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Post by vw57drvr on Tue May 14, 2013 9:54 pm

Rear end on its way out. Old split case tranny has seen better days.

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Post by mrfeather on Thu May 16, 2013 4:41 pm

Look Great put the trim on doing some polishing her out and you have a winner.
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Post by Gabass on Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:26 pm

vw57drvr wrote:They are 5.60-15
Are they 165's? If not then what is the circumference? Working on calibrating the speedometer for it right now.
Also, since you're going with a 1776 would you like me to replace the 80 mph face with a 90 mph one?
Thanks Very Happy
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Post by vw57drvr on Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:43 pm

Im not going to run those tires. I honestly dont know what size i will run. You can leave the 80 mph. Stock looking is better for me.
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Post by Gabass on Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:19 am

Finished and looking as good as the car Cool
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It looks a lot better in person.
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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:18 am

Nice! That was the second time that needle has broken. The first time, somehow I was able to actually take one off an old speedo and put it on mine. Probably weekened it as most of them break before they come off.
Thanks again.
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Post by vw57drvr on Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:19 pm

Yeah, oval is still not running, but it will look good...ha

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Post by vw57drvr on Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:27 pm

And a very crude mock up

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Post by 67vdub on Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:01 pm

Looks good man nice rims
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Post by Jon65 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:53 pm

I'm diggin' the rims on it.

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Post by Grifspop on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:33 am

Should look great with the Cosmics!
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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:09 pm

This project is taking longer than I wanted it to. Finally got the tranny swapped. Pulled the axles out of the old split case, which requires splitting the tranny. Put on one piece boots. Took me several hours to get the torsions apart to lower it. They have never been apart but finally got it down one click. Sure looks low with only one click down. Never lowered an oval so maybe they are different. Here it is back on its wheels with no engine. Rear end sat right down. I hope it's not too low.

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Post by 60andslow on Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:12 pm

looks great! where did u get the rims? how much$$$
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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:19 pm

The cosmics (cosmos) came from moore parts in california. They are made by empi and are nice quality. $109 each with free shipping. Here is the link for wide 5's

http://www.mooreparts.com/store/product/9501/Cosmo-Empi-Wheel-With-Cap-And-Valve-Stem%2C-Black-15-Inch-Diameter-By-5.5-Inch-Wide-Vw-5-Lug-X-205mm-Lug-Bolt-Pattern/
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Post by 60andslow on Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:22 pm

love the look of them. thanks man. keep up the good work.
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Post by vw57drvr on Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:39 pm

Finally shoe horned the engine in. It's really in mock up but it's there. Dang is it low in the back now!

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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:36 pm

Mocked up and MSD wiring now ran.

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Speedo installed. Really need to finish the steering wheel.
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Rear view
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Post by Jon65 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:52 pm

Engine's looking really clean! Keep up the good work.Cool

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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:05 pm

Engine is in and wired. Got my new tires today. Got the cosmics bolted up and the lug bolts hit my brakes. Ugh. Always something.

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Post by Grifspop on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:32 pm

Man, those look good!
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Post by Jon65 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:46 am

Saw the preview on IG earlier. Looks really good. Keep up the good work, it will pay off in the end.Cool

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Post by limabean79 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:20 am

That is a beautiful oval, both style wheels look great
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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:40 am

Thanks for all the feedback. This has Been a slow go. This car has never been modified. I have owned it for 23 years and it has always had a 36 horse and split case tranny. It is a solid car. The last guy that painted it really messed it up. The clear is coming off and the hood peeled down to the metal. The crack at the bottom caused by the hood prop wasn't fixed properly so it looks terrible and cracked even worse. I will get it all fixed eventually but I just want to drive it again. It has Been kicking and screaming at the modifications but I'm getting close.
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Post by RomanBug on Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:36 pm

Wow. The 57 is looking great. Cant wait to see it on the road. Looks like you've got the hard work done, but if you need a hand just let me know.
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Post by vw57drvr on Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:10 pm

Thanks man. So why are you selling yours?
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