i am in the process of looking for a donor vw for a sterling that i plan to build this spring/summer. i chose this partly cause i lost my fiero & it will be MUCH easier & cheaper than a fiero kit. i plan on using this experiance to build on so that in a year or 2 i can build a fiero based kit.
what follows is just my found knowledge, so it may not be 100% accurate as i am still in the learning stage as well. this weekend i plan on going to a vw performance store & learning quite a bit.
check out kit car illustrated as there is a very long series of a custom porcshe build up the column is titles "last chance garage".
bugs, from what ive found so far, work extremely well w/a corvair 6cyl engine & porcshe engines (really cool for your idea). u can get extremely high output vw engines but what ive sourced is over 5k for a 2.?L w/out a supercharger
another cool thing is the glass station (www.prostreetvw.com i think) has plans for & finished versions of a custom tube chassis made to replace the donor chassis.
u pretty much got it right...strip it down, modify components, add new body.
i plan on buying a type 1 bug then doing "weekend" type mods until its warm enough to ride my bikes everyday. then i will begin the major tear down. i expect it to take most of the summer maybe even sooner as i have several friends that are interested in helping. i will probably just get a warmed over vw engine w/a performance clutch. but a v6 would be nice.
the following is an email from an online vw performance store (aircooled.net i think)
>john, thanx for the quick reply. i still >dont know the diff btwn type 1 &
>2 etc.. can u enlighten me?
type 1 is beetle, ghia, and thing.
type 2 is bus, singlecab, crewcab, etc (van family).
type 3 is squareback, notchback, and fastback.
type 4 is 411, 412, and 914 "porsche".
> ok well i decided not to get the tube chassis yet, maybe in a few years
> i can afford to build another one & make that one the bad ass street
> so here is what im looking at... there is a 75 type 1 in the paper for a
> grand. i havent seen it but what types of problems should i be looking
> how can i tell the diff btwn a beetle & a super beetle?
Look in the front wheelwells. if you see coil springs, it's a super. Open
the trunk (front). If the spare tire lies flat, it's a super, If it's
upright, it's a std.
I recommend a std beetle. if you get a super, get a 71 or 72. The 73 and
newer is very heavy, and doesn't look very nice.
If you want a handling machine, I recommend a 71 or 72 super, no question.
If you get a standard, make it a 69' or newer.
75' and newer had FI, and will be much more difficult to modify and work on,
and more expensive and impossible to find parts for.
> i decided on doing the suspension & brakes first. then the engine &
> then the body kit. priorities from greatest to least....handling,
> reliability, excelerating, top speed.
> so what should i look for in a coil over swap? what are good
> brands/kits...koni? eibech? like i said handling is most important. so
> how far can this mod go beyond just shocks & springs? new a-arms? sway
> bars? also should i look into an aftermarket steering system?
swaybars, shocks, steering wheel. Discs on the front, and MAYBE the rear
> i will be putting at least 16" rims on it i believe...although the
> recommended is 14's. what size disk breaks would you recommend? 12"?
you don't have a choice, I'm not sure of the size in inches. It's a ghia sys
make damn sure the car you buy has no rust on the floor or rocker panels.
i hope this helps