1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
1962 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Multiple Show Winner! Feature car in the June 2000 issue of Hot VWs Magazine.
Total body-off the pan restoration which started in 1992 and was completed in 2000.
It is a mixture of the California look, and vintage performance. Looking at the outside, the car was finished in a two-tone paint scheme, using Deltron 2000 DBC Riviera Blue Platinum (silver with a blue cast), covered with Deltron 2001 clear coats. All of the car's side trim, bumpers, and emblems were retained but, of course, freshened-up or replaced with new NOS items. To give the car a more "vintage performance" look, front and rear fender gravel guards were added, along with a single fog light, dual-tip Abarth exhaust system, VW-logo mud flaps and dual side mirrors. To spice-up the theme, a full set of modern day Neal billet widefive-lug disk brakes, highlighted by a set of Flat Four BRM-style wheels. With the front end lowered slightly, using dual adjusters to give it a nose-down look, tire sizes remain constant all the way around (using 165R15 Pneumant radials). Now, with BRM-style wheels and a lowered front end, you would think that under the decklid lies the heart of a two-liter monster engine, right? Wrong. Instead, Joe Ruiz, who specializes in vintage Okrasa and Judson supercharged engines, and had one built for this special '62. Joe built a stroked 40 hp engine, using a vintage 69.5mm Empi/Okrasa forged crank, Rimco 40 hp rods and "big bore" 83mm/40hp pistons and liners. Among the other cool period pieces are a pair of Okrasa dual-port 40hp cylinder heads, NOS Fram oil filter canister, dual Okrasa/Solex 32mm carburetors mounted to a pair of extra-tall steel manifolds and Knect air cleaners, Bosch 010 distributor, and Abarth exhaust. With every nut, bolt, and washer cad-plated, and tin first acid-dipped then painted satin black, and careful assembly, this engine is a true work of art.