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1962 Classic Volkswagen Beetle Chassis Build | Mr. Tellez | Build Sheet

Building a chassis is sort of like baking some cookies. Once you have a recipe, you just have to execute the instructions.
- by Pete Skiba - PRO since 2002 | Airkewld.com | Updated on 6/5/23

Front Suspension
  • Stage 2 (Air Ride) PRObuilt Beam - 4" Narrowed with Drum Drop Spindles
  • BAD Series Disc Brakes in 5x130mm with custom painted Wilwood 2 piston calipers
Rear Suspension
  • Air Ride Kit and Stainless Hardware
  • Freeway Flyer Short Axle Transaxle
  • BAD Series Disc Brakes with paint matched eBrake calipers
Related: Chassis we gave away in 2019 | Nightmare 1966 Convertible Beetle Suspension Rebuild | 1969 Beetle Chassis Stock Rebuild

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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Classic VW Complete Air Ride Kit - 1000 Classic VW Complete Air Ride Kit - 1000

A better way to Air Ride a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension and swing axle rear suspension (1949 through 1965) is with a Complete Air Ride Kit from Airkewld. It converts the ENTIRE VW from torsion-sprung suspension to air-ride suspension.

The original Air Ride Kit will allow your Classic VW to lower and raise with a toggle, and the tank will auto-fill to be ready the next time you want to make a suspension adjustment.

Lay it in the weeds. Check. Get up a driveway without dragging the vehicle on the ground. Check. A lovely comfortable ride that even momma will enjoy. CHECK!! Isn't it time to finally set your suspension up correctly with a Complete Air Ride kit from the PRO's at Airkewld?

There are three ways to Air Ride your 1949 through 65 Type 1. Good, Better, Best.

Good
- Individually buy parts, based on budget and skill set - no tech support
Better - Purchase this complete kit (beam|spindle options) - Tech Support Included
Best - Complete PRObuilt Kit with everything you would want - Tech Support Included

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

Typical time to install - 16 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Classic VW Rear Air Ride Kit - 1200 Classic VW Rear Air Ride Kit - 1200

The Best way to Air Ride a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with swing axle rear suspension (1949 through 1968) is with a Rear Air Ride Kit from Airkewld. It converts the Rear from torsion-sprung suspension to air-ride suspension.

Lay it in the weeds. Check. Get up a driveway without dragging the vehicle on the ground. Check. A lovely comfortable ride that even momma will enjoy. CHECK!! Isn't it time to finally set your suspension up correctly with a Complete Air Ride kit from the PRO's at Airkewld?

There are two ways to Air Ride your 1949 through 68 Type 1. Good, and Best.

Good
- Individually buy parts, based on budget and skill set - No tech support
Best - Purchase this complete kit - Tech Support Included if used with our air management kit

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

Typical time to install - 6 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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4 Valve Air Management Kit Manual - 1301 4 Valve Air Management Kit Manual - 1301

The Best way to manage Air Ride on a Classic Volkswagen is to have the right parts to do what is needed every time. The Air Management Kit (AMK) will allow your Classic VW to lower and raise with a toggle, and the tank will auto-fill to be ready the next time you want to make a suspension adjustment. A 4-valve AMK will do the entire VW perfectly. A 2-valve AMK will perfectly do a single axle, front or rear.

Lay it in the weeds. Check. Get up a driveway without dragging the vehicle on the ground. Check. A lovely comfortable ride that even momma will enjoy. CHECK!! Isn't it time to finally set your suspension up correctly with a Complete Air Ride kit from the PRO's at Airkewld?

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/17/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Stage 2 PRObuilt Air Ride Link Pin Beam Complete - 2202 Stage 2 PRObuilt Air Ride Link Pin Beam Complete - 2202

The BEST way to Air Ride a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965), is by installing a Stage 2 PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 2 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.

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

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

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PRObuilt Transaxle Freeway Flyer - Short Axle - 2300 PRObuilt Transaxle Freeway Flyer - Short Axle - 2300

The BEST way to enjoy the shifting experience and low RPMs at higher speeds in 1949 through 1965 Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia is with a PRObuilt Freeway Flyer 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 the Cruiser application. Key features of this transaxle are the 3.88 Ring and Pinion, overdrive 4th, new synchros, bearings, and seals in a rebuilt SASS 12-volt platform. All transaxles 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 usually.

The PRO's offer a few different transaxles with varying lengths of the axle. This allows us to fit wheels with different offsets onto cars, whereas they wouldn't usually fit. So you should pick out your wheels first, run them 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). No Core is Needed.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/24/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 6 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video| Tools Needed


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Front Brake Line Brackets - 2700 Front Brake Line Brackets - 2700

Replacing the cheap brackets is necessary when doing a Classic VW chassis right. Airkewld has devised a solution for Beetle, Ghia, Thing, and Fridolin chassis when the brake line stands need to be corrected. Drill out the spot welds on the old stands, drill some holes, and bolt on the new ones—done deal.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/9/23 by Pete

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

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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.

Made in the USA
| Product updated 6/9/23 by Pete


Typical time to install - 2 Hours | 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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SLC-Fury 17 Inch Billet Wheel - 9117 SLC-Fury 17 Inch Billet Wheel - 9117

Fits the following:

  • All VW's*
  • *With bolt patterns in 5x130mm, 5x4.50 and 5x4.75
PDF Instructions:
  • Wheel Options Article - Link
  • Wheels only come in 17x7 configurations
The PRO's Recommendations:
  • Beetle/Ghia's need a 4" Narrowed beam and short axles, (Standard equipment on pre 65 vehicles) or Narrowed IRS arms (69 and later) to run the wheels staggered. (More wheel lip in the rear)
  • 14mm Studs with Acorn seat lug nuts
  • P205r40-17 Tires up front, P215r45-17 Tires in the rear
  • Check out the details tab for more fitment information

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Install Brakes onto Link Pin PRObuilt Beam - 9826 Install Brakes onto Link Pin PRObuilt Beam - 9826

Once you have added the install to your cart, click the following kits that make sense for your build.

Front Disc Brakes - Link
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Complete PRObuilt Air Ride Kit - 1050 Complete PRObuilt Air Ride Kit - 1050

The Best way to Air Ride a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension and swing axle rear suspension (1949 through 1965) is with a Complete PRObuilt Air Ride Kit from Airkewld. It converts the ENTIRE VW from torsion-sprung suspension to air-ride suspension.

The original Air Ride Kit will allow your Classic VW to lower and raise with a toggle, and the tank will auto-fill to be ready the next time you want to make a suspension adjustment.

Lay it in the weeds. Check. Get up a driveway without dragging the vehicle on the ground. Check. A lovely comfortable ride that even momma will enjoy. CHECK!! Isn't it time to finally set your suspension up correctly with a Complete Air Ride kit from the PRO's at Airkewld?

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

Good
- Individually buy parts, based on budget and skill set - No tech support
Better - A complete kit with (beam|spindle options and utilize our air management kit) Tech Support Included
Best - Purchase this Complete PRObuilt Kit with everything you would want - Tech Support Included

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

Typical time to install - 12 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
Tools Needed


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Shift Coupler Inspection Cover -1405 Shift Coupler Inspection Cover -1405

Carefully crafted from 1mm sheet metal down to every detail. An exact match to the original counterpart.

Made in the USA | Product updated 2/23/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 10 min | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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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. An option will be to install a early style cruiser pedal to replace the terrible factory pedal option. 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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