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Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:43 PM
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hello guys, I bought a 1974 super beetle the other day out in scottsdale for $300.00. It runs and drives great, just doesnt stop. (i guess that is what insurance is for right? Rolling Eyes ) But anyways, I am glad I found this site, and that there is SO MANY people around here that can help me out, and the fact that just by reading other topics, finding www.chircoestore.com helps out alot too. I do not know much about the beetles, or vw's for that matter, so I have dozens of questions...lets hope you guys can help me out, either on here or in person (in person, ill buy the beer in most cases) 1. What is the structural integrity of the super beetle? (i plan on cutting the top off for a more custom look, and the fact that there is rust like crazy by the back windows) 2. Where do I start with this thing? it is my daily driver, and cant be down more than 2 days a week. Any input is greatly appreciated, I DO plan on doing a roll cage for it, when I can get the steel, and get the design figured out, but is it going to be ok to drive the car with the roof cut off for a month or 2 until i get the steel? (remember, im in AZ, and it has NO AC) Thanks in advance for the advice I will use this same post for further questions when I run into them.


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Post Post subject: Re: Where to start?
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 03:17 PM
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Is there to be a roof cutting event open to the public or did you post in the wrong forum? Smile AZBAJA has introduction and build sub forums. Either way welcome to AZBAJA. Don't cut the roof until you are ready to install the cage. Look at a convertible bug it has a reinforced pan. We don't have much rain but we do have unrelenting sun and plenty of cats to use your bug as a toilet. You might want to make it a removeable top or get tonneau cover built.

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Post Post subject: Re: Where to start?
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 03:38 PM
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You might want to re-think cutting off the top on a daily driver in the valley. The sun is unrelenting, that's why you see convertible tops up during the day. Imagine, if you will, sitting in traffic on a hot day during monsoon and one of the daily storms come through.

Someone else may chime in on the challenges of taking a SB off-road.


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Post Post subject: Re: Where to start?
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 06:28 PM
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I say lop the bastard off.

You can just jb weld it back on if you dont like it. LOL

Just kidding. If you want a hand cutting thigs off? I have a grinder and a real itch for slicing and dicing $hit apart. Im IN!

What are you planning on doing with the car? RAT ROD? BAJA? Just something strange?

300.00 and it runs and drives? just doesnt stop? thats usually an easy affair. consider yourself lucky.

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perrib: Thanks for the welcome, I think I did post in wrong section. As for protection from the sun, and cats, etc, I am working on a canvas like design that will wrap around the cage, either that or hit up a junk yard for a convertible top and do some work to it, or possible a removable hard top. thanks for the input.
chickenpants: if a storm was to come through while sitting at a light, id get a FREE interior pressure wash. lol. I am working on top designs as stated above. thanks for the input.
kozilla: lol, jb weld, I used that to fill the rust holes for now. As far as the car goes, I originally bought it with the intent to do a Rat Rod out of it, but when i got it home, started going over it, and found BAD rust by the rear window, and side windows, The hood, as well as left rear fender is caved in, so I said looks like Baja will be easier (plus its what the wife wants me to do) thanks for the input.
Id like to thank everyone for their input, I am still undecided overall.


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Does anyone know how to bleed the brakes on a 74 super?


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Same way you bleed the brakes on any VW. Have someone pump the brakes and then bleed the right rear first then the left rear then right front then left front.


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I know how to bleed them, i guess my question was where is the bleeder valve? sorry for the previous question


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should be on the back of your drum. I havent bled mine yet, but 99% percent of cars are located there. im pretty sure thats where mines at.

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thanks I havent been able to find them, they do not appear to be on the back of the drums I was planning on doing a full disc conversion anyways, so i might as well just do that.


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The bleeders are mounted on the wheel cylinder which sticks out through the backside of the backing plate right next to the brake line. If your bleeder is broken off, you should replace the wheel cylinder. Once you switch to discs the bleeder will usually be mounted at the highest point of the caliper.


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thanks. To all who have helped me, I will be gone for a few days, I have to make a quick run to Missouri, and back. Take care, Talk to yall later


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I looked, and still cant find them, idk if the superbeetle is diff or not brake wise.


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Super and T-1 rear brakes are the same. I think the bleeders are broken off flush with the backing plate.

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Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 05:10 AM
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that WOULD explain why the brakes are dead Perri, and Bugboy, when you get back to the valley, if you want a hand bleeding your brakes i'll be more than happy to come over and lend one, maybe even two hands if you're lucky, and AzBaja does highly APPROVE of WRENCH-N-QUE's Mr. Green
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You set the date, everyone who is willing to help shows up on the selected date/time, they help work on your car, you feed them delectable barbecue treats and supply beverages. everyone is happy Laughing

As far as cutting the top and driving around as a daily driver, the top of a bug is VERY structual, you will lose a ton of bracing if you just lop it off and don't replace it with something to act as a structured body, in other words, if you cut the top and don't reinforce it, your bug is gonna be all floppy going down the road Laughing

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