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Post by Heinz57 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:12 pm

Well I started another sub-project while building the '59 Beetle. I have a rusted out '75 Bug floor pan and a '77 Standard Body that could not be fixed due to being involved in a multi car accident. The PO cut the back off Baja style and pulled the front out and continued to drive it. The the panhead was rusted out, so the floor pan is being converted to a 5" stretch Link-pin setup, consisting of a Warrior adjustable beam w/8" shock towers, wide 5 disc brakes and Heim 5/8" joints instead of normal tie-rods. The rear IRS trailing arms are 3"x3" made by Avery. I picked up a '73 Bus transaxle and with the 3"x3" arms I can run stock Bus axles w/100 mm CVs, Thing 100 mm stub axles and early IRS dual arm spring plates. Shocks are Bilstein 5150 with 11" of front end travel, I can't buy the rear shocks until I finish the 6 point roll cage, since the rear shocks are tied into the roll cage. I assembled the basic beam today and will get the spindles on tomorrow. The stock spindles have been beefed up with a kit. For power, I am going to use the 1600 engine out of Wilma, so it will get pulled this week, get cleaned up and remove the cooling tin not needed in a Baja. I will get some pictures in the next day or so of my progress.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by bakertim2 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:33 pm

Like everything. we need pics Danny.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Jon65 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:11 pm

Sounds sweet. Cool

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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by pwmcguire on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:11 pm

Heinz57 wrote:Well I started another sub-project while building the '59 Beetle. I have a rusted out '75 Bug floor pan and a '77 Standard Body that could not be fixed due to being involved in a multi car accident. The PO cut the back off Baja style and pulled the front out and continued to drive it. The the panhead was rusted out, so the floor pan is being converted to a 5" stretch Link-pin setup, consisting of a Warrior adjustable beam w/8" shock towers, wide 5 disc brakes and Heim 5/8" joints instead of normal tie-rods. The rear IRS trailing arms are 3"x3" made by Avery. I picked up a '73 Bus transaxle and with the 3"x3" arms I can run stock Bus axles w/100 mm CVs, Thing 100 mm stub axles and early IRS dual arm spring plates. Shocks are Bilstein 5150 with 11" of front end travel, I can't buy the rear shocks until I finish the 6 point roll cage, since the rear shocks are tied into the roll cage. I assembled the basic beam today and will get the spindles on tomorrow. The stock spindles have been beefed up with a kit. For power, I am going to use the 1600 engine out of Wilma, so it will get pulled this week, get cleaned up and remove the cooling tin not needed in a Baja. I will get some pictures in the next day or so of my progress.

Just don't cut the front tabs off of the cylinder tin to make it look clean. I had to weld mine back on. Embarassed
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:34 am

Here are some pictures of the Baja:

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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by callahan on Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:24 pm

hey i know that old turd baja
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Thu May 09, 2013 4:51 pm

Well here's a long over due update. I brought the pan over to BKR to get the pan work done. Tim and I figured out the stretch part and let him loose on it. Will and Tim fixed the rear frame fork that had a little rust spot in it, cut the rusted pan head off and extended the front with the link pin frame head. They modified it and it came out real nice. They welded in the new pans and pulled the bottom of the tunnel off. They were able to replace the rusted out fuel lines, made some killer fuel line support mounts and ran the new 1/4" line. They also made some bracket mounts for the front beam supports. I started mocking up the pan so I can make the brake lines, drill holes for the cage and steering brake. Here are a few new pictures.








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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Thu May 09, 2013 5:21 pm









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Post by Heinz57 on Sun May 19, 2013 5:46 pm

Worked on the Baja yesterday. Trimmed some of the rear sheetmetal around the rear fenders, installed the new OEM VW shift rod, new shift rod bushing and coupler. I need to shortened to the shift rod its binding with the 002 tranny. I got the cage in and of course it needs some mods due to bad welding and misalignments. The engine internals are back from the Goza's machine shop, Tommy balanced the crank, pistons, rods, flywheel, pressure plate and pulley. Steve at Pro Flow was able to repair the screwed up heads and installed double springs with Scat CM retainers and keepers to go with the Engle FK-42 camshaft. The new 3"x 3" rear IRS trailing will be in next Friday so I should be in roller mode end of next weekend.

I need some parking brake stuff, such as the passenger side parking brake lever that connects to the parking brake cable and rear brake shoe with the pin and clip, parking brake spreader bars for both side, complete emergency brake handle including the pivot pin with the 2 clips.

Dropped the body on to mockup the cage:


Set the steering wheel and column to see how short the column would be with the 5" extended wheelbase:


Bus tranny with the 10 degree mount kit:




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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Mon May 27, 2013 7:32 pm

I was able to get a few hours of work this weekend. I got the connecting rods torqued, then measured for correct bolt stretch with the gauge on the ARP bolts. Dropped the 76 mm stroker crank in , installed the FK-42 cam, distributor drive and the the Electronic distributor. I brought the cage over to Tim's shop and he welded some of tubes. Installed the front and middle hoops and drilled the mounting holes. I need to make the bottom plates and grind all the sharp corners off. Also scraped off the tar board from the rear package shelf and started to srap off the old seam sealer before I blast the body. I worked on the rear drums as well.










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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by bakertim2 on Mon May 27, 2013 8:11 pm

Gonna be a beast.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:33 pm

Been working on the Baja this past week. Most of important thing is it is now on all 4 wheels. Still have to get the steering u-joints figured out since the steering column is too short.







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Post by bakertim2 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:57 pm

Gonna be kool.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Jon65 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:24 pm

Nice. Cool

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Post by Grifspop on Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:00 am

That Baja is going to have a HUGE amount of travel- nice work!!
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:57 pm

Well I been working on the Baja while Wilma is awaiting her turn to have the rear clip welded on.

For the interior I picked up a pair of Scat Procar Suspension seats, with sliders and tilt base from Summit Racing. Got the steering column mounted and built a lower support bearing so the steering column shaft is self supported in the tube since there is no more stock steering box. Using a Super Beetle double steering shaft to connect it together.

For the front suspension and steering I ordered a heavy duty Saco offset input shaft 1.5 turn lock to lock rack and pinion setup and also picked up 4 monster high angle 5/8" with 3/4" tie rod ends with swagged forged steel tie rod tubes.

I picked up a 1967 "H" engine for Wilma (temporary use), bolted it in the Baja to use her as a test run stand. Installed a rebuilt PICT30-3carb and it fired right off. Adjusted the valves and changed the oil and ran it again until a major oil leak occured. I thought it was the oil cooler seals , but turned out to be the oil cooler mount was broken off at the single stud point. Switched it to a dog house setup and replaced the pushrod tubes since after a good cleaning I found that the lower cooling deflector tins below the cylinders were "MIA". Modified the exhaust at the heater boxes by installing flanges and eliminating the clamps/doughnut setup. Still trying to clear out the clogged up heat riser tube on the intake if not I will need to find another one.

Finished the final cutting for the 1 piece front end and now its time to get all the brackets, mounts and front end tilt support frame welded together.

New front tires 225/70/15 Generals


New Scat Seats


Side View


Exhaust flanges


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Post by bakertim2 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:36 pm

I love those seats.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Seats run about $180.00 each out the door at Summit.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by pwmcguire on Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:55 pm

It's coming together nicely.
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Post by Jon65 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:43 pm

pwmcguire wrote:It's coming together nicely.

X2. And I second the liking of those seats.Cool

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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:45 pm

Traded the Baja to Tim Baker. He will continue the buildup.
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Post by bakertim2 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:58 pm

True dat.
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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:50 pm

Update, I got the Baja back from Tim a while back and have started working on it again. Here is what I have been doing and changing stuff I did the first time.

Got the correct bushings for a Warrior beam. The regular ones are the wrong thickness and basically lock up the arms. Also worked on the bumper mounts


Installed extended front arms, 1 1/4" longer and 3/4" wider than stock


Added front beam braces


Set the offset Saco rack in place


Got the Pan up in the air now, much easier for me to work on.


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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:04 pm

Very cool! Definitely looking forward to seeing more progress!

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Re: My 1975/77 Baja

Post by Heinz57 on Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:50 pm

Another update: Working on the pan seat reinforcements, rear bumper and suspensions.

Extended 3" x 3" trailing arms, Thing stub axles and early rear drums


Picked up and set in place for welding, IRS pivot bolt locks


Had to make parking brake cable extensions due to the longer trailing arms


Mocked up the engine, exhaust, transmission and rear bumper to determine where to weld the bumper to its mounts


Added for pan reinforcements since I removed the OEM seat tracks and the floor is way too flimsy without them
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