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Is this VW Super Beetle worth restoring?

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Hello I’m new to restoring cars and have relatively no experience at all at fixing cars  but I want to take on this vw restoration. I want other experienced people’s opinions on what I should do. I know I won’t be able to do everything on my own as far as the wiring if needed and new floor pans but this is my dream car and I am also using this restoration for mechanical knowledge too. This 1977 VW Super Beetle has a lot of rust but not that much under the car it’s mostly surface rust. I just need someone more experienced opinion so I attached some photos he is also asking 600$ for it.

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How much does a good one that does not need major restoration sell for in your area?

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Check to see if that rust isn't leaving holes. You may learn a lot about bodywork and painting. The mechanical parts should be easy to find and there is a lot of chrome and dress-up stuff you can add. Offer $400.

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Pass on this. VWs used a body pan and this one needs replacing. Patching won't be that safe. The door bottoms should be checked as I suspect they are shot. The roof will never be the same since the metal has stretched. Sorry to be a wet blanket but this is a real challenge. 

For $2500 - $4000 for a better car may seem like a lot but you would be way more into this one in parts and time very quickly.

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Yeah that’s kinda what I was thinking I didn’t want it to be too much work for so little car, I’m glad I posted before I made a decision thanks for replying!

9 minutes ago, 72caddy said:

Pass on this. VWs used a body pan and this one needs replacing. Patching won't be that safe. The door bottoms should be checked as I suspect they are shot. The roof will never be the same since the metal has stretched. Sorry to be a wet blanket but this is a real challenge. 

For $2500 - $4000 for a better car may seem like a lot but you would be way more into this one in parts and time very quickly.

 

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Passing is good.  I don't think that is a Super Beetle based on the front suspension, so I think the car is being mis-represented.  Pan replacement is not difficult and you can buy virtually all the sheetmetal, but you will definitely be in it upside down financially.

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Flip by owner?  Didn't even take it off the trailer.  

 

Good car to learn on, simple to fix.  By the time you get it done you will have learned welding, mechanics, electrics, body work, and interior refurbishment.  Or, you will spend a fortune on a car thats not worth much and it will be a long time before you enjoy it if ever.  

 

 

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Best bet, go to thesamba.com and look around and ask questions at that site. They can help you with anything you need to make an informed decision. They are quite simple cars, mostly affordable parts, and a lot of fun to drive.Good luck.

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9 hours ago, pont35cpe said:

Super beetles have a curved windshield, not a flat windshield like all other beetles..

Early Supers had a flat windshield, but from 73 on, I believe, it was curved.  All Supers have a macpherson strut front suspension and all regular beetles have the torsion bar front suspension.  That is why I think that one is misrepresented.  

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As the others have said, you'll be way behind financially if you start on this one and it'll be a long time before you get to drive it.  Even if you got it for free it would still cost far more than than a good one you could buy now.  

Get the good one and you can still learn on it by fiddling and changing things to suit you and you get to drive it at the same time.  

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A wise guy once told me, "There's nothing more expensive than a cheap German car".

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5 hours ago, Frank Tate said:

Early Supers had a flat windshield, but from 73 on, I believe, it was curved.  All Supers have a macpherson strut front suspension and all regular beetles have the torsion bar front suspension.  That is why I think that one is misrepresented.  

Correct. I had a 74 Super.

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On 5/2/2018 at 9:53 PM, 72caddy said:

Pass on this. VWs used a body pan and this one needs replacing. Patching won't be that safe. The door bottoms should be checked as I suspect they are shot. The roof will never be the same since the metal has stretched. Sorry to be a wet blanket but this is a real challenge. 

For $2500 - $4000 for a better car may seem like a lot but you would be way more into this one in parts and time very quickly.

 

I've been into VW's for 20+ years and this is the first I've heard of "the roof will never be the same since the metal has stretched"...  that's just not true.   Many VW's rusted far worse than this car have been successfully and safely repaired.   Replacing the floor pans is a very simple repair, both sides can be removed and replaced within a day, even if the body isn't removed.  

 

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The VW offered for sale is a standard VW (basic model) not a Super Beetle.  Also, the 1977 engine is an FI engine; the installed engine is not FI.  Having an incorrect engine could present problems if emission testing is required in your state.

 

If you want a VW, it is best to select a 1967 or older model.  Also, the 1968 through 1970 VW bugs are good cars, but a bit more complex than the older ones and the parts availability is not as good as the earlier cars.  I would avoid the VW convertibles and the VW Karmann Ghias; body and trim parts could get expensive.

 

I suggest that you attend some local VW events to meet a few VW enthusiasts.

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Define “worth.”

 

Worth an education in automobile restoration?  Absolutely

 

Worth the money?  No

 

 

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Do not waste time and money. Sell as parts car. If you really bent hell on VW get a pre 1966. More simple and lots of parts from Cipl VW parts dealer.

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