1965 Volkswagen Beetle - Rabbit20v

Discussion in 'Car Journals/Projects' started by rabbit20v, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    I haven't updated in a bit.

    While waiting for the shocks to come in, I tackled the things I get down without needing the beam in.
    Basically finish installing the master cylinder and brake lines.

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    I also installed the calipers and started power bleeding the system.
    That'll take a bit since the brake fluid res is so small.

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    Cleaned up and installed the control arms on the beam as well.

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    Made sure they were slide in with a bit a resistance, but not enough that it needed a hammer.
     
  2. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    Shocks are in.

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    I'm a little disappointed in that we still had to ream out the metal bushings that came with them.
    The upper mounting hardware was just a little bit bigger. No big deal.

    I've seen them installed both ways so I have a 50/50 chance that they are installed correctly.
    Hopefully they are because I can't change them once the beam is installed.

    You can see how the upper and lower arms are offset.

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    In order to set your camber correctly, you need to measure what the offset is and then refer to the chart in the Bentley for the number of washers on either side of the link pins.

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    Mine has a offset of 7.5mm, which means 4 washers on either side of the upper with 5 washer on the outer and 3 on the inner of the lower link pin.

    Beam is mounted and drop spindles are installed.
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    Of course installing the knuckles didn't go as smooth as I would have liked it to.
    Passenger side when nice and easy. Drivers side not so much.
    Turned out the there were quite a few burs I needed to file out of the the arm.
    And even still the link pin had to be lined up just right for it to slide into place.
     
  3. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

  4. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    One step forward, two steps back.

    Last night we finally got the brakes fully bleed and finally started lowering it.
    The front is dropped about 4-5 inches.
    Super excited until we noticed that the shocks are rubbing the body of the car.
    Damn it, that pretty much means I have to remove the front beam to correct the issue.
    I'm gonna call the company first to see what my options are.
    I have a feeling they're going to tell me to flip the shocks so that the pistons are pointing at the ground.
    That way the body of the shock where it's rubbing is stationary.

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    Euromut and I decided to tackle lowering the rear.
    But in our hast to get it done, I didn't stop to take any photos.

    End result.

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    The trailing arm was moved 2 notches on the outside, giving about a 4 inch drop.
     
  5. t-rent

    t-rent popurhood Staff Member

    Dat camber yo. Mk4-5 boys will be all over you.
     
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  6. Jeller

    Jeller Posting- God

    Looking good man.
     
  7. lorge1989

    lorge1989 Posting- God

    Looks properly dapper.
     
  8. SloDub

    SloDub I got a Tetnis shot

    Looking good!!
     
  9. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    After a phone call to Airkewld, they told me basically that I have to flip the shocks over.
    And the only way to do that is to drop the beam.
    Now I really, really didn't want to do that again.
    Luckily I was able to get the shocks off with the help of an impact gun and a little force.
    So I was able to flip them and space them enough that I can just get a piece of paper in between the shock and body.

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    Looks a little distorted from the panorama.
    Still need get an alignment done.
     
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  10. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    Got it out of the garage finally and took it to get the front aligned. Not much you can do for the rear.

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    It rides like it did stock up front but the rear seemed a little harsh.
    Upon further investigating, I'm sitting on the already chopped bump stops. I'm gonna try removing the bump stops all together and see what that does for me.
    If I start bottoming out the shocks, I'm going to have to raise it slightly and order some drop plates.
     
  11. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    Also been attacking small issues too.
    Like the headlight wiring lacking any kind of grommets while passing through sheet metal.

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    All fixed

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    Also replaced the rear shifter bushings connector between the transmission and shift rod in hopes that it'd fix the rattle in the shifter itself.

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    Note: zip tie is in place to take up the slack that was still there with new bushings. While it helped increase the tightness of the shifter for better shifting, the rattle still remains, damnit.


    Also going to have to modify the headlight buckets to gain all my steering range back.

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  12. unibagel

    unibagel Posting- God

    A bit too low, IMO. Raising it would solve these issues. Get off my lawn!

    Love this car though!!
     
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  13. Porkins

    Porkins Squealing Pig

    I think its perfect.. Great work Steve
     
  14. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    It'd help fix riding on the bump stops but not the rubbing for the headlight buckets.
    But I always wanted to do a low rider beetle, so low it shall stay.
    It might get raised if I ever put a big engine in............. maybe.
     
  15. Jeller

    Jeller Posting- God

    Keep it low, it looks perfect man.
     
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  16. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    I ended up bringing the rear up just a bit.
    It was literally riding on the bump stops. Although it wasn't a harsh ride, it couldn't be good for the body to take that abuse.

    [​IMG]WVW_7859 by Steve, on Flickr

    Fear not, I will lower the rear to what it was once I get some drop plates.

    I also installed the American style bumpers in the front and rear. Still missing the "towel rack" in the front. Hope find one someday soon.

    Just received my order of just about every piece of rubber on the car from West Coast Metrics today.
    Looking forward to getting the correct window seals with the chrome accents and rear quarter pop out windows installed soon.
     
  17. Xander

    Xander McLovin

    This makes we want more time to work on things too, do they have miracle-grow up for little kids?

    X...
     
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  18. JKaczor

    JKaczor Well-Known Member

    X2!!


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