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RE: [T3] Hot Rod Type 3


Hmmm, I don't know of any books that are the definitive "how to hot rod",
particularly for VWs.  There are some for the T1 but they really don't help
the T3 scene.  Remember, hot rodding costs money and usually quite a bit.
Your chances of damaging something increaseĐ—<l.

Customizing, to me, is more of a happy-fuzzy-feely thing that varies from
person to person.  I've taken my styling cues from the American hot rod
scene: big engine, custom drivetrain, custom shifter, fat tires, solid
racing rims, lowered stance.  Then I added more to suit my needs:  stiff
suspension, sound system, ragtop, computerized ignition, electronic points,
alternator, additional gauges, working towards an electric fuel pump (my
goal is to clean up the engine bay), etc.  The VW style Cal-Look doesn't
appeal to me and neither does Hawaiian Style.

Look at other people's rides, no matter what they drive.  Go to car shows,
especially the hot rod shows, for ideas.  Let your mind wander, define what
you want and if it's economically and functionally feasible then do it with
detail.  Research your changes...you don't want the ragtop to leak water,
the engine to run hot, the tranny to be geared so low that it's only good on
the dragstrip, poorly maintained brakes and lap seatbelts on a fast engine,
etc.  The more you know the less likely you'll get burned, believe me.

In the end, the car will reflect you and you're the one who has to live with
the changes so do what pleases you.  Don't try to get input from the list
about what you should do because 1) it's your car, not ours and; 2) the
purists/stockers are gonna tell you not to do it.  If you see something you
like then contact the owner about it.
   Toby Erkson
   air_cooled_nut@pobox.com  <-- Please use this address for email
   '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L, Berg five-speed
   '75 Porsche 914 1.8L, R.I.P., ORPCA member
   '95 VW Jetta III GL 2.0L, P-Chipped, Jamex sport suspension
   Portland, Oregon, http://www.pobox.com/~toby_erkson/


> -----Original Message-----
> I am looking to hot rod it... Like MAJOR 
> CUSTOM... Does anyone know of any god books on hot rodding vws?

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