Hello!

I've been lurking around here for a bit and this is my first post. I'm looking to acquire a Speedster to drive come Spring time (Why? Read on). There are currently two cars I am interested in and the are both listed here. I like Alan's old #43, but it is out of state and I live in California. I’m talking to the CA DMV/AAA to see what hoops I need to jump through to register a private, non-resident replica. Theron’s car is local (and is very nice), but the #43 car has an outlaw aspect to it which I prefer - it reminds me of Chuck Olenyk’s speedster. I’m willing to look at other available Speedster candidates in case I’m unable to move forward with the two cars posted for sale here. If anyone has a lead, please feel free to IM me. I can go swing or IRS.

I have a spare 2276 with Weber 44 IDFs, WebCam 86b (105 LC), 9.4:1, 42/37.5 heads, 1.25 ratio rockers, dual springs, etc….ready to go, so I really do not need an engine.  But, I can certainly make room for Jim’s old 2332. I also have a set of flat 5.5" x 15" and 6" x 15" deep Fuchs.

More about me. I’m a metastatic stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer (PC) survivor. This April, will be my five year anniversary since I was diagnosed. At the time of diagnosis, the five-year PC survival rate was only 6%. I’ve had to battle this terminal disease 2X now because it came back in late 2016 and I underwent a second surgery in 2017 - the first surgery was in 2014. I’m currently in remission and now I'm a 1 % percenter so to speak. I live in sunny San Diego. A Speedster by Spring will give me joy.

RD

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Hi RD,

I can't help with your Speedster requests, but that's pretty small potatoes in your big picture, eh?  Good on ya for your positive outlook and for keeping things in perspective.  You have reminded all of us that a positive outlook and a sense of humor are the two most useful tools in our toolbox.  Welcome to the madness, and I look forward to keeping up with your quest.

@ZFNHSN

Congratulations on being a Cancer survivor RD.  Pancreatic Cancer is one of the worst!  I'm been a Cancer survivor for 13 years and it's actually how I got involved in the Speedster Madness.  Mine wasn't Pancreatic, but it was no picnic and required both radiation and chemo at Stanford.  There are several of us here.

Good luck in your search and be sure to ask lots of questions before you buy.

Jim Kelly posted:

Hi RD,

I can't help with your Speedster requests, but that's pretty small potatoes in your big picture, eh?  Good on ya for your positive outlook and for keeping things in perspective.  You have reminded all of us that a positive outlook and a sense of humor are the two most useful tools in our toolbox.  Welcome to the madness, and I look forward to keeping up with your quest.

Jim,

Thank you! I make sure small potatoes don't become big potatoes. I practice what I call Right Lane Rob. I drive in the right lane on the I-5 and let anyone into my lane and ignore those that speed up when I turn on my left blinker. Practice that enough times (and there are no shortages of non-obligers) and not even the old lady at the supermarket checkout stand using coupons and paying with a check could rile me when standing seven deep. Because life is not about me. It's about driving a Speedster in sunny San Diego

Troy Sloan posted:

@ZFNHSN

Congratulations on being a Cancer survivor RD.  Pancreatic Cancer is one of the worst!  I'm been a Cancer survivor for 13 years and it's actually how I got involved in the Speedster Madness.  Mine wasn't Pancreatic, but it was no picnic and required both radiation and chemo at Stanford.  There are several of us here.

Good luck in your search and be sure to ask lots of questions before you buy.

Troy,

Thank you. It appears we have some things in common. All Cancer is bad and all Cancer is unique. I understand what you mean being, 'it was no picnic'. I had the unfortunate luck to have gone through chemo and radiation twice ('14 and '17) and then a specialized HIPPEC/Chemo treatment on the heels of the second chemo treatment (full strength chemo concoction heated to 107 degrees F). There is a reason why they call HIPPEC the 'Shake-n-Bake'. Thanks again Troy.

 

RD

Congratulations, RD (Robert? Rick? ...?). I lost a cousin (my age and we were close) to PC and even just watching it all play out from the sidelines was hard. I hope you have quite a few years in you yet.

Is Alan's #43 with the aluminum sub frame? That is a very neat car. A couple questions- how does the 86B with 105' lobe centers affect the powerband? How high does it rev with power? Why did you choose 1.25 rockers instead of 1.4's for the engine? What venturis are in the carbs?

My apologies for all the questions- whenever someone does something a little different I'm curious as to how it is working out. And Welcome to the Madness! Al

Robert has it right.  356COUPE posted some info that needs correcting.  The "normal" process he refers to above is illegal.  The only legal way to register a 356 replica in California is by using the SPCN specialty construction registration method, irrspective of whether it's on a VW pan or tube frame.  To register a replica as a VW if it is no longer recognizable as a VW is a violation of the CA Vehicle Code Sec. 580.  Many replica owners have followed this method, as it's easier and, not coincidentally, cheaper. 

I registered a TN replica in CA in 2013.  I had a few glitches, but completed the whole process in 2 working days.  For the past few years, the 500 SB100 SPCN permits have lasted at least through August, so the backlog seems to have abated.

Google is your friend.  Do your own research.  Don't take one person's word as gospel.  After researching several sources, make a registration decision that works for you.

ZFNHSN posted:

Hello!

I've been lurking around here for a bit and this is my first post. I'm looking to acquire a Speedster to drive come Spring time (Why? Read on). There are currently two cars I am interested in and the are both listed here. I like Alan's old #43, but it is out of state and I live in California. I’m talking to the CA DMV/AAA to see what hoops I need to jump through to register a private, non-resident replica. Theron’s car is local (and is very nice), but the #43 car has an outlaw aspect to it which I prefer - it reminds me of Chuck Olenyk’s speedster. I’m willing to look at other available Speedster candidates in case I’m unable to move forward with the two cars posted for sale here. If anyone has a lead, please feel free to IM me. I can go swing or IRS.

I have a spare 2276 with Weber 44 IDFs, WebCam 86b (105 LC), 9.4:1, 42/37.5 heads, 1.25 ratio rockers, dual springs, etc….ready to go, so I really do not need an engine.  But, I can certainly make room for Jim’s old 2332. I also have a set of flat 5.5" x 15" and 6" x 15" deep Fuchs.

More about me. I’m a metastatic stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer (PC) survivor. This April, will be my five year anniversary since I was diagnosed. At the time of diagnosis, the five-year PC survival rate was only 6%. I’ve had to battle this terminal disease 2X now because it came back in late 2016 and I underwent a second surgery in 2017 - the first surgery was in 2014. I’m currently in remission and now I'm a 1 % percenter so to speak. I live in sunny San Diego. A Speedster by Spring will give me joy.

RD

Rd---welcome to the madness.  You are one super special guy having survived a fearsome issue---congratulations and I know more about what you went through than I like---not from personal experience but taking every step of the journey with my best friend.  I also am a cancer survivor but with an infinitely smaller problem that you got past. Mine was prostate cancer 4 years ago and like youand Troy , I sought the best available care ---mine was both biopsied and treated 6 weeks later at the Cleveland clinic.  My numbers for the psa, stage and Gleason score qualified me for having the radioactive seeds implanted into my prostate (Brachytherapy)  and two weeks after getting back to Arkansas after the treatment in Cleveland I was behind the wheel of my VS on the way to Carlisle!  No surgery to remove my prostate and associated plumbing, and no side effects at all ever since.  Compared to your treatments mine was a walk in the park and I salute and congratulate you on the success of your treatments.  You are so right that A Speedster will give you joy and I wish you the best with it and the rest of many, many happy years.  One thing you will have to do is to attend the Western Speedster/Spyder event this spring---great bunch of totally wonderful and crazy (in a good way) people and some breathtaking cars.  Find out about it under "events".  Welcome aboard!

 

Terry K has the ideal "cross over" solution.  His Speedster "Penny" has the Volkswagen logo on the back.  No posing there.  Add the Karmann Ghia badge to replace the Reutter one to complete the guise.  Gotta love the plate (I want it "old" orange and black though!)!

 Another good source for replicas is TheSAMBA's classifieds.  60% seem to live in Calif.  SOC members here have been generous in helping new owners check out a particular car.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...p;keywords=speedster

ALB posted:

Is Alan's #43 with the aluminum sub frame? That is a very neat car. A couple questions- how does the 86B with 105' lobe centers affect the powerband? How high does it rev with power? Why did you choose 1.25 rockers instead of 1.4's for the engine? What venturis are in the carbs?

AL,

I’m sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you went through - must have be really tough to watch. I’m on the other side, so I’ve had a lot of time thinking how things will play out and I think it is definitely easier on my side of the equation. As I told Stan, I’d take 100% of life for the next five years, than 70-90% for the next ten years. When I die, it doesn’t mean I lost to cancer. I beat cancer by how I lived, why I lived, and the manner in which I lived (I borrowed that sentence, albeit modified, from the late Sportscaster anchor, Stuart Scott). I’m getting all of life. So now where is that Speedster

Alans’ #43 is the one with the Al. subframe. It’s a beast. I have a 997 and a 912 and grew up riding in air-cooled VW Beetles and campers all over Europe and in the US. The 912 is an all original, #’s matching daily driver - it’s a survivor just like me. When the 1600 in the 912 gets pulled for a rebuild, the plan is to swap in the 2276. The 2276 came out of a sand railer because the owner of the sand railer put in a Suby. I made an offer on the 2276 so as long as the local dune buggy shop would tear it down and rebuild it for street use. From all of my research, the 86b cam with the narrow 105 lobe separation angle and the rest of the combination will make for a great street motor that I do not plan on taking to 6K RPM. I have not run the motor yet, but it was put in a donor buggy and ran on the chassis dyno. I’m happy with the results at the rear wheels. IIRC, the average torque at the wheels is a flat-ish 130 ft-lbs between 2300-5400 RPM. Approx. 128 HP @5400, 138 ft-lbs @3800 RPM. It makes power up to 6K, but I’m SHIFTING well before. I can always try 1.4 as the cam was really designed for 1.4 or 1.5 rockers, but I'm interested in torque for this motor. Now, Jim's 2332? It appears to have gobs of torque down low and top end HP and per Alan, it is driveable even around town. I just hope the heat is able to be managed with the remote coolers, dry sump and the adjustable rear lid.  What a very interesting motor and choice of components.


Robert

AJ,

You should consider starting your own thread regarding South African replica registration.  It's doubtful that anyone who doesn't live there would know the specifics.  My suggestion: start your own post with the heading: South African registration or whatever country in Africa you live in. 

By the way, you can find out which members live in Africa: click on members at the top of the screen, then click on Advanced Member Search, then click on Geographical Data, and type the country you want.  Then the data of any members in that country will appear.  Flatfourfan is one of the active members in that area.  Best of luck and keep the members informed about your progress.  That's how we all learn.

Jim Kelly posted:

AJ,

You should consider starting your own thread regarding South African replica registration.  It's doubtful that anyone who doesn't live there would know the specifics.  My suggestion: start your own post with the heading: South African registration or whatever country in Africa you live in. 

By the way, you can find out which members live in Africa: click on members at the top of the screen, then click on Advanced Member Search, then click on Geographical Data, and type the country you want.  Then the data of any members in that country will appear.  Flatfourfan is one of the active members in that area.  Best of luck and keep the members informed about your progress.  That's how we all learn.

Thanx Jim I will do so.

RB congratulations on your beating the cancer version of Russian Roulette. I have beaten 4 different cancers over the years. Now making 19 years from the edge of death. I have had 4 different cancers in the meantime one which included a liver transplant. Living every day as your last really helps keep a positive attitude. In sprite of that I am a habitual complainer. I can only imagine how bad my attitude could be. These strange people on the site always help. Welcome to the Madness. 

 

Jack Crosby posted:
ZFNHSN posted:

Hello!

I've been lurking around here for a bit and this is my first post. I'm looking to acquire a Speedster to drive come Spring time (Why? Read on). There are currently two cars I am interested in and the are both listed here. I like Alan's old #43, but it is out of state and I live in California. I’m talking to the CA DMV/AAA to see what hoops I need to jump through to register a private, non-resident replica. Theron’s car is local (and is very nice), but the #43 car has an outlaw aspect to it which I prefer - it reminds me of Chuck Olenyk’s speedster. I’m willing to look at other available Speedster candidates in case I’m unable to move forward with the two cars posted for sale here. If anyone has a lead, please feel free to IM me. I can go swing or IRS.

I have a spare 2276 with Weber 44 IDFs, WebCam 86b (105 LC), 9.4:1, 42/37.5 heads, 1.25 ratio rockers, dual springs, etc….ready to go, so I really do not need an engine.  But, I can certainly make room for Jim’s old 2332. I also have a set of flat 5.5" x 15" and 6" x 15" deep Fuchs.

More about me. I’m a metastatic stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer (PC) survivor. This April, will be my five year anniversary since I was diagnosed. At the time of diagnosis, the five-year PC survival rate was only 6%. I’ve had to battle this terminal disease 2X now because it came back in late 2016 and I underwent a second surgery in 2017 - the first surgery was in 2014. I’m currently in remission and now I'm a 1 % percenter so to speak. I live in sunny San Diego. A Speedster by Spring will give me joy.

Rd---welcome to the madness.  You are one super special guy having survived a fearsome issue---congratulations and I know more about what you went through than I like---not from personal experience but taking every step of the journey with my best friend.  I also am a cancer survivor but with an infinitely smaller problem that you got past. Mine was prostate cancer 4 years ago and like youand Troy , I sought the best available care ---mine was both biopsied and treated 6 weeks later at the Cleveland clinic.  My numbers for the psa, stage and Gleason score qualified me for having the radioactive seeds implanted into my prostate (Brachytherapy)  and two weeks after getting back to Arkansas after the treatment in Cleveland I was behind the wheel of my VS on the way to Carlisle!  No surgery to remove my prostate and associated plumbing, and no side effects at all ever since.  Compared to your treatments mine was a walk in the park and I salute and congratulate you on the success of your treatments.  You are so right that A Speedster will give you joy and I wish you the best with it and the rest of many, many happy years.  One thing you will have to do is to attend the Western Speedster/Spyder event this spring---great bunch of totally wonderful and crazy (in a good way) people and some breathtaking cars.  Find out about it under "events".  Welcome aboard!

 

Thanks Jack. And congratulations on your recovery too! As I told Troy, all cancer is unique and I don't see my diagnosis any different than others. Sure, Pancreatic Cancer is known as 'The King of All Cancers', but I also know others with 'lessor' cancers that are in more dire straights than I. Thanks for the welcome, I'm hoping to contribute to this community when I'm able to. I just need a Speedster

RD

majorkahuna posted:

RB congratulations on your beating the cancer version of Russian Roulette. I have beaten 4 different cancers over the years. Now making 19 years from the edge of death. I have had 4 different cancers in the meantime one which included a liver transplant. Living every day as your last really helps keep a positive attitude. In sprite of that I am a habitual complainer. I can only imagine how bad my attitude could be. These strange people on the site always help. Welcome to the Madness. 

 

Likewise! What a cocktail of challenges you have overcome. Cheers to you!

My zen-like-live-every-day-as-your-last lifestyle/mantra will be challenged by the DMV.

Well, I did it. I got an VS Speedster to drive for the summer so I can start work on another project - my 912 that I want to put up for auction to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). I just need to sort through some minor things with the VS I acquired through Greg Leach - it's a previous VS build circa late '99. There was a bit of a delay because I requested a few things to be done to it before I drove it back home to SD and just in time for Spring as it was 70 degrees and sunny on the coast this weekend.

The exhaust seems louder while driving in the car than it does from outside. So I'm looking to route the turn down tip to center exit and/or replace the can. Currently, the exhaust is an EMPI 'Sidewinder' and muffler. I initially wanted the exhaust hidden away. This will be my daily beat-around beach car so I want something quieter. Great however if it were just a weekend toy.

The gearing seems great. I had no issues on the I-5 for 80 miles at 2900-3200 RPMs. Between San Onofre and Oceanside I ran the car around 3850 RPM. And I still had a lot of motor left. The temperature stayed at the middle and never got any higher. Around town, I'm always short shifting (because it's loud, albeit in a good and bad sort of way) and third gears lands around 2400 RPM. The 2276 with the 86b cam has no issues but I'm running 9.4 compression and I need to have good quality gas. I've got to figure out the jetting. I had a new motor that sat in my garage for a little over a year that came out of a sand railer and Greg swapped out the 1600 that was in the car with the 2276. This is the first time the motor has ran since it was in the chassi dyno. Here are a few pics of the Speedter with my spare 6jx15 deep six Fuchs with hearts and 185/70 Pirelli Cinturato CN36 tires.

Greg Leach at Vintage does great work.

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I can't see exhaust in any of the pictures so maybe it exits infront of the rear valence?  I'd expect if it exited out the passenger's side it would be a bit quieter.  You could add a sound shield (DynaMat) behind the rear seat carpet and rear seat.  Maybe some one can offer a replacement for the muffler that would make it quieter.

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WOLFGANG posted:

I can't see exhaust in any of the pictures so maybe it exits infront of the rear valence?  I'd expect if it exited out the passenger's side it would be a bit quieter.  You could add a sound shield (DynaMat) behind the rear seat carpet and rear seat.  Maybe some one can offer a replacement for the muffler that would make it quieter.

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Correct. I was undecided on the exhaust. A-1,  Python, etc...so I threw on an EMPI. This one can be reworked.  The can can be repositioned and a center exit can be routed or a can can be substituted.  Easy job. I never drove or have been around any speedsters to know what I really wanted, What I knew going into this acquisition was all text book and from what I read and learned from this forum. So far so good. If this is the only thing I need to worry about, I'm all good. The decisions we sometimes make are more of a mental exercise  and tougher (sometimes) than the actions implementing the work itself i.e, do I want dropped spindles? Do I want to drill the bumpers to mount my Marchal lights, or do I remove them to go outlaw, etc...

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Here is a quick update. I had/have some fuel issues that periodically clogs the idle jets and so I clean them out and I'm good. Other than that, the engine runs well. The transition to the main circuit is smooth and the Speedster pulls like a freight train until it falls on its face at round 5500 RPM. But that is by design. I'm running the 105 degree lob separation angle (which increases intake/exhaust overlap) version of the WebCam 86b instead of the 108 LSA . The 86b moves the torque to a lower RPM and increases max torque. On the flip side, I'm sacrificing max HP, a broad powerband and supposedly idle quality. Static compression is 9.4 and combine that with the early closing of the intake valve, I needed to install a hi-torque IMI-101 starter - STAT. I wasn't looking for max HP and I had no need for vacuum. The engine actually idles quite nice at 800 RPM, but currently have it set to 1000 RPM until I resolve the periodic but decreasing idle jet clogging. The VW pedal cluster does not lend itself for easy throttle manipulation with the right foot unlike my 912 and 911 and so I have to use my left foot to brake while keeping idle up when the jet demons decide to rear their ugly head.

That said, I often shift at 2500-3000 rpm and often find myself running as low as 1400 rpm (but mainly 2000- 2500) around town and rarely need to shift to keep up with traffic. So far, no overheating issues running at low rpm or on the freeway. Cruising at 2900 rpm in 4th puts me around 65 mph well below peak torque which is at 3700 rpm. I'm almost certain I can get a chirp out of third gear when accelerating, though I haven't tried

The 11.5 lb LWFW in combination with the tight LSA makes for an engine that is not only quick revving, but quick at decelerating (RPM drop). So it is a very fun car but also 'lazy' as in just-put-your-foot-into-it and it pulls and pulls until 5500 rpm max - LOL. So compared to my other two cars, I need to remind myself to shift early

I spec'd out a lazy man's shifting engine (thanks to Scott and Jason at Paradise Motorsports foer their guidance and expertise) that can still get up and go. There is only a 20 ft-lbs difference between 2250 - 5400 rpm. In fact, I believe I can gain more torque and HP by going from 1.25 ratio rockers to 1.4 at the expense of valve train longevity?

I'm a backyard mechanic with more theoretical knowledge than actual practice - looking to change that. And most of what I learned, I learned from my Dad who forced me to change the oil on a '73 Beetle and '72 Westfalia camper when I was a young kid. My Dad is now 90 and still walking and driving around town. I would never pile a family of five in a '72 pop-top camper and drive it 250 miles to Lake Tahoe in the snow. Men were much tougher back in the day - Kudos to my Dad.

I hope my son or daughter will be happy to pick up a wrench and get dirty.

2276
Counterweighted crankshaft
11.5 LWFW
WebCam 86b 105LC
SLR lifters
Melling 30mm
Full Flow
Mahle pistons
040 heads
42x37.5 SS valves
dual high rev springs
9.4:1
All rotating mass balanced

~RD

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