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It has come a long way. I with you on the cut and buff I only do it if I have to.

Yeah, unfortunately I haven't figured out how to spray clearcoat like the factory. Laughing


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That thing's looking GOOD! I like the color!

You got my attention with that rag conversion. I'd LOVE to have a ragtop conversion in mine someday.

Cool. Can't wait to see the reassembly!

Thanks. The ragtop took some guts, and I'm nervous about the quality of the ragtop mechanism, so we'll see. If the mechanism is no good, I may just rivet some snaps around the frame and make a snap-on covering out of canvas or vinyl that could be removed entirely. I wouldn't be very waterproof, but I think I gave that up when I cut the hole in the roof. Cool


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The early street beat full length rag conversions (circa 1992) required patience when opening and closing them. Once you get some dirt on the paint and rough spots in the clear will move to the back ground.

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So I finally got the body back on the pan. It's starting to look like a car again. Now what Question




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ITS SOOOOOO, SHINY! LOOK,N GOOD!


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The car looks great! I can't wait to see the finished product. Keep us posted.


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now it is a street baja not a baja bug
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nice and shiinny
definetly dont want to reck that pain lol


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Great looking car! I have to ask...why Carbon Footprint? The CF you'll leave by restoring and driving that VW is far smaller than what it would take to even manufacture a silly hybrid. Very Happy

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Great looking car! I have to ask...why Carbon Footprint? The CF you'll leave by restoring and driving that VW is far smaller than what it would take to even manufacture a silly hybrid. Very Happy

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Exactly! I thought I could at least make it look and sound as ANTI-Hybrid as possible. It's my way of thumbing my nose at the whole Carbon politics and "Global Warming" propoganda. (Not a big Al Gore fan..) I can't wait to get out and burn some fossil fuels! Twisted Evil


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I had come to a crossroads about what direction to go with my engine. The idea of power and reliability got me thinking about a water-cooled conversion. I finally took the plunge and decided on the GM Ecotec 2.2 for its compact, lightweight design, plentiful parts, and stock power. Hopefully this doesn't alienate me from the air-cooled purists out there..(Remember, I own and drive a stock '67 Sedan also.. Very Happy )

I found a used engine from Precision Auto parts in Phx from an 05 Saturn Ion, with allegedly only 12,000 miles. I trailered the block out to Turnkey Engine Supply in Oceanside, CA. They hooked it up, swapped out a few odds and ends including the adapter plate, computer and harness, and got it running and ready to hook up in just 1 day!

This should also give me the option to add a lot more power if needed (turbo or supercharger?) It should give about 170 hp and 155 ft/lb torque in it's stock form. But for now, I'll just be happy when it's running.

First of all, it doesn't quite fit behind the stock firewall, so I had to cut a hole about the size of a piece of paper. I will need to make a removable box or something to close this off.



After clearancing a few more things, It mounted up nice!



Without the opening, it would set right against the firewall. A removable box or door should give access.



One of the advantages of the Ecotec will be ground clearance. It doesn't sit any lower than the stock frame horns...much higher than a Subaru or even a stock VW with an oil sump. The block is aluminum, so the additional weight should be nominal.



Now I just need to figure out where to mount the radiator...and about a million other things.... Confused


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that is sick man
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Very very nice! Cool
I'm 50-50 on the power plant as far as non VW vs. VW. Some ways I prefer VW power 'cause it's easy to work on, a lot less to break down out on the trail, less maintenance and so on.
That said, for close to the same weight/size, your adding quite a bit more HP to the wheels when you throw something like a Subaru, Ford or GM engine in. So, to each his own. Heck, I've thought about building a Baja and throwing a diesel Rabbit engine on and brewing my own fuel.

In any event. Looking good. I did drool a bit scrolling through the pic's.

Any updates on the project?


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, less maintenance and so on.
Any updates on the project?

I will say that you have more maintenace with the VW engine. Most of the modern engines do not need the up keep like a VW engine does.


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So far, the hardest parts have been figuring out all the modifications needed for simple things, like a throttle cable that mounts to the ecotec, where to mount the muffler, how to add a rear engine mount, where to route another fuel line for the fuel injection, where the air intake can be to not interfere with the engine cage, putting a radiator assy together that will work, getting the right gauge sending units.. and a thousand other little things that VW engines don't have to worry about. I'm still optimistic it will be worth it in the long run.

An update should be coming w/in the next couple weeks. I'm having the roll-cage finished as well as the front and rear bumpers.

I'll also have a widened ball joint beam from Bugzilla to show off, so stay tuned.


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