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VW BEETLE WOODIE STATION WAGONS

#1
Date: 09/18/2004 01:40 | Topic / Title:
My pictures were posted on July 17, 2004. My car is a 1976 Brasilian VW ("Fusca") converted into a Woodie station wagon. The conversion was first done in 1977 and re-built several times before I completely tore down the car and rebuilt it in 2002 in Brasil.

The body, paint, interior, and all mechanical work were designed and performed by me. I mixed all the colors for the candy over pearl flame paint job myself, because nobody in this area of Brasil knew how to mix a candy color. The wide whitewall tires were brought in from the USA, as was the motor, which is a 160HP 1944cc unit which I built in 1988.

There are too many features and modifications to list. Over 4000 hours were spent building this car twice--once in soft wood for patterns, and again in semi-precious Padauk for the final show car.

I now live in San Francisco, CA and will be bringing the car back from Brasil soon.

Paul
#2
Date: 09/18/2004 16:56 | Topic / Title:
Hi, welcome to the forums!

Interesting work you have outthere, whats the engine / tranny specs? Any suspension mods?
#3
Date: 09/19/2004 10:35 | Topic / Title:
Hi Mischa.

The engine was built in California in 1988 and has logged about 20,000 miles since building.

It uses universal Type 1 cases with handbuilt heads. The heads and case have been modified to accept 88mm cylinders and are ported with large valves. The pistons and rings were new back then. The cam is an Engle ground especially for this engine. The flywheel has been lightened and has 8 dowel pins. The valve springs are high-output and the rocker arms are high-lift. The pushrods are also racing items; which brand I forgot. The crankshaft is a forged fully weighted stroker item. The lifters are the "elephant foot" type. The carbs are twin Weber 44 IDFs. It runs a high-tech sand rail oil filter. Altogether the motor cost $2200.00 to build in '88 and has run trouble free (not even a carb adjustment!) since then. It still has the same clutch that it did in 1988, too.

The transmission is a heavily-modified racing item with close ratio gears, built by a racing shop that normally does unlimited sand rail dragsters. It has welded spiders and a reinforced side plate. I still use the stock shift lever; racing items are too heavily sprung to use comfortably in everyday traffic.

The car will lift the front wheels off the ground if I leave the line too hard, but I only tried this a couple of times.

The exhaust system would be illegal in the USA. It is a Brazilian-Made Kadron unit with large tubes and minimal baffling, blowing through a 4" single chrome pipe. It is LOUD and sounds like a racing system with this motor.

Plans are to fit an alternator (unavailable in Brasil) and a larger oil cooler when the car gets back to the States later this year. I also want to fit Type 3 disc brakes to the front and Porsche 914 discs to the rear. Right now it is running original Brazilian drum brakes, and though new, they are not the best for emergency stopping.

Paul
#4
Date: 09/22/2004 22:11 | Topic / Title:
[quote:b2a464ff13="cardesnr99"]I now live in San Francisco, CA and will be bringing the car back from Brasil soon.[/quote]
Hey Paul, is there anything interesting on the VW scene in SF these days?