Last updated Dec 24, 2009
I purchased my '63 Single Cab truck from a guy in San Jose CA several years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. In 2009 I finally returned the truck to the road with some pretty extensive upgrades to the drivetrain. I built a new 2332cc engine, a heavy duty gearbox, and converted the rear suspension from a swing axle transmission to a fully independent rear suspension (IRS) featuring custom/modified Datsun 510 half-shafts and more.
Approximately 6200 Single Cabs were made in the 1963 model year. This particular model has a somewhat rare option of dual "treasure chest" doors under the bed. These open to reveal a ratehr large storage bay area that extends the width of the truck.
Power comes from a stout 2332cc engine featuring the following:
- 4340 Chromoly 84mm crankshaft
- 4340 5.500" H-Beam connecting rods
- Slipper skirt 94mm pistons
- Ported/polished 40x35 heads,
- Italian Weber 48 IDF Weber carbs, with
Gene Berg linkage
- 10 to 1 compression,
- Engle FK8 camshaft (298 dur x .535" lift) with
steel on steel straight cut gears,
- CB Performance forged 1.4 ratio rocker assemblies
- Gene Berg (Schedek) 26mm oil pump
- Gene Berg 1 5/8" merged header, ceramic coated
with a custom 2" Flowmaster muffer set up.
- Genuine 1973 VW Thing fan shroud
- German Bosch 009 distributor, Pertronix ignition
conversion, MSD 6A box, MSD Blaster coil
I also built the transmission. It's highly modified and features a 3.80/2.06 mainshaft, an early 1.32 3rd gear, a late .93 4th gear with a matching 4.125 ring/pinion. The syncors are fully welded, with hardened key ways. I also installed a Weddle Super Diff along with twin HD aluminum side covers. Probably the most unusual modification is the addition of Datsun 510 half-shafts as opposed to the steel axles and CV's.
The whole thing is bolted up to a custom IRS rear suspension set up.
Details and pictures can be found on my website www.wardvwracer.com on my Single Cab page.
This little truck is rated as a 3/4 ton work truck. Originally powered by a 40hp 1200cc engine with a special "reduction box" transmission. These trucks were built for work. This is one of the few survivors.
Many, visit http://www.wardvwracer.com for details.
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