new at old speed in the usa are these welded 2" drop spindles for type 3s. note also the 1" narrowed trailing arms, too - all available on exchange basis. parts are all welded on a jig, and spindles cost from $350 (and the arms will be around the same price) more info from Russell Ludwig Old Speed 7311 Madison St. Paramount, CA 90723
Jon uses his Splitty pretty much on a daily basis - hence he could do with a bit more 'go'!
he's got a later motor in there already, but now it's time to lose those reduction boxes and get modern with the IRS! Paul Miller at Harry Harpics is busy swapping in the bay rear arms and 1303 gearbox. Note adapters to retain the wide 5 wheels. yep, it's going lower, but not slammed as it's a daily driver.
and for once it wasn't soooo cold! more in the next issue of ultra vw, but for now here's a pic of my only purchases.
a set of rear brake shoes for my notch (62/63 only... these are VERY hard to come by now!). Thanks to Owain Warlow for turning them up.
Oh, there was one other 'good buy' of the weekend, and that ws a curry in Stafford town on the saturday night! (left to right: Richie-Rich Grant (of VW Action fame... Korma), Brett Mullinder (from the 80s... Prawn Balti) and Jolly Jim Warner (post-war UK drag race celebrity... brown curry!).
check out this fun car crash (if there is such a thing!) clip by legendary comedic French filmmaker, Jacques Tati. The poor red Bug takes quite a beating, but we really love the ace brakes on the Citroen DS! Ah, the good old days before CGI ruled the roost!
it'll be with subscribers within days ;) also, check the online store, where you'll be able to purchase the March issue as a single copy with FREE postage. and, if you like late-lookers, you'll love the 8-page Cal-look feature in the March issue... that's enough of the tasters, make sure you don't missout!
Just arrived in Scotland, the (ex) Doug Mische 'Wocket' – quite possibly the best-detailed Cal Looker for years. But Scottish weather must have come as a bit of a shock for the 2387cc ’67 as it headed for Russell Ritchie's garage!
Now then, now then, jingle, jangle! Here's Sir Jimmy Saville with his brand new T5 California Camper. Jimmy has long been a fan of the VW Camper and was featured camping in his old T25 in Scotland on the Louis Theroux TV show. We'd imagine the new T5 Cali must seem like luxury in comparison! Good work Jimmy!!
.. then why not opt for the 'late' look - bring your ride up-to-date today with a big-window conversion! this was all the rage back in the late 50s/early 60s... just check out that pile of scrap split- and oval-window sections... shocking!!!
Brazilian answer to the Polo – front-engined, front-wheel drive but flat-four, 1600cc air-cooled power! How cool is that? Check the Porsche-style cooling system. We already know of at least one person in Europe adapting this for use in a Beetle. Who's next?
looking for some unusual rims for your 5-bolt vw? how about these brazilian Fumagalli's? they're for sale here! (incidentally, they work out to be roughly £245 for the set... but they are located in Sao Paulo!)
Ignore the larger back window, ignore the Volga (front-engined) chassis... What appears to be one of the few pre-War VW38 prototypes has been found in Lithuania. If you want to see more photos and the story behind the discovery, take a look at THIS... Truly amazing! Note the squared-off top edge to the engine lid – an identifying feature of the 1938-built VW38 prototypes