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Big_E_Deluxe
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

A few shots of my almost completed vintage speed/outlaw project. Just a few small details to complete.

Started with a older restoration, running, stopping, stock, correct & complete 1958 beetle with it's factory color scheme: L41 black over stock brown red/grey interior (great condition).

Most of the upgrades & fixes we did.......

Fixed rust in front apron, deleted US bumper mount holes & bumpers, paint matched as necessary. New stroked (69.5 x 80) 36hp "Okrasa" style engine (long block built by Joe Ruiz & assembled by Monkey Nut VW), W.W. heads & carb kit (reworked by Joe), Mr. Okrasa spec cam, Gene Berg deep sump, restored Bosch 010 dist by Glenn Ring, restored Solex fuel pump by Ed Fall, rebuilt generator by Rick Clark, Vintage Speed "Sebring" exhaust, cross drilled/restored 356B brakes (front & rear) by Martin Willis, new soft & hard brake lines, dual circuit master cylinder upgrade, genuine Porsche 356 rims (matching date stamp set), Pirelli Cinturato CN36 tires, Carerra wheel spacers in rear, Koni Classic shocks, convertible deck lid, custom "1200 SUPER" badge, custom leather straps (hood, spare tire, assist straps, luggage) by Mark Ulves @ The Vdub Hub, new complete 2" narrowed front beam with CB dropped spindles & larger sway bar, restored Empi split-case camber compensator, new bushings, mounts, seals & bearings throughout, new wiring, repro tacho, restored 1958 KM speedo, fuel gauge, Moto-Lita wood steering wheel, NOS Koch oil temp gauge with dip stick sender, Vintage Speed shifter w/ custom wood shifter to match steering wheel, vintage style safety belts, dash mounted stopwatch cluster, custom navigator map light, Bosch script fluted driving lights and euro headlights, euro bumpers, restored VW pop-out windows with og glass, on and on, etc, etc.....

Mechanically sorted, not show car perfect.......that's ok, it's meant to be a driver.

All major work done by Jake, Chandler, Dave, Bryan & Colby @ Monkey Nut VW in Charlotte, NC.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Very nicely done. Good to see your photos.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 1:05 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Really nice bug. Perfect 8)
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 3:02 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

SWEEEEET.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Tasteful car.......congrats.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Very nice! I like how you kept it simple and functional without adding a ton of extras. Just nice and clean!
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Very impressive! Perfect stance. Do you have a video of the engine running so we can hear the sound of the vintage outlaw power? You could honestly get away with a "1400 SUPER" badge due to the actual displacement. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 1:07 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

beautiful. you nailed it.

any chance of a dash pic?
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words. Glad to see you guys in Europe, Australia & NZ approve. I was inspired by a lot of the vintage speed beetles being built and rallied in Europe. I sourced a lot of parts from all over Europe (Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK). It's been a fun project. Hope to be driving it soon.

Here is a video of it idling. Video taken a couple months ago during shake down. It has a really nice sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdVH8QfCkUo&feature=youtu.be

I will post up some more pictures, including the interior once I get it back from the shop.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Big_E_Deluxe wrote:
Here is a video of it idling. Video taken a couple months ago during shake down. It has a really nice sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdVH8QfCkUo&feature=youtu.be

It even sounds SWEEEEET.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Just fumbling around the Samba, donít really troll the vintage speed thread but I saw this and loved it. Everything thought out and done right. That car nails it for me! Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Some shots of the 356B brakes. The rear drums that I purchased were drilled, so I had the fronts drilled to match. New linings front & rear to factory spec, plus straightened. Backing plates powder coated, new wheel cylinders, all new hardware, pads & springs. New bearings front & rear. Front backing plates need to be modified slightly to clear dropped spindle, small half moon shaped cut (see photo). Other than that they are a direct bolt-on. Rear castle nut needs to be a early Porsche to clear teeth on rear axle. Bearings on front are beetle bearings.

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Here is a shot of the restored split-case Empi Camber Compensator. New bushings and fresh powder coat. Straps are original.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Some misc parts used in the build....

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Nice thread, Erik! It's great to have all of the photos of your machine in once place. It's a very well done car.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 7:25 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

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Happy to contribute to a awesome build.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Wow, super nice car!

Big_E_Deluxe wrote:
Rear castle nut needs to be a early Porsche to clear teeth on rear axle.

I'm not sure what is different, could you explain it further?
Is it shorter in length or ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Very cool car! I love it

One question, why did you put a 2" narrowed beam on it? Does the 356 drums add track? I'm curious about that
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Glenn wrote:
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Happy to contribute to a awesome build.


Glenn, You transformed that old dirty 010 to like new condition! Thank you!

Here it is before you did your magic.....

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
Wow, super nice car!

Big_E_Deluxe wrote:
Rear castle nut needs to be a early Porsche to clear teeth on rear axle.

I'm not sure what is different, could you explain it further?
Is it shorter in length or ?


Everett, Thank you!

From what I've read and learned during the install is that the rear 356B drum does not cover all the axle teeth like a stock VW drum, a small portion is exposed. From what I understand, early Porsche 356's used VW axles, so Porsche needed a different castle nut that had a beveled area on the back side of the nut to clear the exposed teeth. I believe it also has a larger outer diameter too. This would allow the nut to seat properly on the drum and not torque down on the teeth. You can use a VW castle nut, but you'll need a washer, not ideal. I'm not an expert, please let me know if I have this incorrect. So far it is working properly.


Here's a Porsche castle nut......

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 Outlaw Beetle Build Reply with quote

Albertoprop17 wrote:
Very cool car! I love it

One question, why did you put a 2" narrowed beam on it? Does the 356 drums add track? I'm curious about that


Thank you!

The dropped spindles will create a wider track, not so much the 356B drums. The narrower beam reduced this wider track, and also gave us a little more tire clearance at the fender for stance. The 356 wheels are 4 1/2" wide vs. 4" stock, so we could use a little more room. It also has a better looking wheel offset, that complemented the rear wheels. We wanted it to still have a "stock" look.
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