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Old 04-29-2016, 02:21 PM   #76
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Happy with the work they did? That seems pretty reasonable to me.
Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the redrill. Pretty painless transaction other than having to pull my tires off and bring them bare wheels. But I got to learn how to mount tires, so that's cool I guess.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:22 PM   #77
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$75 a wheel ain't that bad, they charged me $100 to fix an ovaled hole!

Looks great!!
Thanks man, and thanks for the recommendation. Hopefully the next time you see my car, it'll have the rears on too.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:52 PM   #78
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Ha, yeah that was me. I also met a guy at the VW shop next door who has a 140, and a 240 with an LS swap. He told me his name on T-bricks, but I can't remember.

That price from ET Mags is good. my price didn't include dismounting or mounting- I had to strip the wheels and remount them myself.

Thanks for the heads up on the steel inserts. They definitely settled when I first torqued them, but I'll keep rechecking them.

BTW, those Style 5's look REALLY good.
Thanks man!! I can't wait until I have a chance to take them apart and refinish them.

Yeah, I was a little shocked when I retorqued them the second time. I thought I was just being paranoid, but they did move a bit more. They didn't move the 3rd time, though. Rock solid now, and no vibrations or anything.

That's Jeff at Bugformance, and he's the one that told me about seeing your car. His screen name on here is 55superbeetle. His turbo V8 242 build thread is pretty awesome:
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Looking forward to watching the progress on your 142!
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:18 PM   #79
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Thanks man!! I can't wait until I have a chance to take them apart and refinish them.

Yeah, I was a little shocked when I retorqued them the second time. I thought I was just being paranoid, but they did move a bit more. They didn't move the 3rd time, though. Rock solid now, and no vibrations or anything.

That's Jeff at Bugformance, and he's the one that told me about seeing your car. His screen name on here is 55superbeetle. His turbo V8 242 build thread is pretty awesome:
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...=55superbeetle


Looking forward to watching the progress on your 142!
55superbeetle, that's what it was! Thanks for the reminder.

And thanks for the interest on the car. If things go to plan, this summer will be a good one for this old thing.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:28 AM   #80
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I trimmed the rear fenders today, and got the rest of my wheels mounted. Luckily, all I had to do is trim them a bit and I have ample clearance. I jumped on the rear bumper, pulled in and out of my driveway at every angle I could think of, and rallied around on some mountain roads with zero rubbing. If I ever decide to go lower in the back, I might have to roll the lips up, but right now it's looking pretty right. I'm so glad I wasn't able to sell those wheels!

Pleased with the look, I spent the rest of the afternoon ripping around and enjoying the much more planted feel of a 50 series tire vs. the 195/60's I had before. Then I parked and watched an awesome sunset...


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Old 05-01-2016, 07:43 AM   #81
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Aw man that looks killer
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:42 AM   #82
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Looks great man
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:38 PM   #83
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So awesome.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:33 AM   #84
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Thanks guys, I'm pretty happy with it.

In other news, here's a super terrible picture of a future upgrade to the 142. It's a B23ft from an '84 760. Rumor has it that it was rebuilt 30-40k ago, but we'll see how it looks when I pull the head. I plan to freshen it up, replace some gaskets and cosmetic stuff, and try to get it in the car by the end of summer. It'll be a tall order with no garage and no time, but it's good to set goals, I'm told.

Pretty excited to eventually own a boosted car again.

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Old 05-09-2016, 01:52 AM   #85
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I kind of want a set of those wheels now. I love the way they look, but I don't want to have to clean them all the time.
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That looks so good!
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:08 AM   #87
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I kind of want a set of those wheels now. I love the way they look, but I don't want to have to clean them all the time.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:04 AM   #88
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I kind of want a set of those wheels now. I love the way they look, but I don't want to have to clean them all the time.

It's not easy. I feel like someday I may paint the centers darker to help hide the dust. The lips are really easy to clean, and they look awesome with a quick wipe down.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:43 AM   #89
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i feel like a 45 series tire would look even better.

its hard for me to explain, but i PERSONALLY think that the perfect tire size from a hight perspective doesnt flow into the wheel arches? idk, im just rambling.

looks good tho
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:45 AM   #90
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i feel like a 45 series tire would look even better.

its hard for me to explain, but i PERSONALLY think that the perfect tire size from a hight perspective doesnt flow into the wheel arches? idk, im just rambling.

looks good tho
I see what you mean. The radius of the smaller tire would better match the radius of the wheel arch. But I think it might also leave a bit of wheel gap, which I'm not into. Most importantly, I didn't want to go any lower than 50 for the ride quality. It's a bit on the harsh side as-is.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:28 PM   #91
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I'm curious as to your opinions of the Classic Swede spring/shock combo. Are these better than Bilstein HD's in a lowered application? Were they pricey to ship to North America? Did you get their shortened rear shocks or standard length?

Also, do you know the specs on the springs? I see on their website they sell 40mm, 60mm and 60/40mm lowering springs, but I'd like to know how low/stiff they actually are. Would you recommend their springs over a set of Bluecoils?

LOVE this car, great inspiration for my 72 142. Your turbo plan sounds awesome BTW!
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:22 PM   #92
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The springs are 70mm front and 60mm rear drop, but the 70mm was a custom thing they had from a previous customer's order. The fronts are supposed to be 750 lbs., and I actually don't know the rear rate. To be honest, I think it's stiffer than most people would like on their daily driver. My last car was a slammed Mini on coil overs, so I guess I am used to subpar ride quality. Shipping on all this stuff wasn't terrible, but I forget exactly how much.

The shocks have been ok. I got the shorter shocks to hold the springs in mainly, but I couldn't get them adjusted correctly and now I'm running some old KYB's until I figure that out. The rebound was either so slow that it packed up and wouldn't allow full ride height, or it was way too fast and bouncy. I've got the fronts feeling pretty decent.

I'd like to ride in someone else's low 140 to see if the ride can be any better, though.

I should also mention the sway bars stiffen things up on uneven roads, too.

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I'm curious as to your opinions of the Classic Swede spring/shock combo. Are these better than Bilstein HD's in a lowered application? Were they pricey to ship to North America? Did you get their shortened rear shocks or standard length?

Also, do you know the specs on the springs? I see on their website they sell 40mm, 60mm and 60/40mm lowering springs, but I'd like to know how low/stiff they actually are. Would you recommend their springs over a set of Bluecoils?

LOVE this car, great inspiration for my 72 142. Your turbo plan sounds awesome BTW!
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #93
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Minor updates.

The B23ft building process has been painfully slow due to it needing a full rebuild. The block is sitting in the shed, waiting to go to the machine shop for intermediate bearings and cleaning. While it was stripped down I decided to add squirters. My CR should end up in the 9.3:1 range, so I figured some added detonation control would be nice.



The next steps are to have the 405 head cleaned and turbo valves ground in, as well as having the block hot-tanked. Then I'll paint everything and start assembling.

I also got the intercooler mounted up front in preparation. The more things I can do before I pull my b18 out, the less time the car will be out of commission.

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Looking good!
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Are you going to be able to keep the factory radiator with whatever engine mounts you're using?
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:32 PM   #96
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are you running the engine slanted or upright? b21f intake?

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Old 06-18-2016, 05:27 PM   #97
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Are you going to be able to keep the factory radiator with whatever engine mounts you're using?
I'm going to try. I have Yoshi adapters, but I won't know for sure about the radiator clearance until I have the motor in. One thought was a pusher fan on the front on the stock radiator. But I'm not sure about that yet.
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are you running the engine slanted or upright? b21f intake?
Upright. That way I'll have plenty of room for stock exhaust/turbo parts. I'll be using a kjet head with efi injectors in the kjet holes, then I'll be making an intake manifold, most likely starting with b21f runners. I have a good friend who is more than capable, so it'll just be a matter of designing it and finding the time.
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I'm not sure how much room there is in a 142 compared to a 122. My stock radiator wouldn't even fit with the engine sitting pretty far back. It hit the nose of the water pump and that was before even putting any kind of fan in there. I had to move the radiator pretty far forward which leaves so little room for an appropriate-sized intercooler. I want to assume that 140s have a little more room to work with in the front.
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I'm not sure how much room there is in a 142 compared to a 122. My stock radiator wouldn't even fit with the engine sitting pretty far back. It hit the nose of the water pump and that was before even putting any kind of fan in there. I had to move the radiator pretty far forward which leaves so little room for an appropriate-sized intercooler. I want to assume that 140s have a little more room to work with in the front.
Fromt eh installs I've seen, it looks like the stock radiator location will work. Even If I have to move it forward, though, there is plenty of room between the radiator and the grill for an intercooler and oil cooler. I mounted the intercooler where I thought it would work no matter what, but if it ends up being too tight, I can get a smaller one and move it even further forward. The one I have in there now is an 18x12x3 core.
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