I started this one with a fairly solid ‘58 VW Beetle with original sliding sunroof – ragtop. Some friends were nice enough to (accidentally) put a good dent in the roof screwing around one night when I had removed the body from the pan for the pan-off restoration. The decision to turn it into a chop top was made.
Soon after, the decision to leave the top off was made.
After about a year of work nearly slaving away on this car – I did all the work myself, and learned to weld and cut with this one so it took some extra time, I towed the car down to the VW Classic in Irvine, CA to present it to the world.
Features were a “flipped” front end for 12” longer wheel base, no fenders with all fastener holes shaved, all trim shaved, doors welded shut, roof removed, new front cowl to eliminate windshield channel, doors capped, front hood used on the rear, with custom hinges to create the decklid and rear end, rear of body narrowed about 3”, roll bar hidden under speed humps that are a separate hatch to access the fuel tank and battery in the rear, built tranny, built engine, and a few other mods here and there, including rack and pinion steering, right hand drive conversion…...
One day while cruising with my (at the time) soon-to-be wife, the brakes went out. No ebrake as the cables were shot and I hadn’t yet installed new ones (not built to drive at that point). I was able to gear it down enough to drive it into a curb and get it stopped safely. But at that time I vowed to never drive it again. I did a couple times as I never tracked down the brake problem (thought it was an air bubble) but never with a passenger. The brakes failed for a second time, and I walked away.
I put it up for sale for “Best Offer” and got nothing. I was contacted by a guy with a ‘90 Corrado to trade. I did the trade, and so far everything about it was f’ed. The trade car soon broke with something significantly wrong with the engine. Oh well, no more trades, ever.
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Thanks to my dad for helping out, my buddy Jim for letting me move into his shop, and help throughout with ideas and labor as well as help wiring so I could make it to LA.