Started on April 12 by M030

1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle


This is Herbie. My parents were VW mechanics when I was a kid and they gave me this car when I was six! I learned to drive in it at 9. I “modified” (some would say destroyed) it when I was a teenager and I’ve been dragging it around ever since. Plans include 944 alloy rear control arms, 944 brakes, widened 912 steel wheels, and a repaint to early 1960’s Porsche ivory white (sorry, no Herbie stripes) So far I’ve got a big pile of Porsche parts and a 71 Super Beetle parts car. Someday…

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April 17
The project has actually begun!!!

Took the body off the parts car today! The next step is the new floors, …

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April 25, 2009, 10:54 p.m.

All Herbies get a +1 from me

May 12, 2009, 9:31 p.m.

HERBIE!!!!! :-D

May 30, 2009, 8:46 a.m.

Bought another parts car... Herbie gets 1977 Super Beetle front suspension, with rack and pinion steering and disc brakes!

March 8, 2011, 4:26 p.m.

Any updates on the 944 bits?

March 8, 2011, 8:55 p.m.

Installed the 944 trailing arms & rear brakes, was a near bolt-on. Swapped over the front suspension for 1977 stuff with the later struts & rack and pinion steering, but contrary to what I've read on the interwebby, the 944 front brakes are not a straight forward swap. Looks like I either need custom struts or some really expensive spindles from Germany to make it work..

March 12, 2011, 11:40 p.m.

Great to see some aircooled goodness back on the road! Cool project.

July 21, 2011, 12:41 p.m.

I did the complete swap on my super beetle, using 87 944 turbo bits all the way around. I had a custom strut housing made that takes rabbit inserts but the 944 turbo spindles are stock. Good looking project so far :)

Feb. 9, 2012, 3:52 p.m.

Sounds like its going well. I'm rebuilding my 69 Baja and hope to get another Bug fairly soon,

March 5, 2012, 10:34 p.m.

Love that you're rocking the air-cooled goodness! Can't wait to see how it turns out!!

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