So this is one of those races where the winner really isn't. (Hope you enjoy the shout out @WOLFGANG )
My dad's had this CMC kit for about 30 years. (yes you read that right) anyway I was driving Dad's TT roadster and decided I really wanted my own, but with 2 kids it just didn't make sense having a 2-seater as a daily car. Driving to his house I passed the barn where the CMC kit sits and said "just build that"... so went on samba and fbmarket and found donor bug. Dad & I pulled the body off, and and I stripped the pan. I shortened it using a jig adapted to a tri5 chevy 'body cart' I borrowed from a hot-rod friend. I then made a rotisserie out of 2 engine stands & sandblasted, epoxy-primed and spray bedliner coated the pan. Working on it about 1 Saturday a month (if that) its not going quickly. All of this has taken about 2 years now and I'm still finding parts in the storage trailer. I found the top bows and header while looking for the hibachi grill (still haven't found that).
It's time to start assembly of the rolling skateboard. While building this I wanted to ask advice on steering columns. The one that came with the donor is a straight shaft ("skewer" -- not the collapsing kind) and I think it will need bearings and more work. Looking for advice on options? find a collapsing column? adapt a 914 column? or super-beetle column? pros/cons/fitment issues?
I'll make this my "build" thread and post some pics of the steps above if you are interested...