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I ended up selling my '70 Baja to make room for another project a few years ago. My wife and I also ended up buying a house finally & I now have room for a legit project. So last night, I sealed the deal to buy a clean, rust free bug from the father of one of my guys at work. It has already been cut into a Baja, but he had plans to restore it back into a street car. After sitting for nearly 20 years, he finally realized that plan will never be finished & decided to sell it to me.

My plans for the car are to have the body completely stripped down to bare metal, cleaned up & have a decent paint job done. Anyone that saw my last car, will remember what I called the "gravity defying paint job" because all the runs in the paint ran up hill.

I'm going to do a full cage, with tilt front end, A-arms up front, 3x3 arms out back, 091 w/ 930CVs, Honda 3.0 VTEC, fuel cell, etc, etc, etc....

This will be a slow build, because I want to do it right, and end up with a nice car that I can drive to work if I want, bomb through the desert and hit some jumps with at the dunes.

Once I get the car home, I'll post up some pics.

I do have some questions though. This car is a swing axle car, which I am not very familiar with, since my other 3 cars were all 70's with IRS. Can I pull the transaxle on a swing car & still keep it a roller so I can move it around without having to use a floor jack?

I also need to do an assessment on the pan, but I think it's pretty straight & it's a fairly early swing axle pan, so it might be worth something to someone trying to restore a car. Even if not, I'd feel bad chopping up a straight original pan, when all I really want to retain is the floors. So I might end up putting this thing on an IRS pan.

Stay tuned for more...

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I don't know if you can, as the axles and wheels are basic one unit. when I was working on my rear suspension I went to harbor freight and bought a heavt duty caster wheel and built a heavy duty "T" and mounted the caster to the bottom of the T and on the top I mounted it to the ends of the frame horns. Worked like a charm!


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There is a swing axle adapter that bolts to the frame horns. It has wheels on it so you can still move the car around without the transaxle in it.

www.aircooledtech.com/...r_adapter/

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As far as the pan goes I would sell it to someone who is really going to be able to use it. Lots of vintage bugs out there to restore and someone will pay good money for a solid foundation to start their project.

If you are going to build with a full cage and modern drive train it really doesn't matter about the pan. A good IRS pan will be just fine. Your cage will be the support for the front/rear suspension.

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Awesome, thanks for that link on the adapter. I never would have thought of that, I can fab something up with a couple pneumatic tires on it so I can get it from my backyard, into the garage, across the gravel.

Also agree with your advice on selling the swing pan. As long as it is in decent shape, I'll get rid of it. The car has already been a Baja, so the pan might be beat up. If it needs floor pans, I'll just cut it up & do an IRS conversion to it.

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Fro a street driver dual purpose car in Cali, you need a VIN from a pan. You should have 18" of the pan tunnel welded to the torsion housing or "pivot housing" as the tube that replaces it is called when you have coilovers and no torsions. AZ law may be different. The idea of a caster mounted to angle iron to bolt to the frame horns is actually an old VW factory "tool". But it's a handy idea. Using the tube rear axle assembly from some front wheel drive car or minivan welded to a bracket to attach to the frame horns would work to allow "offroad" movement of a Bug project. A local "pick your part" type wrecking yard near here uses such rear axles with some square tube to make wheelbarrow deals for customers to get larger parts like engines and gear boxes to the gate.

For building a tube chassis with a-arm front, you might talk to Crumco about building it as a near-roller into your body shell. It would be the best and most economical way to get it done. (661) 264-1327. Or check them out on facebook. Then you finish all the details of gas tank, seats, engine, etc. Just when you call, don't ask him for all the design details and trust him to build an excellent product. I think you will be surprised how inexpensive of a price he will quote you, especially compared to others in the industry. I keep reading about people who have gotten a-arm front ends done by others who have have paid big $$ and gotten junk. You can see his work in their facebook page including cars featured in Hot VWs, like Black Beauty, the New Beetle a-arm mid-engine; the red and black convert; and the El Centro Police Chief cars.


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Thanks for the info on Crumco, I'll look into it.

I finally picked up the car today. Been helping a friend get his '64 street car on the road. We needed the transaxle out of my car to proceed further, so we drug mine home & yanked the transaxle out.

Pan looks fairly straight, but not enough that I'm gonna cry about cutting it up, so she'll stay "numbers matching".

Once we get the '64 out of the way, I'll start the monster project.

For now, here's some pics:








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Nice start.


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This is what she looks like currently.






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