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Not a Ranger but still cool...

This is my grandpa's '78 VW karman edition that he reasontly sold.

The engine is a bored and stroked 2276cc with magnum heads, 140 engle cam, 11lb. flywheel, B&M supercharger, H.D. racing clutch, special built trans. with racing gears, bus axels, Gene Berg shifter, 600 Holly Carb, and a MSD Ignigtion System. It use to have nitrous but it was removed. You can see the red bottom on the wheel left behind from when it was installed. The paint has a light flake in it that shows only at the perfect angle with the perfect amount of light. The tv was wired in but was rarely in it since it didnt look all that great.



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You canfind more pictures of the car here.

http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...20Bug/?start=0

Edit: I forgot to add that he bought the car from a lady at work after it caught fire in the parking lot. The fire fighters were unable to get to the car so it just burnt to the ground and he then bought it from her for 100 bucks.

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"3 amps and 14 speakers" Holy crap! where are they hidden? lol..
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Wow, theres alot of time in that! Id rock it.......
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"3 amps and 14 speakers" Holy crap! where are they hidden? lol..

lol to tell you the truth I dont remember where they all are. I know there was 2 mids and tweets on top on the sups. Notthe best place I no but he got obsessed with speakers one time and put them all over.
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hahah well I can't blame him! but looking at a big and seeing the "14 speakers" i was like.. ok they are just going to be showing from EVERYWHERE... then i looked at the pics and was like.. uhm? haha
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LOL. That right there is funny! So, did he ever dyno it? I'm curious what that combo was good for.
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LOL. That right there is funny! So, did he ever dyno it? I'm curious what that combo was good for.
He SAYS it has around 465hp which I can belive but he tends to exaggerate things like that a little. lol

I can say that it would do wheelies tho...
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Well, it usually only takes around 100hp to do wheelies in a reg beetle, maybe 120hp in a convertible. In my experience, that combo, with the Roots super charger that really doesn't add much more than it takes away, I'd guess somewhere around 200hp maybe. 200hp in that car would feel like a ton though. Sadly, those motors don't take to the roots style super chargers very well. He coulda pushed closer to 300hp with a turbo though. Just remember guys, it's still an air cooled 2.3l.
BTW, my 2075cc NA Ghia would do wheelies with 183hp.
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Well I dont know that much about the motor but, I do know that everything there was custom built for the motor and all the bugs worked out. He drove it around town all the time with no problems for a couple years.

He had another vw with 2 small turbos also but sadly I have no pictures of that car. It was more of a street car.
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sweeet car!

it would be quite the sleeper minus the supercharger sticking out of the back lol

and is that the stock dash???
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does it say 405 or 465hp+? wtf wow
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Tys 4x4, the dash may be from a different year model, I dont think it is but it could be. I would have to ask him about that. Like I said he rebuilt this car after if burn to a crisp.

INT3RC3PTOR, yes ia says 465hp but Im sure he added a little to the real power, or that could be an old hp ratting that the car use to have because he was always changing things out. It snaps axles, does wheelies, and eats tires so what ever the hp is I know its alot. I would have to ask him about this to see if he put it on the dyno or how he got that number.

I never really asked any questions about the car, I just took rides in it and worked on it with him when I could.
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lol to tell you the truth I dont remember where they all are. I know there was 2 mids and tweets on top on the sups. Notthe best place I no but he got obsessed with speakers one time and put them all over.
possibly behind the vents? on our old tricked out F-100 i installed some tweeters behind the vents. pretty effective, but sucks for the air flow!!!
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thats pretty cool
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yup, this is me and my dads
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jesus! thats a bit too much for me! but i dig it nonetheless! kudos. now why didnt your gramps keep it? is he working on another one?
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my 63 restomod
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jesus! thats a bit too much for me! but i dig it nonetheless! kudos. now why didnt your gramps keep it? is he working on another one?
He had it for years and with his age it was getting to hard for him to work on it. He now has a mini chopper but found out a couple weeks ago that he has prostate cancer so I have a feeling he will be selling that soon.


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vw brothers!
yup, this is me and my dads
Nice, my uncle has a vw bus in storage. I have been trying to get him to take it out so that I could fix it up. I almost ended up with that bus instead of my ranger, but we didnt think it would be reliable enough without alot of work.

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possibly behind the vents? on our old tricked out F-100 i installed some tweeters behind the vents. pretty effective, but sucks for the air flow!!!
No I know there arent any there, I think there is a mid and tweet on each side under the dash. Ohh, he use to have a short center console that came up to the shifter with a mid and tweet on each side also but, it got damaged one time when he had it removed and didnt get it fixed before he sold the car.


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and my 73 OG
Both nice cars, that first one is very close to the same color of the other bug he owned.
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it would be reliabale if it worked...
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well its been setting for a long time so it would need a bit of work to get running, you right it propably would be reliable. I needed a truck anyway so im kinda glad I got the truck instead of fixing the bus up. I couldnt go all the places I need to go in something like that.
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damn thats alot of power for that little thing
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Wow there was definetly some work put into that. I love the engine.
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Lots of work. The ' car ' doesnt weigh much so it should do quite well.

400+ HP? I don't think so. That car would tear in half!

The Hip thing I have seen recently is kids taking a vintage beetle and dropping in Audi A4 engines with turbos on them. Theres 3 or 4 of them in my area. They all can pull BOTH front tires off the ground and take off like a rocket. They don't have any top-end speed but up to 100mph.. nothing can really catch them outside of a crotch-rocket type of bike.

Those kids say they have about 250ish HP and probably about the same in torque levels.
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That car is awesome...how much did he sell it for
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