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Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:40 AM
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Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to the forums, Bugs, and VW in general. Had my first day as a Baja Bug owner after buying this guy off craigslist. Hopefully I didn't get taken for a ride Shocked . Taking my bug to Bugs and Buggies tomorrow to see if I can get it tuned up and looked at by someone who knows what they're doing.

Have to be honest, it's a bit weird driving a vehicle that's as old as your parents but I love it. Any advice for a new owner?

Only one pic for now, looking forward to more as I get her cleaned up. Smile
1963 with a 1776cc engine.

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Post Post subject: New Baja Bug convert
Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 05:51 PM
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Looks like a nice Baja.
Your biggest issue will be that you have a Swing Axle rear end
but a bonus is that you have a Link Pin front end.
The Swing Axles tend to be a little twitchy When offroading
but you can get used to it and just compensate for it.
This is due to the fact that when you raise the rear end the tires
will "Toe Out" like this \ / Hard to tell but it looks like yours is sitting
at its stock height. Wont be much of a problem until you want bigger
tires then youll have to raise that rear to keep your rear fenders from being trashed plus youll want the extra ground clearance.
Here is my old 68 Which had swing axle also.
This was raised one notch which is about as far as you want to go


You can swap that rear to IRS which would give you the best of both worlds. Its not a Super hard swap but is time consuming and you have to weld some adapters in. An IRS rear setup runs about $100 - you will need the trans also which is usually 100 to $150. Just do a serach on here
for Swing to IRS and youll find what is involved.


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Post Post subject: New Baja Bug convert
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Welcome to the site. The baja looks clean already to clean. Laughing
Keep us up to date on what you do to it.

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Welcome to the site. You say your from Tucson, But is the shop your taking your car to in Mesa?


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Na, opted to go to Chirco after it sudenly developed problems today. I'm hoping it's nothing too serious.


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Bless the guys at Chirco. It was just a self destructed fuel pump and bad spark plugs/wires. They were able to get it fixed up and tuned and taught me a few things regarding maintenance. Few more pictures incoming. Sorry for the quality, they are from my wife's phone.







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Itd be hard to take one with mine as it doesn't have a camera. Razz plus I ripped then off her Facebook account.


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