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Old September 5th, 2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Starting 65 bug project

Bout to start my 65 bug project. Looking for ideas, inspiration and do's/dont's. any recommendations welcome. I have a full shop with lift and all the tools a boy needs. Also have access to my father in law who is a master mechanic. Money is not tight but want to be reasonable. This will be a weekend rodder for fun.
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1-Has original 1500 motor. Rebuilt. What upgrades?
2-front axel. Buy the socalook or just the extender?
3. Brakes. What set should i upgrade to?
4- tire size/rims.

Any and all recomendations wanted. Have read through tons if posts on here. A lot to take in.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #2
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1, If the engine is solid runner, clean it up and use it.

2, Depends on your budget and what you want/like.

3, Disc are nice up front

4, Just like #2.

Look around at pics in the gallery at other cars and get ideas and build what you want.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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1- motor runs great. Maybe few upgrades. Suggestions? Stock 1200 not 1550(sorry)
2- found front ext/brace/steering ext for $550 from fabshop 104.
3- what disk break you suggest? Chevy?
4-will hold off till i get gront end done.

Another question-
Rear- best way to lower and get a goid stance?
Thanks for replying!!!!
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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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If the 1200 runs well, I'd keep it while you get the rest of the rod the way you want her. Having a running rig while you tinker is sometimes incentive to finish the project.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #5
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CB Performance has a nice disc brake set up. Or even the VW disc that was used on the Karman Ghias work good.

A beam extension usually has 2 inches of drop made in them. You can also add adjusters to the beam and/or use drop spindles for 2 1/2 inch drop. On the rear you can just move the spring plate up a notch or two but a swingaxle will have camber when you lower them.

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In the 70s I ran a Ghia front suspension with its stock discs on my Corvair powered '71 bug. This worked well with the big Corvair rear brakes. I autocrossed the car a few times and brakes were never a problem.
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