Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Must Seeeee: 1971 Volkswagen Beetle V8

I can't agree more that when the seller says this car is a "Must seeeeeeeeee" because I'm having a hard time justifying the images on the pages with what I know about Volkswagen Beetles.  Just how does a Chevrolet V8 fit under the front hood and how does power get to what rear end...it's like I've just seen a picture of a blimp and you tell me its a submarine.  Find this 1971 Volkswagen Beetle V8 offered for an undisclosed price in Thousand Oaks, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Sean S.

It looks like a nicely prepared LT1 from a 1995 Vette is sitting in the front of a Volkswagen Beetle, but this isn't like the time you swapped a Chevy 350 into a Mustang or a even a Volvo 240 -- this is a complete make-over of the original people's car design.

In the seller's own words:
bug is on a s10 frame with power disk brakes front and rear. tilt steering wheel with power steering. rear end is a subaru sti independent rear diff and and lower controll arms . wheels are off the corvette with new tires . 

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  1. My favorite picture is of the laptop on the front seat. This type of shot is usually someone tuning their mega-squirt system on their 2JZ Supra, trimming the fuel levels and adjusting boost.

    This laptop looks to be on a baking recipe page.
    This creation and it's saw blades are awesome

  2. It is quite impressive that the builder got this far before thinking about how to cool the engine. Almost as impressive as using a Subaru rear end, which is an ingenious solution to a problem I can't begin to imagine.

    I guess that this would work to hide the cooling system
    [image src="http://www.clublexus.com/forums/attachments/lx-3rd-gen-2008-present/300552d1381159800-2013-spindle-grill-possible-on-our-2008-2012-beetle-rollsroyce.jpg" width="400px"/].

  3. I like the c clamp motor mount.

  4. I think the C-clamp tells me all I need to know about this project.

  5. Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle. I've never seen an air cooled LT-1 before...

    Guess that's why the hood is off. Better cooling.

    -Stan (who is thinking the Flintstones floorpan removal mod might work for this car, too...)

  6. It can't be all bad... It's comes with a c-clamp and a trailer hitch - everything you ever wanted for your Bug. "What could could possibly go wrong?"

    Do you think it's OK to drive home to Iowa?

    1. Sure thing! Just drive at night and try to keep it under 80....

    2. big deal about the c clamp probably just needs welded or a bracket made not a deal breaker.this is an engineering masterpiece.i can't think of a more challenging project for a weekend warrior.give the guy some credit.

  7. for cooling you could mount this puppy on the roof: [image src=https://drivetribe.imgix.net/QVo754iaTx6Qvl0H2qvLDw?w=1400&h=1050&fm=pjpg&auto=compress&fit=crop&crop=faces,edges width="400px"/]

  8. Interested give me a call 309-335-0180 Bill


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