1952 Zwitter Beetle

Zwitter Beetle project !!
This 1952 Beetle is currently being built into a Split window with an Oval dash.
The rusted shell (Without a pan, doors, deck lid, apron & hood ) was bought from Ernest van Tooren (Classic VW in Benoni) and it was sent to Marius Raaths for sand blasting and primering. It was luckily saved from the dreaded tin worm and the damage caught just in time.  A ’62 Beetle has been sacrificed and its lower body cut & morphed with the ’52 upper body to save the build.
We are changing it into a left-hooker and switched the dash lay-out from right to left hand drive. We secured a early, left set of pedals, as well as the correct Pitman arm for the conversion.
A Scat Long-Block Volksracer crate motor (2332cc) was imported and has been built by master engine builder & hot rodder, Peter Jackson from Bredell. Loads of extra pulleys, brackets and trick covers were designed by Peter and custom made by Ricky from Radfam Engineering. An EMPI side-flow full stainless steel exhaust system has also been fitted. A high-flow Porsche fan add-on kit was purchased from Bernie Bergmann, just to make it pop and lift it to a higer level !!  Dropped spindles, a front disc conversion kit, billet valve covers, K&N air filters, a Scat racing gear shifter, various oil coolers and fans, early Beetle moldings as well as few extra little goodies were purchased while in L.A.
It has been sprayed yellow to contrast the blue/grey of the body. Not only does it look damn fine, it performs, producing a whopping 200+ HP !!.
A rare ’71 pan with an IRS gearbox and diff was found in Zeerust and has been modified and strengthened to suit our project. The difference between the common swing axle and IRS type is that swing arm suspensions actually use the axles as a suspension component, whereas IRS uses the combination of the spring plates and arms as the pivoting suspension components and the only function of the axles is to deliver power to the wheels.
Our aim is to have a serious lowered look without the squatted, negative-camber style, of some swing arm lowered Bugs.
The front ball joint axle has been replaced with the older type king and link pin setup, with caster shims. (this to make use of the spindle kit I bought in 2017). 
Extra strong rear components were also acquired while I was in U.S. and they were given to Brian Bird from Primrose, who rebuilt and beefed our gearbox up. It now has 4-spider gears and the “super-diff” fitted, the coarse 3rd and 4th gear conversion done, as well as the extra strong side cover fitted. It will now easily handle all the extra HP thrown at it.
The turn-signal holes on top of the front fenders as well as the horn grills vents have been closed up. Ultra rare, working pair of semaphore turn signals have been found and will be fitted. Our VDO gauges and switches will be hidden behind the center portion and grille of the dash, to give the correct 50’s look.  We have sunken the starter button and our new Dehne vintage fuel gauge into the dash as well as fabricating a steel glove compartment box. I’ve also managed to find an original Bat-Wing steering wheel and fitted a 60’s turn signal mechanism to the column. A pair of 1951 ”Crotch Coolers” have been custom made by Bern van Gass and will be retro-fitted. 
This Bug is being sprayed a self-mixed, teal blue/grey colour and will have a fresh set of 15 inch Fuchs “Porsche” style wheels, colour-matched to compliment the “period” look. The steering wheel, column and handbrake lever has been sprayed vintage cream to match the knobs.
I have been inspired by both Fred & Stuart from Northern Bolt & Tool and Garin & Sarel from Volkspares. They are very knowledgeable about early Beetles and have kindly showered me with good advice & help. 
Audi A3 leather seats have been pre-fitted as well. This DUB will not be an original restoration but a resto-rod with the latest internals and mods. It will be super LOW… with lots of GO !!