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1958 Classic Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop | Mr. Agosta | Build Sheet

The PRO's were blessed to have Mr. Agosta to trust our team to rebuild his chassis back in 2011.
- by Pete Skiba - PRO since 2002 | Airkewld.com | Updated on 6/4/23

Front Suspension
  • Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam - 4" Narrowed with Drum Drop Spindles and Adjustable Shocks
  • BAD Series Disc Brakes in 5x130mm with Red Wilwood 4 piston calipers
Rear Suspension
  • Adjusted rear torsion's with Adjustable Shocks and Stainless Hardware
  • Performance Short Axle Transaxle
  • BAD Series Disc Brakes with paint matched eBrake calipers
Related: 1958 Beetle Ragtop Build | 1964 Beetle Sedan Build | Type 3 Squareback

Also: All the products needed to recreate a similar stance on your 1949-65 Beetle are shown below. If you have any questions as it pertains to your vehicle and set up, please contact one of the PRO's.



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Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Link Pin Beam - 2102 Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Link Pin Beam - 2102

A better way to lower a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965) other than utilizing adjusters in the center of the beam is to order an Ultimate Adjustable Front Beam.

The Ultimate Beam (UB) allows you to adjust your ride height from stock height down to *seven inches on average. The UB has Delrin bushings, a steering dampener bracket, and grease-able zerks. The UB can come in stock width, up to 4" narrowed with shock towers. New torsions, tie rods, and shocks are recommended for the best overall user experience. If you don't know what beam makes the most sense, click here. This beam replaces the factory beam part number 113401021A.

4" Narrowed and Stock Width LHD are in stock


There are three ways to lower your 1949 through 1965 Type 1. Good, Better, Best.

Good
- Install a pair of adjusters, based on budget and skill set - no tech support
Better - Install an Ultimate Beam - Tech Support Included
Best - Install an assembled beam like the Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam - Tech Support Included

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours |
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Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Link Pin Beam Complete - 2201 Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Link Pin Beam Complete - 2201

The BEST way to adjust a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965), up or down, is by installing a Complete PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam is built on the Ultimate Beam platform. It's made in stock width and up to four inches narrower than OEM to allow for wider wheels, drop spindles, and disc brakes, that add track width.

The complete beam comes as you see it, spindle to spindle, with an entire PRObuilt steering system installed and ready to bolt in and go. For a full list of details included with the beam assembly, visit the Complete Details section here. This beam replaces the factory beam part number 113401021A.

Made in the USA | Product updated 1/9/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 1/2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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OEM PRObuilt Steering Box - 2480 OEM PRObuilt Steering Box - 2480

The most often neglected part of the Classic Volkswagen Drive-Train is the Steering Box. The 113415061C, which is the factory OEM part number, is the most common steering box used. It will work with *All Type 1's, Type 3's, Type 181's and anything that came with a Ball Joint front suspension.

Adjusting the steering box with the adjustment on the top of the box is often over used. As a whole, the steering box is responsible to 40% of the steering wheel play/creep in the steering system. Crazy, right? There is SO MUCH MORE that is responsible for play/creep but we as consumers assume, the steering box is the reason. Let's get into the grease and bearings of the subject...

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours |
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Billet Adjustable Lowered Swing Axle Shock - 2606 Billet Adjustable Lowered Swing Axle Shock - 2606

These shocks fit the Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia with a Swing Axle rear suspension. Shock absorbers are without a doubt the brains of your suspension. Nothing influences how your car rides and handles more than its shock absorbers. These shocks measure 13.000" extended and 9.150" collapsed.

Two kinds of shocks are provided for our clients. These shocks replace the factory shocks with part number 113413031.

Sport - Soft riding shock great for a lowered VW.
Adjustable - Tunable shock great for the enthusiast that like to get a specific ride out of their VW.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/21/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Chassis Inspection Plate Kit - 2701 Chassis Inspection Plate Kit - 2701

A remedy recommended for many Classic Volkswagen's is the clutch tube coming loose from the stationary bracket inside the chassis tunnel. For years, the hole saw, air chisel, was used to cut open the chassis and hose clamp or zip tie the tube back to the bracket. Now, you can fix it correctly with the Chassis Inspection Plate Kit. Cutting and welding are needed to do this job perfectly.

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Early Classic Volkswagen E-Brake Handle Chassis Bracket - 2702 Early E-Brake Handle Chassis Bracket - 2702

Early - 1963 and earlier

Replacing the cheap brackets is a must when doing a Classic VW chassis right. Airkewld has devised a solution for Beetle, Ghia, and Fridolin chassis when the hand brake handle bracket needs to be corrected. Drill out the spot welds on the old bracket, spot weld the new one, and fully weld it together.

Cutting and welding are needed to do this job perfectly.

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| Product updated 6/9/23 by Pete


Typical time to install - 2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Six Shooter Clutch Adjustment Nut - 2820 Six Shooter Clutch Adjustment Nut - 2820

There is a wing nut that, when functioning at its best, is a FIVE-out-of-TEN experience. This original nut would allow the VW owner to adjust his clutch feel to get the right amount of pedal to disengage the clutch. But most of the time, the OEM German wingnut is no longer on the vehicle, and a Chinese soft nut was chosen, and it feels like a week of not shaving your face. Heck, have you ever tried to adjust it when it was cold outside and you were twisting this wing nut, only for you to miss a twist, and like a propeller, it slaps your finger to the point of you letting out a Go#$&#)$)*_#@)_*$*it!!! Ya, we have all been there. We gave this trick little product a pretty cool name. Yeah, I am biased. We call it the Six Shooter Clutch Adjuster.

Available in Raw Steel, Powder Coated Black, Stainless Steel and NOW, Titanium!!!

Made in the USA | Product updated 1/18/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/2 Hour | Install Guide | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stainless Steel Front Beam Bolts - 2902 Stainless Steel Front Beam Bolts - 2902

When installing your Ultimate Beam or factory front end, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/12/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/2 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Spring Plate Cap Fastener Kit - 2904 Spring Plate Cap Fastener Kit - 2904

When updating the details on your Spring Plate Caps, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/16/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/2 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stainless Steel Swing Axle Fastener Kit - 2905 Stainless Steel Swing Axle Fastener Kit - 2905

When updating the details on your Spring Plate to swing axle tube connections, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/16/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/2 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stainless Transmission Shoulder Bolt Set - 2906 Stainless Transmission Shoulder Bolt Set - 2906

When updating the details on your Transaxle rebuild, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/16/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/4 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stainless Pedal Fastener Kit - 2907 Stainless Pedal Fastener Kit - 2907

When updating the details on your pedal assembly, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/16/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1/4 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Complete 1949-65 Stainless Steel Chassis Fastener Kit - 2920 Complete Stainless Steel Classic VW Chassis Fastener Kit - 2920

When rebuilding your 1949 through 1965 Type 1 Classic Volkswagen Chassis, you could use your old Kamax hardware, okay, OR you can replace it with some detail-oriented stainless steel hardware from the PRO's at Airkewld. You have watched the videos and seen the chassis builds, and now, you can use the same hardware and outfit your Classic Volkswagen with some premium hardware.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/16/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 3 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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IDF Weber Hardline Fuel Line Kit - 8083 IDF Weber Hardline Fuel Line Kit - 8083

The Classic Volkswagen engine bay has a problem with fires. You know it. I know it. But what can we do about it? Eliminate connections, fumes, and weak links in the gas system, and eliminate the worry of an engine fire. Sound good?

You just installed your new/rebuilt VW engine, and it is time to connect your dual Weber IDF's and HPMX's. For years is installing some Gates rubber hose and using hose clamps from Autozone. There has to be a more secure way for this fuel system. Airkewld's Stainless Steel Hardline system is here, and you immediately have faith in your fuel system.

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Billet Adjustable Link Pin Lowered Front Shock - 2498 Billet Adjustable Link Pin Lowered Front Shock - 2498

These shocks fit the Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia with a link pin front suspension. Monotube shock technology is more responsive with better oil control and is vastly superior to twin tube shock design. Shock absorbers are without a doubt the brains of your suspension. Nothing influences how your car rides and handles more than its shock absorbers.

Two kinds of shocks are provided for our clients. They are all designed to work with our Ultimate Beam's ONLY. They will NOT work with other beams including the stock beam. These shocks replace the factory shocks with part number 113413031B.

Sport - Soft riding shock great for a lowered VW.
Adjustable - Tunable shock great for the enthusiast that like to get a specific ride out of their VW.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/20/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 1 Hour | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Seat Belt Anchor Reinforcement Kit - 2707 Seat Belt Anchor Reinforcement Kit - 2707

The Seat Belt is the most crucial part of keeping you in your place when driving. That's right. If you purchase seat belts, they come with eye bolts and a fender washer. Really? There has to be a better way, right?

We are introducing our new seat belt reinforcement kit! It is perfect for Classic Volkswagens that don't originally come with seat belts or for the vehicle with their pan halves replaced. Either way, get a clean AND safe look with these new beautifully crafted seat belt reinforcement kits.

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Typical time to install - 2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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PRObuilt Transaxle Performance - Short Axle - 2310 PRObuilt Transaxle Performance - Short Axle - 2310

The BEST way to enjoy the shifting experience at a high performance level (not racing) and low RPM's at higher speeds in a 1949 through 1965 Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia is with a PRObuilt Performance Transaxle equipped with *OEM sized Short Axle/Short Spline Axles (SASS). *(It can fit others, see the Complete Details section for more information).

This transaxle is Perfect for a Performance application. Key features of this transaxle are 3.88 Ring and Pinion, overdrive 4th, along with new synchros, bearings and seals in a rebuilt SASS 12 volt platform. It comes with welded gears, steel shift forks, super diff and heavy duty side plate. All transaxles that come from the PRO's are 12 volt and do not come with OIL. The PRO's recommend This oil from LAT or this on Amazon. You will need 3.5 quarts normally. No Core is Needed.

The PRO's offer a few different transaxle's with different axle lengths. This allows us to fit wheels with different offsets onto cars where as they wouldn't normally fit. So it is recommended you pick out your wheels first, run it by the PRO's to see what axle length makes sense, then choose a Cruiser application, (Freeway Flyer) or Performance application (not racing but more aggressive driving).

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 1/18/24 by Pete

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Classic VW Type 1 Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4150G2 Classic VW Type 1 Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4150G2

Fits Classic Volkswagen's with LINK PIN front suspension with DRUM spindles, 15"+ Wheels, AND these years/models;

1949 through 1965 Type 1 Beetle-Bug-Fusca
1957 through 1965 Karmann Ghia
Kit cars with link pin spindles

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Classic VW Type 1 Rear Short Axle Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4700G2 Classic VW Type 1 Rear Short Axle Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4700G2

Fits Classic Volkswagen's with Short Spline Swing Axle, 15"+ Wheels, AND these years/models;

1949 through 1965 Type 1 Beetle's/Karmann Ghia's - Short Axle Short Spline
1966 and 1967 Type 1 Beetle's/Karmann Ghia's - Long Axle Short Spline
Kit cars with short spline swing axle suspension
Baja's

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OEM PRObuilt Pedal Assembly Service - 1450 OEM PRObuilt Pedal Assembly Service - 1450

Debuting on November 24th, 2023, the PRO's are proud to introduce the PRObuilt Pedal Assembly Service! This is a service of your existing pedal assembly, meaning it can not be purchased outright, no exceptions. It is built on LHD (Left Hand Drive) only.

Once purchased, the PRO's will email you a prepaid shipping label to pay for the shipping of your pedal assembly. You can then drop it off at your local FedEx DropOff location or a Walgreens location near you.

Once received, the PRO's will disassemble the pedal assembly and Ammonia Dip all the components to see the conditions of all parts received. If replacement parts are needed, these parts will be an additional cost. Pedal bushings, spring, pads and hardware are included in the purchase of this service. The OEM Clutch Lever will be reused if possible. If not, a replacement clutch shaft will be supplied with the purchase.

All steel parts will be powder coated satin black and the pedal base will be smoothed out, bead blasted and oil soaked for a clean, sano, finish. All Pedal Builds will have the early Cruiser Pedal conversion, that allows "The Standard" Cruiser pedal to be installed. All standard steel parts will be gun blued.

New Cables are optional. Pictures shown are from our Chassis Builds and only include what is listed above.

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Classic VW Billet Cruiser Pedal 1455 The Standard Classic VW Cruiser Pedal - 1455

It's a pretty huge deal to insinuate a new product that isn't even out yet, will become the standard...but it will. Introducing, The Standard. This pedal will be copied by everyone, because it has been perfected in every way. Some models will require modifications based on OE design but, we both know, it will be totally worth it.

These pedals are made out of a chunk of aluminum and swivel on an integrated lower leg with a counter sunk bolt for ultra clean looks. This pedal will be machined in stages to allow for the ultimate look. On the next to last step, the pedal will be hard anodized a, clear MIL- A-8625 T III Class 1 finish, followed by a final machine finish on the textured grip of the pedal. Guaranteed, your foot won't slip off of this one! Hardware included.

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