Hi everyone and Happy Holidays!

I’m in a bit of a dilemma with my ‘75 Super Beetle. It has a fuel injected engine like all U.S. Beetles have from “75-’79. After a lot of work over the past 6 months it runs better than it ever has. Unfortunately the ‘75 body and frame have been rode hard and put away wet far too many times. There is major rust and a hole or two under the back seat where the left pan would fasten/weld to the diagonal braces on either side of the tunnel. The rust caused by the blown in insulation in the C channel/half moon air vent area has come through the sheet metal on both sides and also caused holes and punky rusty metal at the top of both rear wheel wells. Plus both heat channels are soft

The other day, the owner the shop here in town who’s been working on air cooled VW’s for over 40 years, shows me a ‘74 Super that been garage kept all of it’s life. With 42,000 original miles there’s no obvious signs of rust on the pans, the running boards are clean and solid, some corrosion in the battery box area that needs some cleaning but no holes, suspension is in good shape, has a sunroof, no tears in the headliner or seat fabric, and the carpets look to be in pretty good shape. On the other hand the interior of my’75 is totally gutted. The ‘74 just needs an engine and complete brakes. He’s not sure if he’ll put an engine and new brakes in it himself or  sell it as is.

Here’s the dilemma... If he’ll sell me the ‘74 as is, do I use the fuel injected version of my engine or pull the FI off and go with a carbureted set up? I’ll be doing all the work myself and after taking with him, I know what’s involved in doing the swap, one way or the other. So I wonder how some of you would approach it? I’ll look forward to reading your comments and opinions!

Thanks for your time and again Happy Holidays!






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Hello and Happy Holidays to you!

My 1975 Super Beetle has fuel injection and runs perfectly, knock on wood. But I’ve heard horror stories from other trying to get a FI engine to run well, so I guess we both got lucky. My Super had some rust in the back floor section but I was able to patch it up to my satisfaction. From the sound of your rust buying the 74 sounds like the right decision and since it sounds like your engine is running fine I’d do the swap. I guess that since mine has given no problems I’d stick with it. On the hand if you’re into Performance carbs give you a lot of options. Hope this helped and didn’t confuse you!
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Good morning,  Super75
I'd have to concur with Wayne on this. If your FI is running like you described, I'd definitely go with the swap. 
Have a great one!
Desiree (formerly desiree71SB)
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Hi Wayne and Cloudy71SB,

Thanks for responding to my “Dilemma” and your words of encouragement! I don’t know much about VW Special Editions but since writing the Post, a couple of folks from our local club who have also seen the ‘74 Super Beetle I described, tell me that it’s a ‘74 Super Beetle Sun Bug…. So with that information, I’m thinking an FI engine would not be Model or Year specific and probably reduce the overall value of the car. I also posted “A Dilemma” over on the Samba where I heard from volksworld who has been a VW Mechanic and shop owner since 1975. He writes that there are a number of physical differences between a ‘74 and ‘75 engine bay, overall engine shapes differ between a carbed and FI motor, heater cable hookups, exhaust, fuel lines and pumps, engine specific tin, etc... The list goes on… He not only sounds like the Voice of Experience but also the Voice of Reason!!

Regarding Special Editions... Based on the original paint job (L96N  Vipergrün-metallic/Viper Green Metallicmy 75 Super, it is a La Grande Bug?! It still has the Rosewood dash veneer, but any sign of the matching Bamboo cloth interior, leather grained wheel, and leather grained seats with cord inserts, are long gone (References to original paint and interior details courtesy of the website). No one around here has ever been very excited when I’ve referred to it as a Special Edition. Even one of the VW shop owners in town has one but doesn’t think it’s anything special! Oh well...

So looks like I’ll wrap up current projects on my ‘75, get the holes under the back seat welded up and fiberglass the ones in the wheel wells. With that done the interior should stay relatively dry this winter. Then I can start using it as a daily driver again. Wayne, I’d be interested to know more about how you solved the rust issues on the back floor of your bug.

Thanks again,
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