the header was a stinger. Got rid of that quickly. ( I ride a BMW, that say anything to you about noise? ) Replaced the stinger with a muffler from Bug Pack called a quiet Pack. It is actually quite quiet.
Just don't go wearing the trails out before I arrive! I am hoping the locals will be able to suggest some nice places for myself and the SO to explore.
Still waiting to hear from the guy in VT on the wheels.
Hey, did you notice I finally did the picture thing?

Edit: Think I have to worry about the tape I wrapped on it?
When that tube passes through the void between the fron and back shroud halves, is it near the cooling fan. Until I rmove the engine someday I have no idea what it looks like in there.


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I told you pictures were easy. Even I can post them. When you get here I'll show you trails from mild to wild. If you don't have dual rear shocks, have Daryll make you a kafer cup style frame horn brace with dual shocks.


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I told you pictures were easy. Even I can post them. When you get here I'll show you trails from mild to wild.
Mild will be fine. I don't want to start off breaking stuff right away!!


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