F1F3F8C1-DDA5-4E78-A8F2-C3D96268F2220587E235-4FD6-4D50-ADD6-14B0EF5D5061B3CE12AB-BD43-426C-A91C-08D999B91C8E42148995-9F9D-4C26-B239-B8F4BE6C5103EA1BD227-17AC-4043-BA1D-709F9C50890424C50A21-02D4-43FE-BF9A-D02CAFCCF9A07294A755-47C3-4108-8C9B-E724214A2B6AE43B02B7-7A4E-4220-AE7D-BCE7316B5AB35103CDD2-C291-4BB9-B143-BBA0FF0B63519BCDF385-5640-4720-8B9E-C3FC805C4F8EFBF09B93-A7E9-49B7-8D47-8D2DB2DDC8D8C2CD8B5A-86DD-43D7-8F6B-79805EA124237B99B3E0-A80E-455A-BCAC-226E8D52ED82Wow, it’s been a hectic month or so around here. First I had to put that stupid t-shirt project to bed. Then I am overseeing my wife’s project in Thailand and getting myself prepared for my upcoming 5 weeks over there. And then there is this little project, which is coming along SUPER!!! I have posting much of the progress on Facebook and then I remember there’s some of you guys that simply don’t go there. In a  nutshell, Scott got the body off, delivered it here to free up room in his tight garage where he has been doing some great quality work. He started taking of all the old suspension and brake stuff and then started getting the front bulkhead assembly welded to the pan. I stopped by one day and started to clean off all the old vw sound and insulation off the tooside of the pan. During that process we realized there was rust on the floor behind the driver seat. There was some fiberglass work on both sides and figured we would eventually see the same on the passenger side. We also decided that day that we would get the pan dipped so we could start on a fresh canvas. Mean while I ordered the two pans while the chassis went iff to the big tank. The pan pieces came in a day or two before the pan was finished last week Friday.

scott then made quick work of repairing the one pan, we got lucky, when we got the nice clean chassis back, only the driver side was hosed, everything else was very nice. Scott had to bang out a corner that must have been caused by catching the jack point on something and bending that pretty good.

I got my new seat covers to an upholsterer so the seats are in the works also, 911 seats if you hadn’t heard. Scott made some nice new brackets to accept the 911 seat rails, then a few more weld spots filling a hole or three.

Yesterday, 3/8 Scott painted the frame. Reassembly, some Dynamatting  etc. will start this coming week. I’ll be shiving off for Thailand on 3/18, burpt Scott will continue to olug away. He is like the Energizer Bunny and I really appreciate his diligence. He sourced a good tranny for me that should be here soon so he can install from the top before the body goes back on.

While all this has been happening, we have decided to have Scott build me a 2276 via CB Performance kit. The obvious exhaust and carbs and...will need to be ordered so Scott can bring ypthis thing to its foregone conclusion. The new engine will hopefully get finished up during the summer and maybe get some fall driving with the new powerplant. In the mean time, Scott will reinstall it so I can get some drive time this summer. I’m still hoping to sell my ‘69 bug to get some cash to help fund this project. Once it’s complete, it’ll be a nice kittle hot rod.

so here’s some photos of the past month or so, maybe not in the proper sequence, but you guys are smart enough to tell which goes where and when.

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AC Bruce, first of all I am having my new best bestest friend doing the work very familar with the VW. Scott Hansen, who has been building his own Speedster over the past # of years offered to help me. I would say if you are very familiar with the VW pann, you know how to weld well it is probable you could do it. If not the above, then maybe finding  someone to do it. I know Todd El Tahar attempted it on his Speedster back a few years. He didn’t use the Mendeola kit, but another brand. Too bad right after he got it finished he had engine troubles and has put the car in moth balls for now to attend ypto other family matters. The kit itself is put together nicely. Kevin Zagar at coolrydes.com talked my buddy thru the basic steps and Scott was good at understanding the jist of the job. Without Scott, I personally would not be able to it, I know how to use a tool, but not for something like this. Of course, we are still a good 5-6 weeks away from getting the car back together, at that point we should know if it was all worth it. Kevin Zagar says we will be amazed. Finally, it ain’t cheap.

Thanks for the response Rich..   It really does look like the "ticket" for our cars. It will be interesting to hear comments about it from you later.  When I look at it from the top I'm not impressed with how it looks. It looks like a giant hard boiled egg slicer ! But..all the good stuff is there and in the right place !   From underneath it looks fine.  My thoughts were drifting to maybe welding on a couple tabs to be able to attach a tow bar as well.  Oh....You are doing a fantastic job on your Ghia, I must say !!! Well Done!.....Bruce

IaM-Ray posted:

 All you need now Rich is a fibreglass body

Ha, and he'd be back where he originally started thousands of $ ago with a Red fast Beck Speedster.  Me thinks, Rich is just in it for the Madness.  Is there a cure for Red though? Not sure how tht Blue '69 VW bug snuck in there.

IaM-Ray posted:

Wow it is really looking nice with that full suspension set up.  Are there any reviews on how that suspension works and how it drives?  Nice stuff.

Rich Drewek posted:

Ray, good question. I have yet to find one all-encompassing article addressing your question. Maybe someone else knows more than I?

 

A fair bit of discussion comparing the Mendeola suspension to other aftermarket units on The Samba-

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/fo...mendeola&start=0

Unfortunately, it breaks down to a bit of a pissing contest at times. There are a couple of owners giving fairly glowing reviews, but they are buried in the middle of other threads, so-

What I've gathered- the Mendeola front suspension is light years ahead of the VW front beam/trailing arm arrangement, has more engineering, development and is more adjustable than any of the other A arm front suspensions out there. It also comes with an adjustable anti-sway bar, while not all the other units do. Kevin Zagar claims the Mendeola is also lighter than the VW (or any other front suspension) assembly. There were issues with spindle assemblies early on, but I believe Kevin has addressed those. I think it would be a great addition to the front of any Speedster (or VW for that matter).

The Mendeola rear suspension is really a modified irs (it still uses the same pivot points) and while it may better than a stock irs equipped car (I haven't driven one, so my opinions have been formed only after reading other people's observations, so take what I write with a grain of salt as well), I don't think it's the quantum leap in technology and design their front suspension is. That said, it has fantastic adjustability (something the stock irs is lacking), an integrated adjustable anti-sway bar (again, something the irs is lacking- I know there are aftermarket bars available, but none are adjustable), coil springs instead of torsion bars, more modern damping ability and uses wider wheels/tires without major modifications. This last point I consider a big plus- rear engine'd cars need more rear rubber on the road than the front! Just look at how Porsche has continually put wider (and wider) wheels/tires on the backs of their 911 based cars as the years have progressed. They're not just doin' it for looks (although you have to admit 305's on the back of any car would just look so totally bitchin'!)

Now, would a Speedster with a well prepped independent rear suspension handle as well as a Mendeola rear suspension'd Speedster with the same width tires and wheels? I'm guessing it would come close, but I'm also guessing the Mendeola equipped car might ride a little nicer, so take your pick...

Yoda out (for now, but back you know I will be!)

It would be interesting to drive one AL.  I don't know how much better it would be than a stock type I front and rear but surely more front control is needed.  I had an IM with all type I and full sway bars front and rear and it was pretty nice. 

My 911 front and type I rear is well.... a whole different car.  Maybe Rich will let us drive it at Carlisle  

IaM-Ray posted:

Wow it is really looking nice with that full suspension set up.  Are there any reviews on how that suspension works and how it drives?  Nice stuff.

@IaM-Ray @Rich Drewek

There are a couple of SOCers with the front & rear Mendeola suspension (installed by Kevin at KoolRydes).

Larry (SOC Goofer) Bull in Escondido, CA...IMG_0071

...and Doug (SOC IMDoug) Kingston in Phoenix, AZ.IMG_0014

Both routinely attend the West Coast SOC Cruise. I'm sure they would be glad to offer insight on rider performance. 

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Rich Drewek posted:

ALB, I could pick you up in Chicago and drive you out and back. I have a twin room booked. I’ll probably be driving the 911 again since the Ghia won’t be ready in time. I’d love to have you as a right or left seater.

 

Chicago, eh. Never been to Chicago. Let me work on it, 'cause that sounds like fun!

Would we arrive at Carlisle Thursday or Friday?

ALB posted:
Rich Drewek posted:

ALB, I could pick you up in Chicago and drive you out and back. I have a twin room booked. I’ll probably be driving the 911 again since the Ghia won’t be ready in time. I’d love to have you as a right or left seater.

 

Chicago, eh. Never been to Chicago. Let me work on it, 'cause that sounds like fun!

Would we arrive at Carlisle Thursday or Friday?

Chicago is your kinda town, Al .

Stan Galat posted:
ALB posted:
Rich Drewek posted:

ALB, I could pick you up in Chicago and drive you out and back. I have a twin room booked. I’ll probably be driving the 911 again since the Ghia won’t be ready in time. I’d love to have you as a right or left seater.

 

Chicago, eh. Never been to Chicago. Let me work on it, 'cause that sounds like fun!

Would we arrive at Carlisle Thursday or Friday?

Chicago is your kinda town, Al .

Oh yeah- why do you say that, Stan? Before Carlisle (last year) the furthest east I'd been in North America was Winnipeg and down into N Dakota (I was a kid- we had relatives in Brandon, Manitoba. Now there's a great place to spend a Christmas or 2 when you're a kid- playing hockey with my cousins in -40° weather. 10 years old and I'm looking around and thinking, "nice place to visit (not!)"). Well I have been to the Dallas/Ft Worth airport, but I don't really count that...

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