1971 - 1973
71 "snowtop" Camper
Owner: Guy St. Clair, Santa Barbara, CA
Owner: Amy & Rex Douglas, Atascadero, CA
Owner: Randy Tate, Lompoc, CA
Owner: Jason Mitchell, Paso Robles, CA
Owner: Robert and Erma Martin Hometown: Paso Robles, CA
Owner: Cory Merino, Santa Maria, CA
Owner: Todd Baskin, Arroyo Grande, CA Club Feature Car Spring 2011
He has a FLEET!
71 Convertible Bug
Owners: Del and Marlene Ward, Nipomo, CA
71 Convertible Ghia
Owner: Kevin Phillips, Bakersfield CA
Near Johnsondale, CA in the southern Sierras.
71 Ghia Coupe
Owner: Mark Calkins, Mission Viejo, CA
1971 Karman Ghia Coupe all original, It was first purchased at Humphrey Volkswagen in Hayward Ca. I bought the car this summer at european collectables in Costa Mesa CA. The price was right so I pulled the trigger: 1584 cc, 60 bhp, 26.7 miles per gallon and Manual Transmission. We currently have a 2003 VW Eurovan Weekender my wifes surf ride and a 2003 Passat Wagen my son's college car. My VW's have taken us up and down the Western Coast surfing all of Ca and Northern Baja for the past 41 years.
Owner: Greg & Shannon Oueilhe, Fresno, CA
Owner: Ben Quesinberry, Orcutt, CA
71 Super Bug
Owner: Jondee Bewarder, Los Osos
John Deere Green Super Bug
Owner: Jamie Meraz, Santa Maria, CA
Owner: Kevin Bibby, Lompoc, CA
Owner:Robert Sotelo, Mojave, CA
72 Convertible Beetle
Owner: Bill Long, Pismo Beach, CA
72 Super Beetle
Owners: Jim and Robin Este, Oxnard, CA
72 Super Beetle
Owners:Dan and Donna Cuvelier, Los Osos, CA
Original owners! Purchased new from Sun-West Volkwagen in Hollywood while students at UCLA.
Sports a new paint job and rebuilt motor.
72 Super Beetle
Owner: Dakota Dale, Los Alamos, CA
Owner: Peter & Jenna Duby, Malibu Ca
72 Westy "Pops"
Summer 2010 Feature Car
Owner: Kerri Claussen, Ventura, CA
Owner: Ron Castadio, Morro Bay, CA
Owner: Jason Pollock, Saticoy, CA
Owner: Robert Culwell, Santa Maria, CA
73 USA Bug
Owner: Leslie Armstrong, Oxnard, CA It started in the summer of 97 when I bought my first bug in Lompoc, Ca it was a ' 74 super beetle. My brother and I worked on it and got it running but I wanted a show bug and I knew that this bug was not of show quality!!
Then in 2003 I got a job in Oxnard, Ca and decided this is it I am going to find someone that knows how to restore bugs. I had been collecting items for my bug since I bought it.
I looked in the Yellow pages and found the "Bugshakk" called and a gentleman called Blase McFadden answered and he said bring my bug in and he will take a look, this was in July 2003. I left it at his place so he could decide whether to do the work or not. He called about two weeks later and said he wanted to see me. When I arrived he told me that the rust was too much and that it wouldn't be worth restoring, but that he had a ' 73 super beetle body that would fit all my collected items. So we agreed and that began the long journey to the restoration of that body.
First the body was totally stripped of everything, then the floor pans were replaced, and the undercarriage was rust proofed. After everything was removed it was sent across the street to Jeff Roberson to have it painted. Jeff and I worked closely together so that I could convey exactly how I wanted it painted. Jeff sanded the bug to the metal primed it twice, painted it three times and then clear coated three times. It was Jeff’s and Blases idea to have a mural put on the gas tank, because I told them that I wanted this bug dedicated to Sept 11. They both knew an awesome airbrush artist named "Tramp". I gave him a call and we set up an appointment. Jeff had a metal cover made for the gas tank so that Tramp would have something to paint on. I designed what I wanted and I took it all over to "Tramp" and within 4 weeks he had done the most incredibly awesome picture I had ever seen, it truly brought tears to my eyes. After the paint on the bug had dried it went back to Blase to finish up (the paint job took three months). The time frame is now around Dec 2003.
I had, like I said, some stuff for the bug already like a whole new interior from "Sew Fine". I told them what I wanted and they perfectly designed it. Blase worked hard on my bug to make it as perfect as an old bug can get with after market products. He even went that extra step and painted my engine red and blue to match the car theme. The day of debarkation from the restoration asylum was the day before the "Bug Panic" in July 2004.
At the Bug Panic they had the most awesome bugs and I know that most bug shows prefer the really old bugs, so I knew I wasn't going to win, but it sure was great being there! Then on the Last weekend of July was the "VW Trend Dyno, Show and Shine" in Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange county. I won a trophy at that show, and it was the most exciting thing that could happen.
My goal is to go to as many shows as I can. I don't want people to forget Sept 11th and that is why I created this design. Everyone in America should return to that feeling of unity that we had on that day and in the weeks to follow. The problem with the U.S. is that we are such an instant society and move on too quickly. But I quess that is what makes us a great country because we don't dwell in the past and are able to get up, shake ourselves off and continue on. What happened on Sept 11th was truly a tradegy so please don't forget those who gave thier lives then and are still giving thier lives for freedom!!
God bless and thank you for letting me tell my story.
1974 - Later
Owner: Jack Owen, Santa Maria, CA
Owner: Catherine Canelis, San Luis Obispo, CA
74 Beetle w/ 2180cc Engine
Owner: Glenn Ring Long Island, New York
See all the Specs Below!
General Info: 2 Door Sedan, Air Cooled, Rear Engine and Transaxle
Original Owner - Glenn Ring
Mileage - 472,000 miles
Production Date - February 25th, 1974
Delivery Date - March 15th, 1974
Purchased Date - April 10th, 1974
Model Number - 113 841
Chassis Number - 114 2 530 976
Engine Number - AH 372 431 (original engine)
Color Code: G9 G9 50
Exterior - African Red - code L31A, PPG Deltron DG Urethane
Interior - Black - code 50
Options - Rear Window Defroster (required in New York State)
Engine Specs: Type 1, 2180cc, horizontally-opposed 4 cyl, balanced
Builder - Art Thraen
Compression Ratio - 9.5:1 (92x82, 56cc head, .057" deck)
Case - Volkswagen, AS41 (German), dual releaf, 8mm studs, case saver inserts, deep #3 studs, tapped for full flow oil system, stress relieved, deburred, blue printed
Crankshaft - 4340 Forged Chromoly, 82mm, forged, counterweighted, balanced, nitrided, 8 dowel (11/32"), stress relieved, shot peened, wedge mated, Buick journals
Connecting Rods - CB Performance H Beam, 5.4", ARP 2000 bolts, magnafluxed, balanced, Clevite 77 rod bearings
Pistons/Cylinders - AA, 92mm, Thick Wall, forged pistons, balanced
Camshaft - Engle FK-8, 298° duration / .382" lift (.535" with rockers)
Heads - Steve Tims, Stage 2, 42x37.5, ported, polished, 56cc chambers
Valves - Stainless steel, 42mm intake, 37.5mm exhaust, tappered guides
Rocker Arms - CB Performance 1.4 ratio, forged, needle bearings, heavy duty studs
Valve Train - Manton dual springs, Manton 3/8" chromoly push rods, Chromoly retainers, Wizemann lifters w/ SLR treatment
Induction - 2 Weber 48 IDA dual throat carbs with Uni filters, 155 main, 65 idle, F11 emulsion tubes, 37mm vents
Carb Linkage - Gene Berg GB-453, fan mount linkage
Intake Manifold - Generic (tall), match ported, polished
Exhaust System - Gene Berg GB-933S 1-5/8" merged, GB-971A-2M dual muffler, Jet-Hot ceramic coated
Lubrication - Gene Berg GB-233A oil pump (26mm gears), Gene Berg full flow oil kit, Canton Mecca remote filter, Berg 1.5 quart deep sump, Type 1 cooler, steel braid teflon hose, Brad Penn 10W-30 Racing Oil
Cooling - Volkswagen, 1973 Type 181 dog house fan housing (no fresh air), Berg late model fan (welded + balanced), all OEM tin including the "Hoover Bit", flaps and thermostat.
Clutch / Disc - KEP, 200mm Stage I (1700 lb.) pressure plate (balanced), ACE "Copperhead" disc
Flywheel - VW, forged, 8 dowel (11/32"), 12.5 lb., forged gland nut, balanced, wedge mated
Pulley - Gene Berg GB-439 "Equalizer" billet steel pulley, 3.5 lb., balanced
Alternator - Bosch AL78X, heavy duty (custom wound to 85 amps)
Starter - IMI High Torque (534 ft-lbs.), Bosch relay directly wired to the battery
Ignition - Bosch 010 distributor, Bosch Blue Coil (German), Beru Silicone Copper Core wires and NGK BCP6ES spark plugs (indexed, spark plug gap .040")
Misc. - GB-207 breather box, Stainless Steel pushrod tubes, steel braid mechanical oil pressure line, battery quick disconnect, Crankshaft/flywheel/clutch/pulley/rods/pistons were dynamically balanced as a complete assembly
Transaxle Specs: Type 1, Gene Berg 5 Speed Manual, IRS
Builder - Gary Berg
Case - Volkswagen "Rhino" case, heavy duty side covers
Mounts - Gene Berg GB-642P heavy duty rear mounts and Gene Berg GB-643F front crossmember
Gear Ratios - Close ratio 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, steel shift forks, hardened keys
1st - 3.78:1 (heavy duty)
2nd - 2.06:1 (stock)
3rd - 1.58:1 (welded hub)
4th - 1.21:1 (welded hub)
5th - 0.82:1 (welded hub)
Rev - 3.61:1
Differential - ZF, Limited Slip (LSD) with 4 spyder gears (11 tooth) (rebuilt by Bruce Tweddle)
Ring / Pinion - 3.875:1 ratio, 8 bolt, Gene Berg GB-660K-3875 (Klinkenberg)
Shifter - Gene Berg GB-5710 5 speed shifter w/ old style Berg "Finger Grip" handle, new shift rod bushing
Axles - Type 181 stub axles and C/V joints with Sway-A-Way Axles
Misc. - heavy duty cross shaft (welded), GBE Super Duty Pinion Bearing Retainer
Lubrication - Valvoline VV832 Gear Lube, 80-90W API GL-5 and MT-1 rated
Suspension Specs: IRS - Ball Joint / 4 Wheel Independent
Front Beam - VW (German), Gene Berg AVIS adjusters, Ghia spindles (adjustable, lowered 3")
Rear Trailing Arms - Sway-A-Way Adjustable Spring Plates
Antiroll Bars - Sway-A-Way 19mm front and 25mm rear, urethane mounts
Shocks Front - KYB GR2, low pressure gas, Opel GT (shorter for lowered beam)
Shocks Rear - KYB GR2, low pressure gas, stock length
Brakes Front - Volkswagen, Type 3 calipers (ATE) and Brembo rotors, Mintex pads, Aeroquip steel braid hose
Brakes Rear - Volkswagen, Ate drums, Mintex shoes
Wheels - Porsche/Pedrini, 914 Aluminum alloys 5.5x15
Tires - BF Goodrich g-Force Sport, 195/55VR-15 front and 205/60VR-15 rear
Misc. - M&H Racemaster 26x6x15 slicks mounted on Porsche/Fuchs 914 forged alloys 5.5x15
Seats - Recaro KR sport seats, recovered with Arvus fabric
Seat Belts - Schroth Rally, 4 point, TUV approved
Headlights - Cibie Z Beams with H4 90/135 watt bulbs, Bosch 30 amp relays
Gauges - 100 mph speedo, 8000 rpm tach, 100 psi oil pressure, oil temp and clock
Misc. - Berg Rear Engine Support Bar (Traction Bar), Berg Transmission middle cross member
Misc. - Hurst Roll Control (Line Lock)
Fire Ext. - Halotron I, class 10BC, DOT, USCG and FAA approved
Weight Reduction - Rear Seat removed, factory undercoating replaced with light weight undercoating
It's very fast in a straight line and handles the curves like a sports car.
It drives the boys in the pony cars crazy.
The only drawback is that its a bit noisy, but after all it was originally designed in the 1930's.
The best thing is whoever you meet, they either had a Bug or have a story to tell.
The kids think its very cool.
Owner: Scott Busby, Los Osos, CA
74 JEG Brazilian Prototype
Owner: Frank Atkinson, Atasacadero, CA
74 Kombi DD
Owner: David Shawcross Hometown:
74 Sun Bug
Owner: Ley Wertz, Santa Barbara
Sun Bug Superbeetle, in the family since 1974.
74 Super Beetle
Owner: Ed Wilner, Nipomo CA
74 Thing Type 181
Owner: Richard Copeland, Ventura, CA
75 Convertible Beetle
Owner: Quillen Foley, Newberry Park, CA
Owner: Vince Petrie, Arroyo Grande, CA
It's a 1975 VW SP2 made in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of approximately 10,000 made between 1972-1976.
All steel body with 1.7 Liter Type 3, dual carbs, pancake engine, swing-axle tranny and Type 1 front axle beam.
I bought it in 1993 in Mill Valley, CA. It was very rusty and neglected. Spent about 3 years on a body off amateur restoration.
I always planned to drive it regularly so didn't try to make it perfect. It's a rare VW, but easy to maintain and a blast to drive.
78 Convertilble Beetle
Owner: Helen Miranda, Lompoc, CA
Owner:Vince Petrie, Arroyo Grande
1982 Puma GTC. It's a fiberglass body "kit car" made in Brazil. The Puma evolved through several
body styles from the early '60's to the late '80's. It was built on a shortened VW pan. It was called a
kit car but was only sold fully assembled minus the engine and running gear. So you could import it as a kit,
then install the engine/transaxle of your choice.
I've owned it since 2001. It has a 1600cc type 1 engine with hydraulic valve lifters
and a shortened gear ratio for quicker acceleration.
2002 Mexican Beetle
Owner: Rex Douglas, Atascadero, CA
Off Roading out by Pozo
Kyle and Quinton do some trailblazing Baja Style
Feature Cars Oct 2009