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36 Years Of Performance Engine Building and Quality Parts

The 66 Baja Transmorphification of Coolness: Part 1

The service department at Chirco sees a ton of projects go through it every year. It’s not uncommon for the shop guys to do 2 or 3 engine builds, 19 “make my car pass emissions”, 7 tune-ups, 6 or 7 carb rebuilds, 20 or so fix my broken cables and still put time into the resto projects we have every week!

I’m not trying to brag, but are shop guys can fly….like literally fly….and their knowledge of air cooled VWs is right up there near the tippy top.

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Kevins 66 Type 1…Before

That being the case it’s not suprising that Kevin brought his 66 type 1 here to have it transformed into a cool 66 Baja! Ken said the car got hit, or hit something and the front end was damaged so he thought it would be cool to turn his street car, all lowered and what-not, into a Baja. Kevins’ son Collin was hangin out with him. I asked if it would be Collins’ car and before he could answer, Kevin said “….ummmmm no.” ???? We’ll see.

The car has been here for a few days so I went to take a few pics.

7 Piece Baja Kit by Chirco.com

7 Piece Baja Kit by Chirco.com

Bob and Joe Butler are the mechs assigned to this build. Chirco had the 7 piece baja kit in stock so they went ahead and removed the fenders, hood and pretty much everything except the doors and install the new kit.

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Nice shot of Kevins car…AFTER

Careful attention was paid to the fit and the cut. The 7 piece kit does come with a little extra room on the pieces so measuring and trimming is important. Naturally the Chirco Super Soldier Shop Freaks are meticulous. The cut to line up the fenders was absolutely perfect! I suppose a person could do this kind of thing all on their own, but it helps to have an extra set of eyes, not to mention, hands, legs, spleens and elbows.

1641cc Air Cooled VW Engine built by Chirco.com

1641cc Air Cooled VW Engine built by Chirco.com

The engine was built by Bob in like 2 days I think. It’s a 1641cc with a single Weber Progressive carb. It’s pretty much the Chirco 1641 engine rebuild kit, with a few special touches. The exhaust system is a Single Quiet System.

Bob thinks it’ll be a pretty sweet power-plant for this car.

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A Hose on your Throttle Tube is a good thing.

Joe Butler, “Junior Mint Mechanic” and all around cool guy pointed out a little somethin to me. He said they use a little piece of hose with a slit in it to help hold the throttle tube in place. It stops it from rattling around and from ending up in places you wouldn’t want it to end up. ????

rear baja bumper at chirco.com

Rear Baja Baby Buggy Bumper ????

We also had the Bumpers in house. The guys sent it out for paint so it has a nice clean look. The front bumper got the same treatment. You can also see the other parts of the 7 piece baja kit. Now if you’re thinking you don’t want or need all 7 pieces, you can order them individually. Note: The fenders are sold in pairs though.

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Great job on the interior by Kevin’s Wife.

The interior wasn’t actually done by us. Kevin’s wife did it. I don’t know if she used one of our interior kits or what. I do know that it’s a very very nice job and worth showing you. I was told she went on YouTube and found headliner videos and everything she needed. Really a nice job….impressive.

That’s gonna be it for part 1. I’m told a tire and wheel choice has been made and the raised spindles should go on soon and then we’ll have a roller!

It’s pretty bada_s to get a chance to see builds like this happening every week around here. We’ll go get some more shots and get part 2 up here as soon as we can.

Thanks for reading.

-TC

Chirco Reviews

Scott Woodburn
Scott Woodburn
20:34 16 Oct 19
These guys were great. Frank took almost two hours find the right parts I needed. Will definitely be going back for more parts and expertise.
J T W
J T W
05:32 24 Sep 19
These guys are great and very helpful! Prices are fair and parts are quality.
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
Logn Carter
Logn Carter
05:19 20 Aug 19
Great service, reliable and very fast. I was in and out in about 10 minutes even when I ordered quite a bit.
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mary & Terry Toth
Mary & Terry Toth
17:21 25 May 19
Very good people to work with they really know there stuff I recommend highly Terry & Mary
George Russell
George Russell
17:30 23 May 19
Regardless of whatever else I've had for cars I've always had at least one VW. Reliable and easy to work on. Chirco is without question the best place around Tucson to get quality VW parts and service.
joe gardner
joe gardner
19:38 07 May 19
i live in hawaii and its hard to get parts. the guys at chirco has made my experience much easier.. thank you guys.
Kurt van opstal
Kurt van opstal
02:57 01 May 19
I buy some times parts from. Them. For. My company fun buggy, Punta cana, Dominican Republic. Making tours with beach buggy's. I like there good service and quick shipping
Jeremy Mate
Jeremy Mate
20:13 07 Apr 19
I love chirco Automotive, great people, great shop and awesome showroom!!
Jason
Jason
23:37 27 Mar 19
Awesome people!!! And they have had everything I've needed so far
Doninik L
Doninik L
05:01 17 Mar 19
Best place in Tucson to get you vw fix. They are knolagable and can help you out with just about anything you need
Britten Rosenberg
Britten Rosenberg
00:32 10 Mar 19
Being a VW onwer and live very close buy I have been there a lot. Staff is very knowledgeable and are very friendly. Joe the owner is a good guy and will help you get what you need.
Robert Barracco
Robert Barracco
04:07 03 Mar 19
Nice people Quick Service had what I needed very good experience
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
20:33 10 Feb 19
Great service, very helpful staff. Great prices.
Randy Best
Randy Best
00:26 16 Jan 19
Old aircooled dub paradise. I restore old VWs and this place always has what I need.
Adam Kowalczyk
Adam Kowalczyk
20:41 08 Jan 19
Plenty of V W dune buggy parts, and lots of knowledge.
Peter Sollenbarger
Peter Sollenbarger
02:35 08 Dec 18
Joe Chirco is a great guy with a great team to help him out. they are very knowledgeable about all VW and more.
Keith Rae
Keith Rae
19:02 18 Oct 18
Awesome place. Great staff. Usually have what you need
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