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Post by Heinz57 on Sun May 03, 2009 9:55 am

I know this is an older post, but I wanted to give you an idea of what I did many years ago when the Cal Look rage was going on in the 80's. I am back into VW after 22 years of Mopars, yes I still love the A and B bodies with their big blocks.

What you can do, remove the both IRS trailing arms and mount them on the oposite sides, it will mount upside down of course. IRS trailing arms do have a small degree of built-in camber, but your lower shock mounts will need to be cut off, you would see that as soon as you bolted it in. Then after you cut it off, trim it to fit and weld it back on, I would prefer TIG over MIG, but you could weld it with the MIG.

Use the later '73 and up single spring plate and notch it like the swing axle would be. With the IRS setup, you can not hurt the wheel bearings because its self contained and the CV shaft will handle more of an angle then a swing axle can. Think of some of those off-road Baja bugs with 15"-22" of wheel travel, you get the idea.

If it were my ride, I would get another set of late trailing arms to modify. Many out there will say they don't like it because there isn't any major tucking of the top rear wheels. Its a trade off, or you switch to Swing Axle setup its an easy swap-out and go from there.

This modification is reversible if you use a donor set of late model arms. Think of it this way, you will have more tire contact with the road, and it will handle like it is on rails.

I did this back in 1986 when I dropped a '67 Euro bug body onto my '70 IRS pan. I was very happy with the results.

Thanks,

Danny
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Post by sploval53 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:32 am

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I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH GETTING THE CAR TO HOW IT IS TODAY
OvertonsResto's "Charles Overton"
Tanbugwerks "Jerry "
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Post by Grifspop on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:55 am

Looks real nice! Are you running an A-1 sidewinder exhaust?
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Post by sploval53 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:38 pm

yeah Tiger made it just for this car we had to get it custom fit to clear the apron
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Post by 56HAVOC on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:40 pm

THATS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE NICES 50s in state dude, you guys did a great job.i think its time i go all in on mind next
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Post by Grifspop on Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:29 pm

sploval53 wrote:yeah Tiger made it just for this car we had to get it custom fit to clear the apron

I want one of those for my Oval, did you put on new flanged heater boxes when you installed it? I just love the look with the muffler tucked away, not hanging off the back of the car
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Post by sploval53 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:36 pm

we are running ceramic coated flanged heater boxes
so all the exhaust matches ita a a1 sidewinder with the polished stainless magnaflow tuck away muffler
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Post by Grifspop on Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:15 pm

Nice!!
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Post by overspray on Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:23 pm

Im ready to see this car @ some shows... cheers
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Post by sploval53 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:37 pm

the GAS show will be its first all vw show
and the melt down 2nd
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Post by buggin70 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:22 pm

taylor can the front go down more? im curious how far with shocks
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Post by sploval53 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:20 pm

you got to run lowerd shocks beam is about 1 1/2 in off the ground
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Post by buggin70 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:43 pm

yea i get the lowered shocks
and ok cool so it should be as low as mine is in the front after i do that
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Post by sploval53 on Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:16 am

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Post by sploval53 on Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:18 pm

well the sploval is going to Montana next monday
its bitter sweet
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Post by zabo on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:05 am

Wow- what you building up next?
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Post by bakertim2 on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:29 pm

Time to say goodbye to a sweet ride.
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Post by callahan on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:31 pm

maybe the new owner will lower the rear Laughing Laughing
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Post by Major62 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:13 pm

Man that was quick !! Cant believe you sold it.
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