Hi everyone and Happy Holidays!
I’m in a bit of a dilemma with my ‘75 Super Beetle. It has a fuel injected engine like all U.S. Beetles have from “75-’79. After a lot of work over the past 6 months it runs better than it ever has. Unfortunately the ‘75 body and frame have been rode hard and put away wet far too many times. There is major rust and a hole or two under the back seat where the left pan would fasten/weld to the diagonal braces on either side of the tunnel. The rust caused by the blown in insulation in the C channel/half moon air vent area has come through the sheet metal on both sides and also caused holes and punky rusty metal at the top of both rear wheel wells. Plus both heat channels are soft
The other day, the owner the shop here in town who’s been working on air cooled VW’s for over 40 years, shows me a ‘74 Super that been garage kept all of it’s life. With 42,000 original miles there’s no obvious signs of rust on the pans, the running boards are clean and solid, some corrosion in the battery box area that needs some cleaning but no holes, suspension is in good shape, has a sunroof, no tears in the headliner or seat fabric, and the carpets look to be in pretty good shape. On the other hand the interior of my’75 is totally gutted. The ‘74 just needs an engine and complete brakes. He’s not sure if he’ll put an engine and new brakes in it himself or sell it as is.
Here’s the dilemma... If he’ll sell me the ‘74 as is, do I use the fuel injected version of my engine or pull the FI off and go with a carbureted set up? I’ll be doing all the work myself and after taking with him, I know what’s involved in doing the swap, one way or the other. So I wonder how some of you would approach it? I’ll look forward to reading your comments and opinions!
Thanks for your time and again Happy Holidays!