This Month's Feature VW

Pennsylvania Barn Find

The VW is a barn find and It's most recent find was in Pennsylvania within the past 10 years. It changed hands and ended up with my buddy Larry Wentzel here in Maryland for a few years before I made him an offer on it and took Possession in 2017.

I had a vision in my head on how I wanted this '58 Bug to look so I took the idea to another buddy Rick Baker, builder and owner of Baker Fab and Restoration in Spencerville, Md and that's where the fun began. I did my research and found some of the best Aircooled builders in the world and started gathering up everything I needed to make this my dream Bug.

First we started off with the rear 15x8 smoothies built by John Arkham Williams out of Natural Bridge Station, Va and pretty much built the car around those wheels. The rear air ride set up we went to Chris Schneider owner of Dub on air suspensions in Missouri where he offered a sweet weld on bag set up.

I also reached out to Levi Weir owner of Pandraggers Products LLC out in Phoenix Arizona for their trans raise kit, skid plate as well as their 4" narrowed beam with air shocks sold and bought at

I reached out to Chase Hill (Cage 66) in Reno, Nevada for a set of his rear extended notched plates as well as his extended trailing arms. With all this custom front end work, I reached out across the pond to Lime Bug in the UK and they sent me over a set of shock relocaters to help with getting the shocks perpendicular to raise the Bug smoothly.

The brains of the operation is Airlift Performance 3p 3/8" management, 2 ViaAir 444 compressors and slammed specialties 5 gallon air tank. I also had Matt Steedle transmission in New Jersey build me a freeway flyer and added front disc conversion to help this 1600cc bad ass Bug cruise.

Wheels and engine were powder coated by Mount Airy Coatings here in Mount Airy, Md which set the car off just right. The cars pan sits on the ground with a stance that I could stare at for hours.

Paul Wilson

Photo credit to Shaicosky Martinez

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