1972 VW Beetle/Roadster

What we have here is a 1972 VW Beetle. I have always been into bugs. I kind of fell off the other side of the fence, when I built this one. I have always wanted something different, than most. I am having a ball with this one. The car has a 2x3 tube chassis under it. The engine is a 355 Chevy, with a 350 Turbo behind it. The rearend is 9" Ford, 3.25 gears. It also has ladder bars, with coilover shocks. The car is somewhat designed after a 32 Ford Highboy Roadster. The front suspension is all 32 Ford. I also molded in a 32 Ford dash. The bench seat is out of a Ford Ranger Pickup, narrowed 5", then had new foam, and recovered. There is a 22 gallon fuel cell, where the bug back seat used to be. I really don't need 22 gallons, I just want as much weight over the rearend that I can get. I have been told by many people that street machine, or street rod, just can't be in the same sentence, with Volkswagen. I beg to differ..........

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ateelmo's picture

Love the street beetle looks awsome!!

Cool be nice to cruise by the beach  

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks alot...Not your normal run of the mill

TimeTraveller's picture

Oh yeah, that is sweeeeeeet!


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Jimbobjoe57's picture

I really enjoy it    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

chargerc1500's picture

killer whip, very awsome machine

ray lundgren's picture

very cool car jim, I knew a guy in high school that had a 70 vw with a 440 in it. it ate up corvettes.

Jimbobjoe57's picture

I have a 1968 VW Squareback, kinda like a Vega Wagen, with a blown hemi, going in it............

Jimbobjoe57's picture

My original plans was for a 454. I had that 355 sitting in the shop, and just got to inpatient. Needless, to say.

DRC's picture

I'm A long way from being A VW fan "even though we are restoring A 70 beetle" but I beleive you fell off the right side of the fence on this. VERY awesome ride, great work!!!!!! And now I want to see the Hemi Squareback!!!!!

Jimbobjoe57's picture

I am getting pictures together, so I can post them. I am very early into the build. It is going to be wild.


grantb's picture

i love the car!!!!!!!!!

grant b

Jimbobjoe57's picture

It is an absolute ball. The response has be phenomenal. It is just so different.

hippiman's picture

I love it

Cherry Customs

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Something that you just don't see everyday.......

lt1's picture

wow over the top nice , thanks for the comment on my truck

jack smith

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks Jack!!!!

BigJon's picture

Hi, that is one badass VW creation....

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks man.............It is alot of fun..........

brimmer555's picture

really cool VW.

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Wanting spring to get back. Ready to go play!!!!!!!!!!!!

autowayne's picture

That's a great looking bug. When i was building my project i wanted something differant. It was my first project and i wasn't sure if i was bitting off more then i could chew!!! I like that you go outside of the box on your builds.  KEEP BUILDING!!!! 

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks!!!!!!!!! I just really like different...... Don't want to see myself coming and going all the time......

fordsbyjay's picture

That is a cool looking bug. Convertibles are always nice when you live somewhere warm.

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks alot Jay............It is nice to have the wind in your hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Phoenix's picture

That is by far the best, and most interesting bug i have ever seen! love it.

Jimbobjoe57's picture

Thanks alot...........It is a fun car.......