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Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:15 pm

Hi all,
I have been a long time reader of this forum and it’s probably time I held up my end of the bargain. To do this story justice, I need to go back some 30 years.
Every 3 or 4 years or so my dad and his mates would take a trip to the gulf fishing. When I turned 15 I was allowed to go on the first of many trips with my father and various mates; which was to also include my brothers on future trips. Fast forward to today, the tradition still continues and my son is now 13, so when early talk started of a fishing trip to the gulf next year, James had his hand up high.
Discussions soon developed on what vehicle to take given that we were currently not in ownership of a 4wd. While standing in the shed having a Friday afternoon beer, I suggest to James “maybe we should take the buggy?” (Currently a Supasport under slow construction on the far side of the shed)

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Nope, silly idea, too much work to finish in time.
“What about the little white beetle” I suggest, pointing to a beetle I picked up from a mate 12 months ago for a box of stubbies. (Running, last rego 2001, a few Baja bits and pieces thrown in, needing some TLC but essentially solid)

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"Dad, Pop will think your nuts!” came the reply from my boy.
Sunday night family BBQ came around. “Pop, did Dad tell you about his stupid idea to take a beetle to the gulf?!”
“Why is it stupid?” Pop replied. So with that, we set the wheels in motion and we are now on a timeline to have the Baja finished by Christmas so we can “test” it on a few shorter beach / bush trips to see if anything will break, before the gulf trip in June/July.

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The apprentice at work

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It has now become a bit of a game to see just how cheap this can be done.
Costs so far
Beetle purchase - $45 (box of stubbies)
Some extra Baja fibreglass bits; eBay - $180
Exhaust; eBay- $300
Working with my new apprentice - priceless
Total so far $525

Current Shopping List
Wheels and Tyres
Front, rear and side barwork
Seats and seatbelts
Interior door cards
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby finchy » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:25 pm

Fantastic, ya going to paint it blue hehe
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:26 pm

Current state of play since last weekend

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The apprentice posing with his handy work
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:28 pm

finchy wrote:Fantastic, ya going to paint it blue hehe


Not sure finchy, "the apprentice will probably get a fair say on the paint scheme"
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby Smiley » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:10 pm

I see you've picked up a 1976 model.
Great year for a Baja cause you have IRS and a beam front end.

I look forward to seeing more updates :)



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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby Brad » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:43 pm

Smiley wrote:I see you've picked up a 1976 model.
Great year for a Baja cause you have IRS and a beam front end.

I look forward to seeing more updates :)



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Why do you say it is a 76 ?

Sweet build you will have to check out the Tratty Cap Trip thread :D
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby Smiley » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:03 pm

Brad wrote:
Smiley wrote:I see you've picked up a 1976 model.
Great year for a Baja cause you have IRS and a beam front end.

I look forward to seeing more updates :)



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Why do you say it is a 76 ?


Very easy to pick. It's a Ball joint, IRS. It's manual, not semiauto. But the biggest giveaway that it's a 76 is that there are no blinkers on the front mud guards, they are mounted inside the front bumper.

You guys made a great start on this project. Are there any more updates?


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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:25 am

Thanks , the build is progressing , but has slowed in the last couple of months due to work commitments and house renos ( must keep Chrissy happy! ). There is also a change in direction with the build. Since it was becoming pretty clear I could not have the baja finished by Christmas in order to have it on the road for 6 months prior to the trip, we pushed the trip to 2014. Funny how builds always take longer than you first invisage. This gave me an extra 12 months, soooo, out with the baja and in with the supa sport! I will post more pics and info in the next day or so. Will also have some baja stuff for sale soon.

Thanks for the info on year models, when I tried to trace the chassis number , I came up with '68 model.

I did follow Tratty and the boys trip north, Well done lads, very inspiring stuff
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:06 pm

Couple of quick photos

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Body off

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Start work on the body lift

More to come
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby VWNuts » Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:59 pm

Looking good
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby Brad » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:33 pm

Being 76 you will find it doesn't have rear body vents which makes the body less likely to rust out, wiper controls on the column switch, flate padded dash with different head light switches and hazard switches. L Bug era 3 bolt front transmission mount, L Bug rear elephant tail lights, potentially twin window regulators, better wiper motor and arms and some minor trim changes which where 76 specific.

All that being said you never know if it is really a 76 or not as many things happen in life, if you post the chassis number I can tell you for sure as from what you found it may have also been a 68 making it a semi auto which was converted. If this was the case it could have all sort of bits although the body isn't a semi auto.

Anyway back to the build, make sure you re-inforce that tunnel access hole :)
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby OzTowdster » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:45 pm

Nice saw horse
Working at getting my Towdster and the Baja Bus back on the road !!!
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:48 am

Brad wrote:Being 76 you will find it doesn't have rear body vents which makes the body less likely to rust out, wiper controls on the column switch, flate padded dash with different head light switches and hazard switches. L Bug era 3 bolt front transmission mount, L Bug rear elephant tail lights, potentially twin window regulators, better wiper motor and arms and some minor trim changes which where 76 specific.

All that being said you never know if it is really a 76 or not as many things happen in life, if you post the chassis number I can tell you for sure as from what you found it may have also been a 68 making it a semi auto which was converted. If this was the case it could have all sort of bits although the body isn't a semi auto.

Anyway back to the build, make sure you re-inforce that tunnel access hole :)


Thanks Brad, I will reinforce the tunnel hole. The chassis number is 118 436 4**
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby petermc69 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:50 am

OzTowdster wrote:Nice saw horse


Just got use whatever you can get your hands on at the time. :D
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Re: Fishing Baja

Postby Brad » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:36 pm

petermc69 wrote:
Thanks Brad, I will reinforce the tunnel hole. The chassis number is 118 436 4**



That is a 76 Beetle
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