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TJ Ward posted:

... Thinking of just going with the stock drum brakes and not disc, and running wide 5 fuchs. Anyone have them that can post pic?  Also what column  is the best to go with? i like the mid 60's bug.   

May I suggest rethinking going with front drums? These cars are so much fun and it's really easy to start "pushing it" and get past the stock drums' capabilities, and that gets really REALLY scary (as well as downright dangerous)! Discs on the front is an upgrade every one of these cars should have, even for the guy who only ever cruises to the ice cream stand or beach.

I'm sure there will be different opinions, but an early or mid '60's steering column will look good. Al

ALB posted:
TJ Ward posted:

... Thinking of just going with the stock drum brakes and not disc, and running wide 5 fuchs. Anyone have them that can post pic?  Also what column  is the best to go with? i like the mid 60's bug.   

May I suggest rethinking going with front drums? These cars are so much fun and it's really easy to start "pushing it" and get past the stock drums' capabilities, and that gets really REALLY scary (as well as downright dangerous)! Discs on the front is an upgrade every one of these cars should have, even for the guy who only ever cruises to the ice cream stand or beach.

I'm sure there will be different opinions, but an early or mid '60's steering column will look good. Al

Any wide 5 ball joints kits you recommend? 

 

TJ Ward posted:
ALB posted:
TJ Ward posted:

... Thinking of just going with the stock drum brakes and not disc, and running wide 5 fuchs. Anyone have them that can post pic?  Also what column  is the best to go with? i like the mid 60's bug.   

May I suggest rethinking going with front drums? These cars are so much fun and it's really easy to start "pushing it" and get past the stock drums' capabilities, and that gets really REALLY scary (as well as downright dangerous)! Discs on the front is an upgrade every one of these cars should have, even for the guy who only ever cruises to the ice cream stand or beach.

I'm sure there will be different opinions, but an early or mid '60's steering column will look good. Al

Any wide 5 ball joints kits you recommend? 

 

You're on your own there. I was over at a friend's last night and saw a set of Empi 5x205 discs; talking about heavy!

Which is why my first car had CSP wide5 discs(aluminum hub/iron caliper). My new car has Airkewld wide5 discs, which has a two piece billet aluminum hub, both pieces are about 1/2" thick aluminum. The caliper is a Wilwood 4 piston, SUPER light. 

Both kits have iron rotors, but that's expected. 

That EMPI/Socal kit is ALL IRON, all of it. REALLY a boat anchor on each corner.

I built my own wiring harness/electrical system, but I have heard of people using dune buggy or universal wiring harnesses with a few mods.  

You can get the rubber seals from Sierra Madre Collection.  There are probably cheaper alternatives, but I have been very pleased with the service and quality from Sierra Madre. 

TJ Ward posted:

Who has wiring kits? Vintage said no. and seals for the back of bee hives and front grilles? 

I have bought at least 20 Vintage Speedster harnesses over the years very easy to install but need to add grounds for gauges, lights etc.                                                  Buggy aftermarket harnesses are el cheapo's in quality.  You can also use a universal street rod 8 -10 circuit harness All you'll need to do is unwrap the harness and move the front engine wires to the back of the harness and rewrap. 

I'm going to move to rural Hawaii and start a company building high-performance (but old-school looking) engines for speedsters. I'm thinking of calling it "VintageSpeed Motors for Your Cars" (VintageSpeed MoFoCars for short).

There should be no confusion whatsoever. After all, my company will be in the Gardens of Hawaii, and the work will be done by two guys named "Scott" and "Dale", not in Hawaiian Gardens or Scottsdale.

who would you have fill this order? 

Wiring Kit
Front turn singles x 2
Front horn grilles x 2
Singles and grille seal x 2
hood handle w/ seals
Headlight bucket to body seals x 2
Rear tail lights BeeHives x 4
Rear Reflectors x 2
Deck Lid grille w/ seal
License plate light shine down
Outside Door handles left & right w/ seals 
Inside door handles
Plastic thing for in between inside door handle and door cards. 
Dash handle 
Dash trim
rear view mirror
Ignition
Side trim
Bumper deco
Side deco

 Think i might go with real 356A gauges

Just remember that the A&B tachometers were mechanical (cable driven) and not electronic so won't work "off the shelf" with a VW engine.  You'll have to go to a '65 356C to get an electronic tachometer (and the faces are different) or have the early one converted to electronic (more $$$).  Plus you may be replacing 6v for 12v bulbs on gauges too.

TJ Ward posted:

i can use a vw cable for the speedo, and yeah i have tons of 12v bulbs. i do 6v to 12v conversions a lot for people here in San Antonio. Prefer not to use electric, i know it's way better but I wanna be more authentic with this build.  

How are you planning to drive that cable driven tachometer?

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