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Old April 20th 2010, 03:22
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Blizzard's rolling rebuild of a 1303 1975

Hello, GL fan's. I'm Erik aka Blizzard from the Netherlands. I got this nickname because of my white aircooled rides. Like this '79 vert of mine.





This car is also a project car at the moment.



The chassis is completely done and waiting for the body.





The body is almost ready to be painted.




However, the 1303 in this topic is Black.

I've learned alot about upgrading a bug on this forum. Now it's time to start my own topic here on the GL forum. I already have a topic on a dutch site but there I won't find the right feedback and knowhow Everybody gets here.

In april 2008 I bought the ultimate basis for a GL beetle. A '75 1303.

It was in a bad shape. The front off the chassis was rotten as can be without the wheels falling of. So I replaced the complete front of the chassis. This is not a perfect resto job but a quick fix so I could use this ride as my clubmeeting and test car for brakeconversions and so on.






After that was done the only place that needed some more welding was under the backseat.




That took a few months. The complete car looked like this at the first meeting.

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Old April 20th 2010, 03:34
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The welding done sofar was done to get the 1303 streetlegal. The next job was to fix the rear bumpersupports.


I used a NOS rear valance and made it removeable.


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Old April 20th 2010, 03:38
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Now it was time to make some cosmetic changes.



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Old April 20th 2010, 03:47
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Before I got the new 6 cm. rear wings painted black I wanted to go to the next meeting so I replaced the 8J and 7J x 15 Fuchs wheels for 6J and 7 J x 15 so the rear wheels could fit under the original rear wings.


In good company on the dragstip in Brunstem Belgium 2008.







On Ebay I found some used Kerscher wings already in the right color so I bought those for 140 euro's.

Now I could fit the wider wheels right away. The wings needed to be replaced anyway.


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Old April 20th 2010, 04:13
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With the (new) used flared wings it looked like this with the 15" fuchs wheels.



I did not like the look of the 15" fuchs under the flared fenders so I swaped an other set of 4 fully polished 8J x 15 fuchs wheels that I had for a set of 16" Fuchs that I polished and painted myself.


The edge of the wings needed some trimming to fit the wheels without rubbing.

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The next thing I did was detail the interior. New carpet and a pair of OMP seats and a 5 point harness.



These seats are only for trackdays. For normal use I installed a pair of black cloth Recaro seats.


The standard steeringwheel was replaced with this Raid one mounted on a quick release steeringhub.



These photo's where taken behind Mel's Diner in Hannover april 30 2009.



On a local aircooled meeting.


On the Spa-Francochamps circuit 2009


In company of another white dutch Germanlooker on the Spa track in Belgium in 2009.

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Totally awesome!

From where was this '75 imported?
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Thanks. The black one is from Belgium and the red one from Germany. Unfortunaly a previous owner replaced the Original '75 chassis with one from '73. The rest of the car is all '75 exept all the bits I added.
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I use 944 spindles. 944 struts lean more inward compared to 1302/3 struts. So I need more camber adjustment to fix the positive camber caused by the 944 spindles. I also wanted to use standard fenders and to fit the 7J cup-2 I had to move the standard camber adjustment on the framehead as max as possible inward creating even more positive camber. I have a few degrees negative camber with the camber plate also max inward. I still have to go to an alignment shop after I get the new rear tyres. When that is done I will post the amount of camber and caster and how it handles. As you can see in the photo of the camber plate in the car I moved it as far back as possible to create some extra caster. It's not much but about one cm. but every little bit helps.
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The camber adjustment of the 944 spindle on the KW coilover is also max > negative camber.
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Same spot, different '75 super

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Not realy Germanlook but who cares, it shifts fine.
New Red 03 poolball gearknob, appropriate in this red '03



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You car looks outstanding. It was your camber plates I used as an example for the guys at Silver Project to make the ones they now sell for 1303s. Good job! Because of you many can have camber plates like you're using (Not me yet...I was hoping the Silver Project guys would give me a set for free since I gave them the idea and the stock upper strut bearing they used for dimensions...Alas, it didn't happen).

I, too, am using 944 spindles. I'm hoping I won't need to buy the camber plates. Thus far, I have slotted upper hole strut housings (coil overs using MK1 Golf strut housings), TWO crash bolts per side and Topline's camber+ inner control arm bushings. If I can't dial out the positive camber with those, I'll spring for the SP camber plates.
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Oh, one question...What size tires are you using (particularly on the front), and how low is you car sitting from stock?

Heh, well I guess that's two questions.
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