'71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

For road racing, autocrossing, or just taking that curve in style. Oh yea, and stopping!
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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:50 am

Yet another "Why I haven't made any progress" post.

Spent last week with the Mini Cooper in the shop..it needed a new turbo. So, traded it in on a new BRZ and broke it in the next evening at autocross. :D

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How does this relate to my build? Now I have the Super back in the garage, where it belongs, and no longer need to fight with the Mini.

Also, I'm in process of transferring all my photos from Photobucket to Smugmug, and re-linking everything. I had signed up for the low-end plan on Photobucket just before their $400 extortion fiasco. My cheap plan with third party links is good until the end of the year, but I don't want this thread to go into the trash-heap of builds with dead links.

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:53 pm

Back to work - sorta. I have two other VW's (a '73 Thing and a '64 Beetle) with engines I built several years ago. Both cars have been sitting unused, and offer lots of goods for the Autocross Engine.

The Thing had a 1776, built on an aluminum case and 34mm ICT's. I want to tear this down for the aluminum case. It also has good fitting tin, with all the small bits that are often overlooked. Re-using the tin will be important to maximizing cooling. Most of the other parts will be used for another build (maybe to put back into the '64.)

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The '64 has a 2110, with IDF 40's, and a ton of goodies. I didn't get the engine all the way out this weekend.

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I'll have lots of cleanup to do for all the stuff I strip from both engines. I'll be asking for advice on the autocross engine build after I clean up and assess what I already have.

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by Jadewombat » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:03 pm

Yeah, I've had a heap of distractions, too. Still managing to progress a little here and there which is better than no progress. I bet the BRZ feels like a completely different animal to the Cooper...and so will the bug of course.

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:51 am

Jadewombat wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:03 pm
Yeah, I've had a heap of distractions, too. Still managing to progress a little here and there which is better than no progress. I bet the BRZ feels like a completely different animal to the Cooper...and so will the bug of course.
Yup. Life -n- stuff getting in the way of important car projects.

The BRZ is fun, and handles damn near perfect in stock form. I feel like a "clone" driving it though, since there's so many that show up to autocross. I still want the Beetle done, so I can completely abuse it, and not have to worry about driving it the next day. It'll also be a valid reason to run an open stinger. :P

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by petew » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:22 pm

ChadH wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:51 am
I still want the Beetle done, so I can completely abuse it, and not have to worry about driving it the next day. It'll also be a valid reason to run an open stinger. :P
:lol:

Until you put the turbo on. :wink:

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:29 pm

Not "Handling", but this is my build thread so...

Rebuilding my 40mm IDF's. These sat in the 'Vegas heat, with bad gas for approximately 10-years. They were/are nasty with sludge and some surface rust on the steel parts.

I spent a lot of time with PB blaster, a little heat, carb cleaner, brushes and 3M pads I got the left side looking pretty good (inside and out) The right side is now in the can soaking.

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:17 pm

Lots of tedious cleanup work done, and lots more to go.

I finished the IDF rebuild. Also, I never liked the "universal" manifolds, with the gaping 48mm hole under the carb. I ordered some CSP 40mm manifolds.
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I tore down the first of two engines (the 1776)
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And I'm cleaning / bagging all the parts. 1/2 of the parts will go into the autocross build, the other 1/2 will get stored for another build in the future.
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I also spent the day cleaning up the Autolinea aluminum case. I got 1/2 done, the other will need to wait until next weekend.
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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:38 pm

I spent some time seeing what I have, what I need, and what it will all cost. This is just the summary spreadsheet. It's linked to a detailed itemization, with individual part costs and links to order each. Pretty much every part, no matter how minor is included, but I'm sure I forgot a few things.

The green column is what I have, stashed in boxes, bins and bags (almost nothing is on the car yet.) A lot of this stuff was purchased for previous builds, and I don't have the invoices any more, so I looked up the current costs. It doesn't include tools or expendables (like sandpaper, solvents, etc.)

It's probably a good thing the build is going slow, since it will take awhile to acquire the remaining stuff.

No, It doesn't include a Quaife limited slip, and assumes one of my transmissions works well enough to move the car without a rebuild.

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by petew » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:47 pm

Dang, no wonder everyone is racing miatas. :(

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Re: '71 Super Beetle Autocross Build

Post by ChadH » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:05 pm

Yah - I could have bought a decent NA Miata for about $3k and thrown some good tires on it. But then I'd be just like 30% of the other Autocrossers. Zzzzzzzz

Also, I forgot to add Lexan windows, and fiberglass fenders. Add around another $1000.

If I'm lucky, I might get the car running sometime this decade. ;)

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