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dune buggies and hotVWs June 2021

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5 min
turbo that thing

THE 275-WIDE TIRES FIT UNDER RAISED FENDERS BEING THE WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO THE all-purpose WWII Kübelwagen, the VW Thing typically evokes images of rough-terrain outings rather than quarter-mile straight-line action. Yet, John Meade’s orange beast demonstrates what happens when drag racing influences a Thing-based project car. It’s loud, it’s fast and it has plenty of attitude. No wonder, considering the Southern California resident has been heavily involved with Volkswagen drag racing since 2002. John became acquainted with VWs at an early age, as he helped his dad building a Funrunner sandrail during the 1970s. The family also owned a fiberglass buggy, which his father allowed him to use to drive to high school for a couple of years. “In 1999, I took possession of that same buggy and spent every paycheck on…

3 min
make them smile

It’s the smile. The smile on the “face” of the Bug and the Split Screen Bus. That’s what fascinates and excites people with these old Volkswagens. I’ve noticed this again in the last few weeks. My eldest son Janik is responsible for this. Well, not he, but his new acquisition, his first car: A 1969 sunroof Beetle. He fancied a Bug since he was four or five years old. Neither my Razoredge Ghia nor my early Bay Window Bus could surpass the enthusiasm for the Type 1. And there was always the fear that there would be no more Bugs to buy, when he was finally grown up. You might think I fueled that passion, but I didn’t. It was always his decision to join me going to shows. And he…

7 min
pressure, springs and sprays

Under Pressure Jon, I am having some problems to adjust the clutch. I’ve been struggling for weeks. I rebuilt the engine for my 1964 Beetle and installed a new pressure plate and disc, along with a new throw-out bearing. Until a few weeks ago, everything worked fine, but now something isn’t quite right. About two weeks ago, I realized that the clutch began to release while on the floor, so I adjusted the free play and got it back where it should be. I set the pedal free play at about 1 or 1-1/2 inches. A few days later, the free play changed, as did the release point. So, I adjusted again, and got free play again! That makes me crazy. Do you have any idea what’s going on and how…

2 min
the parts bin

7-inch Crankshaft Pulley with Sand Seal These 7-inch billet sand seal pulleys are machined from 6061 T-6 aluminum billet and finished with mill-spec anodizing. These pulleys will last a lifetime. The sand seal surface utilizes a pressed on, micro-polished, stainless steel sleeve for a perfect seal. Timing marks and CB logo are CNC engraved into the pulley, you can’t rub off these numbers. The seal and holder fit into a VW engine case without the need for machine work. Comes complete with a Chrome Pulley Bolt with Washer, Sand Seal, and a Pulley Shim Kit. For more information, visit cbperformance.com. IRS 1-inch Narrowed Trailing Arms Made from laser-cut 4130 Chromoly steel, precision tig welded. Supplied as a direct bolt-on upgrade in 1-inch narrowed width. Also available in 3-inch narrowed width, but do require…

1 min
1958 type 117 beetle ragtop

EXTERIOR COLOR/ PPG Cream Soda, PPG Rum Point (interior) BODYWORK/ B&R Kustoms OTHER MODIFICATIONS/ Aussie trim, all parts chrome/copper plated, Creative Car Craft Company fiberglass fenders and decklid, front and rear safari windows CHASSIS SUSPENSION WORK BY/ B&R Kustoms, FRONT BEAM/ Pete Skiba, Airkewld FRONT SUSPENSION/ Narrowed 3” with Ridetech ShockWave air ride suspension REAR SUSPENSION/ Ridetech ShockWave air ride suspension system SPINDLES/ CB Performance, 2” drop SHOCKS/ Ridetech ShockWave STEERING/ Stock VW WHEELS & TIRES/ US Mags Roadster 17x8 (F) and 18x10 (R); 205/40-17 and 255/35-18 Firestone BRAKES/ Wilwood discs, 4-piston calipers, chromed rotors front & rear OTHER MODIFICATIONS/ Viair 380C Compressor ENGINE CASE/ 1964 VW 40hp magnesium DISPLACEMENT/ 1385cc BUILDER/ B&R Kustoms CRANK/ Original 40hp VW RODS/ Original VW CYLINDERS & PISTONS/ AA Performance big bore 83mm CAM/ Engle W-100 OIL PUMP/ High-volume pump HEADS/ VW single port VALVE SIZES/ Stock COMPRESSION RATIO/ 8.5:1 ROCKER ARMS/ Stock PUSHRODS/ Stock IGNITION/ Bosch 010 with electronic module CARBURATION/ Solex 30…

1 min
1974 volkswagen thing

OWNER/ John Meade COLOR/ VW LB2Y/V9 Habanero Orange BODY & PAINT/ by Lupe Villarreal BODY MODIFICATIONS/ 4” chopped windshield, fiberglass front & rear fenders, 3” raised rear fenders, custom front & rear bumpers, LED Halo headlights, custom aluminum decklid section, LED rear lights CHASSIS & SUSPENSION CHASSIS/ RLR custom Chromoly FRONT SUSPENSION/ 2” narrowed VW ball-joint beam, rack & pinion steering, Chromoly tie rods REAR SUSPENSION/ owner-made 6-link adjustable setup SHOCKS/ KYB (front), Strange adjustable coil-overs with 300 Lbs. springs (rear) BRAKES/ RLR/Strange 2-piston discs (front), RLR/Strange 4-piston discs (rear) WHEELS/ 15x4 (front) and 15x9 (rear) Vision American Muscle 561-series TIRES/ 155/60R15 Nankang (front), 275/60R15 Mickey Thompson (rear) ENGINE BUILDER/ Shawn Moore, Johnny Leso DISPLACEMENT/ 2498cc CASE/ Scat 4-piece aluminum CRANK/ 90mm Scat, counterweighted, Type 4 mains RODS/ Pauter CYLINDERS/ Pauter PISTONS/ 94mm Wiseco CAM/ Engle FK-47, Magnum straight-cut gears HEADS/ Superflo VALVE SIZES/ 48mm x 40mm COMPRESSION RATIO/ 8.1:1 ROCKER ARMS/ Pauter 1.4:1 IGNITION/…