VOLKSWAGEN BAJA HISTORY
The BAJA is one of the wildest and toughest Beetle hybrids. They had to be because the name comes from the Baja desert in California. Several VW Beetles were modified in the now familiar fashion to compete in the Baja 1000 off road race in Mexicali. This tough race took place in sandy undulating terrain, hence the competitors had to have cars that would take the fast pace and the rough ride. Fortunately, Professor Porsche designed the Beetle to work as a jeep for the German army - see the Kubelwagen and Scwimwagens.
Nelson Kruschandl - Vdubber
course it's not really that simple. A Baja bug is basically a normal
stock beetle body, which has had its fenders replaced with GRP panels that
are shorter and higher, in order to accommodate bigger wheels and tyres.
The Baja look also requires the removal of the front and rear valences,
and replacing them with GRP panels that give greater ground clearance and
better engine accessibility. I can do and engine change, or clutch
service in around 30 minutes.
your own - what are the key elements of the Baja look:
A hi-lift Baja
Nelson's converted 1972 beetle
Baja Benny's Page - read about the transformation of a 1969 bug into a full-fledged Baja Bug.
Baja Bug Web Site, The - building Baja Bugs from the ground up.
Baja Bugs [Insanity, Inc.] - photograph galleries.
Baja Page, The - VW sedan modified for off-road use, with writings and features on race, show, and real Bajas, and Baja buses.
Bajas in Action - tech tips, before and after photographs, as well as shots of Baja Bugs in off-roading action.
Bo's Baja - the story of one VW's transformation into a Baja Bug.
Bryon's Baja Page - looks at the process of building a Baja.
Bugly's Page - adventures of a '67 VW Baja Bug that is Corvair powered.
Bugman's Aircooled VW Page - pictures, articles, message board, and information on the webmaster's Baja project.
Flegs Baja Bug Page - with jump, action, and stuck photographs, as well as information and links.
FrankenBug: My 69 Baja - the story of how one man found his Baja Bug.
Green Baja - the story of a Volkswagen that called out to its owner to be transformed into something bigger and better.
Jay's Baja Page - photographs, links, and the story of the build up of a '73 Baja Bug.
Jeff's Baja Project - pictures and writings about the transformation of a '68 VW Beetle.
Justin's Baja Bug Page - with a photo gallery, technical information, and more.
Koo's Baja Bug - features pictures, news, and a forum.
My Baja Bug Buildup Page - budgeting, a brake job, an accident, and other incidents in the conversion of a '67 VW Beetle.
Paul's Baja Bug - Oregon Bajas, technical information, and a section dedicated to a '61 Baja.
Real German SUVs - dedicated to Lulu Belle, a yellow '64 Baja Bug.
Volkswagen Baja Beetles and More - with a journal of restoration progress, as well as photographs.
Yellow Baja and Dune Buggy Historical Society (YBDB) - dedicated to the preservation of the history of highway-legal VW-powered vehicles used off-road.
Cool Baja with street cred
Wide track Baja with sand tyres
A taste for adventure
Solar Cola - the healthier alternative
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