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Hot 1972 Super Beetle

This is my 1972 Super Beetle, it's a daily driver since my college years and it never fails me to all the long trips I've made. The body is restored even the fenders, except for the rear apron, it is de-chromed and color coded for a more custom look, smoked tail lights and a clear turn signals at the bumper for a modern look, and headlights are H4 units with Philips Blue Vision bulbs. The rear apron is fabricated or copied from the original units found in 1973 and Up models to achieve more clearance from the headers. Fitted under stock fenders are a set of Rota Toxxin 17x7 wheels the offset is +42 and it is wrapped with Dunlop LM702 tires 215/40R17 in front and 215/45R17 at the rear, a 1994 civic rear coil spring is custom fitted to fit the 17 inch wheels at front, but the tension is too hard so I swapped it to a rear coil spring of a 1994 Lancer for a softer ride. Sachs super touring gas shocks are fitted on all sides, a custom strut bar, a sway bar and a set of Poly Urethane bushings are also installed to stiffen the suspension, and a rack and pinion conversion is done to have a better steering response.

Inside I used Personal Steering Wheel, a RAZO shift knob and pedals, a custom made racing seats, this setup improves the handling of the beetle so its more fun to drive at back country roads. Behind the decklid, the engine's displacement is 1679cc, built by my Godfather Tirso D. Aguilar a well known specialist of Volkswagen here in the Philippines, port and polished the stock heads, increased the compression ratio, match porting, 912 spec. cam, Weber 32/36 progressive carburetor with Empi manifold, custom 4-2-1 stainless steel headers and custom made N1 Muffler, 009 distributor by Bosch and platinum plugs, a breather box by Empi, an MSD 6A Ignition System and Accel High Tension Wires. The power is transferred to a 4.1 stock IRS VW transmission, with straight SACHS clutch components.

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