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WRX RA powered VW 1303 beetle cabrio with a bit of Porsche

WRX RA powered VW 1303 beetle cabrio with a bit of Porsche

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ricola

Original Poster:

452 posts

197 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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I've built a few cars in the past



but this is my long term project that I initially bought about 5 years ago like this:



It was never going to stay standard, the original plan was to buy a solid car and stick a subaru engine in with some uprated brakes and suspension, staying with an uprated VW transmission to keep things simple...

First up, some decent adjustable struts for the front



and some 996 brakes all round



I then started having a poke around and what I thought was solid turned out to be an incredibly rusty car, these things rust from the inside out!


inside the sill!
front end:

So I decided to do the job properly and take the body off the chassis

New heater channels (sills) and cabrio strengthening panels underneath:


rear crossmembers:


front bulkhead:


Inner wings: I think you get the idea, lots of other repairs too!

As the body was off I thought I may as well go the whole way with it and upgrade it completely to take the power of the scooby lump (starting at about 300bhp). I also decided to go the whole hog with upgrading everything to be futureproof should I upgrade even more. This is all based around a Porsche 911 trans (G50, like the Ultimas use).

As you can see, it wasn't going to just bolt in..


So I started cutting!



There was too much removed from the framehorns for my liking so I started scheming up new stronger ones

which ended up as this:
[pic]http://www.ricola.co.uk/images/cabrio/lower_horn_weld_5.jpg [/pic]

I planned to cut out the sheet floors and build a perimeter frame for new ones which will be substantially stronger


I did not want a roll bar of any kind, I like to keep a stock-ish look


front end of the chassis looking rusty too so that came out!



I also needed to make provision for a hydraulic clutch so went with a fully adjustable pedalbox, I lowered the front section of the floor to keep things tidy


ended up like this:

Made up supports for the 996 turbo sports seats:


and sorted the 911 shifter


engine in to sort out mounts


bought myself a beadroller and made up some new floors


painted!


body needed modifying to squeeze the trans under the back seat


inner body cut away for engine room/access using a vw bus engien access panel that I chopped down


here some may notice the engine has been moved forwards and up in the chassis to give more sump ground clearance and to make sure the big quad cam heads fit under the bodywork



I then found some wheels I couldn't say no to, 19" Porsche carrera sports in Cayman fitment, 8,5J front and 10J rears
they needed the rear wings modifying to fit
by 45mm

front wings were massaged to fit as well as pulling the front suspension in a bit




I also added an air intake for an enclosed cold air feed for the engine


to go with all this, I modified the dash to take Porsche 944 VDO gauges, it will be covered in leather to look OEM


stainless exhaust system made up



Coolant lines made up to run under the chassis

which feed a cosworth Pace radiator and chargecooler up front


That's most of the story so far! I keep my website up to date so if you want to see more details have a look at www.ricola.co.uk

It should end up looking more or less like this:



Comments and ideas welcome! Not finished yet, I plan to do the paintwork this summer when the weather warms up a bit... It's staying the same colour!

Rich

Edited by ricola on Thursday 14th January 21:43

wackojacko

8,560 posts

110 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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LOOKS like a bloody fantastic idear to me GOOD luck with it !!

EX51GE R

755 posts

130 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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lovely job

dibbly_dobbler

9,623 posts

117 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Wow thumbup

Chessers

638 posts

132 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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great work
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C. Grimsley

1,128 posts

115 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Not normally a fan of the old bug but thats a true piece of work, hats off to you!

Carl

LittleSwill

265 posts

132 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Fantastic work!

Libertine

3,195 posts

96 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Lovely car! And the Phantom looked great too!

What engine was in that?



scotty_d

6,787 posts

114 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Awsome bow

scotty_d

6,787 posts

114 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Libertine said:
Lovely car! And the Phantom looked great too!

What engine was in that?
Says on the title a WRX Type RA engine 2.0 turbo scooby engine

ricola

Original Poster:

452 posts

197 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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The phantom just had the standard Honda V6 out of the Rover 827...

The Karmann Ghia had a 1.7l Alfa boxer from a 33, The GTM Libra had a 160 VVC K series and the speedster replica had a '98 Impreza turbo engine

AyBee

8,624 posts

122 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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That is awesome, would love to own subaru engined beetle one day!!

Rollcage

11,321 posts

112 months

Thursday 14th January 2010
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Fantastic set of skills there Ricola. Amazing what someone can achieve in their own garage at home!

I can wield a spanner, and a bit more more, but I am always left feeling humbled whenever I see threads like this.

bow

Hairspray

6,221 posts

127 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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That Beetle is lovely, but your Speedster sounds absolutely amazing; do you have a build thread for that anywhere/any more pictures? thumbupbiggrin

Rollcage

11,321 posts

112 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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Hairspray said:
That Beetle is lovely, but your Speedster sounds absolutely amazing; do you have a build thread for that anywhere/any more pictures? thumbupbiggrin
Check Ricola's profile!

ricola

Original Poster:

452 posts

197 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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For those cars the whole builds/histories are on my website too.

Cheers for the comments so far guys! I'm self taught in a single garage so you don't need all the toys, they just make life easier...

Rich

markymark1

18 posts

91 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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Very cool you are very clever man.

BoRED S2upid

13,815 posts

160 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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Wow that was one rotten beetle, fair play to you for bringing it back to life looks awesome and will shift when finished.

Connor_scotland

851 posts

118 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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thats a briliiant thread mate.

matc

4,624 posts

127 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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Awesome project, looking forward to seeing it all finished!