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« on: Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 03:42:43 PM »

 Hi guys
 can some one tell me if we can use a type 1- 1974 beetle floor pan
 and if not (why not) I seem to remember being told along
 time ago that only up to type 1- 1970 beetles can be used because of their front end
 Im hoping I just deeamed it because I know where there is one going
 real cheap.
 any info would be much appresiated
 thanks in advance and all have a very mery Xmas.
 from me and mine to you and yours.
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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 09:37:47 PM »

From memory it was because the newer ones moved to a mcpherson strut front end which is too high to fit under the front bodywork.
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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 09:42:16 PM »

Here's the page: http://eurekacarclub.com.au/forum/index.php/topic,916.0.html

Basically it's the superbug's that aren't suitable.
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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 01:19:54 AM »

Depends on the frontend. I have a 74 that has a beam front, but most are Mcpherson Strut.
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 01:22:36 AM »

Heres a couple on EBay that are balljoint/IRS.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Volkswagen-1500-Beetle-1970-2D-Sedan-4-SP-Manual-Project-Baja-unfinished-/170959430352?pt=AU_Cars&hash=item27cdf9e2d0

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Volkswagen-1500-Beetle-1970-2D-Sedan-4-SP-Manual-Project-NEW-BODY-Subaru-Mtr-/170959421767?pt=AU_Cars&hash=item27cdf9c147

This one comes with a Subaru Conversion.
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 04:25:17 AM »

G'day Ken,

The original good book says on page 2;

Quote:
Please keep in mind that the Eureka was designed specifically for installation on a standard unaltered* Type 1 Beetle chassis, 1956 through 1974.  Given the choice, we would recommend 1969 or newer chassis because of late type suspension i.e., ball joint front suspension and double U-jointed half shafts at rear makes your EUREKA a much better handling machine than those put on older type chassis.
End quote.

And the asterisk doesn't mean batteries not included, Cheesy it says:

Quote:
* Unaltered:  Steering remains stock, gear shift stays in same location, emergency brake stays in same location and floor pan is neither shortened, lengthened or made narrower.  The entire chassis remains as it was manufactured by V.W.
End quote.

After all that, my new Reek has a 1976 floor pan in it and I am lead to believe 1976 was the last year of the H-beam front end Type 1 (Beetle) and only MacPherson strut front ends were made after that which as Radek rightly put it, just don't fit under there! Cry Tongue

Hope this helps, Cool

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