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Samba Feature VW - 1974 Standard Beetle

Original owner, Glenn Ring of Long Island, New York in his own words:

The car is a 74 Standard Beetle, yes it's a "Fat Chick". It's done as a "sleeper", meaning the look was kept stock, but all the mechanical systems have been modified.

The engine is 1904cc with a VW Industrial case, Berg 74mm crank and 90.5mm Mahle pistons. The heads are VW castings extensively modified by Joe Aragona with 42x37.5 valves, dual springs, reshaped chambers, ported and polished. The cam is a Scat C-45 with Pauter roller tip 1.3:1 rockers. The carbs are dual Dellorto DLRA 45s and the ignition is a Bosch 010 with a Berg "Ignitor" HEI system.The exhaust is a Berg 1-5/8" merged with dual QP mufflers all ceramic coated.The clutch is a KEP Stage II with ACE Copperhead disc. Special items are a 73 Type 181 fan shroud, restored Bosch 010 distributor and Canton Mecca remote oil filter.

The tranny is a Berg 5 assembled by Gary Berg. Gears are 3.78/2.06/1.58/1.26/0.82 with a 3.875 r/p. The case is a Rhino with ZF LSD, Type 2 flanges, Type 181 stub axles and Type 2 CVs.The tranny also has the usual heavy duty parts to make it take some track time.

The front has been lowered 3" with AVIS adjusters and the rear is lowered 1". Single caster shims are used to restore proper geometry. Shocks are KYB GR2s with the fronts being 2" shorter (OPEL GT). Brakes are front Ghia disc with Brembo rotors. The rears are Type 3 drums. Wheels are 5.5x15 Porsche/Pedrini aluminum alloys with Pirelli P6000 195/60-15 on all four corners.

The interior had Recaro KR seats with the rear seat removed. The seat belts are Shroth 4 point belts. Some gauges were added, but otherwise the interior is stock.

The exterior is all OE sheet metal and the paint is the original factory color, African Red (L31A). Even the original large bumpers and shock mount are retained.

I did all the work with the exception of the body/paint and the
transmission. The Recaro seats were also professionally recovered. I know my limitations.

As many know, I'm the original owner. I bought the car March 15, 1974 while a senior in High School. It was my daily driver until June 1997 when I had a small engine fire (I carry a fire extinguisher). Currently it has 463,400 miles on it.

At the moment I have no major plans other than drive it as much as possible.  I've run my local club NEVA (NorthEastern Volkswagen Association) for the past 10 years and recently became a local rep for the VVWCA.

Thanks go out to Joe Aragona (best heads on the planet), Charlie Kiesel for doing an incredible job on the body and paint and my friend Tony for letting me use his shop and take advantage of his 40 years of VW repair.

Check out Glenn's complete restoration web site (with loads more pictures and information, at: http://www.glenn-ring.com/resto/

And his Beetle specifications site at:

Thanks for letting us feature your Beetle, Glenn! 


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