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1962 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan ("Speedy")
Last updated Jan 1, 2010
My "street/strip" 1962 VW Beetle. I purchased the car while living out in Southern California and did an incredible amount of work to get it in the form you see in the picture. I miss the car.
Check out my phot album of the car.
Power came from a highly modified VW-based Type 1 engine that displaced 2332cc's. Estimated horsepower was about 230hp. Engine specs were as follows:
- 84mm Demello Crankshaft
- 12lbs wedge-mated flywheel
- Demello 5.500" H-beam connecting rods
- Mahle 94mm pistons and cylinders
- Jeff Denham-prepped, highly modified welded, ported
and polished heads. Valves were 46mm x 37.5mm.
- 12 to 1 compression
- Italian Weber 48 IDA's with 44mm venturis,
- Engle FK89 drag racing camshaft (328 dur x .582" valve lift)
- Autocraft 1.4 ratio rockers
- Gene Berg 1 3/4" merged header with a custom-fabbed
2 1/2" Flowmaster for the street and an open "Stinger"
for the track
- Gene Berg 4qt drag racing sump
- Gene Berg (melling) 30mm oil pump with by pass cover
- Genuine 1973 VW Thing fan shroud
The transmission was assembled by Dave Folts and featured extensive modifications. Erco gears were used throughout and were 4.25/2.46/1.70/1.31 matched to a beefy 3.885 ring/pinion. USA-made Super Diff, Gene Berg "Poor-man's Posi" shim kit, Sway-a-Way racing axles and a genuine VW "Rhino" transmission case.
The car rolled on old-school original Centerline rims measuring 15x3.5" in the front and 15x6" in the rear. Front tires were original Michelin XZX 135 radials. Rears were old-school original Firestone 7" drag slicks.
Best e.t. in the car was 11.811 @ 116 mph.
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