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Just found out a lot more about the VW buggy. Turns out drivetrain are from a 1963 Bug. Which means 1200cc engine ~36-40hp and swing axle transaxle and not cv axle. Reading up on the VW1200 and seeing what's available to make it strong. Hopefully I won't regret my decision, was hoping it was at least a 1600cc engine with a CV transaxle. Should be a fun project hopefully. It is also, at least in stock configuration a 6 volt system. Volkswagen didn't switch to 12 volt until 1967.
 

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She'll send just fine , looks like a blast
Oh for sure it will be. Wanting to use it as a trainer vehicle for my wife, nieces and nephews to teach them to drive stick. So my mod wishlist for it:

Remote oil cooler with oil filter
4 wheel disc brake conversion to get rid of the drum brakes that do not self-adjust
12 volt generator (55amp), regulator, and starter
Aftermarket cooling fan
 

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Something I have wanted for a long time, a decent pressure washer.

Ordered an Annovi Reverberi 3600psi, 3.3 gpm plunger pump. Actually serviceable.

Pieced together a tecumseh flathead for power, will build a cart. Should be minnnt. Lh318sa, cast iron sleeve.
 

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Should be decent and reliable. That's high on my list of things to buy in the future. So what made you decide to go custom made and not just off the shelf ready to run, just add gas and oil? Guessing probably cheaper overall and you wanted reliability.
 

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So what made you decide to go custom made and not just off the shelf ready to run, just add gas and oil? Guessing probably cheaper overall and you wanted reliability.
Yup, just using what I have, and looking for dependability. And I like building things, this is a 7 foot bench I made
from free steel, and a sheet of marine plywood. I will use the same metal on the cart.

Got a switched outlet wired up all nice like , and some led lights hung.
 

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Taking a few days off from work the first weekend of October. Have to help my dad purge some stuff so he can get ready for a long deserved retirement. Also means I'll be going to Wisconsin to pick up that VW Buggy. Hope to get better pictures of it and get a better idea of what I'm getting into with it.
 

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Not sure at the moment. My guess, somewhere near Hudson, but I have no idea. Have to leave early morning that Saturday to go pick it up. More pics will come when I'm there. Probably won't start a thread on it until I have it here in Nebraska next summer. But at this point, plans are to at least get started at first. After that, plan is to build a new frame and use everything I can salvage from the current vehicle. As um unique as this one is, it looks very shade tree and the person must've been a few Buds deep when they built it. If I plan on driving this often as a weekend ride and on trails, it has to be a lot safer. So new chassis is in order. If this current engine and trans is shot, I'll have another on standby long as it works.
 

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Well it is the cause of and solution to all of life's problems...At any rate, it's going to be nice to have a project vehicle. Not the buggy or Go-kart, but it's the next best thing, maybe better to some?
 
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